It’s All About An Ancient Jewish Wedding! The Idiomatic Expressions of Yahshua/Jesus!
The Return of the Messiah ties into the Ancient Jewish Wedding!
The Bible is a Love Story!
The entire Bible is a love story between the Creator (God) and his wife Israel (all 12 Tribes)(Ex. 20-24). His wife was to be the light among the nations but instead broke the marriage covenant, refused to follow his commands and whored herself with false gods in rebellion (Jer. 3:1-25).
Yahweh’s Master Plan was to divorce his wife and scatter them throughout the nations. The husband could never remarry her (Deut. 24:1-4). The only way Yahweh (YHVH) could remarry her would be to DIE! Thus, Yahshua/Jesus (Behold! The Nail in The Hand ) died for her in order to fulfill The Torah (Matt. 5:17) (Luke 24:44) and to establish a New Marriage Covenant. (Jer. 31:31-34).
The entire New Testament (New Marriage Covenant) is a reflection of the Ancient Jewish Wedding, whereby Yahshua, the Bridegroom, will one day come back for his Bride (all 12 tribes and those grafted into the olive tree). Right now He is building many dwelling places in his Father’s house (John 14:2) for his Bride. During this time, the Bride is to be eagerly awaiting his return. There is much anticipation of this event and it is meant to be a surprise for the Bride as the Bridegroom comes as a thief in the night at the Appointed Feast (Mow’ed).
The Father of the Groom will tell his Son to go snatch up his bride for ONLY THE FATHER HAS THAT AUTHORITY! Neither the Son nor the angels have that authority and thus “Do Not Know That Day or Hour.” This is why Yahshua said that “No man knows the day or the hour, but only my Father in Heaven” (Matt 24:36). This prophecy is a reflection of the Appointed Feast Days of Yom Teruah (The Feast of Trumpets) as it is accustomed for the High Priest to say, “No man knows the day or the hour.” The reason for this saying is that no one would know on which day the sighting of the crescent moon would appear that would be necessary in order to kick off the feast day celebrations starting with Yom Teruah. Do you see the connection with the wedding as well as with Yom Teruah? Scriptures attributed to Yom Teruah are (1Thess 4:16-17)(Rev 19:7-9).
For a much deeper explanation of the Jewish Wedding Feast and how it ties into The Messiah’s Second Coming, please refer to bible.com/wedding feast.
The Connection between the Ancient Jewish Wedding, Yahshua’s Second Coming and the Feast of Yom Teruah.
This is a fascinating subject and once you understand it, you will begin to see the connections to what Yahshua was saying in regards to these latter days. There are 3 major timeline events associated with the Ancient Jewish Wedding. They are the Contract, Consummation and Celebration.
The father (YHVH) of the Son (Yahshua) chooses a Bride for his son. The Father makes a dowry or bridal price to the future bride’s parents. (“Ask of me a bride price and gift ever so high, and I give according to what you say to me, but give me the girl for a wife.” Genesis 34:12)
YHVH offered a dowry to his Son’s future Bride (the Church or Believers). The bridal price offered was the death of his son for the remissions of sins. The son offered his life as a sacrificial lamb for his Bride.
knowing that you were redeemed from your futile way of life inherited from your fathers, not with what is corruptible, silver or gold, but with the precious blood of Messiah, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, 1 Peter 1:18-19
For I am jealous for you with a jealousy according to Elohim. For I gave you in marriage to one husband, to present you as an innocent maiden to Messiah. II Corinthians 11:2
As was the custom, we see that the father of the son brings a dowry of a high price to the father of the bride to be. At this time, the bride to be has two choices. The father of the bride may accept the bridal price. If he does, then it is up to the bride to accept the offer of marriage. She (the bride to be) accepts his offer when she drinks from the cup filled with wine or grape juice.
In the same way also the cup, after supper, saying, “This cup is the renewed covenant in My blood. As often as you drink it, do this in remembrance of Me.” For as often as you eat this bread and drink this cup, you proclaim the death of the Master until He comes. 1 Corinthians 11: 25-26
If she does not accept the cup, then the espousal is considered broken and the son’s father must seek another potential spouse for his son. Once she drinks from the cup, she has accepted his offer and they are considered to be in a legal binding agreement as now bride and groom.
As it relates to the Messiah, the Bridegroom returned back to where He and His Father are from- Heaven. It would have been at that point that He would have begun to prepare a place for Himself and His Bride to live, starting with the Bridal Chamber (mansion). See the following scripture.
“In My Father’s house are many staying places. And if not, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. “And if I go and prepare a place for you, I shall come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you might be too. John 14:2-3
As was the custom, the bride was to prepare herself for the wedding ceremony that would take place either one to two years from the acceptance of the proposal. It is important to realize that in the Ancient Jewish Wedding, there is no date set for the wedding unlike in our western world. The custom back then was that the date was to remain a mystery and only the father of the groom had an idea of when the wedding would take place. He also had the authority to send his son to go snatch his bride when he felt it was the right time (Appointed Feast Day or Mo’wed) and generally after one to two years (1,000 to 2,000 years) of preparation.
“But concerning that day and the hour no one knows, not even the messengers of the heavens, but My Father only. Matt 24:36
“Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Master is coming. Matt 24:42
After the building of the wedding chamber/room is complete, and after the father has determined that his son is ready, then the father would send His son back to where the bride would be eagerly awaiting his return from her hometown (Earth) to retrieve her for the Wedding.
At that time, there would be a procession led by the bridegroom back to where the bride is from (Earth). The processional wedding party would stop outside the town, and there would be a cry made for the bride with the sounding of the shofar to go out to meet the Bridegroom.
14For if we believe that יהושע died and rose again, so also Elohim shall bring with Him those who sleep in יהושע.15For this we say to you by the word of the Master, that we, the living who are left over at the coming of the Master shall in no way go before those who are asleep.16Because the Master Himself shall come down from heaven with a shout, with the voice of a chief messenger, and with the trumpet (Yom Teruah) of Elohim, and the dead in Messiah shall rise first.17Then we, the living who are left over, shall be caught away together with them in the clouds to meet the Master in the air – and so we shall always be with the Master. 1 Thess 4:14-17
50And this I say, brothers, that flesh and blood is unable to inherit the reign of Elohim, neither does corruption inherit incorruption.51See, I speak a secret to you: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,52in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. 1 Corinthians 15: 50-52
The following is a parable by Yahshua describing how there will be those who would not be made aware of the times of His second coming and will miss this moment.
“Then the reign of the heavens shall be compared to ten maidens who took their lamps and went out to meet the bridegroom. (Matt 25:1)
“Now while the bridegroom took time, they all slumbered and slept.6“And at midnight a cry was heard, ‘See, the bridegroom is coming, go out to meet him!’ (Matt 25:5-6)
“And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast, and the door was shut. (Matt 25:10)
The bride, and her family would go out to meet the bridegroom. The bridal company (bridesmaids) would join the procession back to the bridegroom’s hometown (Heaven). It is clear in 1 Thessalonians 5:1-5 that Paul was speaking to a Jewish audience who understood the cultural idoms of the day. When he spoke of, “as a thief in the night,” those listening would realize that he was speaking about the Captain of the Temple that may have been the high priest. The Captain’s job was to make sure that the watchman or guards were not sleeping but rather doing their job. If the Captain of the Temple found any guards asleep, then he would set their garments afire. Thus, the Captain of the Temple was known as a Thief in the Night. A Thief in the Night was used by Yahshua himself and is used to identify a sleeping or dead church.
1Now, brothers, as to the times and the seasons (mow’ed), you do not need to be written to.2For you yourselves know very well that the day of יהוה comes as a thief in the night.3For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then suddenly destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman, and they shall not escape.4But you, brothers, are not in darkness, so that this Day should overtake you as a thief.5For you are all sons of light and sons of the day. We are not of the night nor of darkness. (1 Thess 5:1-5)
The sleeping church or believers who do not understand the Appointed Feasts, will miss the wedding!
1“And to the messenger of the assembly in Sardis write, ‘He who has the seven Spirits of Elohim and the seven stars, says this, “I know your works, that you have a name that you are alive, but you are dead.2“Wake up, and strengthen what remains and is about to die, for I have not found your works complete before Elohim.3“Remember, then, how you have received, and heard. And watch and repent. If, then, you do not wake up, I shall come upon you as a thief, and you shall not know at all what hour I come upon you. (Revelation 3:1-3)
The bride and the bridegroom would consummate the marriage in the bridal chamber built by the bridegroom at their new home, while the entire wedding party would wait outside the bridal chamber. Once the consummation had taken place, there would be a great celebration as the wedding party would last for 7 days or less.
After 7 days or less of celebration, a processional of the entire wedding party would return back to the Bride’s hometown (Earth) to continue with the celebrations.
And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” Revelation 19:9
“Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him praise, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife prepared herself.”8And to her it was given to be dressed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteousnesses of the set-apart ones.9And he said to me, “Write, ‘Blessed are those who have been called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’ ” And he said to me, “These are the true words of Elohim.” Revelation 19: 7-9
They live happily ever after!
9And one of the seven messengers who held the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and spoke with me, saying, “Come, I shall show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the set-apart Yerushalayim, descending out of the heaven from Elohim, Revelation 21:9-10
The First Chapter of my book SEPTEMBER 2021 makes the spiritual connection to Yom Teruah, the Ancient Jewish Wedding and the Idiomatic expressions of Yahshua. It goes much deeper into this fascination subject. Be sure to read it, if you get a chance. It is really Key to understanding the latter days.