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The marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready. REV 19:7

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What does it mean that the church is the bride of Christ?"


Question: "What does it mean that the church is the bride of Christ?"

The imagery and symbolism of marriage is applied to Christ and the body of believers known as the church. These are those who have trusted in Jesus Christ as their personal savior and have received eternal life. In the New Testament, Christ, the Bridegroom, has sacrificially and lovingly chosen the church to be His bride (Ephesians 5:25-27). Just as there was a betrothal period in biblical times during which the bride and groom were separated until the wedding, so is the bride of Christ separate from her Bridegroom during the church age. Her responsibility during the betrothal period is to be faithful to Him (2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:24). At the Second Coming of Christ, the church will be united with the Bridegroom, the official "wedding ceremony" will take place and, with it, the eternal union of Christ and His bride will be actualized (Revelation 19:7-9; 21:1-2).

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Poem: The Bride Of Christ by D Schenfeld

Started by Deborah Sue Schenfeld. Last reply by Pastor Bob B Jan 13, 2009. 7 Replies

All in white she stands, Earth's dark night is over!She turns to face the Son of Man,With a look that shames the stars!Pure & spotless, holy, clothed in Love & Glory!What has made her…Continue

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His Majesty Requests: Here Comes the Bride

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His Majesty Requests: The Fragrance of the Bride

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JEWISH MARRIAGE CUSTOMS

Started by Pastor Bob B. Last reply by Pastor Bob B Jul 29, 2008. 2 Replies

JEWISH MARRIAGE CUSTOMSBehold, The Bridegroom Comes!Dr. Renald Showers, Chairman of the Pastoral Studies Dept. Philadelphia College of Bible (year unknown) Distributed by, The Friends of Israel…Continue

His Majesty Requests: The Best For Last

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Comment by Pastor Bob B on April 7, 2010 at 4:49am
Love Messianic worship and dance, thanks for sharing Linda Ruth
Comment by Pastor Bob B on March 23, 2010 at 7:47pm
Comment by Pastor Bob B on March 6, 2009 at 3:43am
Hi Lourdito, I am sorry for not answering your question from 1-27-09. Some how I missed it until today.

I believe that John received Jesus as the Messiah just like all us do by faith whether old testament, or New Testament saints. John being called a friend of the Bridegroom is the proof of it.

Romans 5:10 says; "For if while we were enemies we were reconciled to God through the death of His Son, much more, having been reconciled, we shall be saved by His life." John was called a friend, not an enemy.

Jesus called his own disciples friends of the bride groom in Matthew 9:14-15

"Then the disciples of John came to Him, asking, "Why do we and the Pharisees fast, but Your disciples do not fast?" And Jesus said to them, "The attendants (In close relationship) of the bridegroom cannot mourn as long as the bridegroom is with them, can they? But the days will come when the bridegroom is taken away from them, and then they will fast.

Also John was directing all his disciples to Jesus and even called him the lamb of God who takes away the sins of the world at Jesus baptism. John 1;29

John 1:35-37 Again the next day John was standing with two of his disciples, 36 and he looked at Jesus as He walked, and said, “Behold, the Lamb of God!” 37 The two disciples heard him speak, and they followed Jesus.

I hope i fully answered this question for you brother
Comment by Lourdito on January 27, 2009 at 9:26am
Hi Pastor Bob,

Thank you for the answer... moving forward, here's my next question if you dont mind. :-)

You believed that the saints of Old Testament Israel are included in the bride company. Every Blood-redeemed Jew and Gentile from all of history.

My question is; What about John the Baptist? According to John he is the friend of the bridegroom, meaning: he is not included in the bride. John 3:29 "He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom's voice; this my joy therefore is fullfilled." John the baptist for all i know is the last old testament prophet and first new testament preacher.

Thanks in advance!
Comment by Rivers Of Living Waters on October 19, 2008 at 7:36pm

Comment by Pastor Bob B on August 4, 2008 at 7:30am
Hi Lourdito Buban, I thank you for the question.

And a voice came from the throne, saying, "Give praise to our God, all you His bond-servants, you who fear Him, the small and the great." And I heard, as it were, the voice of a great multitude and as the sound of many waters and as the sound of mighty peals of thunder, saying, "Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready." And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. And he said to me, "Write, ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.’" And he said to me, "These are the true words of God"
(Revelation 19:5-9).


By this time in the course of events, the great tribulation is over, the harvest of the living and the dead in Christ has taken place, the harlot of Babylon has been destroyed, and the wrath of God has been fully poured out on the beast and his kingdom. Only after all of these things have taken place has
the bride made herself ready.
Who is she and why did it take so long for her to get dressed?
Apparently her wedding garments, which stand for the righteous acts of the saints, are not finished until all of these events are completed.

The bride cannot be reserved to just those alive at the end of the age, for Jesus came as the bridegroom two thousand years ago, and it was the church members at Corinth that Paul was eager to present as spiritual virgins to Christ the husband
(2 Corinthians 11:2).
However, Scripture indicates that the bride company will not be ready until the very end of the age, not only in total numbers but also in maturity.
He’s coming back for a bride without spot or wrinkle.

There are a number of clues to the identity of the bride.
She is not ready until the great tribulation is over.
She is dressed in white garments which are the righteous acts of the saints.
She will be the people of a heavenly city whose gates stand for the twelve tribes of Israel and whose foundation stones stand for the twelve apostles (Revelation 21:12-14).

I believe this indicates that the saints of Old Testament Israel are included in the bride company.

The bride would then include every Blood-redeemed Jew and Gentile from all of history, in addition to those last-generation saints of Revelation who have just emerged victorious from great tribulation.
These saints are the last portion of the bride company for which completion of the bride awaits.

Following the roll-call of the Old Testament hall of faith saints of Hebrews 11, the writer of Hebrews reveals:
And all these, having gained approval through their faith, did not receive what was promised, because God had provided something better for us, so that apart from us they should not be made perfect.

Therefore, since we have so great a cloud of witnesses surrounding us, let us also lay aside every encumbrance, and the sin which so easily entangles us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us (Hebrews 11:39-12:1).
Comment by Pastor Bob B on August 4, 2008 at 6:54am
Deborah Sue Schenfeld thanks for placing the poem it is so beautiful, many peoplle are going to blessed when they read it.
Comment by Deborah Sue Schenfeld on August 3, 2008 at 10:07pm
Love these videos! I haven't seen them all yet, but I'll be back!
Comment by Lourdito on July 30, 2008 at 7:21pm
Hi Sir, This is wonderful... but my my question is who really is the Bride? Hope we can shed light on this. Thanks.
Comment by Pastor Bob B on June 14, 2008 at 12:37pm
As we were finally finishing our study of Revelations which we have been doing for a year. We talked about the return of Christ as a mighty warrior. the bride follows on white horses with white linan robes; Wow a army in white! Well we know He will concour the enemy with the word of his mouth and we will witness it. There we all are in our white graduation gowns ready to rule and reign with the Bride groom.
Maybe John saw your face in that crowd or mine.
 

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