The Bridegroom

Off and on for the last few weeks I have been studying the bride and the bridegroom in the Bible and came across the following verse this morning.

1Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

While it may not seem to anyone that this verse has anything to do with the bride and bride groom, I do. The bride rises to meet her Groom.

Those whom have died before His second coming, those whom are awaiting the shout of His return and the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God.

Soon and very soon we are going to see the Lord!

Jesus, our Bridegroom, will descend from heaven to carry His bride (us!) away with Him to His Father’s house.

Gently He will lift the veil from the face of His bride, the veil that separates death from eternal life. And He shall utter a glad shout as He gazes upon her beauty — the beauty that He Himself has wrought.

O what a glorious day that will be.

The Bride and the Bridegroom

NOTE: Looking up every verse that has bride or bridegroom or both, will have bold letters marking the text.

Isaiah 49:18

¶ ¶ Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.

Isaiah the prophet is the first one to mention the bride in the scriptures. When I began reading the chapter verses that led up to this verse,  beginning at verse 8,  I felt that God was wooing His bride.  He made a token and a pledge to protect His beloved and had promised many provisions for them.  He even called the heavens and the mountains to burst into joyous celebration as He showered His compassion on them, even when they had thought that He had forgotten them.  But O how could the bridegroom forget His beloved?  He would bring all their children back at the time of His choosing, “they will be like jewels or bridal ornaments for you to display.

The ornaments of the bride are many children, who are assembled by the word of God, and governed by his Spirit.

Revelations 19:7 Let us rejoice and be exceeding glad, and let us give the glory unto him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.

The groom will return for His bride when the bride has made herself ready. When she has entered into her triumphant state; adorned with all sorts of fine clothing or precious jewels, prepared for her marriage.  When the final conversion of the nations have come and that last child whom God has called has surrendered, then… the Bridegroom will come for His bride. As Isaiah has spoken:  “Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these gather themselves together, and come to thee.” (Isaiah 49:18) St. John echoes from the New Testament: Lift up your eyes, and “look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.”  (John 4:35, B) When all that were chosen are effectually called, then the bride, the Lamb’s wife, shall have made herself ready. She shall be quite dressed, in her bride attire.

The bride ask‘s a question,

(Isa 49:21) Then shalt thou say in thine heart, Who hath begotten me these, seeing I have lost my children, and am desolate, a captive, and removing to and fro? and who hath brought up these? Behold, I was left alone; these, where had they been?

And God’s answer was:

Thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I will lift up mine hand to the Gentiles, and set up my standard to the people: and they shall bring thy sons in their arms, and thy daughters shall be carried upon their shoulders. (Isa 49:22)

All of the children have been guided by the hand of the Father of the groom, yet she never bore any pain for them, nor took any pains with bringing them together, because He the Bride groom, has set the standard in which they should follow and His Spirit guided them on their path. Because she had been held in captivity, the Jewish nation had left her children; they were cut off, but the Father watched over the children until at last, His Son came and made an atonement for all, with His outstretched hand,  He summoned them to Himself, Jew and Gentile alike, the increase of His glory.

Isa 49:23 And kings shall be thy nursing fathers, and their queens thy nursing mothers: they shall bow down to thee with their face toward the earth, and lick up the dust of thy feet; and thou shalt know that I am the LORD: for they shall not be ashamed that wait for me.

Romans 5:5 And hope maketh not ashamed; because the love of God is shed abroad in our hearts by the Holy Ghost which is given unto us.

Romans 9:33 As it is written, Behold, I lay in Sion a stumbling stone and rock of offence: and whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Romans 10:11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed.

Psalm 19:5

Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.

King David is the first one to mention the bridegroom in the scriptures.  He is worshiping in meditation and out of his heart comes a song of joy regarding creation and he recons this burst of glory that comes from the heavens like a bridegroom comes forth with such great joy after he has taken a bride. A man beams with such delight and pride in the women that he has made his bride and his heart is overwhelmed with such happiness.  The feeling that came to David as he looked upon the skies at the fantastic display of God’s craftsmanship and the beauty of it all and how it made him feel, reminded the King of how he felt after he had been married.

Isaiah the prophet again speaks of the bride and this time also of the bridegroom. :

¶ I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, My soul shall be joyful in my God; For He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. (  Isa 61:10 )

This reminds me of my 25th anniversary, and how excited I was and wanted everything to be in it’s perfect place.  Right down to the colors of the sand in the sand ceremony and how I choose all the scriptures to go with each color and who I wanted to pour that color of sand into the jar. I not only wanted to look good for Richard, but to look beautiful and to smell beautiful.  I wanted everything about me to be pleasing to him and let him know that that in all of the preparation that I had one thing in mind.  Him, my husband to be, glorifying the Lord through it all. I took great lengths to collect all of the little accessories that I would wear that day and all the items that I wanted on the altar, to be just so so.

I like to imagine that I looked to Richard, just as beautiful as new Jerusalem will look when she came from out of the heavens in John‘s vision.

And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)

This to me will be an astonishing site that will one day be so beautiful that it would take our breath away. This was the same effect I had hoped Richard would feel as I walked arm in arm with my brother Tracy, to meet my husband of then 25 years.  Just like I wanted to be spick and span and every hair in it’s rightful place, not a curl out of order,  God will not come for His bride, until she is circumcised in her heart and made clean by His righteousness.

Isaiah 52:1 ¶ Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O Zion; put on thy beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the holy city: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean.

We must never forget that God is a jealous God and does not want us to allow any other lover of our soul.

Deuteronomy 4:24 “For the LORD your God is a consuming fire, a jealous God.

Psalm 62:5 My soul, wait thou only upon God; for my expectation is from him.

This is for the bride and the bridegroom as well and also for all mankind.

And the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “ Come!”  And let him who thirst’s come.  And who ever desires, let him take the water of life freely.  The grace of our Lord Jesus Christ be with you all. Amen Rev 22:17 & 22:21

This invitation by the Spirit remains open to anyone who will come by faith to Christ Jesus as their Saviour and accept His gift of eternal life. Notice the Spirit and the bride are requesting that those who hear may come?  I think this is pretty significant. Nothing, it is clear, could be more appropriate at the close of this book of Revelation as it is the one that closes the Bible as a whole.

If the bride were some certain select set of peoples, then why are they and the Spirit, inviting anyone who hears? The Holy Spirit is the one sent to invite all to come…  by all his influences through the consciences, and the hearts of men. The Bride in this case is the church, because they too are sent to present the gospel and to invite folks to walk the same path.  The bride presents the gospel in many ways.  By it’s conduct, by it’s messengers of the gospel be it ministers or missionaries or evangelists.  Also the bride calls people by it’s efforts to help the needy, the children and the widows and by it’s consistant example of daily living, by the spirit of it’s fruit and by it’s steadfastness to walk in the gory of our God.

Colossians 3:12-13 ¶ Put on therefore, as the elect of God, holy and beloved, bowels of mercies, kindness, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering; Forbearing one another, and forgiving one another, if any man have a quarrel against any: even as Christ forgave you, so also do ye.  These are the ways of holiness that God expects His children to walk in.  We are to be holy as He is holy.  We -represent Him on this earth.  Every day, we are re- presenting Him.  

John 7:37 ¶  In the last day, that great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried, saying, If any man thirst, let him come unto me, and drink.

The last day of the feast of tabernacles, that is, the eighth day, was as celebrated a day as the first. An interesting thing happened on the last great day of the feast of tabernacles in the city of Jerusalem. On each day of the feast, the people came with palm branches and marched around the great altar at the temple. A priest would take a golden pitcher of water from the pool of Siloam, carried it to the temple and poured that on the altar.  This ceremony was to remind the folks of the time that the water flowed from the rock in the wilderness.  But on the last day of the feast of tabernacles, the people marched seven times in memory of the seven churches around the walls of Jerusalem.  Some think that it was during this very time, when the water was being poured out that Jesus spoke aloud the words, “If anyone thirsts, let him come to Me and drink.”   It was on the eighth day that they offered sacrifices for Israel; therefore the eighth day was more highly esteemed than any of the others. This last day ceremony, was the closing scene of the feast, just as the book of Revelation and this call, this invitation is extended from the bride and the Spirit, are the closing scene of the Bible. By the way,  Jesus goes on to say

 “He that believeth on me, as the scripture hath said, out of his belly shall flow rivers of living water.”  John 7:38 So again,  Jesus is pointing us to the understanding that the water represents the Holy Spirit. 

Jeremiah 7:34

Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.

No matter how much praying the folks of Judah would lift, no prayer, other than a prayer of repentance was going to help them in this situation.  They had committed a great sin and because of this, their nation would be devastated with no joy or gladness and the land itself would become desolate.  They had been offering their own children as sacrifices to another god in the form of a statue. (I could tell you so much more about this statue, but this is not what this study is about.) There would no longer be in Jerusalem any cause of joy and they would neither marry nor be given in marriage. I think by this, no more children would be born to these people that they could just go off and sacrifice their babies.  It is probably the noise of the sounds of the bride and bridegroom that would no longer be heard because at the weddings of these people,  much song and dance was observed.

Isaiah 24:7 The new wine mourneth, the vine languisheth, all the merryhearted do sigh.  I think Isaiah is making a reference to what brings about such merriment at such ceremonies. Isaiah too was speaking in this chapter of a time where the earth would be desolate because of transgression against our holy God. Isaiah tells us in verse five that the earth also is defiled under the inhabitants thereof; because they have transgressed the laws, changed the ordinance, broken the everlasting covenant

In the book of Revelation a simular word is given of a darkness when there will be more more wedding celebrations upon the earth, because the people of the earth did not heed the call of truth and were deceived by the enemy instead.  Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.

1st Thessalonians 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:

Those whom have died before His second coming, those whom are awaiting the shout of His return and the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God.

Jesus, our Bridegroom, will descend from heaven to carry His bride (us!) away with Him to His Father’s house.   Gently He will lift the veil from the face of His bride, the veil that separates death from eternal life.  And He shall utter a glad shout  as He gazes upon her beauty — the beauty that He Himself has wrought.  O what a glorious day that will be.

Jeremiah 16:9

For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.

What Jeremiah was prophesying was that soon, before their very own eyes, Yahwey was going to put an end to the happy singing and laughter in the land and that the joyful celebrations when folks marry, will no longer be heard.  He himself (Jeremiah) had already been warned by Yahwey not to participate in parties or other joyful events so that the nation would see the life of the prophet and how seriously He took God’s words himself, in the eye of the sins of the nation.  His life was to be like ours is to be, an illustration of the truth of God’s word upon this land.

Jeremiah tells the people again a little further on in his mission: “

Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.”   Jeremiah 25:10

Now, not only would there be no more sounds of joyous events like that of a bride and bridegroom, but now their businesses would fail and and their homes would stand silent and dark.  maybe because if they couldn’t work,  they couldn’t support their homes?

Jeremiah 33:11

The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.

This is kind of like the song that the Levites were to sing and play:

¶ “O give thanks unto the LORD; for he is good: because his mercy endureth for ever.”   Psalm 118:1 This song, like Paul said, is a sacrifice of praise from the fruit of our lips.

Those who were taken into captivity would soon be brought back by the mercy, grace and the hand of God. When they arrived again in their land, everything would be as it were both in thier civil transactions, and their personal matters.  They would again marry and give in marriage; and their spiritual joy would return to them as they began to publicly acknowledge Yahwey as their God, He in return would publicly acknowledge them with His presence and His blessings.  When we step outside of God’s will, we are on the wrong road.

2 Chronicles 7:14-15 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. Now mine eyes shall be open, and mine ears attent unto the prayer that is made in this place.

Joel 2:16

Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

This whole chapter (two of Joel)  I believe is prophetic to our future.  Joel calls the people to blow the trumpet in Zion, and that the day of the Lord is coming;  a day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations.  When God returns for His people, He is not coming in a very good mood.  His vengeance upon the wicked and the leader of all lost men, will be spent upon the earth and it’s evil dwellers.  His anger is not aimed at the children of light at all.  Joel even mentions “

for the day of the LORD is great and very terrible; and who can abide it? ”  In the very last verse, Joel tells us how we can be prepared for this great day: Joel 2:32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call.

Joel 2:16

Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.

Joel is not counting anyone out.  Everyone should be sanctified, elders, children, babies at the breast, men and women, even those who are awaiting their marriage.  This calling out was because all have sinned,.  All of those who came to repentance, so that men seeing the children who are not free from God’s wrath, might be the more deeply touched with the consideration of their own sins.  This is why we now walk in the grace of God,  not expecting anything except the grace of God upon our lives that should be sufficient.

Matthew 9:15 And Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them? but the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken from them, and then shall they fast.

(In this verse, bridechamber in the Greek is numphon which means bridal room)

Interesting,  ‘them’ is referring to the children in the bridal room…  this is a Hebrew idiom.  They that are admitted into the marriage chamber are as the bridegroom’s closest friends.  The children of the bride-chamber were the companions of the bridegroom, who accompanied him (the bridegroom) to the house of his father-in-law when he went to bring the bride to his own home.  The marriage-feast among the Jews lasted seven days; but the new married woman was considered to be a bride for thirty days.  Their fast  (His disciples) only lasted about forty hours while Jesus lay in the power of death that did not over come Him.  These were the days that would come that Jesus was talking about.  Notice it doesn’t say that they will mourn for years and years but days only.   Once He had risen,  there was cause to rejoice. The days of mourning had been turned to days of joy.  In this sense and according to this scripture,  the children in the bridal chamber … are guest’s of the bridegroom.   Perhaps too,  after the ascension of Yahushua, they would have trials that would make fasting proper.

2nd Corinthians 6:1-10 ¶ We then, as workers together with him, beseech you also that ye receive not the grace of God in vain (For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation.Giving no offence in any thing, that the ministry be not blamed. But in all things approving ourselves as the ministers of God, in much patience, in afflictions, in necessities, in distresses, In stripes, in imprisonments, in tumults, in labours, in watchings, in fastings; By pureness, by knowledge, by longsuffering, by kindness, by the Holy Ghost, by love unfeigned, By the word of truth, by the power of God, by the armour of righteousness on the right hand and on the left, By honour and dishonour, by evil report and good report: as deceivers, and yet true; As unknown, and yet well known; as dying, and, behold, we live; as chastened, and not killed; As sorrowful, yet alway rejoicing; as poor, yet making many rich; as having nothing, and yet possessing all things.

Boy that just about wraps it up in a nut shell what we aught to be doing?

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A Spirit filled disciple who continually seeks His kingdom and His righteousness.
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