It will be very hard to pick up the most beautiful woman that ever lived on this earth, as we don’t have the pictures to judge. But without any doubt Eve would have been the loveliest of all, having been shaped by the Master Artist Himself. That most beautiful woman belonged to Adam, the first man, the king of this planet.
Satan spoilt that innocent beauty that was radiant on her face, one decisive day.
Another woman now is at the center of attraction. All eyes are on her; she is more watched at by all. She is also the wife of someone very important. She is the bride of the last Adam, Jesus Christ!
In the entire Bible, only once Jesus is addressed as Adam. The great apostle Paul, who understood a lot of mysteries by the Revelation of God, recorded this of Jesus Christ:
And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit. The first man is of the earth, earthy: the second man is the Lord from heaven. (1 Corinthians 15:45, 47)
Paul calls Christ the “last Adam”. For sure, then, Adam and Christ had a lot of similarities.
They both had a common title. Luke, in the narration of the human genealogy of Christ, calls Adam as “son of God”. He wrote:
Adam, which was the son of God. (Luke 3:38)
Jesus, as we all know, in the famous text of John 3:16, is also called the Son of God. Adam and Jesus both had this common designation, though Adam was a created being, but Jesus is the Creator of all. The true Son of God is the “alpha and omega” (Revelation 1:8); He is God in the fullest sense. He has no beginning and no ending; He is the divine Son of God.
Jesus is the ruler of the entire creation of God. He is called:
KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS. (Revelation 19:16)
Talking about Christ, in his epistle to the Colossians, Paul writes:
Who is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of every creature: For by him were all things created, that are in heaven, and that are in earth, visible and invisible, whether they be thrones, or dominions, or principalities, or powers: all things were created by him, and for him: And he is before all things, and by him all things consist. (Colossians 1:15-17)
Christ is called “the image of the invisible God”. Elsewhere Paul wrote:
Who being the brightness of his glory, and the express image of his person. (Hebrews 1:3)
Christ is the exact reflection of the Father. That is why He said:
He that hath seen me hath seen the Father. (John 14:9)
On the other hand Adam, the first man, was made in “the image of God” (Genesis 1:27).
As Christ has rule over all principalities and powers and dominion so also Adam was given dominion of this planet earth.
And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. (Genesis 1:26)
The difference in the extent of their dominion was as high as heaven is to earth.
In the beginning of the book of Genesis we see the marriage of Adam.
And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Genesis 2:23, 24)
And in the end of the book of Revelation we see the marriage of the last Adam.
Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. (Revelation 19:7)
Adam, the first man, had to be put to sleep and his side had to be opened up for him to get a beautiful wife. The record declares:
And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh instead thereof; And the rib, which the LORD God had taken from man, made he a woman, and brought her unto the man. (Genesis 2:21, 22)
So also the last Adam had to be put to sleep—the sleep of death—and then His side was opened up. It was pierced and His flesh was torn, and because of that act, He could have a beautiful wife, His bride, the church. John recorded the scene:
They came to Jesus, and saw that he was dead already… one of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water. (John 19:33, 34)
The first man, Adam, had a no-pain experience at all to get his wife. God put him to sleep and then took one of his ribs out and closed the flesh. But for Christ, the pain began at Gethsemane, and it got intense all the way till He died at Calvary! His flesh was worn to shreds. He was fully conscious. In great anguish He cried out:
My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me? (Matthew 27:46)
It was an agonizing pain and experience for the second Adam to get his wife!
When the first Adam saw his beautiful wife, Eve, he said:
This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of man. (Genesis 2:23)
Paul, describing Jesus and His union with His bride, uses the same language that Adam used:
For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. (Ephesians 5:30)
After talking about the union of Adam and Eve, the record says:
Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh. (Genesis 2:24)
Paul repeats the same words of Genesis and links it with Christ and His church. He wrote:
For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:29-32)
The Bible says of Adam and his wife when they become one:
And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed. (Genesis 2:25)
The last Adam too was nearly naked except for a piece of cloth round His waist.
And they stripped him, and put on him a scarlet robe. (Matthew 27:28)
And when they had crucified him, they parted his garments, casting lots upon them, what every man should take. (Mark 15:24)
And Christ was not ashamed too. He did not mind going through this shame and suffering because He valued His union with His bride more than anything else! Paul wrote:
The captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings. For both he that sanctifieth and they who are sanctified are all of one: for which cause he is not ashamed to call them brethren, Saying, I will declare thy name unto my brethren, in the midst of the church will I sing praise unto thee. (Hebrews 2:10-12)
Eve was the one who invited sin. Paul writes to us in his epistle to Timothy:
And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression. (1Timothy 2:14)
And on the other hand Satan could not deceive Jesus, the last Adam. Jesus said:
The prince of this world cometh, and hath nothing in me. (John 14:30)
Adam, for the love of his beautiful wife, ate the fruit and shared her fate.
And when the woman saw that the tree was good for food, and that it was pleasant to the eyes, and a tree to be desired to make one wise, she took of the fruit thereof, and did eat, and gave also unto her husband with her; and he did eat. (Genesis 3:6)
Christ on the other hand, did no sin, but because of the love for His wife, He drank of that bitter cup and paid the price for her. The Scripture records:
He went away again the second time, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if this cup may not pass away from me, except I drink it, thy will be done. (Matthew 26:42)
When Adam partook of the sin of his wife, the curse was pronounced:
Thorns also and thistles shall it bring forth to thee; and thou shalt eat the herb of the field. (Genesis 3:18)
God cursed the ground because of sin, and now thorns and thistles would be symbols of the curse, and Adam had to battle with it all. So also Christ was cursed for our sins. Paul wrote:
Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: (Galatians 3:13)
Even the symbol of curse—the thorns—was seen when the Jesus bore the curse. We see a crown of thorns being placed upon His head.
And when they had platted a crown of thorns, they put it upon his head, and a reed in his right hand: and they bowed the knee before him, and mocked him, saying, Hail, King of the Jews! (Matthew 27:29)
He bore the curse on Himself because He loved His wife—the church!
Adam was driven out of the Garden of God when he sinned:
Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden. (Genesis 3:23)
When Jesus bore the sin of the human race on Himself He too was driven out; He was driven out of the gate of the holy city of God, the Jerusalem city. Paul wrote:
Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. (Hebrews 13:12)
It was in the Garden of Eden that sin overcame the first man Adam; and in another garden, the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus overcame the scourge sin, and took the penalty of sin upon Him. It was on a tree—the tree of knowledge of good and evil—Satan overcame Adam; and on another tree—the Cross of Calvary—the second Adam overcame sin and paid the penalty for sin.
Paul brings out a series of comparisons between Adam and Christ. He wrote:
Therefore as by the offence of one judgment came upon all men to condemnation; even so by the righteousness of one the free gift came upon all men unto justification of life. For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous. (Romans 5:18, 19)
Adam gave us the legacy of death, but Christ gives us the gift of eternal life.
Man lost the right to the tree of life in the Garden because of his disobedience. God drove him out of the Garden and away from the tree of life:
So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life. (Genesis 3:24)
Christ will lead us back to the tree of life, not just to the Garden of Eden, but also to the Paradise of God. Jesus promised it. He said:
And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city. (Revelation 22:12-14)
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!