Article Series : The Bride Is Ready

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1: Prelude

A grave deception lies dormant like a sleeping sickness in the theology of the church…an error with eternal consequences and unutterable loss. The error is this: that all believers, all born again Christians, will be at the Marriage Supper of … Continue reading

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2: Finding a Bride

Genesis 2:18 NKJ And the Lord God said, “It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.” As Adam walked alone and named the creatures in the Garden, God sought to … Continue reading

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3: The Invitation

Matthew 22:1-10 NKJ And Jesus answered and spoke to them again by parables and said, “The kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who arranged a marriage for his son, and sent out his servants to call those who … Continue reading

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4: The Bride is Ready

Revelation 19:7 NKJ Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready. Who is the Bride? The one who has said YES to the … Continue reading

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5: The Great Divide

May it never be that I would boast, except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, through which the world has been crucified to me and I to the world. Galatians 6:14 NASB In His closing days, Jesus spelled … Continue reading

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6: Ten Virgins

(Reading: Matthew 25:1-13) The Ten Virgins of the story are all believers. All are in the family of God, washed by the Blood of the Spotless Lamb and given the gift of innocence, pure restoration, no matter the stains…equally chaste. … Continue reading

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7: Oil of the Spirit

No Extra Oil Reading Matthew 25:1-13 Caught in the crisis of Christ’s return, found wanting while waiting without fullness, the five foolish had run out of oil by having “not enough.” And they would, with cavalier disregard, take the oil … Continue reading

8: Wedding Clothes

Reading: Matthew 22:1-14 NIV The mysteries of Bridal preparation are strewn throughout scripture, by clear symbol. Jesus freely gave the secrets that gain a place at His Table at the Marriage Feast. Jesus turned to the hidden truths of the … Continue reading

9: White Robes

The King’s daughter is all glorious within;  Her clothing is interwoven with gold.  She will be led to the King in embroidered work… Psalm 45:13, 14a The Bride must wear Wedding Clothes that please the King. Without those specific garments, … Continue reading

10: Fine Linen

And it was given to her to clothe herself in fine linen, bright and clean; for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. Revelation 19:8 NASB Clothe herself… The Bride must take hold of the wedding garment … Continue reading

11: Covered in Filth

Before ever the bride was revealed in New Testament fulfillment, the ‘what’ and the ‘how’ of her preparation were planted in Old Testament promise. The answer given before the question arose. Such a God! The Holy Spirit – Secret Author … Continue reading

12: A Clean Turban

We can solve nothing about being nothing.  And by being nothing, we can do nothing.   We can only let God. To see our vulgar condition is crucial before God can remove and redress. Only in ugly need will we let…God. The corruption of our soul is … Continue reading

13: God’s Dream

The dream of God is marriage.  Marriage was His original relationship for humanity.  His favorite idea.  The First Institution.  The Original Bond.  Not friends, not brothers and sisters.  Lovers in wedlock. Marriage…God’s Beginning and His Ending of human history and … Continue reading

14: Bride of the Cross

Ephesians 5:26, 27 NASB …so that He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself the church in all her glory, having no spot or wrinkle or any … Continue reading

15: Faithless Bride

Hosea 1:2 NASB The Lord said to Hosea, “Go, take to yourself a wife of harlotry and have children of harlotry, for the land commits flagrant harlotry, forsaking the Lord.” The essence of sin, we seldom see. The core of sin, we have no … Continue reading

16: The Reigning Bride

I Corinthians 6:2a-3 Amplified Do you not know that the saints (the believers) will one day judge and govern the world? Do you not know also that we (Christians) are to judge the (very) angels and pronounce opinion between right … Continue reading

17: Daniel’s Sovereign God

Daniel said to Nebuchadnezzar: “Seven times will pass by for you until you acknowledge that the Most High is sovereign over the kingdoms of men and gives them to anyone he wishes.” Daniel 4:32 NIV Nebuchadnezzar said (after his season of the insanity … Continue reading

18: Called to Overcome

Revelation 3:21 NASB “He who overcomes, I will grant to him to sit down with Me on My throne, as I also overcame and sat down with My Father on the throne.” The sin that plagues us and the evil … Continue reading

19: Overcoming Blood

The first “overcoming” is to conquer what is within your own being…the wrongness that lives unchallenged in your primal self. Jacob overcame the treachery in his own nature. Ruth overcame her Moabite heritage: the pagan idolatry of self-indulgence. Joseph subdued … Continue reading

20: Overcoming Word

The facts of God’s gifts to us cannot be imagined. His being, His grace, His plan are so outside the thoughts of man that without His Word we could never dream of His genius, His goodness or His gifts. The … Continue reading

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