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Last Days: A Wedding Thousands of Years in the Making

Matthew 22:1-14
1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. 4 "Then he sent some more servants and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.' 5 "But they paid no attention and went off-- one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.' 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests. 11 "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless. 13 "Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 14 "For many are invited, but few are chosen."

It is the final week of Jesus' earthly life.  He had been preaching about repentance and the Kingdom of Heaven for three years. 

But even though He was the Messiah the Jews had long hoped for, the Jewish leaders rejected Him.  And even the people who were amazed at His teachings and His miracles were now realizing that Jesus did not intend to overthrow the Romans, and were turning against Him.

This parable was spoken to the Jewish leaders. They knew He was speaking against them, and it infuriated them.

The Invitation Rejected
2 "The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. 4 "Then he sent some more servants and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.'

In the ancient Near East, the wedding and the wedding banquet are the same.  It's all one event.
The Jews had been invited, and servants were sent to tell them that everything was ready.

King = God
Son = Christ
Invitees = Israel

God first called His chosen people through Abraham, whose descendants would be blessed and be a channel of blessing to the rest of the world (Gen. 12:2-3). After being captive in Egypt for 400 years, the chosen people were delivered through Moses. Through His prophets the Lord declared, "When Israel was a youth I loved him, and out of Egypt I called My son" (Hos. 11:1), and, "You only have I chosen among all the families of the earth" (Amos 3:2). In one of the most poignant accounts in Scripture, God described Israel as an abandoned newborn, with its umbilical cord untied and squirming in its own blood. To that hopeless infant He had said, "Live!" and it lived and prospered. The Lord bathed it, anointed it with oil, clothed and protected it, and adorned it with jewelry (Ezek. 16:4-14).

5 "But they paid no attention and went off  -- one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them.

They professed to be looking for the Messiah, but when He showed up, they rejected Him.

They even mistreated and killed His servants.  John the Baptist was rejected and beheaded, and the apostles and prophets were rejected and persecuted, many being put to death.

The Rejecters Punished
7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.

This was fulfilled in AD 70, when the Romans burned and destroyed Jerusalem, including the Temple. About 1,100,000 people died.

New Guests Found
8 "Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.' 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.

The Intruder Expelled
11 "But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12 'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless. 13 "Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.' 14 "For many are invited, but few are chosen."

The man was not wearing the proper wedding garment - righteousness

Revelation 19:7-9
7 Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) 9 Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!'" And he added, "These are the true words of God."

Isaiah 61:10
10 I delight greatly in the LORD; my soul rejoices in my God. For he has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness.

Imputed righteousness = forgiveness
Imparted righteousness = the righteous acts of the saints. A holy godly life cannot help bearing righteous fruit, because it is the natural outgrowth of the work of the Spirit within (Gal. 5:22-23).

The man could not answer the question, "How did you get in here?"  There are people today who cannot answer that question.

He is cast out into the darkness, where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth = Hell

The Bride is Righteous, Pure (with and undivided heart), and loving (with all the heart.)

Song of Solomon 2:4 
He has taken me to the banquet hall, and his banner over me is love.

Read also
Last Days: Facts About the Return of Christ
Last Days: I Am Coming Soon
Last Days: The Day of the Lord
Last Days: Six Signs of Christ's Coming,
Last Days: The Sign of Christ's Appearing
Last Days: The 144,000 - Firstfruits to God
Last Days: Then the End Will Come
Last Days: The Mark of the Beast
Last Days: The Wrath of God
Last Days: A Wedding Thousands of Years in the Making
Last Days: A New Heaven and A New Earth


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