I was driving with my 10-year-old, listening to her sing a country music song. Then I heard the Lord saying, “I wish My church loved Me this much.”
As I heard this, I got a glimpse of God’s glorious Bride.
She was wearing a white, gleaming wedding gown, which emitted a golden glow.
She was singularly focused on Jesus Christ. Her one thing was sitting quietly at His feet like Mary loving her Master (Luke 10:39), her Lord, and her closest friend. She was in communion with Him and yearned for unity with His holy purpose.
She was caught up to heaven again and again, enraptured by the upward call of Christ. I clearly saw she was amazed with God. She did not have much time to devote to darkness. The way I understood it was like this, “Darkness is like taking out the trash. We do it daily, less than 1% of the time. The other 99% of the time is worship, enjoyment, obedience, and secrets with God.”
She only wanted unity with God, no lukewarm love, no double-mindedness. She was not seeking mammon or fame. She was not seeking God as a means to gaining the world, which is the mixed message of our time. She sought nothing for herself. She had no “horse in the race.” She only wanted to be famous in His eyes. This caused her to be set apart from the rest of “normal Sunday Christianity”.
She was a TRUE worshipper of God, totally caught up in His purpose, His presence, His values, His glory, His love and His light with no regard for what she looked like in the eyes of the world (Babylon) because she was so overcome by her Beloved King of Glory- Jesus Christ. She adored Him and spent much time loving Him until she became exactly what she beheld in Him, changed by His glory (2 Corinthians 3:18), taking on His appearance because of her obsession with Him, daily living for His glorious appearing (Titus 2:13).
I saw her daily embrace of His mercy, love, and grace brought healing to her soul. She wasted little time in self-pity or disappointment. She healed quickly because she did not sulk in her frequent mistakes. I saw this very clearly – her quickness to forget her failures and embrace Jesus’ victory made her so happy and healed!!
In modern Christianity, many churches preach Christ as an “addition” to their lives with no lifestyle change required. They like the social benefits of Christianity, but they quickly back peddle at the offensive “skandalizo” side of Christianity. In contrast, the Bride gladly embraces every part of sacred Scripture.
She paid a high price to leave the Babylonian system. She obeyed His command, “Come out of her and be separate” (Revelation 18:4). Her rejection and misunderstanding only served to refine her to the highest place of revelation and understanding.
I saw her above the earth, above every trial, insult and false accusation. These were taking her closer to God and Heaven. She had reached a point that everything worked for her good because she truly loved Christ Jesus (Romans 8:28). And she was happy about this, filled with the joy of God. These things actually fueled her life, her message and her destiny.
She had a gentleness about her because she always remembered her debt of sin, which her Beloved forgave. “Those who are forgiven much, love much.”
She walked in great grace, which gave her power to resist the corruption and compromise all around. God empowered her daily to remain loyal and loving, yet firm against common temptations. She was so tempted with Heaven, the earth stopped pulling her down. This was God’s true grace, not embittered nor compromised.
By His grace she claimed, “He loves me, perfects me, and maintains me. Therefore, I give Him my all, daily.”
31 For this reason A man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.
32 This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church. (Ephesians 5:31-32)
She learned to cooperate with His leadership without any resistance, without grieving. She was quick to admit her weakness in order to be overshadowed by His. She matured to a view of grace that was daily walking with Him and unselfishly giving of herself to others.
By His grace she ruled on earth with righteous decrees spoken in true humility, prophetic declarations from her love for God (Song of Solomon), speaking the same words as Jesus. She had no other script to follow!
I saw her as the womb of God’s purpose because she gave birth to His purpose on earth. He chose her to be His body, to manifest His purpose through her. From the beginning He planned for His bride to carry the womb of His purpose, like ancient Israel did before. Somehow the two will merge together as one at the end, under the headship of Christ.
Finally, I saw her become like Heaven. I could see her golden heart. I saw parts of her heart and mind, like Jesus’ flesh after His resurrection. There was nothing hidden, everything was revealed. The river of heaven seemed to flow from her beating heart, beating with the same rhythm, even the same color, which was crystal clear, translucent, totally transparent, unlike anything or anyone on earth.
Nothing interested her except redeeming the world and bringing in the New Jerusalem. She was with the New Jerusalem, they moved as one, with no division or disunity. Her steps were synchronized with the steps of Christ, always moving in accord with Heaven.
10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the holy city, Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God,
11 having the glory of God. Her brilliance was like a very costly stone, as a stone of crystal- clear jasper. (Revelation 21:10-11)
No eye, no ear, no mind has know what God has prepared for those who truly love Him. This is the destiny of God’s beloved Bride.
“Not by might nor by power, but My Spirit, says God” (Zechariah 4:6-7)
“With shouts of Grace Grace to His glory.”
Author: Ken Johnson
Shalom dear family of God! Read the Book of Revelation, Psalms, Daniel and Acts- relevant for our times!
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