The LORD Will Provide a Feast of Rich Food

for All Peoples

25: 6-8

   DIG: Kings would often hold inaugural and wedding feasts for their subjects. For whom is this feast on Mt Zion given? Who will be excluded from this feast and why? In what ways are New Covenant ideas about the afterlife foreshadowed by 25:8?

   REFLECT: What applications does the New Covenant make of this great feast (see First Corinthians 15:54; Revelation 9:9, 21:4)? What will be the effect of Christ’s coming in that day? In coping with death, disappointment or disgrace, what does the promise of 25:7-8 mean to you? When has that promise been made real to you? Or does it seem so distant in its fulfillment that it is not much help to you here and now?

    After praise for deliverance, our attention turns to the wedding feast of the Lamb (see my commentary on Revelation Fg – For the Wedding of the Lamb Has Come). It will take place on Mount Zion, the millennial Jerusalem, from which Christ will rule, and it will last seven days and inaugurate the messianic Kingdom. Contrary to popular belief, this celebration does not take place in heaven during the Great Tribulation. The Bible teaches that the righteous of the TaNaKh will take their places at the feast with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the Messianic Kingdom (Mt 8:11). Dani'el teaches us that they will not be resurrected until after a time of distress such as has not happened from the beginning of nations until the Great Tribulation.85 The rabbis teach that this banquet celebrates the inauguration of a new and happy era for all mankind. Similar imagery is employed in rabbinic literature of the bliss in store for the righteous in the hereafter.

    In addition, the Jewish wedding feast of the first century itself demonstrates the fact that the wedding feast of the Lamb takes place on the earth after the Great Tribulation and not in heaven during the Great Tribulation. In a Jewish wedding, which is always a picture of the Kingdom of God, or the Messianic Kingdom, at the beginning when the betrothal or engagement was announced the couple did not go to the bride’s home, they went to the bridegroom’s. The engagement normally lasted for a year. At that time, the wedding supper started the wedding, and lasted for seven days. But it always took place at the bride’s home. Therefore, if you are consistent with what the Bible teaches, the engagement is like the Rapture because the bride goes to the bridegroom’s home, heaven. Then, at the end of the Great Tribulation, the bridegroom comes with His bride to her home, the earth, where the wedding feast takes place.

    On this mountain the LORD of heaven’s angelic armies (CJB) will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples (25:6a). This does not mean that everyone who lives in the Millennium will be saved; instead all peoples means that people from everywhere in the world will be saved. Food will be provided for all peoples, for believers from all over the world who are gathered at the feast. This banquet includes the best of meats so there may not be any animal rights people there: the KJV says a feast of fatness. To the Jews the fat portions were the best. Thus it is not surprising that these were the portions of the sacrifices reserved for God (Leviticus 2:3; 4:8-9).

    This would also be a banquet of aged wine that picture God’s ability to supply the needs of His people during the Messianic Kingdom. A feast of wines on the lees, of fat things full of marrow, of wines on the lees well refined (25:6b KJV). This refers to wines that are kept long with the dregs (the lees) mixed with them, and therefore old and strong. They are refined or filtered by being strained through a cloth sieve, thus separating the liquor from the lees. The wine in the East is said to be usually turbid (having sediment or foreign particles stirred up or suspended in it), and requires straining before it is fit for use.86 The wine was to be strengthened by leaving the lees in the wine after the fermenting process. But what the LORD gives in 25:6, He takes away in 25:7-8.

    On this mountain He will destroy, or take away, the shroud that enfolds all peoples, and the sheet that covers all nations (25:7). There is also a play on words between the shroud and the sheet. The difference is one letter. The shroud is shma-neen, and the sheet is shma-non. They sound almost identical. These are not symbols of mourning and affliction, but of spiritual blindness, like the veil upon the heart of Israel mentioned in Second Corinthians 3:15. The only difference between the two nouns is that in the shroud the leading idea is that of the completeness of the covering, and in the sheet that of its thickness. The removal of the veil, as well as death, is summarized in 1 Cor. 15:54.87

    He will swallow up death forever (25:8a). Death is not used just in the sense that every life is stained by sin, but more importantly as the evidence of the curse imposed as consequence of sin (Genesis 2:17; Romans 3:23; Hebrews 2:15; Revelation 21:4). Not only that, but Adonai ELOHIM will wipe away the tears from all faces (25:8b). When compound names of God are used they emphasize His relationship to man or the nation of Israel in particular. So here, it’s emphasized with the removal of death and wiping away of tears that will take place at the end of the thousand-year reign of Messiah when death, Satan, and hell will be thrown into the lake of fire (see my commentary on Revelation Fp – The Second Death: The Lake of Fire). At that time, a new heaven and a new earth will be established (see my commentary on Revelation Fr – A New Heaven and a New Earth). Therefore, wherever there is a tear, the Lord wipes it away. There will be no more death or mourning or crying or pain for the old order of things has passed away. He removes the cause, the sin, as well as the outward symptom, the tear (Revelation 21:4).

    In addition, He will remove the disgrace of His people from all the earth (25:8c). Israel’s disgrace (reproach KJV) will be removed. In that day, as the nations turn toward Zion, all the shame, failure and loss will be made up for. In fact, it will be known that the salvation of the world exists only through God’s chosen people Israel (43:20-21).

 

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