The Comfort We Have in Jesus
Dr. Michael Richardson
Part III—The comfort we have in Jesus
A. The Apostle Paul tells us in I Thess. 4:18 to “comfort” one another with these words
B. Typology is very important. Moses learned that when he smote the rock for water the 2nd time
instead of speaking to the rock. That rock represented Jesus. Jesus need never be smitten a 2nd
C. Eze. 4:6 gives us the “day for a year” principle.
D. I believe that those 7 days in the Jewish Wedding picture represents the 7 years of the Great
E. In a church that I pastored, I had, a member who was a minister, who believed that Christ
returned at the end of the Great Tribulation. That the church has to go through the years of
“Jacob’s Trouble”. [The church does not come out of Jacob]
F. This is the Post Tribulation theory. He stated that he believed that the church went up and came
back down immediately.
G. You know, like the church went up for a drive through snack lunch on a bungee cord and back
H. Another Post Tribulation believer angrily told me that I was sending people to Hell with this
teaching parallel of the Jewish wedding ceremony.
I. I remember the day I married by beautiful wife. She came down those stairs in a beautiful pink
dress. Pink in the color of faithful love.
J. I did not say to her, “Honey, I want to marry you, but I have to let you be slapped around for a
while.” Nor would I allow such a thing today.
K. I just can not believe Jesus would say to his bride, “Honey, I love you, but I have to let you be
slapped around for 31/2 to 7 years first.”
L. What comfort is there is saying things like:
The Jewish Galilean Wedding Custom
Dr. Michael Richardson
Part II—The Jewish Galilean Wedding Custom
A. There are 11 places in the gospels showing that Jesus is our bridegroom
B. Let me give you just one: Luke 5:34 “And he said unto them, Can ye make the children of the
bridechamber fast, while the bridegroom is with them”
C. The Jewish Galilean Wedding Custom pictures our soon heavenly homecoming
D. The Jewish betrothal period was more serious that our engagement period because they were
considered man and wife even though the marriage vows had not yet taken place
E. When the covenant was made, they broke bread and drank from a cup to seal the covenant
F. That is what the Lord’s Supper is all about. I Cor. 11:26 “For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink
this cup, ye do shew the Lord's death till he come.
G. The Bridegroom paid for the price of the wedding. So, the parable of the Pearl of Great Price
shows us how Christ sees his bride, the Church. Also, there is I Cor. 620 “For ye are bought with a
price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God's.”
H. The Bridegroom then told his bride he would leave to build a bridal chamber for his bride BUT
THAT HE WOULD RETURN to take her there. John 14:1-3
I. Only the father knew when he would tell his son to go get his bride. Mark 13:32,33 “But of that
day and that hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels which are in heaven, neither the Son, but the
Father. Take ye heed, watch and pray: for ye know not when the time is.
J. In the Galilean Wedding the Bridegroom’s return was announced by the shout of the friend of
the bridegroom When Jesus returns, he will return with a shout. I Thess. 4 13-18
K. In the Jewish Wedding ceremony when the Bridegroom returned, they would put the bride in a
chair and carry her to the Bridegroom. One day soon we will be taken in the air to our new home
to be with Jesus I Thess. 4:13:18
L. In I Thess. 4:17 the Greek word for caught up is “harpazo” It means to be taken up by force.
M. The Bridegroom took his bride to his wedding chamber for 7 days.
N. After that, occurred the Wedding feast.