Let us rejoice and be gladRevelation 19:7 NIV
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
This chapter marks a turning point in Revelation as both Babylon and the kingdom of the beast are destroyed. Even more exciting is the first picture of the marriage of the Lamb and his Bride. Who is this Bride? I believe it to be the Church, redeemed and purified by the blood of the Lamb (Eph. 5:25-27). The Bride has been through the fire (1 Pet. 1:6-7) and endured (Heb. 12:1-3). And now it is time to rejoice and exult and give God the glory.
The book of Revelation is often thought of as describing global conflict at the end of the age. But I believe it was actually written to encourage the churches of that day. Churches that were facing persecution as well as the temptation to compromise. And, I believe, it has the same purpose for us today. When as a believer you find yourself facing trials and challenging times, and you wonder if it is worth it, just read the back of the book. We can rejoice now, not because what we are going through is good, but because it is preparing us for something that is beyond good, for our union with Christ, the marriage of the Lamb. Look ahead to that (Phil. 3:13-14), stand firm (Eph. 6:13), and rejoice (Phil. 4:4).