In ancient Israel the bride was selected by the father of the bridegroom. The father would send a trusted servant to search out the bride, such as in the case of Isaac and Rebekah (Genesis 24:1-67). Our Heavenly Father has sent the Holy Spirit to search out the Bride for His Son. The Holy Spirit acts as the Creator’s agent — convicting mankind of sin, teaching truth, and drawing them into an intimate relationship with the Creator.
A bride’s price was agreed on. The bridegroom would have to pay the father of the bride a price for his bride. Yeshua paid the ultimate price with the life of His blood.
The bride had to give her consent. When a believer accepts Yeshua into their heart they have become betrothed to Him. Today we say, “We take the name of Christ.” This means that we take His name in the same sense that a woman takes the last name of her husband when she gets married.
A betrothal (engagement) was made in a written covenant. It was a legally binding contract that would require a divorce to terminate. The husband was required to promise to labor to support, honor, and provide all the necessities of life for his bride. He also committed to consummating the marriage and live with her. This is why Yeshua made a point to say that a man could not divorce his wife unless she had committed adultery.
The Gift of the Holy Spirit
A valuable gift was given to the bride from the bridegroom. Today a man usually gives a woman a ring as a token of his love. The Messiah gave His betrothed the Holy Spirit, as well as many other spiritual gifts: healings, miracles, prophecy, words of knowledge, words of wisdom, discernment, and tongues.
Finally the marriage covenant was sealed when the “cup of the covenant” was shared by the bridegroom and his bride. The husband drank from the cup of wine first and then the wife.
Next the bride had a ritual cleansing in a pool of water. It symbolized her putting off her former life as a single woman in her father’s house for the life of a married woman in the house of her husband. This ritual is a type for water baptism that all disciples of Yeshua are immersed into.
The Bridal Chamber
The bridegroom departed to his father’s house to prepare a house, or apartment, called the bridal chamber. The father of the bridegroom had the responsibility to determine when the preparations were complete. The Messiah has gone to His Father’s house in heaven to prepare a place for his Bride (John 14:3). It is the Father, not the Son, who determines when the preparations are finished (Matthew 24:36). Once the father declared all was ready for the bride, the bridegroom returned to take his bride in the middle of the night — the day and hour no man knew. However he could not enter the bride’s father’s house; she had to come out to him. The friend of the bridegroom (the best man) would blow the shofar to announce the return of the bridegroom, and a shout would be made, “Behold, the bridegroom comes!” The voice of John the Baptist declared, “Prepare ye the way of the Lord” (Mark 1:2-3). The Lord will return for His Bride on the Feast of Trumpets – the day and hour no man knows.
Click here to read part one of this series – Hidden Feast: The Feast of Trumpets
The Feast of Trumpets in Kansas City
Kansas City Torah Connection is holding a Rosh HaShanah [Feast of Trumpets] celebration at the First Baptist Church in Raytown, Missouri. Music Ministry will be presented by SHMA Music, including the lovely strings of a harp.
- September 29
- 6:30 pm
- First Baptist Church – the ROC
- 10500 E 350 Highway
- Raytown, MO 64138-1811
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