The Marriage Supper of the Lamb

jewish wedding christian bride bridegroomLast fall, I had a strange dream. I was sitting in a sunny room on the floor while searching through a chest for a wedding dress. My grandmother (d. 2000) was sitting in a chair with her dress already on. She was smiling and waiting for me. I had never dreamed of my grandmother before this night. I always wondered where she had gone, since her later earthly life was less than saintly. Not only that, she seemed intelligent and kind in this dream. When I knew her, she was neither. I also felt more eternal comfort about my grandfather (d. 1994). Two weeks after he died, my mother dreamed he was young and happy. He said, “I haven’t felt this good in years.”

I knew when I woke up that this dream referred to the “fine linen, clean and white” that the saints, the bride of Christ, will wear at the marriage supper of the Lamb (Revelation 19:8). It means my grandmother and others are waiting for me in heaven. They’re part of the great “cloud of witnesses” in Hebrews 12:1. “Fine linen” refers to the “righteousness,” or righteous acts, “of saints” (19:8). So God isn’t through with me yet! The best is yet to come.

For more information about Jewish weddings and their spiritual significance, check out the websites below. The classic resource is Sketches of Jewish Social Life by Alfred Edersheim, which readers can purchase on Amazon.

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