“Let us be glad and rejoice and give glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife has prepared herself. And it is granted to her that she should clothe herself with fine linen, glittering and white, for the fine linen are the justifications of saints. And he said to me: Write: Blessed are they that are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said to me: These words of God are true” (Apoc 19:7-9).
‘…the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife has prepared herself.’ Notice the instruction: ‘His wife has prepared herself…’ There are preparations which we must make. As we prepare for the Marriage Feast of The Lamb, a number of preparations must first take place here on earth.
The first is our understanding of the Mystical, Spiritual and Fundamental word of God in relation to Creator, creation and created: “In the beginning God created heaven, and earth…and the spirit of God moved over the waters” (Gn 1:1,2). It is in this sense that we are aware of the Battle of the Ages as all of creation is taken back from the Devil and restored to God Almighty.
The second is that the Spiritual is further to be understood in our individual personal sense of spirit, soul and body: “Behold My servant whom I have chosen, My beloved in whom My soul has been well pleased. I will put My spirit upon him, and he shall show judgment to the Gentiles” (Mt 12:18). It is in this sense that we are aware of our own individual battle against the forces of evil, and drive the Devil and his minions out of our beings, using the gifts of Jesus Christ in His Seven Sacraments: “I will give to thee the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven” (Mt 16:19).
The third is that once we have conquered the second part, then we are ready to invite the armies that are in Heaven to come to earth and participate in the final Great Tribulation in defeating Satan: “But every one in his own order: the firstfruits, Christ: then they that are of Christ, who have believed in His coming. Afterwards the end: when He shall have delivered up the Kingdom to God and the Father: when He shall have brought to nought all principality and power and virtue. For He must reign, until He has put all His enemies under his feet. And the enemy, death, shall be destroyed last: For he has put all things under His feet. And whereas He says: All things are put under Him; undoubtedly, He is excepted, who put all things under Him. And when all things shall be subdued unto Him, then the Son also Himself shall be subject unto Him that put all things under Him, that God may be all in all” (1Co 15:23-28).
The fourth is that before the fulness of the armies that are in Heaven can arrive on earth, there will be two advance parties arriving, the first is a preliminary advance party of two people who will assist us here on earth to make ready for the second group which is the full advance party (Jos 2:1-23).
The fifth is that the preliminary advance party will assist us in setting up all the necessary infrastructure for the main advance party. This setting up will include among other things housing, communications and distribution of the written word: “Hear my words and counsels, and God shall be with thee. Be thou to the people in those things that pertain to God, to bring their words to Him, and to show the people the ceremonies, and the manner of worshiping; and the way wherein they ought to walk, and the work that they ought to do. And provide out of all the people able men, such as fear God, in whom there is truth, and that hate avarice, and appoint of them rulers of thousands, and of hundreds, and of fifties, and of tens, who may judge the people at all times: and when any great matter soever shall fall out, let them refer it to thee, and let them judge the lesser matters only: that so it may be lighter for thee, the burden being shared out unto others. If thou dost this, thou shalt fulfil the commandment of God, and shall be able to bear His precepts: and all this people shall return to their places with peace” (Ex 18:19-23).
The sixth part is the arrival of the entire advance party who will prepare the world including the cosmos and under the sea and earth for the great ‘clean up’ and evangelization: “And every creature which is in heaven and on the earth and under the earth, and such as are in the sea, and all that are in them, I heard all saying: To Him that sits on the Throne and to the Lamb, benediction and honour and glory and power, for ever and ever” (Apoc 5:13).
It is in this time frame that the Ark of the Covenant will be recovered and shown to all the world as Scripture says: “…until the times of the restitution of all things, which God has spoken by the mouth of His holy prophets, from the beginning of the world” (Ac 3:21). This showing of the Ark is not a ‘photo op,’ no, it is the demonstration of the power and might and fulness of the authority of God given to His people of faith. It is the transfer of the sceptre from those who violated His Word with the worldly political correctness of man-made ecumenism. It is the time of making ‘all things new’ (Apoc 21:5). In the prophet Jeremiah it is recorded: “Return, O ye revolting children, saith the Lord, for I am your I Husband, and I will take you, one of a city, and two of a kindred, and will bring you into Sion, and I will give you pastors according to My own heart, and they shall feed you with knowledge and doctrine” (Jr 3:14,15). I can assure you that this ‘knowledge and doctrine’ is not found in the ecumenism of the 1960’s which is rampant today.
“Before the Ark of Testimony shall be opened before the end of the age, the Living Testimony, herein contained, shall be unsealed. The Presence of the Divine Ark will constitute the life of this Virgin Church. Wherever the Body is, there must be, of necessity, the Divine Ark. Along with the unsealing of the Living Testimony, with the Ark of God, must begin the promulgation of the everlasting gospel of the Kingdom. The proclamation of this Testimony will be as a sounding of a trumpet to alarm the nations and peoples of professed Christendom.” (1619 Prophecy para 3).
The arrival of the armies of Heaven on earth for the final great evangelization shows the completeness of the Divine Mercy of God. This time of mercy is given to all those who will receive His Grace. This is that time of mercy as recorded by Jeremiah the prophet: “When Jeremias came thither (Mount Nebo) he found a hollow cave and he carried in thither the tabernacle, and the ark, and the altar of incense, and so stopped the door. Then some of them that followed him, came up to mark the place, but they could not find it. And when Jeremias perceived it, he blamed them, saying: The place shall be unknown, till God gather together the congregation of the people, and receive them to mercy” (2M 2:5-7). The time of mercy, the time of the Great Evangelization, the time of the fullness of the Goodness of God.
The details of this conversion drive will be complete in every aspect with nothing missing. Every person in every nation, tribe and dialect will receive individual ‘visitors’ instructing them on the truths of Christ Jesus. No one will be overlooked and all will have every opportunity to convert to our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ: “But at that time shall Michael rise up, the great prince, who stands for the children of thy people: and a time shall come, such as never was from the time that nations began, even until that time. And at that time shall thy people be saved, every one that shall be found written in the book. And many of those that sleep in the dust of the earth, shall awake, some unto life everlasting, and others unto reproach, to see it always. But they that are learned, shall shine as the brightness of the firmament, and they that instruct many to justice, as stars for all eternity” (Dn 12:1-3).
Finally, the entire armies that are in Heaven will arrive on earth for the final great push. The prayer of Jesus is fulfilled: “Father…Thy Kingdom come…on earth as it is in Heaven” (Mt 6:10). This is such an extraordinary event that the Antichrist curses those in Heaven on earth: “And he opened his mouth unto blasphemies against God, to blaspheme His Name and His Tabernacle and them that dwell in Heaven” (Apoc 13:6). The Devil and his demons quake with horror and fear as they see the end of their wickedness and total destruction by God’s invincible army, led by His faithful The Word of God, who: “was clothed with a garment sprinkled with blood, and his name is called: THE WORD OF GOD. And the armies that are in heaven followed him on white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth proceeds a sharp two-edged sword, that with it he may strike the nations. And he shall rule them with a rod of iron, and he treads the winepress of the fierceness of the wrath of God the Almighty. And he has on his garment and on his thigh written: KING OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS” (Apoc 19:13-16). The devil and his minions know that now the open gates of Hell swallow them up in everlasting flames (Apoc 20:3).
In addition to the spiritual war will there be a physical war as well? Very definitely yes! Listen to what Jesus said to Pilate: “My Kingdom is not of this world. If My Kingdom were of this world, My servants would certainly strive that I should not be delivered to the Jews, but now My Kingdom is not from hence” (Jn 18:36). When He said ‘..but now My Kingdom is not from hence’ He indicates that there will be a time when His Kingdom will be here on earth. Notice what He said to Peter: “Put up again your sword into its place for all that take the sword shall perish with the sword. Think you that I cannot ask My Father, and He will give Me presently more than twelve legions of angels?” (Mt 26:52,53). Again see the prophecy of the arrival of the Heavenly armies, ‘He will give Me presently more than twelve legions of angels.’ This is not an idle statement, but a definite indication of what is in store for the Battle of the Ages. In terms of the Roman army a legion consisted of a division of somewhere between 3,000 and 6,000 men. But Jesus was not speaking of an earthly (Roman) army, but of a Heavenly army from His Father, where a legion consisted of a vast number of angels.
After the conclusion of the Final Battle, everything will be at peace, for the New Garden of Eden, that is the New Jerusalem will be open and everything will be as God intended from the very beginning. Everything will be God centered, and earthly objects will no more have place in the Heavenly Jerusalem: “When you shall be multiplied, and increase in the land in those days, saith the Lord, they shall say no more: ‘The Ark of the Covenant of the Lord,’ neither shall it come upon the heart, neither shall they remember it, neither shall it be visited, neither shall that be done any more” (Jr 3:16). How insignificant that will be, ‘neither shall it be visited.’
There follows the Great Judgement Day, the Final Judgement: “And when the Son of man shall come in His majesty, and all the angels with Him, then shall He sit upon the seat of His majesty. And all nations shall be gathered together before Him, and He shall separate them one from another, as the shepherd separates the sheep from the goats, and He shall set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on His left. Then shall the King say to them that shall be on His right hand: Come, ye blessed of My Father, possess you the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world…Then He shall say to them also that shall be on His left hand: Depart from Me, you cursed, into everlasting fire, which was prepared for the devil and his angels. And these shall go into everlasting punishment, but the just, into Life Everlasting” (Mt 25:31-34,41-46).
Hell and evil will be consumed in fire and will be remembered no more. “And it shall come to pass in that day, saith the Lord of hosts, that I will destroy the names of idols out of the earth, and they shall be remembered no more, and I will take away the false prophets, and the unclean spirit out of the earth” (Zc 13:2).
When these final events are over, then we, the victorious saints, will sit down to the Marriage Feast of the Lamb, with Christ Jesus our Host: “Blessed are those servants whom the Lord, when He comes, shall find watching. Amen I say to you that He will gird Himself and make them sit down to meat and passing will minister unto them” (Lk 12:37). Amen!