The Bride of Christ is not a new concept but something that has always been talked about since the beginning of scriptures and the beginning of time. For even Adam, the first man, knew the only way back to the Garden was only through faith in the 'Son of Man'. And so he taught his good seed, about the coming of the 'Son of Man' (SEE Adam's Easter Prophecy) And if you didn't know it, the believers or faithful ones in the Son, those married to Him in Spirit were part of His all-powerful Name. As Yahweh's last letter (YHWH) or final H or 'He' in Hebrew is feminine, and is referred as the Bride of the 'Son of Man', the Bride of the Bridegroom. This made His Name, complete from Father, to Mother the Feminine Holy Spirit, to Son (Jesus) and then to His Virgin Bride. They all being One in the End, into Eternity
For the Old Testament believers received the exact same Grace and Mercy from the Lord who was from the very Beginning, as we have.. For it has always been by 'Choice' rather than by heritage or bloodlines, (as illustrated by evil Cain, disobedient Esau, etc etc.) The good 'Old Testament'seed always having to choose and believe in the Messiah to come, whereas we have believed in the Messiah that has come ... and His Name is Jesus (in English). So whether, His Bride was in the Old or New testament times, we all have had to choose to be 'chosen'. For no one is a chosen people, no one is His Bride unless they individually choose His Righteousness rather than their own. (SEE She shall be called, 'The Lord our Righteousness')
The 'believers' in the Old Testament' are our brethren in the Lord as said so eloquently in Hebrews Chapter 11, because it has always taken 'Faith' to please the Bridegroom. And they without us, are incomplete. We are not a separate vine from them, for there has always only been ONE VINE, and that is the Messiah that was to come and has come and who will reign forever... JESUS. For it is our job to continue spreading His Words just as was their job before us. We have to 'Gather' the lost sheep of the House of spiritual Israel as the Lord himself said. We areto join as ONE Fold, into 'His Encampment' for the End-Time. Where we await the coming of our Bridegroom in the air, for our Wedding Feast in the Heavenlies.
The Lord's Bride is the woman in the wilderness who is protected and feed for 1260 days in preparing to meet her husband. She is the 144,000 virgin brides that are wed to the King of Kings as his Bride. (SEE Rev 12, and New Nation) For the obedient Bride isn't composed of the disobedient or the nationalistic but those Christians from whatever background, culture, tribe, or nation that love Him with all their heart. It is a matter not of having the right bloodlines, but being washed in the 'Blood of the lamb' (SEE Salvation)
But let's go over almost a whole Chapter to show you this principle straight from an Old Testament Prophet...Hosea, who was told to marry a harlot, to show the Lord's love. My comments will be in .....(...)
Hosea 2:1-23 5 For their mother hath played the harlot: she thatconceived them hath done shamefully: for she said, I will go after my lovers, that give me my bread and my water, my wool and my flax, mine oil and my drink. (Yes, the greatest whoredom is giving credit for our lives to things and materialism and a different God than our Creator)
6 Therefore, behold, I will hedge up thy way with thorns, and make a wall, that she shall not find her paths. 7 And she shall follow after her lovers, but she shall not overtake them; and she shall seek them, but shall not find them: then shall she say, I will go and return to my first husband; for then was it better with me than now. (Compare this exact same parallel with the lovers of the Whore, the materialistic nuclear power of Revelation 13,17,18) 8 For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil, and multiplied her silver and gold, which they prepared for Baal. 9 Therefore will I return, and take away my corn in the time thereof, and my wine in the season thereof, and will recover my wool and my flax given to cover her nakedness. 10 And now will I discover her lewdness in the sight of her lovers, and none shall deliver her out of mine hand. (And none shall deliver the End-Time Whore out of the hand of the Lord as He punishes her with a fire in one hour. For she was drunk with power from her spiritual fornication with her many merchants)
11 I will also cause all her mirth to cease, her feast days, her new moons, and her sabbaths, and all her solemn feasts. 12 And I will destroy her vines and her fig trees, whereof she hath said, These are my rewards that my lovers have given me: and I will make them a forest, and the beasts of the field shall eat them. 13 And I will visit upon her the days of Baalim, wherein she burned incense to them, and she decked herself with her earrings and her jewels, and she went after her lovers, and forgat me, saith the LORD. (Yes America, and the rest of the nations will totally forget the Lord and His giving them their abundance, and will totally succumb to the false religion of materialism and this present life. And they shall accept the false Christ, the Anti-Christ.
So if interested in going on further with Hosea and more exact and precise references to the Bride of Christ in the Old Testament and the Bridegroom'sProphecies concerning their eventual Union...please Click on PART 2 of the Bride of Christ in the Old Testament