IT IS THE BRIDE OF CHRIST
At present the Ecclesia is a virgin espoused. Paul wrote " for I am jealous over you, with a jealousy of God. For I betroth you to one Man, to present a pure virgin to Christ.." 2 Corinthians 11:1-2. In his day espousal, betrothal was as sacred as marriage.
In the Hebrew writings we can see two types of the bride of Christ.
The first Adam was given a bride by God. After living alone for a time, God put Adam to sleep and took a TSETA from Adam's body, and made a woman. The Hebrew word 'tseta' does not denote a 'rib', it is used of the chambers in the Temple building.1 Kings 6:5-8.
When God presented the woman to Adam, he said, "This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh." Genesis:2:21-24.
Abraham instructed his trusted servant Eliezer with, "But thou shalt go to my country and to my kindred, and take a wife unto my son Isaac.."Genesis 24:12-14
Abraham is a type of God the Father.
God the Father sent the Holy Spirit unto this world to collect the chosen wife for His only Son, Christ Jesus. When the full number of the Ecclesia is complete, the Holy Spirit will take her to the Father's home. Christ will come out to meet her in the air, in the eventide of this dispensation. Thessalonians 4:15-17.
THE TWO BRIDES
A. In the Hebrew scriptures Israel was married to Jehovah, " Thy Maker is thine Husband."Isaiah 54; 5,8 and because of her wayward practices, Israel has been 'put away', divorced by her Husband. But Jehovah promised to take her back when she repents and turns to God, "Turn, O backsliding sons saith Jehovah, for I am married to a you." Jeremiah 3: 1-8. Israel will not be accepted back as a virgin, but as a wife.