Some people insist that since the bride in the Bible stands for saints, the teaching of the World Mission Society Church of God (WMSCOG) the Bride is “God the Mother” is wrong. Does the bride only indicate saints as they insist? No.
A word of the Bible does not always have only one meaning. For example, the word “lamb” sometimes means saints (Jn 10:10), and sometimes Christ who takes away the sin of the world (Jn 1:29). Like this, bride sometimes means saints or sometimes means “God the Mother.” Therefore, we should understand the exact meaning of bride according to the context.
1. When the saints are referred to as bride
- 2 Co 11:2 I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy. I promised you to one husband, to Christ, so that I might present you as a pure virgin to him.
- Eph 5:23-32 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior . . . “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery but I am talking about Christ and the church.
In the above words, the saints are likened to the wife of Christ who is the husband.
2. When the saints are referred to as those who are invited to a wedding
- Mt 22:2-10 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.He sent his servants to those who had been invited to the banquet to tell them to come . . . Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited did not deserve to come. Go to the street corners and invite to the banquet anyone you find.’ So the servants went out into the streets and gathered all the people they could find, both good and bad, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.”
- Mk 2:19-20 Jesus answered, “How can the guests of the bridegroom fast while he is with them? They cannot, so long as they have him with them.”
- Rev 19:7-9 “Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Then the angel said to me, “Write:?‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’”
In these parables, the saints are likened to those who are invited to the wedding banquet.
Comparing the two cases, the saints are described as bride or sometimes as the guests of the heavenly wedding banquet. If then, who is the bride in the heavenly wedding banquet?
3. The bride of the heavenly wedding banquet
- Rev 21:9-10 One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God.
- Gal 4:26 But the Jerusalem that is above is free, and she is our mother.
In the words of “our mother,” “our (we),” are the saints. Therefore, the mother is distinct from the saints and she is the saints’ mother.
In the heavenly wedding banquet, Heavenly Mother who is the Bride surely appears. The saints are described as guests of the wedding banquet. Therefore, the insistence that the bride of the heavenly wedding banquet in Revelation 19 is the saints is not consistent. Imagine that you are invited to a wedding. When you go there as a guest, what if you are suddenly asked to stand by the groom as his bride? Besides you, so should all of the guests.
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