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Tammy, thank you for posting both the Early Writings and Great Controversy portions that are important to the beginning of this study, along with the words that are in italics from p.427.2 (the second paragraph)
Here is the part from the Great Controversy that has the other italics words that are important. p.426.2 (second paragraph) that is continued on p.427 the sentence that is important is right after Revelation 19.9 guest/bride as found in “If guest….as the bride.
p.427 Clearly, then, the bride represents the Holy City, and the virgins that go out to meet the bridegroom are a symbol of the church. In the Revelation the people of God are said to be the guests at the marriage supper. Revelation 19:9. If guest, they cannot be represented also as the bride. Christ, as stated by the prophet Daniel, will receive from the Ancient of Days in heaven, “dominion, and glory, and a kingdom;” He will receive the New Jerusalem, the capital of His kingdom, “prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.” Daniel 7:14; Revelation 21:2.
Yes, there is much to ponder in just this little bit; but there is more much more that the Bible and Sister White have tried to reveal to us. But just as the cry ‘behold the Bridegroom cometh’ was misunderstood by those in 1843-44 who gave that cry, there is much more to understand.
(I could not get the italics to work here)