Before The Wrath is an interesting movie sharing the unique teachings of Jesus Christ and his return with the traditional practices of Galilean marriages.
In the clip below, you will learn about the culture, the dowry (which is drastically different than other cultures in the middle east), and the cup.
Watch the first 10 minutes below:
What is further discussed in the full video helps to further explain how and why Jesus spoke to his disciples the way that he did:
- As seen in the clip above, after the bride drinks the cup, the bridegroom drinks and says, “I will not drink again until I drink it in my Father’s kingdom.” (Matthew 26:29). This wording is common among Galilean weddings as the bride and groom, after making the covenant of marriage would be separated until the day of their wedding.
- While the bride and groom are separated, both are preparing for the upcoming wedding. The bride is purchasing fabric to make her wedding dress and the groom is building his home onto his father’s house. In John 14:2, Jesus says, “My Father’s house has many rooms; if that were not so, would I have told you that I am going there to prepare a place for you?”
- In Matthew 24, the disciples ask Jesus when the temple will be destroyed. Jesus warns of things happening, but says, “But about that day or hour no one knows, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father” (Matthew 24:36). This is also common in the wedding culture as the father would overlook the preparations his son has made and decide when the bride would come to live with him. So Jesus saying that he doesn’t know the specific time and date is in keeping with the Galilean wedding culture.
- Because only the father knew when the wedding was, Jesus warned that he would come like a thief in the night. The bride, her “bridesmaids”, the groom and his “groomsmen” would sleep in their wedding attire because the father may choose to call on his son to get his bride in the night. This is similar with the parable of the ten virgins (the bride and her “bridesmaids”) in Matthew 25, would have lanterns and oil waiting. This is a warning to us as Christians that we may be believing in Jesus Christ, but our “oil” has grown dim and we may miss the groom’s coming.
- “Flying The Bride To The Father’s House”: In the Galilean culture, as the groom goes through the town, blowing a ram’s horn to let the people know that the wedding is coming, the groom and his family would go to the bride’s house and place her in a seat. The bride would then be carried in that seat with the groom to the father’s house. This is commonly known as “The Rapture”.
- The Wedding Feast: As the bride and groom are married, there is a wedding feast. People following the bride and groom during the “Flying The Bride To The Father’s House”, go into the house of the father to celebrate. And the door behind them is closed. While they are celebrating on the inside of the house, people are outside shouting to enter in. But the door will not be opened.
This documentary shares on the importance of the return of Christ and why.
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