As we have already seen in another post, a parable contains the secret of the Kingdom of Heaven. A parable works as key for the heaven through which we can open the door of heaven and enter. That is why understand the true meaning of a parable is very important to enter into the kingdom of heaven.
Heavenly Wedding Banquet
To teach us the kingdom of heaven, Jesus gave us one parable of “Heavenly Wedding Banquet.”
Matthew 22:1 Jesus spoke to them again in parables, saying: 2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son. 3 He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come, but they refused to come. 4 “Then he sent some more servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner: My oxen and fattened cattle have been butchered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’ 5 “But they paid no attention and went off—one to his field, another to his business. 6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them and killed them. 7 The king was enraged. He sent his army and destroyed those murderers and burned their city. 8 “Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. 9 So go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ 10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, the bad as well as the good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Here the kingdom of heaven is compared to a king who prepared the wedding banquet for his son. In the bible the king of heaven is God and the son of God is Jesus. Therefore, this parable is actually about Jesus’ Wedding. Jesus is comparing the heaven to his wedding banquet. Then what is the meaning of it? What is the secret contained in this parable that we must know to enter into the kingdom of heaven?
|Bridegroom and Bride in a Wedding|
To understand this we have to first think about the wedding ceremony. For the wedding ceremony to occur, there should be three components: Bridegroom, Bride, and Guests. As we read this parable to the end, however, we cannot see any mention of bride. We can see the bridegroom is Jesus and the guests God’s people. But why is there no bride? Is bride not necessary for this parable? This cannot be true. If a bride is not needed, Jesus would not have given this parable in the first place.
Since we have to find a secret in each parable, we can definitely say, “Ah, the bride is the secret of this parable. Therefore, if we understand who the brid is, then we can have the key for the kingdom of heaven.” Therefore, to know who the bride is exremely crucial for us to know. Then who is this bride who holds the key for the heaven? Since this is the bride of Jesus, the bride will appear along with Jesus. Since the bride did not appear in Jesus’ first coming, however, she must appear in his second coming. Therefore, we can guess when Jesus comes for the second time, he will come with his bride and she is the one we must know to enter the kingdom of heaven.
Lamb and His Bride
Then let us find out the second coming Christ and his bride through the Revelation which describes what is going to happen in the last days: the time frame for his second coming. In the Revelation we can see the testimony of the fulfillment of his wedding and the appearance of his bride.
Revelation 19:7 Let us rejoice and be glad
and give him glory!
For the wedding of the Lamb has come,
and his bride has made herself ready.
8 Fine linen, bright and clean,
was given her to wear.”
(Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of God’s holy people.)
9 Then the angel said to me, “Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!” And he added, “These are the true words of God.”
In this book we can see the fulfillment of Wedding of the Lamb (Second Coming Jesus): Bridegroom (Jesus), his bride, and Guests (Those invited or God’s people). Since the most important secret for heaven in this parable is the bride, therefore, we must find out who the bride is. Mistakenly, people says the bride is God’s church or people. In this parable, however, we can see the bride and the church is not the same. Also the bible says that the bride of Jesus has made herself ready in the last days. If the church is the bride of the parable, we cannot say the bride was not ready 2000 years ago. There WERE God’s church. But this bride is ready only in the last days.
Then who is this bride which would appear only in the last days? Let us follow the testimonies of the bride throughout the bible so that we can know who the true bride is.
Revelation 21:9 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
The angel who was to show the bride of Jesus actually showed John the Heavenly Jerusalem who was to appear in the last days. So the bride Jesus is bringing in the last day is the Heavenly Jerusalem and this Jerusalem is represented as the Most Holy Place of the temple.
Revelation 21:16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long.
1 King 6:19 He prepared the inner sanctuary within the temple to set the ark of the covenant of the Lord there. 20 The inner sanctuary (the Most Holy Place) was twenty cubits long, twenty wide and twenty high.
According to the bible the Most Holy Place of the temple is described as cube and we can see the description in the establishment of the physical temple in the time of Solomon. But we cannot understand that physcially a cube-like city would fall out of heaven to this earth in the last days as bride of God. Then what is the true meaning of the Heavenly Jerusalem? To understand this we must know the reality of the temple, that is, the Christ. Christ is the reality of the temple and the physical temple in the Old Testament was given to us to teach us the Christ who is coming as the reality of the temple.
And Jesus Christ represents the Holy Place of the temple (Hebrews 10:19) and then what does the Most Holy Place signify?
The Reality of the Heavenly Jerusalem
Galatians 4:26 26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
The bible says that the reality of the Most Holy Place of the temple is our Mother. 2000 years ago the reality of the Holy Place of the temple came down to this earth in the name of Jesus, who was the reality of the temple. Even though he came as man in the flesh, he was God our Father who came dow to this earth to give us eternal life. And the bible says that in the last days the reality of the Most Holy Place of the temple would appear to us. Then how would she appear? Just as our Father in Heaven came down to this earth as man in the flesh by putting the Spirit of God in his body of temple, our Mother in heaven would appear to us in the same way as woman int the last days.
Even though she would appear as man in the flesh, she is the true Christ and true Savior we must know in the last days. Through these prophecies of the bible, we can know that the heavenly wedding banquet would be completed by the appearance of the Lamb and His Bride in the last days and the last secret of the bible or the key for the kingdom of heaven is our Mother who appears in the human form in the last days. Through her appearance in this earth the parable of the wedding would be completed.
Then what would happen when the parable of wedding banquet is completed? To understand this we must look at the purpose of the wedding on this earth. Why does a couple join together as husband and wife and forms a family? It is to give life to the children just as God said, “Be fruitful and increase in number.” (Genesis 1:28) Through this physical wedding banquet we can understand the spiritual meaning in it. Why must our Father and Mother appear as man in the flesh in the last day and complete the wedding ceremony which was not fulfilled in his first coming? To give eternal LIFE to the spiritual children. That completion of the parable of wedding banquet and the eternal life is testified in the Revelation.
Revelation 22:17 The Spirit and the bride say, “Come.” And let him who hears say, “Come!” Whoever is thirty, let him come; and whoever wishes, let him take the free gift of the water of life.
After the completion of the Heavenly wedding banquet, the Spirit (God the Father) and his bride (God the Mother) give the water of life to whoever wishes to receive. About the water of life Jesus said:
John 4:14 but whoever drinks the water I gave him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.
The water of life is the water that gives us the eternal life, but Jesus said that he would give the eternal life in the last days.
John 6:39 And this is the will of him who sent me, that I shall lose none of that he has given me, but raise them up at the last day.
The wedding banquet could not be completed 2000 years ago in his first coming since it was not the time for the bride to appear. The bible teaches that the eteral life is given in the last days to complete the salvation work of God. And for this purpose John testifies that our Mother would come down from heaven as the bride of Jesus our Father.
Through this parable God teaches us that the last hidden secret of the bible is the bride of God who completes the salvation work by giving the water of life or eternal life in the last day. In other words, God the Mother is the key for the kingdom of heaven that we must receive. Without mother’s appearance on this earth in the flesh there is no salvation for the people of God.
To fulfill the prophecy of this parable, God the Mother appeared to us and calling us to come to receive the water of life. We must realize that God the Mother is the last secret of the bible hidden for ages to be revealed only to the people of God who are living in the age of fulfillment, even us. Come to the bride of God, our Mother who is the true source of salvation.