In this post on "The Theme of The Bride" we will look at the Bridegroom's Departure, going back to his father's house to prepare the Bridal chamber, or closet. As we proceed through the eighteen steps in "The Biblical Theme of the Bride", the imagery of the Jewish wedding provides the reader a backdrop for the subliminal image of God's choosing the Bride of Christ. I was amazed when I did my original thematic study back in 1999. There are over 850 verses of Scripture that are related to "The Theme of the Bride". This series of posts incorporates but a small portion of the overall content. This study is another example or confirmation of Proverbs 25:2 where God has given us a hint that He has much more for us to learn besides the basic reading of the historical record and the plan of [His-Story] history. Another Biblical witness to Proverbs 25:2 can be found in Isaiah 28:10 and 28:13. Verse 13 reads, "But the word of the LORD was unto them precept on precept, precept upon precept,; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; ......" I first read those words fifty-five years ago, but being a new baby believer, it never registered with me just what that passage was implying. Thirty years would go by before the significance of its message became clear as day.
Joel mentions this bridal chamber in the context that everyone should fast in repentance before the Day of the Lord. Even people who would otherwise be feasting, such as a bride and groom. During the 30 days leading up to the Feast of Trumpets is a time for such fasting. During the Feast of Trumpets, it is a time for feasting again.
Joel 2:16 - "Gather the people, sanctify the congregation, assemble the elders, gather the children, and those that suck the beasts: let the bridegroom go forth of his chamber, and the bride out of her closet."
Psalm 19:5 - "Which is as a bridegroom coming out of his chamber [chuppa], and rejoiceth as a strong man to run a race."
The "chuppa" or "huppa" is defined as a "chamber, room, canopy, closet, divine protection". Modern day Jewish weddings often take place outdoors under a canopy, known as the "huppa".
The purpose of the chamber is for privacy, because that is where intimacy takes place.
Judges 15:1 - "But it came to pass within a while after, in the time of wheat harvest, that Samson visited his wife with a kid; and he said, I will go in to my wife into the chamber [cheder]. But her father would not suffer him to go in."
Judges 16:9 - "Now there were men lying in wait, abiding with her in the chamber [cheder]. And she said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And he brake the withs, as a thread of tow is broken when it toucheth the fire. So his strength was not known."
Judges 16:12 - "Delilah therefore took new ropes, and bound him therewith, and said unto him, The Philistines be upon thee, Samson. And there were liers in wait abiding in the chamber." And he brake them from off his arms like a thread."
2 Samuel 13:10 - "And Amnon said unto Tamar, Bring the meat into the chamber, that I may eat of thine hand. And Tamar took the cakes which she had made, and brought them into the chamber to Amnon her brother."
2 Samuel 13:11 - "And when she had brought them unto him to eat, he took hold of her, and said unto her, Come lie with me, my sister."
1 Kings 1:15 - "And Bathsheba went in unto the king into the chamber: and the king was very old; and Abishag the Shunanmite ministered unto the king."
There is much more love in the chambers from the Song of Solomon. The entire book of Song of Solomon is a metaphor of Christ and His Bride. Very few pastors actually preach from the Song of Solomon because of the sexual imagery.
Song of Solomon 1:4 - "Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee."
Song of Solomon 3:4 - "It was but a little that I passed from them, but I found him whom my soul loveth: I held him, and would not let him go, until I had brought him into my mother's house, and into the chamber of her that conceived me."
It was understood to be the man's duty to go away to be with his father, build a house, an apartment, an add-on room, or an addition to the house, and prepare for the eventual wedding. Before he goes, though, he will make a statement to the Bride, "I go to prepare a place for you; if I go, I will return again unto you."
John 14:2 - "In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you, I go to prepare a place for you."
John 14:3 - "And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also."
As one can hide in a private chamber, so too, will those in the Pre-Tribulation Rapture be hid in heaven.
1 Kings 20:30 - "But the rest fled to Abhek, into the city, and there a wall fell upon twenty and seven thousand of the men that were left. And Benhadhad fled, and came into the city, into an inner chamber.
1 Kings 22:25 - "And Micaiah said, Behold, thou shalt see in the day, when thou shalt go into an inner chamber to hide thyself."
The Temple had a secret and/or inner chamber:
2 Thessalonians 2:4 - "Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or what is worshipped, so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God."
Matthew 24:26 - "Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert, go not forth: but behold, he is in the secret chanbers; believe it not."
1 Chronicles 28:11 - "Then David gave to Solomon his son the pattern of the porch, and of the houses thereof, and of the treasuries thereof, and of the upper chambers thereof, and of the inner parlours thereof, and of the place of the mercy seat,"
Hebrews 9:6 - "Now when these things were thus ordained, the priests went always into the first tabernacle, accomplishing the service of God."
Hebrews 9:7 - "But the second went the high priest alone once every year, not without blood, which he offered for himself, and for the errors of the people:"
The Temple and Tabernacle are both a pattern and a picture of Heaven, God dwells in both. Both even have a pattern design of the Cross as well. The "typology" of the Temple and the Tabernacle is of the Messiah and the Cross.
Matthew 23:20 - "Whoso therefore shall swear by the altar, sweareth by it, and by all things thereon."
Matthew 23:21 - "And whoso shall swear by the temple, sweareth by it, and by him that dwelleth therein."
Matthew 23:22 - "And he that shall swear by heaven, sweareth by the throne of God, and by him that sitteth thereon."
Hebrews 9:23 - "It was therefore necessary that the patterns of things in the heavens should be purified with these; but the heavenly things themselves with better sacrifices than these."
Hebrews 9:24 - "For Christ is not entered intho the holy places made with hands, which are the figures of the true; but into heaven itself, now to appear in the presence of God for us:"
Hiding in the temple is also mentioned elsewhere in the Scriptures. From what you have just read, it can be seen that this is a metaphor for being hid in heaven during the time of trouble, or tribulation.
Psalm 27:5 - "For in the time of trouble he shall hide me in his pavilion: in the secret of his tabernacle shall he hide me; he shall set me up upon a rock."
Furthermore, this is a quote from Psalm 27, which is to be read every day for the 30 days leading up to the Feast of Trumpets, also known as the Wedding of the Messiah. Also, Psalm 27 contains other Rapture parallels and language. Take a moment to read it and see for yourself.
Psalm 31:20 - "Thou shalt hide them in the secret of thy presence from the pride of man: thou shalt keep them secretly in a pavilion from the strife of tongues."
Understanding the purpose and symbolic meaning of the chambers, that they represent heaven, shows that these verses from Isaiah are talking about the Pre-Tribulation Rapture to heaven.
Isaiah 26:19 - "Thy dead men shall live, together with my dead body shall they rise. Awake and sing, ye that dwell in dust: for thy dew is as the dew of herbs, and the earth shall cast out the dead."
Isaiah 26:20 - "Come, my people, enter into thy chambers, and shut thy doors about thee: hide thyself as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast."
Isaiah 26:21 - "For, behold, the LORD cometh out of his place to punish the inhabitants of the earth for their iniquity: the earth also shall disclose her blood, and shall no more cover her slain."
Isaiah 27:1 - "In that day the LORD was with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea."
In the next post on "The Theme of The Bride" we will look at the preparations by the Bride and how she is to be about during the absence of the Groom. Throughout this absence, her task is to be ready at all times.