“And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb’s wife [Revelation 12:9]
1 The Bride is the harvest of the earth.
The Bible says: “The LORD by wisdom hath founded the earth; by understanding hath he established the heavens” [Proverbs 3:19] The wisdom that “founded the earth” is God’s foreknowledge of all things, seen and unseen. For example, before any man was formed, God foreknew sin and offered Christ as; “…Lamb slain from the foundation of the world” [Revelation 13:8] God offered Himself in Christ as offering for sin to receive a harvest of sons and daughters free of sin and made perfect in His own image. The Bride is the harvest of the earth whose names are written in; “…the book of life from the foundation of the world…” [Revelation 17:8] This is the hidden wisdom of God; God compiled the names of the Bride before any man was made and by understanding set His throne in the congregation of the Bride, as it is written: “…the throne of God and of the Lamb shall be in it; and his servants shall serve him: And they shall see his face; and his name shall be in their foreheads” [Revelation 22:3-4] Every age gave up her Bride, this generation shall be reaped for the final harvest of the earth and the Bride shall be joined to the Lord in the marriage supper of the Lamb. The Bible says: “…Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God” [Revelation 19:9]
2. The Bride is foreknown.
It is written: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren” [Romans 8:29] You may be tempted to ask; if it is foreknown, why bother? The foreknowledge of God is not what you think. It is not a predetermined end but the sovereign faculty of God to know and see the end from the beginning. God does not interfere with man’s free will but in every age foreknows those who are conformed to the revelation of Jesus Christ, in who; “…dwelleth all the fulness of the Godhead bodily” [Colossians 2:9] No man is predestined to error or perdition but every man or angel is accepted or rejected according to the template of Christ, who is the; “…express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power…” [Hebrews 1:3] God revealed a measure of Christ in all generations through His prophets and sundry messengers. The Bride was foreknown and gathered by conformity with the Present Truth of Christ revealed. In the last days, God has; “…spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds” [Hebrews 1:2] God was manifest in Christ to set the records straight and will have no respect to traditions of men and doctrines of devils. The Bride shall be gathered of those who mature in the; “…unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fulness of Christ” [Ephesians 4:13]
3. The Bride is separated by voice of prophecy.
The Bible says: “Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called…” [Romans 8:30] Now, some do wonder; if He foreknows and predestinated the Bride, why call? The answer is simple; all men have sinned and; “…the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” [Romans 6:23] The preaching of Christ is the fountain of living waters that refreshes and resurrects our comatose spirit to everlasting life. The Bride is called and separated by prophetic Truth. It is prophetic because only the Spirit of Christ gives eternal life, as the Bible says: “It is the spirit that quickeneth; the flesh profiteth nothing: the words that I speak unto you, they are spirit, and they are life” [John 6:63] If it is prophetic, it must also be Present Truth, that is, revealing the identity, purpose and agenda of Christ for the age. Let no man be deceived, there are many voices in the world proclaiming safety, deliverance and prosperity. They draw men to themselves and denominations, not Christ; from such, I encourage you to depart. The Bride is not known by huge numbers, but a “little flock” fed by the Word of Truth, as the Bible says: “Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom” [Luke 12:32]
4. The Bride is justified.
It is writtens: “….and whom he called, them he also justified…” [Romans 8:30] Justification is acquittal from sin and power of death by sanctification in Christ Jesus, as it is written: “… even as Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it; That he might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word” [Ephesians 5:25-26] Justification is not a religious ritual but of faith anchored on personal fellowship and revelation of Christ, who Himself said: “…no man knoweth who the Son is, but the Father; and who the Father is, but the Son, and he to whom the Son will reveal him” [Luke 10:22] The Bride is not dependent on man’s catechisms or angels for the revelation of Christ but are taught of God, as the Bible says: “And Jesus answered and said unto him, Blessed art thou, Simon Barjona: for flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but my Father which is in heaven” [Matthew 16:17] The Bride is not a religious order but the company of Saints justified by faith grounded in heavenly revelation of Truth, unadulterated by crass materialism and fleshly lusts. The verifiable proof of justification is the fruit of the spirit [Galatians 5:22-23] The identity of the Bride is not hid, as the Bible says: “Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?” [Matthew 7:16]
5. The Bride is the glory of creation.
The Bible says: “…and whom he justified, them he also glorified” [Romans 8:30] The glory reserved for the Bride surpasses anything in this world and exceeds the brightness of angels, as it is written: “…Eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them that love him” [1 Corinthians 2:9] Presently, we groan in this body awaiting the appearance of Christ but; “…when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is” [1 John 3:2] God reserved His own glory for the harvest of the earth. I speak as one appointed to remind you; we are in the last days. Let us put aside all distractions and entanglements of worldliness and be established in Present Truth. Beloved, with every passing day, the Bride is gathered from every nation. When the last name is called, there shall be time no longer. Today is the day of salvation, come right in and receive Jesus as Lord and Saviour. Finally, I commend you to the grace of Christ and the voice of prophecy;: “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely” [Revelation 22:17]