Christendom (including most Hebrew roots/Torahkeepers, etc) and Judaism (including most Messianic Jews) share in a ‘one bride’ doctrine that is not supported by Scripture, though most have blindly accepted it. While each has a slight variation on how it is perceived and understood, the result is the same for both groups: rejection of the other and some type of replacement theology. This is both a challenging and complex topic, so we need to unpack some things from each side.
I was reared in the Christian church and am seminary trained. Further, I pastored a church for ten years, the last two of which I began to really seek the Father for deeper truth and understanding in some areas where I found holes in accepted doctrines. Long story short, I came to a place of accepting and walking in the everlasting Torah of Moses, while retaining my belief in Yeshua/Jesus the Messiah/Memra. More details about me here.
During those years and until about five years ago, I believed as everyone I knew: God/Yeshua has one bride. End of story.
Then, I began to see conflicting Scripture that began a journey of greater understanding and deeper truths, a journey that is absolutely critical to the restoration of kol Israel!! Different facets of this journey will be shared in the near future, but the major elements that are critical to understanding Scripture and the purpose and process of restoration include Biblical marriage, patriarchy, and two-house theology.
To be clear, each of those topics individually send many people into apoplectic seizures, however the combination exposes the adversary’s worst nightmare. But, I digress.
In future articles, I will try to frame the details of the convergence of these topics and why they are so very critical to the restoration of kol Israel, but for this article, I want to deal with the ‘one-bride’ myth.