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Why Postpone the Wedding?

21 Oct
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Would you postpone your wedding, because the guests you invited refused to come? Why would anyone do that? Yet this is what futurists ask us to believe in order for them to maintain their doctrine of a future coming of Jesus and a future wedding banquet. The parables of Jesus are paradigmatic, that is, they provide the frame into which the eschatological painting found in the rest of the New Testament must fit. In other words, if our eschatology isn’t based upon what we find in Jesus’ parables, our eschatology is wrong, or unscriptural. Moreover, the parables, themselves, are based upon what was prophesied in the Old Testament. Therefore, the wedding that Jesus mentioned in The Parable of the Wedding Feast (Matthew 22:1-14) has its source in the Old Testament:

Isaiah 62:1-5  For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until the righteousness thereof go forth as brightness, and the salvation thereof as a lamp that burns.  (2)  And the Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory: and you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.  (3)  You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.  (4)  You shall no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall your land any more be termed Desolate: but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah: for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married.  (5)  For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you: and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.

This wedding is the very same wedding promised in Hosea. The Lord had divorced the ten northern tribes of Israel (Hosea 2:2), but he would remarry her in the latter days (Hosea 2:18-23; 3:5). The ten tribes had lost all hope in their covenant with God, and they were as dead men (Ezekiel 37:11). However, the Lord intended good for his people and would reunite both kingdoms, the House of Judah and the House of Israel, and they would have one King (Ezekiel 37:22, 24). But, how would this be done and when would it take place? This, of course would be done through the Gospel preached in the first century AD (Ezekiel 37:26). Notice how Isaiah puts it:

Isaiah 62:10-12  Go through, go through the gates; prepare you the way of the people; cast up, cast up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a standard for the people.  (11)  Behold, the LORD hath proclaimed unto the end of the world, Say you to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation cometh; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.  (12)  And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and you shall be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken. (emphasis mine)

Jesus referred to this very time in Matthew 16:27-28, saying he would come in the glory of his Father (cf. Matthew 26:64) with his angels and reward every man according to his works, and this would occur in the expected lifetimes of his listeners. Thus, placing the event of the wedding prophesied in Isaiah and Hosea in the first century AD.

Why would we need to wait 2000 years for the fulfillment of what Jesus predicted would occur in the lifetimes of some of the people who heard him speak (Matthew 16:27-28)? Why would anyone postpone his wedding over a boycott from the invited guests? The bride was never intended to be the nation of Israel. Rather it was the remnant of both Houses (Judah and Israel) and the gentiles who would believe (cf. Isaiah 1:8-9, 27), while the nation itself would be destroyed (Isaiah 1:28-31). The Jewish nation was called to be the guests. They refused, so God called the gentiles to witness the wedding, which they did in 70 AD, when the Lord conquered Jerusalem and destroyed the Temple there, thus, ending the covenant he had made with the Jews.

After the dust had settled, the only remaining covenant was the marriage covenant (the New Covenant) the Lord had made with his bride, who had faithfully preached the Gospel throughout the days of her persecution by unfaithful Israel. Thus, the Lord had vindicated his bride and rejoiced over her in the presence of those witnessing his judgment upon Jerusalem (Isaiah 1:27-31).

 

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Posted by on October 21, 2018 in 70 AD Eschatology

 

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