Bible Polygyny

And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, we will eat our own bread and wear our own clothing; only let us be called by your name, to take away our shame. .. Is.4:1

 

Men should only have one wife because Christ has only one “bride” claim the monogamy only Christians. Perhaps this conclusion is drawn from this passage;
Eph 5:24-25  Therefore as the church is subject to Christ....Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it,

Those who carefully study the Word of God will note that the word "bride" does not occur in Ephesians 5 which book speaks about the one new man but we pass on that for now.

The problem for those presenting this argument is clear, the Lord Christ of the New Testament is Jehovah of the Old. Consider the following.

Christ thought it not robbery to be equal with God (Phils.2), was with God in the beginning (John 1:1) and is the express image of God, (Heb.1:3). It was a truth when our Lord said “before Abraham came into being, I AM!” (Jn.8:58), a title of Jehovah. It was Christ who walked in Eden; who appeared to Abraham (Gen.18:1) and who descended upon the Mount (Ex.19). Yes, the Lord Christ is the multifaceted Jehovah of the Old Testament and it was Christ who said;
Jer 3:20  Surely as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, so you have dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, says Jehovah.

So Christ, as Jehovah, is Israel's husband in a figure and since Isaiah refers not to the “church” then our Lord Christ (Jehovah) has at least two “brides”, Israel and “the church”; according to tradition.

But wait, the house of Israel is the northern Kingdom and the Lord speaks to both Kingdoms as wives committing adultery;
Jer 3:8 And I saw, when for all the causes for which backsliding Israel committed adultery, I sent her away and gave a bill of divorce to her, yet her treacherous sister Judah did not fear, but she went and whored, she also.

Compare this passage from the word of God;
Eze 23:2 Son of man, there were two women, the daughters of one mother.
Eze 23:4 And their names were Oholah, the oldest, and Oholibah, her sister. And they were Mine, and they bore sons and daughters. And their names: Samaria is Oholah, and Jerusalem is Oholibah.

Single people do not commit adultery, married people do, so these two kingdoms, both women, committed (spiritual) adultery against the Lord. See Ez.23. Interesting they are sisters which might lead to some discussions on Lev.18:18.

We can not fight truth, the Lord called the two divisions of Israel His, and they bore Him children. This does not make the Lord a wicked fornicator because He has more than one wife. I guess He permitted Himself to do less than His own perfect will though?

So let's count the Brides of Christ. He has, as Jehovah, the two sisters of Israel, then according to tradition He has the "church", this makes three Brides and we refrain from including the new Jerusalem which is called "the Bride, the Lamb's wife" in Rev. 21:9.

Those who rightly divide the Scriptures and are aware of the various callings within it, will know that the Lord is also the Bridegroom, not of Israel, but the elect remnant:
Luk 5:34 But He said to them, Can you make the sons of the bridechamber fast while the bridegroom is with them? See Romans 9:23-27.

This puts our Lord Christ in three marriage relationships since the over comers or elect remnant are not the two Kingdoms. Israel has an inheritance on the earth, the so called "bride" company have an inheritance in the New Jerusalem;
Rev 21:2  And I, John, saw the holy city, New Jerusalem, coming down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her Husband. And see Rev 22:17.

But wait, five virgins went into the “marriage” with Him as well (Matt.25:10). I hope they were not going to marry the Lord, since that would give him many wives or brides at this point.

We can ignore this "Christ has one bride" argument as being another vain attempt to discount polygyny. It is baseless and as ridiculous as the rest. When will pop-Christianity give up fighting against the truth? Polygyny is Scriptural, blessed by God.

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