The "Bridegroom Lamb of God"
Traditional Christian beliefs regarding the “Bride” and the “Bridegroom” are not based on knowledge of what the terms really mean, so we should examine what is written and provide an analysis.
“You shall no more be termed Forsaken, neither shall your land any more be termed Desolate ... and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.” – Isaiah 62:4-5
That speaks of the Messiah or son of man, the servant-messenger of the Lord God. And apparently John the Baptist believed it spoke of Jesus of Nazareth, because we have a report of what John said right after Jesus began his teaching period.
“And they came to John, and said yo him, Rabbi, he that was with you beyond Jordan, to whom you bore witness, behold, the same baptized, and all men come to him. John answered and said, A man can receive nothing, except it be given him from heaven. You yourselves bear me witness, that I said, I am not the Christ, but that I am sent before him. He that has the bride is the bridegroom: but the friend of the bridegroom, which stands and hears him, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom's voice: this my joy therefore is fulfilled.” — John 3:26-29
Most modern scholars believe that the Gospel of John and John's Book of Revelation were written by two different individuals. But regardless of who the author was, note that the Gospel of John said “He that has the bride is the bridegroom,” which is consistent with what was written long after the death of Jesus, in John’s book of Revelation:
“I Jesus have sent mine angel to testify unto you these things in the churches. I am the root and the offspring of David, and the bright and morning star. And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely.” — Revelation 22:16-17
What is written in Revelation speaks of a vision of the future, of course, and the “marriage of the Lamb and the Bride” does not take place until the end of the age Jesus ushered in. And that becomes evident if you consider other things written in the Gospel of John.
Before his death, Jesus had essentially said: "I tell you the truth: I must go away, but I will send the Counselor to you. He will righteously judge the world; because I am going to heaven and you will see me no more. I came not to judge the world, but the rulers of this world must be judged. I have much more to say to you, but it is more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak of himself, because of himself he will do nothing but the will of the one who sent him. He will [write and] speak only what he hears from God, and he will tell you what is to come. He will glorify me by having what is mine and making it known to you." (Paraphrasing and clarifying John 8:28, John 12:47, and John 16:7-15)
Jesus was speaking of one who comes after him, who judges the leaders of the world and tells you what is to come. It is he who serves the Spirit of truth, who bears the testimony of Jesus and has the “bride.”
For while Jesus was the sacrificial Lamb of God, the modern son of man is the “Bridegroom Lamb of God.” And remember, Isaiah wrote that “as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall God rejoice over” the modern son of man. So he represents, metaphorically, the union of the bride and bridegroom. And why that is will be explained further in this article.
Unfortunately, John’s book of Revelation is one of the most misunderstood and misinterpreted books in the Christian Bible. Consequently, there are many different interpretations regarding who and what the characters and events are, and there are as many different opinions about the context or time of the events.
Other articles on this site discuss such issues, such as Prophecies Regarding He Who Fulfills Them, About Christianity, Isaiah Chapter 53, Mashiach ben David, and The Fall of Babylon. However, this article is specifically about what or who the "Bride and the Bridegroom Lamb" are. For even though most Christians believe Jesus was the Bridegroom (or will be when he “comes again”), and some believe the "Bride" is the Church, those beliefs are based on a misunderstanding of both John’s Revelation and the Hebrew Bible (Torah and Tanakh, also known as the "Old Testament").
John's Book of Revelation
John wrote the book of Revelation in symbolic language when he was a very old man on the Greek Isle of Patmos where he was in exile because Christians were being badly persecuted and killed by the Romans. Exactly when the book was written is debatable, though, because while some scholars date it to the late 60s A.D. (C.E.) during Nero's persecution, others date it to the mid-90s near the end of the reign of the Emperor Domitian. But most scholars date it no earlier than the 90s, mostly because John's message to the "seven churches" or communities would indicate that they were fairly well established.
Whatever the case, before John wrote the book he had engaged himself in intense studies, meditation and prayer, and he finally received the gift of revelation and was carried away in spirit to the spiritual realm where an angel spoke to him and showed him things past, present and future. But, because it is practically impossible to describe what one experiences there in a normal human frame of reference, he used mostly symbolism.
For example, John wrote: "I John saw the holy city of God, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband." (Revelations 21:2)
The "city" is not literal, of course, just as the "bride" is not literally a woman. But John restated it using the same terms when he wrote that "an angel of God" said to him:
"Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb's wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God." (Revelations 21:9-10)
The "holy city" and the "bride" are actually appropriate symbols for a great spiritual gift which Jesus received in the spiritual realm, which John witnessed and tried to describe. And, it is a gift which the modern son of man received in 1971 when he was 30 years of age.
That is why in an earlier chapter in Revelation 3:12 John reported that the spirit-soul or ghost of Jesus said: "Upon him who overcomes will I will write the name of the city of my God, which is New Jerusalem, which comes down out of heaven from my God. And I will write upon him my new name."
What is the “new name” of the Christ who is in heaven with God? Well, it is the ancient name restated in English as Jehoshuah, the son of Nun. It means he who serves and glorifies God the redeemer, and it means he who delivers appropriate judgment and shows you things to come. (And Nun, which is the 13th letter of the Hebrew alphabet and is symbolized by the fish, was the minister to Moses and the father of Joshua, the successor to Moses. And you should know that Nun also means fish in Aramaic, Phoenician and Arabic, and in esoteric traditions, Nun is the ethereal waters or ocean from which all life has come.)
So who is "he who overcomes," who has the Christ's new name and the name of the "city of God, New Jerusalem," which is the "bride," "written" upon him? It is the bridegroom lamb of God, and it is he who holds the "key of David."
He Who Holds the Key of David
We should see "he who overcomes" in the context of Revelation 3:7-8, which says: "And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things says he that is holy, he that is true, he that has the key of David, he that opens, and no man shuts; and shuts, and no man opens. I know your works: behold, I have set before you an open door, and no man can shut it: for you have a little strength, and have kept my word."
The reference to having "little strength" should be seen in the light of Isaiah 49:4-5, which foresees the modern Messiah saying:
"I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for naught, and in vain: yet surely my judgment is with the Lord, and my work with my God. And now, says the Lord that formed me from the womb to be his servant, to bring Jacob again to him: Though Israel be not gathered, yet shall I be glorious in the eyes of the LORD, and my God shall be my strength." -- Isaiah 49:4-5
We should also see "he who overcomes" in the context of Revelation 21:6-7, which states:
“He that overcomes shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son.'” -- Revelation 21:6-7
Now, consider also that John wrote about the one having the "key of David" because it refers to the individual written of in the book of Isaiah: "I will place on his shoulder the key to the house of David; what he opens no one can shut, and what he shuts no one can open." (Isaiah 22:21-22).
That goes with the following:
"In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith she shall be called, The Lord of our righteousness. For thus says the Lord: David shall never want a man to sit upon the throne of the house of Israel." (Jeremiah 33:15-17)
That is one of the reasons Jesus rejected the worldly throne even though in a sense he too "held the key of David." However, today another son of man holds the key, as Isaiah and Jesus knew he would. But he tells the world that Judah will not be saved and Jerusalem will not dwell safely until the modern state of Israel repents, makes amends, and makes peace.
Not Jesus, But The Modern Son of Man
Rather, it is the modern son of man who actually fulfills the prophecies in Isaiah, and he actually serves in the "new name" of “the Christ,” or, more accurately, of the “Ancient One,” also called "The Ancient of Days."
That, in fact, is why Jesus said: "Before Abraham was, I am." And it is why he spoke as and for the Ancient One on several occasions.
Another way of explaining it is that in one sense, both the son of man named Jesus and the modern son of man represent and serve the same entity, called the Ancient of Days or the Ancient One or the original Oversoul. And yet, the modern son of man is a servant of the Christ figure (who is now one with the Ancient One who is in heaven with God), and he is also a servant of the Lord Our God.
"Listen to me, all peoples, from far: the Lord has called me, and from the womb of my mother has God made mention of my name. And the Lord God has made my mouth and pen like a sharp sword. In the shadow of God’s hand have I been hidden; and the Lord has made me as a polished arrow concealed in God’s quiver. And God said to me: 'You are My servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.' But I said: 'I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for naught and vanity. Yet surely my righteousness is with the Lord, and my satisfaction with my God.' And my God that formed me from the womb to be a loyal servant, to bring Jacob back to God, and that Israel be gathered unto God — for I am honorable in the sight of the Lord, and my God is become my strength. Indeed, God said: 'It is not enough that you should be My servant to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and to restore the offspring of Israel. I will also give you for a light of all the nations, that My salvation may be unto the ends of the earth.' Thus said the Lord, the Redeemer of Israel, his Holy One, to him who is despised of men, to him who is abhorred of nations, to a servant of rulers: 'They shall see, and they shall lower themselves and acknowledge God; because of the Lord that is faithful, even the Holy One of Israel, who has chosen you.'" –– Isaiah 49:1-7
According to Isaiah, the modern son of man "brings Jacob back to God," and according to Isaiah 49:2-5, he "brings Jacob again."
"And He has made my mouth like a sharp sword, in the shadow of His hand has He hid me; and He has made me a polished shaft, in His quiver has He concealed me; And He said unto me: 'Thou are My servant, Israel, in whom I will be glorified.' But I said: 'I have labored in vain, I have spent my strength for naught and vanity; yet surely my right is with the Lord, and my recompense with my God.' And now says the LORD that formed me from the womb to be His servant, to bring Jacob back to Him, and that Israel be gathered unto Him--for I am honorable in the eyes of the Lord, and my God is become my strength." -- Isaiah 49:2-5
Those prophecies are not considered by Christians because they do not fit with the traditional Christian doctrines. But they fit with the actual prophecies of Jesus, who knew from reading Isaiah that the son of man to come would be fallible, only human, and struggle with God. Moreover, he would be stricken and afflicted, and suffer many things as he is rejected by his generation.
"The days will come when people will want to see one of the days of the son of man, and they shall not see it. So they will look here and there, but do not follow them. For as the lightning lightens all parts under heaven, so shall also the [work of the] son of man be in his day. But first he must suffer many things, and be rejected by his generation." -- Jesus, according to Luke 17:20-25
The trouble is, because of the erroneous presumptions and doctrines of men, Christians have not understood the prophecies of Jesus. For whereas Jesus was accepted by multitudes in his generation but was killed young, the modern son of man is old and has been rejected by his generation and been stricken, afflicted, despised and abhorred, and thus fulfills actual Judeo-Christian prophecies. He has delivered his work before him as he remains hidden, just as was prophesied by Isaiah and Jesus. And the message is like "a light for all the nations," because it is delivered electronically "like lightning" to you, and it is sharp as an arrow.
The modern son of man is an anointed one, but he is not not the Christ Jesus "come again." The modern son of man has had his own lessons to learn. He merely serves in the new name of the Christ, and he bears the testimony of the Christ Jesus to fulfill Judeo-Christian prophecies.
The modern son of man also bears the testimony of other souls who taught in other religious traditions ... but he explains it in the Judeo-Christian context. For he is the one both Isaiah and Jesus said would "first suffer many things and be rejected by his generation." And, he is the one who Isaiah said would be "hidden" by God and "sought out" -- even though it's because the people do not recognize him as a prophet, but instead see him only as one "stricken and afflicted," as Isaiah put it (see the article on Isaiah Chapter 53).
The modern son of man has been given to “key” of revelation to understand prophecies. For example, consider these words:
“Say to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes. Behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. And they shall call them the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord: and you shall be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.” (Isaiah 62:11-12)
He who is “sought out” and is as a "city not forsaken” is clearly not Jerusalem in the nation of Israel. Only God and the modern son of man knows where he is, and even though he is rejected by his generation he represents "New Jerusalem," the "holy city, the bride" and the bridegroom lamb, and he is not forsaken by God even though he is forsaken by his generation, as Jesus said he would be.
That fact is confirmed considering that the concept of the modern son of man being sought out is consistent with his being “hidden” (Isaiah 49:2-5). And, that he is a “city not forsaken” is consistent with the Revelation 3:12, which again speaks of he that overcomes and has the name of the city of God written upon him.
More Differences Between the Sacrificial Lamb and the Bridegroom Lamb
The modern son of man reveals a completely new interpretation of what the apostle John experienced when he wrote that he heard "the voice of an angel" say: "Worship me not. I am your fellow servant and brother who has the testimony of Jesus." (Revelation 19:10)
Those words, the son of man submits, were spoken by the soul who would come into the world at the end of the age Jesus ushered in.
This makes sense if we remember that John reported being "carried away in spirit" to the spiritual realm which is beyond space and time as we know it. In that realm John saw the distant future but reported it is if were happening then or would soon come to pass, even though it would not actually happen until the end of the age (aeon) that Jesus ushered it. But, in John's vision of the future he "heard a voice" that announced the marriage of the Bridegroom Lamb and the Bride.
In his first, third and fourth books, the son of man tried to explain that the Bridegroom Lamb of God was not and is not an angel, nor was he or is he Jesus. He is the son of man who comes at the end of the age and overcomes, and he is also called the witness and servant of God, and the messenger for the Spirit of truth — to put it in Judeo-Christian terms.
In his first book, published in January 2002, the son of man wrote: " ... the ‘marriage of the Lamb and the Bride’ in the Book of Revelations is not about an actual marriage of a man and woman. John’s words are not literal. They speak allegorically, symbolically, and metaphorically of the union which would take place in the realm of the spirit—the union between God’s servant and the ‘bride/city’ which is actually the Holy Spirit, which ‘comes down out of heaven from God.’ This is the union between the spirit-soul of the son of man with the Holy Spirit. That’s what John’s words in the Book of Revelations about the ‘bride,’ the ‘bridegroom,’ and their marriage really means."
Christians generally do not understand that because they’ve been led to believe that the speaker who is identified in Revelation 19:10 as a "fellow servant" is the angel who is earlier called "the angel of Jesus" in Revelation 1:1-2. However, the modern son of man refutes that assumption.
Consider what is written in Revelation 19:4-7 where John wrote that "a voice came out of the throne, saying, Praise our God." Then "I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings," saying "the Lord God omnipotent reigns." And then "a voice" said: "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to him. For the marriage of the lamb is come."
Then consider Revelation 19:9-10: "And he said unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said unto me, These are the true sayings of God. And I fell at his feet to worship him. And he said unto me, Worship me not: I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren that have the testimony of Jesus. Worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy."
It is generally assumed that the "voice" in Revelation 19:9-10 was the same as the one quoted at the very beginning of the book, in Revelation 1:1-2, where John wrote: "The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave unto him, to show his servants things which must shortly come to pass; and he sent and signified it by his angel unto his servant John, who bare record of the word of God, and of the testimony of Jesus Christ, and of all things that he saw."
It is also generally assumed that the "angel" was the "voice" in Revelation 19:9-10, because in the very last chapter in Revelation it states: "And I John saw these things, and heard them. And when I had heard and seen, I fell down to worship before the feet of the angel which showed me these things. Then he said unto me, Do it not, for I am your fellow servant, and of your brethren the prophets." (Revelation 22:8-9)
In both Revelation 19:10 and 22:8-9 the voice of an "angel" said to John "do not worship" him because he is "your fellow servant and brother." But is it the same individual?
If you examine Revelation 22:8-9, you see that even though John at first calls the speaker an "angel," it is probably Jesus. After all, in the following verses 12 and 13 the same voice says: "And, behold, I come quickly ... I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last." Furthermore, three verses later that voice says, "I Jesus ... I am the root and the offspring of David."
There is no indication that the speaker or the voice changes from Revelation 22 verses 8 through 16, and the statement in verse 9 that he is our "fellow servant and of our brethren the prophets" is consistent with what Jesus said about himself during his teaching period, that all men can realize they are sons of God, and fellow servants of God.
After all, Jesus had said to all his disciples that a servant is not greater than his master, that God is greater than he was, and that his disciples had never heard God’s voice or seen God’s shape. These are all facts that escape those who have sought to idolize Jesus as "God Himself," but the fact is that Jesus actually realized his oneness with God, and with the Ancient One, and knew and said he was God's servant.
The voice in Revelation 22:9 says: "Worship me not. I am your fellow servant and of your brethren, the prophets," while the speaker in Revelation 19:10 says: "Worship me not. I am your fellow servant and of your brethren that have the testimony of Jesus." And since the voice in Revelation 22:9 was the spirit-soul of Jesus, he obviously would not be the voice that said he has the testimony of Jesus.
These facts are confirmed by another passage in Revelation which states: "The angels sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, ‘Great and marvelous are your works, Lord God Almighty. Just and true are your ways, you King of saints. Let all glorify your name, Oh Lord God. For you only are Holy. For all nations shall worship you Lord God, for your judgments are made manifest.’" – Revelation 15:3-4
Notice that the "song of the Lamb" praises God, so obviously the Lamb is not God. Both Moses and the Lamb Jesus praise and honor the Lord God.
Later John makes it clear again that the Christ Jesus was not God. For John wrote: "The Lord God Almighty and ‘His’ Christ are the temple" of prophecy. (Revelation 21:22) That distinguishes between God and "His Christ," which are different.
Also, consider again that when he was alive in his mortal body Jesus had essentially said: "I tell you the truth: I must go away, but I will send the Counselor to you. He will righteously judge the world; because I am going to heaven and you will see me no more. I came not to judge the world, but the rulers of this world must be judged. I have much more to say to you, but it is more than you can now bear. But when he, the Spirit of truth, comes, he will guide you into all truth. He will not speak of himself, because of himself he will do nothing but the will of the one who sent him. He will [write and] speak only what he hears from God, and he will tell you what is to come. He will glorify me by having what is mine and making it known to you." (Paraphrasing and clarifying John 8:28, John 12:47, and John 16:7-15)
This new light shed on Christian scriptures makes it easier to understand the prophet Isaiah, who wrote that the witness and servant of God would bring judgment. That in fact is why Jesus said he came "not to judge the world" but that his words (or testimony) would be the judge, through the Spirit of truth and the modern son of man.
Jesus of Nazareth understood the prophecies about him, especially those in the book of Isaiah. That is why Jesus said he had to “go away and be seen no more” but spoke about what would happen now at the end of the age, with the coming of the modern "son of man" who now bears the testimony of Jesus, preceding prophets, and other enlightened ones.