In this aspect of "The Biblical Theme of The Bride" we will be looking at the parallels, typology, symbolism of the Marriage Supper or the Wedding Feast. This is the time of the public announcement, and the time when guests are invited to the Wedding. The Marriage Supper is the conclusion of the Bridal Week. The feast is a public gathering where the Bride and Groom exit the Bridal Chamber to the public gathering. It is a time when the Bride are king and queen for a day, and it is a time to show the beauty of the Bride and Bridegroom.
The book of Esther begins with an interesting occasion. King Mordechi holds a week long feast. At the end of seven days he calls for Vashti, his wife, to show off her beauty.
Esther 1:5 - "And when these days were expired, the king made a feast unto all the people that were present in Shushan the palace, both unto great and small, seven days, in the court of the garden of the king's palace;"
Esther 1:10 - "On the seventh day, when the heart of he king was merry with wine, he commanded Mehuman, Biztha, Harbona, Bigtha, and Abagtha, Zethar, and Carcas, the seven chamberlains that served in the presence of Ahasuerus the king.
Esther 1:11 - "To bring Vashti the queen before the king with the crown royal, to show the people and the prince her beauty: for she was fair to look on."
In Joel, the bride and bridegroom "go forth of his chamber" to a gathering, at a time of fasting. All throughout the Bible, a marriage is known as a time of feasting. That this is a fast called for, and the wedding description used, is a way to emphasize the importance of this particular fast. Even those normally feasting should be fasting, because the Day of the Lord is about to begin.
Joel 2:15 - "Blow the trumpet in Zion, sanctify a fast, call a solemn assembly."
Joel 2:16 - "Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the breasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet."
Psalm 19:1 - "The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handwork."
Psalm 19:2 - "Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge."
Psalm 19:3 - "There is no speech not language, where their voice is not heard."
Psalm 19:4 - "Their line is gone out through all the earth, and their words to the end of the world, In them hath he set a tabernacle for the sun,"
Psalm 19:5 - "Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber, and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race."
Psalm 19:6 - "His going forth is from he end of the heaven, and his circuit unto the ends of it: and there is nothing hid from the head thereof."
Isaiah 61:2 - "To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn."
Isaiah 61:10 - "I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels."
Isaiath 61:11 - "For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth, so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations."
Isaiah 62:5 - "For as a young man marrieth a virgin, so shall thy sons marry thee: and as the bridegroom rejoiceth over the bride, so shall thy God rejoice over thee."
Luke 12:36 - "And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately."
Revelation 19:1 - "And after these things, I heard a great voice of much people in heaven [the Raptured], saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God."
Revelation 19:7 - "Let us rejoice and exult and give him the glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and his Bride has made herself ready;"
Revelation 19:8 - "it was granted her to be clothed with fine linen, bright and pure - for the fine linen is the righteous deeds of the saints."
Revelation 19:9 - "And the angel said to me, "Write this: Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper of the Lamb." And he said to me, "These are true words of God"."
Revelation 19:14 - "And the armies which were in heaven followed him [the Raptured] upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean."
Matthew 24:29 - "Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not giver her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken:"
Matthew 24:30 - "And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory."
Matthew 24:31 - "And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other."
Zechariah 14:5 - "And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee."
Jude 1:14 - "And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints,"
Revelation 21:2 - "And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband."
Revelation 21:9 - "And there came unto me one of the seven angles which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife."
Revelation 21:10 - "And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,"
Colossians 3:4 - "When Christ, who is our life, shall appear, then shall ye also appear with him in glory."
In the next segment of our study of "The Biblical Theme of The Bride" we will look at the slaughter at the marriage supper.