The King of Kings – the Lord Jesus Christ – looked upon his bride (i.e., the church) with love, the same love that had compelled Him to die for her, as she came down the aisle of the Temple in Heaven for The Royal Wedding! (John 15:13. 2 Corinthians 5:14,15. Revelation 19:7). She was dressed in a beautiful brilliant white flowing gown – both spotless and wrinkleless (Revelation 19:8). For this gown is woven of the good works (1) of the righteous saints, washed spotless in the Word of God, dried and purified by the fire of affliction and pressed wrinkle-free by the weight of hardship (Ephesians 5:25-33. Isaiah 48:10. 2 Corinthians 4:8,9.).
She is to Him beautiful, and to her, He is the one that makes the concept of submission sacredly desirable and empowering (Esther 2:15-17).
He describes her (Song of Songs 1:9-11. Song of Songs 1:15. Song of Songs 2:2. Song of Songs 4:1-15 Song of Songs 7:1-9).
She responds to Him in return (Song of Songs 1:2-4. Song of Songs 1:13-14. Song of Songs 2:1-13. Song of Songs 4:16 Song of Songs 7:10-13).
Yes, she was the joy that carried Him through the cruel torture and shame of the cross (Hebrews 12:2). It was never good for Man… or God to be alone (1) and now they (i.e., the God-Man Jesus and all Christians) will never be alone forevermore (Genesis 2:18; 1:27). For the BRIDE of Christ has become the WIFE of Christ with a wedding banquet to follow! (Revelation 19:7. Revelation 21:9).
Then I heard what sounded like the voice of a vast throng, like the roar of many waters and like loud crashes of thunder. They were shouting: “Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the All-Powerful, reigns! Let us rejoice and exult and give him glory, because the wedding celebration of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. She was permitted to be dressed in bright, clean, fine linen” (for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints). Then the angel said to me, “Write the following: Blessed are those who are invited to the banquet at the wedding celebration of the Lamb!” He also said to me, “These are the true words of God.” (Revelation 19:6–9 NET)
For the honeymoon, Jesus leads His wife and the angelic armies of Heaven to Earth where all the enemies of God are slain, and Satan is captured then placed in the Abyss of Hades for 1000 Earth years (1 heaven day (1)) (Jude 1:14,15. Revelation 19:11-21). The Holy City, the New Jerusalem, will move from the planet Heaven to enter a geosynchronous orbit above Jerusalem, Israel (Galatians 4:26. Revelation 21:10-27).
From the New Jerusalem Jesus along with all Christians will rule with servant leadership those that were not enemies of God and remain alive on Earth (i.e., those living on Earth will not have glorified bodies but will be ordinary humans). During this 1000 years, Jesus will demonstrate to His wife (i.e., the Christians) how Earth was intended to be operated before the fall of man. It is a time of learning at the feet of the Master. This time allows Christians that did not choose to mature in their earlier life on Earth to reach full maturity. However, the more mature Christians (Level V) (1) will start this age with higher levels of responsibility, authority, and service (Matthew 25:13-30). It is an age of righteousness, peace, and joy in the Holy Spirit! (Romans 14:17)
After this time of peace, Satan will be released to fulfill the balance of the terms of the Scroll of Authority (1) and to allow a final separation of the chaff from the wheat. That is, likely there will be children born during the 1000 year reign from those that were not enemies of God and remained alive after the tribulation (i.e., humans without glorified bodies) and they must choose Jesus as well to be saved. After the terms of the scroll are fulfilled then Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire for eternity (i.e., forever) (Revelation 20:7-10).
Our ever-expanding universe will then collapse into a nuclear fire destroying Earth (3), but we will be safe aboard the New Jerusalem (Luke 12:49. 2 Peter 3:7,12. Revelation 20:11). Recall, Christians received a glorified body that is invulnerable and not limited by time and space at the catching away (1).
Then the Great White Throne Judgment will take place as all non-Christians from the beginning of man until the present will be resurrected and the trial will take place in New Jerusalem (recall Christians earlier went to the Judgment Seat of Christ (1) and will not go to the Great White Throne of Judgment). Their works will be reviewed, but the failure to accept Jesus as Savior and Lord will doom all that appear at the Great White Throne to the Lake of Fire forever (Revelation 20:11-15. Romans 2:6-16. Ecclesiastes 3:11). Remember, we can never be saved by our works but only by the completed work of Jesus Christ (Ephesians 2:8,9. John 3:16-18).
Then Jesus takes His wife with His right hand and says, behold I make all things new… at the speed of light, a new universe (1) expands into being without evil, pain, sorrow, or remorse (Revelation 21:1,5).
And We live joyfully forever after… Amen (Revelation 22:17,20)
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(2) Ever had a computer that acted so improperly that the only solution was to reboot it? To reboot meaning to turn off the computer and then let it restart and restore or reload the proper operating system or program.
Well, that has been God’s way of dealing with issues from the very beginning. When God saw that man did not have a helpmate then Adam was put to sleep (turned off) and Eve was created from his body then Adam was brought back to life. When Adam and Eve chose to disobey God resulting in mankind’s fall, then the solution declared by Jesus was to be born again. Today Jesus might say it this way – you must be rebooted! Is that not what Baptism (1) represents? Identifying with Jesus’ death going into the water and then His life as we are raised to a new life! Paul went on to say that after we are “rebooted” then it is our responsibility to change the way we think by changing the operating system loaded in our souls from that of the world to the Word (the word WORLD is WORD with an “L” added representing the LIES of Satan corrupting the truth like yeast corrupts dough). Well, God never changes. From our safe vantage point of the Heavenly City, the New Jerusalem, we will witness our ever-expanding universe collapse into a nuclear fire! Then our God Jesus will create a new universe without sin. Glory to God for His Mercy is FOREVER!