Marriage Relationship – 06

Mysteries of

The Kingdom of the Heavens

 

Part 06

Marriage Relationship & the Kingdom of the Heavens

Gen.1:26-28

 

In the first four Parables we have seen how Satan’s efforts to destroy the Word of the Kingdom. The last three Parables show us how the Kingdom of the Heavens, is surely going to be established. Before studying these three Parables, let us see briefly, the principles on which the coming kingdom is going to be established.

The original Plan of God

In the beginning, when God created man, He created man in His own image and likeness, male and female created He them, and blessed them and told them to FILL the earth, SUBDUE the earth and have DOMINION over the whole earth (Gen.1:26-28). God has established this unchangeable fact that, as husband and wife, man will rule over the earth. Because of the fall of man, this plan of God could not be realized immediately. But the original plan of God is going to be fulfilled very soon (Isa.46:9, 10). Satan with his angels is going to be removed from the heavenly places and in his stead, Man with His wife is going to rule from the heavens over the earth.

Marriage & Foods

God has instituted MARRIAGE in this world and man and his wife are to be heirs together of the grace of life (Eph.5:21-33, 1Pet.3:7). And marriage is a constant witness, foreshadowing the goal towards which all what God is doing today is rapidly moving. Achievement of this goal will pronounce the ultimate doom of Satan and his angels. That’s why Satan hates marriage. In latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrines of demons, speaking lies… They will speak lies against marriage and foods (1Tim.4:1-3), i.e. against God’s unchangeable facts established in the beginning. Here, marriage points to the relationship to be manifested in the coming kingdom between Christ and the Church (Gen.24, Eph.5:21-33, Rev.19:7-9). It also speaks about the relationship of God and Israel, which is going to be fully restored at the end of this age (Isa.1:21 to 2:5, Hosea 2:2, 3 & 14:1-9, Rev.19:1-6). Foods refer to the whole body of truth particularly the Word of the Kingdom.

Any corruption of the marriage relationship like adultery, fornication and homosexuality, etc is from the devil and his deceiving spirits. They are doctrines of demons. Such seducing teachings should be totally condemned and cast away. Teachings against the proper God-ordained marriage relationship is the most dangerous and deadly teaching ever proclaimed, seeking to draw Christians away from the central teaching of the Scripture.

Ruth & Esther

There are two books in the Old Testament bearing the names of women, one is “Ruth” and the other is “Esther.” The Book of RUTH has to do with Ruth, a Gentile woman who marries Boaz, a Jew, with a redeemed inheritance in view. This book sets forth truths regarding Christ and the Church. The Book of ESTHER has to do with Esther, a Jewish woman who marries a great king Ahasuerus, who is not a Jew. This book sets forth truths regarding God and Israel, Israel being restored to the nation’s rightful place after destruction of Antichrist typified by Haman.

Typology of Abraham and his Family

This whole matter is typified by Abraham and his family in Gen.22-25. The ministry of the Spirit during the present dispensation is seen in Genesis chapter twenty-four. Events in this chapter – Abraham sending his servant into the far country to obtain a bride for His son, typifying God sending the Spirit into the world to obtain a bride for His Son – occurred following the offering of Isaac (Gen. 22) and the death of Sarah (Gen. 23), but before the remarriage of Abraham (Gen. 25). That is to say, the ministry of the Spirit during the present dispensation occurs following the events of Calvary (Gen. 22) and the setting aside of Israel (Gen. 23), but before the time God restores Israel as His wife (Gen. 25). And further, the ministry of the Spirit in the world today, as seen in the type in Genesis chapter twenty-four, is clearly revealed to be that of obtaining a bride for God’s Son.

The Book of Ruth

The fifth parable foreshadows events in the fourth chapter of the Book of Ruth, with Boaz redeeming a forfeited inheritance and in this process taking Ruth to be his wife. This redemption of the inheritance (Ch.4) occurs only after Ruth becomes a member of the Jewish family (Ch.1), gleaned in Boaz’s field from morning till evening and from beginning to end of the harvest and beat out every evening, that which she had gleaned (Ch.2), and had prepared herself to appear on Boaz’s threshing floor at midnight (Ch.3). This, of course, in the antitype, has to do with a redemptive work to be performed by Christ, on behalf of Christians, following events at the judgment seat. And once the forfeited inheritance has been redeemed, the one typified by Ruth will become the wife of the One typified by Boaz, with the inheritance then belonging to them.

The Book of Esther

The Book of Esther covers events surrounding both Israel’s past disobedience & rejection typified by Vashti and the nation’s future obedience & acceptance typified by Esther. Haman and his ten sons typify Antichrist and his ten nation confederacy. That which will bring Israel to the place of repentance is centered in the actions of those typified by Haman and his ten sons. Then Israel being accepted and exalted is seen in the experiences of both Esther and Mordecai following the destruction of their enemies seen in the destruction of Haman and his ten sons (Deut. 30:1-10; Isa. 2:1-4; Joel 3:12-21). Not only will God give Israel the worldwide kingdom of Antichrist but the nation will be elevated into a position of power on earth next unto God Himself. And Israel, in the end, will occupy her God-ordained place relative to both God and the nations of the earth, as the restored wife of Jehovah, within a theocracy.

Thus the Kingdom of the Heavens over the whole earth is going to be established and the glorious age of the Millennial Era will begin. Keeping these things in mind, let us continue the study of the last three parables with reference to the Books of Ruth, Esther and Revelation.