When the angel showed John the bride of the Lamb, he did not showed him a woman but a city.
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.” 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.
When we read Ephesians we read of how Jesus loved the church and gave himself for her.
The word “church” actually means the called out ones. When we read the book of Revelation you will realize that the remnant that was called out were the 144,000 Jews.
It must noted that when the Temple was destroyed, God began to live in a city that was called the New Jerusalem. He lived among these 144000. They were made priests. You would note that new city had the same stones as the High Priest. These 144.000 had the same covering of gold as the walls of the old Holy of Holies, It is the symbol of their righteousness. The streets of the city hence were paved with their righteousness and were gold and transparent.
And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, “Look! God’s dwelling place is now among the people, and he will dwell with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God.
It is a city where God will dwell with his people. The new bride of the Lamb is this new city called the New Jerusalem.
Jesus had said this:
Jesus replied, “All who love me will do what I say. My Father will love them, and we will come and make our home with each of them. (John 14;23)
It is important for us to realise that these 144,000 Jews became the new temple of God and also the new Holy City called the New Jerusalem.
Today you and me even as Gentiles have become the temple of God. We are called the Temple of the Holy Spirit.
Hence it is strange that we should call ourselves the bride of the Lamb but yet say that the New Jerusalem is not here yet, when John called the New Jerusalem the bride of Christ.
It happen when you were separated from the Law and married to the Lord, when he died for you.
So, my brothers and sisters, you also died to the law through the body of Christ, that you might belong to another, to him who was raised from the dead, in order that we might bear fruit for God.
For when we were in the realm of the flesh, the sinful passions aroused by the law were at work in us, so that we bore fruit for death.
But now, by dying to what once bound us, we have been released from the law so that we serve in the new way of the Spirit, and not in the old way of the written code.
Just take a look at the context these things were said:
Do you not know, brothers and sisters—for I am speaking to those who know the law—that the law has authority over someone only as long as that person lives? 2 For example, by law a married woman is bound to her husband as long as he is alive, but if her husband dies, she is released from the law that binds her to him. 3 So then, if she has sexual relations with another man while her husband is still alive, she is called an adulteress. But if her husband dies, she is released from that law and is not an adulteress if she marries another man.
We have been released from our old husband and now are married to Christ. We are the New Jerusalem.