A Bible Study of the Marriage of the Bride of Christ (The Jewish Wedding)

To understand bible prophecy about the return of Jesus Christ, we need to understand the Jewish Wedding as presented in scripture, because Christ spoke of his return with many Wedding Analogies. Matt 22, Matt 25, Rev. 19 & 21, Luke 12:36, "And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding..."

The Holy Bible says the Bride of Christ is the Church.
Eph 5:25 "Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church... ",
2Cor 11:2 "...I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.",
Rom 7:4...."ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead..."

The Wedding Analogy shows the Pre Tribulaiton Rapture because the union of the bride and groom (the rapture) takes place at the start of the Bridal Week, which is a type of the Tribulation Week.  The word for bridal week as used in Genesis 29 & Judges 14  is the same word in Daniel 9:27.  The word "week", or shavuah in Hebrew, simply means a seven, it means seven days or seven years.  Further, there are two Old Testament examples where a day from a prophetic type turns into a year of judgment.  Num 14:34 & Ezek 4:6.

Here are a few key examples of the significance of the Wedding Parallel. The bride price is paid by the groom for the bride.  Jesus paid for us with his life. The virgin girl shows that she accepts the written covenant agreement of the marriage by drinking a glass of wine, and this has become the communion ritual that Jesus gave to the Church.  The betrothed bride would also have a ritual cleansing bath, and this is like baptism of water and spirit, or the cleansing of the word in Eph 5.

The groom departs to build the bridal chamber where they will live together, and Jesus said John 14:2 "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you." John 14:3 "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."

When finished, the groom would return at a time unexpected "of that day or hour no man knows" to fetch, or take away (rapture) his bride, like a thief in the night, which is a type of the action of the rapture.  At the end of Judges 21, there is a mass bridal abduction.  In Deut 22:25-29 and Exodus 22:15-17 we see that the penalty for taking a virgin (through force or seduction) is a permanant marriage with no divorce provision.  This is like the "incorruptable immortality" as described in the rapture passage in 1 Cor 15:51-54

Thus, the intimate union between man and wife in the bridal chamber is a picture of being in heaven with our Lord Jesus Christ after the rapture.  At the end of this bridal week, the bride and groom emerge at the wedding feast or marriage supper.  Even the slaughter at the marriage supper, or Armageddon, is pictured in Judges 14 as Samson kills 30 Philistines.

I urge all who read this to study more of these Wedding Parallels, which teach about the pre tribulation rapture, and the type of relationship our Lord Jesus Christ is seeking with us.

The Marriage of the Bride of Christ.  The Pretribulation Rapture Introduction and summary of scriptures for each topic below

  1. The Holy Spirit choses the bride, and brings people to God through repentance
  2. A bride price (dowry) is established, Christ gave his life to purchase and redeem us
  3. Consent: the bride agrees and chooses to accept her husband's offer
  4. Written document, Covenant agreement, written registry
  5. Drinking a glass of wine; a toast, a communion, seals the covenant agreement.
  6. Betrothal [espoused/engaged/promised]
  7. Ritual Cleansing bath; a Mikveh or Baptism
  8. Gifts given to the Bride
  9. The bridegroom departed, going back to his father's house to prepare the bridal chamber, closet (many mansions)
  10. The bride was consecrated, set apart, and kept herself ready for the bridegroom to return, and wore a vail which is like the blood of Jesus covering our sins, the righteousness of the saints
  11. Bridegroom comes for his Bride on a "day or hour no man knows, but my father only" with a shout, command, last trump, trumpet blast
  12. Jesus comes for (raptures) his Bride as a Thief
  13. Going through the open door into heaven (at the rapture)
  14. The bridal week (a day for a year) in the wedding chamber as the tribulation week of Daniel
  15. (Marriage supper / Wedding Feast) when the bride and groom emerge from the bridal chamber at the end of seven days, and the Lord returns with the Bride at the end of the seven year tribulation
  16. The slaughter at the marriage supper
  17. The bride and groom were seen as king and queen, trumpet blasts herald the reign of a new king, at the rapture at the trumpet blast, Christ and his people begin to rule in heaven
  18. The Judgment Seat of Christ, (pictured by the Feast of Trumpets, a picture of the wedding of the messiah, and rapture.)
Wedding Bible Study in Scripture The Full Wedding Study of all the above essays, all in one document, over 138K.  Last updated Dec. 7th, 2000.
The Jewish Wedding Ceremony Two original studies that were sent to me, before I did my own scriptural research on the topic of the wedding as a picture of the rapture.  They show how Christians are Wed to the Lord Jesus Christ. Pre Tribulation Rapture is shown in the Bridal Week. These two studies original sources were from http://www.geocities.com/Heartland/2175/ and http://www.returnToGod.com/.
The Ultimate Wedding  by Bill Risk (WPRisk@aol.com)
A Jewish wedding Greg Killian's website: Mostly scriptures used to describe a wedding.