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Sneak Preview Of “The Marriage Supper Of The Lamb”

Scripture tells us the church is the body of Christ (1 Corinthians 12:27). So who then is the bride of Jesus? The Bride of Christ is vividly described as those who love and steadfast obey Him, and so become faithful overcomers (Revelation 3:12). They shall be marked with the name of God’s city, coming down out of heaven (Revelation 21:9-11). She is not simply the body of believers that make up the visible church, or even those who claim they are His followers. It is clear that to be set apart as the Bride of Jesus, we must live holy and set-apart lives that overcome evil, sin and the devil.

I submit that if the Bible is the story of God’s love for His people, and the redemption of the human race to the purpose it was made for, then marriage becomes more than just another institution. It is the central image of the Bible, and the lens through which we must see the Lord at work in history and our lives. It explains the way the Lord has chosen to work, the events we see around us, and the beginning and end of history.

I don’t claim to have the final word on the Book of Revelation or any other book of the Bible. But the parallels between the Hebrew marriage process and many texts and concepts in the New Testament are so striking that it is worth exploring further.

To understand the Hebrew marriage is to understand:

ø God’s plan for the human race

ø The grand truth of Jesus’ teaching on the kingdom of God, and

ø What God wants to achieve through you, as an individual and believer.

If our God seeks to unite us to Himself in a glorious marriage, of which our earthly marriages are a pale shadow, it’s no wonder that Scripture mentions it so much!

Jesus Himself warned: “Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect” (Matthew 24:44).

When the Bridegroom returns, will He find His Bride ready?


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