Monday, November 14, 2022

End-Time Events Patterned after Ancient Hebrew Wedding Customs & The Prophetic Feasts

By Maria Merola
© Copyright Double Portion Inheritance, September 2002-2022

This illustration is a reenactment of an Ancient Hebrew Wedding. The canopy in which the bride is “taken,” away to the home of the bridegrooms father is called an “aperion.” 

Traditionally, there were seven men who were in charge of escorting the bride. Four of them were at each corner of the canopy. This is a reminder of the four malakiym (angels) who are assigned to gather the elect (the bride) from the four winds with a great sound a trumpet:

Mattityahuw (Matthew) 24:31 And he shall send his malakiym (angels) with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

One of the seven men preceded the escort with the blowing of a shofar (trumpet). This is indicative of the Feast of Trumpets. These seven men escorted the bride to the groom’s father’s house, where he had prepared a honeymoon suite for the two of them (John 14:2-3). To learn more, see these links:

The bride being carried to the bridegroom on the aperion is is very similar to the priests in the book of Joshua who carried the ark of the covenant seven times around the walls of Jericho, as they blew trumpets. No doubt, this probably took place on the Feast of Trumpets.

Yahuwshuwa (Joshua) 6:4 And seven priests shall bear before the ark seven trumpets of rams horns: and the seventh day you shall compass the city seven times, and the priests shall blow with the trumpets.

What follows is a chronological timeline of how end-time events will unfold, based on Scripture.

#1.) The Abomination of Desolation: This will be seen in the Jerusalem Temple (Daniel 8:11; 12:11; Matthew 24:15-21; Revelation 11:1-2). The “Great Tribulation,” will begin the moment that we “SEE” the Abomination of Desolation stand in the holy place. This will kick-off the 1,260-day ministry (3.5 years) of the “The Two Witnesses.” 

The beast will concurrently have a false ministry that lasts for 42 months (Revelation 13:5). The ministry of “The Two Witnesses” is patterned after our Messiah’s 3.5 years of ministry (see Luke 4:25). 

Yahuwshuwa was seen at the Mount of Transfiguration with both Mosheh & Eliyahuw/Elijah (Matthew 17:3-4), thus, the Corporate Two Witnesses, also operate in the anointing of Mosheh & Eliyahuw/Elijah (Revelation 11:6). 

Eliyahuw (Elijah) also had a ministry that lasted for 3.5 years (Luke 4:25; James 5:17), at the end of which, he raised up the widows son from the dead after praying for him three times. This is symbolic of our Messiah’s three days and three nights in the heart of the earth (Matthew 12:40). 

#2.) The Resurrection of the Two Witnesses: 

The ministry of the Two Witnesses will last for 1,260 days (3.5 years), at the end of which, they will be killed by the beast, and then raised up after three days, just like our Messiah. 

This is when “The last trumpet” will be sounded (1st Corinthians 15:51-53; Revelation 11:15); This will be on the Feast of Trumpets in the seventh month, when the seventh malak (angel) sounds the shofar. 

This is when the Two Witnesses are TAKEN UP [HARPAZO] TO HEAVEN as the corporate “man-child,” or the resurrected “one new man” (Ephesians 2:15). 

Chazown (Revelation) 11:12 And they heard a great voice FROM HEAVEN saying unto them, COME UP HERE. And they ASCENDED UP TO HEAVEN in a cloud; and their enemies beheld them. 

Chazown (Revelation) 12:5 And she brought forth a MAN-CHILD [ONE NEW MAN], who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and HER CHILD WAS CAUGHT UP unto Elohiym, and TO HIS THRONE

The bride will not be going back to Mount Sinai, in Arabia. In Galatians 4:22-26 Shaul (Paul) likens Mount Sinai to Hagar & bondage, because Yisra’el sinned with the golden calf there. 

But the free woman (Sarah) is likened to the heavenly Jerusalem (which is above). Therefore the bride is TAKEN to Mount Tziyown (Zion) in the heavenly Jerusalem: 

Abriym (Hebrews) 12:22 But you are come unto Mount Tziyown (Zion), and unto the city of the living Elohiym, the HEAVENLY Yerushalayim (Jerusalem), and to an innumerable company of malakiym (angels).

Chazown (Revelation) 14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on Mount Tziyown (Zion), and with him a hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. 

#3.) A Seven-Day Honeymoon in the Heavenly Chuppah: 

The wedding of our Messiah and his bride will follow the pattern of the wedding between Jacob & Leah. 

This only lasts for one literal week (Genesis 29:27-28). This is when the bride that typifies Leah and the wise virgins, will be “CAUGHT UP,” and changed into immortality (incorruption). 

The five foolish virgins (who are not ready), are caught off guard by “The thief in the night,” and “They shall not escape” with the bridegroom (1st Thessalonians 5:2-3). 

However, the five wise virgins are ready to go into the marriage, and the door will be shut! (See Matthew 25:10 & Revelation 3:7-8). 

*Explanation: The bride that typifies Leah, the wise virgins, and Philadelphia, also symbolize the Ten Northern Tribes of Ephraiym (Yisra’el). These shall be “Taken up to heaven,” to the bridegroom’s Father’s house, where he has prepared a chuppah/honeymoon suite for her (John 14:2-3).

She will be “Taken up to heaven,” for a seven-day honeymoon, just like Jacob & Leah (Genesis 29:27-28). Samson’s wedding also lasted for seven days (Judges 14:12). 

A traditional Hebrew Wedding lasts for seven literal days, as the bride and groom elope “In Secret,” and “At Midnight,” (when everyone is asleep). See Matthew 25:6. 

In 1st Corinthians 15:51, we are told that this event is “A Mystery,” aka “A Secret!” 

1st Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I show you a MYSTERY/SECRET; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed. 

Explanation: The Greek word for “mystery,” in the above passage is “musterion,” which means “a secret.”

Tehilliym (Psalm) 81:7 You called in trouble (tribulation), and I delivered you; I answered you in THE SECRET PLACE of thunder: I proved you at the waters of Meribah. Selah. 

Tehilliym (Psalm) 91:1 He that dwells in THE SECRET PLACE of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty. 

Shir ha’Shiriym (Song of Solomon) 2:14 O my dove, that are in the clefts of the rock, in THE SECRET PLACES of the stairs, let me see your countenance, let me hear your voice; for sweet is your voice, and your countenance is comely. 

#4.) The Return of the bride & groom on Yom Kippur: 

Yahuwshuwa will come back to earth, with his bride (who is also his army), see Revelation 19:7-8 & 14; Ezekiel 37:10-11. 

At this time, Yahuwshuwa will also marry the ones who typify Rachel, Smyrna, and the foolish virgins who purchased the oil of his name (see Song of Solomon 1:3; Matthew 25:9). 

The ones who typify Rachel are the House of Yahuwdah (Judah), as they will finally recognize the one whom they have pierced as their Messiah, and they will mourn for him (see Zechariah 12:10; Matthew 24:30; Revelation 1:7). 

In this prophetic pattern, Laban (symbolic of the Father), said to Jacob, “Finish the week with Leah, and I will give you Rachel also.” 

Jacob was also married to Rachel (who typifies the Two Southern Tribes of Benjamin & Judah). At the end of the “week,” (after seven days with Leah), he also married Rachel, and spent an additional seven days with her. 

Therefore, Jacob’s wedding to Leah & Rachel lasted a total of 14 days (Trumpets, Atonement & Tabernacles), inside of 14 years! 

On Yom Kippur, (Day of Atonement), is when the House of Yahuwdah (Judah) discovers if their names are written in the book of life. 

The Yahuwdiym (Jewish) people also refer to Yom Kippur as “face-to-face.” This will be the same day that Rachel (symbolic of the House of Judah) will see him face-to-face at the Mount of Olives. 

This is when the bridegroom removes the veil from the bride’s face, (2nd Corinthians 3:16), as they are finally united. 

The House of Yahuwdah (Judah) will look upon him whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him as one mourns for his only son (Zechariah 12:10). 

This is when the bride that typifies Rachel, Judah, and the foolish virgins (who buy the oil of his name) will also be married to Yahuwshuwa. 

These are the remnant of the inhabitants of Jerusalem who did not take the Mark of the Beast, but they missed the Harpazo on the Feast of Trumpets. 

They will be married on Yom Kippur at the Second Coming of Messiah, when every eye shall see him (Revelation 1:7).

The Two Witnesses are the “The Two Olive Trees & Two Candlesticks” (Revelation 11:4). This means “Both Houses of Yisra’el & the Two Overcoming Assemblies” (Smyrna & Philadelphia). 

The name “Smyrna” means “Strengthened for myrrh.” Rachel’s maid (Bilhah), her name means “trouble, tribulation,” and Smyrna must “Suffer tribulation for ten days” (Revelation 2:10). 

The name “Zilpah” (Leah’s maid) means “Dripping with myrrh!” This means that she has oil of myrrh in her lamp, like the five wise virgins! 

The Congregation of Philadelphia represents Zilpah, the gentile companion of Leah!

Interestingly, Philadelphia is commended for “Not denying the name of our Messiah (Revelation 3:8). Song of Solomon 1:3 likens the bridegroom’s name as “Oil that is poured forth!” 

Hence, the wise virgins love our Messiah, and they know him by name! 

During these Ten Days of Awe aka Ten Days of Tribulation, Smyrna will be like the five foolish virgins, who must go and buy oil for their lamps (Matthew 25:9). 

Therefore, they are strengthened during these “Ten days of Awe.” It is because they will finally anoint themselves with myrrh (like Esther, who prepared herself to meet the bridegroom in Esther 2:12).

Smyrna & Bilhah both represent the redeemed foolish virgins who will meet the bridegroom on Yom Kippur at the Mount of Olives. 

These four groups (Two Olive Trees & Two Menorahs) mentioned in Revelation 11:4, are symbolic of Leah & Rachel (Both Houses of Yisra’el), and their two handmaidens (Bilah & Zilpah). 

The two overcoming assemblies (Smyrna & Philadelphia) are the converts who join the Two Houses of Yisra’el. 

They are symbolic of Rachel & Leah’s two handmaidens. 

Yechezqel (Ezekiel) 37:4-14 says that the ARMY, the WHOLE HOUSE OF YISRA’EL will be “Taken up out of their graves,” and will be given incorruptible, immortal bodies. 

Yechezqel (Ezekiel) 37:16-19 tells us this is when the stick/tree of Judah, & the stick/tree of Joseph/Ephrayim, will be joined into “one stick,” or “one new man” (Ephesians 2:12-15, Revelation 12:4-5). 

These “Two Witnesses” are a corporate group from Yahuwdiym (Jewish) & Goyim (Gentile) believers. 

In other words, they are the whole body of Joseph/Ephrayim & Yahwudah/Judah (Ezekiel 37:16-17). 

The Two Menorahs (candlesticks) represent the corporate body of gentile companions who are grafted into the Two Houses. These are, Smyrna & Philadelphia. 

They shall be “taken” (caught up) at the seventh trumpet, and when the seventh malak (angel) sounds in Revelation 11:15. 

This is the first bride (typified in Leah), who is taken up to the wedding chuppah in heaven on the Feast of Trumpets. 

This first-born bride will be gone from the earth for seven days, inside the Ten Days of Awe or Ten Days of Tribulation (see Revelation 2:10). 

Another pattern can be seen with Noahs family who were “taken” inside the ark for “seven days” before the wrath came in the form of rain (Genesis 7:4-10). 

At the end of these Ten Days of Tribulation, the first-born bride of Messiah returns with him as his ARMY, “Clothed in fine linen, white and clean” (see Revelation 19:14; Ezekiel 37:10-11). 

To those who would argue Deuteronomy 24:5, the bride and groom will be fighting together, therefore, he will not be leaving her all alone (while he endangers his life at war), as described in Deuteronomy 24:5. 

Both, Messiah, and his bride will have put on IMMORTALITY, therefore, there is no risk of either of them dying in battle, as there is with mortals.

The bride will put on INCORRUPTION, therefore, she will be indestructible, as THE ONE NEW MAN! 

Also, pay attention to these verses: 

Yechezqel (Ezekiel) 37:10 So I prophesied as he commanded me, and the breath came into them, and they lived, and stood up upon their feet, AN EXCEEDING GREAT ARMY. 

Yechezqel (Ezekiel) 37:11 Then he said unto me, Son of man, THESE BONES ARE THE WHOLE HOUSE OF YISRAEL: behold, they say, Our bones are dried, and our hope is lost: we are cut off for our parts. 

Mishley (Proverbs) 31 is describing the Bride of Messiah: 

Mishley (Proverbs) 31:10 Who can find a virtuous woman? for her price is far above rubies. 

The Hebrew word for “virtuous” is “chayil” which means “AN ARMY!” 

Bereshiyth (Genesis) 2:18 And YHWH Elohiym said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I will make him an help meet for him. 

The Hebrew word for “help meet” is “neged” which means “A MILITARY FRONT!” 

#4.) The Ten Days of Awe: 

There are ten days from the Feast of Trumpets (Yom Teruah) until the Day of Atonement (Yom Kippur). The first three of those ten days is when the Two Witnesses have their dead bodies lying in the streets (Revelation 2:8); after which, they are caught up (resurrected), and taken up to the throne in heaven (Revelation 11:11-12 & Revelation 12:5).

#5.) The Day of Wrath on Yom Kippur: 

Both brides (Both Houses of Yisra’el, along with their gentile companions) will be joined as ONE BRIDE (ONE STICK) on Yom Kippur. The House of Yahuwdah (Judah) will finally meet their Messiah face-to-face at the Mount of Olives on this day (Zechariah 12:10). 

Meanwhile, the wicked people will be destroyed, and their bodies will become food for the birds of prey (Revelation 19:18-21). 

After the “Ten Days of Awe,” the first-born bride (Leah and her companions) will return to earth with Messiah, riding on white horses. Yahuwshuwa will take vengeance on the enemies of his bride,(Revelation 19:2) on this day, Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement). 

The children of wrath will have bowls of wrath poured out on them, but they still won’t repent (Revelation 14-20). 

#6.) The Marriage Supper of the Lamb on the Feast of Tabernacles: 

These two groups who typify Leah & Rachel, Philadelphia & Smyrna (wise and foolish virgins) shall no longer be two, but one bride, and they will go into “The Marriage Supper of the Lamb,” under the chuppah (sukkah) for seven more days, during the Feast of Tabernacles (Sukkot). 

This is the wedding celebration, where the groom drinks the 4th Passover cup called “The cup of the covenant” with his bride. 

This is the same 4th cup that is used at the Passover Seder, for he said that he would not drink of it, until he drinks it anew in the Messianic Kingdom.

Messiah said the night before his crucifixion “I will not drink of the fruit of the vine until I drink it with you anew in my Father’s kingdom” (Matthew 26:29). 

#7.) The Bride’s Works Tried by Fire: 

After the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, the elect/bride are judged for their works. The righteous will receive rewards as to whether their works were made of “wood, hay or stubble” (1st Corinthians 3:12; Revelation 20:4-6). 

The bride will also be given the title of “kings & priests” (Revelation 1:6; 5:10; 1st Peter 2:9). 

#8.) The 1,290 days, and 1,335 days leading up to Chanukkah: 

The ministry of the Two Witnesses will begin the tribulation period of 1,260 days. This will begin on the first of Abib (the same date as John the Baptist’s birthday) and will end on Yom Teruah. 

There are exactly 180 days (6 months) between the 1st of Abib (John’s birth) and the Feast of Trumpets, when our Messiah was born. 

There will be 30 more days (after the resurrection of the Two Witnesses on the Feast of Trumpets), for our Messiah to rebuild the Tabernacle of David.

This will take us to 1,290 days (Daniel 12:11; Amos 9:11; Acts 15:16). 

Messiah’s Tabernacle will be dedicated on Chanukkah, taking us to 1,335 days. 

By adding 75 days to Yom Teruah (when the Two Witnesses are taken up to heaven), we come to the 24th day of the 9th month (Haggai 2:18-19), which is Chanukkah (Dedication). 

This is a total of 1,335 days, from the time that the tribulation begins, until Messiah’s Temple is Dedicated in the New Millennium (see Daniel 12:11). 

#9.) The Wicked Are Judged After the 1,000 Years are Finished: 

After the 1,000 years of Messiah’s reign on earth, the wicked will be resurrected, to be judged out of the books. They will be cast alive into the Lake of Fire forever (Revelation 20:7-10). 

Chazown (Revelation) 20:4-6 And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Yahuwshuwa, and for the word of Elohiym, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hand; and they lived and reigned with Mashiyach (Messiah) a thousand years…..This is the first resurrection. Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: on such the second death has no power, but they shall be priests of Elohiym and of Mashiyach (Messiah) and shall reign with him a thousand years

The “second resurrection” will take place after the 1,000-year millennial reign of Messiah. The wicked will be raised up, so they can be judged at “The white throne Judgment seat of Messiah.” 

Chazown (Revelation) 20:5 “…But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were finished.” 

Satan will then be released from the bottomless pit after the one thousand years are expired, and he will be given permission to deceive the nations which are in the four corners of the earth. 

Satan will then attempt one last time to destroy the qodeshiym (saints) on earth, but YaHuWaH will send fire from heaven to devour Satan, the Beast and the False Prophet: 

Chazown (Revelation) 20:7-10 And when the thousand years are expired, Satan shall be loosed out of his prison, And shall go out to deceive the nations which are in the four quarters of the earth, Gog, and Magog, to gather them together to battle: the number of whom is as the sand of the sea. And they went up on the breadth of the earth, and compassed the camp of the saints about, and the beloved city: and fire came down from Elohiym out of heaven, and devoured them. And the devil that deceived them was cast into the lake of fire and brimstone, where the beast and the false prophet are, and shall be tormented day and night for ever and ever

#10.) The New Heaven & New Earth Descend:

After these events are fulfilled, the bride of Messiah will be transformed into the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21:1-2).

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