It all begins with a couple. Not some hero standing alone against the rising tide of the world. A marriage. A man and a woman, given to one another at the dawn of time. The human race is about to enter into its great adventure and its great struggle. As God begins the wild, terrifying, and beautiful story, we are introduced to the hero and the heroine. And they are ... married. Well, what do you know. That’s unexpected. Marriage must play some essential role in the unfolding drama.  

Now flip to the end of the story. The epic tale reaches its climax with the end of the world as we know it. After the white horse and its rider appear, after the legendary battle of Armageddon, as the whole creation reaches its dénouement, suddenly we find—a marriage.

Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth ... and I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband. ... Come with me! I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb. (Revelation 21:1–2, 9)

 

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