This angel was the special servant of God who showed John everything in the Book of Revelation. He acted as Johnís guide through all these events and places (22:8).
Here in Revelation 19:9, the angel had a special message which he urged John to emphasise in his book. They had now reached one of the most important events in the future: the marriage of the Lamb. The Lamb means Christ; his people are his bride.
That marriage will be a wonderful event. God will join them together as one (Ephesians 5:31-32); and nothing will ever be able to separate them from Christís love (Romans 8:38-39). It will be an occasion for great joy (19:7); Christ compared it to a great meal (Matthew 22:1-14; Matthew 25:10; Luke 14:15-24).
The angel did not allow John to see the marriage or the great meal. Instead, the angel simply told John to remind his readers about the importance of Godís invitation. Christ has sent his servants across the whole world with that invitation (Matthew 28:18-20). The people who accept that invitation will know the greatest joy; and their joy will never end. However, the people who refuse or neglect that invitation will gain nothing from it (Luke 14:15-24).
John will end the Book of Revelation with that invitation (22:17). It is an invitation to everyone: anyone who desires may accept it. Nobody can earn it or pay for it. God offers it freely, without any price whatever. It is not for people who deserve it; God invites everyone who needs his help.
However, that invitation will not always be available. God offers it to us today (Hebrews 3:12-15); he urges us to accept it now (2 Corinthians 6:2). Now is the time when we should turn from our evil deeds. Now, we should accept Christ into our lives. See John 1:12-13.
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