For I could wish that I myself were accursed from Christ for my brethren, my countrymen according to the flesh, who are Israelites, to whom pertain the adoption, the glory, the covenants, the giving of the law, the service of God, and the promises; of whom are the fathers and from whom, according to the flesh, Christ came, who is over all, the eternally blessed God. Amen. (Rom. Rom. 9:3-5)Even after the rejection of their Messiah and His subsequent crucifixion, Paul emphasizes the Jewish aspects of all that God has done. Paul indicates that the Jews, as a nation, had the greater connection with God than the Gentiles because of all of the following:
- The adoption of the nation of Israel by God.
- The Abiding Presence of God dwelt in Israels midst.
- The covenants (Abrahamic, Mosaic, Land, Davidic, New) were given to Israel.
- The Law of Moses was given to Israel.
- The service of God in the tabernacle and the various Temples was Israels.
- The OT promises of restoration and blessing were to Israel.
- The fathers of the faith (Abraham, Isaac, Jacob) were Jews.
- Jesus Christ, according to the flesh, came in the line of the Jews.
In order to fully comprehend what is happening in Revelation Rev. 19:6-9+, it is first necessary to understand the Jewish wedding system that was common in Jesus day and was still used among Jews until the beginning of the twentieth century.2
1 Some suggest even Luke was Jewish, although evidence seems to point to his Gentile identity.