Obviously, this morning is Easter morning. It's the Sunday in the year that we set apart to focus our hearts upon the risen Christ. And for that reason, this morning is also known as Resurrection Sunday. It's the day when we remember our Lord, Jesus Christ, who was born of a virgin, who lived a sinless life, who was loved by a few and hated by many, who was betrayed by a friend, who was delivered over to the Romans, who was crucified on the cross for our sins, who was dead and buried.
And yet, God, in His infinite power, raised Him from the dead. This fact is the heartbeat of our faith. Apart from the resurrection of Jesus from the dead, we have believed in vain and of all men, we are most to be pitied (1 Cor. 15:19). But, with the resurrection, we have hope in sins forgiven. We don't need to fear death, because Jesus Christ has conquered death for us. We can look death right in the face and say, "O death, where is Your victory? O death, where is Your sting?" (1 Cor. 15:55). In Jesus Christ, we have the victory. As He rose from the dead, so too will we, who believe in Christ, rise again. This is the hope of the Christian faith. This is our hope.
In a very real way, our hearts ought to set their minds upon the resurrection often, not merely on Easter morning. When Paul wrote to the Corinthians, he said, "I delivered to you as of first importance what I also received, that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He was raised on the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He appeared to Cephas, then to the twelve ... [and then] to more than five hundred brethren at one time." (1 Cor. 15:3-4).
The death, the burial, the resurrection, and the appearance of Christ are matters of first importance. It is upon these realities, that we have placed our lives.
This resurrection morning I want to take us all into the book of Revelation. It's the last book in your Bible. You will find it right there at the end. When we think of the book of Revelation, we often think of things in the future. And rightly so. Jesus told John to "write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things" (Rev. 1:19).
When we think of the book of Revelation, we often think of mystery. To be sure, there are many things contained in Revelation that are just plain mysterious. The glimpse of heaven in chapters 4 and 5 are so unlike what we experience here on earth that it's hard to comprehend. The description of the new heaven and new earth are breathtaking: a city 1,500 miles in length, width, and height (21:16) with golden streets (21:21) and pearly gates, (21:13). There are no tears, no death, no mourning, no crying or pain (21:4).
When we think of the book of Revelation, we think of difficulty. The number of interpretive questions that arise out of Revelation are many. How do stars fall from the sky? (6:12). In chapter 7, 144,000 people are sealed. Who are they? How can a pit be "bottomless"? (Rev. 9:2). Who are the two witnesses of chapter 11. Who is the beast who had a fatal wound that was healed? (Rev. 13:3). Who is the other beast, with two horns, who speaks like a dragon? (Rev. 13:11) Who is Babylon? (Rev. 17-19) What exactly is the Millennium? (Rev. 20)
When we think of the book of Revelation, we often think of symbolism. There are stars, which indicate angels (Rev. 1:20). There are lampstands, which indicate churches (Rev. 1:20). There are seals, trumpets and bowls, which indicate the revealing of God's wrath (Rev. 6, 8-9, 16). There are beasts and dragons and false prophets, which indicate the work of Satan. There are times when the book reads like Science Fiction. But, such is the nature of apocalyptic literature.
When we think of the book of Revelation, we often think of judgment. Much of the book describes the final outpouring of the wrath of God. Six seals are opened, which bring war and famine and death and terror into the world (Rev. 6). At the end of the seals, there are those on the earth who say, "the great day of their wrath has come!" (Rev. 6:17). And that's just the beginning. The trumpets are blown, which brings more wrath and judgment (Rev. 8-9). The bowls are poured out, which brings more wrath and judgment (Rev. 16). The judgment comes to a close in chapters 19 and 20, when Satan, the false prophet, the beast and all who fail to believe are thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone.
It's right to think of the book of Revelation in this way, full of mystery and difficulty and symbolism and judgment pertaining to things in the future. But, have you ever thought of the book of Revelation as filled with the resurrection? Until a few months ago, I hadn't ever really put these two things together. But, as you think about it, the reality of the resurrection of Jesus from the dead saturates these pages. Let me show you what I mean.
Let's begin reading with the very first verse.
The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show to His bond-servants, the things which must soon take place;
This verse sets the entire stage of the whole book of Revelation. The book will "reveal" Jesus Christ. This word translated, "revelation" is the Greek word from which we get the word, "apocalypse." It literally means, "to uncover." It means to open up that which was hidden. And so, you say, "What is being revealed in the Revelation?" Jesus Christ is being revealed. Look at verse 1, "The Revelation of Jesus Christ." The book of Revelation is all about Jesus. From the very first verses until the very last verse.
He who testifies to these things say, "Yes, I am coming quickly." Amen. Come, Lord Jesus. The grace of the Lord Jesus be with all. Amen.
From the beginning of the book to the end and everywhere in between is all about Jesus Christ.
"So," you say, "What exactly is being revealed about Jesus?" Everything! For the first time in all eternity, all the world will know exactly who Jesus Christ is. Before Jesus came to earth, there were prophesies about Him. But even the prophets who prophesied weren't fully aware of all that they had prophesied. Peter said that they "made careful searches and inquiries, seeking to know what person or time the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating as He predicted the sufferings of Christ and the glories to follow" (1 Pet. 1:11).
When Jesus was upon the earth, many didn't believe in Him (Matt. 23:37-39). Even His disciples were confused about the nature of the kingdom that He was establishing (Matt. 20:22). And now, even after His death, burial, and resurrection, there are many who don't believe. You merely need to look around. Our society is living in rebellion against the Lord, because our society doesn't believe Jesus for who He is. We who believe even "see in a mirror dimly" (1 Cor. 13:12) the great realities of Jesus. But, there will be a day when we see Him "face to face" (1 Cor. 13:12).
Revelation records what we will see in that day. We will see Jesus, fully revealed for who He is. And when we see Him, He will be alive and well. We will see Jesus, in His resurrected state. He will be "King of kings and Lord of lords" (Rev. 19:16). For instance, in chapter 19, we read of the resurrected Christ, coming in all of His glory.
And I saw heaven opened, and behold, a white horse, and He who sat on it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness He judges and wages war. His eyes are a flame of fire, and on His head are many diadems; and He has a name written on Him which no one knows except Himself. He is clothed with a robe dipped in blood, and His name is called The Word of God. And the armies which are in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, were following Him on white horses. From His mouth comes a sharp sword, so that with it He may strike down the nations, and He will rule them with a rod of iron; and He treads the wine press of the fierce wrath of God, the Almighty. And on His robe and on His thigh He has a name written, "King of kings, and Lord of lords."
This is who Jesus is. The book of Revelation will show this to us. But, this morning, I would like for you to note that the very fact that Jesus is upon His horse, coming to conquer is an indication that He was raised from the dead. Death could not contain Him. The stone rolled in front of His tomb had to be burst open. He couldn't remain dead.
Without the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, the book of Revelation would have no meaning. How could Jesus return victorious if He weren't raised from the dead? It is the resurrection that gives foundation to His return. And in that way, the resurrection is implied throughout the entire book of the Revelation. But, more than merely being implied, the resurrection of Jesus is explicitly mentioned in several places. For instance, look at chapter 1, verse 4.
John to the seven churches that are in Asia: Grace to you and peace, from Him who is and who was and who is to come, and from the seven Spirits who are before His throne, and from Jesus Christ, the faithful witness, the firstborn of the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth.
Here we see the three persons of the Trinity, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. However, they are in a bit of a strange order. It's the Father, the Spirit, and the then, the Son. In verse 4, we have the Father, "Him who is and who was and who is to come." With these words, John emphasized His eternality. In verse 4, we have the Spirit, "the seven Spirits who are before His throne." It's difficult to know exactly what this means, but it's probably a reference to the fullness of the ministry of the Spirit. He is able to permeate everything. (See Revelation 5:6). In verse 5, we have the Son. He is described as "the faithful witness," which is a reference to His life, how unceasingly, He gave testimony to God and gave His life for Him (Acts 10:38-39). Next, Jesus is given the title, "the firstborn of the dead," which is a reference to His resurrection, which we will expand upon in a bit. Finally, Jesus is identified as "the ruler of the kings of the earth," which is a reference to the coming reign of Jesus, which the book of Revelation unfolds.
Now, this phrase, "firstborn," doesn't mean that Jesus was the first one raised from the dead in time. Because, there were others who were raised from the dead. In the Old Testament, Elisha raised a child from the dead (2 Kings 4:20, 32-37). Jesus raised a child from the dead (Matt. 9:18-19, 23-36). Jesus raised Lazarus from the dead (John 11). And after Jesus died, "the tombs were opened, and many bodies of the saints who had fallen asleep were raised; and coming out of the tombs after His resurrection they entered the holy city and appeared to many" (Mat. 27:52-53
So, how is Jesus called the "firstborn" of the dead? The key is that "firstborn" doesn't mean first in time. Rather, it means, "first in status." For instance, in Psalm 89:27, we read of the Messiah, "I also shall make him My first-born, the highest of the kings of the earth." When Paul used this phrase, he wrote, "[Jesus] is the head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything" (Col. 1:18). The resurrection of Jesus Christ lifted Him up to the first place over all creation (Col. 1:15). And right now, we don't see it. But, there will be a day when it is revealed. It will be in the Revelation.
Today is a day of waiting for that day. But let us be prepared for that day.
Continuing on in Revelation, we see another reference to the resurrection of Jesus in verse 7, ...
Behold, He is coming with the clouds, and every eye will see Him, even those who pierced Him; and all the tribes of the earth will mourn over Him. So it is to be. Amen.
This is the premise of the entire book of Revelation. Jesus is coming back in all of His glory to establish His kingdom. Everyone on the earth will know what's happening. As Jesus said, "Just as the lightning comes from the east and flashes even to the west, so will the coming of the Son of Man be. ... The sign of the Son of Man will appear in the sky, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, as they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of the sky with power and great glory" (Matt. 24:27, 30). There will be no doubt on that day that Jesus is coming back. Every eye will see Him. He will be seen all across the sky! There will be no doubt that all the world will be accountable to Him.
Verse 7 contains several Old Testament texts, which are woven together. The first is from Daniel 7:13, which pictures Jesus coming with the clouds. When He presents Himself to the ancient of days, He receives "an everlasting dominion" which consists of "all the peoples, nations and men of every language" who serve Him (Dan. 7:14). The second is from Zechariah 12:10, which speaks about those who "Look upon [Christ] whom they have pierced." Upon looking at Him, they will "mourn for Him as one mourns for an only son, and they will weep bitterly over Him like the bitter weeping over a firstborn" (Zech. 12:10).
Why are they mourning? Because they know that the jig is up. The judgment is coming. Christ has come to establish His kingdom. Those upon the earth tried to do away with Christ, by piercing Him and giving Him a death-wound. And yet, the wound is now healed. Yes, Jesus died. He was pierced upon the cross. But He has resurrected from the dead. He's alive and well. In verse 7 we see him coming to render judgment to those who rebelled against Him. Do you see the resurrection? It's clearly here in verse 7.
Let's go on in chapter 1, beginning in verse 10, John writes, ...
I was in the Spirit on the Lord's day, and I heard behind me a loud voice like the sound of a trumpet, saying, "Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea." Then I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands I saw one like a son of man, ...
Now listen closely how John describes Jesus. He was ...
... clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His chest with a golden sash. His head and His hair were white like white wool, like snow; and His eyes were like a flame of fire. His feet were like burnished bronze, when it has been made to glow in a furnace, and His voice was like the sound of many waters. In His right hand He held seven stars, and out of His mouth came a sharp two-edged sword; and His face was like the sun shining in its strength.
Now I ask you, does that describe a dead man? No. It describes someone who is very much alive! ... And scary. In fact, John was afraid of Him. John comments, "When I saw Him, I fell at His feet like a dead man" (Rev. 1:17). I would be afraid as well. And yet, Jesus comforted John. Look at verse 17, ...
... And He placed His right hand on me, saying, "Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades.
Here it is. Again, you see the resurrection of Christ. Jesus said, "I am ... the living One" (verse 18). He confesses that He was dead. But, now Jesus affirms that He is alive forevermore! In other words, Jesus will no longer die. They put Him to death once. But, never again. The resurrection of Jesus Christ wasn't merely for a moment. It wasn't merely for the 40 days that He spent upon the earth with His disciples. On the contrary, the resurrection of Jesus Christ is a forever resurrection. Never will the Father send the Son to die for us again!
And then, comes the good news for us. Jesus says, "I have the keys of death and of Hades" (verse 18). This raises some questions. What does this key mean? Were death and Hades locked? In what way? To be sure, there is great mystery here. But, the meaning is clear. A key unlocks a door. A key is a symbol of authority and power and ability. Do you have keys in your pocket? What can they do for you? Mine can allow me to enter into my house. Mine can allow me to enter into my parent's house. Mine can allow my car to work.
Death and Hades were somehow locked. Nobody could get out until the guy with the key came along. And now, the doors are forever opened. Those who die will live again, as Jesus will let them out.
Now, admittedly, there are many who will be raised, only to die again in the second death, where they will be thrown into the lake of fire (Rev. 20:11-15). Not all will live with Jesus, only those whose names are in the book of life (Rev. 20:15). Hear the sobering truths about the final judgment.
Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them. And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds. And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds. Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire. And if anyone's name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.
These are terrifying words, to be sure. But, the message is clear: if you are judged according to your deeds, your destiny is clear. None of us can stand on our own merits. We need our names to be in the book of life. You say, "How do I know if my name is there?" I say, "Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved" (Acts 16:31). It's only your union with Christ that will bring you into heaven. And this is the hope of Easter morning for us. In the resurrection of Christ, we too will take part. He will bring us to heaven.
1 Corinthians 15:20-22
... Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep. For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.
That is, all who believe in Christ and in the sufficiency of His atoning work on their behalf. If you believe in Jesus, you need not fear the grave. Perhaps it would be helpful for you to imagine the Lord Jesus coming up to you, placing His right hand on you and saying, "Do not be afraid, I have the keys of death and of Hades. The coffin is no longer shut. Instead, I have opened it. You may come and be with Me. I have gone and prepared a place for you. I have come again. I will receive you to myself, that where I am, there you may be also" (see John 14:3).
Here is the practical application of the resurrection into our lives. Jesus has conquered the grave. By faith in Him, we can conquer the grave as well. There is the Resurrection in Revelation!
Well, there's more resurrection in the book of Revelation. Perhaps you can see it there in chapters 2 and 3. If you have a red-letter edition of the Bible, you see that all of chapters 2 and 3 are in red ink. This indicates that they are the words of Jesus. This is again, a reminder of how Jesus has been resurrected from the grave and is alive and well. Dead men don't speak.
Chapters 2 and 3 are letters that Jesus had dictated to seven different churches in Asia minor, churches in Ephesus, Smyrna, Pergamum, Thyatira, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea. Some of the churches were good, like the ones in Smyrna and Philadelphia. One of them (Ephesus) was doctrinally strong, but weak in living. One of them (Laodicea) was lukewarm. Two of them tolerated false teaching (Pergamum and Thyatira). One of them was dead (Sardis).
I'd love to expound on each of these churches. They have great lessons to teach us about the importance of remaining doctrinally strong and about the importance of maintaining a zeal for God in our lives. But, it will have to wait for another time. However, I do want us to look at what Jesus says to the church in Smyrna, as it is applicable to the theme of my message. Look at chapter 2, verse 8, ...
And to the angel of the church in Smyrna write: The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this:
Each of the seven letters to the churches begin with a description of Jesus. "The One who holds the seven stars in His right hand, the One who walks among the seven golden lampstands says this: ... " (Rev. 2:1). "The One who has the sharp two-edged sword says this: ..." (Rev. 2:12). "The Son of God, who has eyes like a flame of fire, and His feet are like burnished bronze, says this: ..." (Rev. 2:18).
When addressing Smyrna (in verse 8), we see Jesus referring to His resurrection. He says, "The first and the last, who was dead, and has come to life, says this." Why did He tell this church that He was raised from the dead? It's pretty simple, really. They were a church facing death. They all would suffer. But, don't fear, because in the end, it's going to be OK. Some would be thrown into prison for their testing. Those in prison would have tribulation (perhaps this means "torture"). It would get so bad, that some of them would be killed for their faith. But, Jesus says, "Ten days. Just give me ten days. Remain faithful, and I'll give you the crown of life."
Jesus can do this, because He is the one "who was dead, and has come to life." He has conquered the grave. He can give the crown of life. He can only give what He has! So, are you going through tough times? Are you being persecuted for your faith? Jesus, the life-giver, can help. This is where the resurrection intersects with our lives. He told those in Smyrna to be faithful, even in the face of persecution and torture. Why? Because, Jesus has been through death, and He lives on the other side, ready to give life to you.
This is practical stuff. It's the implications of the resurrection.
Well, let's look at one last place where we see the resurrection clearly: Revelation, chapter 5. At this point, we transition into heaven. John writes of His experience.
I saw in the right hand of Him who sat on the throne a book written inside and on the back, sealed up with seven seals. And I saw a strong angel proclaiming with a loud voice, "Who is worthy to open the book and to break its seals?" And no one in heaven or on the earth or under the earth was able to open the book or to look into it. Then I began to weep greatly because no one was found worthy to open the book or to look into it;
Do you feel the tension? There's the book, the title-deed to the earth that needs to be opened. But, nobody can be found. John is rightly weeping, because without anyone to open the scroll, God's plan is stopped. Nobody can be found except One. Look at verse 5, ...
and one of the elders said to me, "Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals." And I saw between the throne (with the four living creatures) and the elders a Lamb standing, as if slain, having seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven Spirits of God, sent out into all the earth. And He came and took the book out of the right hand of Him who sat on the throne.
Now, we need to stop here and think about what John is seeing. He is looking at a Lamb, obviously a reference to the Lord Jesus. And this Lamb has some distinguishing characteristics. He is "standing, as if slain." It hardly makes sense. If you are slain, you are dead. If you are slain, you aren't standing. And yet, the Lamb was "standing, as if slain." How John knew that this Lamb was "slain," I don't know. Perhaps John saw a large slit in the animal's throat. Perhaps John saw a lot of blood, which reddened the white, wool coat of the Lamb. What exactly John saw is difficult to understand. But, the allusion is clear. He saw a dead animal that had come to life and was standing there.
Somehow, this Lamb was able to come to the throne and take a book with His hand (or leg) from God upon the throne. He was alive and well. Though He had been dead, he was the One being in the universe who was able to take the book from the Lord upon the throne and to open it's scrolls. It's an indication of the sort of resurrection that took place. Jesus didn't resurrect into a place of weakness. No, Jesus resurrected into a place of power and authority and honor and strength.
That's why those in heaven began to worship the Lamb. Look at verse 8, ...
When He had taken the book, the four living creatures and the twenty-four elders fell down before the Lamb, each one holding a harp and golden bowls full of incense, which are the prayers of the saints. And they sang a new song, saying, "Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. "You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God; and they will reign upon the earth."
The living creatures and the elders fell down and said, "Worthy are You." But, I would have you notice, "What is it that makes Him so worthy?" "For You were slain!" This takes us back to the cross of Christ. The very thing that makes Jesus worthy of worship is His death, and what it did. His death "purchased for God ... men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation" (Rev. 5:9). He has taken us and made us to be "a kingdom and priests to our God." We will "reign upon the earth" (Rev. 5:10).
But, my point here this morning is this: the slain one is alive! He is alive to reap the fruit of His death and resurrection.
Isaiah prophesied of Jesus:
But the LORD was pleased
To crush Him, putting Him to grief;
If He would render Himself as a guilt offering,
He will see His offspring,
He will prolong His days,
And the good pleasure of the LORD will prosper in His hand.
As a result of the anguish of His soul,
He will see it and be satisfied;
By His knowledge the Righteous One,
My Servant, will justify the many,
As He will bear their iniquities.
Here we see the Lamb of God satisfied. Look to verse 11, we see the same thing being mentioned, ...
Then I looked, and I heard the voice of many angels around the throne and the living creatures and the elders; and the number of them was myriads of myriads, and thousands of thousands, saying with a loud voice, "Worthy is the Lamb that was slain to receive power and riches and wisdom and might and honor and glory and blessing."
Again, the same thing. We see the slain Lamb, alive and well, receiving the worship of the heavenly host.
Let me close with this thought. The Lamb is mentioned all over the book of Revelation. From this point forward, the Lamb is mentioned 27 more times.  He has already been identified as the "Lamb" 5 times in chapter 5. In every case, it refers to Jesus, the slain sacrifice for our sins. But, the Lamb is never seen as being dead. He is breaking the seals (Rev. 6:1). He is being worshiped (Rev. 7:9). Believers are washed white in His blood (Rev. 7:14). He is shepherding His flock (Rev. 7:17). He is waging war against the kings of the earth (Rev. 17:14). He is engaging in His marriage with the church (Rev. 19:9). He is the very temple of God (Rev. 21:22). He is in heaven with His bond-servants (Rev. 22:3).
As John the Baptist said, "Behold the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world" (John 1:29). Believe in Him. I say to you this Easter morning, "Behold the living Lamb of God, who is seated upon the throne." Worship Him.
This sermon was delivered to Rock Valley Bible Church on
April 4, 2010 by Steve Brandon.
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Then I saw when the Lamb broke one of the seven seals, and I heard one of the four living creatures saying as with a voice of thunder, "Come."
When the Lamb broke the fourth seal, I heard the voice of the fourth living creature saying, "Come."
When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained;
and they said to the mountains and to the rocks, "Fall on us and hide us from the presence of Him who sits on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb;
After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands; and they cry out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb."
I said to him, "My lord, you know." And he said to me, "These are the ones who come out of the great tribulation, and they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.
for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes."
When the Lamb broke the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour.
And they overcame him because of the blood of the Lamb and because of the word of their testimony, and they did not love their life even when faced with death.
All who dwell on the earth will worship him, everyone whose name has not been written from the foundation of the world in the book of life of the Lamb who has been slain.
Then I saw another beast coming up out of the earth; and he had two horns like a lamb and he spoke as a dragon.
Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.
These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.
he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
And they sang the song of Moses, the bond-servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, "Great and marvelous are Your works, O Lord God, the Almighty; Righteous and true are Your ways, King of the nations!
These will wage war against the Lamb, and the Lamb will overcome them, because He is Lord of lords and King of kings, and those who are with Him are the called and chosen and faithful.
Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready.
Then he said to me, "Write, ' Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb '" And he said to me, " These are true words of God."
Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and spoke with me, saying, " Come here, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb."
And the wall of the city had twelve foundation stones, and on them were the twelve names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple. And the city has no need of the sun or of the moon to shine on it, for the glory of God has illumined it, and its lamp is the Lamb.
and nothing unclean, and no one who practices abomination and lying, shall ever come into it, but only those whose names are written in the Lamb's book of life.
Then he showed me a river of the water of life, clear as crystal, coming from the throne of God and of the Lamb,
There will no longer be any curse; and the throne of God and of the Lamb will be in it, and His bond-servants will serve Him;