Everlasting Kingdom: Unraveling the Bible’s Secrets

Who is the Messiah’s Bride?

(Would Yeshua {Jesus} Really Marry His Own Body?)


Back Next Chapter 28, Part 1 Preview: I have only met a couple of people in my life who seriously questioned who the Messiah’s bride is. When, historically speaking could someone become part of this collective bride? What exacttly does it take to be part of it? And should we even want that?

Why don’t people ask basic questions? I have heard Bride theology my entire life. In the last ten years I’ve heard it mentioned perhaps every time I’ve set foot in an Assembly. You have probably been taught that the marriage supper is between “Christ and His Church”. But could the marriage of the lamb simply be elaborating on the same marriage that was prophesied by almost every Biblical prophet of old—the restoration of ancient Israel? Are there two marriages? Is there a direct connection between this jubilant marriage and the restoration of Israel?

What part of “wrath poured out” have you not heard:

Ezekiel 20:33-35 As long as I live,” declares the Sovereign Yehovah, “I’ll rule you with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm and with wrath poured out, I will be your King! 34 I’ll bring you out of the nations and gather you out of the countries where you were scattered with a strong hand and with an outstretched arm, and [pay attention] with wrath poured out. 35 I’ll bring you into the wilderness of the people [Isaiah 1, Hosea 2:14], and I’ll judge you there face to face...

Bride of Christ

Missing Doctrines

His Assembly is actually “the Body of Christ,” part of “Christ mystical”; His assembly is actually part of the Bridegroom!

“This fixes the meaning of the term [bride] as applying only to Israel, and not to the Church, which is “the Body of Christ” part of “Christ mystical”; in other words, part of the Bridegroom. We are thus pointed to the fact that Israel is the Bride. Compare Isaiah 61:10,62:5.”—E.W. Bullinger. Also see a more detailed (and easier to locate) comment here.

It’s far better to be a part of the bridegroom!

“The first occurrence of the word “bride,” (Kalah), as applied to the Bride of Yehovah, is in Isaiah 49:18. This unquestionably fixes the connection of the term as applying to the Messiah and Israel, and not Messiah and “the Church”. Isaiah 49 is all about the Messiah personally restoring all twelve tribes of Israel, but not as a secular Jewish state:

Isaiah 49:5-7 And now Yehovah, the One who formed Me in the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, so that Israel could be regathered to Him (because I’m honored in the sight of Yehovah, and My Elohim has become My strength), 6 is saying, it is not enough for You to [just] be My Servant [Yeshua] to reestablish the tribes of Jacob, and to bring back the Israelites who were 'spared.' [Because] I’ll make You a light to the nations, so that You can bring My message of deliverance to the remotest parts of the earth! 7 This is what Yehovah says, to the Redeemer of Israel, the Kadosh One, the One who man despises, the One the nation abhors, the Servant of rulers: “Kings will see You and rise, and leaders will bow down [not kill Him!], because of Yehovah who is faithful, the Kadosh One of Israel, who has chosen You.” 8 This is what Yehovah says: ‘In a favorable time I have answered You, and in a day of deliverance I have helped You. I’ll protect You [the Messiah: Barnes] and give You to the people as a covenant [the covenantee], to restore the land, and to repossess its desolate heritage.... 15 Can a woman forget her nursing child, and not have compassion on the child she has borne [infanticide]? Well they may forget, but I won’t forget you! 16 I’ve inscribed you [12 tribes of Israel] on the palms of My hands [by the nail prints?: Gill’s], your walls [New Jerusalem’s] are continually before Me! 17 Your children will hurry back. Those who overthrew you and devastated you will flee from You.

The very next verse ties all of this to the bride and New Jerusalem:

18 'Look' around, and see, all Zion’s children gathering together, and returning to You. ‘Yehovah says, as long as I [the Husband, Isaiah 54:5] live, You [Zion/New Jerusalem] will adorn yourself with them all like jewelry, and put them on you like a bride does.

Compare this with a sister chapter:

Revelation 21:1-3 I saw a new heaven and a New Earth, because the first heaven and the first earth had gone [1], and there was no more sea [2]. 2 I saw the kadosh city, the New Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from Yehovah, like a bride adorned for her husband. 3 I heard a loud voice from the sky say, “Look, Yehovah’s tabernacle [dwelling place] is among humanity [Gr. anthropos]. He will live with them and they’ll be His people, and Yehovah will be with them, yes Yehovah Himself will be with them.”

[2] This has to be figurative, because the seas are well represented in the Everlasting Kingdom: Psalm 72:7-9; Isaiah 5:30; Isaiah 24:14-15; Isaiah 60:5; Jeremiah 31:35-36; Ezekiel 26:5 and 47:10,15; Habakkuk 2:14; Zephaniah 2:6-7; and Zechariah 14:8. Unfortunately many people believe that the New Heavens and New Earth don’t even arrive until after the thousand years! (See the time frame in Isaiah chapters 65 & 66.) [3] The cessation of tears and death begins as soon as the Everlasting Kingdom is established! Check the entire context of Isaiah 25, particularly v.8. Yet the wicked are excluded from this blessing. 1 Corinthians 15:23-24 says, “but everyone in their order, Messiah was the firstfruit. Later, at His coming, those who are the Messiah’s [will be restored to life]. 24 Then the end of these events comes, when He’ll have handed over the Kingdom to Yehovah the Father, when every ruler and every government and every powerful force will have been overthrown”. Many assume that there is a 1,000 year gap between verse 23 and verse 24, assuming that it will take Yeshua 1,000 years to conquer the world. Have they read any prophecies? Zechariah 14 is a detailed account of the conquest of the world, it’s called the Day of Yehovah (the “Lord”). The earth will be “under His feet”, beginning at the Mount of Olives. Ezekiel 38 and 39 is another specific account of the conquest. Some postpone these chapters too. Consequently they must, for example, also think that it will take 1,000 years for Him to “make My kadosh name known in the midst of My people Israel” (Ezekiel 39:7) as well.

The next time the Messiah shows up the nations will bow to Him, but He’ll be protected. He’ll be the King His followers were hoping for for 2,000 years ago!

[WARNING: Before saying anything else, let me make one thing clear: It could be deadly for Israelites to consider immigrating to Israel now, as some people are teaching! The physical descendants of Israel’s 12 tribes and non Israelites wise enough to join them (Ezekiel 47:12-23) will have an opportunity to inherit land in the coming 12 tribed nation of Israel. (But Should We Move To Israel Now?):

Ezekiel 47:22 You will divide the inheritance by lots among yourselves and among the foreigners who live with you. They will be like native-born Israelites, and they’ll be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel. —Gabriel Version

This will be at the end of the Great Tribulation—as a result of the Second Exodus!

Jeremiah 23:6-8 In his lifetime, Judah will be delivered, and Israel will live in safely. This is the name that He’ll be given, ‘Yehovah Our Righteousness!’ 7 That’s why the time is coming,” says Yehovah, “When people will no longer say ‘As Yehovah lives, who brought the Israelites out of the land of Egypt.’ 8 Instead, they’ll say, ‘As surely as Yehovah lives, who brought about the 'EXODUS' of the descendants of the House of Israel from the North Country, and from all the countries where He had banished them.’ They’ll live in their own land!”

However spiritual Israelites “from every tribe and language and people and nation” will either be resurrected or instantaneously changed (1 Corinthians 15:51-52) to spirit and rule over the nation of Israel as kings and priests. (Revelation 5:9-10), but they are definitely distinct from the people who will migrate to the land of Israel, build houses, plant gardens and raise generations of Israelites in the millennium! The resurrection of 1 Corinthians is THE ALTERNATIVE to being the bride!

Besides, aren’t there three accounts of Yeshua saying that there is no marriage among those of us who are resurrected? Matthew 22:23-32; Mark 12:18-24 and Luke 20:34-36. And you want to be a bride?]

* * *

Be Serving At The Wedding Supper!

While it may seem strange, I believe that it is more advantageous to introduce the “servants” before introducing the bride into this chapter!

I have heard people teach about the Bridegroom, the Bride, the Ten Virgins awaiting the wedding (Matthew 25, Revelation 21-22), those invited to the wedding, and even the guests who were brought in off of the streets for the banquet (Matthew 22) all of my life, but I have never heard of anyone really crediting the SERVANTS who make the wedding and the wedding supper possible, with even an honorable mention. The SERVANTS are always in the background, seldom if ever really noticed. Yet when the relevant accounts are read, and we will, we see that the bride is half asleep, there is a shameful list of prospective guests who refuse to attend, some even murdering the SERVANTS who invite them. There are other guests being replaced with people, seemingly at random. And John the Immerser saying that he is the best man. This is no ordinary wedding!

Matthew 22:1-10 Once again, Yeshua spoke in analogies, He said, 2 “The Kingdom of the Heavens can be compared to a king who prepared a [Gr. marriage] banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to call those who had been invited to the banquet, but they refused to come. 4 Then he sent more servants instructing them to tell the prospective guests, “I’ve prepared my dinner, my oxen and my cattle have been butchered and everything is ready. Come to the banquet.” 5 But they were contemptuous, and went away, some to their farms, and others to their businesses. 6 The rest grabbed his servants, abused them and killed them. 7 When the king heard about it he was furious, so he sent his military forces and destroyed those murderers and burned their town. 8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The banquet is ready, but those who were invited were unworthy. 9 Now go to the main street intersections and invite everyone you find to the banquet.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and brought in everyone they could find, both bad and good, and the banquet hall was filled with ‘guests’.

So the servants inviting people to the banquet, or “the Kingdom of the Heavens” are prophets, teachers and martyrs.

In ancient Jewish weddings, the sources I checked say the wedding feast followed the actual wedding by a week. The bride and groom were to spend a week together before the wedding supper in a bridal chamber before returning to the bridegroom’s father’s house.

“Mirth and gladness announced their approach to townspeople waiting in houses along the route to the bride’s house.” As soon as the moving torches were spotted, it signaled the groom’s approach, a cry went out, “The bridegroom is coming.” Upon hearing this shout, the bride would slip into her wedding dress and complete her final marriage preparations. The groom did not enter the bride’s home, the bride came out to meet him. Then the bridegroom with his bride accompanied by their wedding party returned to the bridegroom’s father’s house for the marriage ceremony.” —alwaysfollowthetruth (NOTE: Quotations are not endorsements of whole books or articles.)

In the Song of Songs (Solomon) account, said to be the ultimate account of Yeshua’s wedding, we have the Shulamite bride turning away her husband in her dream state!

Song of Songs 5:2-8 I was asleep, but my mind was awake. A sound! My love is knocking! “Open to me, my [half] sister, my love, my dove, my perfect one. My head is drenched with dew, my hair with droplets of the night. 3 She replied I’ve taken off my clothes—must I put them on again? I’ve washed my feet. Should I get them dirty? 4 My beloved put his hand thru a door opening, and my ‘feelings’ were stirred for him. 5 I got up to open for my beloved. My hands dripped with myrrh, my fingers dripped with liquid myrrh as I pulled back the handles of the bolt. 6 I opened to my lover, but my love had already turned and gone away. I kept thinking of what he had said. I looked for him, but I couldn’t find him. I called to him, but he didn’t answer. 7 The watchmen who ‘patrol’ the city found me and beat me. They bruised me. Those guardsmen of the walls stripped off my veil. 8 Maidens of Jerusalem, swear to me, if you find my beloved, you must tell him that I’m lovesick.”

This is commonly thought to represent Yeshua knocking on the door of the wedding chamber, and I would agree. Because the bride was asleep, and the Bridegroom apparently couldn’t even open the door, Yeshua left His bride. By the time the bride was ready to respond to Yeshua, He had left. We need to ask where He would have gone, and why the bride was beaten up by the watchmen!

We know from the account in Matthew 25 that all ten bridesmaids (virgins) fell asleep awaiting the surprise arrival of the bridegroom. The surprise arrival was traditional, but the bridesmaids sleeping with half of their lights going out certainly wasn’t. By contrast Yeshua’s servants are not indifferent hired help, they are in fact really His Friends!

John 15:14-16 You are My Friends IF you obey everything I command you. 15 I don’t call you servants anymore, because a servant doesn’t know what his Master is doing, but I have called you My Friends, because I’ve revealed everything to you that I’ve heard from My Father. 16 You haven’t selected Me, but I’ve selected you, and I’ve established you so that you can also go and yield fruit that will last, and He’ll give you whatever you ask for in My Father’s name.

Now let’s compare Yeshua’s servants/friends to the bridesmaids. By getting a contextual running head start, we see that those who are about to be addressed are compared to servants preparing for the great event that follows the wedding! Yeshua’s servants are dressed for action, and their lamps will still be burning. This appears to be a deliberate contrast to the “ten virgins”! They are the “little flock” who are to receive a Kingdom!

Luke 12:31-35 But strive for the Kingdom of Yehovah and all of these things will be given to you as well. 32 Don’t be afraid little flock, because your Father is delighted to give you the Kingdom. 33 Sell your property and give to those in need. Make yourselves moneybags that will never wear out, and an inexhaustible treasure in Heaven where no thief can get near it or any moth can eat it. 34 Your treasure is in your minds! 35 Be dressed for action and keep your lamps burning.

Now here, continuing in the context, we come to THE MOST IMPORTANT PART. This tells you exactly who the servants/friends are!

Luke 12:36-40 Be like people who expect their master to return, so that when he returns from the wedding festivity [1], and he comes and knocks, they’ll open the door for him immediately. 37 The master’s servants will be blessed [or elated] when he comes, and he finds them still awake. It’s certain he’ll dress himself for service, but have them lean back at the table, and ‘he’ll’ come over and serve them! 38 Whether in the second watch, or in the third, when he comes and finds them still awake, those servants will be blessed. 39 But be sure of this, if the owner of the house had known the exact watch when the thief was coming, he would have been awake and wouldn’t have allowed his house to be broken into. 40 So be ready, because the Human Son will return at a time when you’re not expecting Him.”

[1] Gamos is “a wedding or marriage festival, a wedding banquet, a wedding feast.” Contrast these wedding servants, awake and prepared with their lamps burning, to the ten sleeping virgins of Matthew 25!

This strongly suggests Yeshua’s wedding week; perhaps revealing what time of year the Wedding Supper will be. Yet the Aramaic and Greek are not definitive as to precisely what time during the customary wedding week is being spoken of. This would explain why Yeshua’s dear servants could still be busy making preparations for the Supper at the end of the week, I don’t believe that the servants miss out on any of the main events.

This is where I believe Yeshua would go when His bride had drifted off to sleep and He couldn’t open the door. He would go and hang out at His house, away from the sleepy bride.

Might it actually be better to be a servant of the Master, as He returns FROM the Wedding festivities, before the Wedding Supper, than to be the bride? Maybe ask one of these guys.

Titus 1:1 From Paul, a servant of Yehovah and an envoy of Yeshua [Jesus] Messiah, ‘advancing’ the faith of Yehovah’s select, and their knowledge of the truth that leads toward Aloha,

James 1:1 From “James” [Yakub, “Jacob”], a servant of Yehovah and of our Master Yeshua Messiah, to the twelve tribes in the Dispersion [Gr. diaspora] among the nations. Greetings.

2 Peter 1:1 From Simon Peter, a servant and envoy of Yeshua Messiah, to those who have received equally precious faith with us, thru the righteousness of Our Master and Life Giver, Yeshua Messiah.

Jude 1:1 From Jude, a servant of Yeshua [Jesus] Messiah, and brother of James. To those who are invited and loved by Yehovah the Father, and kept safe by Yeshua Messiah.

Revelation 1:1 ... to His SERVANT John.

Yeshua was constantly telling parables that involved servants:
The parable of the tares (Matthew 13)
The parable of the unforgiving and the forgiving servants (Matthew 18)
The parable of the vinedressers (Matthew 21)
The parable of the wicked and the faithful servants (Matthew 24)
The parable of the talents (Matthew 25)

Now why was the bride in the Song of Songs beaten up by the watchmen? What do watchmen have to do with the wedding story?

To hear other people explain this wedding, the week in the wedding chamber represents the joyful stay of the bride with her groom, following a rapture and seven full years of Great Tribulation. I agree that there is a seven year period, explained in Daniel 9, and even that there is a seven year period associated with the wedding, traditionally alluded to in Genesis 29:27, but this is where I believe that the story has been twisted. Let’s revisit the account in Song of Solomon:

Song of Songs 5:7 The watchmen who ‘patrol’ the city found me and beat me. They bruised me. Those guardsmen of the walls stripped off my veil.

While the bridegroom was gone, the bride was abused by the watchmen. The watchmen are supposed to be our protectors, but in some prominent places in the Bible they are wolves in sheep’s clothing!

Isaiah 56:10-11 ‘Israel’s’ watchmen are blind and ignorant. They’re all like silent watchdogs unable to bark. They lie around dreaming; they love to sleep. 11 These dogs have fierce appetites. They are never full. They are ignorant shepherds, each of them going their own way, every last one looking for dishonest gain.

Jeremiah 6:17-19 I posted watchmen over you and said, “Listen for the sound of the shofar,” but they said: “We won’t listen”. 18 So listen, you nations. Be witnesses and take note of what will happen to them. 19 Listen, earth! I’m going to bring disaster on these people. It is the ‘result’ of their own schemes, because they haven’t listened to My words, and as for My Torah, they’ve rejected it also.

The bride’s watchmen will cause her to enter a seven year period, punctuated by Israel’s Great Tribulation! The collective bride (the 12 end time Israelite nations) and half of the collective bridesmaids (virgins) will accompany her into the Great Tribulation, but later into the Restored Israel, and the collective foolish half of the bridesmaids won’t yet be ready and will likely just go away not suffering the Tribulation destined for Israel. (Much of the rest of the world will suffer during the Day of Yehovah, immediately following the tribulation.)

Yeshua is knocking on His Bride’s door, as well as His Servants. Most of the seven Assemblies (“churches”) of Revelation 2-3 will also experience the Great Tribulation. Notice Laodicea’s closed door:

Revelation 3:14-20 To the messenger of the assembly in Laodicea, write: “The Aw-main, the Witness, the Faithful, the True, the Originator of Yehovah’s creation, says: 15 ‘I know your works, that you are neither hot or cold. I wish that you were either cold or hot. 16 So because you are lukewarm, and neither hot or cold, I’m about to vomit you from My mouth.’ 17 You say, ‘I’m rich and I don’t need anything’, not realizing that you are sick [Aramaic], miserable, destitute, blind and naked! 18 I advise you to buy from Me gold refined in the fire, so that you’ll actually become rich, and buy white clothing from Me so that you can clothe yourself, and the shame of your nakedness won’t appear, and eye salve for yours eyes, so that you can see. 19 I admonish and discipline everyone I love. So be zealous and make amends. 20 I have been standing at the door knocking. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I’ll come in to them and eat with them, and they with Me.

Note Philadelphia’s open door:

Revelation 3:8-11 I know your works. Look, I have put an open door in front of you that no one can shut, because you have a little strength and you’ve obeyed My Word and haven’t denied My name! 9 I have something for those of the cabal of Satan who claim to be Jews and arent, but lie, I’ll make them come and worship before your feet, and realize that I have loved you! 10 Since you’ve patiently obeyed My Word, I’ll protect you from the Hour of Trial that is coming to the entire inhabited world, to test those who live on the earth. 11 I AM COMING QUICKLY! Hold tightly onto what you have, so that no one takes your crown.

There actually is a way to escape the great Tribulation for many of the servants, in of all places New Jerusalem! But some of the very servants of Yeshua will fail to be included at the wedding due to poor behavior (they won’t be included in the Kingdom):

Luke 12:45-48 But if the head servant thinks to himself, ‘My master is postponing his return’, and starts beating the men and women servants and starts wining and dining and getting drunk, 46 that servant’s master will come on a day when he isn’t expecting him, and at a time of day when he doesn’t suspect, and will cut him in two, and make him share the lot of the unfaithful. 47 The servant who knew what his master wanted, but wouldn’t do what he was instructed will be beaten with many stripes, 48 while the person who did something deserving stripes in ignorance will be beaten with fewer stripes. Much is required of anyone who is given much, and much is expected from anyone who has been entrusted with much.

All symbolism aside, the wedding appears to be Israel’s agreement to reoccupy “marry” the land of Israel—the New Israel, not just the piece of it that the Jews have now:

Isaiah 62:2-5 The nations will see your morality, and every king your splendor. You’ll be called by a new name that Yehovah will announce. 3 You’ll be a beauty crown in Yehovah’s hand, and a royal diadem in Elohim’s hand. 4 You’ll never again be called “Forsaken”, nor will your land be called “Desolate” again, instead, you’ll be called “Hephzibah” [Literally, “My delight is in her”], and your land “Beulah” [Literally, to marry], because Yehovah delights in you, and your land will be married to Him. 5 Just like a young man marrying a virgin, your sons will marry you [the land of Israel], and like a bridegroom rejoicing over his bride, that’s how your Elohim will rejoice over you.

This special wedding celebration ends with both good and bad news. Finally guests arrive; but some don’t belong:

Matthew 22:9-14 Now go to the main street intersections and invite everyone you find to the banquet.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and brought in everyone they could find, both bad and good, and the banquet hall was filled with ‘guests’. 11 When the king came in to see the guests he saw a man there who wasn’t wearing festive clothes. 12 He asked him, “Friend, how did you get in here without festive clothes?” But he was speechless. 13 Then the king told his “deacons”, “Tie his hands and his feet and throw him into the outer darkness, there will be crying and grinding of teeth. 14 Many guests are invited [Gr. kletos] but few have chosen to participate.”

These servants will go on to become Kings and Priests in the Everlasting Kingdom, serving the bride for at least the next one thousand years!

Going a step further, the best man is also mentioned by name! He said it himself:

John 3:29 The man holding the bride’s hand is the Bridegroom. The Bridegroom’s best man stands by His side and listens to Him and celebrates when he hears the Bridegroom’s voice. So my anticipated joy has been realized!

No, John won’t be “part of the bride”.

So Who is Really the Messiah’s Bride?

All of my life I have been told that we should strive to be a part of the Lamb’s Bride. After all, virtually everyone teaches that being the “Bride of Christ” is the fantastic blessing of blessings that all of Elohim’s (God’s) kadishea (saints) should strive to become—an unsurpassable gift! But could Elohim have in mind, for His true Followers, a reward that even surpasses being His bride? Could it be that all of those Bible verses that the churches say are in reference to them, actually pertain to another group of people becoming the bride? After all, do the verses admonish the kadishea to be a part of the “bride”, or are we to be a part of the very “body of Christ”—the body of the bridegroom? If the bride proves not to be the Assembly of Yehovah (“Church of God”), then who will be married? Read on to find answers from the Bible in this all encompassing study.

There are numerous Scriptures referring to Israel’s tenuous marriage proposal, where a reluctant bride-to-be will have a swift change of attitude and come dashing for her Betrothed. This marriage, pictured by the symbolism of the Jubilee, is a time when Elohim’s “chosen people” are blessed—at the restoration of Israel. Many of the verses that the churches say pertains to them actually pertain to the twelve tribes of Israel. A prime example is the 144,000 firstfruits of Revelation 14:1-5 that are defined as the twelve tribes of Israel in Revelation 7:1-12.

But let’s look at an assumption that is partially responsible for the “wife swapping” situation.

Revelation 19:7-9 Let’s rejoice and be exuberant and praise Him, because the Marriage Banquet of the Lamb has come, and His bride has made herself ready. 8 She was given fine linen clothing to wear, bright and pure, because fine linen represents the righteousness of the kadishea. 9 He told me, “Write this, ‘Those who are called to the Marriage Banquet of the Lamb are blessed.’” Then he told me, “These are the true words of Yehovah.”

We see that the fine wedding linen represents “the righteousness of the kadishea”. Here, if we were to look no further is the basis for the Church/Bride theory. But who are the kadishea? Traditional teachings would have you believe that Christians, or only special Christians, are the kadishea. Yet, if you look at the many Hebrew references to the kadishea it becomes apparent that they are Elohim’s people Israel and grafted in Israelites. We can’t base a marriage on a single reference to the word “kadishea”, especially when so many other Scriptures specify exactly who is to be married. Nor do the “righteous acts” preclude the kadishea of old; in fact most of the references to the “righteous” are from the “old” Hebrew Scriptures, not to mention the faithful patriarchs listed in Hebrews 11, “the faith chapter”.

Look down a little further in the chapter:

Revelation 19:17-18 I saw a Messenger standing in front of the sun, and he shouted to all the birds flying in midair, “Come, gather for the great supper of Yehovah, 18 so that you can eat the flesh of kings, and the flesh of captains of thousands, the flesh of valiant men, the flesh of horses and their riders, the flesh of everyone both free and slave, those of little status and the highly esteemed.”

As I mention in “I and My Father Are One”, Part 3, (that incidentally explains who the Bridegroom is), concerning this and Luke 12 below:

“This alludes to an earthly wedding—a wedding where there are wicked people present, who will be cast from the wedding into “outer darkness”! At this wedding “there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth” (Matthew 22:13). So the Marriage Supper is the same as the separation of the sheep from the goats—Judgment Day!

“The wedding supper does not sound very appetizing either, unless you understand that at this time the nations of Israel have just been freed from their captors. The captors are destroyed and Elohim’s renewed relationship with His ancient bride will now resume. It’s the knight slaying the dragon and marrying the princess scenario again, leaving the dragon’s body (in this case, the Beast’s body!) for the buzzards.”

And as I mention in Jubilee 2027:

“Not only does this say that “the Church” (Greek: Assembly) will not marry, in the Kingdom, but SPECIFICALLY, it is at the very resurrection associated with the “wedding supper”, that they do not marry! You have probably always heard that this marriage supper was for Yeshua and His “Church”. Could John’s quotation of Yeshua actually have been referring to a marriage that was alluded to at a much earlier time? Might the marriage actually be the jubilant time when His kadishea are blessed; the time that I believe typifies what the Jubilee actually commemorates—the restoration of Israel? I believe that it is. A great many Bible verses that the churches say pertains to them actually pertain to the twelve tribes of Israel. A salient introduction to this topic is The Actual Message of Matthew 24.” (Note: Richard Fix now rejects the Bible!)

Hosea and “the Bride of Christ”

Hosea is an entire book identifying the “bride of Christ” before she is purged of her stains and wrinkles, but it personifies the very unconverted descendants of all 12 tribes of Israel, many of whom are in “the church”, but to no particular advantage since they don’t believe that the Commandments are still in force!

Hosea had to marry a harlot to illustrate Israel’s spiritual infidelity. Yet there is a glimmering ray of hope for national redemption mentioned. The very name Hosea means “delivered”. But the “husband”/“wife” relationship pictured in Hosea does not represent the distant past, it pictures the “bride of Christ” and the “marriage supper of the Lamb”!

The identity of the bride could never be plainer the way she is described by Hosea, except of course when “creative interpretation” is used. Like in Ephesians 5, which we’ll look as in part 2. Hosea never consummated his marriage with his harlot bride (to be). Hosea’s adulterous wife kept having illegitimate children (Hosea 5:7). Before their marriage could be consummated she had to abstain from prostitution for a period of time—to remove her stains and wrinkles. Prior to the ultimate wedding that the book of Hosea is portraying, there is a very long betrothal period. The Scripture is quite plain about the timing:

Hosea 2:19-20 I’ll be betrothed [3] to you forever. Yes, you’ll be betrothed to Me in righteousness and in justice, in unfailing love and compassion. 20 I’ll be faithful to you, and you’ll finally know Yehovah intimately.

Instead of “a very long time” virtually every translation says “forever”, but a betrothal never lasts forever. Either 1) a marriage follows; or 2) a divorce takes place (their ‘engagement periods’ were legally binding, only broken by a legal divorce; or 3) one of the individuals dies. The marriage of the Lamb, following “a very long time” of ‘engagement’ (millennia) is soon to take place.

Hosea 2:13-20 I’ll come and punish her for the times when she burned incense to the Baals, when she adorned herself with her rings and jewelry, and chased her lovers, and forgot Me, says Yehovah.

14 But I’m going to allure her back. I’ll bring her into the wilderness [Ezekiel 20:35], 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. [This is a second Exodus!] 16 Yehovah says: When that day comes, you’ll call Me Husband [Ishi] and you’ll never again call Me ‘Lord’ [Baali]. 17 I’ll remove the names of the Baals from your mouths, and you will never mention them again. 18 At that time I’ll make a covenant with all the wild animals of the plains, and the birds of the sky, and the animals that move around on the ground. I’ll abolish bows and swords, and warfare from the earth, so that everyone can rest peacefully. 19 I’ll be betrothed to you for a very long time. Yes, you’ll be betrothed to Me in morality and in justice, in unfailing love and compassion. 20 I’ll be faithful to you, and you’ll finally know Yehovah intimately.

Hosea 3:4-5 The people of Israel will go many days without a king or prince, and without ze’bakim [sacrifices], and without obelisks [?], and without ephods or household idols. 5 But after that the people of Israel will return, and be devoted to Yehovah their Elohim, and David their king. They will come trembling to Yehovah for His blessings in the last days.

Here is another factor that it would appear no one has taken the time to examine. Could Yeshua marry “the body of Christ”— His own body?

1 Corinthians 12:12-14,27 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. ... 27 Now you are the body of the Messiah, each member is one of the constituent parts of a whole.

We start our relationship with Yeshua as a servant, then we become friends—friends so close that figuratively we share the same body; much like Elohim and His Son.

For those people who believe that the bride is the “church”, here is an entire chapter that you must explain away! Is Elohim a polygamist? Is He to marry both mortal Israel AND an immortal Assembly of kadishea? Look carefully at this prophecy about the wedding of Nation of Israel.

Isaiah 54:3-15 You’ll spread aboard to the right and to the left, and your descendants will occupy other nations and resettle the deserted cities. 4 Don’t be afraid, because you won’t be ashamed or humiliated. You won’t be put to shame, and you’ll forget the shame of your youth. You won’t remember the stigmatism of widowhood. 5 Your Makers are your HUSBANDS [1], Yehovah the Commander is His name, and the Kadosh One of Israel is your Redeemer. He is called the Elohim of the entire earth. 6 Yehovah has called you like a deserted wife tormented by grief, like a wife rejected early in life, says your Elohim. 7 For a brief moment I let you alone, but with infinite compassion I’ll bring you back. 8 In a spurt of anger I hid My face from you momentarily, but with eternal love I’ll have compassion on you, says Yehovah your Redeemer. 9 To Me, this is like Noah’s floodwaters, when I swore that Noah’s floodwaters would never cover the earth again. And now I’ve sworn that I won’t be angry with you, or reprimand you. 10 Tho the mountains may be removed, and the hills may shake, My kindness will never leave you, nor will My covenant of peace be shaken, says Yehovah, who has mercy on you. 11 You storm battered, afflicted and unconsoled ‘city’! I’ll reset your stones in antimony, and lay your foundations with sapphires. 12 I’ll make your pinacles [?] of jasper, and your gates with crystal, and your outer wall with beautiful stones. 13 All your children will be taught by Yehovah, and your children will experience unlimited peace. 14 You’ll be ethically reestablished. You’ll be far from oppression, and you won’t be afraid of anything because nothing frightening will come near you. 15. If anyone attacks you, it won’t be my doing. Whoever attacks you will fall before you.

[1] Yes, both are plural, but not a trinity. This site source has plenty of plurality verses that I consider Binity. But to read historical statements confirming the fact that Yehovah was recognized as a Binity until Constantine forced a “reconsideration”, see this link. Also, when last I checked, Wikipedia’s article on Binitarianism was an equally informative article that is as persuasive as it can be, while still maintaining the necessary air of neutrality required of an encyclopedia.

The Husband Will Remarry His Bride Israel.

Jeremiah 3:14 Come back, you apostate people’, says Yehovah because I’m to be married to you. I’ll take one of you from this city, and two from that family, and I’ll bring you to Zion.

Under the Previous Covenant (Exodus 20:1-24:7), Elohim had been a “Husband” to Ancient Israel:

Jeremiah 31:31-32 The time is coming, says Yehovah, ‘when I’ll make a New marriage Covenant with the ‘nation’ of Israel and the ‘nation’ 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 and led them out of the land of Egypt, since they broke My Covenant, tho I was their Husband, says Yehovah.

As an aside, this woman is in deliberate contrast to the other woman of prophecy:

Revelation 18:16-18 and saying, ‘How terrible, how terrible it is for the great city! She wore fine linen, purple and scarlet stuff, and gilded with gold, gemstones and pearls, 17 and in one hour all of this wealth has been destroyed’. Every captain and every navigator sailing anywhere, mariners, anyone making their living from the sea stood in the distance. 18 When they saw the plumes of smoke rising from her flames, they cried, ‘What other city is like this great city?’

How did the idea that “the Church” is the focal point of Bible prophecy, rather than the instrument that Elohim created to teach, among other things, about the prophecies concerning Israel? This teaching, commonly called “Replacement Theology”, is clearly traced to Augustine’s (354-430 AD) “Sermon Against the Jews”. Doing a web search on “Replacement Theology” will uncover lots of leads. Within these articles you can specifically search for the name “Augustine”.

If the term “Replacement Theology” is new to you, I highly recommend that you read The Error of Replacement Theology.

Now for Part 2

Here is the ADDENDUM (or appendix)

Part 2 Appendix Chapters

Articles Feast Days

Everlasting Kingdom
only search Everlasting Kingdom
Minor update 2-18-2017
Creative Commons License
Lon Martin’s work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported License.