For those whom have ears to hear:
This is the true meaning behind the parable of the wedding feast.
One key of unlocking its meaning is in Mathew 8, where a gentile Centurion asks Jesus to heal his servant. Jesus heals the servant and has this to say: “I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.”
This is of course a foreshadowing that eventually the gospel would go to the Gentiles.
But in these same passages of Jesus’ encounter with the Centurion, he says to his followers, “Many shall come from the east and west, and shall sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, in the kingdom of heaven. But the children of the kingdom shall be cast out into outer darkness.” (Mathew 8:11-12)
The children of the kingdom.
Who are these?
These are they that go into outer darkness.
The devil and his angels!
The devil and his angels were ORIGINALLY the children of the kingdom.
Those that come from the east and the west, are the REPLACEMENTS for the fallen angels.
This is not the Jews. Some have believed that the “children of the kingdom” refer to the Jews, but this is not correct.
It is not correct because the Jews are not cast into outer darkness! After their pain and sorrows, they are sanctified to be with the Lord forever.
The children of the kingdom are the fallen angels that chose Satan in the pre-existence, and came to this earth to wreak havoc in their rebellion.
Now let’s move on to the parable of the wedding feast.
I honestly don’t know how many other people have figured this out. For all I know it’s common knowledge, but I myself have never read anyone write about this before in an in-depth fashion.
In Mathew 22 we read that a King (God) made a marriage for his Son (Jesus Christ), and he sends forth servants (disciples/prophets of God) to call those that were bidden to the wedding.
We read that those that were invited, don’t come to the wedding! Some even slay the servants that are bringing the invitation.
When this happens, the King destroys the city!
At this point in time the King says that, “the wedding is ready, but they were which were bidden were not worthy.” (Mat 22:7)
The children of the kingdom who had always been INVITED to the wedding, are no longer worthy to come. Those are the angels that have FALLEN from their position.
That’s why the servants go and find as many as they can to fill in for the children of the kingdom. Many from east to west.
Those that come from east and west will come and be at the wedding.
But there’s one piece of the story left:
Those that are coming from east to west to replace those that already had invitations are coming as GUESTS. They are not coming as part of the BRIDE.
That’s why in verse 8, the King says that the wedding is ready. The Bride is already with the Bridegroom via the rapture.
So who is the Bride?
The Bride is the children of the kingdom that REMAINED worthy and did not fall from grace. They were children of God in the pre-existence, and remained such their whole life.
31 When the Son of man shall come in his glory, and all the holy angels with him [the BRIDE], then shall he sit upon the throne of his glory:
32 And before him shall be gathered all nations: and he shall separate them one from another, as a shepherd divideth his sheep from the goats.
The sheep are called by Jesus as RIGHTEOUS. (Mathew 25:46)
The goats are UNJUST, and must endure spiritual prison until the fulness of times.
The fallen children of the kingdom are FILTHY, and will be cast out forever.
The children of the kingdom, the Bride, who come forth in the first resurrection as angels are HOLY.
This is what Revelation 22 talks about when speaking of the resurrection of all souls:
11 He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, shall be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.
12 And behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.
For more clarification:
Holy – Celestial Kingdom
Righteous – Terrestial Kingdom
Unjust – Telestial Kingdom
Filthy – outer darkness
Another scriptural support for this is in Section 58:
9 Yea, a supper of the house of the Lord, well prepared, unto which all nations shall be invited.
10 First, the rich and the learned, the wise and the noble; [the filthy children of the kingdom]
11 And after that cometh the day of my power; then shall the poor, the lame, and the blind, and the deaf, [the righteous] come in unto the marriage of the Lamb [between the Bridegroom and the holy Bride], and partake of the supper of the Lord, prepared for the great day to come.
As documented here, we learn that the rich, wise, and the learned are the first ones to receive the invitation. These are most assuredly the children of the kingdom that Mathew 8 referred to.
THEN… after the day of the Lord’s POWER, when the Wedding is ready, the righteous are then invited.
Mathew 25 explains that the righteous are simply those that were good people in this life. They are not made holy through faith in the blood of Jesus Christ– and receive a fulness of the Father– but they did many kind and wonderful things here on earth. That’s why they are given the chance to partake in the supper in celebration of Jesus Christ and his redeemed.
I know there is no one righteous on earth– “no, not one”– but in order for their to be a celebration, there needs to be guests. Because the children of the kingdom fell, that opened up a spot for those that were kind people.
Returning back to the parable in Mathew 22, I have one last piece of evidence that backs up the concept I’m doing my best to explain.
In verse 12, the King approaches someone who does not have a wedding garment on at the supper. To one of the guests, says he, “Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?”
The King then casts out the guest who is without a wedding garment into outer darkness.
The keyword here that proves my idea is that the King uses the word, Friend.
The King, or God, knew this guest intimately– that’s why he uses the word Friend. This person was once a child of the kingdom. But they are no longer worthy to be in heaven. They are filthy– without a wedding garment– and must be cast out into outer darkness.
Other questions to consider:
John the Baptist considers himself a Friend of the Bridegroom, not part of the Bride. (John 3:29) Why might that be?
Where does Judah fit into the picture? In Section 133 verse 35 it reads, “the tribe of Judah, after their pain, shall be sanctified in holiness before the Lord to dwell in his presence.”
Food for thought.
Thanks for reading. I hope I explained this is as coherently as I could.