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Favorite 29 The Word Rapture

Synopsis of May 28, 2015 …… The Word Translated Rapture

1 Thessalonians 4:17 – “Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord.”

How many times have you heard that the word “rapture” isn’t found in scripture? True, one will never find this word in an English translation of scripture. But does this mean that it doesn’t exist at all?

How many times have you heard that those who use the word rapture must be labeled unorthodox, blasphemers, illiterate, or heretical? The terms “millennial reign” and “millennium” aren’t found in scripture either, but the phrase “reign for a thousand years” is found in Revelation 20:4-7! Neither can the phrase “second coming” be found anywhere in the Bible. Likewise, the word “trinity” isn’t found in the Bible. None of these words or phrases gets anyone labeled unorthodox, a blasphemer, an illiterate, or a heretic, except the word rapture!

The Origin Of The Word Translated “Rapture”
True, one will never find this word, rapture, in an English translation of scripture.   The term, caught up is, however, found in 1 Thessalonians 4:17 – “Then we who are alive and remain will be caught-up.   This term, caught-up, is the Greek word harpazō, [ἁρπάζω G726] which means to be seized or plucked up by force, to catch (away, or up), pluck, pull, or to take by force.

As the language in the church changed from Greek to Latin, Saint Jerome was given the task of translating the scriptures from Greek to Latin, and used the word “rapiemur” to translate the Greek word harpazō. Rapiemur and rapturo are two forms of the same verb, as are: rapio, rapere, rapui, raptus. The English word, rapture, simply comes from the Latin translation, rapiemur, of the Koiné Greek word, harpazō.

The Rapture Is The Blessed Hope
How many times have you heard that the Church/Bride of Yeshua will have to endure either part of or the entire tribulation period?   Apparently these people are not looking for “the blessed hope”, as scripture calls it. Shedding this mortal, earthly, fleshy body for a body that will be like Yeshua’s – glorious, radiant, honorable, powerful, undying, and spiritual is a blessed hope. Leaving this earthly realm to always be with Yeshua when he appears and is revealed is a blessed hope.

Throughout the Newer Covenant scriptures, we see an image of the meeting with Yeshua Ha’Mashiach upon the resurrection/rapture as a blessed, joyful, wonderful event. At the resurrection, we receive our immortal, incorruptible bodies in which we will spend eternity. Now that is a blessed hope.

Conclusions
The word Rapture, is indeed used in scripture. But one has to do one’s homework and trace its origins. Greek to Latin to English! The English word, rapture, simply comes from the Latin translation, rapiemur, of the Koiné Greek word, harpazō. The Rapture will simply be like being caught for some up but for others will be like being yanked out of here! The snatching away, the catching up, the seizing, or the harpazō, whichever term one uses, will not be something that human beings accomplish. When Yeshua shouts, he will be commanding our immediate presence, not asking if we would mind coming up once we’ve gotten showered and dressed in our finest linens!

Are you looking forward to The Resurrection / Rapture with joy, with a living hope, and overwhelming gladness? Are you looking forward to the blessed hope? Or are you simply expecting to be taken up with nary a whimper, leaving your clothes behind in a crumpled heap? Not much fun in that, is there!

Favorite 28 Yeshua’s Supper

Synopsis of October 16, 2011….. The Lord’s Supper

The Body:

1 Corinthians 11:23-24 – “Yeshua, in the night in which He was betrayed took bread; and when he had given thanks, he broke it and said, ‘This is my body, which is for you; do this in remembrance of me.”

The Manna
Numbers 11:7-8 – “Now the manna was like coriander seed, and its appearance like that of bdellium. The people went about and gathered it, and ground it in mills or beat it in mortars . .”
The coriander seed has a shell that has furrows, resembling the stripes on Jesus after the whipping he received at Pontius Pilate’s command. Coriander has to be beaten or ground in a mill before it can be used for cooking or eating. Likewise, Jesus was crushed with the burden of the sin of the world in his Gethsēmanē and was bruised and beaten during the two trials.

Jesus spoke of the manna, revealing its true significance:
John 6:48-51 – “I am the bread of life. Your fathers ate the manna in the wilderness, and they died. This is the bread which comes down from heaven, that a man may eat of it and not die. I am the living bread which came down from heaven; if any one eats of this bread, he will live for ever; and the bread which I shall give for the life of the world is my flesh.”

The Matzo
Exodus 12:8 – “And they shall eat the meat on that night, roasted over the fire, and matzos, with bitter herbs, shall they eat it.”
Matzo is a perfect picture of the body of Messiah. Matzo has no leaven. Leaven is a shadow and type of sin, and Yeshua knew no sin. Matzo also has stripes on it, representing the stripes Yeshua bore for our healing. Matzo also has dark splotches over it’s surface representing the bruises the he suffered for our iniquities. Matzo is also pierced so that it won’t curl up when baking representing the piercing that Yeshua suffered for our transgressions.

The Afikoman
In the Passover Seder meal the middle matzo is taken and broken in two. This is the portion that Yeshua broke during the Last Supper when He said, “This is my body that is broken for you”. One half of the broken Matzo, called the Afikoman, is wrapped in a white cloth and hidden to be found later in the meal, and hiding the middle matzo represents his burial. The nation of Israel has been taking the middle matzo, the afikoman, and doing this for centuries, not understanding that the Matzo that is broken, wrapped in a cloth, and buried is symbolic of Yeshua their Messiah.

The Blood:

Matthew 26:27-28 – “And when he had taken a cup and given thanks, he gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you; for this is my blood of the covenant, which is poured out for many for forgiveness of sins.”

The Paschal Lamb Covenant
The most common picture of the blood is the sacrificial blood of the Lamb poured out during the Passover sacrifices and shed by Christ on the cross. But, is there more to the blood than just this picture? Indeed there is:

The Abrahamic Covenant

In Genesis, Yahweh pledged to Abraham that if either Abraham or himself would break the covenant, then God alone would shed his blood to fulfill the terms of that covenant. Normally, both parties would be pledging their lives to the endurance of the covenant relationship but Yahweh is the only one who walks through the blood sacrifice. Only he will pay the price with His life and blood if the covenant is broken. Yeshua fulfilled this covenant when he shed his blood during the trials and ultimately on the cross.

The Wedding Covenant
In a Jewish marriage, the groom would establish and pay the purchase price for the bride. Yeshua paid the ultimate price by being crucified and shedding his blood. He would then offer the cup of betrothal (the blood covenant) to his prospective bride, thereby pledging his life to and for his bride. If the bride accepted this promise, she would then drink of the cup confirming that she, too, would pledge her life to and for her betrothed. In effect, both promised to shed their blood to fulfill the covenant.

Taking The Supper Rightly:

1 Corinthians 11:27-29 – “Therefore whoever eats the bread or drinks the cup in an unworthy manner, shall be guilty of the body and the blood of Yeshua. But a man must examine himself, and in so doing he is to eat of the bread and drink of the cup. For he who eats and drinks, eats and drinks judgment to himself if he does not judge the body rightly.”

If you are taking the bread without fully comprehending that Yeshua is the bread (Manna, Matzo, Afikoman), then perhaps you are taking the bread in an unworthy manner. If you are taking the cup without fully comprehending that Yeshua’s blood is the blood of the covenants (Paschal Lamb, Abrahamic, Betrothal) and that in taking the cup you are pledging your life to Yeshua just as he has given his life for you then perhaps you are taking the wine in an unworthy manner. Taking the Lord’s Supper in an unworthy manner brings judgment. Therefore, take the Yeshua’s Supper in a worthy manner, for the time grows short and one does not want to be found wanting when he returns.

 

Favorite 27 Blood of Yeshua

Synopsis of April 12, 2011…… The Powerful Blood of Christ

Many do not understand that sin did not originate in the Garden of Eden with Adam and Eve.

Where Sin Began:
True, Eve was deceived and began to “be like God”. Her first sin was in misquoting God’s words to Adam (Genesis 3:2). Next, she takes it on her own authority to proclaim that the fruit is “good” – despite the fact that only God has the authority to proclaim what is good and what is bad, or evil! Finally, she eats the fruit, then proceeds to contaminate her spouse with sin by giving him of the fruit (Genesis 3:6).

Thus, sin begins many would say. But wait, sin was already in the universe. Satan was the first to sin, in heaven, in the Heavenly Temple, according to Isaiah14:12-15.

The item needed:
God knew that blood would be needed to cleanse the Heavenly Temple, and also to give mankind access to himself and the Temple. But where could he get this blood? Heaven is populated by spirit beings, and only beings of flesh have blood. Thus began God’s plan to create the earth, populate it with beings of flesh, and provide blood to cleanse his heavenly home. But animal blood would not be good enough, and neither would human blood, once Adam and Eve had sinned. Pure blood was needed. God needed a sacrifice once and for all, a sacrifice that would be sufficient to cover or atone for all sin. Hence, Yeshua is born of a virgin and the application of his blood to the heavenly temple (Hebrews 9:11-28).

But why blood?
Leviticus 17:11 – “For the life of the flesh is in the blood; and I have given it to you for making atonement for your lives on the altar; for, as life, it is the blood that makes atonement.”

Blood is the only substance that makes atonement. When Adam and Eve sinned in the garden, God shed blood to provide a cover. Deuteronomy 12:23 also tells us that the life is in the blood, or more accurately, the blood is life. Hebrews 9:22 tells us that there is no forgiveness or remission of sins without the shedding of blood.

Blood is the only substance within our bodies that covers. If you don’t get this, next time you cut yourself take a look at the blood. The blood on wounds has to be removed before you, a doctor, a nurse, or someone else can assess the damage. Why? Because you can’t see through it – it fully covers!

Favorite 26 Two Witnesses and More

Synopses of 9/04/14 and 8/1//16.. Two Witnesses of Revelation and More

Revelation 11:3-4 – “And I will give power to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy one thousand two hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth. These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands standing before the God of the earth.”

Scripture tells us that there are two witnesses who will testify and prophesy for three and one-half years (1260 days) during the latter half of the tribulation period. Their primary purpose is to testify to Yeshua and denounce the Anti-Christ or Beast. Many believe that these two witnesses are Moses and Elijah. Others believe they are Enoch and Elijah. But what if they are none of the above?

Human Death
Hebrews 9:27 – “It is appointed for humans to die once and after this comes judgment.”
Scripture tells us that there are only two types of death. The first type is the death of the body when the soul is either assigned to Sheol [Hell] or ascends to be with Yeshua (Philippians 1:23). Each human, once resurrected, will then be assigned to live eternally with Yahweh and Yeshua, or will be consigned to eternal death in the Lake of Fire.

Human Witnesses
The Human Witnesses represent either the Law and the Prophets, Law and Grace, or Jews and Gentiles. Let’s examine the possibilities of who those two witnesses may be, if they indeed be human beings:
Elijah is considered to be the premier candidate and he would clearly represent the Prophets and/or the Jews. He has never physically died, having been taken alive into heaven (2 Kings 2:1-11).
Moses has only physically died once, as far as we are aware and was buried by Yahweh (Deuteronomy 34:4-7). Moses would represent Law.
Enoch would portray Grace, also having been taken alive into heaven (Genesis 5:24 and Hebrews 11:5).
Many contend that the two most likely candidates are Enoch and Elijah. Both were men of righteousness who were raptured to Heaven alive, never having to experience the first death. Both were prophets. Enoch was a Gentile and Elijah was a Jew.

However:
Amos 3:7 – “Surely Yahweh does nothing unless he reveals his secret counsel to his servants the prophets.”
Scripture does not give us any indication that either Enoch or Moses are prophesied to return before the Day of the Lord. Scripture does, however, indicate that Elijah is to return before the Day of the Lord. His mission: He will turn the heart of fathers to their sons, and the heart of sons to their fathers (Malachi 3:23-24).

Non-Human Witnesses
Let’s examine the possibilities of who those two witnesses may be, if they indeed be someone other than humans:

Revelation 11:4 – “These are the two olive trees and the two lamp stands standing before the God of the earth.”
The two witnesses stand before Yahweh, will be clothed in sackcloth, have the power to destroy their enemies with fire from their mouths, control the weather, turn water into blood, and cause plagues, will be killed in Jerusalem, and will be resurrected and ascend into heaven while all the world watches.

Zechariah 4:14 gives us further insight into who the two lamp stands may be. They are the “two anointed ones who are standing by the Lord of the whole earth.” Isaiah 6:1-7 gives us another picture of who these beings are who stand beside Yahweh: they are the two Seraphim! So does the Ark of the Covenant. The two who sat at either end of the Ark were Cherubim, another name for the Seraphim! The two witnesses are never called sons of Adam, nor are they called human beings, scripture simply calls them lampstands and olive trees!

Those Who Called Fire Down From Heaven
Many humans have called down fire from heaven, but scripture never states that they breath fire from their mouths. There are those who have called down fire are, and two who wanted to call down fire, but Yeshua did not allow them to do so. They are: Moses, Elijah, David, Solomon, James and John, and the Second Beast.

True Fire Breathing Beings
Revelation 11:5 – “If anyone desires to harm them, fire proceeds out of their mouth and devours their enemies.
Job 41:18-21 – “From Leviathan’s mouth go flaming torches.”
Scripture only gives the ability to breath fire from their mouth to Leviathan. And Leviathan is synonymous with the serpent, the snake, the sea monster, and the dragon. All apt descriptions of Lucifer, or Satan. And guess to what genus, phylum, and order Satan belongs: the order of Seraphim, or Cherubim!

Death Of The Witnesses
Revelation 11:7 – “When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them, and kill them.”
Scripture indicates that neither of the two witnesses can be killed by a human being. Only the beast can do so at about the mid-point of the tribulation period; at about the same time that Satan, former chief of the Seraphim, is allowed to indwell the Antichrist. Can angels, Seraphim, or Cherubim become human and thus be subject to death and resurrection? Yeshua, who is God, came in human form, died a physical death, and was resurrected! There is an old saying: “It takes a thief to catch a thief.” Perhaps it takes a Seraph to kill a Seraph, eh? Could the two witnesses be Seraphim / Cherubim who also come in human form, are killed, and are then resurrected? Perhaps so!

The Ascension Into Heaven
Revelation 11:7 – “I heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here!” They went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies saw them.”
Once again, we see a “rapture” or a going up into heaven witnessed by many. But notice one great difference. Enoch, Elijah, and Yeshua were all carried up by horses! Revelation states that the two witnesses merely went up! If they are indeed tannı̂yn [תַּנִּין H8577], or dragons, then they have wings upon which they can fly up into heaven.

Conclusions
The two witnesses of Revelation will one day be revealed. Will they be human beings? Perhaps not! I am not dogmatically stating that the two witnesses are Seraphim, but Revelation gives us some very strong hints that they may indeed be the two Seraphim that stand before Yahweh who take on human form then testify to Yeshua and denounce the Anti-Christ or Beast. In their human form, do they, too, face death and resurrection just as did Yeshua? Perhaps so! Revelation hints that the two witnesses are not human, but are of the genus, phylum, and order of Seraphim, or Cherubim. What do you say?

Favorite 25 The Five Crowns

Reprint of May 15, 2011……………………….. The Five Crowns

The Five Crowns, or Rewards, are given to those who will have authority in the Messianic Kingdom, and the amount of authority they will have. Not all who are saved will have authority in the kingdom. Some will have their works burnt up, rather than being refined in the fire of judgment at the Bema Seat.

The Incorruptible Crown:
1 Corinthians 9:24-27 – “Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it.  Athletes exercise self-control in all things; they do it to receive a perishable wreath, but we an imperishable one.  So I do not run aimlessly, nor do I box as though beating the air but I punish my body and enslave it, so that after proclaiming to others I myself should not be disqualified.”
This Crown is the crown of self control and victory in the Christian life. It is given to those who have gained victory over the old man and sinful life, who live a spirit controlled life.

The Crown of Rejoicing (Boasting):
1 Thessalonians 2:19 – “For what is our hope or joy or crown of boasting before our Lord Jesus at his coming? Is it not you?”
Philippians 4:1 – “Therefore, my brethren dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved.”
This crown is for those who evangelize and win souls, and whose fruits can be seen in those people who have come to accept Jesus as their Savior and Lord.

The Crown of Righteousness:
2 Timothy 4:8 – “From now on there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, will give me on that day, and not only to me but also to all who have longed for his appearing.”
This crown is given to those who keep the faith both doctrinally and morally in spite of adverse circumstances and those who look longingly for the return of Jesus Christ. Their lives are lived in conformity to the New Testament, they have their minds transformed, and they look earnestly for the Rapture.

The Crown of Life:
James 1:12 – “Blessed is anyone who endures temptation. Such a one has stood the test and will receive the crown of life that the Lord has promised to those who love him.”
Revelation 2:10 – “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Beware, the devil is about to throw some of you into prison so that you may be tested, and for ten days you will have affliction. Be faithful until death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
This crown is given to those who faithfully endure trials and persecutions for the sake of Christ, and who trust the Lord to bring them through these adversities. This crown is also given to those who suffer martyrdom.

The Crown of Glory:
1 Peter 5:2-4 – I exhort the elders among you “to tend the flock of God that is in your charge, exercising the oversight, not under compulsion but willingly, as God would have you do it – not for sordid gain but eagerly. Do not lord it over those in your charge, but be examples to the flock.  And when the chief shepherd appears, you will win the crown of glory that never fades away.”
This crown is given to those who faithfully oversee the flock as pastors, elders, and others. They are those who feed the flock with the milk and meat of God’s word.

Favorite 24 Resurrections and Judgments

Reprint of May 13, 2011…………. The Multiple Resurrections and Judgments

The multiple resurrections and judgments mentioned in the Bible are listed below in chronological order:

The 1st Resurrection – The Resurrection of Christ
Colossians 1:18 He is also head of the body, the church; and He is the beginning, the firstborn from the dead, so that He Himself will come to have first place in everything. Jesus is the first fruit, the first to be resurrected to eternal life.

The 2nd Resurrection – The Judgment of the Redeemed at the Bema Seat of Christ – Right After The Rapture
2 Corinthians 5:10 – For all of us must appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each may receive recompense for what has been done in the body, whether good or evil. This judgment does not determine whether or not a person is cast into hell –the person who has placed their trust in Christ is not condemned but has already received eternal life. 1st Corinthians 4:5 states that the Lord brings to light what is hidden in darkness and exposes the motives of men’s hearts who have just been resurrected or raptured. At that time each will receive his praise from God, and will either receive rewards for faithfulness and service, or will lose rewards due to unfaithfulness, also referred to as receiving crowns to lay at Jesus’ feet. This resurrection and judgment applies to “the dead in Christ”, and also to those who are raptured at Christ’s coming to take His bride home.

The 3rd Resurrection – The Judgment of Tribulation Believers – At The End Of The Tribulation Period
Revelation 20:4-5 I saw thrones on which were seated those who had been given authority to judge. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony for Jesus and because of the word of God. They had not worshiped the beast or his image and had not received his mark on their fore-heads or their hands. They came to life and reigned with Christ a thousand years. (The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were ended.) This resurrection and judgment occur at the end of the tribulation period before the second coming of Christ.

The 4th Resurrection – The Judgment of Old Testament Believers – Right After The Second Coming
Daniel 12:1-2 At that time Michael, the great prince who protects your people, will stand up. There will be a time of much trouble, the worst time since nations have been on earth, but your people will be saved. Everyone whose name is written in God’s book will be saved. Many people who have already died will live again. Some of them will wake up to have life forever, but some will wake up to find shame and disgrace forever. This resurrection and judgment occur just after the second coming of Christ. Old Testament believers are ushered into the millennium kingdom.

The 5th Resurrection – The Judgment of Surviving Jews – Right After The Second Coming
Ezekiel 20:34-38 I will bring you among the nations as I brought your ancestors into the desert with Moses. There I will judge you face to face. This resurrection and judgment also occurs just after the second coming of Christ. The Jews are gathered once again in the wilderness, right after the second coming. The saved enter the millennium kingdom and the lost are purged.

The 6th Resurrection – The Judgment of Surviving Gentiles (Sheep and Goats) – Right After The Second Coming
Matthew 25:31-46 “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” This resurrection and judgment also occurs just after the second coming of Christ. Christ will be seated on his glorious throne, and will judge all humans who have survived the great tribulation. The saved will be ushered into the millennium kingdom and the lost cast into hell.

The 7th Resurrection –The Judgment of All Others (Great White Throne) – At The End Of The Millennium
Revelation 20:11-15 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne. Then books were opened, and the book of life was opened. The dead were judged by what they had done, which was written in the books. At the end of the millennium years all who have died will be resurrected, and along with the surviving humans, will be judged according to their works. The righteous will enter eternity in the kingdom and the unsaved will be cast into hell. The severity of the judgments against the unsaved are detailed in Matthew 11: 21-23, Luke 24:47-48, and Romans 2:5-6.

The Final Judgment –The Judgment of Satan and His Demons – Right After The End Of The Millennium
Revelation 20:10 And Satan, who tricked them, was thrown into the lake of burning sulfur with the beast and the false prophet. There they will be punished day and night forever and ever. This is the final judgment. Hell and death are also cast into the lake of fire at this time.

Favorite 23 Jewish Wedding Ceremony

Reprint of April 23, 2015… Wedding Vows at a Jewish Wedding Ceremony

The Jewish Wedding Ceremony is full of significant rituals and is a perfect prophetic parallel of the coming of Yeshua to take his church to be his Bride, a dress rehearsal for The Rapture.  Several elements are present at every ceremony, including a ketubah [from kathab כְּתָב H3791] (a written contract or marriage agreement), a mikvah [מקווה H4723] (the place of cleansing and preparation), a chuppah [חֻפָּה‎ H2646] (a covering or canopy), and a sign [אוֹת- H226] (a visible, tangible expression of the love – the calling up of the bride).

The general progression starts at the house of the groom’s father, goes to the house of the bride’s father, and a proposal is made.  The groom then goes back to his father’s house, builds an addition for himself and his new bride, then goes to get the bride when the addition is ready.  Once there they shut and lock the doors and stay within for seven days.  After the seven days the bride is brought forth and shown to all. Let’s examine these steps in detail:

The Expedition
John 6:51 – “I am the living bread which came down from heaven . . .
In a Jewish marriage, the husband-to-be (groom) would consult with his father regarding the woman he wished to take as a bride.  If the father agreed to the groom’s plan, then the groom would leave his father’s home and travel to his betrothed’s (bride) home and speak with her father. Yeshua left His heavenly home, where his father dwells, and traveled to the Earth, the home of his betrothed, the Church, called the Bride of Christ.

The Proposal And The Ketubah
Matthew 26:27Yeshua took a cup and gave it to his disciples, saying,Drink from it, all of you . . .
Once the groom reached the bride’s home, he would establish and pay the purchase price for the bride, guaranteeing that he was serious about the marriage.  Yeshua paid the ultimate price by being crucified and shedding his blood.

The groom would compose and verify a written marriage contract, the Ketubah, with the bride’s father, then offer the cup of covenant to his prospective bride, thereby pledging his life to and for his bride. If the bride accepted this promise, she would then drink of the cup confirming that she, too, would pledge her life to and for her betrothed. Yeshua offers us the cup at every communion – you either accept his offer or reject it.

The Leaving
John 14:1-3 – “Yeshua said, ‘Don’t let your hearts be troubled. Trust in Yahweh, and trust in me. There are many rooms in my Father’s house; I would not tell you this if it were not true. I am going there to prepare a place for you. After I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with me so that you may be where I am’.”
Once the proposal had been given and accepted, the groom would say to his bride, “I go to prepare a place for you” then go back to his father’s home.  He would build an addition for himself and his bride and wait for his father’s approval.  The new addition had to be exceptional, stocked with all the newlyweds would need for their seven days of honeymoon.  It was customary for the groom to be gone for a long time and for the bride to wait in anticipation of his return.  At the end of the separation, the groom would show up unannounced to take his bride home, but only after his father had given him permission to do so. Yeshua has returned to Heaven and promises to return for His Bride. Yeshua will show up when we do not expect Him to do so, and only the Father in Heaven knows the date and time!

The Mikvah, A Sign, And The Return
1 Thessalonians 4:16-17 – “For Yeshua Himself will descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel and with the trumpet of Yahweh.”
The bride now keeps herself pure while she waits for her husband-to-be to return, for she is now considered to be “set apart”,  “consecrated”, and “bought with a price”.  Her Mikvah is her father’s home. She expects her husband-to-be to come at midnight and surprise her!  And what a noisy celebration that is. The groom’s party arrives with loud shouts, often accompanied by the blowing of a shofar or trumpet.  When the groom gets to his bride’s home, he will wait outside for the bride to join him. When Yeshua returns, he will shout, the archangel will shout, and Yahweh’s voice will sound like a trumpet. Yeshua will not come all the way to the Earth, but will wait for us to join him in the clouds.

Once the groom and bride are together, they proceeded to the groom’s new home, which is the addition to the same home as his father’s.   People would know that a wedding was in under way because of all the laughing and partying of the bridegroom and his friends as they carried the veiled bride through the streets to her new home.  The bride is “lifted up” and carried to the new home.  When the Bride of Christ is raptured, she meets Yeshua in the air, is covered by the clouds, and is taken to Heaven (1 Thessalonians 4:7).

The Chuppah, The Ketubah, And The Hiding
Matthew 25:10 – “The bridesmaids who were ready went in with the bridegroom to the wedding feast. Then the door was closed and locked.”
The groom and bride go to his fathers house and the wedding ceremony takes place under the Chuppah (marriage canopy).  The Chuppah is generally open on all sides, The reading of the ketubah text is given, outlining the groom’s responsibilities – to provide his bride with her daily physical needs (daily bread) as well as her emotional needs.  The couple is then concealed in the marital chamber.  Once inside they shut and lock the doors and stay within for seven days.

In English thinking, we get the idea that you simply go into a bedroom and shut the door. However, in Hebrew, the picture is one of concealment – the husband and wife go into the chamber and are hidden away for seven days.  Matthew 25:10 tells us the door is “closed and locked.”  Isaiah 26:19-21 gives us the image of those who come into their chambers, “lock the doors, and hide for a little while . . .”  This is repeated in Song of Solomon 2:8 and 13:10 – “My lover spoke and said to me, ‘Get up, my darling; let’s go away, my beautiful one’.”  These three patterns are perfect pictures of the concealment of the Bride of Christ in Heaven for seven years during the time of Yahweh/Yeshua’s indignation or wrath ( i.e.; the tribulation period).

The Revealing And The Supper
Revelation 19:7-10 – “Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Yahweh, for the marriage of Yeshua has come and his wife has made herself ready.  It was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean . . . Blessed are those who are invited to the marriage supper . . .”
At the end of the seven day period, after the concealment and consummation of the marriage, the husband and wife exit for the marriage supper or celebration meal.  Everyone’s works have been evaluated and rewarded at the Bema Seat of Yeshua.  The husband brings forth his wife so that everyone can see her, and the marriage supper begins.  At the end of the tribulation period Yeshua will come with all His saints and every eye will see Heaven opened and his wife adorned in fine, pure, white linen! After the supper is over, both will reign throughout the millennial kingdom. 

Conclusions
The Jewish Wedding Ceremony is, indeed a dress rehearsal for The Rapture.  Yeshua came down from Heaven,  gave his life as a ransom for his bride and offered her eternal life.  He returned to heaven to prepare a place for his bride and will return to take her home.  His return will be a noisy, celebratory event.  The bride will be concealed while he pours out his wrath upon those still living upon the earth, culminating in his return, the revealing of his wife, and their millennial reign.