A Hebrew View of Messiah
Hebrew Wedding -- Biblical Custom
In Biblical times, when a Hebrew man wished to have the hand of a Hebrew woman in Marriage, he would visit the father of his future bride to discuss the price that would be necessary for her hand. During this meeting would be discussed his intent, and the price that would be paid for his bride negotiated.
The Groom then made a visit to the home of his intended Bride, presenting himself to her with plans for their future and commitment to each other, should their aspirations be mutual.
Upon presenting his plans, and seeing her response, he would pass a cup of wine to her. This was the moment of truth for their course of action. To drink of the cup would be her acceptance to his proposal and a life-long commitment to him. To pass on the cup would end the relationship. This moment in her life was very important. To drink from the cup meant Betrothal, establishment of a marriage covenant, and being set apart exclusively for her husband.
Sharing the cup, with eyes on each other, hearts soaring, the Groom would promise with words like this: Let not your heart be troubled. In my Father's house there are many rooms, and I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again to receive you unto myself that where I am you will be also. If it were not true I would not have told you.
The moment she drank from the cup her intentions were sealed, and when the price was paid The Covenant was sealed. She was betrothed to him, separated from the world as she then waited for his return. She was not then His Wife, but was then a Bride in waiting. The significance of the Cup is this: Messiah said to some when asked for special treatment, ‘Can you drink from the Cup I am about to drink?’ The cup represents the commitment to live within the bounds of the life expected and spoken about. For Messiah it was to be the Sacrifice coming that was His Cup to drink. Can you suffer what is given to me, the Cup of sacrifice, the giving of My life for My friends; The torturous death that will tear my body to shreds before the eyes of multitudes who will scorn that very gift that will set them free? Can you? The Cup one is asked to drink of represents the life sentence of commitment and love never failing and always present no matter what circumstances arise for an eternity. The Cup of promise, commitment, treasuring togetherness in everything shared. More later!
He would then return to His Father's house to prepare their Bridal Chamber-Huppah, and He would continue in preparation until His Father said the room was finished. He would not know when the room was finished, only the Father knew. So the Son continued preparing until Word came from His Father that preparations were complete. During his absence which could be a day, week, month, a year or longer, the Bride would wait working on her wedding dress, in preparation for Her Groom's Return, as we prepare our robes for our coming Wedding Feast.
During his absence she wore a veil, a symbol of her Set Apartness, and would not be seen by strangers. Her commitment was played out during this waiting period and none were allowed to interfere. She would prepare by day, and wait by night for her Groom. Her dowry kept her busy as her heart longed for that moment when He would return for her and take her onto Himself.
When the Groom finished preparation of the Bridal Chamber according to His Father's approval, a torchlight procession led by the Groom with His Best Man and members from the wedding party proceeded to her home to claim His Waiting Bride. This event always happened at night. The Bride needed to be ready at a moment’s notice, for her only announcement came by a shout from the best man. Her dowry prepared by day, and waiting by night with her lamp light on in anticipation of His Coming, Listening for the shout, night by night, not knowing the day or what moment, being readily prepared to trim Her Lamp and be received by Her Groom kept her busily looking forward to Her Wedding Day.
Once received, the wedding party returned to the
Father's house to find the Father had prepared a
Magnificent Wedding Feast
Members of the wedding party would escort the Bride and Groom to the Huppah, Hebrew for bridal chamber. The best man would wait outside the bridal chamber to hear a prearranged signal that the marriage was consummated, (John 3:29). That began a seven-day celebration with all the guests and the wedding party, but the bride remained hidden within the Huppah until the Groom brought her out unveiled after the seven days were completed. Now the guests could see the Bride without the veil as she joined in the festivities, and for life to celebrate with Her Husband the wonderful bonds of total commitment in their marriage.
Speaking of the flesh, the Veil that covers us is ‘The Flesh.’ By simply looking upon the flesh, we cannot tell the Bride in waiting from the Tares. All Veils look approximately alike. The major difference is what is beyond that Veil; what abides beneath in one’s heart and whom is that heart longing for? This is all played out in our Walk, and within our walk it is necessary to carry with us enough OIL for the journey. The Journey here on this earth is a Seven Day trip-Seven thousand years long Walk among like minds and unfaithful X-virgins, from whom we are unable to tell the difference by sight, but from the Walk-Works-Oil in their lamps, we have our first clue of who will dine at the Magnificent Wedding Feast prepared for His Bride. When our veils are removed, like at the wedding feast, the Bride will be uncovered and then and only then will we understand who His Wife is.
Within the Biblical Hebrew Traditions, and more importantly the Biblical Feasts given through Moses, are Prophetic Rehearsals. These rehearsals are the culmination of much that is written within the Scriptures concerning the Messiah and His Ministry. The Wedding and Hebrew Marriage Customs are only a taste of forever events that are practiced each year, a shadow of the coming of HaMashiach first and second, His ministry, and promises to all who follow His example into the New Heaven of the Last and Eternal Day.
We are enthralled to hear these last days events that were prophecies of things to come, spoken before the foundation of the universe, now to be witnessed by those who follow and Sh’ma-hear the tender words from our Jewish Messiah Yahoshua-יהושע, to watch, learn, witness, experience, and speak what the Set Apart Spirit has revealed.
No other people in History are blessed with the culmination
of this much prophecy coming together as in these last days. We are called to be a witness of these events as they consummate. We are chosen to be blessed by our witness.
The prophecies within the wedding tradition are many. Most importantly are the First and Second Coming of HaMashiach (The Jewish Messiah) and how they relate to each of us who await His arrival. Currently we wait for the Voice of the Archangel and the Trumpet of יהוה. We
anticipate His return in our own ways, expecting as we wait,
wondering what it will be like and how to respond immediately, All
the while we have the way clearly celebrated through history. We
are able to get a visual, as we read the instruction manual for directions that most care not to open, caring not for His True Still Small Voice
received guidance. The instruction manual cannot be overlooked
in our effort to walk correctly, for without an Instruction Manual,
we are left to the wiles of religious men and their distortions.
Messiah did not leave us comfortless. He left us with Prophetic Examples of what to expect, and His Ruach HaKodesh-Spirit the Set Apart that guides us into all truth; Truth that is there for the asking; The Way, that is here for the seeing; The opened Door that no man can shut. The Life that we can celebrate as often as we pass the Cup of Betrothal in celebration of the Renewed Covenant that Scripture says,
'We do show Messiah's death till He comes.' 1 Corinthians 11:26.
His death freed us from the part of the instruction manual-TORAH that told us that once divorced and married to another, the Husband could not marry her again. They are bound by that Law until the Husband dies, but how do we marry a dead groom? That law separated us from eternal life! We were lost in our rebellion and whoring with strange elohim. We had no way back to our first estate. We were divorced, tha papers were signed and we were lost. Now all we needed was for our eternal Husband to set aside the Law that separated us and forbade marriage again to our first husband; a way back to eternal life with Him. We were bound by that part of TORAH until the death of our first Husband. But the part of TORAH that condemned us also released us; it only took the fulfilling of of that Law to be free; we would be eligible again to marry Him anew. Our Betrothal at the Last Supper was the same as at the first, we are again a bride in waiting. We could again begin working on our wedding robe; keeping out dowery, accumulating enough Oil for the journey, when the Call from the Best Man- the Shout from the Arch Angel in the middle of the night announces, “The Bride Groom Comes.”
The Atonement Has Now Been Paid. His Death gave us new life that we now can remarry our Husband. Our divorce was annulled at His death, as a Will goes into force at the death of the Testator, Hebrews 9:16-17. We were bound by Torah that tells us, when a man divorces his wife
and she marries another He cannot marry her again, She is defiled, for that is an abomination before יהוה, Debarim 24:1-4, and we were bound by that Law until His death, at which time we became eligible again to marry Him; Freed from the law of sin and death. We were betrothed again at the Last Supper. John 14:2-3. We are now awaiting His return to claim us again and take us home. We are now betrothed and soon will come HaMashiach המשיח-יהושע Yahoshua Who Is Abba Father יהוה for His Betrothed Bride, at the end of the Seventh Day which commenced on Pesach-Passover 2006. We will reign with Him during these Thousand Years ahead, our Wedding Feast does follow, and Our eternal joy commences at the dawning of the New Eternal Eighth and final Day Sh’minni Atzeret. Joy comes with knowing His Word will never fail and a place has been prepared for us at Our Wedding Feast. How we come to know Him is unimportant, for once within His grip we are sure in our efforts to be there, in His time, to celebrate the most wonderful event in Heaven's History. We will be there because of the promise at Betrothal: Let not your heart be troubled. In My Father's house there are many rooms, if not I would not have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again to receive you to myself, that where I am, you might be also. And where I go you know, and the Way you know. (Yochanan-John 14:1-4)
That Yahoshua HaMashiachהמשיח- יהושע is The Bridegroom is found many times throughout Scripture, and Yochanan the Immercer is the Best Man, John 3:29, He that has the bride is the bridegroom, but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears Him, rejoices greatly because of the voice of the bridegroom. So this joy of mine is complete, John heard and announced to those invited.
Can you make the children of the bride chamber fast, while the bridegroom is still with them? But the days will come, when the bridegroom shall be taken away from them, and then shall they fast in those days. (Luke 5:34-35)
For the past 2000+ years, Messiah has been preparing
our individual room, our Bridal Chamber. All who have
heard and learned of the Father will come to Me,
said He, John 6:45. Betrothed at the Last Supper placed ‘we
the Bride’ now in waiting, preparing our Wedding Robes and
our lamps for that glorious ‘Shout’ from the Archangel,
and the Trumpet of YHVH. (Isaiah 54:5)
For your Maker is your Husband,
יהוה of Hosts is His Name.
Who can be saved?
Our Jewish Messiah said, I am sent only to the
lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Mt: 15-24)
When Yahoshua HaMashiach יהושע המשיח- sent His Disciples
He said, Do not go into the way of the gentiles, but rather
go to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. (Mt 10: 5-6)
Contrary to popular teachings, there are only one Covenant
People, Israel. Today, many think that Israel has been
replaced by the Church (Christianity) but fail to view all
Scripture and let Scripture interpret Scripture
the way Scripture instructs so plainly.
Division of the Two Houses (Ezekiel 37:16-20) And you, son of man, take a stick for yourself and write on it, For Yahudah and for the children of Israel, his companions.
Then take another stick and write on it, For Yosef, the stick of Ephraim, and all of the house of Israel, his companions. Then bring them together for yourself into one stick, and they shall become one in your hand. And when the children of your people speak to you, saying, Won't you show us what you mean by these? Say to them Thus says the Master יהוה See, I am taking the stick of Yosef, which is in the hand of Ephraim, and the tribes of Israel, his companions. And I shall give them unto him, with the stick of Yahudah, and make them one stick, and they shall be one in My hand. And the sticks on which you write shall be in your hand before their eyes. To Ephraim, (Jeremiah 2:18, 21) I planted you a choice vine, a completely faithful seed. How have you then turned yourself before Me into the degenerate shoots of a foreign vine?
Because of the lust Ephraim-10 Israel had for Paganism, they were
scattered into Assyria and from there to the rest of the world. Ephraim was divorced from her Husband for her spiritual whoring, that she be released from the sin of adultery and she was turned over to her vile affections. If she marries another, which The Stick of Yosef in the hand of Ephraim-10-Israel did after causing the divorce, spiritually marrying her pagan lusting, TORAH says that she then cannot marry her Husband again. The Sacrifice and death of Messiah set that law aside from the same Torah that condemned her, for she is bound only until the death of her husband. That accomplished, Ephraim-10 Israel is now legally eligible to marry her Messiah. She was never forsaken, but was divorced for her infidelity. Now Ephraim, who was scattered among the Goyim for 2730 years, needs to 'Come out of her,’ spiritual infidelity among the Gentile Religions, Rev 18:4, and return to the Faith was once delivered to her, for her Betrothal at the Last Supper, places her in waiting for her Husband. The beginning of our covenant, and whom we wait for is determined from which CUP we drink, namely which elohim we follow. That determined, the works that flow from within, is further determined by that CUP from which we continue to DRINK.
When will we return to the faith that was once delivered to us-His people, recover our roots, and begin to follow the Jewish Messiah as He commanded? To keep the Commandments, which are not grievous, is to show we love Him. The Ten Commandments, is the Eternal Covenant with all Israel. He also spoke these instructions before returning back to His Father's House to begin preparing our Bridal Chamber. When we discover our Roots, we can begin to keep the Feasts/Moadim, that were instituted forever, and give up the paganism that drove us out of the promised land and into Assyria, then Yahudah-the Jews, will turn to jealously Romans 10:19, and Romans 11:11, when they see Ephraim keeping the Commandments as Messiah YHVH Commanded in the Feasts of Leviticus 23. The ‘Stick of Yosef/Joseph’ which is in the hand of Ephraim will one day be united with the ‘Stick of Yahudah/Judah, and they both will be one in His hand. The NEW Covenant goes into effect when all Israel are back in the Land of Israel, the Land promised to them from the Euphrates to the Nile. “For this is the Covenant I shall make with the House of Israel after those days, declares יהוה: I shall put My Torah in their inward parts, and write it on their hearts. And I shall be their Elohim, and they shall be My people.” Yirmeyahu 31:33. In V-35 we read, “Thus says יהוה who gives the sun for a light by day, and the laws of the moon and the stars by night, who stirs up the sea and its waves roar - יהוהof hosts is His Name:” V-36 “If these laws vanish from before Me,” declares יהוה, “then the seed of Israel shall also cease from being a nation before Me.”
When Yisra'el (Ya'akov-Jacob) gave the blessing to the sons of Yosef, he crossed his hands that Ephraim receive the blessing of the
first born, for Yosef had placed Ephraim in front of Ya'akov's left
hand that Menashsheh receive the blessing being the First Born.
When Yosef took hold of his father’s hand to remove it from
the head of Ephraim to the head of Menashsheh (Manasseh),
Yisra'el said, I know my son, I know. He also becomes a people,
and he also is great. And yet, his younger brother is greater
than he, and his seed is to become (Melo HaGoyim) the
completeness of the nations, (Fullness of the Gentiles.) Bereshit 48:19.
When we translate Scripture and let Scripture interpret Scripture, the Message will become truth in our hearing. We can search far and wide for Truth but there is no better place for the Truth to be told than from the Author of Truth Himself. There have been authors from time immemorial who have written more books on truth than can be imagined. Through Time we have interpreted them from a man made system of greed and selfishness. The time that has come is not beyond learning more than our authors and translators have written, for we are at a time of bitter ends where all end-time Scripture prophecy is coming to a climax before our eyes.
We can look at the last supper from our own point of understanding and see that there is much to be learned from that example. We are here to witness most of the remaining prophecies coming together and look back at the Last Supper event for clues to answer some of our questions. The Betrothal at the Last Supper keeps for us a vivid witness that our Messiah Yahoshua remembered the Covenant that He made with us from Torah and came to revisit that Covenant, and reestablish us as His Betrothed Bride in waiting, thus, the Renewed Covenant.
The Cup of Betrothal was not a small thing then, and is not a small thing now, it is the promise that He will come again and take us home from where He first came, to plan and promise as all grooms in the past have done before Him. We have that promise for the everlasting covenant eternal that will not fail, for He is our Husband and we His Bride.
Waiting has become second nature to those of us who have His Word living inside, a promise fulfilled within each who have given all that they
are to Him in complete abandon, and wait with patience for that glorious day. As we wait we are busy enough with plans being made for the war that is about to explode into a global conflagration and involve all who are alive today.
Many will not be prepared for this war from being asleep to these prophecies. Religious leaders have preached an erroneous doctrine of Rapture to the unsuspecting, and caused slumber to invade believers to the point of confusion, even though they are aware from within that this is true , they continue to sleep according to the teachings of men, who for their own gain have scattered the flock into unbelief. Instead of searching these prophecies for themselves, they have hoped for the easy way out that will result in a horrific showdown with the anti-messiah and what he has prepared for followers of his false doctrines.
This will not be the time of trouble that is prophesied in Scripture. It will be the showdown between Messiah and anti-Messiah, and we will be caught up between the fray and the battle for the minds of men. In that light, it will not be a wonderful time to be here, for the deception will be even greater than in the past. The minds of most men have been polluted with the leaven of anti-messiah, and cannot see what is about to befall the entire world. Because men have been expecting a release from authority, they have become prey to the predators that lay in wait for half-asleep believers to just let them have their way, global dominion over all men. We have been brought here under the authority of YHVH to be a witness in these last days, but because of slumber, there are few to carry that authority to the enemy. We have become outnumbered by multitudes, and those who do retain YHVH's Authority will be even farther stretched to maintain in the ferocity of the fray.
Revelation, Matthew, Daniel, Ezekiel, Zechariah, Micah, Malachi to name a few, teach us the event that is to befall the entire world. The sleepers have yawned at the warnings, caring not to prepare for two reasons. Their pastors have preached the ‘out of here’ doctrine before any trouble, or they have been embarrassed to prepare for fear of reprisals from piers, being chastised for not believing the false doctrines, even being thrown out of their assemblies. Pier pressure has taken its toll and unfortunately both will suffer the consequences. Our Messiah, Who is יהוה in the Flesh, came and warned of the problems ahead. Few have paid attention, most just looking for the easy way out, even angered that there would be another way, bitter when it comes to pass that they are of the unprepared virgins in prophecy.
The enemy, although having not one original thought, has been successful in causing slumber among the masses, but events that are about to commence will awaken them, and although time is short many will find their place in the wilderness of Revelation Twelve, partially prepared but burdened with those around them who cared not to listen.
Why will all of this come upon our generation?
We were placed here for this time. We have been given a
mandate to make Yahudah jealous, Rom 11:11. We are here to express what has blinded many through religion. We are here to write His-Story in the making and usher in the New Heaven and the New Earth. We have been placed here for the culmination of end time prophecy as witnesses for the quickly approaching eternity. We have been chosen to go through these last days in the Faith that we will survive into the New Millennium and populate the earth during the Millennial Reign of
YHVH Yahoshua HaMashiach-יהוה יהושע המשיח there to survive, populating the earth until יהוה returns and ushers us home. Rev. 20:4 and they lived and reigned with Messiah for a thousand years.
Hoshea 5:15, 6:1-3, I shall go, I shall return to My place, until they confess their guilt and seek My Face, in their distress diligently search for Me, Come, and let us turn back to. יהוה For He has torn but He does heal us, He has stricken but He binds us up. After two days He shall revive us, on the third day He shall raise us up, so that we live before Him. So let us know, let us pursue to know יהוה. His going forth is as certain as the morning. And He comes to us like rain, like the latter rain watering the earth. After Two Days (thousand years) since His Coming He will revive us, not Rapture us. On the Third day He will raise us up. After two days is the Seventh Millennium, third day-millennium since His Coming. The Jewish Messiah came on the fourth day, two more days is the sixth day, and the prophecy says He will come after Two Days or on the Seventh Day. His coming is the Seventh Millennium. The Eighth is the final and eternal day, as in the Feast of Sukkot. He returns on חג_ הסוכות just before the Eighth day, Shemini Atzeret the Last Great Eternal Day, the day our Messiah was circumcised, the prophetic shadow picture of the lifting of our veil and we will see Him as He is, there to be with Him for the remainder of Eternity. Everything the Jewish Messiah did or said is prophetic, either from pre-messianic scripture or the Messianic scriptures.
And I went to the messenger and said to him, Give me the little book. And he said to me, Take and eat it, and it shall make your stomach bitter, but it shall be as sweet as honey in your mouth. And I took the little book out of the messenger's hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter and he said to me, you have to prophecy again concerning many
peoples, multitudes, nations and tongues and sovereigns. Rev 10:9-11.
Today, we as a people have been waiting for our Messiah's imminent return in spite of all of the evidence against His coming this soon. We have been lulled to sleep by religious men and doctrines of demons. We have longed for our precious Messiah for so long that we have been taken unaware by the enemy. Now we are faced with the Anti Messiah who will come exactly as most have expected the Jewish Messiah. Anti Messiah will come in the name of the one we have been erroneously prepared to receive, and he will further deceive many with signs and wonders that were given him to perform in the sight of men. This is where the wheat and the tares will be sorted out; where we should be covered with Favor and the opportunity to choose with eyes wide open. Our hearts will give us away, and we will be powerless to go against it. We will be seen for what/who we have been all of our lives. We belong to יהוה or we are children of the evil one. This has been our determination all of our lives and we will not be able to hide our hearts, for where our hearts are, is where our treasure lays also.
Nothing has been kept secret from the foundation of the Earth. We have made our choices and we will have to live or die with those choices and no one can or will be able to stand against יהוה-YHVH on that day. Our choices have been made on a daily basis and those who
stand in judgment will have nothing to say in their defense.
That day is fast approaching and there is nowhere to hide. We will be found out, and for many the surprise will be frightening but spiritually expected. Choices have been made and consequences will be suffered. The choices made determine the consequences. It is as easy as that. 'As you have judged, so will you be judged.' Matthew 7:1.
Therefore be compassionate as your Father is compassionate. And do not judge and you will not be judged. Condemn not and you will not be condemned. Forgive and you shall be forgiven.
Luke 6: 36-37. His Bride in waiting are those who follow.