Revelation 19:9,10 “Then the angel said to me, ‘Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’ And he added, ‘These are the true words of God.’ At this I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, ‘Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you and with your brothers and sisters who hold to the testimony of Jesus. Worship God! For it is the Spirit of prophecy who bears testimony to Jesus.'”

     There is so much in these two verses; what we have to look forward to, what can ruin us and how we stay true to His plan. Going to a wedding is always a wonderful time.  The wedding supper is a time of joy, celebration and togetherness.  Imagine going to Jesus’ wedding.  Are you invited? Am I?  Who’s going?

     The Forerunner Commentary says; “God the Father and Jesus Christ will be there. They will be doing the inviting—the calling. God’s angels, archangels, twenty-four elders, and four living creatures will all be there. And it cannot be a wedding without a bride—the Bride of Christ will be there, collectively made up of the resurrected and changed members of God’s true church from throughout the generations.”  Wow, not only are we invited but as members of His true church – it will be our wedding!

      We see an instance of  revelation unfold, Holy Scripture in the making.  As the angel spoke to the apostle John, he wrote it down in the Bible.   These Words are not John’s words. They come from God and are revealed to us.  That’s what makes them not only factual but true.  As members of His true church we hold to His testimony and bear witness to it.  Jesus told us that His Word was from the Father; “When ye have lifted up the Son of man, then shall ye know that I am he, and that I do nothing of myself; but as my Father hath taught me, I speak these things.” (John 8:28)  To be His church we must be true to His witness.

     And what was John’s response?  So human, so frail and typical is our tendency to worship created things rather than the creator.  John fell down and was about to break the first commandment.  This is our inherent fallen tendency to idolatry.  In Barnes Notes we read; “Nothing is more carefully guarded in the Bible than the purity and simplicity of worship; nothing is more sternly rebuked than idolatry; nothing is more contrary to the divine law than rendering in any way that homage to a creature which belongs of right to the Creator.”

     The angel rightly stopped John from worshipping him.  The angel reminded John that they were both of the same station when compared to God Almighty – fellow servants.  Jesus told us; “”If anyone wants to be first, he shall be last of all and servant of all.” (Mark 9:35)  The world is full of puffed up false prophets and preachers who want to be worshipped like little lords.  Jesus Himself says no to this;  “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great men exercise authority over them. It is not this way among you, but whoever wishes to become great among you shall be your servant, . . . ” (Matthew 20:25,26)

     We see how to discern the true Spirit of prophecy.  Any prophet who points to himself first and foremost as the best connected to God to be a divine dispenser of wisdom has a false spirit of prophecy. Such a person is a liar.  Any prophet who points to Jesus first and only Jesus has the true Spirit of prophecy.  Such prophets are good servants who point people in the right direction.

     Jesus has nothing but contempt and scorn for those prideful religious false teachers who fool people into thinking of them as better than everyone else and worthy to be put on a pedestal; “Woe to you Pharisees! For you love the chief seats in the synagogues and the respectful greetings in the market places. Woe to you! For you are like concealed tombs, and the people who walk over them are unaware of it.” (Luke 11:43,44)  They are stealthy and cunning in their iniquity.

     Finally, we are told to worship God!  We can do this only through Jesus; “I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.” (John 14:6) Not through any puffed up intermediaries that Jesus warns us about; “Watch out for false prophets. They come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ferocious wolves.” (Matthew 7:15)

     Jesus spoke to this time of confusion and darkness; “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him. God is Spirit, and those who worship Him must worship in spirit and truth.” (John 4:23,24)

     Praise the Lord!

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