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The actual banquet supper (after the wedding) is spoken of

in verse 9, and takes place on the mountain in Israel (Isa.

25:6).

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We could rightly expect no less than the richest of symbol-

ism for the marriage of Christ and His bride, the Church. In

Jewish wedding tradition, a betrothal was arranged by the fa-

ther of the young man, by an agent, or by the young man him-

self. The bride was bought with a price. She spent a period of

time waiting for the wedding, while the bride groom went to

his father’s house to prepare a place for her.

The groom had two friends, aptly known as “the friends of

the bridegroom.” They functioned as the two witnesses re-

quired for a Jewish wedding. One assisted the bride, the other

was stationed with the bridegroom, and together they wit-

nessed the marriage contract and ceremony. The couple spent

seven days at a special chamber called a chupah. Here the

groom gave gifts to the bride. Outside, the wedding guests

waited for the friend of the bridegroom to announce that the

marriage was consummated. At the announcement, great re-

joicing broke out in a week-long celebration.

In the above traditional Jewish wedding, we can see many

types: the father is God the Father, and the agent is God the

Holy Spirit.

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At the Passover meal, Jesus spoke as a bride-

groom:

“In my father’s house are many rooms; if it were not so,

I would have told you. I am going there to prepare a place for

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Apparently, right after the great supper of God, where the Antichrist is

destroyed and the flesh of the people in his ranks are eaten by the buzzards

(Rev. 19:17-18).

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Symbolized by Eliezer, the one commissioned by Abraham, the father of

Issac, to get a bride for his son; a type of God the Son.

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