Encountering Our Bridegroom, King, and Judge
When Jesus reveals Himself as Bridegroom, King, and Judge, we are ignited in our faith, increased in our worship, and empowered to do His works with greater zeal.

Encountering Our Bridegroom, King, and Judge

by Adam Wittenberg
10/17/17 Training and Events

As we approach the end of the age, the Holy Spirit is emphasizing the revelation of Jesus Christ in the Word of God as Bridegroom, King, and Judge.

This is happening worldwide, in every nation, and for a specific purpose: the Spirit is preparing hearts to respond to God, especially in the generation in which Christ returns.

The revelation of Jesus in Scripture as Bridegroom, King, and Judge isn’t random. Each revelation is entirely Biblical, and necessary, to help end time believers stay faithful during the unique pressures and dynamics of those days.

Here, we will briefly examine these aspects of Jesus, and how they can affect us today:

Jesus, the Bridegroom

Jesus, our Bridegroom, feels burning desire for His people. Knowing this love will help us grow into a mature Bride—one who is confident, even in our weakness.

Many Old Testament passages describe Jesus this way (see Isaiah 54:4–12; 62:2–5; Jeremiah 2:2; 3:14; 31:32; Ezekiel 16:8–15, 32; 23:1–45; and Hosea 1:2; 2:7, 14–23; 3:1–5), and so does the New Testament (Matthew 9:15; 22:1–14; 25:1–13; John 3:29; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Ephesians 5:25–32; and Revelation 19:7–9; 21:9; 22:17).

If we’re struggling to understand Jesus as Bridegroom, let us ask the Spirit for “wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him,” to enlighten the eyes of our understanding as we search the Scriptures (Ephesians 1:17; Acts 17:11).

“The Bridegroom message is about Jesus’ emotions for us, His beauty, His commitment to us (to share His heart, home, throne, secrets, and beauty), and our response of wholehearted love (obedience) that moves Him,” says Mike Bickle, director of IHOPKC. “The Spirit uses the message of the Bridegroom God to restore the first commandment to first place in the Church.”

To be clear, the Bridegroom message is not sensual or sexual in any way and applies to the entire body of Christ, both men and women.

Jesus, the King

By understanding Jesus’ power as a sovereign King who received all power, we are strengthened to contend in fervent intercession for His will to be done on earth as it is in heaven.

Jesus’ power manifests through His people, as He anoints them to do His works. Jesus, our King, releases protection, direction, financial provision, and healing, revives the Church, transforms society, and restores the earth itself.

Scripture often depicts Jesus as the coming King or ruler, and the Book of Revelation boldly declares Him as “King of kings and Lord of lords” (Revelation 17:14; 19:16).

Jesus, the Judge

As the righteous Judge, Jesus has great zeal for justice. He determines what’s right and wrong and is faithful to remove everything that hinders love until the earth is liberated and His people are saved.

This gives us hope as we proclaim His coming reign and confidence to stand against all false forms of justice—something His people will need to prevail in the end times.

“For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son,” Jesus says in John 5:22, a theme echoed throughout Scripture.

Knowing these aspects of Jesus can transform our relationship with Him. When Jesus reveals Himself as Bridegroom, King, and Judge, we are ignited in our faith, increased in our worship, and empowered to do His works with greater zeal.

How well do you know Jesus as Bridegroom, King, and Judge?

To learn more about Jesus as Bridegroom, King, and Judge, we recommend the December Immerse, an 8-day training program at IHOPKC, focused on that theme. Encounter Jesus with other believers through teaching, prayer room time, and healing and prophetic ministry. Learn more »


Adam Wittenberg


A Detroit native who was raised in Vermont and Connecticut, Adam worked as a newspaper journalist until 2012, when he moved to Kansas City to complete the Intro to IHOPKC internship. Afterwards, he earned a four-year certificate in House of Prayer Leadership from IHOPU and is now on full-time staff in the Marketing department at IHOPKC. Adam is also active in evangelism and has a vision to reach people everywhere with the good news of Jesus Christ.

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