Bride of the Lamb according to Revelation

The Church has the new heart that is in accordance with Jesus Christ (Ezekiel 36:26). It is the promised spirit that ties humans with God. Now, the time of the wedding is at hand. The wedding will be in Heaven, and therefore the Church, as the Fiancée of the Lord Christ Jesus, should first transform, and then move there. From that moment, no one will call her the Church anymore; instead, they will call her the Bride, and the Lamb is her Groom.

A traditional Jewish wedding is a representation of the wedding of God with His people. Several events comprise the traditional Jewish wedding, as outlined below.

Dressing

God dressed Adam by making his body from the dust of the Earth, so that he might live upon the Earth. Consequently, the Creator must also make a new "dress" for the wedding ceremony, if the wedding is going to take place in Heaven. God has another material from which to make the Heavenly dress, according to the Sanctuary's presentation. Moses showed it by placing bread on the Showbread table. Christ Jesus gave bread to His twelve Disciples, and similarly Moses put twelve loaves of bread on the Table. He will not lack any material for this dress, because as Jesus Christ once said, even the very hairs of our head are numbered (Matthew 10:30).

Dressing should take place on Earth, because Christ Jesus was resurrected on the Earth. There was just the single Resurrection then; but now multitudes of humans will be resurrected, and many of them are not in our visible world, but are in Eden, just like spirits. Hence, the Resurrection must take place in Eden, or somewhere else close to the Earth. The Apostle Paul says that we will meet the Lord in the air (1 Thessalonians 4:17). This also means the Lord will push Satan and his servants out from this place toward the Earth, even onto the Earth.

In our society, a maid or matron of honor assists the bride with her dress, and with everything needed for her to be the bride. Similarly, the Church should have a "Woman of Honor" attending her during the wedding. I think the Apostle John envisioned this "Woman of Honor," for he describes "a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet." If this is so, then the dressing and so the Resurrection will take place out in the solar system, at least 400,000 km from the Earth.

The Woman of Honor should assist the Bride with her dress. She can tailor the dress to fit her, because she nourished her growth. If this is so, then she takes the material delivered from Heaven and makes new bodies for every spirit, for every human participating in the First Resurrection. During the dressing of the Bride, the Woman of Honor should keep her things, her deeds done by spirit for the Groom. They are her wedding bouquet, made up of palm branches. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. The Bride has palm branches for her Groom, to meet Him with (John 12:13). The Woman of Honor should also assist with the Bride's makeup, because the Apostle John saw her as having a crown of twelve stars on her head. In this context, stars refer to the messengers, and so should also refer to the Apostles. In any case, the Apostles should be distinguished, perhaps, by having crowns on their own heads.

A groom should not come alone to his bride; he should have other men to be with him. Among them is the Best Man. Because the Groom comes from Heaven, His Best Man is the truly the Best Angel. The best angels, the highest angels, are the archangels. Archangels are chiefs among other angels. However, once Christ Jesus comes to Earth, His assistants will also be men.

It seems logical to assume that the Wedding's Best Angel is the angel bearing the seal of the living God. John wrote: "After this, I saw four angels standing at the four corners of the Earth, holding back the four winds of the Earth to prevent any wind from blowing on the land or on the sea or on any tree. Then I saw another angel coming up from the east, having the seal of the living God. He called out in a loud voice to the four angels who had been given power to harm the land and the sea: "Do not harm the land or the sea or the trees until we put a seal on the foreheads of the servants of our God. Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000 from all the tribes of Israel."

Although these men are on the Earth, all in Heaven hear their songs (Revelation 14:3).

Transport to Heaven

When everything is ready, the Bride and the Groom may take seats in a cart or a wagon pulled to Heaven. It may be a chariot, or chariots of fire pulled by horses of fire, according to Elisha's description (2 Kings 2:11). The Bride is then introduced to God the Father.

"I looked and there before me was A GREAT MULTITUDE THAT NO ONE COULD COUNT, FROM EVERY NATION, TRIBE, PEOPLE AND LANGUAGE, STANDING BEFORE THE THRONE AND IN FRONT OF THE LAMB. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice" (Revelation 7:9-17).

Jesus Christ redeemed people from slavery and, as the Lamb, has brought them into His home. It is as if He is marrying a captive woman (Deuteronomy 21:1-12); she must wait to see whether she will be accepted in His home. Therefore, the Bride salutes God the Father by telling Him her fate depends upon His Mercy. She cries to Him as though her life is at stake: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." The Bride's salutation should be answered; a move by God the Father in her direction is to be expected. Because God is the Highest Ruler and Judge, we may anticipate His actions as a judge -- as He views the victims of the world's crimes.

The Bride and the Groom are not alone before the Throne. They have assistants, angels. Because the duty of groomsmen was once to guard a bride during the wedding, angels step to her side. They declare affirmation of what the Bride has said: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!" Angels are witness that the Bride has acknowledged God the Father and His Son to be her Saviors, and thus has broken any ties to her previous parents. (In a sense, her previous parents have died, and she does not mourn for them anymore.) The angelic words Amen, Amen affirmed what she has declared, because they are legal witnesses to this marriage.

Traditionally, a best man would give a speech addressed to the parents of the bride and groom. Similarly now, the archangel takes the next step and brings the Bride's case before God the Father, the Judge. The Bride of the Lamb could not reach God's Throne alone; she is under the veil. Christ Jesus has covered her, by offered blood (Romans 3:25), to be holy. Only archangels, who have seats there, could reach the Heavenly Throne. Therefore, one of those standing before God speaks for the veiled Bride; thus the Best Angel is also the advocate of the Bride.

The censer in his hand contains the prayers of the saints. Saints praised God, provided incense for the Lamb, and were beaten for it by the slave drivers of the world. Such slave drivers, serving Satan, killed many people. Society did not punish these murderers; yet those who were killed prayed that they would be saved. Since only their souls were saved, not their flesh, their prayers wait to be answered completely. Therefore, God should explain why they have received Heavenly flesh, and why others have dishonored their Earthly flesh. Revenge is the right of all victims. Only the punishment of the killers could be a final answer (judgment) to their prayers.

There were many, of course, who were neither able to know God nor to pray; they asked the Creator for revenge because they were not allowed to begin life. These are the unborn babies.

"And I saw the seven angels who stand before God, and to them were given seven trumpets. Another angel, who had a golden censer, came and stood at the altar. He was given much incense to offer, with the prayers of all the saints, on the golden altar before the throne. The smoke of the incense, together with the prayers of the saints, went up before God from the angel's hand. Then the angel took the censer, filled it with fire from the altar, and hurled it on the Earth; and there came peals of thunder, rumblings, flashes of lightning and an earthquake. Then the seven angels who had the seven trumpets prepared to sound them" (Revelation 8:2-6).

God the Father responds. He has accepted her as the Bride of His Son, which He confirms by punishing all who have hurt her. His so doing I would compare to our everyday life; when we see a victim of any crime, words of judgment are handed down for the criminal who hurt them. Therefore, when God receives them (the victims), then He should (according to His identity) judge those who hurt them. If it said, "there was silence in Heaven for about half an hour," then such a period represents a court session. Every punishment must wait for legalization by the court.

Escort to the Chuppah

The bride and groom are escorted to the Chuppah or "canopy" during a traditional Jewish wedding. Joyful music and singing accompany them, because the bride and groom are viewed as a queen and king. The Chuppah symbolizes the couple's first home together. Therefore, after she is introduced to the Groom's Father, the Bride moves from the Heavenly Throne to a place that Christ Jesus, with his groom-angels, prepared for this purpose (John 14:2-3). This is where the main wedding service occurs.

Hence, as the Church moved and left the Earth, so the Lamb must leave the Heavenly Throne to be under the Chuppah. If He cannot continue managing the events of the Heavenly Book, then He should transfer His power to someone else. The Book of Revelation tells us that He transferred His power over to seven archangels ("angels who stand before God"). Trumpets, which are moved from God's Throne to seven small thrones around it, indicate this transfer. These trumpets cause those who sound them to receive God's power; when angels sound the trumpets, their words are as the power of the Lord. They give a loud shout like the roar of a lion, which is impossible for their bodies. Those far from them think that they hear the sound of thunder.

Another aspect also exists here. God the Father appointed His Son to create and to save. Because God the Father now decides to judge, it is better for His servant angels to do this job. Thus, no one can consider Christ Jesus, as the Man, to be the biggest terrorist in history because He lords over the Great Tribulation.

So, the bride and the groom go under "canopy" for the wedding ceremony, and the bride walks around the groom before the ceremony starts, circling him three times. The groom prays while the bride circles; he prays for friends who are not yet married to soon be married. I think that when Christ Jesus is alone with his Bride, he prays first for those who were not raptured, are not with him under the "Chuppah," that they may join him before the end of the wedding. There are three periods left for them to do so, since the Bride circles him three times. They have only three periods remaining for them to see him as the Groom; thereafter, he will be the Lord. Revelation calls these periods "woes." (Certainly, any period so recognized is not for the part of the world which will be destroyed by the First through Fourth trumpets.)

The wedding service starts with two blessings over wine. I believe this represents two kinds of participants in the Bride, as wine is the symbol of the eternal human spirit, according to Christ's teachings. These participants include those who receive the spirit during their life, in mortal flesh, and those who receive the spirit after they pass away (the Old Testament's faithful men and women, or New Testament believers, who did not have the opportunity to live in this spirit during life; for instance, those who lived during the Dark Ages, or were killed before birth by abortion).

The groom places the wedding ring on the bride's finger with these words: "Be sanctified to me with this ring in accordance with the law of Moses and Israel." Then the marriage contract is read. I believe the Lamb will give his hand to everyone during the next period of the Wedding of the Lamb. Perhaps He will give each one a ring engraved with their new name, or put something on each forehead that could be easy recognized as an indication that this or that one is for the Lamb. Meanwhile, others will learn the Law of God, which will be sanctified also by their deeds.

Then Seven Blessings Are Recited

This confirms that they have learned God's Law, and are able to exist in accordance with God's demands. No one in the Old Testament was able to fulfill the Law of Moses completely, and therefore none was a saint while on the Earth (besides Jesus Christ). But this stricture has fallen away now, because new beings will live in accordance with God's Law. Since they are saints because their deeds, they do not need atonement cover anymore. Therefore, Jesus Christ removes his covering from them. In the Jewish wedding ceremony, the groom unveils the bride's face when the Seven Blessings are recited.

Here is the Seventh Blessing, the last one: Praised are You, O Lord our God, King of the Universe, who created joy and gladness, bride and groom, mirth, song, delight and rejoicing, love and harmony, peace and companionship. O Lord our God, may there ever be heard in the cities of Judah and in the streets of Jerusalem voices of joy and gladness, voices of bride and groom, the jubilant voices of those joined in marriage under the bridal canopy, the voices of young people feasting and singing. Praised are You, O Lord, Who causes the groom to rejoice with his bride.

Breaking the Glass

The wedding ceremony ends when the groom steps on and breaks a glass. So, the last part of the wedding of the Lamb in Heaven will be in the direction to Jerusalem and the Temple in it. I believe this last period will involve accepting instruction on how to manage events on the Earth during the Millennium.

After breaking the glass, the bride and groom retire to a private room to take few moments to relax together. This could refer to taking a private room in the New Jerusalem.

Wedding Party

Finally, the bride and groom return to wedding party and greet their wedding guests. In the same way, I believe, the Redeemed will return to the Heavenly Throne and greet the angels. Now, basically, they are the same beings; they are all God's servants, with the only difference being that angels are servants of God the Father and so the Heavenly Host, whereas the Redeemed are the servants of the Lamb on the Earth. I believe this will be the last meeting in Heaven before the invasion of the Earth.

I believe, also, that the Wedding of the Lamb occurs during our dwelling in Heaven. Perhaps therefore our dwelling there is called the wedding. The wedding of the Lamb should run during the Seventh Seal. Also, the term 'the Bride of the Lamb' applies for that period.

In order to have a complete picture of that period, we need to return to the believers on the Earth. These are ones who were saved upon the breaking of the last Seal. I would compare them to groomsmen, from the words "These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure" (Revelation 14:4). They were left on the Earth to guard Home for the Couple to live there.

Since the Creator created during the light of six days, six Heavenly Lamps shone during the building of the Home for the new Couple. The Lamb first stepped up for Creation, and the first Lamp began to shine (Revelation 5:13). He gave his authority to the Church to ride out as conqueror. Their task was to subdue the Earth under the Gospel, to preach the Gospel to all nations. In this way, Christ Jesus has been brought to all nations, and His name was proclaimed over them to accept the coming Creator and Savior. "He came to that which was His own, but His own did not receive Him" (John 1:11). Regardless of the fact that not all accepted His offered Mercy, He has right to come there and to take His own. Now, as the Husband of she who was persecuted and mocked by them (they who cursed Christians and their Lord), it is His duty to avenge her.

These 144,000 Redeemed ones rejoice because of the wedding. "The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom's voice" (John 3:29). The final joy will be expressed by seeing them return Home.

Then there are those believers who were not saved at opening the last Seal. These believers did not have mature spirits; according to Song of Songs, they are young sisters who are not yet grown up (8:8). The Words for them are in the Seventh Letter for the church in Laodicea.

The Seventh Letter

"These are the words of the Amen, the faithful and true witness, the ruler of God's

Creation." If the Author of this letter introduced himself as the Amen, then any other ministries for created beings end by extinction of the Seventh Lamp. This means that no Rapture or Wedding could occur after this letter. Thus the mystery of God, just as He announced to His prophets, is accomplished in this Lamp. Upon the end of the last Seal, Christ Jesus will be the history. He can serve only as the witness of all that God had intended for His people. It is enough for them to be eternal beings and to have God as their partner. They should await nothing else; they will not be gods.

After this Lamp, Christ Jesus will not be the Man, but God the Son, ruling Creation. He will not rule these eternal human beings; they will assist Him as His partners.

"I know your deeds, that you are neither cold nor hot. I wish you were either one or the other!" This indicates that the Rapture must have occurred by this point, because "hot" Christians do not exist when the seventh Lamp started to shine for Earth. "Hot" Christians are these who do not sleep, and have enough oil (Matthew 25:1-13).

In spite of the fact that some Christians were raptured, those left behind might decide that they were fine; they might believe that they had remained on Earth in safety, while the disappeared perished in catastrophes. Indeed, some teachers even teach that 'one taken' is taken to perish, and 'the other is left' because he is righteous (Matthew 24:40-41). Their understanding of some Biblical texts holds many denominations and Christian groups together. They believe they are right with God, because they hold more of the truth than any others. Thus they are rich in their own eyes, while all others are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked. But God's word of this Lamp shines so: "But you do not realize that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind and naked."

Is God so poor that He does not give any Heavenly thing to His children, especially in the period when Christ Jesus, the head of the Church, steps up on the Heavenly Throne? (Colossians 1:18; Revelation 5). Logically, this is impossible. If a believer refuses to accept anything from God, then that believer is not God's chosen man or woman. The most important thing any Christian can have is the eternal spirit (wine) in his or her body. Therefore never say, 'I am rich; I have acquired wealth and do not need' the spirit. The newborn spirit is this thing that identifies you as God's child. Any other understanding, or the pursuit of any revelation of any other person, does not give you legitimacy for the Wedding of the Lamb.

People receive the eternal spirit when they reject their soul habit -- their ego. They need to have died in this field, that the new seed may grow (John 12:24). Thus, death is what may make humans truly rich. When Christ Jesus advises them to buy from him gold refined in the fire in order to become rich, then they should not love their life; rather, they should die for faith in God.

Since the door for humans to become Heavenly beings is open, everyone with the right to become a Heavenly being should immediately enter after passing away. Therefore, the Author of the seventh letter says: "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with me." They immediately enter the Wedding Supper of the Lamb, thus not the first gathering (introduction) at the Throne. These words testify that the Resurrection has already occurred, because believers from this Lamp will go directly to the Wedding Table. This means that the Wedding Supper of the Lamb is occurring at this point.

God will reward those faithful until the Second Coming by appointing them to the new government established by the Lord in the material world. This should apply to those 144,000 who wait for the Messiah in the material world. "To him who overcomes, I will give the right to sit with me on my throne, just as I overcame and sat down with my Father on his throne."

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