What do you believe this means?
JESUS WILL RETURN FOR HIS BRIDE...
I believe the "BRIDE" is the CHURCH...the BODY OF BELIEVERS.
Would like to know what others think about this.
The Bride refers to the Church. His believers. Jesus will return for His believers. This is what I have been taught. This is what I believe. Reading the scriptures leads me to believe this as well.
This is symbolic, and I think you have it right.
But the "bride" also represents God's holy city (Rev 21:9). And while the church is a symbol of the "body" of Messiah, the "head" is Messiah himself -- like 2 parts, neck-down and neck-up (Col 1:18). So, the church doesn't necessarily act as a bride like in a wedding ceremony.
I believe it really means that Messiah does love the church as a husband *should* love his wife -- he would lay down his life for her. If we picture a marriage (relationship) as 2 parts, then in a godly marriage, the body (neck-down) is the wife, and the head (neck-up) is the husband (Eph 5:23-28).
The analogy of God’s relationship between God and his people and that of marriage is a recurrent one throughout Scripture, in both the Old and New Testaments.
At the end of Paul’s famous discourse on marriage in Ephesians 5, he says: ‘This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church’. (v. 32)
And John, writing in Revelation 19:9, referring to Jesus’ return says: ‘And 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 sayings of God”.’
Time and again, God illustrates his love for his people with that of a husband for his wife, and even equates idolatry with adultery, especially in the Book of Hosea.
Hosea in Hebrew means ‘Saviour’ or ‘Deliverer’ and is actually a fragment of Jesus’ name, which is Yeshua in Hebrew. In his book, the prophet is commanded to marry Gomer (whose name means ‘completion’), but she constantly commits adultery and harlotry until she is eventually becomes a slave. Nevertheless, Hosea even goes to the slave market where he buys her back and takes her as his wife again in her old age; such is the depth of his love for her.
Another parallel is in the most erotic book of the Bible, ‘The Song of Songs’, which once again illustrates God’s passion for his people.
In the Old Testament, Yahweh’s Bride is Israel, In the New Testament it is the Church; a parallel that should silence all apologists of ‘Replacement Theology’ once and for all, because God sees both as ultimately the same. Israel has been unfaithful but will eventually return to him, meanwhile the Gentiles have grafted into spiritual Israel as the Church. Marriage is a covenant and God has only one Bride – made spotless by his Blood.
"the bride" has always referred to God's special people- the Israelites. read the account of Hosea- it's a beautiful analogy of God's relationship with his bride.
The Church as spoken of in the new testament is always referred to those that are "in" christ- who have miraculously, through the holy spirit's baptism been made one with Christ. "They were first called Christians in Antioch" this church is made up of all who believe in the reality of Jesus' death and resurrective power to save us from our sin and separation from God. Both the jew and the greek (non-jew).
We'll already be with Jesus in heaven when He comes for his bride- the marriage supper of the lamb...what a glorious day! Israel will be redeemed... as they endure the heartaches of the end times...
Jesus Christ is the second Adam that restored Man to God.
The First Adam was Eves head or covering and if you notice, Eve ate of the fruit and nothing happened, because she was covered by Adam and also came out from Adam and was one with Adam. When Adam ate the Glory of God left them and they saw they were naked.
So Jesus Christ is the Second Adam to cover the beleivers so their sins cannot affect their new life as one with Christ.
Thus the church is the Bride of Christ, specifically being one with Christ as a Husband and Wife are one.
M't:22:2: The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son ( Jesus Christ),
Re:19:7: Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Re:19:9: And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
I believe that Jesus is coming back to take hic church. Those who have believed in him and have a relationship with him will be the ones who go bakc with him.
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