Chapter 28, Part 3 Preview: Few people really know who the “bride of Christ” (Messiah’s bride) is. The vast majority believes her to be “the church”, or their church, with only a tiny minority understanding that she is physical Israel. Chances are, you are among the majority who have been taught that the marriage supper is between “Christ” and His “Church”—no questions asked. But could the “body of Christ” marry the bride instead? 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, Elohim (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!
Revelation 21:2-3 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]. 3 I heard a loud voice from the sky say, “Look, YHVH’s tabernacle [dwelling place] is among humanity [Gr. anthropos]. He will live with them and they’ll be His people, and YHVH will be with them, yes YHVH Himself will be with them.”—The Gabriel Bible
New Jerusalem is for “humanity” and “they will be His people”. You had better be grafted into Israel. Israel will not be grafted into “the church”!
Romans 11:13-17 I’m speaking to those of you of other nations, since I’m an envoy to the nations, and I honor my ministry, 14 hoping that I can provoke some of my own countrymen to rivalry and Rescue some of them. 15 If their rejection results in reconciliation of the world, then what will their conversion be but the dead coming back to Life? 16 If the firstfruit is kadish, then the rest are also. If the root is kadish, the branches are also. 17 If some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive branch have been grafted in their place, and you are now sharing in the nourishment provided by the roots of the olive tree,
The following verses indicate that Elohim “keeps His [marriage] covenant” “with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments...” in spite of the fact that most of Israel, at this time, had broken the covenant. This primary, thousand generation long marriage covenant was the essence of the covenant that that Elohim made to Abraham.
Daniel 9:4 I prayed to Yehovah my Elohim, and confessed: ‘Oh, Yehovah, the great and awesome Elohim, who honors His covenant and loving kindness with those who love Him and obey His Commandments,
2 Kings 17:15 They rejected His statutes, and the covenant that He made with their ancestors, and the warnings He gave them. They persued idols, and became worthless. They imitated the nations around them, that Yehovah had commanded that they shouldn’t imitate.
Isaiah 59:20-21 A Redeemer will come to Zion for those of the tribe of Jacob who turn from rebellion, says Yehovah. 21 As for Me, this is My covenant with them, says Yehovah. My Spirit that is on you, and My words that I’ve put in your mouth, won’t depart from your mouth, or from the mouths of your descendants, or from the mouths of their descendants’, says Yehovah, “From today to forever.”
Jeremiah 34:13 “This is what Yehovah, the Elohim of Israel says: I made a covenant with your ancestors on the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. I said,
Those people who want to believe that the New Covenant is for the Church, rather than “with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah”, as Jeremiah 31 says, like to say that the covenant was implemented at the Messenger’s “first coming”. However, the only Biblical reference to the “Messenger of the covenant” is used in the context of the “second coming” and Judgment Day!
Malachi 3:1-6 Behold, I send My messenger, and he will prepare the way before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple, even the MESSENGER OF THE COVENANT, in whom you delight. Behold, He is coming, says the LORD of hosts 2 But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like launderer’s soap. 3 He will sit as a refiner and a purifier of silver; He will purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer to the LORD an offering in righteousness. 4 Then the offering of Judah and Jerusalem will be pleasant to the LORD, as in the days of old, as in former years. [Animal offerings again, as in Zechariah 14:4, 21] 5 And I will come near you for JUDGMENT; I will be a swift witness against sorcerers, against adulterers, against perjurers, against those who exploit wage earners and widows and orphans, and against those who turn away an alien—because they do not fear Me, says the LORD of hosts. 6 For I am the LORD, I do not change; therefore you are not consumed, O sons of Jacob.
Here is a final comment on the covenant, presenting evidence that the (marriage) covenant will be implemented after the Two Witnesses have finished their work—when the beast is attacking “the people who know their Elohim”. [As is elaborated upon in The Time After Jacob’s Trouble.]
Daniel 11:31-32 Armed forces will rise up, and they’ll defile the Temple refuge, and put a stop to the daily burnt offerings, and they’ll set up an appalling detestable idol [KJV, abomination of desolation]. 32 With slick and corrupt talk he will corrupt the wicked who violate the covenant. But the people who know their Elohim will be strong and take action.
The prophetic Scriptures invariably portray Israel as the bride. Accordingly, if Israel is the Bride and the “Lamb” is the husband, then wouldn’t the “Body of Christ” be a part of the husband who is to marry Israel?
1 Corinthians 6:15 Don’t you know that your bodies are members [parts] of the Messiah? ...
Revelation 5:9-10 They sang a new hymn: “You deserve to take the small book, and to open its seals, because You were slain and have purchased us for YHVH with Your own blood, out of every tribe and language and people and nation, 10 and You’ve made them kings and priests for YHVH, and they’ll rule as kings on the earth”.
Can we, with a clear conscience, disregard the testimony of the Bible—that Israel is the Messiah’s Bride? These overwhelming statements, contrary as usual to “church doctrine”, should make it difficult to rationalize that “the Church” is the fulfillment of the ancient prophecies. If men would simply quit trying to misappropriate the things that belong to Israel, they might be free to understand the astonishing splendor of yet another mystery. The relationship of the resurrected kadishea to Yehovah will be on a far higher plane than Israel’s earthly marriage to Yeshua (Jesus) that ceases upon death (til death do us part).
I once thought that the following verse indicated that the kadishea were to have no part in the Messiah’s marriage, but I now see it as strictly a reference to literal marriages rather than the allegorical or analogical marriage that still marks a real time and event. Still, it is worth noting:
(To find out who the Bridegroom is see:
Israel broke its first or “Old” marriage Covenant with Elohim, but Elohim promised to make a “new” and “better” marriage covenant with the Church-oops, I mean “with the house of Israel and with the house of Judah”.
Hebrews 8:6-8 But now, Yeshua Messiah has been given a superior ministry since He is made 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, “Look, the days are coming, says YHVH, when I’ll enact a New Covenant with the ‘household’ of Israel and with the ‘household’ of Judah.
Jeremiah 3:18-22 In those days the tribe of Judah will accompany the family of Israel, and you’ll come together out of the Land of the North, to the land that I gave as an inheritance to your ancestors. 19 I said I would bring the descendants together, and give you a pleasant land, the most desirable inheritance of any nation! And I said, you’ll call Me ‘My Father’, and won’t turn away from following Me. 20 Surely like when a treacherous wife leaves her ‘husband’, that’s how you’ve been unfaithful with Me, family of Israel”, declares Yehovah. 21 A voice is heard on the barren heights, the crying and the pleading of the Israelites, because they have perverted of 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!”
So let’s see, we now have Brides, sons of Elohim, a chaste virgin, heirs, body parts, a “perfect man”, flock, sheepfold, husbandry, pillars, the temple, the light of the world, the salt of the earth, the body of the Messiah, and a menorah. Let’s not forget that we are to graduate from “servants” to friends as well. All of these are attempts to help us visualize the role of the church; they are all the same thing aren’t they? Maybe not! What if some of them only apply to the physical descendants of Israel, past and future. Let’s consider the relevant Bible verses.
Despite Israel’s treachery, Elohim will “still choose” to remarry Israel.
Isaiah 14:1 For the LORD will have mercy on Jacob, and will still choose Israel, and settle them in their own land ....
We saw that the exact terms of the new marriage covenant are explained in Jeremiah 31! Jeremiah 30, in the very same context, leads right up to it. When the time is right, Elohim will still choose to marry “Israel”. As you read thru it you could see that very little of this could possibly apply to the tribe of Judah returning to the land, as pioneers, in 1947!
When Jerusalem is surveyed and rebuilt, and when Elohim Himself is teaching the neighbors, then the New Covenant is in effect!
Galatians 4 shows us that the First Covenant “corresponds to Jerusalem which now is” . In fact the First Covenant was still in effect, not only “now” as Paul was speaking, but it was still in effect in 70 AD when the Temple was burned. For now the First Covenant is on hold, Elohim never formally ended it. In fact when the prophesied Third Temple is built, the First Covenant will continue for a while. But now notice that the other Covenant is “Jerusalem above”, a reference to New Jerusalem! The age we live in now isn’t operating under either 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 of 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].
Read about the Everlasting Covenant here:
Isaiah 61:7-11 Instead of your shame you shall have double honor, and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double; everlasting joy shall be theirs. 8 For I, the LORD, love justice; I hate robbery for burnt offering; I will direct their work in truth, and will make with them an everlasting covenant. 9 Their descendants shall be known among the [Nations], and their offspring among the people. All who see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the posterity whom the LORD has blessed. 10 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. 11 For as the earth brings forth its bud, as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
Israel will again have Brides and Grooms who know and praise Yehovah in the House (Temple) of Yehovah:
Jeremiah 33:10-11 Thus says the LORD: “Again there shall be heard in this place-of which you say, ‘It is desolate, without man and without beast’-in the cities of Judah, in the streets of Jerusalem that are desolate, without man and without inhabitant and without beast, 11 ‘the voice of joy and the voice of gladness, the voice of the Bridegroom and the voice of the Bride, the voice of those who will say: ‘Praise the LORD of hosts, for the LORD is good, for His mercy endures forever’-and of those who will bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause the captives of the land to return as at the first,” says the LORD.
Hosea adds to the description of this time:
Hosea 3:4-5 For the children of Israel shall abide many days without king or prince, without sacrifice or sacred pillar, without ephod or teraphim 5 Afterward the children of Israel shall return and seek the LORD their God and David their king. They shall fear the LORD and His goodness in the LATTER DAYS....
Revelation 7:4-7 Then I heard the number of those who were sealed: 144,000, sealed from every tribe of Israel: 5 12,000 from the tribe of Judah were sealed, 12,000 from the tribe of Reuben, 12,000 from the tribe of Gad, 6 12,000 from the tribe of Asher, 12,000 from the tribe of Naphtali, 12,000 from the tribe of Manasseh, 7 12,000 from the tribe of Simeon, 12,000 from the tribe of Levi, 12,000 from the tribe of Issachar,
Still, in Matthew 9, Yeshua refers to himself as the Bridegroom, while He refers to His Disciples as, in essence, “groomsmen”, not the Bride! Was He confused?
Matthew 9:15 Yeshua replied, “The young men [groomsmen] of the bridal party can’t fast, as long as the bridegroom is with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, then they’ll fast.”
It seems that Paul, perhaps to his vision of the third heaven, also knew about the enormous “building”, the New Jerusalem, Elohim’s dwelling place:
Ephestians 2:19-22 So you aren’t foreigners without citizenship, rather, you are fellow citizens with the kadishea and belong to the family of YHVH. 20 You are the finished structure upon the foundation of the envoys AND the prophets, and Yeshua Messiah has become the cornerstone of the building. 21 Both parts of the building are being assembled together because of Him, as it becomes a Temple dedicated to YHVH. 22 You are also being built into a dwelling place for YHVH by the spirit.
Romans 11:13-17 I’m speaking to those of you of other nations, since I’m an envoy to the nations, and I honor my ministry, 14 hoping that I can provoke some of my own countrymen to rivalry and Rescue some of them. 15 If their rejection results in reconciliation of the world, then what will their conversion be but the dead coming back to Life? [dem dry bones] 16 If the firstfruit is dedicated, then the rest are also. If the root is dedicated, the branches are also. 17 If some of the branches were broken off, and you, a wild olive branch have been grafted in their place, and are now sharing in the nourishment provided by the roots of the olive tree,
The following verses indicate that Elohim “keeps His [marriage] covenant” “with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments ... ” in spite of the fact that most of Israel, at this time, had broken the covenant. This primary, eternal, marriage covenant was the essence of the covenant that that Elohim made to Abraham.
Daniel 9:4 And I prayed to the LORD my God, and made confession, and said, ‘O Lord, great and awesome God, who keeps His covenant and mercy with those who love Him, and with those who keep His commandments ...
2 Kings 17:15 And they rejected His statutes AND His covenant that He had made with their fathers, and His testimonies which He had testified against them; they followed idols, became idolaters, and went after the nations who were all around them, concerning whom the LORD had charged them that they should not do like them.
Isaiah 59:20 The Redeemer will come to Zion, and to those who turn from transgression in Jacob, says the LORD. As for Me, says the LORD, ‘this is My covenant with them: My Spirit [which] is upon you, and My words which I have put in your mouth, shall not depart from your mouth, nor from the mouth of your descendants, nor from the mouth of your descendants’ descendants,’ says the LORD, ‘from this time and forevermore.’
Jeremiah 34:13 Thus says the LORD, the God of Israel: ‘I made a covenant with your fathers in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage, saying....
Jeremiah 50:4-5 In those days and in that time, says the LORD, the children of Israel shall come, they and the children of Judah together; with continual weeping they shall come, and seek the LORD their God. 5 They shall ask the way to Zion, with their faces toward it, saying, ‘Come and let us join ourselves to the LORD in a perpetual covenant that will not be forgotten.’
This awareness of Elohim’s covenant, and willingness to agree to its terms, is due to the message that they heard from the Two Witnesses! [The Two Witnesses’ message to Israel, about a great reconciliation between Israel and her Elohim, is covered in detail in Jubilee 2028 AD.]
Ezekiel 16:8 When I passed by you again and looked upon you, indeed your time was the time of love; so I spread My wing over you and covered your nakedness. Yes, I swore an oath to you and entered into a covenant with you, and you became Mine, says the Lord GOD.
Ezekiel 37:3-28... Then they shall be My people, and I will be their God. 24 David My servant shall be king over them, and they shall all have one shepherd; they shall also walk in My judgments and observe My statutes, and do them. 25 Then they shall dwell in the land that I have given to Jacob My servant, where your fathers dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they, their children, and their children’s children, forever; and My servant David shall be their prince forever. 26 Moreover I will make a covenant of peace with them, and it shall be an everlasting covenant with them; I will establish them and multiply them, and I will set My sanctuary in their midst forevermore. 27 My tabernacle also shall be with them; indeed I will be their God, and they shall be My people. 28 The nations also will know that I, the LORD, sanctify Israel, when My sanctuary is in their midst forevermore.
This is really what the New Covenant, or marriage agreement is all about: it is about Israel’s being faithful to our Elohim and His remaining our faithful provider.
The so called “Old Covenant” is really an addendum that was added to the “perpetual covenant” or “everlasting covenant” that Elohim made with Abraham! It was the Constitution of ancient Israel.
Galatians 3:8-19 YHVH knew beforehand that the nations would be made righteous by faith. He previously announced it to Abraham, as the Kadish Scriptures say, “All nations will be blessed thru you.” 9 So those who are convicted of the truth are blessed with faithful Abraham. 10 Those who depend on obeying the Torah are under a curse, because it is written, “Whoever doesn’t practice everything written in the Torah is cursed.” 11 It is apparent that no one becomes righteous before YHVH by Torah obedience alone, because it is written, “The just must live by faith.” 12 Now the Torah isn’t faith based, still, whoever acts on the things written in it will Live because of them. 13 But the Messiah has redeemed us from the curses specified  in the Torah [Deuteronomy 11:28], by being cursed for us (because the Scriptures say, “Everyone who is hung on a tree is cursed.”) 14 This occurred so that the blessing of Abraham would be brought about for the other nations thru Yeshua Messiah, so that we could receive the promise of the spirit thru faith. 15 Friends, I’m speaking in human terms, when a human contract is made and signed in public, no one does away with it or changes anything in it. 16 Now a promise was made to Abraham and to his Descendant. He was not told to your descendants—many of them, but to your one Descendant, that being the Messiah. 17 And I’ll say this, the contract that was previously “signed” by YHVH, in the Messiah, does not invalidate a covenant that was given four hundred and thirty years  previously, so as to nullify the promise. 18 If the inheritance ‘could be received’ due to Torah observance, it would not have been a promise, but YHVH gave it to Abraham as a promise. 19 So why the Torah? It was to accompany [see root word] the promises in order to define violations, until the Descendant came, the One who the promise voluntarily involved. And the Torah was given by spirit Messengers thru a mediator.
Even the land will be “married”. It will be extremely productive and literally bear much fruit. It will not be burdened under a constant rain of chemical sprays and cursed weather:
Isaiah 55:9-12 For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts. 10 For as the rain comes down and the snow from the sky, and doesn’t return there, but waters the earth, and makes it bring forth and bud, and gives seed to the sower and bread to the eater; 11 so shall my word be that goes forth out of my mouth: it shall not return to me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing I sent it to do. 12 For you shall go out with joy, and be led forth with peace: the mountains and the hills shall break forth before you into singing; and all the trees of the fields shall clap their hands. 13 Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree; and instead of the brier shall come up the myrtle tree: and it shall be to [Yehovah] for a name, for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.
Isaiah 62:4-5 You shall no longer be termed Forsaken, nor shall your land any more be termed Desolate; but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah; for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married. [This is a tie in to the Jubilee and land Sabbaths] 5 as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you; and as the Bridegroom rejoices over the Bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
Keep in mind that during the millennium all the kadishea of the earth, from every past age, will be citizens of the Kingdom of Yehovah. This is what Yeshua indicated in Matthew:
Matthew 8:11 I am certain that many will come from the east and from the west and sit down with Abraham and Isaac and Jacob in the Kingdom of the Heavens,
In the next breath He indicated that many Israelites would not inherit the Kingdom:
Matthew 8:12 but the native descendants of the Kingdom will be thrown into outer darkness. There will be wailing and grinding of teeth.”
In addition to the kadishea, there will be a great number of people in the Kingdom by surprise!
John 10:16 I have other sheep that aren’t in this sheepfold. I must bring them also. They will also hear My voice and together they’ll all become one flock with one Shepherd.
“The following passage describes Judgment Day—The Last Day. This assessment is not a parable; rather, this is an unambiguous pronouncement!
Matthew 25:31-40 When the Son of Man comes ... 32 All the nations will be gathered in front of Him, and He’ll separate them from each other, just like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. 33 He’ll put the sheep on His right and the goats on His left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right, “Come, you who are blessed by My Father! Inherit the Kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. 35 I was hungry and you gave Me some food, I was thirsty and you gave Me a drink, I was a stranger and you took Me home. 36 I needed clothes and you gave me clothing, I was sick and you cared for Me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. 37 And the righteous will ask Him, “Master, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You something to drink? 38 ... a stranger ... needing clothes ... 39 When did we see You sick or in prison and come to You?” [Answer:] 40 The King will reply, “I can say with certainty that whenever you did anything for one of My brothers, who others thought of as insignificant, you did it for Me.
It is particularly important that you notice that these “righteous” are totally oblivious as to why they are being rewarded! They truly don’t understand why they are being offered eternal life! They had certainly not understood Elohim’s plan for humanity! Yet this is a very positive judgment. It is an invitation to pre-qualified (i.e. not wicked) people to become “like the Messengers” (angels). I seriously doubt that anyone will decline the offer when Elohim says to them: “Enter into the joy of your Master”. This is, however a very brief account. I fully expect that these people, when Elohim has their totally undivided attention, will be exceedingly willing to pledge their allegiance to Yeshua, their Life Giver, as they are forgiven of their sins. These compassionate “gentiles” will be EXCUSED and will be welcomed into the Kingdom!
The Assembly of Yehovah will become the Kingdom of Yehovah. The wise will be given glory and will shine like the stars forevermore. The earth’s greatest age will pale into significance by comparison. Everyone who persecuted the Assembly thru the past ages will bow down to them. Yeshua will compensate everyone according to his works. At this time, the faithful will receive the highest honor possible-becoming Kings and Priests in the Everlasting Kingdom.
By contrast-take a look at these prophecies having to do with “Jerusalem”, “Zion” and “her” in the APPENDIX. Unlike old English or German, the Scriptures do not apply gender to myriads of inanimate objects. There are very few of the hundreds of Scriptures 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 a woman, as is done almost universally in prose. The sun, moon and earth are occasionally referred to as “her”, especially in reference to prophetic restoration. Other city-states and nations, almost exclusively those who have tried to destroy Israel, are personified as women-the Babylonian whore and Moab in particular. And yes, there are two references describing a ship as “her”.
I think it’s more likely that the wedding still hasn’t taken place in Revelation 21:9, thus my choice of synonyms:
Revelation 21:9 One of the seven Messengers who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues [catastrophes] came to me, and said, “Come, I’ll show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”
It appears to me that the whore of Babylon will claim to be the “virgin fiancee” of the Lamb, i.e “the Bride of Christ”. Contrast the next two verses and notice Isaiah’s sarcasm:
Isaiah 47:1-3 Come down, and sit in the dust, virgin daughter of Babylon, sit on the ground without a throne, daughter of the Chaldeans, because you’ll no longer be called tender and delicate. 2 Take the millstones, and grind meal, remove your veil, strip off of the train, uncover your leg, pass thru the rivers. 3 Your nakedness will be exposed, yes, your shame will be seen. I’ll take vengeance, and won’t intervene for anyone.
Jeremiah 2:2-3 “Go, and herald within the hearing of Jerusalem, “This is what Yehovah said ‘I remember the kindness of your youth, your love as a bride, how you followed Me in the wilderness, into a barren land. 3 Israel was dedicated to Yehovah, the firstfruits of His harvest, anyone who devoured him became guilty, and disaster struck them,’ declares Yehovah.
The Torah was the prenuptial agreement.
Deuteronomy 6:1-6 Now this is the commandment, the statutes, and the ordinances, which [Yehovah] your God commanded to teach you, that you might do them in the land where you go over to possess it; 2 that you might fear [Yehovah] your God, to keep all his statutes and his commandments, which I command you, you, and your son, and your son’s son, all the days of your life; and that your days may be prolonged. 3 Hear therefore, Israel, and observe to do it; that it may be well with you, and that you may increase mightily, as [Yehovah], the God of your fathers, has promised to you, in a land flowing with milk and honey. 4 Hear, Israel: [Yehovah] is our God; [Yehovah] is one: 5 and you shall love [Yehovah] your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your might. 6 These words, which I command you this day, shall be on your heart....
Exodus 19 records the ceremony. In unison, the entire Assembly agreed to the terms of the Marriage with an “I do”.
Exodus 19:8 All the people answered together, “Everything that Yehovah has spoken we’ll do”. Moses reported the words of the people to Yehovah.
But trouble came way too quickly. The marriage was over. The Scriptural record the dismal account.
Zechariah 7:11-12 But they refused to listen, and turned their backs, and stopped their ears, that they might not hear. 12 Yes, they made their hearts as hard as flint, lest they might hear the law, and the words which [Yehovah] of Armies had sent by His Spirit by the former prophets. Therefore great wrath came from [Yehovah] of Armies.
Believe it or not, Joel is talking about the Messiah’s bride. She is the same adulterous bride that the entire 16th chapter of Ezekiel is devoted to. But here is how the bride chapter ends:
Ezekiel 16:59-60 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, and I’ll establish an everlasting marriage vow with you.
Harlot Israel is essentially Hosea’s bride, and here is how that bride story ends:
Hosea 2:14-15 “But I’m going to allure her back. I’ll bring her into the wilderness, and speak tenderly to her there. 15 I’ll give her back her vineyards beginning there, and the valley of Achor [trouble] as a doorway of hope. She’ll respond there, as in the days of her youth, just like when she came out of the land of Egypt.
The New Covenant, also based on the Torah, is destined to work. The faithful remnant will be considerably larger this time.
So, when was the “church” established? It was established at the FIRST recorded PENTECOST at Mount Sinai.
Acts 7:38 He [Moses] is the one who was in the assembly in the wilderness, with the Messenger [Yeshua] who spoke to him and to our ancestors on Mount Sinai, and he is the one who received the words of life to give to us.
Attempting to call “the church” the bride is an overt example of “Replacement Theology”! Ironically, some of the teachers who speak against replacement theology, actually teach major aspects of it. (Also See The New Covenant.)
To find out who the Bridegroom is see Chapter 29: “I and My Father are ONE”