A few scriptures pointing to the pattern of the Jewish wedding in the New Testament. There are many more.
John 14:2-3 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. (alluding to the time before the fetching of the bride when the bridegroom builds the couple a home on his fathers property, or as an addition to his father’s house.)
And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (alluding to the Nuisan, the point in the betrothal where the bridegroom is told to “fetch your bride”. This being after he has completed the bridal chamber, and the father approves. He goes to get his bride, surprising her, usually in the dead of night.
1 thess 4:16 For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: (rapture of the bride immediately following the harvest of the barely, the dead in Christ shall rise first, the dead NT saints.)
1 cor 11:2 For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (Paul).
Eph 5:31-32 For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.
32 This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church.
John 3:29 He that hath the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled. (John the Baptist).
Rev 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.
Rev 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife.
Rev 22:7 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. The Lord loves us. He will not ever abandon, nor forsake us. Considering the character and nature of my Jesus, how anyone could believe he would allow his bride, HIS BODY , to go through the fires of the tribulation is beyond me. (As if we Christians arent persecuted enough already). Pre tribulation rapture deniers don’t understand that there will be different companies of saints that come after us. We are not in the company of saints that are killed, go through the tribulation. Nor are we in the company of saints alive when we return with the Lord. And the ONLY reason THESE saints are not raptured is simply because they were NOT SAINTS at the time of the rapture.
There WILL be believers that go through the fire, but only because they were not believers at the time our Lord Jesus calls his saints home to the marriage supper. They believed during the tribulation.
Personally, I feel most of these will be former muslims and atheists,
That stands to reason since the removal of the worlds Christians would leave 1.5 billion of them, as well as another 1 billion atheists in China to rule by default in our absence.
This also bears witness to our Lord’s loving nature, showing us that even in the fire, his hand of grace and mercy is still extended to anyone that believes on him.
Many folks view the book of revelation with anxiety,fear, and intrepidation. A believer that understands it should view it with excitement amd anticipation. Jesus has an amazing future planned for his saints. We are not appointed to wrath.
Revelation is a book of blessings. It contains a wedding narrative. There are more blessings in the book than any other book of the bible. The Jewish wedding begins with blessings.
“To him that overcometh” are at least 14 promises, I count 21 all total, that Jesus personally makes to us. This is the Ketubah, the unconditional promises the groom makes to his bride. These promises are always recited to the bride in the presence of the city elders on the wedding day after the groom arrives back home with his bride. You will see the Ketubah and the elders in Revelation 2-4.
My Lord also personally promises me in John 14, rev 3:10 , and many other places that I will be spared the hour of trial that will come upon the whole earth. He also promises me that I will sit with him in his throne, in the city of God, with power over the nations. And there are so many other blessings. Next time you read it, look for the promises and the blessings. Just a few reasons why Revelation is my favorite book of scripture. It makes my day to be reminded of my glorious future Jesus has planned for us. ketubah is part of the Jewish wedding. It is found in the opening chapters of revelation. After the groom returns to the father’s house with his bride, the elders are called.
It is read in the presence of the city elders and the bride.
The bride had to be on the premises before the elders would come Usually 7 blessings, but there are 14 “to them that overcometh” this is the marriage contract, and it must be done first, and initiates the wedding.
Afterwards, the bride blesses her groom “thou art worthy oh Lord” 7 blessings. , a glass is broken,
Then the groom shows his bride her new home for the first time. “I go to prepare a place for you”( “A door was opened in heaven”) ”
They usually spent 20- 30 minutes alone here. “(And there was silence in heavenf for half an hour”). Finally alone, and away from the guests and the festivities, He lifts her veil and gifts are exchanged (examination and rewards at the Bema, casting crowns)
After this, they then rejoin the festivities and he reveals his wife to them unveiled for the first time. They are officially man and wife at this point. “Blessed are those that are called to tbe marriage supper of the Lamb”
I ‘ll add that ALL attendees to the wedding are given white robes “kittles” it is a requirement in the Jewish wedding.
After the final meal, the marriage supper , the wedding party THEN all picked up, and went BACK to the bride’s MOTHER’S house (the nation Israel) for another even LONGER feast “many will come from the east and the west, and sit down with Abraham” this is the party for the surviving tribulation saints. They are given the kingdom as mortal citizen saints. WE rule and reign over the gentiles as immortal kings and priests, along with David and the 12 in glorified bodies over the nation Israel. (Says NO Scofield bible)