Bible Prophecy Research
Title: The Bride
Submitted by: firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: July 24, 1998
Update: April 06, 2001
See Christian Research Ministries, The Open Scroll, July, 1998--
The Bride Theft and
The Bridegroom and the Bride
This is the story about Abraham (=God) sending his servant
(=Holy Spirit) to find Rebekah (=bride) for his son Issac (=Jesus).
Song of Solomon
The whole book is the story of love between a bridegroom
and his bride.
Lift up thine eyes round about, and behold: all these
gather themselves together, and come to thee. As I live, saith the LORD, thou shalt surely
clothe thee with them all, as with an ornament, and bind them on thee, as a bride doeth.
I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be
joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered
me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as
a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons
marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over
Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire?
yet my people have forgotten me days without number.
Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and
from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of
the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.
For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel;
Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice
of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the
Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the
voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of
the millstones, and the light of the candle.
Again I will build thee, and thou shalt be built, O virgin
of Israel: thou shalt again be adorned with thy tabrets, and shalt go forth in the dances
of them that make merry.
The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of
the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the voice of them that shall say, Praise the
LORD of hosts: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that
shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return
the captivity of the land, as at the first, saith the LORD.
Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the
elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth
of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet.
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.
And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and
heirs according to the promise.
That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not
having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without
And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in
thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in
thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all
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. And to her was
granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is
the righteousness of saints.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down
from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
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. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great
and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of
heaven from God, Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most
precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; And had a wall great and high, and
had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the
names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: On the east three gates; on the
north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. And the wall of
the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb.
And he that talked with me had a golden reed to measure the city, and the gates thereof,
and the wall thereof. And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the
breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and
the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred
and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And
the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like unto clear
glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of
precious stones. The first foundation was jasper; the second, sapphire; the third, a
chalcedony; the fourth, an emerald; The fifth, sardonyx; the sixth, sardius; the seventh,
chrysolyte; the eighth, beryl; the ninth, a topaz; the tenth, a chrysoprasus; the
eleventh, a jacinth; the twelfth, an amethyst. And the twelve gates were twelve pearls;
every several gate was of one pearl: and the street of the city was pure gold, as it were
transparent glass. And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are
the temple of it. And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in
it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. And the
nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth
do bring their glory and honour into it. And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by
day: for there shall be no night there. And they shall bring the glory and honour of the
nations into it. And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither
whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's
book of life.
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.
David is a spiritual picture of God's Bride. David in
Hebrew means, "beloved."
[C]ostly suits of clothes...in those times were given to
persons at their marriage, or in order to it; and which custom still continues among the
Arabs, who, as Dr. Shaw says, have the marriage contract previously made between the
parents, wherein is express mention made not only of the "saddock," as they call
that particular sum which the bridegroom settles on the bride; but of the several changes
of raiment, and the quantity of jewels, and the number of slaves that the bride is to be
attended with when she first waits upon her husband; a gold and silver "sarmah,"
he says, which is a thin flexible plate of gold or silver, of a triangular shape, artfully
cut through and engraven in imitation of lace; one or two sets of earrings bracelets and
shekels, a gold chain to hang over their breasts, with half a dozen vests, some of
brocades, others of rich silk, were usually the wedding clothes of a lady of fashion. And
so in Barbary, the man buys his bride a suit of apparel, earrings, bracelets, a chest, .
and gives the father a considerable sum of money, according to the qualities and
circumstances of the parties.
(The New John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible)
The veil is an essential part of female dress. In country
places it is often thrown aside, but on the appearance of a stranger, it is drawn over the
face, as to conceal all but the eyes. In a bride it was a token of her reverence and
subjection to her husband.
(Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible,
1871, Jamieson, Fausset and Brown)
'All the days of the week,' the Rabbis say, 'has God
paired, except the Sabbath, which is alone, that it may be wedded to Israel.' Israel was
to welcome the Sabbath as a bride; its advent as that of a king.
(The Temple: Its Ministry and Services, Alfred Edersheim).
Israel is Jehovah's bride, the Church is the Lamb's bride.
Please see the online ebook The Remnant Bride, by Joseph Herrin
See also Marriage
See also Wormwood