Who is the Bride?
In my previous post about how to interpret the Bible, I explained that sometimes words in the Bible have double meanings. This all depends on the context the word is being used in. For example we know that not every time the word “Lamb” appears in the Bible does it refer to Jesus but sometimes it refers to the saints of God. Scholars and Christians can all well attest to this.
Although this is true, for some reason when it comes to examining the teachings of World Mission Society Church of God, this isn’t always the case. It is as if this principle seizes to exist.
By this time, many other churches know that the WMSCOG believes in God the Mother. One of the verses to back this belief is that we believe the bride that appears in the book of Revelation is speaking about God the Mother.
Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirsty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
Although the bride here is calling anyone who is thirsty to come receive the water of life, Christians insist that the bride here represents the saints of God who make up the Church.
1. Who is the bride of the Heavenly Wedding Banquet?
Let us see why the bride that appears in Revelation chapters 19, 21, and 22 are not the saints of God.
Matthew 22:1-10 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son … “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.”
In the parable, Jesus mentions about the bridegroom and the guests. Without a doubt, Jesus taught the disciples that the bridegroom appearing in the heavenly wedding banquet represents Himself, and the saints of God represent the guests who are invited.
Mark 2:19-20 Some people came and asked Jesus, “How is it that John’s disciples and the disciples of the Pharisees are fasting, but yours are not?” Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them. But the time will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them, and on that day they will fast.”
There is a clear distinction in the parable of the wedding banquet that Jesus represents the bridegroom and the saints of God [the Church] represent the guests who are invited. Here, we don’t have to go beyond what is written but understand that we are the guests that are invited. This means that the bride exists separately along with the bridegroom and the guests.
Then where in the Bible does the bride in the heavenly wedding banquet appear?
Revelation 19:7-9 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Then the angel said to me, “Write: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
Through this verse it is plain to understand that the saints of God does not represent the bride.
The bride in Revelation is wearing linen. The bride who exists separately is wearing a wedding dress that represents the righteous acts of saints. If we were the bride, then who is the fine linen? How can the saints wear the saints? This doesn’t make any sense.
It is also clearly written that the saints are “those who are invited,” while the Lamb and the bride are inviting them to the wedding banquet.
Let’s take a look at another verse in Revelation.
Revelation 21:9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.”
Here, the angel is going to show John who the bride is. Judging from the action of the angel, he was going to reveal to John who the bride represents.
Revelation 21:10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
Isn’t Apostle John a saint who is a part of the Church? But why is the angel showing John who the bride is? People are very quick to insist that the bride is the church. If the saints are the bride, shouldn’t John had insisted with the angel that there was no need to show him who the bride was because he was the bride? How ridiculous do you think that statement is?
The bride that the angel showed John was the Holy City Jerusalem that was coming down out of heaven. I have never seen any other testimony in the Bible where it states that the Church represents Jerusalem or the Church coming down from heaven as we see now.
When we take a look at the book of John, the Lamb represents Jesus. Then who does the Jerusalem in heaven represent?
Galatians 4:26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
Apostle Paul testified that there is a Jerusalem in heaven.
Jerusalem, who is the bride, represents our Mother who is above. Jesus taught us that we have ‘our Father’ in heaven. Apostle Paul taught us that just as we have our Father in heaven, we also have our Mother.
With just a few verses we can see that the bride that appears in Revelation, according to the context it is being used, cannot represent the church but God the Mother. Instead, it proves the existence of God the Mother, the female image of God, the Savior who appears in these last days according to biblical prophecy.
Is it still too hard to believe there is God the Mother in the Bible?
Anyone who claims otherwise is like someone who insists that anytime you read lamb in the book of John, it always represents Jesus.