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In Revelation 19, there is a feast or feasts mentioned by two names.

The first is The Wedding Supper of the Lamb:

ibid. vv. 7-9 (NASB): 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.” It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.

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 I fell at his feet to worship him. But he said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy.”

This seems to be paralleled in Isaiah, where the Lord prepares a feast of choice meats and fine wines:

Isaiah 25:6-8 (NASB) The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, And refined, aged wine. And on this mountain He will swallow up the covering which is over all peoples, Even the veil which is stretched over all nations. He will swallow up death for all time, And the Lord God will wipe tears away from all faces, And He will remove the reproach of His people from all the earth; For the Lord has spoken. And it will be said in that day, “Behold, this is our God for whom we have waited that He might save us. This is the Lord for whom we have waited; Let us rejoice and be glad in His salvation.”

The second feast in Revelation 19 is The Great Supper of God:

ibid. vv. 17-21 (NASB) Then I saw an angel standing in the sun, and he cried out with a loud voice, saying to all the birds which fly in midheaven, “Come, assemble for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings and the flesh of commanders and the flesh of mighty men and the flesh of horses and of those who sit on them and the flesh of all men, both free men and slaves, and small and great.”

And I saw the beast and the kings of the earth and their armies assembled to make war against Him who sat on the horse and against His army.

And the beast was seized, and with him the false prophet who performed the signs in his presence, by which he deceived those who had received the mark of the beast and those who worshiped his image; these two were thrown alive into the lake of fire which burns with brimstone. And the rest were killed with the sword which came from the mouth of Him who sat on the horse, and all the birds were filled with their flesh.

This text in verses Revelation 19:17-21 closely parallels those of Ezekiel 39:

Ezekiel 39:17-21 “As for you, son of man, thus says the Lord God, ‘Speak to every kind of bird and to every beast of the field, “Assemble and come, gather from every side to My sacrifice which I am going to sacrifice for you, as a great sacrifice on the mountains of Israel, that you may eat flesh and drink blood. You will eat the flesh of mighty men and drink the blood of the princes of the earth, as though they were rams, lambs, goats and bulls, all of them fatlings of Bashan. So you will eat fat until you are glutted, and drink blood until you are drunk, from My sacrifice which I have sacrificed for you. You will be glutted at My table with horses and charioteers, with mighty men and all the men of war,” declares the Lord God. “And I will set My glory among the nations; and all the nations will see My judgment which I have executed and My hand which I have laid on them."

Ezekiel also condemns Gog and Magog by name in this chapter, and so it is reasonable to conclude that The Great Supper of God is the feast by wild animals on the slain warriors of Gog and Magog described in Revelation 20. Chronologically, Revelation 20 places these evens immediately after the thousand year reign of Messiah:

Revelation 20:7-10 (NASB) When the thousand years are completed, Satan will be released from his prison, and will come out to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them together for the war; the number of them is like the sand of the seashore. And they came up on the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, and fire came down from heaven and devoured them. And the devil who deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are also; and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever.

It seems unreasonable to conclude that the blessed who are invited to The Wedding Supper of the Lamb are the same as the animals who are invited to The Great Supper of God, and that the corpses of the dead are the same as the choice meats and fine wine, so the two events seem distinct, however, I have recently read some comments in which the two events are conflated.

Are The Wedding Supper of the Lamb and The Great Supper of God one in the same, or are they different events?

  • This seems like a well researched question that effectively answers itself with "It seems unreasonable to conclude that ...". But it ends by presenting the actual reason for even thinking of the question as "I have recently read some comments in which the two events are conflated". What are those comments, and why did the commentators think the two events were the same? – Ray Butterworth Mar 22 at 16:35
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I'm not sure if link-only answers are frowned upon on the Christianity page, but I think this link sums it up very well. I know the man who posted this article and can credit him accordingly:

http://www.watchmanbiblestudy.com/BibleStudies/Definitions/MarriageSupper.html

I really hope this helps your question.

  • Yes, they are frowned upon across all SE sites. The reason is that a link can go dead at any time, making a link only answer useless. Can you please summarize your source in your own words? – ThaddeusB Sep 20 '15 at 1:46

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