71 After the rapture of the majority of the saints (14:16; 1 Thes. 4:15-16) and the judgment at the judgment seat of Christ for the giving of the reward (11:18; 2 Cor. 5:10), the events that immediately follow should be the marriage of the Lamb, and then the destruction of Antichrist and Babylon the Great (19:19-21; 18:1--19:4), which bring in the reign of God the kingdom of God (v. 6). For this reason, the great multitude of the saved rejoice and praise with hallelujahs (vv. 1, 3, 6), and the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures join them in praising God (v. 4).
The reign of God, the kingdom, is related to the marriage of the Lamb, and the marriage of the Lamb is the issue of the completion of God's New Testament economy. God's economy in the New Testament is to obtain for Christ a bride, the church, through His redemption and divine life. By the continual working of the Holy Spirit through all the centuries, this goal will be attained at the end of this age. Then the bride, the overcoming believers, will be ready, and the kingdom of God will come. This corresponds with the Lord's prophecy in Matt. 26:29.