Biblical doctrines

The marriage of the Bride of Christ

On my recent trip to Israel, our tour guide shared with us a brief Bible study which relates the Jewish customary arrangements for marriage to the marriage of God’s chosen Bride to her Husband Christ Jesus, the Messiah.

weddingFather chooses the Bride for His Son

Firstly it is the father of the would-be husband who finds and chooses a bride for him.

Ephesians 1:3 Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us with all spiritual blessings in heavenly places in Christ: 4 According as He has chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love: 5 Having predestinated us to the adoption of children by Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the good pleasure of His will,

Before the foundation of the world God chose us to salvation and hence He has prepared us collectively to be the ‘Bride’ for His Son.

Revelation 13:8 And all that dwell on the earth shall worship him [the AntiChrist], whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.

All those who are not the Bride — not the true believers — whose names are not written in the Book of Life shall worship the false Church led by the AntiChrist. Thus from the foundation of the world, God wrote in His Book of Life the names of those who are among the true Bride.