The Seven Year Wedding Feast of Messiah.
Charles Ryalls 04-25-13
The theory goes this way, Yeshua is coming to take his bride to the place that he has prepared for her, for the church, who is the bride of Christ. He will do this before the tribulation and while the tribulation is taking place on earth, the bride of Christ will be at the banquet in heaven for those 7 years. After all, Jesus wouldn’t let His beloved bride suffer through the worst time on earth and be exposed to the vile anger of the Antichrist. Sounds almost like a fairy tale doesn’t it? Well that’s pretty much what it is.
Here are a few things to consider:
There is NO universal Jewish wedding tradition. In fact the Jewish wedding is quite different from one location to the next and from one time period to the next.
The tribulation is not a 7 year event. Forget what you have been told. Read the scriptures. Yeshua said that the prophet Daniel was right and just as he said, after the Abomination that makes desolations, the defilement of the temple takes place, THEN, there will be great tribulation as never has been before nor ever shall be. (Matt 24) That event starts the Tribulation clock. It is the covenant the Antichrist brokers that is 7 years long and which seems to run concurrent with the 70th week of Daniel. It is in the midst of that week that he takes up a throne in the temple and proclaims to be god.
Dan 9:  And he shall confirm the covenant with many for one week: and in the midst of the week he shall cause the sacrifice and the oblation to cease, and for the overspreading of abominations he shall make it desolate, even until the consummation, and that determined shall be poured upon the desolate.
Lets hear it from Yeshua
Matt 24:  When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:)  Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the mountains: . . . For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.  And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened.
Verse 22 is hopeful to us, because it says the time will be shortened. Shortened for whom? Shortened for the elect for those who are saved by the blood of Yeshua. They are there in the tribulation but not for the entire time. So let’s get to WORD on this. How long is the tribulation for everyone else?
Daniel asks the angel, how long will all these terrible thing continue?
Dan 12:  And I heard, but I understood not: then said I, O my Lord, what shall be the end of these things?  And he said, Go thy way, Daniel: for the words are closed up and sealed till the time of the end.  Many shall be purified, and made white, and tried; but the wicked shall do wickedly: and none of the wicked shall understand; but the wise shall understand.  And from the time that the daily sacrifice shall be taken away, and the abomination that maketh desolate set up, there shall be a thousand two hundred and ninety days.  Blessed is he that waiteth, and cometh to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days.
Where do we see evidence of a shortened tribulation for the church? In the Revelation of John. During the tribulation there are two witnesses of God who call down the judgments. They are given 1260 days to proclaim their message, and then they are killed. They lie dead in the street for 3 .5 days. They began their preaching when the antichrist defiled the temple. When they are raised up, so also are the righteous dead resurrected and those who remain alive are taken up to be with the Lord.
Rev 11:  And I will give power unto my two witnesses, and they shall prophesy a thousand two hundred and threescore days, clothed in sackcloth. . .  And when they shall have finished their testimony, the beast that ascendeth out of the bottomless pit shall make war against them, and shall overcome them, and kill them.  And their dead bodies shall lie in the street of the great city, which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified. . . . And after three days and an half the Spirit of life from God entered into them, and they stood upon their feet; and great fear fell upon them which saw them.  And they heard a great voice from heaven saying unto them, Come up hither. And they ascended up to heaven in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them.
This was the Rapture, “come up Hither”, and they stood up alive and were taken up in a cloud. What follows is the wrath of God against the unbelieving world and the beast. We have already been shown this same point in time as it relates to the believers in the 6th seal. The sixth seal is the end of the tribulation for the Church, the sun and moon are darkened, the two witnesses are raised up, the righteous dead are resurrected, the living faithful are taken up, 144,000 Jewish men who are firstfruits and witnesses for Messiah are sealed with the immortal body, and the unbelieving world prepares for the wrath of God.
Rev 6:  And I beheld when he had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;  And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind.  And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places.  And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains;  And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb:  For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?
How do we know this is the rapture? As we continue in the sixth seal we see the raptured church standing before the throne. Rev 7, the 144000 have just been given immortal bodies and then John sees the church:
Rev 7:  After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;  And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb.
But how do we know they aren’t just tribulation saints. Well, They ARE tribulation saints. Yes, because the church is on the Earth during the tribulation and many will die and those who survive will join them in the Rapture. Let’s get the rest of the story:
Rev 7:  And one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?  And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.  Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them.
Lets look for a moment at the rapture from the old testament. What do you mean it isn’t in the old testament. Sure it is! It is only the pre-tribulation rapture that isn’t in the old Testament.
ISA 26:  Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they arise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead. 20 Come, my people, enter thou into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast.  For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain.
The Lord takes us out of the way of HIS wrath because he will not harm us. But we will face the wrath of the Antichrist and the hatred of the unbelieving world even through the tribulation. Even this verse in Isaiah is placed AFTER the events of the tribulation. Take the time to read the verse that precede these in Isaiah 22-24. It is the Apocalypse in the old testament.
But here he is saying Come my people enter thy chamber and shut the doors about thee. .. until the indignation (wrath) is overpast.
Let’s look at it in the Revelation:
Rev 18:  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
What follows is God’s wrath against the beast and his empire.
Yes there will be a wedding feast, but not until the Lord comes, not until AFTER the tribulation. Prepare yourselves, save all you can pulling them as from the fire, for the day of the Lord is coming. Soon the Antichrist will broken his 7 year peace agreement between Israel and three of her enemy neighbors. We must be ready to resist the demons and devils. Ready to stand in faith even when it means more suffering for us. Ready to refuse the mark of the beast and his name. Ready to lay down our lives rather than loose our eternal salvation. We are about to face the biggest test of all the ages! Are we ready? Has your preacher taught you how to walk in faith or has he only told you to pack you bags and prepare to be snatched out of here at any moment? We must do what the Lord said!
REV 22 : And he saith unto me, Seal not the sayings of the prophecy of this book: for the time is at hand.  He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still.  And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last.  Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.  For without are dogs, and sorcerers, and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie.  I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star.  And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
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