Everlasting Kingdom: Unraveling the Bible’s Secrets

Who Is Yeshua’s (Jesus’) Bride?

Or, Who is the “Bride of Christ” Really?

In case you just surfed into Addendum #5, it belongs to Who Is Yeshua’s Bride. It is supplemental Bible verses identifying who she is. It should be readily apparent who she is—yet few people know! You have probably been taught that the marriage supper is between Yeshua (Jesus) the Messiah and His “Church” (or Assembly). Could Revelation 21 simply be elaborating on the same marriage that was prophesied about by the prophets of old? Are there two marriages? Is there a connection between this jubilant time and the restoration of Israel?

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In case you still aren’t sure who the prophesied woman is—take A LOOK AT THESE prophecies having to do with “Jerusalem”, “Zion” and “her”. There are virtually no gender relevant words from the Bible that help in translating into English. One interesting gender specific word in Aramaic is that the kadosh spirit is feminine. I think that that should tell us something. There are very few of the hundreds of Bible verses mentioning “her” that are not in reference to things literally pertaining to actual women; making all of the references to Jerusalem and “her” all the more noteworthy. The proverbs do personify “wisdom” and “virtue” as women, as is done almost universally in prose. The sun, moon and earth are occasionally referred to as “her”, especially in reference to the prophetic restoration of Israel. Other city-states and nations, almost exclusively those who have tried to destroy Israel, are personified as women—the Babylon, Moab, Egypt and Tyre in particular. And yes, there are two references describing a ship as “her”.

Isaiah 4:4 when Yehovah has washed away the filth of the maidens of Zion, and rinsed the bloodstains from Jerusalem, by a spirit of justice, and a spirit that sets ablaze! --The Gabriel Bible

Isaiah 10:11 so shouldn’t I deal with Jerualem and her images the way I dealt with Samaria and her idols?

Isaiah 37:22 this is the word that Yehovah has spoken against him. ‘The virgin maiden of Zion despises you and scorns you. The maiden Jerusalem wags her head at your back sides as you flee U]!

Isaiah 40:2 “Speak kindly to Jerusalem, and announce to her that her warfare is over, and that her injustice has been pardoned, and that she has received from Yehovah’s hand double for all her sins.”

Isaiah 44:26 who confirms the ‘predictions’ of His prophetic servant, and brings about the the announcements of His messengers, who says about Jerusalem, “She’ll be inhabited,” and of the towns of Judah, “They’ll be rebuilt,” and “I’ll restore all your ruins!”

Isaiah 62:1 For Zion’s sake I won’t remain silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I won’t remain quiet, until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her deliverance like a burning torch.

Isaiah 65:18 Be glad and rejoice forever in what I’m going to create, because I’m creating Jerusalem for rejoicing, and her people a joy.

Isaiah 65:19 I’ll celebrate in Jerusalem, and take delight in My people, and there will no longer be heard in her the sound of weeping and crying.

Isaiah 66:10 Celebrate with Jerusalem and be happy for her. Everyone who mourns over her should be extremely delighted.

Jeremiah 5:1 Roam up and down thru every street in Jerusalem. Search its broad places, and see if you can find even one just and honest person, and I’ll pardon her.

Jeremiah 6:6 This is what Yehovah the Commander says: Cut down trees, and build siege ramps against Jerusalem. This is the city to be punished. There is nothing but oppression within her.

Jeremiah 14:2 Judah mourns, and its marketplaces have collapsed, they sit in mourning on the ground, and the cry of Jerusalem has ascended.

Jeremiah 23:14 Among the prophets of Jerusalem I’ve seen a horrible thing, they commit adultery, and live in lies, they empower evil people, so that no one turns away from their evil ways. They have all become like Sodom to Me, and its [Jerusalem’s] inhabitants like Gomorrah.

Jeremiah 44:17 But we’ll certainly do everything we ‘said’ we would do by burning incense to the Queen of Heaven, and pouring wine offerings to her, as we’ve always done, we and our ancestors, our kings and our leaders, in the cities of Judah, and in the streets of Jerusalem, because then we had plenty of food, and were well off, and ‘had’ no problems.

Lamentations 1:7 During the days of her affliction and homelessness Jerusalem remembers all the precious things that were from the old days, before her people fell into the grasp of the adversary, and no one helped her. The adversaries saw her, laughed at her downfall.

Lamentations 1:8 Jerusalem has has sinned so much that she has become an unclean thing. Everyone who used to honor her despises her, because they’ve seen her nakedness. Even she herself groans and turns away.

Lamentations 1:17 Zion reaches out her hands, but there is no one to comfort her. Yehovah has said in regard to Jacob, that his neighbors should be his adversaries. Jerusalem has become an unclean thing among them.

Ezekiel 5:5 5 The Sovereign Yehovah says: This is Jerusalem: I’ve set her among the nations with countries all around her.

Ezekiel 12:19 Tell the people of the land, ‘The Sovereign Yehovah says about the inhabitants of Jerusalem, and the land of Israel. “They’ll be worried as they eat their bread, and drink their water in despair, because everyone who lives there is violent.

Ezekiel 13:16 along with the prophets of Israel who prophesy about Jerusalem, and who see visions of peace for her when there is no peace, declares the Sovereign Yehovah.

Ezekiel 16:2 “Human son, confront Jerusalem about her abominable practices

Ezekiel 23:4 Oholah was the name of the older one and Oholibah the name of her sister. They became Mine and gave birth to sons and daughters. As for their names, Oholah represents Samaria, and Oholibah represents Jerusalem.

Joel 3:17 Then you’ll know that I am Yehovah your Elohim, living in Zion, My kadosh mountain. Then Jerusalem will be kadosh, and no foreigners will ever invade her again.

Micah 1:9 Her wounds are incurable and have even reached Judah, even to the gates of My people in Jerusalem.

Zechariah 12:6 When that day comes I’ll make the leaders of Judah like a like a firepot in a woodpile, like a burning torch among sheaves. They’ll burn up all the surrounding nations right and left, while the people of Jerusalem will once again be secure.

Zechariah 14:10 All the land from Geba to Rimmon, south of Jerusalem, will become like the Arabah, but Jerusalem will be elevated, from Benjamin’s gate to the site of the first gate, to the Corner gate, and from the Tower of Hananel to the king’s winepresses.

Matthew 23:37 O Jerusalem, Jerusalem, you who murder the prophets and stone those who have been sent to you. How often I wanted to gather your children like a hen gathers her chicks under her wings, but you refused!

Galatians 4:25 Now Hagar represents Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to present day Jerusalem, and is serving in bondage, she and her children.

Revelation 21:2 I saw the kadosh city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from YHVH, like a bride adorned for her husband [for the Marriage of the Lamb].

Zion

Psalm 48:12 Walk all the way around Zion; count her towers.

Psalm 87:5 But of Zion it will be said, “This one and that one were born in her”; and the Hihest One Himself will establish her.

Psalm 102:13 You’ll rise and have compassion on Zion, because it’s time to have mery on her. The appointed time has come!

Isaiah 1:27 Zion will be redeemed with justice, and those who return will be pardoned by righteousness.

Isaiah 4:5 Yehovah will create ABOVE the entire site of Mount Zion and ABOVE her assemblies a cloud during the day and smoke, and a bright flaming fire during the night; because ABOVE all the splendor there will be a place of shelter.

Isaiah 51:3 Yehovah will comfort Zion. He’ll have compassion on all her ruin, and make her wilderness like Eden, and her desert like Yehovah’s garden. Joy and happiness will be found there, thanksgiving, and the sound of music.

Isaiah 62:1 For Zion’s sake I won’t remain silent, and for Jerusalem’s sake I won’t remain quiet, until her righteousness shines like the dawn, and her deliverance like a burning torch.

Isaiah 66:8 Who has heard of such a thing? Who has ever seen such a thing? Can a country be born in one day? Can a nation be born instantly? Yet as soon as Zion had labor pains, she gave birth to her children!

Jeremiah 4:31 I heard a cry like a woman in labor, the anguish of a woman giving birth to her first child, the cry of the maiden Zion gasping for breath, reaching out her hands and sayingOye, my life is ebbing away because of the murderers!

Jeremiah 8:19 Listen to the sound of the cry of the congregation of My people from a distant land. “Is Yehovah no longer in Zion? Is her King no longer there?” Why have they provoked Me to anger with their carved images, and with their worthless foreign gods?

Jeremiah 30:17 Because I’ll restore you to health, and I’ll heal your wounds, declares Yehovah, because you are called an outcast, ‘It’s Zion; no one cares for her.’

Lamentations 1:4 The roads to Zion are mourning because no one comes to the appointed feasts. All her gates are deserted, her priests groan. Her virgins grieve, and she herself is bitter!

Lamentations 1:6 All the majesty has left the maiden Zion, her leaders have become like deer that can’t find pasture, they have fled exhausted from the pursuing enemy.

Micah 4:11 Now many nations have banded against you. They say, “Let’ defile her, we want to see Zion destroyed.”

Zechariah 8:2 This is what Yehovah the Warrior King says, “I’m extremely jealous for Zion; I’m jealous for her with great wrath.”

There are other references to Jerusalem and Zion and “she”, in addition to the “her” list.

Who Are “His People”? Has This Really Changed?

Notice that almost all of these references concern the end time captivity of Israel or the future restored state of Israel!

Psalm 94:14 Yehovah won’t abandon His people; He won’t forsake His inheritance.

Psalm 14:7 Oh that the Rescuer of Israel would come out of Zion! When Yehovah restores His people to their former state. Then Jacob will celebrate, and Israel will be glad.

Psalm 29:11 Yehovah will give strength to His people. Yehovah will bless His people with peace.

Psalm 33:12 Blessed is the nation whose Elohim is Yehovah, the people He chose as His own.

Psalm 50:4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth, to witness the judgment of His people.

Psalm 53:6 Oh that Israel’s deliverance would come out of Zion! When Elohim brings His people out of captivity again, Jacob will celebrate and Israel will be glad.

Psalm 68:35 Elohim, You are awesome in Your Kadosh Place. The Elohim of Israel personally gives strength and power to His people. Elohim deserves praise!

Psalm 78:52 But He led His own people out like sheep, and guided them thru the wilderness like a flock.

Psalm 78:62 He surrendered His people to ‘warfare’, and was furious with His heritage.

Psalm 78:71 He brought him from tending ewes with their nursing lambs, to being the shepherd of His people Jacob, and of Israel His inheritance.

Psalm 85:8 I’ll listen to what El Yehovah says, because He ‘promises’ peace to His people, His kadosh ones, and will not allow them to return to their stupid ways.

Psalm 95:7 because He is our Elohim and we are the people of His pasture, the flock He ‘leads’. Oh that you would hear His voice today!

Psalm 100:3 Realize that Yehovah is Elohim. He made us, we’re not self made. We are His people, the sheep of His pasture.

Psalm 105:24 He increased His people’s ‘population’ greatly, and made them stronger than their enemies.

Psalm 105:43 He brought His people out rejoicing, the ones He chose with shouts of joy!

Psalm 106:40 So Yehovah burned with anger against His people. He abhorred His legacy.

Psalm 111:6 By giving His people the ‘property’ of other nations, He has revealed to them His power.

Psalm 111:9 He has ‘paid’ the ransom for His people. He has authorized His covenant forever. His name is kadosh and awesome! .

Psalm 116:18 I’ll keep my vows to Yehovah in the presence of all His people,

Psalm 125:2 As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so Yehovah surrounds His people, both now and forever.

Psalm 135:4 Yah has chosen Jacob [Israel] for Himself, Israel to be His treasured possession. [doesn’t this sound like a bridegroom?]

Psalm 135:12 and He gave their land as a heritage, a heritage to His people Israel.

Psalm 135:14 For Yehovah will vindicate His people, and show compassion toward His servants.

Psalm 136:16 to the One who led His people thru the wilderness, because His unfailing love endures forever,

Psalm 148:14 He has raised up the horn [Targum: splendor] of His people, the praise of all His kadosh ones, to the Israelites, the people who are close to Him. Praise Yah!

Psalm 149:4 because Yehovah takes pleasure in His people. He crowns the oppressed by delivering them.

Deuteronomy 7:6 because you are a kadosh people to Yehovah your Elohim. Yehovah your Elohim has chosen you to be His personal possession out of all the nations on the face of the earth.

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