Jewish Customs – Kingdom Clues

Some Jewish customs allude to major world events in the near future. They act like parables, giving clues and pointers to events in the future. Jesus Himself spoke in parables about a coming kingdom on this earth – the Kingdom of God. According to prophecy, Jesus will soon meet His true church “in the air” and He will soon be “King over all the earth”, governing firmly from Jerusalem with a “rod of iron”. Let’s consider two of these customs which point to these momentous events.


The Jewish Chair Dance (the ‘Hora’)


Jewish Chair Dance. Image: Orí / Foter / CC BY-NC-SA

The Jewish wedding and the chair dance … an allusion to the Resurrection?

A Jewish wedding is not complete without the famous chair dance. The bride and the groom sit in chairs carried up in the air by the guests and the bride meets her husband “in the air”. Bride and groom are connected with a piece of cloth.

This is a familiar imagery for readers of the New Testament. The book of Thessalonians says that Christ will be like a bridegroom meeting his bride (the church) up “in the clouds” at the end of this age:

Then we who are alive and remain will be caught up together with them in the clouds to meet the Lord in the air, and so we shall always be with the Lord” (1 Thes 4.17)

Spiritually speaking, the bride is “connected” to the bridegroom since individual believers (forming the church) are indwelt by the Spirit of Christ. Christ then returns to this earth with resurrected believers to reign as King during the Millennium. Is this pure coincidence, or purposeful injection of imagery into Jewish customs?


Bread Making – Rising Dough

Jewish customs: rising-dough

Photo credit: nathanborror / Foter / CC BY

The Jewish tradition of high-rising bread dough evokes the coming kingdom that will fill the whole earth

Jews have an excellent reputation for making good bread. The soft, chewy New York bagels, the nutty pretzels and many other baked delights have been mastered by this people. It is noteworthy that the Bible is replete with text related to bread. The coming kingdom of God is likened to a woman’s dough that rose and rose from a simple batch of flour and leaven. The Kingdom of God is said to be a kingdom that will “fill the whole earth”:

For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD as the waters cover the sea (Isa 11.9)

The Hebrew holy festivals are marked by bread offerings that are “a pleasing aroma to the Lord.”