WHAT ONLY THE FATHER KNOWS
In Matthew 24, when asked about when He would return Jesus replied:
36 No one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father.
Some people think this means the Son was inferior to the Father or that this was something only God would know and they use this verse as an excuse to refuse to worship Christ.
WHY JESUS DID NOT KNOW!
The Hebrews held the marriage ceremony as a sacred rite. There were steps to be followed. Neither the bride nor the bridegroom knew the exact day or hour the bridegroom would arrive. It was the father of the groom who would give the final approval for the marriage to begin and only he knew when.
Christ is the husband or bridegroom of His church. He will return for her and just as the Jewish Father determined the hour and the day, so God the Father will determine when the Son will come for His bride. It doesn’t denote inferiority on the part of Christ, but rather relationship. Christ is the Groom and this actually proves He is a member of the Godhead or God in the flesh.
Just as a Jewish groom returns home to prepare a place for his bride, John 14 tells us that Jesus explained to his disciples that He was returning to heaven to prepare a place for them. He also promised a “Matan” or gift. Custom holds that the bridegroom gives a gift to his bride as a pledge of His love. Christ gift is His Holy Spirit.
3 And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and welcome you into My presence, so that you also may be where I am. 4You know the way to the place where I am going.”…16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever— 17 the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and He will be in you.
CHRIST -THE BRIDEGROOM
One last question needs to be raised – who is the bride of Yeshua?
From the passage in Hosea (2:19-20) it is clear that Israel is the Bride of God.
Yet the Newer Covenant Scriptures tell us that the “church” is the bride of Messiah.
Revelation 21: 16 And I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Advocate to be with you forever— 17the Spirit of truth. The world cannot receive Him, because it neither sees Him nor knows Him. But you do know Him, for He abides with you and He will be in you.
Does God have two brides? Is He a polygamist? No!
Or, is it possible as some have suggested, God divorced one bride – Israel, to marry another – the church? That cannot be – for God has told us He hates divorce (Mal 2:16) and Jeremiah affirms God’s everlasting covenant with the physical people Israel (Jer 31:35-37). This too is affirmed by Paul in (Rom 9-11).
The best solution then is – to affirm the fact that God has always had one bride – His chosen people Israel. This has been enlarged to include those grafted in to Israel (Rom 11:17) , the gentile believers.
CHRIST SPEAKS TO HIS BRIDE
John 15:11 I have told you these things so that My joy may be in you and your joy may be complete.