The Holy Bible is a love story about how Father God (Yahweh) selected a Bride (Israel) for His Son (Yeshua) and gave His Holy Spirit (Ruach haKodesh) as a guarantee until the wedding (Messiah's second coming. A Hebrew wedding is based upon a marriage contract called a ketubah (“that which is written”). The ketubah consists of five parts (The Book of Revelation Through Hebrew Eyes, p. 25):
1. A combined geneaology of the bride and groom with anecdotes. (Genesis)
2. A personal family history of the bride. (Exodus)
3. A personal family history of the groom. (Leviticus, the LORD is the Levites inheritance)
4. The story of how the bride and groom met. (Numbers)
5. The bride's rights and the groom's promises before and after the wedding. (Deuteronomy)
The ketubah also includes the mohar, the bride price (Psalm 78:54, I Cor. 6:20, Eph. 1:14), which was our Messiah's life-blood (Rev. 5:9) known as the “blood of the covenant” (Heb. 10:29). To accept the marriage covenant, the bride drinks a glass of wine with the groom (Matthew 26:27-29), and they are “espoused” (II Cor. 11:2) or engaged. Then the groom says, “I go to prepare a place for you,” (John 14:2-3) which is the bridal chamber. It could be a room added onto his father's house, or a separate home; but only the father could give his assent to when it was completed and establish the wedding date (Matthew 24:36). Then he would tell his son it was time to fetch his bride. Most often the groom and his groom's men would make a lot of noise with trumpets (shofars) and loudly proclaim “Behold, the bridegroom comes” (Matthew 25:6) as they approached the bride's house, so that she would get herself and her party ready to meet him. This usually occurred at dusk as Hebrew weddings were celebrated in the evening and continued for seven days (Judges 14:15).
“Here is some other Hebraic insights the High priest's nick name is also known as “the thief in the night.” This comes from when the high priest would make surprise visits in the middle of the night to the temple to see if any of the watchmen were sleeping. If they were caught sleeping the High priest would use his torch "flash light" and set the clothes of the sleeping watchmen on fire. The watchmen would then wake up, see themselves on fire and rip their clothes off fast and run out of the Temple naked. Jesus is know as our high priest and as "the thief in the night."
Revelation 16:15 Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.”
Insight from Douglas Nicholson at http://www.lasttrumpet.org/seven_proofs.htm.
Bridal Palanquin (sedan chair) and the New Jerusalem
A rich Hebrew family would place the bride in a white palanquin (travel box on poles carried by two, four, or more men). Pictures at http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Litter_(vehicle)
http://history.cultural-china.com/en/38History10023.html and http://www.minpaku.ac.jp/english/museum/exhibition/china/02.html
Some palanquin's had peaked roofs: http://www.exoticindiaart.com/product/DI57/ and http://chineseculture.about.com/library/weekly/aa121799a.htm
Rev. 21:16-19 “And the city lies foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. And he measured the wall thereof, an hundred and forty and four cubits, according to the measure of a man, that is, of the angel. And the building of the wall of it was of jasper: and the city was pure gold, like to clear glass. And the foundations of the wall of the city were garnished with all manner of precious stones.”
Here are some sites with pictures of the New Jerusalem in relation to the size of the Earth. http://soulliberty.com/View.php?ID=1062 http://www.tourofheaven.com/eternal/new-jerusalem/size.aspx http://www.flickr.com/photos/buckcash/2619657835/ http://inthebeginningandattheend.org/A-New-Heaven-and-Earth.html and http://www.flickr.com/photos/buckcash/2619657783/
As you can see, the New Jerusalem cube is not meant to rest upon the Earth; it is meant to orbit the Earth. Unlike the dark, black, foreboding space cubes in the movies, the New Jerusalem space cube is transparent pure gold, and beautifully crafted. Our Groom Jesus was made us an exquisite bridal chamber for the 7-day wedding feast. While we are rejoicing in our oneness during the “days of awe”, the Earth will be purified by fire (II Peter 3:2-14) and terraformed again (Isaiah 65:17-25) in six days. Then the Father will present a new heaven and earth to us on Yom Kippur as our wedding gift.