Return for the Bride

Last Revision:  March 18, 1999

Return for the Bride


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March 20, 1999 (Day 79):  The night of March 19-20 will bring the conjunction of the Morning Star with the Ring (Covenant) Planet.  The conjunction of these two planets symbolizes the Lord Jesus Christ fulfilling His Marriage covenant with the Church at the Rapture as well as the fulfillment of the unconditional covenants to Israel at the Second Advent.

The best viewing of the conjunction will be at dusk on the 19th, although the closest conjunction occurs on the 20th, the day of the Vernal Equinox.  Notice from the picture that the crescent moon points out the path toward the Ringed Planet (Saturn), which stands for God of the Covenants.   The Morning Star represents Jesus Christ in His return at the Rapture and the Second Advent.  The Ringed Planet (Saturn) represents all the covenants between the Lord and mankind beginning with the Adamic Covenant.  These covenants promised the Messiah, who is Jesus Christ (Matthew 1:23).

The story of the Lord Jesus Christ parallels the pattern of marriage.  After Adam and Eve sinned, the Lord gave them the Adamic Covenant, which promised a Savior.  That Covenant and others that followed, e.g. the Noahic and Abrahamic Covenants, corresponded to the Marriage contract.  When the Lord Jesus Christ was born in Bethlehem, that represented the groom going to pick up his bride at her home.  However, when Jesus Christ announced His arrival to pick up His bride, the bride reneged on the wedding contract (John 1:11).  The Jews were the bride, but they rejected their Savior and sent Jesus Christ to the Cross where He paid for the sins of the world.  The Lord Jesus Christ died, was buried, and rose again the third day still without His bride.  He ascended into Heaven after 40 days still without His bride.

Having been rejected by his bride, the Lord called out a new royal family, the Church, to be His bride.  He is waiting in Heaven now until the bride is complete - until all members of the body are saved.  He will return one day for His bride.  That event is called the Rapture (1 Thessalonians 4:15-17) when Jesus Christ, the Morning Star, will return and announce with the trumpet of Gabriel that He has come for his bride, the Church.  The Church will be resurrected and rise to meet the Lord in the air.  Then the wedding feast of the Lamb will occur in Heaven for Christ and the Church (Revelation 19:7-9).

Symbolism of Conjunction of Morning Star and Ring Planet

First Advent
Second Advent
Morning Star
Star of Bethlehem (Matt. 2:2) Royal Messiah Returns for Bride (Church) (1 Th 4:15-17) Lord Returning with the Church (Rev. 6:2; 19:11-14; 22:16)
Ring Planet
Messiah (Isa. 7:14; Luke 2:10-11) Marriage of the Lamb (Rev. 19:7-9) King of kings (Rev. 19:11-16)

The First Advent of Jesus Christ was predicted as the star of Jacob in Numbers 24:17, which is a reference to the Savior Planet (Mercury).  The star of Jacob was Jesus Christ as the descendant of Jacob.  The birth of Jesus Christ was foretold by the star of Bethlehem, the conjunction of the Morning Star and Mighty Warrior.  Jesus Christ is called the Morning Star (Revelation 22:16).  The Morning Star in the star of Bethlehem pointed to the destiny of the Lord Jesus Christ as the Royal Messiah who would return for His bride at the Rapture and the Conqueror who would return at the Second Advent.  This is per the Marriage analogy where the Right Man goes to pick up his bride with whom he has a legal contract.  At the Rapture the Lord will return for His bride, and at the Second Advent the Lord will return with His bride to His home on the earth for the Millennium.

The conjunction of the Morning Star with the Ring Planet (Saturn) adds more meaning because the Ring Planet represents the Lord Jesus Christ as the God of the Covenants.  The Lord will fulfill the unconditional covenants to Israel at the Second Advent.  At the Second Advent, the Lord will be the King of kings who will destroy His enemies (Hebrews 10:12-13) and the enemies of Israel in the Battle of Armageddon (Revelation 16:16).  The Millennial reign of the Lord Jesus Christ as King of Israel will follow in fulfillment of the Davidic Covenant (1 Chronicles 22:10; Psa 89:3, 35; 132:11-12) and the New Covenant to Israel (Jeremiah 31:31; Hebrews 8:8).

The conjunction of the Morning Star and the Ring Planet is a scene of two planets coming together, which also represents Marriage.  The Ring Planet represents the Marriage contract.  The question arises, which of the two planets is the Right Man?  In conjunction, the two planets become a system in which the Morning Star (with the Church Bride) symbolizes Right Woman and the Ring Planet as the God of the Covenants (including King of kings) symbolizes the Right Man.  The Church became the Bride of Christ when the Jews (the first Right Woman) rejected Him.  At the Second Advent, the Lord Jesus Christ who is the symbolic Right Man of the Church will also restore Jewish believers to a symbolic Right Woman status.  However, Jewish believers will not have the Royal Family status of the Church.  He will be their King but they will not be royalty.


The conjunction of the Morning Star and Ring (Covenant) Planet on March 20, 1999 is a reminder of the approaching Rapture of the Church and Second Advent at the end of the Tribulation just as the conjunction of the Morning Star and Mighty Warrior on February 23, 1999.  However, the March 20 conjunction emphasizes the fulfillment of the covenants, the New Covenant to the Church and the unconditional covenants (including the Davidic and New Covenants) to Israel.  The key to understanding the meaning of the conjunction of the planets is the pattern of Marriage Culture in the ancient world.  The heavenly relationship with the Lord Jesus Christ is symbolized by the Marriage relationship, and that is what the conjunction of the Morning Star and Ring Planet means.  The Lord Jesus Christ is the symbolic Right Man while the Church is the bride.

The conjunctions of planets is a reminder that the Lord Jesus Christ keeps His Word.  He made covenants, which He will fulfill.  He is currently waiting in Heaven until His Royal Family, His Bride the Church, is completed.  When the time of the Marriage is at hand, He will return for His Bride and the Church will be resurrected to meet the Lord in the air.  The opportunity to become Royal Family of God is open until the Rapture of the Church.  After the Rapture, the door will be closed.  Those who want salvation and Royal Family status as bride of Christ can have it by believing in Jesus Christ.

Believe on the Lord Jesus and you shall be saved (Acts 16:31).  And there is salvation in no one else; for there is no other name under heaven that has been given among men, by which we must be saved (Acts 4:12).  For in this way God loved the world so much that He gave His uniquely born Son that whoever believes in Him will not perish but have Eternal Life (John 3:16).


1. "This Week's Sky at a Glance,"  Sky and Telescope, March 18, 1999.
2.  Martin Ratcliffe, Alister Ling.  "The Sky Show in March," Astronomy Magazine, February 1999,

Author: Larry Wood

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