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The 'Church' (Ekklesia) as a Jewish Bride!


The title is important ... because there is no literal Greek word for what many call church. In fact, that would mean the word church is no where in the Bible. But the Greek word Ekklesia is in the Bible and it speaks to a gathering of believers. In that context we bring Jew and Gentiles into one body ... that believes in a Jewish Messiah. As such, the concept described here, of a traditional practice related to a Jewish wedding makes complete sense.

There are four stages leading up to a Jewish wedding. But in this story the bridegroom is the Messiah and the bride is the community of believers (commonly referred to as the Church, but we also like to designate the group as Jew and Gentile believers of the Messianic community — a.k.a. the global Messianic Congregation). The pattern we are suggesting is nothing new, there are various sources that outline the bride and bridegroom relationship suggested here. So, we'll be brief about this one... but it's worth a mention because many are still unaware of this part of the story!

  • Step One — Arrangements and paying a bride-price.
  • Step Two — fetching the bride by the bridegroom. The rapture is an event that to some comes with controversy... an explicitly literal reference to believers being swept up into heaven — en mass no less! — is not so clear to many reading the Bible. Yet, this step is simply Yeshua fetching the bride and bringing believers to Himself for a time before the wedding.
  • Step Three — the wedding.
  • Step Four — wedding feast. The time line describes a feast at the end of the Tribulation Period... and in this sequence this represents the wedding feast. The honeymoon is next... how about 1,000 years? Really, take a look at the time line!

Yes, all this is set in a Jewish context... after all the bridegroom is Jewish... you did notice that didn't you!

More detail on the topic above can be found in Chapter 23 of the Creator's Window [find page 99 and the side bar entitled 'Window Pane 15 - A Jewish Marriage: Church and Kingdom.'']

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TimeLine References:
  • Various sources were used to develop this time line. Where possible dates are cross checked or events are placed in relative position. Many of the dates used above come from the following references:
  • Arnold G. Fruchtenbaum, Th.M., Ph.D.1982. Footsteps of Messiah - A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events. (Fruchtenbaum)
  • Ayers, Ed. 1999. God's Last Offer - Negotiating for a Sustainable Future. (A)
  • Fruchtenbaum, Arnold G., Th.M., Ph.D.1982. Footsteps of Messiah - A Study of the Sequence of Prophetic Events. (Fruchtenbaum) (New edition 2003)
  • Graham, Billy. 1992. Storm Warning. Published by: W Publishing Group (formerly Word Publishing)
  • Grun, Bernard. 1991. The Timetables of History - A Horizontal Linkage of People and Events. New Third Revised Edition. Based on Werner Stein's Kulturfahrplan. A Touchstone Book:New York. (G)
  • Ice, T., and R. Price. 1989. Ready to Rebuild — The Imminent Plant to Rebuild the Last Days Temple. (IP)
  • Infoplease.com (Info) http://www.infoplease.com/
  • H. Lindsey. 1973. There's A New World Coming. Bantam Books. (Lindsey)
  • Randall Price. 2001 Unholy War. (P)
  • Dr. G. Schroeder with Z. Levitt. Genesis One. Levitt Ministries (see note in graphic box at top of this table for details).
  • SciNews: Science News is a science news weekly generally obtained by subscription, also see: http://www.sciencenews.org/
  • Web (Internet): Occasionally we find what appear as reliable, but formally unpublished, sources on the Internet. As such these entries remain to be fully confirmed. In many cases this information is found to agree with the remainder of the timeline and the published sources used here.
  • Zondervan Corporation. 1985. The NIV Study Bible. Zondervan Bible Publishers:Grand Rapids.

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