There is a beautiful prophetic type found in the Jewish
wedding traditions of Jesus’ time. After the betrothal, the
groom would return to his father’s house to prepare the
chamber for his bride. Then, at an unexpected moment,
he would return for his bride which meant that the bride
had to be ready and prepared for his coming. When
everything was ready, he would come to take his bride
back to his father’s house where they would stay hidden
together in the chamber for seven days. After the seven
days were over, the couple would join family and friends
for the wedding feast.
Could it be that Jesus will return for his church just prior
to the tribulation and take her back to His Father’s house
for seven years (instead of seven days), the time span of
the tribulation? After which there would be “the marriage
supper of the Lamb” as described in Revelations 19?
We are on the cusp of the most exciting adventure imaginable for
“Eye has not seen, nor has ear heard, nor has it entered into
the heart of man, what God has prepared for those who love Him!”
(I Corinthians 2:9) We can experience some of this now, but it is only
a foretaste of what God is preparing for us in heaven.
The early church said the following when saying goodbye
to another Christian: “Maranatha,” which means, “Come quickly,
Lord Jesus.” It was not only a greeting but a prayer.
We do not know the day or the hour but we are encouraged to
know what season it is. However, I have a picture of Jesus standing
at the door of heaven with Gabriel waiting for His Dad to say, “Now!”
As I finish this topic before going on vacation, I want to say that
I will miss you, dear reader. I am headed to Idaho to spend some
UP time with family. How awesome is that! See you again in a
couple of weeks.