Pastor Bob (6 July 2014)
""The Biblical Theme of The Bride -10""

ALL Doves:

The next topic in "The Theme of the Bride" is the Ritual Cleansing bath or Baptism.  Such a bath is called a "Mikvah", and consists of 5760-egg volumes of water.  "Mikvah" is the same word used for Baptism in the Christian community.  To this very day, in conservative and orthodox Judaism, a Bride cannot marry without first a "Mikvah". 

Leviticus 15:18  - "The woman also with whom man shall lie with seed of copulation, they shall both bathe themselves in water, and be unclean until the even."

This passage in Ezekiel describes several parts of the wedding: the covenant, the baptism, the "fine linen", the ornate clothing of royalty, the crown, and the presentation of the Bride to the nations.  This has all the typology and overtones of the Biblical Bride of Christ.

Ezekiel 16:8  - "Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord GOD, and thou becamest mine."

Ezekiel 16:9  - "Then washed I thee with water; yea, I thoroughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil."

Ezekiel 16:10  - "I clothed thee also with broidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk."

Ezekiel 16:11  - "I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck."

Ezekiel 16:12  - "And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head."

Ezekiel 16:13  - "Thus was thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey,"

Ezekiel 16:14  - "And thy renown went forth among the heathen for thy beauty: for it was perfect through my comeliness, which I had put upon thee, saith the Lord GOD."

Acts 1:5 - "For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence."

Acts 2:38  - "Then Peter then said unto them, Repent, and be baptized every one of you in the name of Jesus Christ for the remission of sins, and ye shall receive the gift of the Holy Ghost."

We are cleansed by reading the Word of God, the Bible, by Christ Jesus, who is the Living Word.  -(John 1:1).

Ephesians 5:26 - "That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word,"

Ephesians 5:27  - "That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be hold and without blemish."

There is a Rapture at a baptism in Acts 8.

Acts 8:38  - "And he commanded the chariot to stand still: and they went down both into the water, both Philip and the eunuch; and he baptized him."

Acts 8:39  - "And when they were come up out of the water, the Spirit of the Lord caught away* Philip, that the eunuch saw him no more: and he went on his way rejoicing."

Acts 8:40  - "But Philip was found at Azotus: and passing through he preached in all the cities, till he came to Caesarea."

*[caught away = harpazo - the same word used in 1 Thessalonians 4 for "caught up" or Raptured].

In our next segment on "The Biblical Theme of Bride" we will look at the giving of gifts to the Bride.

God bless,

Pastor Bob