The Voice of the Bridegroom…sounding the Holy Invitation
The custom of the ancient Jewish marriage covenant began with the father choosing the bride for his son and his son paying a price for his chosen bride. Our Heavenly Father chose us and His Son and paid the bride price with His own blood upon Calvary. Each of us has been sought out, chosen and invited to become the bride of Christ and to receive our bridegroom Jesus.
I Peter 1:18-19 “knowing that you were not redeemed with perishable things like silver or gold from your futile way of life inherited from your forefathers, but with precious blood, as of a lamb unblemished and spotless, the blood of Christ.” Ephesians 1:4 “Just as He chose us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before Him.”
If the marriage contract was agreed to, the bride was washed and ushered under the wedding canopy. There the betrothal was sealed as she drank from a cup of wine set before her and was veiled to signify that she was set apart for her groom. Now married in the eyes of all witnesses, the long wait for the actual wedding day began, The sounds of hammering could be heard as the groom returned to his father’s house to begin building the elegant chamber for His bride. Like the Jewish bride of old, we are to be sanctified and set apart for Christ as we anxiously await His return.
I Peter 1:15-16 “but like the Holy One who called you, be holy yourselves also in all your behavior; because it is written, ‘YOU SHALL BE HOLY, FOR I AM HOLY.'”
John 14:2 “In My Father’s house are many dwelling places; if it were not so, I would have told you; for I go to prepare a place for you.”
The father of the bridegroom alone announced when the time had arrived to retrieve the bride. The witness went forth announcing the arrival of the groom and like a thief in the night the groom took his bride to her new home. At the signal of our heavenly Father, the Son will come to gather His bride. At last, the bride of Christ and the Son of God will be together for eternity and He shall spread His Tabernacle over her and the marriage supper of the Lamb will commence.
Revelation 19:7 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride made herself ready.”
Matthew 24:31 “And He will send forth His angles with A GREAT TRUMPET and THEY WILL GATHER TOGETHER His elect from the four winds, from one end of the sky to the other.”
Revelation 7:9 “After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands.”