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RICHARD - Is there any evidence in the Bible of Eternal Marriage?
JOEL - When Jesus ordained His Apostles and gave them priesthood power He said:
"And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven."(Mat 16:19)
They would now have the power and authority to bind couples in the eternal marriage covenant on earth that would be bound in heaven as well.
And in talking about marriage Jesus said,
"Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder."(Mat. 19:6)
In other words, once God has joined two people together, through an authorized representative, no other earthly man can declare that they can ever be separated. The "until death do you part" ceremonies that are performed in todays civil ceremonies, carry their own statement of divorce with them.
And in the Old Testament “whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever.” (Eccl. 3:14.)
Paul declared that “neither is the man without the woman, neither the woman without the man, in the Lord.” (1 Cor. 11:11.)
In the Biblical account Adam and Eve are considered husband and wife (Gen 2:22-25). We must assume of course that it was God who performed the marriage ordinance. And because there was no death in the world it had to have been an eternal covenant that was meant to last forever.
In the Biblical account of Job we are told that he had seven sons and three daughters (Job 1:2). He also had 7000 sheep, 3000 cammels, etc. At the end of his life we are told that God gave him double of what he had before it was all destroyed; 14,000 sheep, 6000 camels, etc,(Job 42: 10-12) but he was only given 7 more sons and 3 more daughters (Job 42:13), instead of 14 more sons and 6 more daughters. This only makes sense if God considered Job's marriage and family to be an eternal one. Both Job and God knew he still had the original sons and daughters even though they were dead. Add these to the new ones and it means they truely were doubled.
Not much else is said specifically about the eternal marriage covenant in the Bible, but I think it is obvious that any ordinance sanctioned and authorized by God was meant to be eternal.
Besides this most of what we know about eternal marriage has been revealed through latter-day prophets(D&C 132).