Wednesday, January 14, 2009

The Heavenly Wedding Banquet of Christ

I don't know if you know, but the Bible compares the Kingdom of Heaven to a wedding banquet. Matt. 22:1 "Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2"The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son."
Actually, this "Son" is obviously Jesus Christ and the King no doubt is God the Father. But when you take a look at the whole parable, you'll notice a few things:

Matt. 22:3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come.4"Then he sent some more servants and said, 'Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.'5"But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city.8"Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.' 10So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.11"But when the king came in to see the guests, he noticed a man there who was not wearing wedding clothes. 12'Friend,' he asked, 'how did you get in here without wedding clothes?' The man was speechless.13"Then the king told the attendants, 'Tie him hand and foot, and throw him outside, into the darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'14"For many are invited, but few are chosen."

In reading this passage, did you see all of the elements of a wedding banquet here? Take a look again. The elements of a wedding consists of:

Groom (Son=Jesus Christ)
Bride (?)
Guests (Us)
(Feasts of God)

We saw the groom , who is the Son Jesus; we saw the food, which is the butchered ox and fattened cattle; we even saw the servants invite the guests. The most important element of the wedding, THE BRIDE, is missing! How can any wedding banquet take place without a bride? Likewise, how can the Kingdom of Heaven begin w/o the bride? Who is the Bride, the wife of Christ? Does it make sense to say it is the Church when 2000 years ago the Church was already established? In the Bible, who is the Bride in the Heavenly Wedding Banquet and when will She be ready?

Rev. 19:6 "Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: "Hallelujah! For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear." (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)9Then the angel said to me, "Write: 'Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!' " And he added, "These are the true words of God."

Revelation, written for the last days, clearly states that the Wedding of the Lamb has come and at this time the Bride has made Herself ready. The Lam
b in the Bible represents Christ (John 1:29). It was emphasized that we are blessed if we are invited to the wedding of the of the Lamb and this is the true words of God (on top of us knowing that the whole Bible is the true words of God.) Since it is in the Book of Revelation that the Bride has made Herself ready, then it is in the same book that we must find out who is the Bride. The comparison of the Bride and the Church occurred before this point. It cannot be the same meaning. Who is the Bride in the Book of Revelation?

Rev. 21:9 "One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, "Come, I will show you the bride, th e wife of the Lamb." 10And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God."

No interpretation is needed, as it is plain as day. The angel will show John (the one who had the Revelation) who the Bride is. Then who did He show? The Holy City Jerusalem coming out of Heaven. Again, why, if the Bride is the Church, would it be coming out of Heaven? To where is this Jerusalem coming in the last days? Look up in the previous verses:

Rev. 21:2 "I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husban d. 3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God."
As stated in the previous post, men are not REALLY from Mars, they are on earth. Why would the church come down from heaven to the earth. Where is it now?

SO CLEARLY, THE BRIDE IS NOT THE CHURCH HERE! So who is Jerusalem in the Bible?

Gal. 4:26 "
But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and She is our Mother."

Mother Jerusalem is here now with us on earth, so now we are ready to begin the Kingdom of Heaven. Mother didn't appear 2000 years ago, though She has always been existing as God Almighty. It is prophecy that She must appear now in th e last days. Think about a physical wedding banquet on this earth: when does the bride appear? In the beginning? In the middle of the event? No, at the end, everyone is waiting for her, even the groom. For this reason, as a wedding is a happy event, now we will rejoice because now Mother has come in fulfillment of the parable. I pray that God, Father Ahnsahnghong (who is the Lamb/2nd Coming Christ described in Revelation) will allow me to be a servant in the Heavenly Wedding Banquet and invite many guests who will become servants themselves.

God Bless You!