As I understand it all Jewish brides are stolen, they are snatched away.
All Jewish brides were said to be “stolen, caught up, or snatched up
by surprise.” The bride was then led to the groom’s house by a wedding
procession of women carrying lighted lamps, similar to the Parable of
the Ten Virgins that we will explore in next month’s Personal Update.
Traditionally the Father of the Bride and the Father of the groom along with the groom negotiate terms for the brides hand and the covenant is sealed with wine. The groom then goes off to prepare a place in his father's house for his bride. The groom then comes in an evening unannounced and snatches his bride away.
Bride and groom retreat to the bridal chamber prepared by the groom and the couple consummate the marriage and share their bridal week together. They then come out of the bridal chamber to celebrate the marriage feast with friends and family.
- Christ sealed His covenant with His bride with His own blood depicted by wine
- Some believe Christ will steal His bride at the rapture
- Some believe that Christ like the groom is preparing a place for us as promised in John 14:2
- Some believe the bridal week is likened to the seven year tribulation where the bride will be with the groom
- Some believe the marriage feast will be like the millennial reign of Christ