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The apostle Paul NEVER referred to the Body of Christ as the Bride of Christ, Sheep, Holy Nation or Priests, this doctrine has come about because of mixing the truth given to John & Paul whose apostleship were different in calling & ministry.
When reading scripture, Israel is always referred to as Sheep Holy Nation & Priests.
There is NO such thing in scripture as Replacement Theology, the Church, the Body of Christ did NOT replace Israel, Israel is a Chosen Nation unto God and will Always be one.
Replacement Theology came about from them that call themselves British Israelites, there is no such human animal, Biblical Israelites and Jews are one and the same people.
Scripture says, the Lord came to the (lost) Sheep of the house of Israel, the word lost does NOT literally mean lost, and couldn’t be found, lost means scatted, the Lord knows where every one is.
Israel as a Nation had Priests & Kings. Israel failed to be a Holy Nation, Israel will be a Holy Nation in the future.
In scripture when the Lord addresses Israel He always refers to her in the feminine way. Spiritually speaking the Lord was married to Israel but Israel never had a real marriage supper.
In Ezekiel 16:8 The Lord entered a marriage covenant with Israel.
In Jeremiah 3:14 The Lord said He was married to Israel, the Lord is the Bridegroom and Israel is the Bride.
Jeremiah 3:14 Turn, O backsliding children, saith the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one of a city, and two of a family, and I will bring you to Zion: – Spiritually speaking the Lord gave Israel a Divorce.
In Jeremiah 3:8 The Lord is the Bridegroom, He gave His Bride Israel a Divorce.
Jeremiah 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes whereby backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
In the future Christ will remarry His Bride Israel & Israel will have her first live marriage supper as stated Revelation 19:7 8 & 9.
In Hosea 2:7 The Lord is saying, she = Israel will return to her first husband, her first husband = Christ, the Lord = Bridegroom, Spiritually speaking Israel will remarry her Bridegroom = Christ.
Also in Hosea 2:9, 19 & 20 The Lord is Spiritually saying, He = Christ, Christ will remarry Israel…And I will betroth thee unto me for ever; yea, I will betroth thee unto me in righteousness, and in judgment, and in lovingkindness, and in mercies.
The key word in Hosea 2:9 and 19, 20 is “betroth,” the Lord, the Bridegroom, Christ will spiritually remarry Israel.
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.
In Isaiah 62:5 Thy sons = Israel, the Bridegroom = the Lord, the Bridegroom rejoiceth over the Bride, the Bride = Israel, God rejoice over thee, thee = Israel.
Revelation 19:7-9 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.
Verse (8) And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Verse (9) And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb, And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
The word (us) in verse (7) above is referring to Israel:
The word him = Christ,
The word Lamb = Christ,
His wife = Israel,
Lamb = Bridegroom = Christ,
His wife = the Bride = Israel—>This will be a real marriage supper.
In Revelation 21:9 It say’s, come hither, I will shew thee the Bride, the Lamb’s Wife.
John is saying in Revelation 21:9 – come hither, I will shew thee the Bride, the Lamb’s Wife.
Christ is the Lamb, who is the Lamb’s wife? The lamb’s wife has to be Israel, Israel was spiritually Married to the Lamb/Christ.
Revelation 21:10 is showing where the Bride and Bridegroom will reside, they will reside in the New Jerusalem that decends out of heaven from God…. the 12 tribes of ISRAEL and the 12 apostles will live in that New Jerusalem.
In Jeremiah 2:32 The Lord is still spiritually married to Israel, Can a maid forget her ornaments, or a bride her attire? yet “my people” have forgotten “me” days without number, me = Christ my people = Israel,
Jeremiah is telling Israel we are His Bride, why have you forsaken the Bridegroom days without number, the Lord is showing Israel that they have forgotten that they were Spiritually Married to the Lord, Israel = Bride.
Jeremiah 7:34 Then will I cause to cease from the cities of Judah, and from the streets of Jerusalem, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride: for the land shall be desolate.
In Jeremiah 7:34 The Lord is saying, He is the Bridegroom & the voice of the Bride = Israel.
Jeremiah 16:9 For thus saith the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel; Behold, I will cause to cease out of this place in your eyes, and in your days, the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride.
In Jeremiah 16:9 The Lord is saying the same as in Jeremiah 7:34 & 25:10.
In Jeremiah 25:10 the bridegroom = Christ, voice of the bride = Israel.
Jeremiah 25:10 Moreover I will take from them the voice of mirth, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the bridegroom, and the voice of the bride, the sound of the millstones, and the light of the candle.
Jeremiah 33:11 The voice of joy, and the voice of gladness, the voice of the Bridegroom and the voice of the Bride the voice of them that shall say, Praise the Lord of host: for the LORD is good; for his mercy endureth for ever: and of them that shall bring the sacrifice of praise into the house of the LORD. For I will cause to return the captivity of the “land,” as at the first, saith the LORD.
In Jeremiah 33:11 the Lord said, For I will cause to return the captivity of the “land,” as at the first, saith the LORD…the Body OF Christ inherits NO land, the Body OF Christ has a Heavenly HOME, … that land = the land Israel will inherit, that land was promised to her.
AGAIN, In Jeremiah 33:11 It is very clear who the Bride and Bridegroom is, the Bridegroom = Christ = Lord, and the Bride = Israel.
In Joel 2:16 It is also very clear who the Bride & Bridegroom is, it say’s, let the Bridegroom go forth of his chamber and the Bride out of her closet, the Bridegroom = Christ = Lord, His chamber is referring to the Holy of Holy’s where the High Priests would enter, the Bride out of her closet is referring to the chambers where the High Priests would reside.
Read Ezekiel 40:45 & 46, that explains the chambers where the High Priests would reside.
John 3:29 He that hath the “bride” is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which standeth and heareth him, rejoiceth greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.
John 3:29 above is saying, He = God = Christ is the Bridegroom . . . the word “Friend” = Israel.
Revelation 18:23 And the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee; and the voice of the bridegroom and of the bride shall be heard no more at all in thee: for thy merchants were the great men of the earth; for by thy sorceries were all nations deceived.
John in Revelation 18:23 above is saying, the light of a candle shall shine no more at all in thee, that candle = the Golden Candelabra that Israel use to light. . .the word thee = Christ. . . the voice of the bridegroom = Christ, and of the bride = Israel, God is talking to Israel in Revelation 18:23.
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.
John in Revelation 21:2 above is saying, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. . .that New City is where the 12 tribes and 12 Apostle to Israel will reside. . .God is preparing that City for His Bride, His Bride = Israel, Israel will be living in that New City. . .adorned for her husband, who is the husband? The Bridegroom = the husband = Christ.
Revelation 22:17 And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.
What is John saying in Revelation 22:17? John he is saying, the Holy Spirit and the Bride/Israel is saying come, let him/Israel, take the water of life freely.
Revelation 21:9 And there came unto me one of the seven angels 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.
John is saying in Revelation 21:9 above. . .come, let me show you the the Bride, the Lamb’s wife, John is pointing to the the New City that comes down from God out of heaven…that New City is where Israel the Bride is gonna reside with the Bridegroom/Christ.
The BRIDE OF CHRIST = Israel, the Bridegroom = Christ.
A few things to remember:
# 1, When reading scripture, context is the KEY to understanding scripture.
# 2, Knowing to whom the Book was written to.
Acts 3:21 = Prophecy = Israel…Whom the heaven must receive until the times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all his holy prophets since the world began, the key word is spoken.
Romans 16:25 = Mystery = the body of Christ…Now to him that is of power to stablish you according to my gospel and the preaching of Jesus Christ according to the revelation of the mystery which was kept secret since the world began, the key words are kept secret since the world began…the words my gospel = is the gospel the risen Lord gave to Paul.
Hopefully what you read has given you some insight, will add more as the Lord gives me more to see.