Much of what we perceive as warnings from Jesus are actually about union with him.

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Much of our error in interpreting scripture is due to the fact that we have looked at Christianity from a Western mind set. When a Jewish couple gets married, the groom would bring his father to the bride’s house and proposed. The bride’s father would named a “mohar” a “price” to redeem the bride from the bride’s father. The higher the price of the mohar the better the guarantee that the groom is going to return for the bride.

The groom and the bride then exchange a covenant meal. The groom hands the bride a drink and likewise the bride to the groom. The groom drinks “a cup of suffering” and the wife the “cup of blessing”.

The groom’s father then tells the son to prepare a place for his bride. A project starts where the father of the groom begins to build a “mansion” (which is more like a huge room) which is annexed to his house. The preparation for this mansion is so that the mansion is deemed worthy for the wife. Only the father would know the time when the mansion is deemed complete. The satisfaction is as per the son but the father.

When the mansion becomes ready, the father sends the son to officially go to his wife to bring her to his father’s house. Now, the bride has no idea when that day would come. However a front runner would go ahead of the groom. He would sound trumpet (or which looks like a shofar) and the bride will get herself ready, she has only an instance to put on her wedding dress.

In that moment she is changed into now a bride rather than just a simple girl. It is the moment of her glory. Her transformation. It is the taking away of her veil. Her true self is revealed. She is changed from glory to glory.

Much of what we perceive as warnings from Jesus is actually about union with him. Let’s see what the Bible says:

The Mohar – the money for the redemption of the bride.

1 Peter 1:18-19

Living Bible (TLB)

18 God paid a ransom to save you from the impossible road to heaven which your fathers tried to take, and the ransom he paid was not mere gold or silver as you very well know. 19 But he paid for you with the precious lifeblood of Christ, the sinless, spotless Lamb of God.

The cup of blessing and suffering

Matthew 26:27-29

Living Bible (TLB)

27 And he took a cup of wine and gave thanks for it and gave it to them and said, “Each one drink from it, 28 for this is my blood, sealing the new covenant. It is poured out to forgive the sins of multitudes. 29 Mark my words—I will not drink this wine again until the day I drink it new with you in my Father’s Kingdom.

Matthew 26:38-39

Living Bible (TLB)

38 Then he told them, “My soul is crushed with horror and sadness to the point of death . . . stay here . . . stay awake with me.”

39 He went forward a little, and fell face downward on the ground, and prayed, “My Father! If it is possible, let this cup be taken away from me. But I want your will, not mine.”

The mansion and the time of the return

John 14:2

King James Version (KJV)

In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.

Matthew 24:36

New King James Version (NKJV)

36 “But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven,[a] but My Father only.

Changed in a moment

1 Corinthians 15:52

King James Version (KJV)

52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Removal of the veil

2 Corinthians 3:15-18

King James Version (KJV)

15 But even unto this day, when Moses is read, the vail is upon their heart.

16 Nevertheless when it shall turn to the Lord, the vail shall be taken away.

17 Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty.

18 But we all, with open face beholding as in a glass the glory of the Lord, are changed into the same image from glory to glory, even as by the Spirit of the Lord.

These verses hence are about our union with Christ being made one with him. There are not about judgment. It is the celebration of the bride and how heaven is prepared for the bride and not how the bride is prepare for heaven.

Ephesians 5:27

King James Version (KJV)

27 That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

May God give you peace as you read this short blog.

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