When Sin invaded the Garden of Eden the long battle began on planet earth. God told Satan:
And I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed; it shall bruise thy head, and thou shalt bruise his heel. (Genesis 3:15)
Satan deceived the woman in the Garden of Eden. The battle in the Garden of Eden was lost and over. But another battle began. Another Adam and His wife will battle it out and gain the victory!
Adam and Eve, who were conquered, are not excluded in this second battle. They will now be a part of the symbolic woman that will fight the dragon tooth and nail. Jesus, the last Adam, said of His bride, the church:
I will build my church; and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it. (Matthew 16:18)
The devil tries his best to destroy the second bride.
In the book of Revelation we see this battle in full flow between the dragon and Christ’s woman. And the woman continues to prevail. She is gloriously attired:
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun. (Revelation 12:1)
She is clothed with the sun; she is clothed with light. What does that symbolize?
Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet, and a light unto my path. (Psalm 119:105)
When Eve met the tempter in the Garden of Eden, she disobeyed the Word of God. But this woman is clothed with the light of the Word of God. Her defense is the two-edged sword.
The battle goes on in chapter 12 till the end of time—an intense battle between the devil and the church:
And the dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ. (Revelation 17:12)
In the Garden of Eden, Eve wandered away from Adam’s side, was alone when the tempter met her, and she succumbed. The woman of Christ in Revelation is not committing that mistake. She has “the testimony of Jesus Christ” with her; she is also keeping the “commandments of God”, unlike Eve who forgot the commandments of God. And Jesus said to His bride, “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.” (Matthew 28:20)
The members of the church overcome sin by the grace and power of Christ. They overcome the devil too in the process. It says:
And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death. (Revelation 12:11)
The battle continues till the Second Coming of Jesus. In fact when His bride is cornered by the powers of darkness, and threatened with extinction by physical force for no fault of hers, Christ takes up the challenge imposed, and comes to rescue His lovely bride. John the Revelation was shown that scene:
These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful. (Revelation 17:14)
He returns as King of kings and Lord of lords. He is coming to take His lovely bride home that is in the midst of a fierce battle. He is coming to take her to the palace of the great King! He said:
In my Father's house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:2, 3)
We are going to meet the Father of our Bridegroom. We address Him the same way His Son addresses—“Father”! Jesus said, God is:
My Father, and your Father. (John 20:17)
The bride of His Son will be as a daughter to Him, and not daughter-in-law! We are all sons and daughters of the King because of Jesus His Son.
John the Revelator was invited to see the bride of the lamb. He wrote:
And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife. And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, (Revelation 21:9, 10)
The Lamb’s wife is the heavenly Jerusalem? How can that be? We have seen that the Church is called the Lamb’s wife all throughout the Bible, but how come the great city too is called the bride of Christ? Well, for sure Jesus is not marrying a building. But the fact is you cannot separate the home from marriage! When Jesus goes to fetch His bride from planet earth He is going to take her home. That home where Jesus is going to live with His bride for all eternity is so beautifully decorated, for the Lamb’s wife—the church—that she looks as beautiful as the Lamb’s wife itself! The Revelator wrote:
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. (Revelation 21:2)
It looks “as a bride”. That city which is so beautifully decorated is going to be the house the bride and the Groom! Read the promise again:
In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:1-3)
The joy of Marriage is all about living together, living in a home. In the beginning when Adam and Eve ate of that forbidden fruit, one of the first things that God did was to drive them out of the Garden, to drive them out of their home. When someone is driven out of his or her home, it shows that something went wrong in the family life. Here we see Christ bringing His wife home, which is the anticlimax to the tragedy that struck at the beginning.
The most beautiful woman will go home when her Man comes back to fetch her. You too can be a part of her! Paul wrote of her loveliness:
A glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. Ephesians 5:25-27
She is the most beautiful indeed!