The Bride of Christ as
It was up to the father
to arrange the marriage
of his child, sometimes
even before birth.
Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus
Christ, who has blessed us with every spiritual
blessing in the heavenly places in Christ, just as
He chose us in Him before the foundation of the
The groom would approach
the chosen one with a legally
binding contract/covenant that
would include the price the
man was willing to pay for his
Worthy art Thou to take the book, and to break
its seals; for Thou wast slain, and didst purchase
for God with Thy blood men from every tribe and
tongue and people and nation. And Thou hast
made them to be a kingdom and priests to our
God, and they will reign upon the earth.
Revelation 5:9-10 NASB
The contract was signed when the
couple met (possibly for the ﬁrst
time) and shared a glass of wine.
Some form of blessing would be given
symbolizing that the covenant
relationship had been established.
And when He had taken a cup and given thanks, He gave it
to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is My
blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for
forgiveness of sins. But I say to you, I will not drink of this
fruit of the vine from now on until the day when I drink it new
with you in My Father’s kingdom.
Matthew 26:27-29 NASB
At this time, they were
considered married. The
groom would return to his
father’s house to prepare a
bridal chamber for his bride.
Let not your heart be troubled; believe in God,
believe also in Me. 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.
John 14:1-2 NASB
The bride would
begin to wear a veil
to show that she
For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy;
for I betrothed you to one husband, that to
Christ I might present you as a pure virgin.
2 Corinthians 11:2
Customarily the bride
would have an oil lamp
ready for her departure as
the groom was to come for
her at night.
“Then the kingdom of heaven will be comparable to ten virgins, who took their lamps, and went out to meet the
bridegroom. And five of them were foolish, and five were prudent. For when the foolish took their lamps, they
took no oil with them, but the prudent took oil in flasks along with their lamps. Now while the bridegroom was
delaying, they all go drowsy and began to sleep. But at midnight there was a shout, ‘Behold, the bridegroom!
Come out to meet him.’ Then all those virgins rose, and trimmed their lamps. And the foolish said to the
prudent, ‘Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.’ But the prudent answered, saying, ‘No, there
will not be enough for us and you too; go instead to the dealers and buy some for yourselves.’ And while they
were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the
wedding feast; and the door was shut. And later the other virgins also came, saying, ‘Lord, lord, open up for
us.’ But he answered and said,‘Truly I say to you, I do not know you.’
Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour.”
Matthew 25:1-13 NASB
The bride would also
prepare her wedding gown,
sometimes from material
provided by the groom.
I will rejoice greatly in the LORD, my soul will exult in
my God; for He has clothed me with garments of
salvation, He has wrapped me with a robe of
righteousness, As a bridegroom decks himself with a
garland, And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
Isaiah 61:10 NASB
When the groom’s father declared the
time had come, the groom would walk
through the streets in a loud procession,
making his way to his bride. When the
bride heard the sound of the trumpet, she
would run out the door and meet her
groom in the streets.
For the Lord Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with
the voice of the archangel, and with the trumpet of God; and the
dead in Christ shall rise first. Then we who are alive and remain
shall be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the
Lord in the air, and thus we shall always be with the Lord.
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17
The marriage would consist of the
reading of the contract and a blessing.
The couple would then “honeymoon”
for seven days in the bridal chamber
built by the groom after which the
groom would present his bride and the
marriage feast would begin.
Seven Year Tribulation
The day of the Lord is indeed great and very awesome, who can endure it?
“Yet even now,” declares the Lord, “Return to Me with all your heart.”
For He is gracious and compassionate, slow to anger, abounding in
lovingkindness, and relenting of evil. Let the bridegroom come out of his
room and the bride out of her bridal chamber.
Joel 2:11b-12a, 13b, 16b NASB
The bride and groom
would set up residence
together in their own
Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty,
reigns. Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to
Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His
bride has made herself ready...Blessed are those who are
invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb.
Revelation 19:6b,7,9a NASB
And I saw a new heaven and a
new earth; ...and I saw the
holy city, new Jerusalem,
coming down out of heaven
from God, made ready as a
bride adorned for her husband.
And I heard a loud voice from the
throne saying, “Behold, the tabernacle
of God is among men, and He shall
dwell among them, and they shall be
His people, and God Himself shall be
and He shall wipe away every
tear from their eyes; and there
shall no longer by any death;
there shall no longer be any
mourning, or crying, or pain...
And He who sits on the throne
said, “Behold, I am making all
things new.” And He said,
“Write, for these words are
faithful and true.
Revelation 21:2-5 NASB