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1 The signs of the times (16) Keep the garment clean Yoshinobu Namihira, MD, FACG 3000 halls ferry road Vicksburg, MS Phone ; fax E mail:

2 How to dress for the wedding and the reception We have studied a number of passages in discussing what is happening during this sixth- plague announcement. You might want to turn back to look at them. Another interesting parable tells about the wedding supper but focuses on the call and the required preparation for it. Read the story in the first part of Matt. 22. backMatt. 22

3 In comparing this story to the parable of the ten virgins, we realize that the wedding was the selection process, here represented as separating those who have accepted the king's garment and those who have not. We see the several events in the story

4 Warning "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." (Rev. 16:15)

5 So what does this warning in the middle of the 6th plague mean to us? We have been studying the end-time selection or judgment process following the source of the imagery in our verse. This is represented by the day of atonement on the sanctuary calendar. I believe it has already begun. It ends quietly like a thief, after the final challenge of the image to the beast and when the last decision is made for or against Christ. Then comes the noise as the seven last plagues fall. If probation closes when the plagues begin to fall, why does the warning appear here? It is actually part of a separate scene (introduced by "And I saw" in verse 13).

6 We are taken back in time in order to understand the final gathering of the kings under the sixth plague. The gathering apparently begins before the plagues begin but isn't completed until the end of the sixth plague. 1] The dragon,2] beast and 3]false prophet, along with deceptive miracles (v.14), were at work in chapter 13 to set up the image. The establishment of the image is here the gathering of the kings for battle. God's response � the plagues � was the final wrath predicted by the third angel

7 Consider the following scenario: As the four winds begin to build up, the three spirits or world religious powers feel (correctly) that the judgments of God are falling on the world. However, they do not acknowledge their own defiance as the reason. They rally the political powers and the inhabitants of the planet through miracles and human doctrine. As announced by the first angel, worship will be the issue,

8 Instead of giving glory to God following the pattern He established, Sunday worship, already popular, will be urged, hoping to satisfy God. We remember that the sun was worshiped by pagans as the source of life � a challenge to the true Creator who had sanctified His special day. The new day was borrowed by Christians of the early centuries in order to provide a compromised religion all could accept

9 Sunday sacredness has already been urged by the Pope (1989). Most who echo the call have not yet understood what they are doing. Because this doctrine is developing like a crusade flag for modern Christianity, it is easy to see that it could be at the heart of the issue for gathering the kings. Dear friend, wherever you are, I simply urge you to join me in watching and keeping our garments, as our verse advises, so that we not be found naked while thinking we are well clothed. My saying something doesn't make it true. Just study the Word for yourself. We all must have the robe of the righteousness of Christ (Isa. 61:10).

10 The rapture In the last part of Matt. 24, we find that Jesus describes the deception that Jesus would not return until later. Here we are warned again under the metaphor of the thief who comes and surprises the wicked because they did not know when he was coming. This is important.

11 Plagues after judgment and before celebration Let's look at a piece of the original story that helped us establish the time above. Then we will add a passage to show how the plagues fit into the picture. We noticed that the imagery in our thief statement leads us to Luke 12. First the thief warning again. "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." (Rev. 16:15).

12 The story: "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.

13 Do not fear What is your and my Father’s good pleasure? What is the bag which will not wax old? What is the treasure in heavens which will not fail? An important formula: Where is your treasure, That is where your heart is.

14 Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them. And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants. And this know, that if the goodman of the house had known what hour the thief would come, he would have watched, and not have suffered his house to be broken through. Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not." (Luke 12:32-40).

15 Terrestrial meltdown Peter describes the judgment, the plagues, and the reward for the righteous without directly specifying the order. 2 Peter 3.2 Peter 3 At the beginning of Daniel 12, we find the same picture of reward after the plagues, which this time are seen as the time of trouble.

16 Keeping our clothes "Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." (Rev. 16:15). The message to the final church, Laodicea, charged us to buy white clothes. We need to keep them. Are we once saved, always saved? According to our verse, only if we are diligent to keep our clothes. This means be faithful in our walk � our behavior. We need not fear nakedness, however, because Jesus is eager to give us the power to walk in purity of character. Praise God.

17 Preadvent ( investigative) judgment Verdict Marriage feast in heaven for the righteous Millennial judgment in heaven Inspection of wedding garments King's order to bind The feast to which guests were called The servants (righteous) bind and cast wicked into fire / darkness

18 Sequence of events in being received into heaven Going with Christ into the wedding Wedding Exit from wedding � the time of coming as a thief Plagues � study Dan. 12, below. below Banquet

19 TextComments 10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, Coming as a thief but noisy when he arrives. 10, in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation [behavior] and godliness, The Holy Spirit may not have shown Peter the individual plagues, but this event at Christ's coming certainly describes the end result of the plagues, in the day of the Lord. (Joel 2). We also see our responsibility. 13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness. Our reward 14 Wherefore, beloved, seeing that ye look for such things, be diligent that ye may be found of him in peace, without spot, and blameless. The judgment. At His return, we will be found by Him either innocent, without spot, or guilty. We are that way when He comes because of the judgment which will have just ended. Our bodies are changed then (1 Cor. 15:50-53). Our characters are not ( Rev. 22:11).

20 The Jewish wedding custom The bride of Messiah

21 1.Pre arrangement by boy’s father 2.Marriage contract 3.Dowry [from bride to bridegroom’s family ] 4.Bridal {price} payment{ [ from groom to bride’s family ] 5.Ritual immersion 6.Betrothal 7.Bridal gift [from groom to bride] 8.Intense and serious preparation for both groom and bride 9.marriage ceremony step by step groom’s party, early mission team ”behold, the bridegroom is coming” sounding of shofar [ a ram’s horn] entire bridegroom's procession marriage supper husband takes his bride to their new home to live together

22 Jewish Wedding Customs and the Bride of Messiah Written by Glenn Kay T here are many customs appointed by God as teaching tools. In a unique way, the Jewish Wedding Ceremony (as opposed to any other cultural expression) is a detailed illustration of the Messiah's relationship to His bride. The Shiddukhin - Arrangements preliminary to Betrothal What is Shiddukhin? Shiddukhin refers to the first step in the marriage process - the arraignments preliminary to the legal betrothal. It was common in ancient Israel of the father of the groom to select a bride for his son.

23 Biblical Example of Shiddukhin - Genesis 24:1-4Genesis 24:1-4 Notice in this passage Abraham - makes arrangements for his son Isaac's wedding. While the father usually had the responsibility in Abraham's life it was not possible. It was acceptable for the father to delegate this responsibility by designating a representative - called a shadkhan - marriage broker or matchmaker.

24 Genesis 24:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV) A Bride for Isaac 24 Now Abraham was old, well advanced in age; and the L ORD had blessed Abraham in all things. 2 So Abraham said to the oldest servant of his house, who ruled over all that he had, “Please, put your hand under my thigh, 3 and I will make you swear by the L ORD, the God of heaven and the God of the earth, that you will not take a wife for my son from the daughters of the Canaanites, among whom I dwell; 4 but you shall go to my country and to my family, and take a wife for my son Isaac.”

25 The next phase of this step was the - Ketubah Ketubah means - "written" Written in Hebrew as - hbtk. The ketubah was and still is today the - "marriage contract." The ketubah includes the provisions and conditions of the proposed marriage: The groom promises to support his wife to be. The bride stipulates the contents of her dowry - financial status. We see this described in - Gen. 24: Despite the fact that this was an "arraigned marriage", it appears that the consent of the bride was very much a part of the ketubah - (Gen. 24:5).Gen. 24:52-53Gen. 24:5

26 Genesis 24:52-53 New King James Version (NKJV) 52 And it came to pass, when Abraham’s servant heard their words, that he worshiped the L ORD, bowing himself to the earth. 53 Then the servant brought out jewelry of silver, jewelry of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother.

27 Genesis 24:5 New King James Version (NKJV) 5 And the servant said to him, “Perhaps the woman will not be willing to follow me to this land. Must I take your son back to the land from which you came?”

28 The Mohar - or Bridal Payment This is sometimes called - the Bride price. It is a gift paid by the groom to the bride's family - but ultimately belongs to the bride. It changed her status and set her free from her parent's household. We see this illustrated in two Biblical examples: Isaac and Rebecca - Gen. 24:53 [silver, gold, clothes]Gen. 24:53 Jacob and his wives - Gen. 29:20,27 [7yr for leah, 7yr for rachael]Gen. 29:2027

29 Genesis 24:53 New King James Version (NKJV) 53 Then the servant brought out jewelry of silver, jewelry of gold, and clothing, and gave them to Rebekah. He also gave precious things to her brother and to her mother

30 Genesis 29:20 New King James Version (NKJV) 20 So Jacob served seven years for Rachel, and they seemed only a few days to him because of the love he had for her Genesis 29:27 New King James Version (NKJV) 27 Fulfill her week, and we will give you this one also for the service which you will serve with me still another seven years.”

31 The Mikveh - or Ritual Immersion Although not mentioned in the narrative - to prepare for betrothal it was common for the bride and groom to separately take a ritual immersion. The ritual immersion - mikveh - taken from the Hebrew - hwqm was prior to actually entering into the formal betrothal period, and was symbolic of spiritual cleansing.

32 Illustrated in Messiah's Bride The shiddukhin starts with the father's selection of a bride for his beloved son. So too - were we selected by the Father to be His Beloved Son's loving precious bride - (Eph. 1:4). As in the case of Isaac - there is also a matchmaker - (II Cor. 11:10- 12). We also have a legal contract - a ketubah hbtk - which is the New Covenant itself in which:Eph. 1:4II Cor. 11: The groom promises love and care for His bride - and to give Himself for her. He also has paid the proper price for His bride - (His own life). The bride promises to pay her dowry - her financial status - that of her yielded life and to keep herself for Him - (I Cor. 6:20).I Cor. 6:20

33 Ephesians 1:4 New King James Version (NKJV) 4 just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love,

34 Corinthians 11:10-12 New King James Version (NKJV) 10 As the truth of Christ is in me, no one shall stop me from this boasting in the regions of Achaia. 11 Why? Because I do not love you? God knows! 12 But what I do, I will also continue to do, that I may cut off the opportunity from those who desire an opportunity to be regarded just as we are in the things of which they boast

35 1 Corinthians 6:20 New King James Version (NKJV) 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body [a] and in your spirit, which are God’s.a

36 The Mohar - is also illustrated in our relationship to Yeshua – we are told in (I Cor. 6: 19-20) that we have been redeemed with a price.I Cor. 6: We are also told that our bride's price is not just silver and gold but His own life (I Pet. 1:18-19)I Pet. 1:18-19 Both bride and groom have undergone the waters of mikveh or immersion – Yeshua at the beginning of His ministry ( Mat. 3: 13-17) andMat. 3: we His bride in the cleansing waters( Eph.5:26-27, I Cor. 6:11). [baptism]Eph.5:26-27I Cor. 6:11

37 1 Corinthians 6:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV) 19 Or do you not know that your body is the temple of the Holy Spirit who is in you, whom you have from God, and you are not your own? 20 For you were bought at a price; therefore glorify God in your body [a] and in your spirit, which are God’s.a

38 1 Peter 1:18-19 New King James Version (NKJV) 18 knowing that you were not redeemed with corruptible things, like silver or gold, from your aimless conduct received by tradition from your fathers, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot

39 Matthew 3:13-17 New King James Version (NKJV) John Baptizes Jesus 13 Then Jesus came from Galilee to John at the Jordan to be baptized by him. 14 And John tried to prevent Him, saying, “I need to be baptized by You, and are You coming to me?” 15 But Jesus answered and said to him, “Permit it to be so now, for thus it is fitting for us to fulfill all righteousness.” Then he allowed Him. 16 When He had been baptized, Jesus came up immediately from the water; and behold, the heavens were opened to Him, and He [a] saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting upon Him. 17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”a

40 1 Corinthians 6:11 New King James Version (NKJV) 11 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God

41 Ephesians 5:26-27 New King James Version (NKJV) 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish

42 Aspects of the Betrothal After the couple had undergone - Mikveh hwqm ( immersion), each separately, they would appear together under the Huppah - or canopy - and in public they would express their intention of becoming betrothed or engaged. From ancient times - the wedding canopy has been a symbol of a new household being planned - (Ps. 19:5; Joel 2:16). While under the Huppah the couple participated in a ceremony in which some items of value were exchanged - such as rings, and a cup of wine was shared to seal the betrothal vows.Ps. 19:5Joel 2:16

43 Psalm 19:5 New King James Version (NKJV) 5 Which is like a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, And rejoices like a strong man to run its race.

44 Joel 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV) 16 Gather the people, Sanctify the congregation, Assemble the elders, Gather the children and nursing babes; Let the bridegroom go out from his chamber, And the bride from her dressing room.

45 After the ceremony - the couple was considered to have entered into the betrothal agreement. This period was to last for one year. During this time the couple was considered married - yet did not have sexual relations - and continued to live separately until the end of the betrothal. We see this time of betrothal illustrated in the gospels as reflected in the lives of Yoseph and Mary - (see Mat. 1:18-25).Mat. 1:18-25

46 Matthew 1:18-25 New King James Version (NKJV) Christ Born of Mary 18 Now the birth of Jesus Christ was as follows: After His mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, before they came together, she was found with child of the Holy Spirit. 19 Then Joseph her husband, being a just man, and not wanting to make her a public example, was minded to put her away secretly. 20 But while he thought about these things, behold, an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. 21 And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name J ESUS, for He will save His people from their sins.” 22 So all this was done that it might be fulfilled which was spoken by the Lord through the prophet, saying: 23 “Behold, the virgin shall be with child, and bear a Son, and they shall call His name Immanuel,” which is translated, “God with us.” 24 Then Joseph, being aroused from sleep, did as the angel of the Lord commanded him and took to him his wife, 25 and did not know her till she had brought forth her firstborn Son. [a] And he called His name J ESUS.a

47 The Matan - or Bridal Gift Following this betrothal ceremony the groom would return to his home to fulfill his obligations during the betrothal. But just prior to leaving he would give his wife to be a Matan ntm - or bridal gift, a pledge of his love for her. It's purpose was to be a reminder to his bride during their days of separation of his love for her, that he was thinking of her - and that he would return to receive her as his wife.

48 The Couple's Responsibilities During the Betrothal During betrothal the groom's responsibility was to focus on preparing a new dwelling place for his bride and family: In Biblical times this was most often done not by building a new home - but by simply adding additional rooms to the family's existing home. The Rabbi's determined that the place to which the bride was to be taken must be better than the place she had lived before. [ upward progression ] It was not the groom's duty to determine when the place he was preparing for the bride was ready - his father would make that determination and give the go ahead to receive his bride. (this is significant ) The bride also was to keep herself busy in preparation for the wedding day - specifically wedding garments were to be sewn and prepared. (this is also significant )

49 Illustrated in Messiah's Betrothal to His Bride As the betrothal includes the blessings of the wine under the huppah, one of the last of Yeshua's actions was to bless the cup of the New Covenant - the cup of the ketubah hbtk - that contract of marriage. He too stated that He would not tasted again until a later time, when he would drink at the wedding feast. The image of our betrothal also answers the question of whether believers can loose their salvation. The Scripture points to the fact that we are betrothed to the Messiah - we are in that engagement period prior to the wedding:

50 As in any betrothal - the promise is so sure of our wedding that it would take a religious (get) divorce to nullify the contract. This divorce (get) is only available to the husband. This too is promised by God in Hosea 2: He promises that He will betrothal His people to Himself - forever. Would God ever divorce His people - (Malachi 2:16) - certainly it is not in His character to divorce.Hosea 2:19-20Malachi 2:16 The lesson or implications are quite clear - we are secure in our Messiah's contract with us - we cannot break it - and He promises that He will not break it - (Jn. 10:28).Jn. 10:28

51 Hosea 2:19-20 New King James Version (NKJV) 19 “I will betroth you to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In lovingkindness and mercy; 20 I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the L ORD

52 Malachi 2:16 New King James Version (NKJV) 16 “For the L ORD God of Israel says That He hates divorce, For it covers one’s garment with violence,” Says the L ORD of hosts. “Therefore take heed to your spirit, That you do not deal treacherously.”

53 John 10:28 New King James Version (NKJV) 28 And I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; neither shall anyone snatch them out of My hand.

54 How is Messiah fulfilling His betrothal obligations? What was the duty of the bridegroom during the period of the betrothal? To prepare a household for his bride to be. Is this not what He (Yeshua) said He would be doing ?(Jn. 14:1-3). He is fulfilling His part of the betrothal.Jn. 14:1-3 Where is the Matan ntm - or bridal gift of love from Messiah – if indeed we are His betrothed. Remember the word Matan ntm means gift or pledge - in Greek the word is Charismata - gift. In (Eph 1:13-14) Paul tells us that this pledge or gift –Eph 1:13-14 is the Holy Spirit - a promise of love and that He will return for us. Interestingly this pledge was given at Shavuot (Pentecost) - Acts2:1-4. Could He also be telling us not only of His love but just how He is fulfilling (Jer 31:33)? Acts2:1-4Jer 31:33

55 John 14:1-3 New King James Version (NKJV) The Way, the Truth, and the Life 14 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me. 2 In My Father’s house are many mansions; [a] if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. [b] 3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be alsoab

56 Ephesians 1:13-14 New King James Version (NKJV) 13 In Him you also trusted, after you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation; in whom also, having believed, you were sealed with the Holy Spirit of promise, 14 who [a] is the guarantee of our inheritance until the redemption of the purchased possession, to the praise of His glory.a

57 Acts 2:1-4 New King James Version (NKJV) Coming of the Holy Spirit 2 When the Day of Pentecost had fully come, they were all with one accord [a] in one place. 2 And suddenly there came a sound from heaven, as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 Then there appeared to them divided tongues, as of fire, and one sat upon each of them. 4 And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterancea

58 Jeremiah 31:33 New King James Version (NKJV) 33 But this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, says the L ORD : I will put My law in their minds, and write it on their hearts; and I will be their God, and they shall be My people

59 But what of His bride - what is she to be doing? During this one year period - the bride would consecrate herself - and prepare holy garments for the upcoming marriage. Paul puts this preparation in very clear terms - (Eph 5:25-27).Eph 5:25-27 The bridegroom is making preparations to return for His bride – we need to ask ourselves are we as His betrothed keeping our garments clean? Are we arrayed in our bridal attire, and keeping our ketubah hbtk - covenant promises and vows?

60 Ephesians 5:25-27 New King James Version (NKJV) 25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her, 26 that He might sanctify and cleanse her with the washing of water by the word, 27 that He might present her to Himself a glorious church, not having spot or wrinkle or any such thing, but that she should be holy and without blemish

61 The Nissuin - Marriage Itself The culminating step in the Process of the Jewish Wedding The final step in the wedding proces is called - Nissuin - the word commons from the Hebrew verb - hsn ( nasa) - which means, " to carry." This is a graphic description – as the bride would be waiting for her groom to come - to carry her off to her new home. The period of the betrothal - was a time of great anticipation - as the bride waited for the arrival of her betrothed. One of the unique features of the Biblical Jewish wedding was the time of the groom's arrival - it was to be a surprise :

62 The bride took the betrothal seriously – expecting the at the end of the year long period of the betrothal. She knew the approximate timing - but the exact hour or day was uncertain. It was the father of the groom who would give the final approval for the marriage to begin. (this is significant )

63 The coming of the Bridegroom and the Wedding Begins Since the time of his arrival was a surprise - the bride and her bridal party were always to be ready - this is the background of Yeshua's parable (Mat. 25:1-13).Mat. 25:1-13 It was customary for one of the grooms party to go ahead of the bridegroom, leading the way to the bride's house - and shout - "Behold, the bridegroom comes.“ This would be followed by the sounding of the shofar. At the sounding of the shofar the entire wedding processional would go through the streets of the city to the bride's house. The groomsmen would again set up the huppah (canopy):

64 Matthew 25:1-13 New King James Version (NKJV) The Parable of the Wise and Foolish Virgins 25 “Then the kingdom of heaven shall be likened to ten virgins who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. 2 Now five of them were wise, and five were foolish. 3 Those who were foolish took their lamps and took no oil with them, 4 but the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps. 5 But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. 6 “And at midnight a cry was heard: ‘Behold, the bridegroom is coming; [a] go out to meet him!’ 7 Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps. 8 And the foolish said to the wise, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ 9 But the wise answered, saying, ‘No, lest there should not be enough for us and you; but go rather to those who sell, and buy for yourselves.’ 10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding; and the door was shut.a 11 “Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, ‘Lord, Lord, open to us!’ 12 But he answered and said, ‘Assuredly, I say to you, I do not know you.’ 13 “Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour [b] in which the Son of Man is coming.b

65 Again the couple would say a blessing over the cup of wine. The ceremony finalized the promises and vows.

66 The pinnacle of this joyful celebration was the marriage supper : It was much more than just a sit down dinner for all the guests. It included seven full days of food, music, dance and celebration - (Jn. 14:10-12).Jn. 14:10-12 After the festivities the husband was free to bring his bride to their new home to live together as husband and wife in the full covenant of marriage.

67 John 14:10-12 New King James Version (NKJV) 10 Do you not believe that I am in the Father, and the Father in Me? The words that I speak to you I do not speak on My own authority; but the Father who dwells in Me does the works. 11 Believe Me that I am in the Father and the Father in Me, or else believe Me for the sake of the works themselves. The Answered Prayer 12 “Most assuredly, I say to you, he who believes in Me, the works that I do he will do also; and greater works than these he will do, because I go to My Father

68 Messiah's Wedding - Still to Come Yeshua - told His disciples - that He did not know the day or hour of His return ( Mat. 24:32-36) - this is not so much to say He does not have all knowledge - but as with any Jewish bridegroom – Mat. 24:32-36 He must wait for His Father to give the word that the set time has come.

69 Matthew 24:32-36 New King James Version (NKJV) The Parable of the Fig Tree 32 “Now learn this parable from the fig tree: When its branch has already become tender and puts forth leaves, you know that summer is near. 33 So you also, when you see all these things, know that it [a] is near—at the doors! 34 Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place. 35 Heaven and earth will pass away, but My words will by no means pass away.a No One Knows the Day or Hour 36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, [b] but My Father only.b

70 As we noted before - in a traditional Jewish wedding - one of the groom's men would go before the arrival of the groom and shout - Behold the groom comes – ( John the baptist) should we expect anything less with the coming of our heavenly bridegroom? But where do we see such an event? - if we look to ( I Thess 4:16-18) we see that just prior to our Lord's we return –I Thess 4:16-18 there will indeed be a shout - from one of the ruling angels – what might this angel shout, could it be - "Behold the groom comes?"

71 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 (New King James Version) 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV) 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words

72 We also saw that after this joyful proclamation of the groom's men there was in a traditional Jewish wedding the joyful sounding of the shofar. Will this happen when our Lord returns to receive His bride? If we continue reading the description of our Lord's future wedding in (I Thess 4:16-18)I Thess 4:16-18 we see there also - the sounding of the shofar in annunciation of His return (announcement)

73 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV) 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words

74 At the sounding of the shofar the entire wedding processional would go through the streets of the city to the bride's house – but where is this wedding processional at Yeshua's coming wedding - again it is clearly pictured for us in (I Thess 4:16-18) –I Thess 4:16-18 where all of Yeshua's wedding party is gathered together for the great wedding feast.

75 1 Thessalonians 4:16-18 New King James Version (NKJV) 16 For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of an archangel, and with the trumpet of God. And the dead in Christ will rise first. 17 Then we who are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air. And thus we shall always be with the Lord. 18 Therefore comfort one another with these words

76 The pinnacle of the Jewish wedding was the joyful celebration of the marriage supper - this too is a facet of our Lord's soon coming wedding (Rev 19:7-9).Rev 19:7-9

77 Revelation 19:7-9 New King James Version (NKJV) 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

78 Revelation 19:7-9 New King James Version (NKJV) 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

79 One last question needs to be raised – who is the bride of Yeshua? From the passage in Hosea (2:19-20) it is clear that Israel is the Bride of God. Yet the Newer Covenant Scriptures tell us that the " church " is the bride of Messiah. Does God have two brides? Is He a polygamist? No! Or, is it possible as some have suggested, God divorced one bride - Israel, to marry another - the church? That cannot be - for God has told us He hates divorce (Mal 2:16) andMal 2:16 Jeremiah affirms God's everlasting covenant with the physical people Israel (Jer 31:35-37). This too is affirmed by Paul in (Rom 9-11).Jer 31:35-37 The best solution then is - to affirm the fact that God has always had one bride - His chosen people Israel. This has been enlarged to include those grafted in to Israel (Rom 11:17), the gentile believers.Rom 11:17

80 Revelation 19:7-9 New King James Version (NKJV) 7 Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” 8 And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. 9 Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’” And he said to me, “These are the true sayings of God.”

81 Jeremiah 31:35-37 New King James Version (NKJV) 35 Thus says the L ORD, Who gives the sun for a light by day, The ordinances of the moon and the stars for a light by night, Who disturbs the sea, And its waves roar (The L ORD of hosts is His name): 36 “If those ordinances depart From before Me, says the L ORD, Then the seed of Israel shall also cease From being a nation before Me forever.” 37 Thus says the L ORD : “If heaven above can be measured, And the foundations of the earth searched out beneath, I will also cast off all the seed of Israel For all that they have done, says the L ORD

82 Romans 11:17 New King James Version (NKJV) 17 And if some of the branches were broken off, and you, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them became a partaker of the root and fatness of the olive tree,

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