Messianic Apologetics

Addressing the Theological and Spiritual Issues of the Broad Messianic Movement

“Who or What is the True Bride of Messiah?” (CH6) – When Will the Messiah Return?

The presupposition of the “Jewish Marriage Analogy” is that “the Church” is the “Bride of Messiah,” and is thus eagerly awaiting a marriage to her Lord. Pre-tribulationists commonly teach that “the Bride” would never be subject to the horrors of the Great Tribulation and must be removed from the Seventieth Week of Israel, so God “can deal with the Jews.” While the Bride is in Heaven consummating the marriage, pre-tribulationists advocate that Israel or the Jewish people will be on Earth experiencing the Tribulation. Teachings about the Bride of Messiah actually being the Body of Believers have come under substantial criticism in recent years from those in the post-tribulational community. Pre-tribulational teachings most often are connected with “Bride of Messiah” teachings, and as such we must reexamine them from the Scriptures.

The presupposition of the “Jewish Marriage Analogy” is that “the Church” is the “Bride of Messiah,” and is thus eagerly awaiting a marriage to her Lord. Pre-tribulationists commonly teach that “the Bride” would never be subject to the horrors of the Great Tribulation and must be removed from the Seventieth Week of Israel, so God “can deal with the Jews.” While the Bride is in Heaven consummating the marriage, pre-tribulationists advocate that Israel or the Jewish people will be on Earth experiencing the Tribulation.

Teachings about the Bride of Messiah actually being the Body of Believers have come under substantial criticism in recent years from those in the post-tribulational community. Pre-tribulational teachings most often are connected with “Bride of Messiah” teachings, and as such we must reexamine them from the Scriptures.