Who Is The Bride Of The Messiah?
Sounds like a simple question, doesn’t it? If we ask this question among a group of so-called believers, almost all would either say it is the church, Christians, called out assembly, the saints, the elect, the chosen, or the body of believers.
What if I told you that according to the Bible, it is none of the above?
Now I got your attention, let’s get started.
The problem is though, we cannot get started with scripture until we first understand the Greco-Roman religious conspiracy.
To understand who the bride is and how we have been immensely deceived, we must understand the history of this faith of Christianity which they gave us.
This is the case with the bride of the Messiah. The bride is explicitly stated right before our eyes in the Bible, but we have allowed this Greco-Roman anti-Israel spirit to place a veil over our eyes so we cannot see it.
Today we remove that veil and we shall see who the true bride of the Messiah is. And no, it is not Christians or any so called church.
Me A Bride?
Also before we begin, let’s get this straight. I don’t know about you men, but I am a man, and I cannot be a bride. In any wedding, I am the groom. I don’t see myself marrying a man whether physically or spiritually.
Yahusha is my brother and my king. He cannot be my husband. It is also against Torah for a man to marry a man (Lev 18:22, Lev 20:13).
The Church Conspiracy
We are still laying the foundation based on the deceitfulness of men as this is another teaching that has us deceived. For the 1st century believers, the place of worship was not church, but called out assemblies (Greek: ekklesia, Hebrew: qahal).
These called out assemblies were bodies of believers who met anywhere to fellowship. The believers were called “followers of the way” or Natsarim (Nazarenes). The emphasis was on the body of set apart believers, not the place of worship.
The Greco-Romans introduced ‘church’ (Greek: kuriakos), which was the name of pagan temples of worship (Acts 19:37) for hundreds of years before the first set apart assembly in the book of Acts.
These pagan churches were buildings that were considered sacred. The new European Christian emperors forced the 1st century believers to worship in church or face persecution. They outlawed private worship that was the ‘trademark’ of the Natsarims.
In addition, they replaced the Greek word ekklesia with the meaning of the Greek word kuriakos 116 times in the Bible. Kuriakos means “the Lord’s.” To pagans, Ba’al is the Lord. Therefore, church means of or belonging to Ba’al. Remember, this is the same ‘church’ which was the name of pagan temples for years before the first assembly in the book of Acts.
They then said that the Messiah was coming for his church. The church is the bride and Christians are the church. Some say Christians themselves are also the bride.
But is this so? That is what we will explore today.
Who Is The Messiah Coming For?
Nothing has changed. He is coming for his called out assembly (the Israel of YHWH). The word ‘church’ (from the German word cirche, which has its origin in sorcery and the occult) was never the original body of new covenant believers. Related: What Is The Israel Of God (Elohim/YHWH)? Galations 6:16.
‘Church’ was a deliberate mistranslation. Ekklesia means called out assembly…not church. Church means of or belonging to the Lord (Baal).
If what you just read has you confused, see: Ekklesia vs Kuriakos for more clarity.
By the end of this article, you should see clearly (if you have eyes to see, ears to hear and a heart to understand (Mat 13:10-16).
What Does All This Have To Do With Who The Bride Is?
We have to lay down this foundation to show the ulterior motive of the Europeans for wanting ‘church’ to be the bride. The church being the bride, would shift the focus from anything to do with Israel, and now give their Christian religion validity. See: Behind the Conspiracy to Steal the Inheritance of Israel.
Indeed, there is nothing more important than the bride, and if the bride is a body of Christians…if it is the church, that would make their religion appear to be scriptural.
At the same time, it would relegate the true Hebrew faith once delivered to the saints, to being of no value. It would be rubbish in the eyes of the followers of the man-made Christian faith (as it still is today). See: Does the New Testament Bible Speak of a Christian Inheritance or Kingdom?
What Does the Bible Say?
So it is best for us to dig deeply and see what the Bible say, as we here at Just a Word continue to contend for the faith ONCE delivered to the saints (Jude 1:3).
So, in contending for the faith once delivered, let us start with the prophets for a foundation. Remember:
Amos 3:7 Surely YHWH Elohim will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.
The Friend of the Bridegroom
Our curiosity must first be picked by this statement from the prophet John the Immerser (Baptist). Here, he allegorically referred to Yahusha as the bridegroom.
He also referred to a bride, but called himself the friend of the bridegroom. He did not refer to himself as the bride as most Christians do today!
Joh 3:29 He that hath the bride (Yahusha) is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom (John), which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
His joy is fulfilled as the friend of the bridegroom, not as the bride as popularly taught that believers are.
The Land Shall Be Married?
Let’s go to another prophet. Let’s hear what Yesha’Yahu has to say:
Isaiah 62:4-7 Thou (Jerusalem: see verse 1)shalt no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall thy land any more be termed Desolate: but thou shalt be called Hephzibah (my delight is in her), and thy land Beulah (married): for YHWH delighteth in thee, and thy land (Jerusalem) shall be married.
For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee (Jerusalem): and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy Elohim rejoice over thee.
I have set watchmen upon thy walls, O Jerusalem, which shall never hold their peace day nor night: ye that make mention of YHWH, keep not silence,
And give him no rest, till he establish, and till he make Jerusalem a praise in the earth.
What?! The land shall be married?
This reference to “land” being married, is aimed towards Yerushalayim (Jerusalem).
The land being married is the foundation we will use to prove who is the bride of the Mashiach. Now more prophecy of Yerushalayim being chosen:
Zec 1:16-17 Therefore thus saith YHWH; I am returned to Jerusalem with mercies: my house shall be built in it, saith YHWH of hosts, and a line shall be stretched forth upon Jerusalem.
Cry yet, saying, Thus saith YHWH of hosts; My cities through prosperity shall yet be spread abroad; and YHWH shall yet comfort Zion, and shall yet choose Jerusalem.
Zec 2:12 And YHWH shall inherit Judah his portion in the holy land, and shall choose Jerusalem again.
Here is the Good News Bible translation which gives us more insight:
Zec 2:12 Once again Judah will be the special possession of YHWH in his sacred land, and Jerusalem will be the city he loves most of all.
Jerusalem is his love, his chosen city. That is why the Messiah will ‘marry’ Jerusalem so the kingdom of YHWH/the Messiah will be there.
The Bride Manifested in the Book of Revelation
Now we have laid enough prophetic foundation of Yerushalayim being chosen, but chosen for what? Let’s see how these prophecies will be fulfilled in the book of Revelation. Here is Yerushalayim looking like a bride (this is just warm-up).
Rev 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from Elohim out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
Rev 21:2 (GNB) And I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from Elohim, prepared and ready, like a bride dressed to meet her husband.
Now to the climax! Let’s see how the prophecy that Jerusalem shall be married (Isaiah 62:4-7) will eventually manifest. Here is Yerushalayim actually being described as a bride: the bride of the Lamb (Messiah):
Rev 21:9-10 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 shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from Elohim,
Jerusalem is the chosen bride of the Messiah!!!
It is not the church, not Christians, not any person! Satan has deceived the whole world through Christianity, to hide the truth in this false religion.
In taking the focus away from Jerusalem being the bride, everything with Israel is shunned or trivialized. Even earth being promised to the saints is erased and replaced with the Christians going to heaven. See: Behind the Conspiracy to Steal the Inheritance of Israel.
The many promises of gathering Israel back into their own land is either totally forgotten or pushed aside to happen another time, after Christians have been taken to heaven. All this has no sound biblical backing.
The implications of this error will be seen as we choose to answer the following questions:
So, if Yerushalayim is the bride and we are not, then what are we? What part do we play in the wedding?
This we shall soon see.
Parables Revealing ‘Who’ the Bride of Messiah Is
As we see here in the story of the 5 wise and 5 foolish virgins, the 5 wise virgins were not described as brides:
Mat 25:10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
Now the wording sounds on the surface can be mistaken to mean the 5 wise virgins were 5 brides. However, the Messiah would be contradicting himself here:
Mat 19:4-5 Yahusha answered, “Haven’t you read the scripture that says that in the beginning the Creator made people male and female? And Elohim said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and unite with his wife (singular), and the two will become one.’
So whomever the Messiah is marrying, must be one, not 5 or thousands or millions of believers that some believe.
This will become clearer as we look at the next parable.
The Parable of the Wedding Feast
Again the parable of the 10 virgins was only warm-up. Most profoundly, this parable below plainly shows us without a doubt that the chosen are the guests, not the bride.
The invitation (come unto the marriage: Matt 22:4) is similar to when the wise virgins went into the marriage and the door was shut. I will now show that they went in as guests:
Mat 22:1-14 And Yahusha answered and spake unto them again by parables, and said, The kingdom of heaven is like unto a certain king, which made a marriage for his son, And sent forth his servants to call them that were bidden (invited) to the wedding (guests): and they would not come.
Again, he sent forth other servants, saying, Tell them which are bidden (invited), Behold, I have prepared my dinner: my oxen and my fatlings are killed, and all things are ready: come unto the marriage. But they made light of it, and went their ways, one to his farm, another to his merchandise:
And the remnant took his servants, and entreated them spitefully, and slew them. But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city. Then saith he to his servants, The wedding is ready, but they which were bidden (invited) were not worthy (as in the 5 foolish virgins).
Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid (invite) to the marriage (guests). So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.
And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment: And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment? And he was speechless.
Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth. For many are called (to the marriage as guests), but few are chosen (the door will be shut on many, as was the case with the 5 foolish virgins).
This powerful parable tells us that the guests who are expected to have on their wedding garments. The guests were invited, and must be properly clothed, or else they will be cast out.
Just for confirmation, where else do we see persons being rewarded or rejected for not having on the proper garment?
Rev 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.
Rev 3:5 He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels.
Believers are guests that are invited to the marriage of the Lamb and his bride (the kingdom of YHWH in the New Jerusalem).
The Bride and the Guests
I hope you are becoming to get the picture: Jerusalem is the bride and we are the guests! And I am going to show you that it all makes sense.
The role of the guest is one who is invited and who answers the call and comes to the wedding. Likewise in life, many of us are called to the faith but not all respond to the call. Even when we answer the call, many of us do not come truly converted, we do not have on our wedding garments.
Deciphering the parable, the first called (in the parable) was the lost sheep of the house of Israel (Mat 15:24).
When they refused, gentiles were called in (Acts 9:15, 13:46).
However, whomever is invited, must be born again (John 3:3-8), walking in the Spirit (have on their wedding garment – Gal 5:16), obeying the commandments of YHWH (Rev 14:12, 12:17) abiding in Yahusha (John 15:4-5). Otherwise they will be thrown out of the wedding (John 15:6).
It is clear from this parable, that we who are called are guests…not the bride. But it should get clearer in this other parable.
The Parable of the Master Coming From the Wedding Feast
Luk 12:36-38 And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their master, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately.
Blessed are those servants, whom the master when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them.
And if he shall come in the second watch, or come in the third watch, and find them so, blessed are those servants.
Luk 12:40 Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man (the groom) cometh at an hour when ye think not.
Again this parable tells us that the servants will not be the bride, but will be waiting on their master (Yahusha, the bridegroom). Verse 40 is very telling: “Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.”
This verse shows he will not be coming for his bride! He will not be coming to marry! He would have previously been married and now coming for his servants.
This is contrary to the Christian teaching that in coming for believers, he is coming for his bride!
The Bride Will Be Arrayed In The Righteousness of the Saints
Rev 19:7-8 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife (New Jerusalem) hath made herself ready.
And to her (the bride/new Jerusalem) was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
New Yerushalayim will be clothed with the righteousness of the saints. First of all, who are the saints?
Surprise, surprise, they are not Christians:
Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of Elohim, and the faith of Yahusha.
Saints comes from the Greek “hagios” which means:
sacred (physically pure, morally blameless or religious, ceremonially consecrated): – (most) holy (one, thing), saint.
One cannot be morally blameless or most holy when one disobeys the law and commandments of the Father. That makes you lawless and a worker of iniquity (repetitive sin). Matthew 7:21-23 was written for the lawless religious persons who believe manifestations of the gifts are what takes them into the kingdom.
Christians pride themselves (in varying degrees) to not keeping the commandments of the Father. The saints on the contrary, are obedient, law obedient believers who strive to walk in obedience to the Father’s laws through faith in Yahusha, just as Apostle Paul and all the other Apostles did.
Christians therefore, according to the biblical definition, are not saints.
Next, the righteousness of the real saints will clothe the bride, as only the holy will be allowed in:
Heb 12:14 Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see YHWH:
The word “see” there in Hebrews 12:14 is the Greek optanomai, which means to gaze (that is, with wide open eyes, as at something remarkable; and thus differing from G991, which denotes simply voluntary observation;
So what is that gaze the saints will be able to gaze upon him?
Rev 21:3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of Elohim is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and YHWH himself shall be with them, and be their Elohim.
Rev 21:4 And Elohim shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.
So the righteousness of the saints (not Christians) will clothe the bride. This is just another way to say, the kingdom will be inhabited by holy people! This is why we have this:
Rev 21:27 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.
So therefore we see, the saints themselves will not be the bride!
Blessed Are Those Who Are Called To The Marriage Supper
Now no better way to conclude than to definitively show believers as guests, not the bride in this simple verse:
Rev 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 Elohim.
The bride is not called to the wedding supper (reception). Guests are. Those of us who are called as guests are blessed. We are not the bride, but guests called to the wedding of the Lamb.
We are guests because of the Father’s divine purpose. His divine purpose is fulfilled when we all make our choices as to whether or not we are going to ‘put on our wedding garments.’
Those who do so will be in his kingdom.
His bride (just as the groom, the Lamb) has been chosen before the beginning of time, and is not dependent on man’s choice(s).
The Christian Veil
If you are a Christian, I hope the Greco-Roman veil is removed so you can see the truth. Understanding who the bride is, is very critical to our question of whether or not the Bible speaks of a Christian inheritance in the new testament/covenant. It does not.
Once we establish that the term “bride of the Messiah” refers to new Jerusalem and not the church, it reveals that the inheritance is still with Israel and not a new religion (created in 325 AD by men) called Christianity.
The inheritance is for Israel and those who join themselves to Israel by walking in obedience by spiritually keeping his commandments and laws through faith in his Son.
The anti-Israel conspiracy is far, wide and deep. No matter what though, they cannot change the Father’s plan. Again I say, the inheritance is still with Israel, a people made up of scattered Israel, dispersed Judah and Gentiles (who ADD THEMSELVES TO ISRAEL).
We are warned to come out of Christianity as the mother harlot (Roman Catholicism) and her daughters (other Christian-like assemblies) will be destroyed:
Rev 18:4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her (mother of harlots), my people (Israel of YHWH: Gal 6:15-16), that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Partakers refers to assemblies that follow ANY of the mystery Babylon doctrines. This is far reaching.
Even sacred name assemblies still hold ‘church (inherited from mystery Babylon),’ thereby partaking of the Catholic sins.
Run from that abomination (plethora of lies) called Christianity. Come out of her, Israel my people!