Who doesn’t like a wedding feast? It’s a happy and joyous occasion! It’s the celebration of the union of two people who love each other and want to spend the rest of their lives together. The Galilean wedding feast is key to understanding the Rapture and Heaven. Why? Let’s dig in…
You’re Invited to a Galilean Wedding Feast!
This wedding is the New Covenant — a marriage contract or agreement — between Jesus and His Church — His born-again believers. To really understand this, you need to grasp the local culture of first-century Galilee. First, keep in mind that all of Jesus’ disciples were from Galilee. Thus, they understood what Jesus was talking about. In fact, 2/3 of the Gospel takes place in the area of the Sea of Galilee! Let’s take a look at what a Galilean wedding was like in Jesus’ time.
Before the wedding feast, there has to be a betrothal. In a Galilean wedding, the groom-to-be offers his bride-to-be a cup of wine. She has to take it and accept his proposal of marriage by drinking from it. Everything hinged on the bride — whether she drank from the cup or not. If she does, the groom then drinks from the same cup securing the betrothal.
Our Betrothal was at the Last Supper
When Jesus raised the cup at the last supper, He was doing the same thing…
27 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks to God for it. He gave it to them and said, “Each of you drink from it, 28 for this is my blood, which confirms the covenant between God and his people. It is poured out as a sacrifice to forgive the sins of many. 29 Mark my words—I will not drink wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.”Matthew 26:27-29 NLT
Jesus used the local culture so they would understand. It was called the “Cup of Joy”, the act of drinking from the same cup was a “common union”. Hence, we get the word “communion”.
Remember, Jesus’ first miracle was at a wedding in Cana! There He turned water into wine. If you want to read the story it’s in John 2.
Next Came the Preparation of the Wedding Feast
The Galilean groom, with the betrothal assured, then went to his father’s home to build a room for His bride — an addition to his father’s house. Once the expansion was finished, he then prepared the wedding feast. This took up to a year or more.
In the meantime, the bride was with her bridesmaids buying the material for her wedding dress and the bridesmaids’ dresses, along with oils, perfumes, and jewelry for the wedding. She got herself ready for the wedding feast.
Now, once the preparations were completed, it’s not the groom who decided when the wedding would be. It wasn’t the bride either. It was the father of the groom who told him when it was time to go get his bride. The bride, having to always be ready, actually slept in her wedding dress!
The groom’s father could wake up in the middle of the night and say, “It’s time! Go get your bride!” The groom then gets the shofar (trumpet) and blows it to awaken the bride, the bridesmaids, the groomsmen, and yes, the whole town. Everyone was invited!
The groom then went to get his bride from her father’s house and she was raised up in honor as she was carried in a litter, to his father’s house. Let the feast begin!
Can you see how the Galilean wedding was different? There was no date setting! Only the father of the groom knew when the wedding would take place.
Jesus told us…
36 “However, no one knows the day or hour when these things will happen, not even the angels in heaven or the Son himself. Only the Father knows.Matthew 24:36 NLT
Now that you know what a Galilean wedding is like, let’s look at my favorite parable found in Matthew 25. Then we’ll look at Jesus’ promises to HIS BRIDE!
The Parable of the 10 Virgins
“Then the Kingdom of Heaven will be like ten bridesmaids who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2 Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3 The five who were foolish didn’t take enough olive oil for their lamps, 4 but the other five were wise enough to take along extra oil. 5 When the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and fell asleep.
6 “At midnight they were roused by the shout, ‘Look, the bridegroom is coming! Come out and meet him!’
7 “All the bridesmaids got up and prepared their lamps. 8 Then the five foolish ones asked the others, ‘Please give us some of your oil because our lamps are going out.’
9 “But the others replied, ‘We don’t have enough for all of us. Go to a shop and buy some for yourselves.’
10 “But while they were gone to buy oil, the bridegroom came. Then those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was locked. 11 Later, when the other five bridesmaids returned, they stood outside, calling, ‘Lord! Lord! Open the door for us!’
12 “But he called back, ‘Believe me, I don’t know you!’
13 “So you, too, must keep watch! For you do not know the day or hour of my return.Matthew 25: 1-13 NLT
All 10 started out, but only 5 finished. The oil symbolizes the Holy Spirit. The foolish, unwise bridesmaids didn’t have enough oil to keep their lamps lit until the groom arrived.
My question to you is are you one of the foolish ones or a wise one? Are you ready? More importantly…
Does Jesus KNOW YOU?!
Here’s another of Jesus’ wedding parables…
Jesus also told them other parables. He said, 2 “The Kingdom of Heaven can be illustrated by the story of a king who prepared a great wedding feast for his son. 3 When the banquet was ready, he sent his servants to notify those who were invited. But they all refused to come!
4 “So he sent other servants to tell them, ‘The feast has been prepared. The bulls and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the banquet!’ 5 But the guests he had invited ignored them and went their own way, one to his farm, another to his business. 6 Others seized his messengers and insulted them and killed them.
7 “The king was furious, and he sent out his army to destroy the murderers and burn their town. 8 And he said to his servants, ‘The wedding feast is ready, and the guests I invited aren’t worthy of the honor. 9 Now go out to the street corners and invite everyone you see.’ 10 So the servants brought in everyone they could find, good and bad alike, and the banquet hall was filled with guests.
11 “But when the king came in to meet the guests, he noticed a man who wasn’t wearing the proper clothes for a wedding. 12 ‘Friend,’ he asked, ‘how is it that you are here without wedding clothes?’ But the man had no reply. 13 Then the king said to his aides, ‘Bind his hands and feet and throw him into the outer darkness, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.’
14 “For many are called, but few are chosen.”Matthew 22: 1-14 NLT
Here, “wedding clothes” symbolizes being born again — being pure enough to get into Heaven. Notice it’s by invitation only. Yet, only a “few are chosen“.
Jesus, our bridegroom, promised us…
“Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God, and trust also in me. 2 There is more than enough room in my Father’s home.[a] If this were not so, would I have told you that I am going to prepare a place for you?[b] 3 When everything is ready, I will come and get you, so that you will always be with me where I am. 4 And you know the way to where I am going.”
5 “No, we don’t know, Lord,” Thomas said. “We have no idea where you are going, so how can we know the way?”
6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one can come to the Father except through me. 7 If you had really known me, you would know who my Father is.John 14:1-7 NLT
Jesus will come to collect His bride — the church — His true born-again believers when God the Father says so. That, friend, is the Rapture!
It’s by the Grace of God that our Home is in Heaven, where we will dwell with Him for all eternity. That promise is the Book of Revelation…
6 Then I heard again what sounded like the shout of a vast crowd or the roar of mighty ocean waves or the crash of loud thunder:
“Praise the Lord!
For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns.
7 Let us be glad and rejoice,
and let us give honor to him.
For the time has come for the wedding feast of the Lamb,
and his bride has prepared herself.
8 She has been given the finest of pure white linen to wear.”
For the fine linen represents the good deeds of God’s holy people.
9 And the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding feast of the Lamb.” And he added, “These are true words that come from God.”Revelation 19:6-9 NLT
If you reject the invitation, you will be left behind!
Those of you who are out, are OUT! Left out — left behind. You are then destined to participate — whether you want to or not — in the Great Tribulation. This is when God lets loose His wrath of judgment on the world that rejected Him. Believe me, you do not want any part of that.
Jesus warned us…
20 “And when you see Jerusalem surrounded by armies, then you will know that the time of its destruction has arrived. 21 Then those in Judea must flee to the hills. Those in Jerusalem must get out, and those out in the country should not return to the city. 22 For those will be days of God’s vengeance, and the prophetic words of the Scriptures will be fulfilled. 23 How terrible it will be for pregnant women and for nursing mothers in those days. For there will be disaster in the land and great anger against this people. 24 They will be killed by the sword or sent away as captives to all the nations of the world. And Jerusalem will be trampled down by the Gentiles until the period of the Gentiles comes to an end.Luke 21:20-24 NLT
Here’s a quote by Amir Tsarfati in his book, Revealing Revelation, which I highly recommend. It’s available in my Christian Bookstore!
It will be a horrific time. I don’t understand the gluttons for punishment in the church who so desperately look for evidence that the bride of Christ is destined to endure those days. As Jesus explains in the Luke passage above, they are days of vengeance and times of woe. The Jews must endure this period so that they will finally turn to the Messiah. The unsaved Gentiles will face it because it is the just punishment for their sins. But for those who have already given themselves to Christ, salvation has come and all in the church have already been fully purified by the blood of Jesus. There is simply no purpose in the tribulation for the church.Amir Tsarfati, in Revealing Revelation (Christianbook Affiliate Link)
It’s a choice you need to make now before it’s too late!
If you’re not sure if you’re saved or not, if you truly want to be born again and have the assurance of salvation, receive the Holy Spirit, feel His Shalom — a peace that surpasses all understanding, and get a 1-way, non-stop ticket to Heaven after you die, or that you won’t be left behind at the Rapture, which can happen at any moment, this is what you have to do…
Believe. Repent. Be Baptized. Receive the Holy Spirit.
- Believe — have Faith — that Jesus is the Christ and He died taking your sins away forever and that He rose from the dead 3 days later.
- Repent of your sins — stop sinning! Do a complete 180-degree turn in your life and surrender your life to Him. When you ask Jesus to forgive you He will. ALL your sins will be wiped clean — past, present, and future! And All means ALL!
- Be Baptized by water baptism — show the world and yourself that you have died to your old life and are born again in Christ.
- Receive the gift of Holy Spirit in your heart.
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