Kindly provided by: http://www.makinglifecount.net
There is an interesting parallel between a Jewish wedding and the Rapture. Only a Pre-Tribulation
Rapture will fit into this scenario. Three groups of people were present at every Jewish wedding—the
groom, the bride, and the invited guests. Three groups of people will also be involved in the marriage of
- The Groom—this is Jesus (2 Cor. 11:2, Eph. 5:23-27)
- The Bride—this is the Church (2 Cor. 11:2, Eph. 5:22-32, Rev. 21:9-10)
- The Guests—these are people saved after the Rapture (Matt. 25:1-10). Some people have mistakenly
interpreted the 10 virgins as the Church. However, they are the guests invited to the wedding feast and
are not the bride.
Three Aspects of a Jewish Wedding
There were also three aspects of every Jewish wedding. The same is true with the marriage of the Lamb.
- The Wedding Contract (Betrothal).
This is when a person is saved (2 Cor. 11:2).
- The Wedding Ceremony (Groom receives Bride).
This is the Rapture (John 14:2-3). Revelation 19:7 literally reads, “The marriage of the Lamb came and
His wife prepared herself.” The wedding already occurred in heaven at the Rapture, and now the Lamb
and the Church are about to return to earth for the wedding feast. This parallels what Jesus said in Luke
12:36, “And be like men who are waiting for their master when he returns from the wedding…” (It should
read “wedding,” not “wedding feast” as some versions say. Why would someone wait after the wedding
feast when the celebration is over?)
- The Wedding Feast (Guests are invited to the celebration).
This is the Second Coming (Matt. 25:1-10) “Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper
of the Lamb” (Rev. 19:9). A bride is not invited to her own wedding! The Church was married to Christ at
the Rapture and the wedding feast will occur on earth after the Second Coming. Those people saved
after the Rapture will be invited to participate in the wedding feast.
And here’s one more thought to ponder…
Three Times of Redemption
“Redemption” means “to purchase.” When a person receives Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior, his or her
spirit is redeemed at that time. At the Rapture, the person’s body will be redeemed through resurrection.
At the Second Coming, Jesus will return to the Mount of Olives to redeem the earth. The earth has been
under a curse since the fall of Adam & Eve, and Jesus will lift the curse when He sets up His kingdom on
- When you were saved by receiving Jesus as your Lord, He redeemed your spirit.
(1 Peter 1:18, Eph. 1:7)
- At the Rapture, Jesus will redeem your body. (Rom. 8:23, Eph. 1:14, 4:30).
- At the Second Coming, Jesus will redeem the earth. (Rom. 8:19-22) At this time, the curse which
was placed on it because of the fall of man (Gen. 3:17-19) will be lifted (Zech. 14:11).
You have permission to copy and distribute this article.