MATTHEW 22

Matthew 22 tells of a wedding a king made for his son. Guests are invited but the guests that were given the invitation did not come. Those that were invited killed the messengers that gave the invitation. Matthew 22: 7 says “But when the king heard thereof, he was wroth: and he sent forth his armies, and destroyed those murderers, and burned up their city.”

Always remember Jesus spoke in Parables to hide truth from those blinded in religion; but those who had an ear to hear in the Spirit would understand them: Matthew 13:11-14 says “He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given. For whosoever hath, to him shall be given, and he shall have more abundance (more revelation): but whosoever hath not (no revelation), from him shall be taken away even that he hath. Therefore speak I to them in parables: because they seeing see not; and hearing they hear not, neither do they understand. And in them is fulfilled the prophecy of Esaias, which saith, By hearing ye shall hear, and shall not understand; and seeing ye shall see, and shall not perceive:”

The wedding was for the children of Israel but they killed the prophets that were sent to them. Lastly, they killed Jesus the Christ, and God sent the Romans and they destroyed their city with fire. The church then are the guests that occupy the room and are part of the wedding. So, this lets us know that the marriage would be after the destruction of Jerusalem in A.D. 70. Revelation 19: 7-9 says “Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. These are the true sayings of God.” The church was espoused to Christ before the destruction of Jerusalem. But after its destruction the church would be the bride of Christ.

A Jewish wedding is a wedding ceremony that follows Jewish laws and traditions.

While wedding ceremonies differ in America and around the world, common features of a Jewish wedding include a ketubah (that is marriage contract) or better, the New Covenant which is signed by two witnesses (Prophetic voices, also see our video on who are the two witnesses of the book of Revelation ), a wedding canopy  (chuppah or huppah), a ring owned by the groom that is given to the bride under the canopy and the breaking of glass. The breaking of the glass was a reminder of the destruction of the temple. So, it is here that we see that the marriage had to be after the destruction of first century Jerusalem?

While the temple in Jerusalem was here on earth it would be a hindrance to the spreading of the Gospel. Notice how the writer of Hebrews calls the temple a tabernacle and the importance of its removal: Hebrews 9: 6-10 says “Now these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God. But into the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people: The Holy Ghost this signifying, that the way into the holiest of all was not yet made manifest, while as the first tabernacle was yet standing: Which was a figure for the time then present, in which were offered both gifts and sacrifices, that could not make him that did the service perfect, as pertaining to the conscience; Which stood only in meats and drinks, and divers washings, and carnal ordinances, imposed on them until the time of reformation.”

The first tabernacle was called the Sanctuary, but the second was called the most Holy Place or the Holy of Holies. The temple had to be destroyed so the way could be entered. While the temple yet stood those that died in faith were under the altar of Heaven: Revelation 6: 9-11 says “And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled.” The time of the reformation had to have been when the temple was destroyed; and once the temple was destroyed the millennial reign of Christ would begin from heaven.

The word “millennium” means thousand, but in the book of Revelation it does not literally represent a thousand years; but lengthy period of time.

Romans 7:4 says “Wherefore, my brethren, ye also are become dead to the law by the body of Christ; that ye should be married to another, even to him who is raised from the dead, that we should bring forth fruit unto God.”

Each generation has a chance to become part of the bride, and the bridegroom, but time is running out: Revelation 22:17 says “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” Come and be filled with the Holy Spirit and out of your belly will flow rivers of water!

Anthony D. Booker

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