The Divine Institution of Marriage as Set Forth in Ephesians 5:22-33 (Part II)
By David C. Brand - Posted at The Christian Observer:
The “marriage supper of the Lamb” puts times like these in perspective.
`Mid toil and tribulation, and tumult of her war,
she waits the consummation of peace forevermore;
till with the vision glorious her longing eyes are blest,
and the great church victorious shall be the church at rest. 
History is His story! We await the consummation. The apostle Peter has admonished us,
“Beloved, do not be surprised at the fiery trial when it comes upon you to test you, as though something strange were happening to you. But rejoice insofar as you share Christ’s sufferings, that you may also rejoice and be glad when his glory is revealed.” 
Appropriately, Peter addressed us as “Beloved.” The “elect from every nation” are indeed God’s beloved, and are being prepared for the “marriage supper of the Lamb.”  The church triumphant celebrates the marriage supper of the Lamb. This marriage supper is introduced to us through the Passover of the Old Testament and the Lord’s Supper of the New Testament.