There is a teaching that the “bride of Christ” refers to the “children of Rachel” who were slain by Herod in Bethlehem as a fulfillment of Jeremiah 31:15. I will demonstrate why the bride of Christ is definitely NOT that, and is in fact referring to the body of ISRAEL as a whole.
-shows us that the bride of the bridegroom is Jerusalem
For Zion’s sake I will not keep silent, for Jerusalem’s sake I will not remain quiet, till her vindication shines out like the dawn, her salvation like a blazing torch. The nations will see your vindication, and all kings your glory; you will be called by a new name that the mouth of the Lord will bestow. You will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of your God. No longer will they call you Deserted, or name your land Desolate. But you will be called Hephzibah,and your land Beulah; for the Lord will take delight in you, and your land will be married. As a young man marries a young woman, so will your Builder marry you; as a bridegroom rejoices over his bride, so will your God rejoice over you. -Isaiah 62:1-5
-shows us a fuller picture. Again referencing Jerusalem coming down out of heaven, it makes specific point to show that it has 12 gates with the 12 tribes of Israel inscribed on them.
One of the seven angels who had the seven bowls full of the seven last plagues came and said to me, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God. It shone with the glory of God, and its brilliance was like that of a very precious jewel, like a jasper, clear as crystal. It had a great, high wall with twelve gates, and with twelve angels at the gates. On the gates were written the names of the twelve tribes of Israel. There were three gates on the east, three on the north, three on the south and three on the west. The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. -Rev 21:9-15
There is no clear scripture to say that the “bride of Christ” is just the firstborn children slaughtered in Bethlehem around 6BC-1AD. On the contrary, there are ample scriptures clearly delineating that the “bride of Messiah” is indeed the whole of ISRAEL.
Yeshua came for His bride.
ISRAEL is those who are united in covenant with God by faith.
(see blog post “Saved By Grace Through Fidelity”)
We who were FORMERLY Gentiles have been made ISRAEL!!
This was accomplished through Yeshua our Messiah.
AND we are being made into a house, or a temple, or a city. You see there is no temple in Revelation 21 because the city of Jerusalem (and by inference the Father, the Son, and all of Israel united as ONE see John 17:20-26) is collectively the TEMPLE. We return to the Edenic state at this time. (Revelation 21:22)
We are “raised up in heavenly places” (metaphorically speaking), AND will descend to the earth as foretold in Revelation 21:
“But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ—by grace you have been saved— and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,” -Eph 2:4-6
He answered, “I was sent only to the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” -Matt 15:24