These verses (Rev. 21:9-10) tell what the bride of Christ is and is not.
Revelation 21:9-10 The New City of Jerusalem
9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God.
What the Bride of Christ is Not
- It is not Israel of the O.T. times
- It is not part of the N.T. church
- It is not the whole N.T. church
- It is not the 144,000 Jews
- It is not the tribulation saints
- It is not any single individual or any one special group of individuals out of the redeemed
- It is not any one denomination or the denominations combined
What the Bride of Christ Is:
It is “that great city, the holy Jerusalem” (Rev. 21: 2, 9-10). This is what the angel pointed out to John when he promised to show him the bride, the Lamb’s wife — the Holy City, the heavenly Jerusalem. What a simple revelation.
It is unscriptural to speak of any one company of redeemed as being the exclusive bride of Christ. If the city, the New Jerusalem, is the bride, then all who go to the Holy City make up the bride and not just some parts of them. This includes all saints, angels and any others that God and Jesus will house there from every age.
It is also thought of by some that the saved sinner becomes a bride (engaged to be married; a marriage contract) of Christ at conversion.
All of the Redeemed will Live in the City
- The O.T. saints were promised the New Jerusalem(Heb. 11:10-16)
- The early church was promised the city (Jn. 14:1-3; Heb. 13:14)
- Every Christian is promised the New City (Rev. 3:12; Jn. 14:1-3; Heb. 12:23)
- The 144,000 Jews will be there (Rev. 7:1-8; 12:5; 14:1-5)
- The tribulation saints will go there (Rev. 6:9-11;7: 9-17; 15:2:4; 20:4-6)
Therefore, it is concluded that since all saints in the first resurrection will go to live in the New City of Jerusalem. All saints will be members of the bride. No mansion, temple or any other building can be called the city, the Lamb’s wife. It takes all to be the Bride of Christ. That is the Bride of Christ is the combination of the New City of Jerusalem, all the saints from every generation and all the angels.
It would be scriptural, however, to say concerning the redeemed, that they are now married to Christ under the terms of the new covenant, that they are now citizens of heaven, that they have a hope of going to live in the New Jerusalem, and that because of this they expect to be a part of the bride of Christ and a part of the heavenly city. But no one is actually a part of the bride until he begins to live in the city, which is the bride, the Lamb’s wife (Rev: 21:9-10). Therefore it would seem that the redeemed (saints and angels) would be engaged
Students for centuries have called the church the bride of Christ but this is unscriptural. All saints will become a part of the bride when its members begin to live in the New Jerusalem but will not be the exclusive bride of Christ. All the redeemed of all the other ages will also be part of the bride (Rev. 21:9-10).
The Wife of Christ – Revelation 21:9-10
The wife or bride here is the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, and is the same as the wife in Rev. 19:7, which is the redeemed of all ages who will have part in the first resurrection and who will live in the New Jerusalem forever. Just because the wife of Rev. 19:7 is not called a bride does not mean that all women who marry aren’t called brides? It is true that Israel is married to God, but there is no proof that she is the only participant as a wife and bride of Rev. 19:7; 21:2, 9-10; 22:17). [Note: The Bide of Christ is all of the redeemed. The Wife of Christ is the New City of Jerusalem. They both are referred to as the bride and wife of Christ and will come together as the Bride and Wife of Christ when the Bride moves in with the Wife, the New City of Jerusalem, for eternity.
Revelation 21:9-10 9 Then one of the seven angels who had the seven bowls filled with the seven last plagues came to me and talked with me, saying, “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.” 10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God,
8 Proofs the Church Is Now Engaged to be Married
- Jesus called Himself the bridegroom of Christians (Mt. 9:15; Mk. 2:19-20; Lk. 5:34-35).
- John called Christ the bridegroom (Jn. 3:29).. The Gr. word for bridegroom in all these passages is numphios, a newly married man.
- Christians are married to Christ under the terms of the N.T. as Israel was married (engaged) to Jesus under the terms of the O.T. (Mt. 26:28; Lk. 22:20; 2 Cor. 3; Heb. 12:24).
- Paul taught that Christians are married (engaged) to Christ by the new covenant (Rom. 7:1-6).
- Paul taught that O.T. saints will not be perfected apart from the N.T. saints (Heb. 11:40). This means that all will be perfected together as those who make the inhabitants of the New Jerusalem, the Lamb’s wife.
- Jesus in Rev. 22:16-17, after the ascension, recognized that believers on earth were already His bride or were to be a part of His bride.
- Paul in Cor. 11:3; 12:12-28; Eph. 4:12-16; 5:25-33 used the marriage relationship to illustrate and teach the relationship of Christ to His church, proving Christians are now married (engaged) to Christ.
- Paul taught that believers are now joined to the Lord or married (engaged) to Him in one Spirit, as Isreal was in the O.T. days (Isa. 56:6; Jer. 50:5).
Marriage of Christ Completed
It is clear from the above the Christians are now married (engaged) to Christ. It is also clear from 2 Cor. 11:1-21; Rev. 19:1-10 that they are to have final marriage festivities. The seeming difference may be explained by Hebrew custom (Mt. 1:18).; The betrothed parties were legally in the position of a married couple and unfaithfulness in this period was adultery (Deut. 22:23Mt. 1:19). The concluding festivities took place at the actual time of coming together as a man and wife at which time a marriage supper was given. The marriage was consummated by entrance into the wedding chamber. The marriage supper of the Lamb in Rev. 19 is simply the concluding ceremony, not the marriage contract entered into at conversion.
Salvation is a gracious gift from God based solely on our acceptance of Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior (John 3:16; Acts 4:12; Eph. 2:8–9; Tit. 3:5). To receive this gracious gift and the eternal benefits that go with it, we only have to invite Jesus into our lives, accepting Him and His work by faith (Rom. 10:9).Also to become a bride of Christ is an especially gracious gift. The Christian message and hope are that simple.
Always keep Jesus in your heart and on your mind.
God is testing us every day and has given us the right to make our own choices. Do you know which ones are the right choices in Gods mind?
Fear God, love God, honor God, and trust God with all your heart, mind and soul and you will receive and experience the joy of the promises of God’s blessings in His time.
Prayer: Father in heaven, I praise You for Your Son and the Holy Spirit. I praise You for your grace in sending us Your wisdom about the “Bride of Christ.” Please bless all those who have read this article for they too are seeking Your righteous truth and understanding. It is heartwarming to be able to read and understand how Jesus is married to the bride and to learn who the bride really is. Father, this gives me great happiness and exuberant hope that Jesus will come for His bride.
May God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit and Christianity be our guiding lights. Let it be Your will Lord not mine. Please come Lord Jesus.
I pray in Jesus sweet name and to His glory through the power of the Holy Spirit,
Christian thought: Hearts can be renewed by Jesus. Christ can make a heart strong. God can create a new clean heart. The Lord can cleanse the heart and renew its spirit. But those who truly repent of the sins, believe-in Jesus Christ, and accept Him as their Lord and Savior are considered a bride of Christ and will join Him in heaven.