I had this dream almost three and a half years ago, a significant time period in itself, and this week the Holy Spirit again reminded me of its contents.
After waking with the alarm and then falling asleep again, I dreamt I was my sister Gayle’s bridesmaid and we were standing outside a building with all the equipment and suitcases needed to get ready for the wedding. I had curlers in my hair and was struggling with the multi-layered hairstyle. It began to rain lightly and Gayle went inside. I took quite a time to gather up all the luggage and then I went inside to find a large entrance hall with rooms leading off it. I went into a room and found it was the venue for the reception. People were busy with the catering inside, but Gayle was not there.
Then I heard her voice raised loudly in praise and followed its’ sound to a large restroom, which was filled with many women preparing. There were counter-tops and mirrors all around the walls, like a ladies’ public bathroom. I managed to find space next to Gayle and put down all the stuff I was carrying. She was looking in the mirror and worshiping God. We did not speak to each other.
I was still struggling with my hair as some bits had curled extremely tightly and others flicked the wrong way. I realized I would have to use the hot brush to fix it. At some point, Gayle disappeared, but I took no notice because I was busy fussing over my own appearance in the mirror. I imagined how my hair would look in the photographs and felt pleased.
Two other women appeared and showed great interest in my preparations, exclaiming over what they found in the suitcase on the floor; however, they actually obstructed my progress and got in the way.
I was busy outlining my lips, but all the makeup pencils were broken. I kept noticing that Gayle had not returned, but then comforted myself because the veil was still in a packet on the floor and she would need to come back to put that on before the wedding ceremony took place. I finally managed to get my white shoes on and discovered that my own wedding dress was also in the suitcase.
“Oh,” I thought to myself, “we could have both been dressed in wedding dresses,” but then I decided to stay in my bridesmaid’s dress. I packed up all the beauty aids in the suitcase, which was one of those soft clear plastic cases with zips used for storing things under beds.
I considered text-messaging a friend to tell her Gayle was getting married, but then thought that would confuse her because Gayle and her husband Stuart had been together for so many years already and seemed married for all intents and purposes, so I didn’t.
Then one of these interfering women called Gayle repeatedly in a very shrill voice. I looked through the doorway and saw a woman come out of a church building a little way up a hill, to say that Gayle could not come because she was busy and someone else would come to her aid instead.
I rushed outside and asked where Gayle was and discovered the wedding ceremony was almost over and they were about to take photographs. I was devastated and pointed out that she didn’t have her veil. I strode up the hill to look for Gayle with a dark-haired woman accompanying me. I was crying and even swore once in anger and the woman laughed at this outburst. I was saying, “Why didn’t they tell me; why did they start without me?”
I just kept repeating this over and over and the feeling of shock and devastation overwhelmed me. We passed a small clump of trees like miniature woodlands with wooden pews in amongst them. I thought that was a possible venue for an outdoor wedding. There was still no sight of Gayle or the wedding party. Then I woke up very upset.
This dream is a depiction of those who do not understand the signs of the times and therefore miss their appointment. It is a very strong warning about the extreme lateness of the hour and the urgent need to be found in the place of Rest, ceasing from our own fleshly endeavors to appear beautiful and spiritual to others – and to rather be focused on the worship of God and receive counsel from Wisdom, which will help us complete the final preparations at this time.
Before I received the dream, my alarm went off, but I fell asleep again, which speaks of the virgins who fall asleep while waiting for the Bridegroom. Some are sufficiently prepared and others are not. By the time they discover His arrival, it is too late to do anything about it.
When the light rain began to fall, the Bride knew to go inside to the inner chambers and finish preparing. She went silently and was not found in the area for the feeding of the flesh, but was busy praising the greatness of God in the REST-room; the place of Sabbath rest, having ceased her own fleshly labors.
The Bride responded to a call that was not physically audible that the time for the wedding had come. Those relying on outward visible and audible signals missed the boat. The trumpet call summoning the Bride will be a sound in the Spirit and only those whose ears are straining to hear this cry will respond in time.
The disappearance of the Bride happened quietly and unannounced. There was no fanfare of any kind. She just slipped away, like she had slipped away into the inner chamber to prepare.
Her preparation was quick because she was not concerned with her outward appearance, but rather with the beauty and wonder of God. There were many women (representing churches) in that place of preparation but only those with understanding of the times got to attend the wedding.
8 There are sixty queens, and eighty concubines, and virgins without number.
9 But My dove, My undefiled is one alone. She is the only one of her mother. She is the choice of her who bore her. (Song of Songs 6:8-9)
This dream affected me very much. I wondered why I had been the bridesmaid and not the bride. I felt the Lord say He had allowed me to experience the emotions and shock of those who were not ready in time and would miss the wedding and also to point out to me there were things in my heart that needed attending to.
My mindset and understanding of how the event would happen was incorrect, which caused me to miss my appointment because I thought the veil waiting on the floor signified there was still time. However the Bride went to have a face-to-face appointment with her groom, whom she had been in an intimate relationship for many years by the Spirit.
The name ‘Stuart’ means ‘steward’ and represents the Holy Spirit, who is a steward of the riches of Christ. The Bride has been in an intimate relationship with Him for many years and this fact is known to others who observe her. She would no longer see through a glass darkly and therefore did not need her veil (1 Corinthians 13).
The bridesmaid, in contrast, had many distractions sent to her, which prevented her from completing her preparations in time. She could also have been part of the Bride (wedding dress is part of equipment provided for her), but she leaned on her own understanding and then chose the part of the bridesmaid, not knowing that all her wrong understandings and mindsets about how things would unfold would rob her of a part in the wedding. She was preoccupied with her appearance before men and her hair (anointing and gifting) and straightening out any kinks in it and was concerned about how she would appear in other peoples’ eyes (depicted by photographs) instead of walking in the fear of the Lord and focusing on Him like her sister, the worshiping Bride, beholding in a mirror the glory of God and thus being changed.
By the time this bridesmaid had made her choice just to be a supporting act to the Bride, the rest-room was empty except for the two distracting women, representing assignments from the enemy to lead her astray.
I cannot express the depth of devastation that filled my heart when I discovered I had been left behind and missed the wedding – the very event I had so laboriously prepared for. It was too late and all my searching could not locate the wedding party. My vanity and self-preoccupation had cooked my own goose. The dark-haired woman represents the Spirit of Wisdom who provides counsel for preparation. She laughed because it was the bridesmaid’s own fault – she has brought this situation upon herself. (Proverbs 1:22-31)
Now more than ever, we must not lean on our own understanding or succumb to distractions, but be single-eyed concerning our focus on the Lord through worship and prayer. It is time to stop worrying about things that do not matter; external things, one’s appearance in the eyes of others, one’s anointing, and instead choose the good portion of sitting at the feet of Wisdom and receiving counsel and instruction (Luke 10:41-42). It is time to repent for repeatedly refusing and spurning the Lord’s counsel because those He loves, He rebukes. (Revelation 3:2-3)
The other impression I got was one of a seed being choked and bearing no fruit (Mark 4:18-19). The bridesmaid’s preoccupation with worldly things, with her own appearance and the things of the flesh resulted in her life producing no fruit. The fact that a wedding dress was part of the preparation tools provided, shows that within the bridesmaid was the potential to be a part of the Bride, but her own self-centeredness and fleshly ways, coupled with her lack of understanding of the times, resulted in crop failure in her life. The great appointment with the Bridegroom was missed and there was no way to undo this.
The fact that there was no communication between myself and my sister speaks of this being a time of individual preparation before the Lord. If we do not heed this warning we will find we have missed our appointment with the Bridegroom and the door will be shut and we will be left outside. (Matthew 25:1-13)
It is also important to be alert for deliberate distractions that are sent our way, clouding our judgment and causing us to miss important signals from Heaven for sudden departure. The enemy is well-aware of the preparation that is going on spiritually at this time and would like to cause as many as possible to miss their appointments in this season.
1 Then shall the kingdom of heaven be likened unto ten virgins, which took their lamps, and went forth to meet the bridegroom.
2 And five of them were wise, and five were foolish.
3 They that were foolish took their lamps, and took no oil with them:
4 But the wise took oil in their vessels with their lamps.
5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.
6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.
7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.
8 And the foolish said unto the wise, Give us of your oil; for our lamps are gone out.
9 But the wise answered, saying, Not so; lest there be not enough for us and you: but go ye rather to them that sell, and buy for yourselves.
10 And while they went to buy, the bridegroom came; and they that were ready went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut.
11 Afterward came also the other virgins, saying, Lord, Lord, open to us.
12 But he answered and said, Verily I say unto you, I know you not.
13 Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh. (Matthew 25:1-13)
22 How long, you simple ones, will ye love simplicity? and the scorners delight in their scorning, and fools hate knowledge?
23 Turn you at my reproof: behold, I will pour out my spirit unto you, I will make known my words to you.
24 Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out my hand, and no man regarded;
25 But you have set at nought all my counsel, and would none of my reproof:
26 I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh;
27 When your fear comes as desolation, and your destruction comes as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.
28 Then shall they call upon me, but I will not answer; they shall seek me early, but they shall not find me:
29 For that they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD:
30 They would none of my counsel: they despised all my reproof.
31 Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices. (Proverbs 1:22-31)
41 And Jesus answered and said to her, Martha, Martha, you are anxious and troubled about many things.
42 But one thing is needful, and Mary has chosen that good part, which shall not be taken away from her. (Luke 10:41-42)
2 Be watchful and strengthen the things which remain, that are ready to die. For I have not found your works being fulfilled before God.
3 Remember then how you have received and heard, and hold fast, and repent. Therefore if you will not watch, I will come upon you as a thief, and you will not know what hour I will come upon you. (Revelation 3:2-3)
17 Because you say, I am rich and increased with goods and have need of nothing, and do not know that you are wretched and miserable and poor and blind and naked,
18 I counsel you to buy from Me gold purified by fire, so that you may be rich; and white clothing, so that you may be clothed, and so that the shame of your nakedness does not appear. And anoint your eyes with eye salve, so that you may see.
19 As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten; therefore be zealous and repent. (Revelation 3:17-19)
Author: Christine Beadsworth
Christine Beadsworth lives in Somerset West, South Africa. She is an artist, poet and speaker, also writing and publishing articles under the ‘Fresh Oil Releases’ banner. She has authored several books, which she offers for free on her blog, Fresh Oil Releases. In 2017, she started a new site for posting her podcasts, called Fresh Air Releases.
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