Revelation19:6-10: Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.”And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Then he said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!’
To answer the question we need to understand what God designed a marriage to be. After you understand this, you can decide whether you should get married or not.
A marriage between a man and a woman is an institution with God as the guarantor. You can never fully know how it will work out. Individuals change and unforeseen circumstances happen. You enter into a marriage with God at the center. Couples, realize that it’s Jesus’ sacrifice that keeps marriages together for a lifetime. In scripture a marriage is expressed as a lasting partnership.
Jesus often alluded to the marriage institution when metaphorically He referred to it in regard to His Second Coming. We can find several examples in the Old Testament and New Testament. You can read these examples in your spare time. Matthew 22:1-1 which talks about marriage in the parable concerning the marital union of the king’s son. Then there is the parable of the ten virgins in Matthew 25:1-13 where Jesus describes the wise and foolish virgins that emphasize a continual vigilance and preparedness for His coming. Another example can be found in 2 Corinthians 11:2 where Paul writes: “For I am jealous for you with godly jealousy. For I have betrothed you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ.”
Jesus most likely emphasized the life-time nature and the structural union of marriage so that we would not be like the Pharisees who in their time were looking for reasons to dissolve and get rid of their wives. This was one of the underlying reasons Jesus addressed the issue of marriage and publically uplifted it as a sacred institution.
Hence, “a marriage is a life-time commitment guaranteed by God.”
God meant back then and still means in the present “forever” which means, “To have and to hold” until death dissolves the partnership. I believe that the symbolic possible parallels of the life-time nature of a marriage between a man and a woman can be viewed in our passage of scripture. Therefore divorce is the inevitable consequence of a bad relationship.
Also it is clear that scripture confirms that a marriage is always referred to as a union between a man and woman and never woman to woman or man to man or civil unions (as in the national debate). Otherwise, the teaching in the New Testament would be marred.
Please write the above principle of marriage down. This did not come from flesh and blood, but from the biblically, ordained eternal principle of marriage confirmed from the gospel of Jesus Christ.
The analogy would be ineffective if John portrayed Christ marrying a bride, who was a man, who would later be his wife, who symbolically represented the Church. It doesn’t fit. It follows that a gay representation would have been an outrage of mammoth proportion to Christians and Jews of that time.
Another possible parallel when Christ the groom comes is that, he will not come to inherit multiple brides or a polygamous church. This might give the reader the idea that there could be churches with multiple beliefs in the end-time, a sign of disorder and confusion. At the end-time the called and the elect will constitute the true church possessing the revelation of God which is the word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ. The true church will indeed have a pure doctrine that has not been compromised into multiple ones. The pure word unites all followers of Christ who are called to come out of end-time Babylon.
A last possible parallel that I see is that Jesus will not return to receive the woman who resides in a common-law relationship. This would be a relationship without commitment, illicit and not a marriage at all.
In conclusion, to get married or to be married involves the correct formula, a union between a man and a woman. Man to man, woman to woman, and civil unions are not biblically supported. Also and most important, a lifetime connection involves a clear understanding of a bible based meaning of marriage viewed through the Cross of Calvary. It’s forever!
~A Ministerial Contributor of This Blog
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