An Uninvited Guest



Anytime there is a wedding, a lot of time is spent deciding who will be invited.  Lists are made up and gone over again and again to make sure that no one is left out. Extended family members are discussed; past relations are considered; personal feelings are sometimes set aside because of the historical effect of a wedding. Anyone you leave out will always remember that they were not invited to your wedding. Even after all the time and effort is put in, after the list is gone over, after the invitations are sent out, after a total is given to the caterer, there will still be those who come uninvited.

 

There is something very interesting about the wedding of the Lamb, and it has to do with the guests and the uninvited. God's plan of salvation is for mankind. It is not for the angels, either fallen or otherwise. It is for human beings that have lived since the time of Adam and Eve. Men have no hope for life beyond this physical existence, except through a resurrection. Mr. Armstrong, with understanding that God gave him, taught us about the three resurrections. I didn't learn about the resurrections from the Baptist church I attended as a boy. I don't believe you learned about the resurrections from the church you attended either. We have learned that the first resurrection is a better resurrection. Rev. 20:6 "Blessed and Holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on such the second death hath no power." Why doesn't the second death have power over the ones in the first resurrection? I Cor. 15:51 "Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. (52) In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump; for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." It is this change that takes away the power of the second death. Verse 53, "For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality." After you have put on immortality you cannot die. That is why the second death has no power over you.

When do the ones that are Blessed and Holy take part in the first resurrection? Matthew 24:30, "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great Glory." Verse 31, "And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they (the angels) shall gather together his elect (the one's that are blessed and holy) from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." This is the first resurrection at the time of the return of Jesus Christ. This is when those that are blessed and holy will receive the immortality of I Cor. 15. This includes all the saints that ever lived and died serving God. This also includes those living at the return of Jesus Christ. I Thessalonians 4:15, "For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent (precede) them which are asleep." Verse 16, "For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God; and the dead in Christ shall rise first:" Verse 17, "Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord."

This same point in time is explained in Rev. 19, beginning to read in verse 7, "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come and his wife (wife to be) hath made herself ready." We have been taught that the wife is the church: the called out ones: the elect of God. The Bride is the ones that are Blessed and Holy: that have part in the first resurrection: which takes place at the return of Jesus Christ: who is the groom. Going on in Rev. 19:11 "And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war..." Verse 14, "And the armies which were in heaven followed him..." The rest of the chapter is a description of the great battle that takes place when Jesus returns on the Feast of Trumpets. The Feast of Trumpets pictures the time that this world will be conquered by Jesus Christ and the armies of God, just before mankind destroys themselves, and the bride of Christ.

There is a description of what Jesus will look like when He returns to this earth, in Rev. 2. In the 16th verse His appearance is summarized "...and his countenance was as the sun shineth in his strength." Jesus is very bright, just as the sun. You cannot see his face and live. Exodus 33:20 "Thou canst not see my face; for there shall no man see me, and live." The apostle John says in 1 John 3:2, "Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is." We are going to be just like Jesus when He returns: we are going to be bright as the sun. Think what it will be like after Jesus returns in His brightness, with all the holy angels, and all the resurrected saints, in their brightness, and the great battle of the Feast of Trumpets is over. When Christ, as the Groom, and the resurrected saints as the Bride, with all the holy angels round about, assemble on the most solemn day of the year, for the purpose of becoming At-one with God. This is the Day of Atonement. This is the day that we have fasted on because the Bridegroom was not with us but now He will be. Mark 2:19, "...Can the children of the bride chamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them? As long as they have the bridegroom with them, they cannot fast."

Can you imagine a physical human being trying to sneak into the wedding? A physical person would not be able to come into the presence of all these spirit beings and live. Only a spirit being that is uninvited could try to sneak in. Only the "god of this world" could be so presumptuous. The reason I have written this study is because a couple of people have told me that the "man" spoken of in the parable of Mat. 22:2-13, meant a physical human, not Satan. I don't believe that any physical man will be able to enter into the wedding. This could only be a spirit being. Spirit beings are referred to as men in other places in the Bible, when they appear as men. I believe that the only beings that can be at the wedding are spirit beings: Jesus Christ, the resurrected saints from throughout history, and the angelic host. These are the invited guests. The uninvited guest has to be a spirit being. A human could not enter among these spirit beings in all their glory and live. Since the day is Atonement, which also pictures the binding of Satan, I believe the uninvited guest of Mat. 22 is Satan. (The fate of all humans that stay in rebellion against God is the second death. They will no longer exist. The fate of all angels that stay in rebellion against God is to be cast into outer darkness, where there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. When the Bible refers to a man being cast into outer darkness, it would have to refer to the demon that possesses him.)

Bill & Cheryl Nichols