Volume 18, Issue 4 ________________________________Bible Prophecy Ministry

Jewish Wedding Traditions

Ancient Jewish Wedding Customs and their

Symbolic Parallels relative to the Church

( The Bride of Jesus Christ )

Ancient Jewish Custom

Parallel to the Church


The Match

        Initiated by the father of the groom

        Agent may be used

        Choice of groom considered

        Consent of the bride

        Christ acted at the initiative of the Father, John 5:30

        Holy Spirit acts as agent of Father in the world today, 1 Cor. 2:10; Gal. 4:6.

        Christ chose His disciples, John 15:16

        We respond to Christ's love and accept Him, 1 Pet. 1:8


The Bride Price

        Required by law

        Paid by the father of the groom

        Reflects the value of the bride

Our Mohar was the life of the Son

        The price was required by the Law, Rom. 8:3,4

        The Mohar was paid, as required, l Cor. 6:20, 1 Pet 1:18

        The value placed on the bride was high, John 3:1


Love Gifts

Given by the groom to the


Not required, an expression of


Believers are given gifts by the Lord out of love:

        Eternal Life, John 10:22-28.

        Anything, John 14:13-14

        Peace, John 14:27



Given to the bride by her father

to equip her for her new life,

part of her inheritance.

Believers are given gifts by the Father to equip them for

their new life:

        The Holy Spirit, John 14:16, 17

        Spiritual Gifts, 2 Cor. 1:21-22


The Marriage Contract

Written document stating the

Mohar, the Rights of the bride,

the promises of the groom.

Our written contract stating the Mohar, the rights of the

Bride, and the promises of the Groom is the New


        2 Cor. 3:5-6

        Heb. 8:6


The Betrothal

Sealed with the 'cup of


Groom: Preparation of Huppah


        Purification (Mikveh)

        Undistracted devotion


        Cup of the New Covenant, Matt. 26:27-29

        Christ goes to prepare a place for us, John 14:1-3

        We are 'set apart', 2 Cor. 11:2, 1 Pet 15:1

        Purified by 'washing,' l Cor. 6:11

        We are not to be distracted by:

False Teachers, 2 John 7-11

Worldly Things, l John 2:15

        We anticipate Christ's return, Matt. 24:42-44


God our Heavenly Father

The Nuptials

Groom's father decides when

Son may return for the bride.

Arrival unexpected by the


Abduction of the bride.

Finely dressed and crowned.

Marriage Feast

Bride and Groom dwell

together in happiness

Only the Father knows when the Son will return, Matt. 13:32

We do not know when He will return Mark 1 3:32

We will be 'abducted,' I Thess. 4:16-18, Luke 17:34-36

We will be crowned, l Pet 5:4, James 1:12. 2 Tim. 4:8

He will be crowned, Rev. 14:14

We will take part in the marriage feast of the Lamb,

Rev. 19:6-9

We will dwell forever with the Groom in happiness, I Thess. 4 :17, Rev. 2 1:3.

The Church


Jesus our betrothed



The Bridal Price ( Mohar ) was paid by Jesus Christ upon the old

rugged cross at Calvary!

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