Why is it meaningful to hope for Jesus Soon Return?
The Lord is pleased that the Bride be waiting expectantly for the wedding day. This is a key to sanctification. I John 3 says,
Behold what manner of love the Father has bestowed upon us that we should be called the children of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be, but we know that when He shall appear, we shall see Him as He is, AND EVERY MAN THAT HAS THIS HOPE IN HIM PURIFIES HIMSELF EVEN AS HE IS PURE.
As the wedding day gets closer, the bride in love will be more attentive to the details of the big day. In the same way, those who truly expect that Jesus could come today will focus on loving Jesus and pleasing Him more and more.
Now there is in store for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day--and not only to me, but also to all who have longed for his appearing. II Timothy 4:8
Are you longing for His appearing? It could be today!
John 14 makes it clear that Jesus promises to appear in the clouds for His followers to take them to the place He has prepared. THIS IS HIS PROMISE ! That is wedding terminology.
Jesus said, “I go to prepare a place for you, and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto Myself, that where I am there you may be also.” John 14:3
A new movie that has recently been released is, “Before the Wrath”. It gives a clear example of the wedding traditions of Galilee which confirm Jesus’ words as wedding terminology.
A Jewish website called chabad.org published an article…
The First Week after the Jewish Wedding:
”The law, with its profound insight into the human psyche, required that the couple stay together during the first week to continue to celebrate. They are not to go to work or otherwise to separate, unless there is an urgent need. This tradition harks back to Jacob, who celebrated seven days with Leah and then with Rachel”.
Just as each of Daniels 70 weeks is 7 years. So this Jewish tradition of having the bride and groom celebrate for 7 days can symbolize the 7 years of the Marriage Supper of the Lamb…
Revelation 19 makes it clear that in the second coming, Jesus will come with His Bride to the earth. He will return to earth after the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, and He will begin His rule on the earth for 1000 years at that time.
“For the Marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that She should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white…Blessed are they which are called to The Marriage Supper of the Lamb” Revelation 19:7-9
“And the armies which were in heaven followed Him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean” Revelation 19:14
(the Second Coming of Jesus to rule on the earth after the Marriage Supper)
So the Rapture and the Second Coming are two different events.
First Jesus will appear in the clouds to take us to the place He has prepared (John 14), and then we will have the Marriage Supper of the Lamb (in Heaven - Rev. 19), and then we will return with Jesus to this earth following Him on white horses and clothed with linen, white and clean. Then Jesus, with the church, will rule on this earth for 1000 years.
FOR YET IN A VERY LITTLE WHILE, HE WHO IS COMING WILL COME, AND WILL NOT DELAY. Hebrews 10:37