January 9, 2011
As we can see by the discussion about Jesus being a Jew and the importance in understanding Jewish customs regarding marriage, the New Testament can open up to us as we review these scriptures.
Acts 2:22-24 These verses tell us the period in eternity that God determined the marriage of His Son.
Matthew 16:18 The church that Jesus said he would build is His bride.
I Corinthians 6:19-20 The price of the bride was a great price.
I Corinthians 11:25 The cup between the bride and the Groom is to be accepted or rejected.
II Corinthians 11:1-2 Paul was put in charge to lead the bride to purity for the Groom.
Matthew 22:1-10 Because the invitation was rejected by the nation Israel, it is offered to the world.
Matthew 25:1-5 The five wise virgins represent the bride, prepared and ready to go.
Luke 19:13 The Groom expects us to “occupy” till He comes for us.
Matthew 24:36 Only the Father of the Groom knows when the Groom is to get His bride.
Ephesians 5:25-27 Christ expects His bride to stay pure, faithful, veiled and sanctified for Himself.
John 6:62; 20:17; Acts 1:9-11 These verses and all others see the Groom returning to His Father.
John 14:2-3; I Corinthians 2:9 Jesus tells the disciples and us that he is going to prepare a place.
Luke 19:11-15 The Groom left His bride as stewards and demands an accounting upon His returns.
RETURN FOR THE BRIDE
John 14:3 The Groom has already paid the ultimate price for His bride and will come and get her.
Matthew 25:6 Remember, the parable is an earthly story ( a story that is understood) with a heavenly meaning. The cry to the bride is made to the “wise virgins” who were looking for the Groom.
I Thessalonians 4:16 The Groom returns for the bride “with a shout”.
I Corinthians 15:52; I Thessalonians 4:16; Revelation 4:1 The “trumpet” sounds for the bride.
Revelation 19:7-9 These three verses cover a lot of ground between the bride and the Bridegroom. First, in verse (7), this is referring to the Judgment Seat of Christ where the bride will get or lose her rewards for faithfulness while the Groom was separated from her. Here is where the bride gets her white garments of purity. Verse (7) is not referring to a marriage ceremony as we know it to be. It is referring to the consummation of the marriage, remember John 3:29 where John is standing outside the chamber to “rejoice when the Bridegroom's voice is heard”.
SHOWING OFF THE BRIDE
Colossians 3:4; Revelation 19:11-14 After the seven days of feasting, ( 7 year tribulation) the Groom brings His bride out of the chamber with her veil removed, so all could see His bride.