Monday, September 8, 2014

Persecution, Vindication and The Timing of The Wedding of Yeshua and His Bride

Persecution, Vindication and The Timing of The Wedding of Yeshua and His Bride

When does Scripture say the Wedding of Christ and His bride will take place?
If one follows the time statements of when the judgment upon the Pharisees and teachers of the law will take place; "this generation" in the first century, then one can determine when the wedding of Christ and His bride would takes place. I CAPITALIZE WORDS FOR EMPHASIS. Tell me what you think? -Tuese

Matt 23:33-37 “You snakes! You brood of vipers! How will you escape being condemned to hell? 34Therefore I am sending you prophets and wise men and teachers. Some of them you will kill and crucify others you will flog in your synagogues and pursue from town to town. 35And so upon you will come all the righteous blood that has been shed on earth, from the blood of righteous Abel to the blood of Zechariah son of Berekiah, whom you murdered between the temple and the altar. 36I tell you the truth, ALL THIS WILL COME UPON THIS GENERATION.
Lk 11:49-51 “For this reason also the wisdom of God said, ‘I will send to them prophets and apostles, and some of them they will kill and some they will persecute, 50 so that the blood of all the prophets, shed since the foundation of the world, may be charged against THIS GENERATION, 51 from the blood of Abel to the blood of Zechariah, who was killed between the altar and the house of God yes, I tell you, it shall be charged against THIS GENERATION.’
See Rev. 16:6, 17:6, 18:24; 19:2


Matt22:4 Again he sent other servants, saying, 'Tell those who are invited, See, I have prepared my dinner, my oxen and my fat calves have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding feast.' 5But they paid no attention and went off, one to his farm, another to his business, 6while the rest seized his servants, treated them shamefully, and killed them. 7The king was angry, and he sent his troops and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8Then he said to his servants, 'The wedding feast is ready, but those invited were not worthy. 9Go therefore to the main roads and invite to the wedding feast as many as you find.' 10And those servants went out into the roads and gathered all whom they found, both bad and good. So the wedding hall was filled with guests.

11"But when the king came in to look at the guests, he saw there a man who had no wedding garment. 12And he said to him, 'Friend, how did you get in here without a wedding garment?' And he was speechless. 13Then the king said to the attendants, 'Bind him hand and foot and cast him into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.'14For many are called, but few are chosen."

***Does not the wedding take place after the judgment on the city?
***Do you believe this wedding is in heaven? If no, then where does it take place? see Rev 22

1 Thessalonians 2:14-17 14For you, brothers, became imitators of the churches of God in Christ Jesus that are in Judea. For you suffered the same things from your own countrymen as they did from the Jews, who killed both the Lord Jesus and the prophets,and drove us out, and displease God and oppose all mankind 16 by hindering us from speaking to the Gentiles that they might be saved—so as always to fill up the measure of their sins. But God’s wrath has come upon them at last!

***Is not The Apostle Paul identifying the Jews as the persecutors of saints just like Jesus said they would?

2Thess. 1:6-10 For after all it is only just for GOD TO REPAY WITH AFFLICTION THOSE WHO AFFLICT YOU, 7 and to GIVE RELIEF TO YOU who are afflicted and to us as well WHEN THE LORD JESUS WILL BE REVEALED FROM HEAVEN WITH HIS MIGHTY ANGELS IN FLAMING FIRE, 8 DEALING OUT RETRIBUTION TO THOSE WHO DO NOT KNOW GOD AND TO THOSE WHO DO NOT OBEY THE GOSPEL OF OUR LORD JESUS. 9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 WHEN HE COMES TO BE GLORIFIED IN HIS SAINTS ON THAT DAY, AND TO BE MARVELED AT AMONG ALL WHO HAVE BELIEVED—for our testimony to you was believed.


REV 11:8and their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city that symbolically is called Sodom and Egypt, where their Lord was crucified.

***Where was Jesus crucified??? Jerusalem. Now you know who Sodom, Egypt and even Babylon is! God is describing Israel by these cities, especially by Mystery, Harlot Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth’s abominations."

Rev. 16:6 for they have shed the blood of your saints and prophets, and you have given them blood to drink as they deserve."

***Who did Jesus say would murder His saints in “THIS GENERATION????” see Matt23

Rev. 17:6 And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus.

***Who did Jesus say would kill His saints in Matt 23 and fill up the cup?

Rev 18:1-8 1After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was made bright with his glory. 2And he called out with a mighty voice, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great! She has become a dwelling place for demons,
a haunt for every unclean spirit, a haunt for every unclean bird, a haunt for every unclean and detestable beast.
3For all nations have drunk the wine of the passion of sexual immorality, and the kings of the earth have committed immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown rich from the power of her luxurious living."
4Then I heard another voice from heaven saying, "Come out of her, my people, lest you take part in her sins,lest you share in her plagues; 5for her sins are heaped high as heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities.6 Pay her back as she herself has paid back others, and repay her double for her deeds; mix a double portion for her in the cup she mixed.7 As she glorified herself and lived in luxury, so give her a like measure of torment and mourning,since in her heart she says, 'I sit as a queen,I am no widow, and mourning I shall never see.'8For this reason her plagues will come in a single day, death and mourning and famine,and she will be burned up with fire; for mighty is the Lord God who has judged her."


Rev. 18:17-24 For in a single hour all this wealth has been laid waste." And all shipmasters and seafaring men, sailors and all whose trade is on the sea, stood far off 18and cried out as they saw the smoke of her burning, "What city was like the great city?"
19And they threw dust on their heads as they wept and mourned, crying out, "Alas, alas, for the great city where all who had ships at seagrew rich by her wealth!For in a single hour she has been laid waste. 20 Rejoice over her, O heaven, and you saints and apostles and prophets,for God has given judgment for you against her!"
21Then a mighty angel took up a stone like a great millstone and threw it into the sea, saying,"So will Babylon the great city be thrown down with violence, and will be found no more;22and the sound of harpists and musicians, of flute players and trumpeters, will be heard in you no more,and a craftsman of any craft will be found in you no more,and the sound of the mill will be heard in you no more,23and the light of a lamp will shine in you no more,and the voice of bridegroom and bride will be heard in you no more,for your merchants were the great ones of the earth, and all nations were deceived by your sorcery. “And in her [the Great City Babylon] was found THE BLOOD OF PROPHETS AND OF SAINTS AND OF ALL WHO HAVE BEEN SLAIN ON THE EARTH.”

****Who did Jesus say would be responsible for the blood of His saints and prophets?
***What does verse 23 say about this city that persecuted and murdered the prophets and saints?

Rev. 19:1-7 After these things I heard something like a loud voice of a great multitude in heaven, saying, “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God 2 BECAUSE HIS JUDGMENTS ARE TRUE AND RIGHTEOUS for He has judged the great harlot who was corrupting the earth with her immorality, and HE HAS AVENGED THE BLOOD OF HIS BOND-SERVANTS ON HER.”
3Once more they cried out, "Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up forever and ever."4And the twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God who was seated on the throne, saying, "Amen. Hallelujah!" 5And from the throne came a voice saying,"Praise our God,all you his servants,you who fear him,small and great." 6Then I heard what seemed to be the voice of a great multitude, like the roar of many waters and like the sound of mighty peals of thunder, crying out, "Hallelujah!For the Lord our God the Almighty reigns.
7Let us rejoice and exult
and give him the glory,
for the marriage of the Lamb has come,
and his Bride has made herself ready;
8 it was granted her to clothe herself
with fine linen, bright and pure"- for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints.

*DID NOT JESUS SAY TO THE TEACHERS OF THE LAW AND PHARISEES THAT HE WOULD AVENGE THE BLOOD OF THE SAINTS (MATT. 23) UPON THIS GENERATION (the generation to whom Jesus was speaking)? Does not the marriage take place after the judgment on the harlot city Israel?

The things in the book of REvelation are said to be near, at hand, coming soon, coming quickly.

Matthew 25: 1"Then the kingdom of heaven will be like ten virgins who took their lamps and went to meet the bridegroom. 2Five of them were foolish, and five were wise. 3For when the foolish took their lamps, they took no oil with them, 4but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps. 5As the bridegroom was delayed, they all became drowsy and slept. 6But at midnight there was a cry, 'Here is the bridegroom! Come out to meet him.' 7Then all those virgins rose and trimmed their lamps. 8And the foolish said to the wise, 'Give us some of your oil, for our lamps are going out.' 9But the wise answered, saying, 'Since there will not be enough for us and for you, go rather to the dealers and buy for yourselves.' 10And while they were going to buy, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the marriage feast, and the door was shut. 11Afterward the other virgins came also, saying, 'Lord, lord, open to us.' 12 But he answered, 'Truly, I say to you, I do not know you.' 13 Watch therefore, for you know neither the day nor the hour.

***Have these virgins been waiting for 2 millennia? See my other article that connects the 10 virgin parable with the 1st century (Thoughts on The Narrow Gate and Broad Gate using Scripture to interpret Itself.)

2 Corinthians 11:2For I feel a divine jealousy for you, since I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
***Paul was ready to present the 1st century church to Christ as a pure virgin upon His return in judgment on Jerusalem and rescue of His true bride, the church.

Revelation 21 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. 2And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.3And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, "Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. 4 He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away."

***Does not God dwell with His people NOW in His Temple (believers)?

Jesus said the Pharisees of his generation would be responsible for the blood of the saints from Abel to Zechariah. The NT teaches that the Jews persecuted and executed Christians. At the end of that generation, the Jews were executed exactly as Jesus said. see the Rev passages above. After this judgment in Revelation and also in Jesus' parables, the wedding takes place.

Compare to Isaiah 2-4

Isaiah 2-4
English Standard Version (ESV)
The Mountain of the Lord
2 The word that Isaiah the son of Amoz saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem.
2 It shall come to pass in the latter days    that the mountain of the house of the Lordshall be established as the highest of the mountains,    and shall be lifted up above the hills;and all the nations shall flow to it,3     and many peoples shall come, and say:“Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord,    to the house of the God of Jacob,that he may teach us his ways    and that we may walk in his paths.”For out of Zion shall go the law,[a]    and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.4 He shall judge between the nations,    and shall decide disputes for many peoples;and they shall beat their swords into plowshares,    and their spears into pruning hooks;nation shall not lift up sword against nation,    neither shall they learn war anymore.
5 O house of Jacob,    come, let us walk    in the light of the Lord.
The Day of the Lord
6 For you have rejected your people,    the house of Jacob,because they are full of things from the east    and of fortune-tellers like the Philistines,    and they strike hands with the children of foreigners.7 Their land is filled with silver and gold,    and there is no end to their treasures;their land is filled with horses,    and there is no end to their chariots.8 Their land is filled with idols;    they bow down to the work of their hands,    to what their own fingers have made.9 So man is humbled,    and each one is brought low—    do not forgive them!10 Enter into the rock    and hide in the dustfrom before the terror of the Lord,    and from the splendor of his majesty.11 The haughty looks of man shall be brought low,    and the lofty pride of men shall be humbled,and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.
12 For the Lord of hosts has a day    against all that is proud and lofty,    against all that is lifted up—and it shall be brought low;13 against all the cedars of Lebanon,    lofty and lifted up;    and against all the oaks of Bashan;14 against all the lofty mountains,    and against all the uplifted hills;15 against every high tower,    and against every fortified wall;16 against all the ships of Tarshish,    and against all the beautiful craft.17 And the haughtiness of man shall be humbled,    and the lofty pride of men shall be brought low,    and the Lord alone will be exalted in that day.18 And the idols shall utterly pass away.19 And people shall enter the caves of the rocks    and the holes of the ground,[b]from before the terror of the Lord,    and from the splendor of his majesty,     when he rises to terrify the earth.
20 In that day mankind will cast away    their idols of silver and their idols of gold,which they made for themselves to worship,    to the moles and to the bats,21 to enter the caverns of the rocks    and the clefts of the cliffs,from before the terror of the Lord,    and from the splendor of his majesty,     when he rises to terrify the earth.22 Stop regarding man     in whose nostrils is breath,    for of what account is he?
Judgment on Judah and Jerusalem
3 For behold, the Lord God of hosts    is taking away from Jerusalem and from Judahsupport and supply,[c]    all support of bread,    and all support of water;2 the mighty man and the soldier,    the judge and the prophet,    the diviner and the elder,3 the captain of fifty    and the man of rank,the counselor and the skillful magician    and the expert in charms.4 And I will make boys their princes,    and infants[d] shall rule over them.5 And the people will oppress one another,    every one his fellow    and every one his neighbor;the youth will be insolent to the elder,    and the despised to the honorable.
6 For a man will take hold of his brother    in the house of his father, saying:“You have a cloak;    you shall be our leader,and this heap of ruins    shall be under your rule”;7 in that day he will speak out, saying:“I will not be a healer;[e]    in my house there is neither bread nor cloak;you shall not make me    leader of the people.”8 For Jerusalem has stumbled,    and Judah has fallen,because their speech and their deeds are against the Lord,     defying his glorious presence.[f]
9 For the look on their faces bears witness against them;    they proclaim their sin like Sodom;    they do not hide it.Woe to them!     For they have brought evil on themselves.10 Tell the righteous that it shall be well with them,     for they shall eat the fruit of their deeds.11 Woe to the wicked! It shall be ill with him,    for what his hands have dealt out shall be done to him.12 My people— infants are their oppressors,    and women rule over them.O my people, your guides mislead you    and they have swallowed up[g] the course of your paths.
13 The Lord has taken his place to contend;    he stands to judge peoples.14 The Lord will enter into judgment    with the elders and princes of his people:“It is you who have devoured[h] the vineyard,     the spoil of the poor is in your houses.15 What do you mean by crushing my people,    by grinding the face of the poor?”declares the Lord God of hosts.
16 The Lord said:Because the daughters of Zion are haughty    and walk with outstretched necks,    glancing wantonly with their eyes,mincing along as they go,     tinkling with their feet,17 therefore the Lord will strike with a scab    the heads of the daughters of Zion,    and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts.
18 In that day the Lord will take away the finery of the anklets, the headbands, and the crescents;19 the pendants, the bracelets, and the scarves; 20 the headdresses, the armlets, the sashes, the perfume boxes, and the amulets; 21 the signet rings and nose rings; 22 the festal robes, the mantles, the cloaks, and the handbags; 23 the mirrors, the linen garments, the turbans, and the veils.
24 Instead of perfume there will be rottenness;    and instead of a belt, a rope;and instead of well-set hair, baldness;    and instead of a rich robe, a skirt of sackcloth;    and branding instead of beauty.25 Your men shall fall by the sword    and your mighty men in battle.26 And her gates shall lament and mourn;    empty, she shall sit on the ground.
4  And seven women shall take hold of one man in that day, saying, “We will eat our own bread and wear our own clothes, only let us be called by your name; take away our reproach.”
The Branch of the Lord Glorified
2 In that day the branch of the Lord shall be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the land shall be the pride and honor of the survivors of Israel. 3  And he who is left in Zion and remains in Jerusalem will be called holy, everyone who has been recorded for life in Jerusalem, 4 when the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of Zion and cleansed the bloodstains of Jerusalem from its midst by a spirit of judgment and by a spirit of burning.[i] 5 Then the Lord will create over the whole site of Mount Zion and over her assemblies a cloud by day, and smoke and the shining of a flaming fire by night; for over all the glory there will be a canopy. 6  There will be a booth for shade by day from the heat, and for a refuge and a shelter from the storm and rain.

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