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The Jewish Wedding Ceremony and the Bride of Christ

Post by Victor » Sat May 12, 2018 10:10 pm

The Jewish Wedding Ceremony and the Bride of Christ

The rapture is positioned to happen before the seven years of tribulation. This study clearly shows this.

Both the Old and the New Testaments describe how God through Christ, the Bridegroom, is in the process of marrying His bride, the believers in Him, who will ultimately live and dwell with Him forever.

[Eph 5:31] For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. [Eph 5:32] This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.

[2 Cor 11:2] For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

God ordained and established marraige and its divine sanctity in Genesis, when He brought Adam and Eve together to become one flesh. (Genesis 2:21-24) Adam is a type of Christ here. (Rom 5:14) God had a deep sleep fall upon Adam. Sleep is synonymous with death. (Eph 5:14) The deep sleep that God caused to fall upon Adam is a picture of the crucifixion and death of Jesus. God brought a deep sleep upon Adam so He could take a rib from the side of his flesh. This required the shedding of blood. This is a picture of Christ who was pierced in the side of His flesh, shedding His own blood when He hung on the tree. From the rib of Adam, God made Eve. By the death of Jesus and our faith in Him we become wedded to Him, and thus the Bride of Christ. By accepting, trusting, and believing in Jesus, we become one with Him.

The ancient Jewish wedding ceremony God gave to the Jewish people was to teach us also about the wedding of the Messiah. This ceremony consisted of 12 steps. Notice the complete similarities to this wedding ceremony and the Church, or Bride of Christ today.

1. The selection of the bride.

The bride was usually chosen by the father of the bridegroom. The father would send his trusted servant, known as the agent of the father, to search out the bride. Read Gen 24. In this chapter, Abraham (a type of God the Father) wishes to secure a bride for Isaac (a type of Messiah) and send his servant Eliezer (a type of the Holy Spirit) to do this task. It is the role of the Holy Spirit to convict the world of sin and lead them to God.(John 16:7-8) Just as the bride was usually chosen by the father of the bridegroom, so the believers in the Messiah are chosen by God.(John 15:16) The bridegroom chose the bride and lavished his love upon her and she returned his love. This can be seen in Eph 5:25. Rebekah consented to marry Isaac even before she ever met him. Today, the believers in the Messiah consent to become the bride of Christ even though we have never seen Him. (1Pet 1:8)

Christians are Chosen:

1. [Mat 22:14] For many are called, but few are chosen.
2. [Mark 13:20] And except that the Lord had shortened those days, no flesh should be saved: but for the elect's sake, whom he hath chosen, he hath shortened the days.
3. [John 6:70] Jesus answered them, Have not I chosen you twelve, and one of you is a devil?
4. [John 15:16] Ye have not chosen me, but I have chosen you, and ordained you, that ye should go and bring forth fruit, and that your fruit should remain: that whatsoever ye shall ask of the Father in my name, he may give it you.
5. [John 15:19] If ye were of the world, the world would love his own: but because ye are not of the world, but I have chosen you out of the world, therefore the world hateth you.
6. [Acts 1:2] Until the day in which he was taken up, after that he through the Holy Ghost had given commandments unto the apostles whom he had chosen:
7. [Acts 9:15] But the Lord said unto him, Go thy way: for he is a chosen vessel unto me, to bear my name before the Gentiles, and kings, and the children of Israel:
8. [Acts 10:40] Him God raised up the third day, and shewed him openly; [41] Not to all the people, but unto witnesses chosen before God, even to us, who did eat and drink with him after he rose from the dead.
9. [Acts 22:14] And he said, The God of our fathers hath chosen thee, that thou shouldest know his will, and see that Just One, and shouldest hear the voice of his mouth.
10. [Eph 1:4] According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love:
11. [2Thess 2:13] But we are bound to give thanks alway to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth:
12. [Jas 2:5] Hearken, my beloved brethren, Hath not God chosen the poor of this world rich in faith, and heirs of the kingdom which he hath promised to them that love him?
13. [1Pet 2:4.14] To whom coming, as unto a living stone, disallowed indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
14. [1Pet 2:9.5] But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light;
15. [Rev 17:14] These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.[/list]

2. A bride price was established.

Adam gave up a rib for his wife, eve.

In Genesis, Abraham was thought to be the brother of Sarah who was very beautiful. Kings kept giving Abraham money for Sarah, to wed her. Then, after finding out Sarah was not only Abraham's half brother, but also his wife, they gave Abraham even more money to make sure they didn't displease God, who was with him.

Gifts were given for Isaac's wife, Rebecca.
[Gen 24:51] Behold, Rebekah is before thee, take her, and go, and let her be thy master's son's wife, as the LORD hath spoken.
[Gen 24:52] And it came to pass, that, when Abraham's servant heard their words, he worshipped the LORD, bowing himself to the earth.
[Gen 24:53] And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave them to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.

Jacob gave 7 years of labor for Rachel but got Leah, and then gave another 7 years labor for Rachel.

A nearby prince pleads for Dinah, one of Jacob's daughters, and will pay whatever the cost: he ends up giving his life.
[Gen 34:4] And Shechem spake unto his father Hamor, saying, Get me this damsel to wife.
[Gen 34:12] Ask me never so much dowry and gift, and I will give according as ye shall say unto me: but give me the damsel to wife.
[Gen 34:26] And they slew Hamor and Shechem his son with the edge of the sword, and took Dinah out of Shechem's house, and went out.

Jesus, being our bridegroom, paid a very high price for His bride, the body of believers. The price He paid was His life.

[1Cor 6:20] For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.
[1Cor 7:23.10] You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men.
[Luke 22:20] Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood, which is shed for you.
[Mat 13:45] Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a merchant man, seeking goodly pearls:
[Mat 13:46.10] Who, when he had found one pearl of great price, went and sold all that he had, and bought it.

Christ gave all he had for us, his life.

3. The bride and groom are betrothed to each other. Betrothal legally binds the bride and the groom together in a marraige contract, except they do not physically live together yet.

[Exod 21:8] If she please not her master, who hath betrothed her to himself, then shall he let her be redeemed: to sell her unto a strange nation he shall have no power, seeing he hath dealt deceitfully with her.
[Exod 21:9] And if he have betrothed her unto his son, he shall deal with her after the manner of daughters.
[Exod 21:10] If he take him another wife; her food, her raiment, and her duty of marriage, shall he not diminish.

[Exod 22:16] And if a man entice a maid that is not betrothed, and lie with her, he shall surely endow her to be his wife.

[Deut 20:7.8] And what man is there that hath betrothed a wife, and hath not taken her? let him go and return unto his house, lest he die in the battle, and another man take her.

[Deut 22:23] If a damsel that is a virgin be betrothed unto an husband, and a man find her in the city, and lie with her;
[Deut 22:24] Then ye shall bring them both out unto the gate of that city, and ye shall stone them with stones that they die; the damsel, because she cried not, being in the city; and the man, because he hath humbled his neighbour's wife: so thou shalt put away evil from among you.
[Deut 22:25] But if a man find a betrothed damsel in the field, and the man force her, and lie with her: then the man only that lay with her shall die.
[Deut 22:26] But unto the damsel thou shalt do nothing; there is in the damsel no sin worthy of death: for as when a man riseth against his neighbour, and slayeth him, even so is this matter:
[Deut 22:27] For he found her in the field, and the betrothed damsel cried, and there was none to save her.
[Deut 22:28] If a man find a damsel that is a virgin, which is not betrothed, and lay hold on her, and lie with her, and they be found;
[Deut 22:29] Then the man that lay with her shall give unto the damsel's father fifty shekels of silver, and she shall be his wife; because he hath humbled her, he may not put her away all his days.

[Deut 28:30] Thou shalt betroth a wife, and another man shall lie with her: thou shalt build an house, and thou shalt not dwell therein: thou shalt plant a vineyard, and shalt not gather the grapes thereof.

[Lev 19:20] And whosoever lieth carnally with a woman, that is a bondmaid, betrothed to an husband, and not at all redeemed, nor freedom given her; she shall be scourged; they shall not be put to death, because she was not free.

Christians are betrothed to the Lord Jesus Christ:

[Hos 2:19] And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
[Hos 2:20] I will even betroth thee unto me in faithfulness: and thou shalt know the LORD.

[2 Cor 11:2] For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.

4. A written document is drawn up.

This contract states the bride price, the promises of the groom, and the rights of the bride. The groom promises to work for her, to honor, support, and maintain her in truth, to provide food, clothing, and necessities, and to live together with her as husband and wife. This contract was the unalienable right of the bride. It must be executed and signed prior to the wedding ceremony. The Bible is the believers contract. All the promises that God provided for the believers in Christ are legally ours.

[2Cor 1:20] For all the promises of God in him are yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us.

5. The bride must give her consent.

[Gen 24:58] And they called Rebekah, and said unto her, Wilt thou go with this man? And she said, I will go.

The personal application to those who desire the Lord to come into their hearts and lives is to accept his invitation to do so by faith. As His bride, we are saying 'I do".

6. Gifts were given to the bride and a cup called the cup of the covenant was shared between the bride and the groom.

The rite of the betrothal is completed when the groom gives something of value to the bride and she accepts it. Today, the gift that is given is usually a ring. When the groom places the ring on the bride's finger, the rite of betrothal is completed. This completed rite is known in Hebrew as kiddushin, which means "sanctification." The gifts to the bride are symbols of love, commitment, and loyalty. The gift God gives to those who accept Jesus is the Holy Spirit. When Jesus accended to Heaven, He gave us gifts, including righteousness, eternal life, grace, faith, and other spiritual gifts. In addition, at this time the cup of the covenant was shared and sealed between the bride and the groom with the drinking of wine. In doing so, the couple drinks from a common cup. The cup is first given to the groom to sip, and then is given to the bride. This cup, known as the cup of the covenant, is spoken of in Jer 31:31-33, and in Luke 22:20

7. The bride had a water immersion, which is a ritual of cleansing.

This indicates a separation from a former way to a new way of life. In the case of marraige, it indicates leaving an old life for a new life with your spouse. Jesus said, in John 3:1-7, that we must be born anew to enter into the Kingdom of God. Believers are to be immersed in the name of Jesus. The Holy Spirit is the immerser of God. (Luke3:16, Acts 1:5, 11:15-16)

8. The briegroom departed, going back to his father's house to prepare the bridal chamber.

[John 14:2] In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

At this point, the bridegroom leaves for his father's house to prepare the bridal chamber for his bride. It was understood to be the man's duty to go away to be with his father, build a house, and prepare for the eventual wedding. Before he goes, though, he will make a statement to the bride, "I go to prepare a place for you; if I go, I will return again unto you."

9. The bride was consecrated and set apart for a period of time while the bridegroom was away building the house.

[Rev 21:2] And I John saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.

Before the bridegroom could go and get the bride, the groom's father had to be satisfied that every preparation had been made by the son.

[Mat 24:36] But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.

Only then could he give permission to the son to go and get the bride. In other words, while the bridegroom was working on the bridal chamber, it was the father who "okayed" the final bridal chamber.

The bridegroom did not know when his father would declare the bridal chamber fit and send him to go get his bride. Note the parallels:

[Mark 13:32] "But of that day or that hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. [Mark 13:33] Take heed, watch; for you do not know when the time will come. [Mark 13:34] It is like a man going on a journey, when he leaves home and puts his servants in charge, each with his work, and commands the doorkeeper to be on the watch. [Mark 13:35] Watch therefore--for you do not know when the master of the house will come, in the evening, or at midnight, or at cockcrow, or in the morning-- [Mark 13:36] lest he come suddenly and find you asleep. [Mark 13:37] And what I say to you I say to all: Watch."

Meanwhile, the bride was to wait eagerly for the return of the bridegroom. In the mind of the bride, the bridegroom could come at any time, even in the middle of the night or at midnight. Therefore, she had to be ready at all times. Jesus referred to this in the same verses in Mark above, and in Mat 25:1-13.

10. The bridegroom would return with a shout, "Behold, the bridegroom comes" and the sound of the ram's horn would be blown.

The time of the return of the bridegroom was usually at midnight. When the bridegroom did come, he came with a shout (Mat 25:6) and with the blowing of a trumpet (1Thess 4:16-17; Rev 4:1). The marriage between the bride and the groom would take place under a wedding canopy. Since Heaven is a type of canopy, we can see that when Jesus gives a shout for His bride, accompanied by the blowing of a trumpet, the marriage between Christ and his bride will take place in Heaven. The marriage ceremony will have a sacred procession. For this reason, the bridegroom (Jesus) will be led to the canopy first. When the bridegroom approaches the canopy, the cantor chants, "Blessed is he who comes." This expression means "welcome." Jesus said that He would not return for His bride until these words were said. (). The groom is greeted like a king under the canopy. During this time Jesus, the bridegroom, will be crowned King under the canopy, which is Heaven.

11. He would abduct his bride, usually in the middle of the night, to go to the bridal chamber where the marriage would be consummated. This is the full marriage.

The bride and groom will go to the wedding chamber, where the marriage will be consummated. They will stay in that wedding chamber for seven days, or a week. At the end of the seven days, the bride and groom willcome out from the wedding chamber. This can be seen in Joel 2:16. The word week in Hebrew is shavuah. It means a "seven". It can mean seven days or seven years. An example of the Hebrew word shavuah for week meaning seven years can be found in Dan 9:24,27. From this we can see that the believers (bride) in the Messiah (bridegroom) will be with the Messiah in Heaven for His wedding while the earth will be experiencing the seven-year tribulation period. Also in the biblical wedding sevice that God gave, after you are married, you have a honeymoon. The honeymoon lasts a week, having the same meaning as the above. Seven days or seven years. So this also can refer to Heaven where the previously raptured believers have been enjoying a seven-year honeymoon with the Lord while the earth is experiencing the tribulation.

12. Finally, there would be a marriage supper for all the guests invited by the father of the bride.

The bride and the groom would be in the wedding chamber for seven days. When the bride and the groom initially went into the wedding chamber, the friend of the bridegroom stood outside the door. All the assembled guests of the wedding gathered outside, waiting for the friend of the bridegroom to annouce the consummation of the marriage, which was relayed to him by the groom. John referred to this in John 3:29. At this signal, great rejoicing broke forth. The marriage was consmmated on the first night. The bloodstained linen from this night was preserved. It was proof of the bride's virginity. (Deut 22:13-21) On the wedding day, the bridegroom is seen as a king and the bride as a queen. During the consummation of the marrieage, the bridegroom (Jesus) will be crowned King over all the earth and the bride (believers in Christ) will live with Him and rule with Him forever.

Jesus will be returning with His bride and we will rule and reign with Him physically during the Millennium (Rev 20:4)

Is this awesome stuff or what? Wait till you read what I've learned about the Feasts, which, once you understand the ceremonies of God, what they meant in the past, their prophetic implications and their perfect fulfillment in Christ, I believe you will have the comfort of knowing that we will not be here during the tribulation, which is reserved for those who do not take part in being the Bride of Christ.

In His Most Awesome Promises, Jackie

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Note: The site this info is from is no longer on the Internet. I contacted the site owner to see if they are still on planet earth -- The info was taken from the Way Back Machine:

Source: http://web.archive.org/web/201603050248 ... edding.htm


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