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The Wedding Procession


From the articles below we see a distinction from those who make up the bride at the pretribulational rapture and those who make up the virgins at the return.

We can not arbitrarily interpret the Word to make it say what we want, so we are forced, if we would know the Truth of the Matter, to apply the ancient wedding typology consistently to the situation and thus, the Wedding occurs pretribulationally and the Return at the end of the tribulation when the Virgins are waiting for the procession.

This is not a prewrath Rapture, with all believers caught up in the air while the wrath of God is poured out and then immediately returning with the Lord.

This can be seen in at least one particular and that is that, just before God's Wrath is poured out the Angel says, "Blessed are all those who die in the Lord, from here on out."

If they are "in the Lord" then they should have been Raptured (if the prewrath Rapture were correct). The fact that there are believers that are left behind at the time God's Wrath is poured out proves the fallacy of the prewrath position (Rev 14:13) after the Seventh Trumpet has sounded and just as the Vials are to be poured out.

George Peters, "The Theocratic Kingdom" Kregel pub.

It is significant that Jesus does not take the bridegroom and his friends as they proceed to the wedding, but in coming from the wedding, which is fully enforced by Luke 12:35-38, "Let your loins be girded about and your lights burning; and ye yourselves like unto men THAT WAIT FOR THEIR LORD, WHEN HE SHALL RETURN FROM THE WEDDING" This then, while the main idea of watchfulness is of general application (as the context and analogy of Scripture show), is specifically designed for a class of persons who await the Lord's return from the wedding.

Some assume a "modification of the usual custom and a procession of the virgins to meet the bridegroom on his way to the house of the bride" but this is against the general usage.

Lange's Com. Loci says: "It was the custom among the Jews and Greeks that the bridegroom accompanied by his friends, went to the house of the bride to lead her to his own house, and was joined by the virgins, the friends of the bride, not on going to fetch the bride, but on his returning with her to his own house".

The parable being PROPHETIC, and thus delineating what shall truly take place WHEN the Lord Jesus shall return from the wedding, it must accord fully, be in perfect agreement, with all the other predictions relating to the subject. The unity of the Word, the integrity of the Scripture, the truthfulness of Jesus as a teacher, demand such harmony. It must, e.g. accord with Rev 19, in which is fore shown that the marriage supper is something that appertains to His Sec. Advent and the commencement of His glorious reign on earth.

The procession of the bridegroom AFTER the wedding to his own house to have the marriage publicly consummated by a marriage supper, finds ITS EXACT PARALLEL in Jesus coming with His saints and the holy angels.

The bridegroom comes after the wedding to his own house, and his friends AWAIT HIM there to receive the procession and participate in the proposed marriage feast, finds ITS PRECISE FULFILLMENT in Jesus.

Taking his course to his own inheritance, to Jerusalem, where he meets a body of his "own" people; those who thus waited ALL PROFESSED affection for the bridegroom...[and] expect the coming of a bridegroom...and a participation in the marriage feast in the bridegroom's inheritance.

The virgins join the procession ON THE RETURN OF THE BRIDEGROOM WITH THE BRIDE to their future abode. This accords with the previous withdrawal of the 144,000...and with the procession of the bridegroom and bride to their future glorious abode on Mt. Zion. This agrees with THE SIMPLE FACT that these virgins, prepared to unite and enter into the marriage supper, are, NOT THE BRIDE, but guests who honor the bridegroom and the bride - virgins who follow the queen.

WHATEVER EXPLANATION IS GIVEN, THE BRIDE IS SEPARATE AND DISTINCT FROM THOSE INVITED GUESTS, for usage compels us, as well as the analogy of Scripture on the point, to make such a discrimination. Hence on the phrase "went in with him to the marriage" Barnes (Com.) remarks: "The marriage CEREMONY took place before the bride left her father's house, but a feast was given at the house of her husband, and which was also called THE MARRIAGE, or a part of the marriage solemnities".

It pertains to THE INTERVAL between the two stages, when these virgins recognize this marriage, acknowledge their relationship to the bridegroom and bride (as predicted), and then, JUST WHEN THE BRIDAL PROCESSION IS TO BE AWAITED, anticipate its coming. It represents an occurrence at a specified time, viz., when the bridegroom returns from the wedding, and we cannot, in consistency with the decisive representation of the parable, antedate its utterance.

Edersheim, "The Life and Times of Jesus the Messiah"

Closely connected with, and yet quite distinct from, the previous discourse is that about the waiting attitude of the disciples in regard to their master. Wholly detached from the things of the world, their hearts set on the kingdom, only one thing should seem worthy their whole attention and engage all their thoughts and energies: their Master! He was away at some joyous feast, and the uncertainty of the hour of his return must not lead the servants to indulge in surfeiting, nor to lie down in idleness, but to be faithful to their trust, and eagerly expectant of their master.

It points to a joyous occasion, and its mention may chiefly indicate that such a feast might be protracted, so that the exact time of the master's return could not be known to the servants that waited at home. In these circumstances, they should hold themselves in readiness, that, whatever hour it might be, they should be able to open the door at the first knocking.

The 'parable' now passes into another aspect of the case...It was at this particular point that a question of Peter interrupted the discourse of Christ. To whom did this 'parable' apply about "the good man" and "the servants" who were to watch: to the apostles or also to all? From the implied - for it is not an express - answer of the Lord, we infer, that Peter expected some difference between the apostles and the rest of the disciples, whether as regarded the attitude of the servants that waited, or the reward.

We can understand how Peter might entertain the Jewish notion, that the apostles would come WITH the master FROM the marriage supper, rather than wait for his return, and work while waiting. It is to this that the reply of Christ refers.

But that day would come certainly and unexpectedly, to the sudden separation of those who were engaged in the same daily business of life, of whom one might be taken ('received'), the other left to the destruction of the coming judgment.


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