A Rapture Question: The Bride Of Christ And New Jerusalem
Posted by Job on March 7, 2011
The Bible calls the church the bride of Christ. See Ephesians 5:22-33.
The Bible calls New Jerusalem the bride of Christ. See Revelation 21:2.
So, bride of Christ = new Jerusalem. (Kind of.)
This is the issue. Revelation 21:2 says that New Jerusalem, which is the bride of Christ, which is the church, will come down from heaven. How did the church get to heaven for it to come down from heaven? The rapture?
Not necessarily. For Revelation 21 comes after Revelation 20, and Revelation 20 is that which describes the last day, when every man is judged. Jesus Christ in Matthew 24 and Paul in 1 Corinthians 15 both appear to state that Christians will survive a great tribulation; that all Christians “will not sleep.” Hence, Revelation 4-20 describes the tribulation, the time of final testing or trial, that the church will endure. And Revelation 1-3 has the purpose of preparing the church for that tribulation by telling it to have faith, be strong, and be holy before God.