On Saturday May 21, 2011, a false prophet prophesied the End of the world and the return of Christ. He declared that 200 million people would be raptured and be forever more with their Lord. He was obviously wrong and all of us are still here. This false prophet's message stirred up the hearts of many around the world. Although many in the world did not believe the message ; deep down they questioned it. On this day, a 6.5 earthquake did happen near New Zealand but no damage or effect was reported. On Sunday, May 22, 2011, Joplin, Missouri was met with devastation from a powerful Tornado. One reports indicated that 75% of the city is gone. It is obvious that the times are changing but to what end?
What if Christ did return on May 21, 2001? Would the church have been ready? Would His Bride have been ready? The Bible declares, figuratively and spiritually, that we are the Bride of Christ. Do we understand what that means?
In the bible times, a young Jewish man looking to be married would give a young lady, who he was hoping to marry, a Ketubah. A Ketubah is a marriage contract which was given from the bridegroom to his future bride. It was a covenant which was written with great care and consideration for the Bride. The Bridegroom would spend quality time preparing the contract in order to give it to his bride to be.
Written on the Ketubah was the young man's hearts desire.He would express, within the Ketubah, his deep love and hopes for the two to be together. He would declare his promises to her on how he would protect her and always be by her side. He would promise his life for her and give her what she needs. He would express his likes and dislikes, his ideals and philosophy on life, how his household should be ran, and what his expectations were on family life.
When the Ketubah is given trumpets are blown and the Bride is given new wine to drink. The Bridegroom takes a sip first. When the Bride takes a sip;she is signifying that she agrees with the contract or Ketubah. Once the contract has been excepted trumpets are blown again to announce the betrothal of the bridegroom and the bride. After the ceremony, the bride and bridegroom return to their Father's homes . They do not see each other for a whole year until the wedding day. The Bridegroom goes and prepares a place for his new bride to be. He gets everything ready for her and raises up finances to complete the agreement. The bride goes and studies the contract or Ketubah for the whole year. She would memorize it and make sure she followed the conditions until her wedding day. In essence she was preparing herself to be the Bride for her lover.
Below is a comparison of the physical Ketubah and the spiritual Ketubah.
|The Bridegroom prepares the Ketubah||Jesus came and gave his Ketubah to any who believed.|
|The Bridegroom expresses his love and commitment.||Jesus showed this on the cross.|
|The Ketubah expresses the Like and dislikes of the BG||Jesus preached messages of truth and clarity of sin.|
|New wine was given to seal the contract.||Jesus gave us new wine through his Holy Spirit.|
|The BG leaves and prepares a place for his bride.||Jesus is in heaven right now preparing a place for us.|
|The Bride reads and memorizes the Ketubah||The Bride of Christ should be making herself read.|
|The Bride faithfully waits until the return of the Groom.||We must patiently wait for our Lord regardless of the time.|
|The Groom supports his Bride until his return||Jesus has given us so many promises that belong to us.|
|The Bride learns everything about her Groom||The Bride of Christ should learn everything about our Lord.|
Are we ready to meet our Lord and King? It could be several more years before the return of Christ. It does not matter. What matters is that we are living for Father God to release Him to come and get His bride. It is just a matter of time. Time to us is different than time to God. To Him, it exists outside His being. He is waiting for the right moment. The Bible says that He wishes for none to perish but for all to come unto righteousness. Be ready for the Lord. Be ready for His return. For He will return. This much is true.