Notes on Revelation 19:5-10.
Cecil N. Wright

"And a voice came forth from the throne, saying, Give praise to our God, all ye his servants, ye that fear him, the small and the great. And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunders, saying, Hallelujah: for the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigneth. Let us rejoice and be exceeding glad, and let us give glory unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And it was given unto her that she should array herself in fine linen, bright and pure: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they that are bidden to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are true words of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he saith unto me, See thou do it not: I am a fellow-servant with thee and with thy brethren that hold the testimony of Jesus: worship God for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."

The harlot city is fallen, the supremacy of God is demonstrated in its overthrow, and the marriage of the Lamb to the city of the redeemed is therefore a certainty. (Note the Hallelujah in v.6 as well as in v.1,2,4.) This is only an announcement, however, and a reassuring interlude. Nothing more is said about it till 21:1-2, where John says: "And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth are passed away; and the sea is no more, And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband." And then vs.9-10: "And there came one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls, who were laden with the seven last plagues; and he spake unto me, saying, Come hither, I will show thee the bride, the wife of the Lamb. And he showed me the holy city Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God."

The marriage itself is nowhere portrayed. But it must represent the perfection of the union with Christ – the final and complete blessedness of the church in the world to come, after all enemies have been destroyed, as depicted in 20:11-15. In this life, however, Christians are described as being only "espoused" to Christ (2 Corinthians 11"2). But on the basis of that analogy, those who will constitute the new and heavenly Jerusalem will have experienced their marriage to the Lamb. Those who individually are "bidden to the marriage supper," as mentioned above, will also collectively constitute the "bride" in eternity.

John was so overwhelmed by the foregoing revelation from the messenger of God – likely the angel by whom the Revelation was signified unto John (1:1) – that he fell down to worship him. But the angel reminded him that he was not himself divine, but only a fellow-servant of Jesus and his brethren who hold (or have and communicate) the testimony of Jesus – "for the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy." Testimony of Jesus could be either by Jesus or about Jesus. But here it is more likely to mean testimony about him. Such is the sum and substance of prophecy as a whole, directly or indirectly, whether of the Old Testament or of the New. John and his brethren as well as the angel had a privilege and responsibility of communicating that, and so it was inappropriate that John worship the angel. He was no more the source of that message than John and his brethren were.