The Bride, the Lamb's Wife
...A GOD Father without a Wife, and Jesus without a Divine Mother...!Rev. 19:7, 8; Rev. 21:1-9
For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything. Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. In this same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. After all, no one ever hated his own body, but he feeds and cares for it, just as Christ does the church— for we are members of his body. “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church.
In our first passage in Rev. 19, just prior to the moment of manifestation, we read it is the marriage of the Lamb and "His WIFE hath made herself ready". Then, in Rev. 21:9 we read, "The Bride, the Lamb's Wife". both are seen in display. Again, looking back to the opening verses of Rev. 21 where the new heaven and the new earth are in view, we read, "as a Bride adorned for her husband". So the Assembly is married as a wife, displayed as a Bride; and abides as Bride when the Wife character has passed away.
The Bride character then is that which abides after the world to come — she is the object of His affection.
I think that is the point. The world to come is the sphere where God will display His triumph when He has solved all difficulties and overcome all opposition to His will. We know from the general teaching of Scripture that the Assembly will be the vessel which He will use for this display. She comes under the Headship of Christ for this, as we read at the end of Ephesians 1, "and gave Him to be the Head over all things to the church, which is His body, the fulness of Him that filleth all in all".
It is the wife in Ephesians 5?
That is what led us to take up this subject. "Husbands, love your wives"; it does not say "your brides". We do not want to destroy one thought by another, for we shall see they are both of equal importance, but we do want to grasp the distinction and see what the Spirit has in mind in using both these terms to describe the Assembly. It was that statement which first led me to think over this matter and, in view of the exhortation given us there, it led me to suggest that the wife is the fruit of the work of Christ in us as well as his work for us. I gather the work going on in us by His daily care has in view the forming of a competent vessel to display His glory in the world to come.
It is God Who says, "I will make him an help meet for him", and, taking the rib from the man He builded a woman (Gen. 2:22, Margin). In Gen. 5:2 we read that God "called their name Adam". Adam called her "Woman" for she was taken out of Man; but after the fall he called her name "Eve" — which means "life" for "she was the mother of all living". We might have said, She is the mother of all dying, but Adam had grasped the thought of God in the promise He made as to the seed and he "called his wife's name Eve". Not, mark, his bride's name, but "his wife's name Eve". So, the woman shows the original thought of God, a help meet for the man; Eve, the vessel through whom He is going to operate to recover all that had been lost.
The Bride, the Lamb's Wife
...A GOD Father without a Wife, and Jesus without a Divine Mother...!
...A God that makes sex and marriage with Dads and Mothers, Husbands and Wives...! But this God does not have a wife, and this Jesus his alleged son, has to have a mystical church wife...!
A STORY NOT MUCH BETTER THAN A NOT VERY GOOD HUMAN STORY...!
In pure logic, it would be nice and more normal to have female Gods called Goddesses...! Yee haaaaa...!
...AND ANYWAY, IN THE BIBLE WOMEN WERE MADE AFTER MEN, FOR MEN, WHICH IS QUITE CHAUVINIST AND DICTATORIAL...! AT LEAST YOU COULD SAY THEY WERE MADE AT THE SAME TIME AS THE WORST EQUALITY SCENARIO...!