One of the most exciting things about the Bible is not just that it is 'truth', but because it is truth, it is an inexhaustible supply of new light. Just as a single drop of water is, in a way, its own self-contained ocean, so a single scripture is its own Bible. By that I mean that each part is a door to the whole.
A Key Doctrine
The doctrine of Christian/Messianic polygamy, because it is, I maintain, one of those key doctrines, provides the key for unlocking many otherwise 'baffling' sayings of the Saviour and His apostles. With this key I discover more and more of the Bible opening itself up ... almost effortlessly at times. And that, I observe, is the effect of any principle of truth. Approach the Bible with the idea that Christ is only a man, and an enormous part of it remains sealed and incomprehensible. Approach it with the truth that He is the Son of Elohim (God) and, suddenly, everything starts coming together.
The Spiritual Meaning of Polygamy
Polygamy has, for me, helped explain what marriage is in terms of its spiritual and eternal meaning. This afternoon I was reading some of my incoming email and someone started quoting Paul to the Colossians:
and then it hit me like a bolt of lightening from heaven. I'll now tell you what that 'it' was.
"Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things. For you died, and your life is now hidden with Christ in God. When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory" (Colossians 3:2-4, NIV)
Raised With Christ
Chapter 3 of the Colossian Epistle is about rules for holy living. It commences with a statement of the spiritual reality of the one who is a true Christian:
The Spiritual Raising
Though this passage does, of course, refer to the resurrection of the body to come, it is primarily talking about another 'raising', but on the spiritual plane:
From Old to New
"Set your hearts on things above, where Christ is seated at the right hand of Elohim (God)" (v.1b).
The one who is in Christ has already been resurrected to a new plane of spiritual existence. To remain on that plane he must allign his thinking and feeling to that new way of being. The old ways of thinking and behaving must pass away (v.9) and on must come a "new self" (v.10). The realities as once described by the Old Covenant are no longer valid for they have been subsumed by a new and higher one. But for one to see and understand this new reality, the old reality must first die - "you died". That which was the 'old you' has gone if you have truly been touched and embraced by Christ, for now you are no longer in your old world but have rather been "hidden with Christ in Elohim (God)". Thus from the point-of-view of the old world, you are invisible - hidden - and those of your friends and love ones who are still in the old spiritual reality can no longer see - or understand - you.
Incomprehensible to Any But Those Practicing It
When it comes to the doctrine of polygamy there is often much grief both on the part of those who are your friends and family of the monogamy-only school (because they fear you have been lost to some terrible sinful lifestyle) as well as those who are in the polygamy one (who grieve that those who were 'left behind' can no longer understand). And it is true - monogamists can never really understand what polygamy is until they are in it.
Like a Death in the Family
I am reminded of the Jewish family who grieved when their son became a believer - a Messianic Jew. For them it was like a death in the family - as though they had lost something. It was a catastrophe for them. And yet all that had happened was that the son had been catapulted into a higher, brighter, and happier reality - for now he was hidden with Christ in Elohim (God) - he was no longer visible to them.
The Caterpillar and the Butterfly
Most of you have heard the poem about the grieving caterpillar who wept bitter tears over the empty shell of his friend. But his friend had turned into a butterfly, and called down to his caterpillar friend, saying: "Look it's me! I used to be that caterpillar." "Liar!" cried the caterpillar, who could not recognise his friend any more. The thing I like about this analogy is that it is a perfect representation of the change that takes place in a man or woman when he or she is truly reborn. When the caterpillar makes itself a cocoon and metamorphoses into a butterfly, every single cell in its body is realligned. There isn't one single structure from his former self that remains the same. And its like that with one who is made new in Christ. And I am going to venture to suggest that the same thing happens to a woman when she becomes properly married.
The Transformed Wife
When a woman is truly one with her husband, she is literally transformed by him. She changes, more and more, and she becomes more hidden in him in Christ. She enters, in the true estate of marriage, into a new reality, and is utterly transformed by that reality. She becomes a new person. Indeed, we are forced to believe this if we accept the allegory given in the New Testament of the marriage of Christ to His Church (Messianic Community). It is like a wedding. And when we receive Christ, the old dies, and a new man is put on. We are transformed - every single spiritual 'cell' of us. We may go through a cocoon phase - a kind of spiritual womb experience - but at the end we are utterly unrecognisable. A wife who is hidden up in her husband is likewise gradually changed until she too becomes unrecognisable from her former separated self. She becomes 're-integrated' into her Adam, making him whole and thus becoming whole herself. That is what the 'oneness' (echad) of marriage is all about.
One Yet Distinctly Two
Now clearly this 'oneness' is not primarily a physical thing - or even physical at all. Yes, they have marital union on the physical plane, but they remain two distinct bodies or physical entities. Yet there is something 'invisible' that happens which is described as 'one flesh' - a spiritual union that is somehow brought to completion by the act of sexual intercourse.
Self Out, Christ In
'Properly married'? I used that phrase, didn't I? Just making marriage covenants and hopping into bed doesn't make you 'properly married' on anything except the legal and physical plane, just like being baptised and joining a church or assembly doesn't make you a Christian/Messianic. To be a proper Christian you have to be "hidden with Christ in Elohim (God)", and that means dying to self and letting Christ live in you. Indeed, we invite Christ into our hearts, don't we, to be our Lord and Saviour?
Wife Hidden in Her Husband
Well, this is precisely the point at what we are forced to conclude is 'true marriage' - a man and a woman aren't truly married until the wife is "hidden with her husband in Christ" just as a man isn't a true believer until he is "hidden with Christ in Elohim (God)". That means the following: a woman who becomes truly married DIES TO SELF by accepting her husband's invitation to hide herself within him as his restored rib, and submit to him as her lord and saviour [please note the lower case 'l' and 's'].
Now why should a woman do this? For the same reason that we must do the same in Christ:
From Separation to Reunion in Glory
"When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you will also appear with Him in glory" (v.4).
We are separated from Christ in the flesh because He is in heaven. Similarly, husbands and wives will be briefly separated from one another in death. And when husband and wife are reunited in the next world, the wife will "appear" with her husband in glory, because they will be reunited. What we are being told is that MARRIAGE IS ETERNAL when it is in CHRIST, and that husbands and wives shall reunite in the next world just as the Bride of Christ shall be reunited with the Bridegroom.
This was the meaning of my wife Isabel's Dream and of dreams and visions that I and others have seen. It is all so clearly stated in scripture but it is "hidden" to those who are still thinking of marriage in earthly terms - the kind of marriage Christ said to the Saducees would no longer exist in the heavenlies.
She Must Appear With Him
We, as Christians/Messianics, cannot "appear" in heaven unless we appear with Christ. Without him, we have no life. But I am going to suggest something else: no married woman can "appear" unless she is with her believing husband, for she is a unity with him. She is hidden with him, and together they are hidden with Christ in Elohim (God). But the wife cannot be hidden with her husband until she has forfeited her independent identity and is fully submitted.
N.B. Lest there be misunderstandings, understand that I am only speaking of those believing wives married to believing husbands. If the husband is unbeliever, she (believer or unbeliever) must present herself before Elohim (God) as a 'single'. The unbelieving husband must also present himself as a 'single' whilst of course still being held accountable for how he treated his believing or unbelieving wives, and vice versa. Believing husbands must still present unbelieving wives and plead for them.
The Husband's Bridal Feast
What of the husband? He must have his own bridal feast with his wives too because together they are able to feast with the Lamb as His allegorical bride. The pattern is exact:
The Allegory and the Reality
"'My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in me through their message, that all of them may be one (echad), Father, just as you are in Me and I am in You. May they also be in Us so that the world may believe that You have sent Me'" (John 17:20-21, NIV).
We are to be one with Christ as Christ is one with the Father. How is Christ one with us? By bringing us into His allegorical marriage. How are we to be one with each other? Through being one in our local churches (assemblies) and being one in our marriages.
The Glory of the Bridegroom
"I have given them the glory that you gave me, that they may be one (echad) as We are one (echad)" (v.22).
What glory was this? Remember, this was before the day of Pentecost when the Church (Messianic Community) was endowed as another allegorical bride image, with the Pastor an allegorical 'Bridegroom' of the local congregation. What, therefore, was already in place which would enable this oneness (echadness) between humans that would reflect this oneness between Christ and His Bride? The estate of marriage, as understood spiritually. What was the "glory" that Christ received? The miracles that He performed, the resurrection that He was to receive, and the power or presence of Yahweh the Father. Notice that there is a linear 'passing on' of this glory from Father to Son to Bride.
This all ties together with other scriptures:
Bringing Forth Your Doxa
"A man ought not to cover his head, since he is the image and glory of Elohim (God); but the woman is the glory of man" (1 Corinthians 11:7, NIV).
This word "glory" (Heb. tifereth) is very important to understand, and is rendered in the Greek translation as doxa from which we obtain the word doxology which is a hymn that glorifies, praises and honours Yahweh. The redeemed Bride-Church-Messianic Community is Christ's glory, praise and honour. Similarly, the redeemed man is Yahweh's glory, and the redeemed woman is the man's glory. Men therefore bring honour, praise and worship to Yawheh-Elohim the Father in two ways:
The Importance of Tzitzit
(1) By becoming submitted allegorical wives of Christ who thereby brings glory to the Father, and
(2) By having their wives submitted to themselves, bringing glory to them.
The Scriptures teach us in both Testaments that we are to symbolise this truth and reality by the men wearing a cloak bearing tzitzit - anciently a cloth with four tassels in each corner - which they are to wear around their shoulders (since that is where the burden of responsibility symbolically rests), the tzitzit (tassels) representing their submission to Yahweh's Commandments:
"'Speak to the Israelites and say to them: `Throughout the generations to come you are to make tzitzit (tassels) on the corners of your garments, with a blue cord on each tassel. You will have these tassels to look at and so you will remember all the mitzvot (commandments) of Yahweh, that you may obey them and not prostitute yourselves by going after the lusts of your own hearts and eyes. Then you will remember to obey all my mitzvot (commandments) and will be consecrated to your Elohim (God)''" (Numbers 15:38-40).
Similarly, and in consequence of this, the women wearing a headcovering represent their submission to the torah or law of their husband, as Paul indicated to the Corinthians, a practice which was in existence in Old Testament times too. It is interesting that the practice of both these commandments has almost disappeared from the churches today (whilst being restored to messianic congregations), a reflection of the apostacy of their men not being submitted to the commandments of Yahweh (liberalism) and the women not being submitted to their husbands (feminism). And even in those conservative churches where women wear headscarves and are submitted to their husbands, how many men (except for Messianic Jews and Hebraic-roots Christians) wear tzitzit (tassels) to indicate that they are submitted to the commandments? I have never seen it! And why not? Because they are apart of the apostate belief that Yahweh did away with the commandments at Calvary (see Common Objections for Not Obeying the Ten Commandments).
KING JAMES VERSION AND OTHER
PROTESTANT BIBLE TRANSLATION PROBLEMS
Satan has launched a two-pronged attack on Christianity in this respect by influencing our Bible translators:
- Firstly, he has multiplied New Age, unisexual and feminist versions to such an extent that women consider themselves equal in authority to their men; and
- Secondly, he has ensured that the beautiful King James Version (KJV), along with most Protestant versions, has a bias against obedience to the commandments by laying a neo-Calvinistic stress on faith-alone! No wonder the KJV is the favourite of a lot of lazy men, and the modern versions of rebellious women!
This, I know, will offend many of the lovers of the KJV, but the truth cannot be hidden - the men must wake up to their responsibilities. As Wayne Jackson rightly remarks:
Are Saved or Being Saved?
"In considering any version, however, it must be acknowledged that the translator brings some of his theological background 'to the table' in producing his work. Such was no less true of the KJV scholars.
Here are some tell-tale facts regarding the KJV:
When the King James translators rendered Acts 2:47 with the words, "such as should be saved," they ignored the Greek present tense form, "are being saved." The KJV thus yields a sense that accommodates the denominational notion of predestination."
Professor E.H. Plumptre of Kings College in London, one of the translators of the Revision (1881) of the KJV, noted:
Baptise or Immerse?
"This verse takes its place among the few passages in which the translators [of the KJV] have, perhaps, been influenced by Calvinistic bias" (Ellicott's Commentary on the Whole Bible, Zondervan, Grand Rapids, Michigan: 1959, VII, p.16).
Plumptre also cited Hebrews 10:38 as a similar example.
Instead of granting a pure translation to the Greek verb baptizo, which signifies "immerse," the KJV translators (and most others since) have sought to conceal the original meaning of the term in order to placate those who believe that "sprinkling" and "pouring" are acceptable substitutes for complete immersion. There is simply no question that bias was involved in this procedure.
The Greek term for "believe" is pisteuo. To assert the opposite idea, the Greeks simply added an "a" (a negative prefix) to the front of the word. Hence, apistia is "unbelief" (Hebrews 3:12), and apistos is rendered "unbelievers" (1 Corinthians 6:6) or "faithless" (Matthew 17:17).
Lack of Faith or Disobedience?
On the other hand, there is another Greek word, apeitheo, which is found sixteen times in the New Testament. It literally means to "not obey," or, to say the same thing in another way, to "disobey." In spite of this clear difference in meaning, the KJV translators rendered apeitheo by "believe not" (or a similar equivalent) some nine times out of the sixteen.
KJV vs. ASV
Compare the KJV with the ASV in John 3:36. The former renders apeitheo by "believeth not," while the ASV translators correctly render the term as "obeyeth not." The KJV obscures the truth that belief is more that a mere mental process; rather, it entails obedience.
Decisive and Obedient Action
Professor J. Carl Laney has written:
Faith-Only Bias of the KJV
"This text indicates clearly that belief is not a matter of passive opinion, but decisive and obedient action" (John: Moody Gospel Commentary, Moody, Chicago: 1992, p.87).
But such a rendition is not consistent with the "faith-only" position. Hence, some scholars believe that the KJV translators revealed something of their "faith-only" bias by translating apeitheo as "believeth not," instead of "obeyeth not."
Arndt and Gingrich, in their Greek-English Lexicon (University of Chicago: 1967), expose their own bias by preferring "disbelieve" as a translation of apeitheo, though they concede that this rendition is "greatly disputed" and "is not found outside our lit[erature]. We show no disrespect to the overall integrity of the KJV when we concede that it has its weaknesses, just as any translation may".
Obey the Commandments, Keep the Testimony of Yah'shua
This is a most important observation which we dare not overlook, for "believe only" theology, strongly influenced by the KJV and other conservative evangelical translations, is rampant in Western Christendom. Not that we have any cause to doubt even in these versions for the end-time Church of God (Assembly of Yahweh) is consistently represented as a people who have a two-fold characteristic:
Commandment-Obeying Polygamous Men Essential
"Then the dragon was enraged at the woman and went off to make war against the rest of her offspring - those who obey Elohim's (God's) commandments and hold to the testimony of Yah'shua (Jesus)" (Revelation 12:17, NIV)
No wonder Western-style marriages are in decay and no wonder polygamy is finding it very hard to take root. Until the men are in subjection to the commandments and are obeying Yahweh as they ought to, how can their women have anything to imitate and look up to? Where is the marriage pattern without an obedient and faithful? Indeed, where is the hope of the world to come?
The key to both the Gospel and marriage is obedience in love. If voluntary self-discipline (obedience to the commandments = discipleship) is absent, where is the Church (Messianic Community)? And if there is no obedienet, purified Body, where is the Bride? And if there is no Bride, where is the Bridegroom? It is not enough to claim Christ when He is not being glorified by submission to His Father's commandments! There are by definition no liberals or feminists in heaven. How could there possibly be?! For without submission and obedience in love there can never be true love-driven oneness.
The Unity of True Believers
Let us resume our examination of Yah'shua's (Jesus') High Priestly prayer in John's Gospel. The theme is oneness, or unity (echadness) - the unity of the believers with each other and with Christ, even as there is complete unity of Christ with the Father, Yahweh:
The Evidence of Sumbission in Love
"May they be brought to complete unity (echad, oneness) to let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as you have loved Me" (John 17:23b, NIV).
This oneness, achieved by complete submission in love, is the evidence that Christ has been sent by Elohim (God) the Father into the world. This same submission in love of wives to husbands is likewise evidence of the workings of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) in the family which is itself a microcosm of the whole Church (Messianic Community) or Bride of Christ. Notice that the unity that is called for is not artificial or contrived - it does not involve compromise or the democratic decision, nor is it the product of dialectical thinking: it is the result of complete and utter obedience to the Word of Elohim (God). The union that is being spoken of here is genuine, transparent and unmistakable.
The Counterfeit and Origin of Culture
For there to be genuine marriage in Christ that is eternal, that unity (echad oneness) must be present. Without it, there is no eternal bond. A marriage which is based on reluctant yielding caused by sin or compulsion is not bonded together in the eternal sense, but is a façade. It is a pretense. The same is true of the false Christianity and Messianism we see around us which consists of little more than mouthing scripture and imposing an artificial unity by forcing men and women to conform to a dogma they neither love nor understand, until they conform out of habit and nothing else. Such is the origin of all culture - such is the 'cultic spirit', which is what culture is. Culture, as one one wise man said, is what is left, when you have forgotten what its purpose was.
Destructive Forms of Polygamy
Counterfeit polygamy, which does not stem from this natural echad unity in love, is a stiffling, oppressive form of marriage. What else can it be? The fault is not so much with the marriage principle itself but the way in which people approach it. There are many false views of polygamy floating around which are destructive to all concerned, from those men who force women into something they do not understand, to those women who insist that their men be bound by ungodly monogamy-only covenants they made in the days of their ignorance and who exert, as a result, a matriarchal, Jezebel-type influence, placing their men who are called into polygamy into exactly the same type of bondage that unrighteous men place on women who are not properly taught and loved.
Bilateral Reformation Before Polygamy
The reformation required of those called into polygamy comes from both directions - from the women themselves who must finally die to their own sovereignty and feministic urge to dominate and control, and to the men who must learn to love sacrificially as Christ. When both 'sides' forget themselves and live for each other in Christ, then true unity comes about.
The Compelling Motive
And what is the motive for doing this?
Seeing the Parallels
"Father, I want those you have given to Me to be with Me where I am, and to see My glory, the glory You have given Me because You loved Me before the creation of the world" (v.24).
Do you see it now? Do you understand what polygamy is about, and why it is so important - and indeed what the consequences of it were, and are, in the eternities? Remember that all of these statements also have an allegorical meaning for us. Thus I can translate the above and place it in my own situation:
The Unavoidable Conclusion
"Yah'shua (Jesus), I want those wives you have given me to be with me where I am (in Heaven after the Judgment), and to see my glory, the glory (salvation) You (Christ) have given me (through trusting in Your Name and obedience to Your commandments) because You loved me before the creation of the world (the pre-mortal spirit world, before I was incarnated)."
If we believe in the allegorical marriage of the Church (Messianic Community) to Christ then we are forced to believe in the above too. How can we avoid it without twisting Scripture?
The Reason Why I Live Polygamy
"Righteous Father, though the world does not know You, I know You, and they know that You have sent Me. I have made You known in order that the love You have for Me may be in them and that I Myself may be in them" (vv.25-26).
If anybody wants to know why I practice Christian/Messianic polygamy it is because of this central Gospel truth. I practice polygamy to reveal the love of Christ to those who do not know Him, for His love is revealed in a special way through polygamy. But it is much, much more than that - and this is the mission that Yahweh has given to me in establishing this ministry - namely, that man and woman are incomplete outside marriage, just as human beings generally are incomplete outside the marriage feast of the Lamb. Worse than that, those who are outside the Feast have consigned themselves to an eternity of utter desolation. Yah forbid that anyone should choose such a fate willingly!
No Singles in Heaven?
There are, I maintain, in the light of the truths revealed in this article, no singles in heaven. They are all in the other place. And whilst this is not said to compell single people to rush into ill-considered and preumptuous marriages as some kind of spiritual insurance against the eternal place of despair (some may not be called to get married in this life), it is nevertheless to remind them that marriage is very, very important indeed - so important that Christ uses it as a picture of salvation itself.
Don't Play Roulette With Your Salvation
The desire of every woman should be to yield herself in obedience and love to her divinely appointed husband and to hide herself within him in Christ. If she is resisting this - whether within or outside the formal covenant of marriage - then she must realise that she is playing routette with her salvation. She must, if she is estranged or separated from her husband, immediately take the first steps to return to repair the breach together with him, and he must labour in love to welcome her into his bosom as his very own rib. And what if there is a shortage of godly men for single women? Then she must embrace a man who is married already, by entering into the holy estate of Christian/Messianic polygamy, and understand that in all likelihood all marriages in heaven will be polygamous in any case, just as the allegorical marriage of the Church to the Bridegroom is so.
The Lord's Supper
After the ordinance of the Lord's Supper which is, if partaken worthily, the sign of our membership in the heavenly world, comes the ordinance of marriage as the second most important sacrament in the Gospel. Just as the solo Christian is incomplete without his allegorical sister-wives in Christ and cannot attend the Marriage Feast of the Lamb without them (there are no candle-lit dinners-for-two in heaven), so the single man or woman is fundamentally lacking.
Presenting Wives to Yah'shua
Like our beloved Saviour whose greatest desire is to be one (echad) with His disciples, that He may dwell IN them (John 17:26), so my greatest desire is to be one with my wives, that I may be IN them, so that I may present my body - my wives hidden with myself - to my Master at the Day of Judgment - a united, vibrating creation of love - to bring Him glory and praise to present to His Father and our King, Yahweh-Elohim.
The Vision Expounded
This, then, is the vision of New Covenant Christian/Messianic Polygamy or Holy Echad Marriage (HEM) - a vision which has been tried and which works. As Yah'shua (Jesus) said (speaking of His extant disciples):
"My prayer is not for them alone. I pray also for those who will believe in Me through their message, that all of them may be one (echad), Father, just as You are in Me and I am in You" (John 17:20-21, NIV).
My wives who are with me by my side believe in me and are metaphorically 'going out into the world', principally in prayer, in search of the other missing or estranged wives of our eternal family, who were with us in the beginning, those who will be one with me with them, that we may be complete in each other in Christ. That is the foremost testimony that I can give of this principle - not my own beliefs and desires, but their beliefs and desires, which are those of the family evangelist. Why do my wives want to do this? Because they are in me, and I am in them - we are one, just as I seek oneness with my Lord and Saviour - and their Lord and Saviour, Yah'shua the Messiah (Jesus Christ). They are working their way past the doubts, insecurities, and jealosies that arise from trusting in the flesh before the spirit, and when they are in the Ruach (Spirit) they are on fire for polygamy just as we are on fire for our Messiah, Yah'shua (Jesus), for He is its author. They want our family to grow until it is complete - its 'full compliment', however many they may be (see The Seven Wives of David) - and are reaching with open arms for those who were predestined to be one with us:
Predestined to Be Gathered as One
"For those Elohim (God) foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son, that He might be the firstborn among many brothers. And those he predestined, He also called; those He called, He also justified; those He justified, He also glorified" (Romand 8:29-30, NIV).
Similarly, those who are called to be a part of our family are predestined or foreordained to be conformed into my image as their eternal husband, just as together we are called to be conformed into the image of Christ our Lord and Master.
And that, reader, is pretty well how we feel about Christian/Messianic polygamy!
"What, then, shall we say in response to this? If Elohim (God) is for us, who can be against us?" (v.31)
Have You Understood What Marriage Is?
But, sisters, I have this sober thing to say to you: have you understood what marriage really is? It is not just a licence to have sex and make children. It is much, much more. These are but blessings of marriage. For the woman, it is a question of her very identity in the heavenlies:
Chosen Before the Foundation of the World
"For He chose us in Him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in His sight. In love He predestined us to be adopted as His sons through Jesus Christ (Yah'shua the Messiah), in accordance with His pleasure and will" (Eph.4:1-5, NIV)
The whole scenario of our existence is explained to those who will accept the allegories which Yahweh has taught us through His beloved Son and apostles. Our eternal marriages were chosen before the foundation of this world and are yet to be fully consummated when this world has passed away. The marriage I speak of is not the "marrying and giving in marriage" (Matthew 23:30) that takes place in this fallen world, which Yah'shua (Jesus) taught has no place in the eternal heavens, but of the selections that were made before we came here. Those who are eternally married are predestined to find one another again (so long as they remain in Christ) and be reunited.
The Ultimate Purpose
And why would Yahweh go to all this trouble? Simple:
For the Praise of His Glory!
"In Him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of Him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of His will, in order that we, who were the first to hope in Christ, might be for the praise of His glory" (Ephesians 1:11-12, NIV)
Hallelu-Yah! Our marriages are for the "praise of His glory"! To reunite the separate halves of Adam and Eve is our purpose together both as husbands and wives, and as the people of Yahweh, and above even that, to be reunited with Yahweh our Eternal Father through the mediation of the sacrifice of the Son of Elohim (God), Yah'shua (Jesus). Marriage is the dynamo that drives the whole Cosmos! That is what Yah'shua died for - to reunite male and female, Christ and Church (Messianic Community), Elohim (God) and man.
The Cosmic Banquet and the Polygamy Dynamic
How can we possibly ever understand the glory and wonder of that great Cosmic Banquet in Heaven, the Marriage Feast of the Lamb, until we have first understood the whole dynamic and purpose of Christian/Messianic polygamy? For my wives and I, polygamy has cast such a brilliant light on this subject that our eagerness for this long-awaited Great Assembly has been excited all the more. There are no single people in heaven - no batchelors, no spinsters - because all are reunited at every level of oneness (echadness): husband to wives, Church (Messianic Community) to Christ, and Christ to Yahweh.
The False Western Vision of Heaven
The Western Christian Church's vision of billions of single Christians so caught up in the ecstasy of the Marriage Feast that they have no consciousness of each other reminds me more of Hinduism than Christianity, from which, in truth, it derived its inspiration after the falling away. It just is not so. As Isabel saw in her prophetic dream, and as I have seen, marriages in Christ are for ever, and are for His glory. Halelu-Yah!
May the realisation of these sacred truths be an inspiration to you, reader, to love and cherish your spouses even more, as Christ loves and cherishes His Church (Messianic Community), for whom He died. Amen.