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The Angels Asked

Have you ever seen an Angel?

I did, when I was nine years old.  It was in the skies overhead when I saw it.  The Angel simply looked at me and smiled.  Then I was immediately filled with the Holy Spirit and began to hear God’s voice.  Truly an amazing experience!

During the course of our ministry this question occasionally comes up, so we’ll address it.

Here goes…

Who are the Children of God scripture alludes to in Revelation 7:13-14; you know, those Saints of God clothed in white robes?

Well, according an Angel of the Lord, and I quote:

“These are the ones who come out of the Great Tribulation, and washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:14b NKJV)

Let’s check this Daniel 11:30b-35 out…

Then he (The Beast/Anti-Christ) will turn back and vent his fury against the holy covenant (True Christianity in all its renderings, churches, institutions etc.).

He (The Beast) will return and show favor to those who forsake the holy covenant (Those who bow before the Beast or his image or those who receive the Mark of the Beast).

And forces shall be mustered (will the Beast gather) by him and they shall defile the sanctuary fortress (3rd Temple);

then they (Beast and his forces) will take away the daily sacrifices and place there the abomination of desolation. (This is where the Great Consummation begins).

Those who do wickedly against the covenant (Pseudo-Christians) he (The Beast) shall corrupt with flattery;

but the people who know their God (Those Christians who endure to he end) shall be strong, and carry out great exploits (remain faithful/be martyred).

And those of the people who understand (Who have learned this message) shall instruct many;

yet for many days (During the Tribulation Period of 2½ years) they (the faithful) shall fall by sword and flame, by captivity and plundering (shall suffer the Tribulation Period)

Now when they fall (are struck down or martyred) they shall be aided with a little help (divine help);

but many shall join with them by intrigue (not committed Believers)

And some of those of understanding (Christians who have learned the full End-Times message) shall fall (struck down),

  • to refine them,
  • to purify them, 
  • and make them white, 
  • even until the time of the end;
  • because it (the END) is still for the appointed time (is still a little ways off).

Now, if you want to see more clearly who those individuals clothed in white robes might be/are, read Matthew 22:1-14.

Here’s a verse and commentary approach.

(Here is also an excerpt from This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse, pages 10-12)

Marriage Supper of the Lamb

The Body of Christ will be taken to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb immediately after the rapture of the church. The Marriage Supper of the Lamb is exactly as it sounds: a marriage celebration joining Jesus Christ, the Bridegroom, to the Bride of Christ,[1] also known as the church or the saints of God.[2] All heaven will rejoice. The marriage supper and celebration will span the period between the church being raptured and the Lord returning with the Body of Christ for the Battle of Armageddon. The celebration will take place in the heavenly realm as the Wrath of God punishes the remainder of humanity for their rejection of Christ. The following are a few parables covering elements of the marriage concept from God’s perspective as it relates to Jesus His Son and humanity.

Matthew Chapter 22:1–14

Verses and Commentary

The following parable parallels the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

  1. And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said:
  2. “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son,
  3. and sent out his servants to call those who were invited to the wedding; and they were not willing to come.”

At first, the invited guests were the House of Israel, the Sons of Abraham.

  1. “Again, he sent out other servants, saying, ‘Tell those who are invited, ‘See, I have prepared my dinner; my oxen and fatted cattle are killed, and all things are ready. Come to the wedding.’”

Take into account, the servants sent out were prophets, seers of the Lord, priests and rabbis of the Jewish faith.

  1. “But they made light of it and went their ways, one to his own farm, another to his business.”

Bear in mind, this is not unlike the Christians of Christianity today.

  1. “And the rest seized his servants, treated them spitefully, and killed them.”
  2. “But when the king heard about it, he was furious. And he sent out his armies, destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.”

This verse references the time when Israel was scattered to the four corners of the earth in AD 73, when Rome ruined the ability for the land to support any life. God allowed this in order to fulfill prophecy and to prepare the House of Israel to be returned to the Promised Land nearly nineteen-hundred years later when Israel would reemerge as a sovereign state on May 15, 1948. Israel’s restoration sparks the beginning of the Latter Days (Hosea 3:4–5).

  1. “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy.”

Those initially invited were from the House of Israel. However, now invitees are all those who have heard the gospel or had an opportunity to accept Jesus Christ as their personal Lord and Savior. Actual guests are those not just invited, but those who have accepted the offer of salvation made available through Jesus’s death on the cross (Matthew 7:14; Acts 4:10–12).

  1. ‘Therefore go into the highways, and as many as you find, invite to the wedding.”

All was done in preparation for bringing in the Time of the Gentiles. The process is still ongoing.

  1. “So those servants went out into the highways and gathered together all whom they found, both bad and good. And the wedding hall was filled with guests.”

These guests are not just those whom priests covered in the blood of a sacrificial lamb, rather, those who were freely offered and accepted the blood of the Son of God in order to wash away their sins. Through this process of invitation and acceptance, God potentially includes the entire world’s population. And through this method, the kingdom’s wedding hall was, is being, and will be filled.

But, every quest is required to wear the King’s special wedding garment—the blood of the Lamb.

  1. “But when the king came in to see the guests, he saw a man there who did not have on a wedding garment.”

The wedding garment declares who is invited and provides the necessary righteousness that can only be gained through the Blood of the Lamb. Jesus, the Lamb, suffered and died to provide righteous wedding garments. Only the uninvited are without. By being uninvited and entering the wedding inappropriately, this guest is a usurper of the King’s hospitality. This is a contemptuous act against the King, His kingdom, and His hospitality. Most important, the wedding garment reveals those who were genuinely invited and accepted into the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. No one enters through a back door.

  1. “So he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you come in here without a wedding garment?’ And he was speechless.”

Only those covered in the blood of the Lamb bear the righteousness of God. For the blood of the Lamb is the wedding garment. Only those covered in the righteousness of God may enter the Marriage Supper without fear of reprisal.

  1. “Then the king said to the servants, ‘bind him hand and foot, take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”

What the verse is conveying is with few exceptions, the ultimate end for those who are not invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Obviously, there will be those of the House of Israel at the Marriage Supper; nevertheless, even those of the House of Israel must be saved by the Blood of the Lamb.

  1. “For many are called, but few are chosen” (KJV).

Obviously, not everyone who is called will make it to Christ’s marriage supper. Many believers will take God’s Word for granted and ignore His commandments. Some will take the Mark of the Beast, believing God will excuse or understand their necessity and therefore, forgive their disobedience. This concept is mistaken! Revelation 14:9–12 tells us anyone who takes the Mark of the Beast, saved or not, will suffer the full measure of God’s wrath.

Another example of God’s preparation for His Son’s marriage supper can be seen through the parable of the ten virgins.

Matthew 25:1–13

Stay ready! Be ready!

So who are the Tribulation Saints, those written about in Revelation 7:13-14?

You should know by now.  THEY ARE US!

The Lord bless you AS YOU PREPARE for what is coming your way all too soon.

Know that is coming!  Read: This Side of the Whirlwind

[1] The Bride of Christ, Ephesians 5:25.

[2] Mark 2:18–19; Romans 7:4; 2 Corinthians 11:1–2; Revelation 19:7 [Each reference confirms the church is the bride of Christ].