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The Galilean Wedding  2 Corinthians 11:2–3

The Jews, their customs, feasts, worship and daily lives was a shadowy picture of Jesus.

The Galilean Wedding Tradition

The pattern of the Galilean wedding helps reveal the mystery of the Rapture and the 2nd Coming of Jesus.

Bride of Christ  The Church is the Bride of Christ. 2 Corinthians 11:1–2; Revelation 19:7–8

The wedding pattern has been followed by Galilean Jews for centuries. Jesus was Galilean. His disciples were Galilean.

The bridegroom begins the marriage tradition by leaving his father’s house and traveling to the home of the prospective bride.  John 6:32–33; John 6:51

The father of the bride officiated the betrothal (engagement) between the groom and the bride.

The engagement was held at the city gates among the religious leaders along with as many witnesses as would hear and attend.

Then gifts were exchanged with the most extravagant being given to the Bride.

The groom is handed a pitcher of wine. He pours it into a ceremonial cup that is offered to the Bride – called the “cup of joy”.

The groom presents the cup, and the Bride is now at the moment of choice to accept or reject the proposal.

Once the wine is drank by the Bride, it is an irrevocable covenant

The Groom then says publicly “you are now consecrated to me by the law of Moses and I will not drink this cup again with you until we drink it together in my Fathers house”. Matthew 26:29

Jesus established an eternal covenant through His blood. His Holy Spirit is the “ring” (if you will) – sealing the bride with a guarantee that He will return for her.  Hebrews 13:20 ; Luke 22:20 ; Ephesians 1:13

The breaking of bread and drinking from the cup by Jesus would have been instantly understood by the disciples as the event that kicked off a well known series of events.

A year long journey begins as people return to their lives as the real work to prepare for the wedding begins.

They will live apart the entire time up until the day of the wedding feast.

The Groom is now responsible for all preparation of the wedding feast just as Jesus now prepares our home and our feast.

He acquires materials and plans to build and furnish a new house for his bride that is attached to His fathers house. John 14:2

The Galileans would have instantly understood that the Groom must now go away to prepare a home for his Bride as he declares his promise to return to get his Bride. John 14:3

Meanwhile, the Bride goes about preparing herself, keeping her self pure, thinking only of the Grooms return and knows it will be a while and not exactly sure of the “day or hour”… she must always be ready.

Typically about 1 year would pass while the wedding feast and festivities were being prepared at the Fathers house.

Again, the day and hour of its occurrence was only known to one person: the Father! Mark 13:32

In the Galilean wedding, they knew the Groom would come in the middle of the night (unexpectedly). Traditionally, she slept in her wedding dress!

When the Father says “Go!” to the Groom, the Son gets a trumpet (shofar) and sets off for the Bride with the wedding party in a wedding procession. 

Two men would carry Bride away, lifting her in to the air on a seat (like a medical litter only with a seat). The Galileans referred to this as “flying the Bride to the Fathers house”!  John 14:3; 1 Thessalonians 4:13-17

From the moment the Bride is carried away (“flown to the Fathers house”), she is forever with Groom.

The wedding feast now begins. Revelation 19:6-9

Upon arrival there, the wedding party would find that the wedding guests had assembled already.  

Shortly after arrival, the bride (remaining veiled) and groom would be escorted by the other members of the wedding party to the bridal chamber (huppah).

While the groomsmen and bridesmaids would wait outside, the bride and groom would enter the bridal chamber alone.

There in the privacy of that place they would enter into physical union for the first time ~ consummating the marriage that was covenanted earlier. 

After the marriage was consummated, the groom would announce the consummation to the other members of the wedding party waiting outside the chamber.

Upon hearing this good news, the wedding guests would begin the feast and celebrate for the next 7 days.

At the conclusion of the 7 days, the groom would bring his bride out of the bridal chamber, now with her veil removed, so that all could see who his bride was. Colossians 3:4 ; Jude 14 ; Isaiah 26:20 ; 1Corinthians 2:9 During this time, the Galilean Father closes the door to the house for 7 days to keep out all those who have rejected the invitation or whose commitment to preparing fell short (the lamps with no oil).