Originally posted on Understanding the Mission of Jesus:
Although I plead that I do not know much about ancient Jewish wedding customs, I have been told by reliable sources that the bridegroom would arrive at an unspecified time, usually during the night, to gather his bride and proceed to the wedding ceremonies.
Assuming this is true, and I believe it is, then truly, our holy Bridegroom may come at any time, like a thief in the night. (Reference I Thessalonians 5:2.)
Does this passage signify the end of the world? Quite the contrary! The Bridegroom comes like a thief in the night to gather his bride to Himself, and He has another mission while he is retrieving her!
My Jewish sources tell me that during the binding engagement period, the bride would ready herself for their new life together. Just as the brides in ancient times readied themselves, and were also watchful in anticipation for the arrival of…
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