"The grass withers, the flower fades, But the word of our God stands forever."Isaiah 40:8 (NKJV)

 

There’s nothing better than a great love story, especially one that includes a bride and a groom! The Bible, God’s love letter to us, describes one of the most amazing "bride and groom" stories of all time. Jesus left heaven to come to earth to covenant with His bride, the Church (2 Corinthians 11:2). Like in other cultures where a dowry is paid for the bride, Jesus paid the bride-price, and ratified the marriage covenant with His own blood. (Acts 20:28; 1 Peter 1:18-19).

 

Although Jesus, in the physical sense, is temporarily separated from His bride while He completes the preparations for the bridal chamber (Luke 24:44-53), He promised to return for His bride (John 14:1-3).

 

The bride doesn’t know the exact time the Bridegroom will return (Mark 13:32-33), but the Holy Spirit is a pledge of His promise (2 Corinthians 5:5). During the Bridegroom’s Second Coming (Matthew 24:31) He will come with a glorious shout to take His bride, and she must be ready. There is a parallel between the seven days that the bride is hidden in the bridal chamber and the seven years of tribulation (Matthew 24:21-22), which begin with the Church being raptured.

 

After the seven years, the bridal veil will be lifted from the Church, and the bride will be revealed with her bridegroom, Jesus Christ (Colossians 3:4). At that time, the Church will rejoice in the marriage supper of the Lamb. "she made herself ready and will be clothed in fine linen…" (Revelation 19:7-9).

 

Therefore be ye also ready: for in such an hour as ye think not the Son of man cometh. Matthew 24:44 KJV

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