Everlasting Kingdom: Unraveling the Bible’s Secrets

Who is the Messiah’s Bride?

Is “the Bride of Christ” “the Church” or Israel?

Bride of Christ

Back Next Chapter 28, Part 2 Preview: Few people know who the “bride of Christ” (Messiah’s bride) is. The vast majority believes her to be “the church”, or their church, The vast majority believes her to be “the church”, or their church, with only a tiny minority understanding that she is composed of the surviving Israelites of the Great Tribulation, from all 12 tribes, who were as ignorant of their Creator as their ancestors were when they left Egypt! Chances are, you are among the vast majority who have been taught that the marriage supper is between “Christ” and His “Church”—no questions asked. But could it be the “body of Christ” (body of Messiah) that marries the bride? Might you be part of the bridegroom? Would Messiah wake up with “Leah” instead of “Rachel”? Here are the exact terms of the new marriage covenant, that was only summarized in the book of Hebrews! Given a second chance, Yehovah (God) will “still choose” to marry “Israel”. The New Covenant chapter is no place to skimp on reading if you really want to know who the bride is!

Bride of Christ

I want to begin with the two primary “proof texts” allegedly revealing that the Assembly itself is the “Bride of Christ”:

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Romans 7:3-4 So then if, while her husband liveth, she be married to another man, she shall be called an adulteress: but if her husband be dead, she is free from that law; so that she is no adulteress, though she be married to another man. 4 Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God. —KJV

This comes right out and declares that Paul’s “brethren” will marry “Him who was raised from the dead”! But there is a huge flaw in this translation. Actually calling it a translation is a real stretch. The word “ginomai”, Strong’s 1096, that many versions translate as “married” in this lone context is a word that literally means “to become” or “certainly not”. As an illustration, look at some places where Paul used “ginomai” in the book of Romans before he got to Chapter 7. Of the over 600 times that “ginomai” is used, it is only mistranslated as married here, where it is done three times. If married was meant, it would have said gameo, a completely different word.

Romans 1:3 ... concerning His Son Yeshua [Jesus], who was ‘born’ [ginomai, 1096] a physical descendant of David’s family. —The Gabriel Bible

Romans 2:25 Circumcision is truly advantageous if you live by Torah, but if you are a Torah breaker, ‘you are’ [ginomai] essentially a circumcised heathen.

Romans 3:4 ‘Certainly’ [1096] not! YHVH will be proven truthful even if everyone else is a liar, as the Scriptures say, “So that You can be deemed righteous in Your words and triumph when they judge You.”

Romans 3:6 ‘Certainly’ [1096] not! Otherwise how will YHVH judge the world?

Romans 3:19 Yet we know that whatever the Torah says also applies to those who are obeying sectarian law, so that every mouth will be silenced and so that the whole world ‘will be’ [1096] liable for punishment from YHVH.

Romans 4:18 Under hopeless circumstances he expected ‘to become’ [1096] the founding father of a commonwealth of nations, (as the Scriptures say, “You will have many descendants.”)

Romans 6:5 If we “have been’ [1096] “planted” together with Him, in a way resembling His death, then we will also be resurrected as He was.

Translating “ginomai” as “married” was people trying to “help” Elohim (God) make a point that He never made! Also check “ginomai” here. It never means married.

(The following numbers tell you how many times that the Authorized Version translated “ginomai” as “be” or “come to pass” etc.)

AV-be 255, come to pass 82, be made 69, be done 63, come 52, become 47, God forbid + 3361 15, arise 13, have 5, be fulfilled 3, be married to 3, be preferred 3, not tr 14, misc 4, vr done 2; 678

Here is how the passage in question would more accurately be translated. Keep in mind that women were treated differently in those days:

Romans 7:3-4 If while her husband is alive, she appears in public clinging to another man, she would be considered an adulteress, but if her husband dies she is freed from the Torah, relevant to marriage, and would not be an adulteress, tho she is with another man. 4 Now Friends, you have also died in regard to the Torah via the body of Messiah, so that you can belong to another [all one body] via a resurrection from the dead and yield fruit for YHVH.

“Proof Text” #2

Ephestians 5:22-33 Wives, be submissive to your husbands, as you are to YHVH. 23 Because the husband is the head of the wife, just as the Messiah is the head of the assembly, He Himself being the Life Giver of His body. 24 And as the assembly is subject to the Messiah, so wives must be submissive to their husbands in everything. 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loved His assembly and delivered Himself to death for it, 26 so that He could dedicate it, and cleanse it by washing it in water, and by the written Word. 27 Then he could present it to Himself as a radiant assembly, not stained or wrinkled, or anything like that—pure and unblemished. 28 Similarly, husbands should love their wives as they do their own bodies. A man who loves his wife loves himself. 29 No one ever hated their own body. Instead, they nourish and cherish it, as the Messiah does for the assembly. 30 We are parts of His body—His very flesh and bones. 31 That is why a man should leave his father and mother and be “glued” to his wife, and the two will become one body. 32 This is still a great secret. I’m talking about the Messiah and His assembly. 33 Every husband must love his wife as he loves himself, and wives should respect their husbands.

(Your version will likely say “her” rather than “it” to help “make the case”. Also compare Green’s Interlinear)

Simply mentioning in this passage that Yeshua’s love for His kadishea can be compared to a husband’s love for his wife: Husbands, love your wives, just as the Messiah loved His Assembly, and delivered Himself to death for it” in no way implies that “the Church” will marry Yeshua! To the contrary, this particular analogy explains the “great mystery” that the Assembly of Elohim is to be the supernatural “Body of Messiah”—a part of the Husband! The Assembly is the “One new man”, composed of both Israelites and proselytes, as explained in Ephestians 2:11-16)!

The newly married Israel, “the Lamb’s wife” is the Bride of this “One new man, as well as Yeshua’s Bride. Being set apart to be married to Yeshua, as a wife is with her husband, will certainly be cause for celebration. However, to be “sons of Aloha [God] or “children of Aloha”—“heirs” not brides—sharing “His splendor” with Him in a John 17 way, is magnificent beyond human comprehension! Again read what Paul said:

Romans 8:10-17 But if the Messiah is in you, your bodies are as good as dead because of sin, yet your spirits are alive because of righteous thinking and behavior. 11 If the spirit of the One who raised our Master Yeshua Messiah from the dead lives in you, then the One who raised our Master Yeshua Messiah from the dead will also revitalize your mortal bodies by His spirit that lives in you. 12 Friends, we are indebted, but not to human nature. We don’t need to live by that nature. 13 If you live by your sinful nature, you’ll die. But if you put to death mortal practices by the spirit, you’ll live. 14 Those who are led by YHVH’s spirit are YHVH’s children. 15 You haven’t received the spirit of bondage to fear again, but you have received the spirit of becoming children, so that we now cry “O Elohim, our Elohim.” 16 The spirit herself bears witness to our spirit that we’re YHVH’s children. 17 If we are children, then we are heirs, YHVH’s heirs and companion heirs of the inheritance with Yeshua Messiah, so that if we suffer with Him we’ll also share His splendor.

Romans 12:4-5 Just as there are many parts in a body, and none of the parts do the same thing. 5 So collectively we’re one [male] body in the Messiah, and all the parts are connected to each other.

1 Corinthians 10:16-17 The cup of thanksgiving that we bless, isn’t it the fellowship of the blood of the Messiah? And the bread that we break, isn’t it the fellowship of the body of the Messiah? 17 Since there is one loaf of bread, we are all one body, and we are all ‘nourished’ by the same loaf.

Yeshua, and the Chosen, form One Body!

Once again in context:

1 Corinthians 12:12-27 Just as a body has many parts, and all of the many parts of the body still form a single body, so it is with the Messiah. 13 Similarly, all of us have been immersed into one body by one spirit, whether Jews or Arameans, whether slaves or free, and we were all allowed a drink into one spirit. 14 The body isn’t one part, but many. 15 If the foot says, “Because I’m not the hand, I’m not part of the body”, would that make it any less a part of the body 16 If the ear says, “Because I’m not the eye, I’m not part of the body, is it because of that not part of the body? 17 If the whole body were an eye, how would it hear? If it were all ears, how could it smell? 18 But as it is, YHVH has placed every part of the body where He wants it. 19 If we were all one part, how could we have a body? 20 But now we’re many parts, but still one body. 21 The eye can’t say to the hand, you aren’t needed, nor can the head say to the feet, you aren’t needed. 22 On the contrary, the parts of the body that seem to be weaker are indispensable. 23 The members of the body that we regard as less honorable are given more honor, and the unpresentable members are indispensable. 24 Our shapely members have no need of honor, because YHVH has created a structure, a body, and given more honor to the part that is “inferior”, 25 so that there should be no division in the body, and every part should have equal concern for the other parts. 26 This way, when one part is in pain, every member sympathizes, and if another part is praised, every part is praised. 27 Now you are the body of the Messiah, each member is one of the constituent parts of a whole.

The body of kadishea can be composed of anyone of any race.

Ephestians 3:6 To be specific, all nations should be fellow heirs in His inheritance, fellow members of the body sharing the promise that He revealed thru the Good News,

Messiah is the head of the body; we are the hands and feet and every other part!

Ephestians 4:11-16 He surely gave us envoys, prophets, ‘assembly planters’, shepherds and teachers, 12 to equip the kadishea [saints] for the work of serving others—for building up the body of the Messiah 13 until we all become unified in the faith and in the knowledge of Aloha’s Son—one complete man, measuring up to the full standard of maturity, completely filled with the Messiah. 14 This is so that we won’t be immature—tossed and turned as if by waves and blown away by the strong winds of treacherous doctrines, playing dice against skilled people who “cheat” in order to lead you astray! 15 We should be established in our love, so that everything in us will progress in the Messiah, who is the head. 16 He is precisely fitting all of the body parts together so that every connection is assisted by supernatural energy [Gr. energeia], each member being precisely measured so that the growing body itself is built up thru love.

Philipptians 1:20 I eagerly hope and expect that I will never have anything to be ashamed of, but with resolute boldness will continue, now as always, to exalt the Messiah in my body, either by my life or by my death.

Colossians 1:21-27 You used to be alienated and have hostile attitudes, because of your evil behavior. 22 But now He has reconciled you by His human body and thru His death, so that He could bring you into His presence, kadosh, faultless and above reproach, 23 as long as you continue to firmly hold onto your convictions, and you don’t abandon the assurance of the Good News that has been heard thruout the whole creation under Heaven, that I, Paul, became a “deacon” of. 24 I find joy in the suffering that I endure for you. In my body I am filling in whatever is lacking in the Messiah’s afflictions, on behalf of His body, that is, the assembly. 25 I am a “deacon” commissioned to overseeing the household of YHVH, entrusted for your benefit to make the Word of Aloha fully known, 26 specifically, the mystery that was hidden for ages and generations, but is now revealed to His kadishea. 27 YHVH wanted to reveal the vast wealth and splendor of this mystery thruout the nations, namely, that the Messiah who is in you is the anticipation of our splendor.

To borrow a phrase from Paul, tho perhaps not as he intended it to mean, allow me make my own comparison:

1 Corinthians 7:14 The husband who doesn’t believe is made kadosh by the wife who believes and the wife who doesn’t believe is made kadosh to YHVH by the husband who believes, otherwise their children would be impure, but presently they are pure.

What is Paul Telling the Corinthians?

The envoys had lived for years as Jewish Israelites, content with the hope of being the National Bride of Yehovah. Their entire focus was summed up in this question: “Master, are You about to restore the Kingdom of Israel to its former state? It is little wonder that a few of the envoy’s questions would allude to the bond between The Husband and Israel, His bride. Paul said that he wanted to officiate at a “wedding” between the people in Corinth and the Messiah. Is that a good thing? Have a closer look:

2 Corinthians 11:2-4 You see, I have a burning zeal for you—a pure zeal. I have promised you in marriage to a Husband as a chaste virgin. I want to give you away to the Messiah myself, 3 because I’m afraid that just as the serpent deceived Eve with his chicanery, in a similar way your minds might be corrupted from the simplicity of the Messiah. 4 Because if someone had come to you heralding another Yeshua—who we hadn’t heralded, or you had received a different spirit than the one you received, or a different Good News than the one you have accepted, you would have been very persuaded!

But Paul had serious reservations about these “gentile” people! He could easily see them being deceived into accepting another “Good News” (Gospel), and accepting “another [lying] spirit”. I think his aspirations for them may have simply been to get them grafted into the nation of Israel as part of the bride, so that when the Kingdom was set up (something he thought was about to happen), they could be grafted in—in the flesh—occupying the land of Israel and living there with their families, much like what my Messianic friends think! (Numbers 15:14-16)

The Assembly is part of Israel whether native born or grafted in. Yet the reality is that Israelites who are literally “born again” into the kingdom will be far more blessed than the Israelites who live into the kingdom in the flesh.

Acts 7:38 He is the one who was in the assembly in the wilderness with the Messenger who spoke to him and to our ancestors on Mount Sinai, AND he [Moses] is the one who received the words of life to give to us.

Israel broke its first or “Old” marriage Covenant with Elohim, but Elohim promised to make a “new” and “better” marriage covenant with the Assembly—oops, I mean “with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah”.

Hebrews 8:6-8 But now, Yeshua [Jesus] Messiah has been given a superior ministry since He is also the Mediator of a better covenant, one that was founded on better promises than the former. 7 If the first covenant had been faultless, there would have been no need for a second one. 8 Finding fault with THEM He said, “The time is coming, says YHVH, when I’ll enact a New marriage Covenant with the ‘household’ of Israel and with the ‘household’ of Judah.

Jeremiah 3:18-22 In those days the House of Judah will live with the House of Israel, and you’ll return together from the Land of the North, to the land that I gave to your ancestors as an inheritance.”

19 “I said how much I wanted to treat you like My children, and give you a desirable land, the most beautiful heritage of any nation. And I said, ‘You’ll call Me, My Father, and never turn away from Me.’ 20 Surely like when a treacherous wife leaves her 'husband', that’s how you’ve been unfaithful with Me, House of Israel,” says Yehovah.

21 “A voice is heard on the barren heights, the crying and the pleading of the Israelites, because they have perverted their ways, they’ve forgotten Yehovah their Elohim. 22 Return, you apostate sons, and I’ll heal your apostasy.” “We’re coming to You, because You are Yehovah our Elohim!”

Jeremiah 31:1-40 “At that time,” declares Yehovah, “I’ll be the Elohim of all the clans of Israel, and they’ll be My people.” 2 This is what Yehovah says: “The people who survive the 'war' will find favor in the wilderness. I will give rest to the people of Israel. 3 Yehovah appeared to us long ago and said, “I’ve loved you with an everlasting love, so with unfailing love I have drawn you out. 4 I’ll rebuild you, and you’ll be rebuilt, virgin Israel. Again you’ll take up your tambourines and go out dancing joyful. 5 Once again you’ll plant vineyards on the mountains of Samaria. Those who plant them will enjoy the fruit. 6 There will be a day when the watchmen on the hills of Ephraim will cry, ‘Get up, let’s go up to Zion, to Yehovah our Elohim.’”

7 “This is what Yehovah says: “Sing with joy for Jacob, and shout among the major nations, shout praises and say, ‘Yehovah, save Your people, the survivors of Israel.’ 8 I’ll bring them from the North Country, and gather them from the farthest parts of the earth. Blind and lame people will return as well as expectant mothers and women in labor. A huge crowd will return here. 9 They’ll come with tears of joy, praying as I bring them back. I’ll lead them beside streams of water in a straight path so they won’t stumble, because I’m a Father to Israel, and Ephraim is My firstborn.”

10 “You nations, hear the Word of Yehovah, and announce it in the distant coastlands. Say “The One who scattered Israel will regather him, and protect him like a shepherd does his flock.” 11 Yehovah has paid the ransom of Jacob, and reclaimed him from from those too strong for them. 12 They’ll come and shout for joy in the elevated place [or height] of Zion, they’ll be beaming over the goodness of Yehovah, over the grain, the new wine, the oil, and over the young of the flock and the herd. Their life will be like a well watered garden, and they won’t ever be sorrowful again. 13 Then the virgins will celebrate in the dance, along with young men and the old. I’ll turn their mourning into rejoicing, and comfort them and exchange their sorrow with happiness. 14 I’ll satisfy the priests with abundance, and My people will be satisfied with My goodness,” says Yehovah.

15 “This is what Yehovah says: “A voice is heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter crying, Rachel crying for her children. She refuses to be comforted for her children because they no longer exist.” 16 This is what Yehovah says: “Stop crying out, and 'shedding' tears, because your work will be rewarded,” says Yehovah. “They’ll return from the land of the enemy. 17 There is hope in your future,” Yehovah says. “Your children will return to their own territory.”

18 “I’ve surely heard Ephraim moaning to himself, ‘You’ve disciplined me! I was disciplined like a calf unaccustomed to a yoke. Bring me back, and restore me, because you are Yehovah my Elohim. 19 After I strayed, I changed the way I thought and acted [repented], and after I was instructed, I 'slapped' my 'butt'. I was ashamed and humiliated because I carried the shame of my youth.’”

20 “Is Ephraim My dear son? Is he a pleasant child? As often as I speak against him, I still remember him, and passionately yearn for him. I’ll surely have mercy on him,” says Yehovah. 21 Set up road signs, make guideposts. Start thinking about the highway, the same direction that you left from. Return, virgin of Israel, return to your cities. 22 How long will you wander from here and there, you apostate daughter? Yehovah has created a new thing in the land, a weak woman will 'overpower' [Clarke’s] a strong man.

23 “This is what Yehovah the Commander, the Elohim of Israel, says: “Once again they will use these words in the land of Judah and in its cities, after I return them from captivity, ‘Yehovah bless you, home of righteousness, kadosh mountain.’ 24 Judah and all its cities will live there together, the farmers, and the traveling shepherds. 25 I satisfy those who are weary, and I refresh everyone who is faint. 26 At this I awoke and looked around. My sleep had been pleasing.

27 “In days to come,” Yehovah says, “I’ll repopulate [sow] the House of Israel and the House of Judah with 'descendants', and with animals. 28 Just as I have overseen their uprooting and tearing down, their overthrow, destruction and disaster, so I will oversee their building and planting,” says Yehovah.

29 “In those days they’ll no longer say, ‘The fathers have eaten sour grapes, and their children’s teeth are set on edge.’ 30 Instead, everyone will die for their own sins, everyone who eats the sour grapes will have their own teeth set on edge.”

31 “The time is coming,’ Yehovah says, “when I’ll make a New marriage Covenant with the House of Israel and the House of Judah. 32 It won’t be like the marriage Covenant that I made with their ancestors during the time when I took them by the hand led them out of the land of Egypt, since they broke My Covenant, tho I was their Husband,” says Yehovah. 33 “In this marriage Covenant that I’ll make with the House of Israe after those days,” Yehovah says, “I’ll put My Torah in the very seat of their thoughts and emotions, and I’ll write it into their minds [hearts]. I’ll be their Elohim, and they’ll be My people. 34 People will no longer teach their neighbors or their relatives, by asking, ‘Do you know Yehovah’ [the Lord], because they’ll all know Me, from the least of them to the greatest of them,” says Yehovah. “I’ll forgive their wickedness, and I’ll never again remember their sins.”

35 “Yehovah says that He provides the sun to light the day and the 'orderly succession' of the moon and stars to light the night, and He instantaneously calms [U] the raging waves of the sea—Yehovah the Commander is His name: 36 “If these fixed conditions ever fail in My presence,” Yehovah says, “then the Israelites will cease to be a nation in My presence forever.” 37 This is what Yehovah says: “If the heavens above can ever be measured, and if the foundation of the earth beneath is ever found, then I would reject all the Israelites for what they’ve done,” says Yehovah.

38 “The time is coming,” Yehovah says, “when the city will be rebuilt for Yehovah, from the Hananel Tower to the Corner Gate. 39 The measuring line will stretch from there straight to Gareb Hill, and then turn toward Goah. 40 The whole valley that was covered with dead bodies and ashes, and all of the fields as far as the Kidron Valley, as far as the corner of Horse Gate toward the east, will be kadosh to Yehovah, it will never be uprooted, or overthrown again.”

When Jerusalem is surveyed and rebuilt, and when Elohim Himself is teaching the neighbors, then the New Covenant is in effect!

Paul explained that the “Old” and “New” covenants were “symbolic” marriage covenants, the first like a “bondwoman” and the other like a “freewoman”. The New Jerusalem is associated with the New Covenant. On the next Jubilee we will have both the New Jerusalem and a New Marriage Covenant.

Galatians 4:22-26 The Scriptures say that Abraham had two sons, one by a slave woman and one by the free woman. 23 The one by the slave woman was conceived in the normal physical way, but the son by the free woman was in fulfillment of a promise. 24 This is allegorical. It represents the two covenants, Hagar is the one from Mount Sinai who produced bondage. 25 Now Hagar represents Mount Sinai in Arabia, and corresponds to present day Jerusalem, and is serving in bondage, she and her children. 26 But the Jerusalem above, in the sky represents the free woman. She is our motherland [homeland].

Isaiah 61:7-11 Your shame will be replaced with a double inheritance, and instead of humiliation you’ll shout for joy over your territory. So in your land you’ll own twice as much as the other nations. You’ll have everlasting joy. 8 Because I, Yehovah, love justice. I hate robbery and injustice. I’ll certainly give you your compensation, and I’ll make an everlasting covenant [i.e. The New Covenant] with you. 9 Your descendants will be revealed among the nations, and their descendants among the nations. Everyone who sees them will acknowledge that they are the descendants of the people who Yehovah has blessed.” [Today, Israel is considered scum by the nations].”

10 “I’ll greatly rejoice in Yehovah, I’ll be joyful in my Elohim, because He has clothed me with the clothing of deliverance, He has covered me with a robe of righteousness, like a bridegroom serving as a priest wearing a garland, and like a bride adorns herself with her jewels. 11 Like the soil pushing up sprouts, and like a garden enabling things that are sown in it to spring up, so the Sovereign Yehovah will cause righteousness and praise to spring up before all the nations.

SPECIAL GUESTS: The Wise and Foolish Virgins

The religious “anointed” try to force the identity of the sleeping virgins of Yeshua’s (Jesus’) parable onto the Assembly. I find that conclusion inconceivable! To think that the kadishea (saints) who have the very spirit of Elohim dwelling within them could sleep thru the Tribulation and much of the Day of Yehovah (the “Lord”), right up until the “Bridegroom” comes is simply beyond belief. On the other hand, it is not difficult to imagine that half of Israel, following all of these signs and wonders will have their bodies strewn across the landscape, just as their ancestors bodies were strewn across the desert prior to the time when they should have been entering the Promised Land! I believe that just as the bride is all 12 tribes of Israel, these sleeping virgins are nations on good terms with Israel.

Matthew 25:1-13 The Kingdom of the Heavens can be compared to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom and the bride. [Aramaic] 2 Five of them were wise and five were foolish. 3 The foolish ones brought their lamps, but didn’t bring any (olive) oil with them. 4 But the wise ones brought jars of oil along with their lamps. 5 But since the bridegroom was delayed they were all nodding off to sleep. 6 At midnight someone shouted: ‘The bridegroom is coming, go out to meet him.’ 7 Then all the virgins woke up and prepared their lamps. 8 The foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil because our lamps have gone out.’ 9 But the wise replied, ‘We must refuse because there isn’t enough for all of us. Go to the merchants and buy some for yourselves.’ 10 While they were out buying oil, the bridegroom came. Those who were prepared went with him into the wedding hall and the door was shut. 11 Later the other virgins arrived and said, ‘Master, master, open the door for us.’ 12 But he replied, ‘I am certain that I don’t know you.’ 13 So be watching because you don’t know the precise day or hour.

It could be that the ten virgins represent the same people as the ten men of Zechariah. Tho the circumstances are a little different, the timing is exactly the same, and the bride is heading for the New Israel:

Zechariah 8:22-23 Yes, many people and strong nations will come wanting to see Yehovah the Commander in Jerusalem, and pray to Yehovah in person. 23 This is what Yehovah the Commander says: In those days, ten men from every language and nation will take hold of the 'tzitzits' [“tassels”] of one Jew, and say, “We’ll go with you, because we’ve heard that Elohim is with you.”

If Yeshua’s bride is the nation of Israel, then couldn’t the ten virgins represent people who were not of Israelite descent, but who might be permitted to be grafted into the literal homeland of Israel? Or perhaps they are Israelites who didn’t quite make the cut to be the bride?

Guests at the Wedding

While this final group of people do not have an active role to play in the wedding, they certainly are special friends! While not blood relatives, Ezekiel said they would be like family to Israel—the “black sheep”:

Ezekiel 16:45-63 You’re your mother’s daughter who despised her husband her children. You’re your sister’s sister, who despised their husbands and children. Your mother was [like] a Hittite, and your father was [like] an Amorite. 46 Your older sister is Samaria, who lives 'north' of you with her daughters; and your younger sister who lives 'south' of you is Sodom with her daughters. 47 You not only 'lived' out their 'lifestyle' and copied their detestable practices, but, as if that were not enough, you became more corrupt than they were! 48 As surely as I live, declares the Sovereign Yehovah, your sister Sodom and her daughters have never done what you and your daughters have. 49 This was the sin of your sister Sodom: She and her daughters were arrogant, overfed and apathetic! She also didn’t 'help' the poor and needy. 50 In their arrogance, they committed detestable practices before Me, so I removed them when I saw it. 51 But Samaria didn’t commit half the sins you did! You amplified your detestable practices more than they did. You’ve made your sisters seem righteous by all the detestable practices you’ve done. 52 You must bear your own shame, since you’ve been an advocate for your sisters. Your sins are more abominable than theirs, they are more righteous that you. So be ashamed, and bear your humiliation, because you’ve made your sisters look righteous by comparison.

53 “I’ll bring them back and restore them from their captivity by bringing back Sodom and her daughters and by bringing back Samaria and her daughters along with your own captives. 54 so that you can bear your humiliation and feel ashamed of everything that you’ve done as you comfort them! 55 Your sisters, Sodom and her daughters will be restored to their former state, as will Samaria and her daughters to their former state, and you and your daughters will also be returned to your ancient state. 56 You didn’t even mention your sister Sodom’s name in your day of pride, 57 before your wickedness was uncovered. Now you’ve been scorned by the daughters of Edom, and all her neighbors, including the daughters of the Philistines—all those surrounding you who despise you. 58 You bear the penalty of your lewdness and your abominations,” declares Yehovah. 59 This is what the Sovereign Yehovah says, “I’ll cause what you’ve 'effected'. You 'trashed' your oath in breaking your marriage vows [covenant].

60 “But I’ll remember the marriage vow I made with you in the days of your youth [the “Old Covenant”], and I’ll establish an everlasting [New] Covenant with you.

61 Then you’ll remember the way you lived and be ashamed when I return your older and younger sisters to you. and I’ll give them to you as daughters, but not due to My covenant with you. 62 Then I’ll reaffirm My [marriage] covenant with you, and you’ll realize that I am Yehovah. 63 Then you’ll remember and be ashamed, and never 'talk back' again due to your shame, when I’ve forgiven you for everything you’ve done,” declares the Sovereign Yehovah.

So here is that Middle East peace accord we’ve been waiting for! The whole neighborhood will be like family! This all starts as explained in Zechariah 14:16-19.

Of course if one of the neighbors comes to the wedding, right out of a barn, figuratively wearing cutoffs and ‘muddy’ boots, typifying their moral behavior, they may need to be eliminated from the gene pool (Matthew 22:12). Part 3 Chapters

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