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The Bride of Christ Decoded as the Central Theme in a Cluster of 7 End-Time Topics

July 5, 2017

The Bride of Christ is not a group of Christians waiting passively for Christ to show up and rapture them. Christ is looking for a mature Bride who understands the issues and takes an active, even aggressive role.

God got an ignorant bride at Sinai that worshiped a calf 40 days later. This must not happen to Christ and there is provision to prevent it. We look now at a cluster of end-time concepts with the wedding as central and represented by Christ’s wedding parables in Matthew 22, 25 and Luke 12:32-48. This latter passage has seven parallels to the Laodicean message, making it a wedding message also; those parables are central.

#1. The Wedding Parables: Taken collectively, they imply we don’t understand them, or why would the king’s invitation be scorned in Matthew 22? We are asleep with lights out—imagery in Matthew 25. Yet they all convey loss of destiny for not being ready for a sudden event that we misunderstand as a rapture.

#2. The Exodus amid sudden judgment on Egypt. God took Israel to a covenant and said, “I am married to you,” Jer 3:14. The Bible explains itself; this is how we marry the Bridegroom. Paul included the Exodus in “All those things happened to them for examples…for our admonition…ends of the world.” 1Cor 10:1,11

The cry at midnight in Matt 25:6, is an echo of Exod 12:29,30 when calamity fell on Egypt. Favorite author Ellen White likens the cry at midnight to ‘a sudden unlooked-for calamity.’ COL 412.1 Not 1844; it’s for us.

The wedding invitation in Matt 22 is to a feast and there was a Passover feast in Exodus 12. We don’t need to kill or eat lamb, but we should do so spiritually by considering what He bore for us on this night that commemorates the greatest events in Old and New Testaments. We should start with the Lord’s Supper.

“As He ate the Passover with His disciples, He instituted in its place the service that was to be the memorial of His great sacrifice.” The apostle Paul understood this as he kept the Passover, 1Cor 5:8. He said not to let anyone judge you for keeping these holy days—they “are a shadow of things to come,” not all fulfilled. Paul’s concern for the Galatians (4:10) was their effort to earn salvation by observing the minutest details.

Christ said to understand Daniel. In 7:25 a little horn grown out of the Roman Empire changed time-laws. Rome boasts of abolishing the Sabbath and the Jewish festivals that God calls His feasts in Leviticus 23. They were ‘appointed times’ (mo’ed) from Genesis 1:14 before sin or any Jews and the mo’ed (Lev 23:44) were enforced by ‘statutes forever.’ Did God forget they would be nailed to the cross? Ellen White said the statutes ‘were to be binding upon men in every age as long as time should last.’ 1BC 1104.6 Also GC 399.4

#3. Elijah: Christ said Elijah shall come and ‘restore all things.’ Any clues as to what they are? In Mal 4:4,5, we find the statutes and judgments as context for Elijah, and they have a 7-fold emphasis in Ezek 20:11-24 where they are linked to sabbaths. Because Revelation is a book of 7’s with 7 churches, 7 seals, 7 trumpets, we should consider something with a 7-fold emphasis as a mark of end-time truth, like statutes in Ezek 20.

Another example of this would be God’s name. If you look at the Ten Commandments in Exodus 20, you will see LORD in all caps seven times where translators replaced God’s name with LORD. Because some end-time passages promise salvation for calling on God’s name (Joel 2:32), this is a topic to be restored by Elijah, but how? Can we see anything in the wedding parables that suggests how this might happen?
The wedding parables all have Passover imagery. The invitation in Matt 22 is then to a Feast of Unleavened Bread–not crackers, but doctrines, Matt 16:12. The imagery supports 7 topics with a 7-fold emphasis before we make a covenant of betrothal like Jacob was betroth to Rachel for 7 years. The feast is 7 days, Lev 23:6. The 7 days fit a biblical wedding that took a week, Gen 29:27. We consider 7 topics with a 7-fold emphasis for the 7 day Feast of Unleavened Bread (teachings that are the basis of a covenant we make with Christ).

#4. The White Horse represents a message of truth that can save recipients from the other three horses. Horses in the Bible were for war. In end-times there is militancy for God’s truth, not just passive in a pew.

The white horse is a covenant-keeping people ‘conquering and to conquer.’ EW’s last book, chap PK 713; also PK 725. The message includes the 7 topics as they have a contextual link to the 7 seals. For example, God’s name is linked to thunder in Rev 6:1 because it is linked to thunder in John 12:28,29; Rev 14:1,2.

#5. The Stone Kingdom in Daniel 2 is cut out of a mountain which in Daniel represents God’s people—‘Jerusalem, my holy mountain.’ And the stone becomes a great mountain and fills the earth. This isn’t the 2nd coming. It’s what happens when the 144,000 are anointed with power from the Old & New Testaments in Rev 11:3-6. The stone breaks the kingdoms of this world as they see wisdom and fairness in God’s laws.

#6. The 144,000–not for everyone, and they are ‘virgins,’ Rev 14:4.* Rather than male Jews living in Israel as some think, they are more likely the wise virgins that get in the wedding (Matt 25). They sing a song of Moses (a song of their experience like Moses, Rev 15:3) and they get to follow Christ wherever He goes.*

In the role of Elijah to restore ‘all things,’ the 144,000 are anointed by God with power to shut the heavens and turn water to blood for 3 1/2 years before the New World Order beast gets power for 42 mo, Rev 13:5.

#7. The Great Sign of Revelation 12 is a hot topic that is trending in Google search because on Sept 23, ‘17 the constellation Virgo will be clothed with the sun and have the moon at her feet and Jupiter will exit from between her feet—imagery of childbirth, a unique sign never seen before, that fits Rev 12. It suggests that all of the above is impending and timely for spring, 2018. We qualify as God’s servants (Matt 22:3) by
1) sharing this information, understanding it well enough to answer questions.
2) by having communion at Passover, then ‘watch & pray’ (Lk 12:36,37) but there’s an important modification that we need to consider.

Christ’s last six parables have timing specific for 2nd Passover, “as the days of Noah” when the Flood had Passover timing, but in the 2nd spring month. Gen 7:11, the next parable begins, “Then shall two be in the field…” Then means at the same time! The next parable has the goodman not knowing when to watch, but Prov 7:19,20 (KJV) shows the goodman is on a long journey and returns at yom kece, full moon. Passover comes on a full moon, but ‘long journey’ means 2nd Passover, because if Israelites took a long trip and couldn’t get back for Passover, they were to keep it the 2nd month, Num 9:10,11.** When five missed a wedding Christ said, ‘You don’t eido/understand, for [because] it’s like a man traveling to a far country.’**

Laodicea: This last lukewarm church is focused on materialism and doesn’t see Christ who is the Truth outside knocking. The description is “wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked,” Rev 3:17. Not ready to be raptured. There are numerous reasons why there is no rapture until the “last trump,” 1Cor 15:51,52, and there are 7 trumpets to sound, preceded by a large earthquake that initiates the end-times, seen in Rev 8:5,6.

That earthquake is the ‘knock’ like destroyed the ancient church of Laodicea, and Luke’s wedding parable says when Christ knocks, (earthquake) we are to open to Him immediately—Luke 12:36,37 has imagery of the Last Supper that was at Passover, but we should observe the Lord’s Supper a month later** because Christ is the Master in Matt 25:14 who took a long trip.** His return as Bridegroom to execute judgment should conform to His law in Num 9:10,11 that is still in effect “till heaven and earth pass,” Matt 5:18.

Here’s a video that is helpful in explaining more of the issues. Please take a look…

This is a complex topic and you may have questions. Please email Ruhling7@yahoo.com or call me at 1-928 583 7543, 8-8 PT. Richard Ruhling I would like to give you a pdf that has mostly 5-star reviews on Amazon and it has a chapter further explaining the wedding parables.

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