Who Is The Bride?
Who Is The Bride?
By Christine Egbert
At the suggestion of my pastor, Matthew Miller, I recently listened to a most intriguing audio teaching titled “The Bride, The Concubine, And The Harlot” by Barry Phillips. For twenty years Barry Phillips served as a Christian evangelist, youth pastor, and senior pastor. Then, in 2001, his life changed when he went to Israel.
On his website, remnantofysrael.com, Barry recounts how going to Israel left him with questions for which he had no comfortable answers. Through prayer and searching the Scriptures, God reveled some amazing truth. But this truth presented problems for Barry. Conflicts! To resolve these conflicts, in August 2002, Barry left mainstream Christianity to follow Yah’s Commands as presented in the Torah. He established a “House of Study” in Gloucester, VA named the House of David. Today Barry Phillips also produces the “Ten Minute Torah Daily Commentary” and teaches on Hebrew Nation Radio.
While Barry is a strong supporter of Israel and its people, in both prayer and in giving, he understands that the 1948 rebirth of Israel as a democratic Nation State, though quite a miracle, it was only the beginning! Lord YHVH’s endgame is to RESTOR the whole House of Yisrael, which He tore apart over two millennia ago. (1Kings 11:31-36).
God’s Holy Spirit has been drawing the remnant back to His Torah so that He can end their exile and bring them back to the Land. But enough about the man Barry Phillips; let’s dig into his revelation about the bride, the concubine, and the harlot.
The Christian Church sees itself as the Bride of Christ, but this one they know as Christ isn’t Greek! He’s Jewish, Israel’s Messiah. Yeshua, the Torah made flesh was born a Jew and lived as a Jew. He kept and taught the Torah. His Bride, therefore, must keep and teach Torah to her children. Proverbs 1:8 “My son, hear your father’s instruction, and do not forsake the Torah of your mother.”
The marriage contract, known in Hebrew as a Ketubah, established the bride price the husband would pay to his bride’s father. This Ketubah lists the bride’s rights and the husband’s responsibilities. It also lists the inheritance rights of their children, whom the Scriptures proclaims to be a blessing from the Lord. (Psalms 127: 4-5)
But the Torah also allows for a second wife (Deu 21:15), an option taken most often, but not always, when the first wife is barren. Sarah gave her Egyptian servant Hagar to Abraham as a second wife (as a concubine) because Sarah was barren. But unlike Sarah, Hagar, although she was legally married, never got a Ketubah. According to the Sanhedrin 21a, of the Babylonian Talmud, “Only the first wife received a Ketubah and had a formal betrothal period known (in Hebrew) as a nissu’in.”
In his teaching, The Bride, The Concubine, And the Harlot, Barry Phillips asked if it’s possible that this real-life situation in Abraham’s life is also a prophetic picture. The Ketubah is the Torah. Barren-Sarah represents Israel, fruitful-Hagar (who has no Ketubah) depicts the Christian Church, whose main focus is producing offspring. The concubine has intimacy with her husband. He provides her food, clothing, and shelter. The Christian Church worships passionately and produces many offspring, but without a Ketubah (the Torah), those offspring have no right to the promised inheritance. The Bride (with the Katubah) and her offspring do. We inherit the Land. Ephesians 1:13-14 says we’re sealed by the Holy Spirit as a guarantee of our inheritance. Genesis 15:7 reveals that our inheritance, as Abraham’s seed, is the Land, ha’aretz Yisrael. The Land will vomit out those without a heart for Torah. The concubine’s offspring, the Church want a relationship and their needs met. The Bride (with the Ketubah) produces offspring that have a heart for the Land of Yisrael.
Barry Phillips contends that Yahweh has been using the Christian Church (where most of us began our spiritual journey) to produce offspring with a potential to enter the Kingdom, because up till now Yahweh’s first wife, Israel, has been barren. But just as the bride with the Ketubah, Sarah, became fruitful in her old age, Barry believes we, who by grace, through faith, embrace Yah’s Torah (our Ketubah) will soon, like Sarah, become fruitful!
“The harlot offers a resemblance of intimacy as she grants fleshly fulfillment, but she doesn’t want a binding relationship–no long-term commitments! The harlot whispers, “If you have me, you won’t need a bride!” The Harlot is a religious system! She feigns religious expression, using religious words. She lures and seduces those who have no interest in, or understanding of, God’s Torah. The Harlot is drunk with worldly acceptance (National Council of Churches) and with the blood of the saints (the Crusades and Inquisition of the Roman Catholic Church), a mother of Harlots and every abomination on earth. (Rev 17) (Those who go into her often have bumper-stickers on their cars that say “Co-Exist.”
Proverbs 2:11-22 “Discretion shall keep you, understanding shall watch over you, to deliver you from the evil way…those who leave the paths of uprightness to walk in the ways of darkness, who rejoice to do evil, delight in the perverseness of the wicked…[Discretion] will deliver you from the strange woman, from the foreigner who flatters with her words, who forsakes the guide of her youth and forgets the covenant of her God. For her house leads down to death, and her tracks to the departed spirits. All going in to her do not return, nor do they reach the ways of life. May you walk in the ways of good and keep the ways of the righteous. For the upright shall live in the land, and the perfect shall remain in it…”
In summation, Barry teaches that the Harlot, who has a form of religion but denies God’s power, will perish. The concubine and her children won’t! They just don’t inherit the Land. The Bride, with her Ketubah (the Torah), and her children will!
Revelations 12:17 “And the dragon was enraged over the woman, and went away to make war with the rest of her seed, those who keep the commandments of God and have the testimony of Messiah Yeshua.”
Rev 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Yeshua.
Rev 22:14 Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have a right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.