When confronted about who he was ‘prophetically’ and what his role was in God’s photo album of doctrine, John ‘the Baptist’ answered saying “Ye yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him” [John 3:28] 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”. The husband, or bridegroom, is of course the Lord Jesus Christ [Revelation 18:23] and of course the bride is the church [Ephesians 5:25] and as a man (husband) and his woman (wife) are ONE [Ephesians 5:31] this picture is of Christ and His bride [32]. Something interesting about Jewish marriage customs is the practice of a Shadchan or {Matchmaker}. This ‘Shadchan’ is often a relative of or friend of the family and would seek out compatible mates – thus eliminating the often failure of ‘roll-of-the-dice” matches. In fact so many random matches fail that the practice of having a Shadchan arrange meetings with compatible mates is regaining popularity in Jewish culture. Once the Shadchan has arranged a meeting the groom and bride meet and determine for themselves if they are interested in the match and they choose whether to proceed. Once betrothed, the couple are referred to as husband and wife although they do not physically consummate the marriage until the betrothal has ended. Now watch this! After the betrothal, the groom prepares a dwelling place [John 14:1-3] for his new wife [Ephesians 5] and the family they are about to begin. Once completed the groom’s father would inspect it and determine if it was ready. If so, the father would choose a time and date to send his son (the groom) to go get his new bride and bring her to the new home! The groom was, until his father sends him to get his bride, unaware of when this might happen [Matt 24:42]. As such, a Jewish bride was told to keep herself pure, prepared and to be watching for her husband to come and call her out of her father’s house. In this traditional Jewish marriage practice the groom does not enter her house but stands outside with his entourage and calls [Matt 25:6, 13] for his bride to come out to meet him.  With her bride’s maids she comes out to meet him [Matt 25:1] and is carried to her wedding chamber prepared by her husband! It is a beautiful and joyous occasion which is celebrated by friends and family of the bride and groom!  How interesting this picture is! Friend – don’t let yourself be misled by a well-meaning but poorly studied preacher. The Lord IS coming for His bride as soon as His Father says “go get her”. It WILL happen without notice “as a thief in the night” [1st Thessalonians 5:2] and 2 will be working and all the sudden 1 will be gone [Matt 24:41]. The beginning miracle of our Lord’s public ministry was at a wedding [John 2]. The 2nd Coming of Christ in His Kingship ministry will begin with a wedding. That wedding won’t start until the Bride is present with Him. As such we will be gathered unto Him [1st Thessalonians 5:9, 2nd Thessalonians 2:1, Revelation 4:1 et al].