Dancing with the Bridegroom to the music that is next on Heaven’s playing list is going to be a challenge. It is a song unlike any we have ever heard before and the rhythm and tempo is unfamiliar – it has never before been played on earth in our hearing. It is a song which has been reserved for this moment in our life and this hour in history and the Bridegroom has already written His Name on our dance card. His request is simple, “Save the last dance for Me.”
This is not the kind of dance the world is familiar with, where the dance partners stand a distance from each other and gyrate out of sync with each other in a darkened room. Nor is it one in which all the women flood the dance floor and dance on their own because they are tired of waiting for the man of their dreams to come and ask them to dance.
This is a dance where there may be darkness all around, but the light of Heaven is shining upon you. This is a dance according to old fashioned protocol. Each of us will be dancing with the Bridegroom according to the Spirit’s leading. Each of us will be firmly clasped in His embrace, dancing face to face with our Beloved. There is place for no other name on the dance cards of our hearts at this hour. It is the dance of the Bride with the Bridegroom, carried out before a watching world – and in many cases, before a watching Church who has forgotten what it means to be set apart for the Bridegroom; believers who don’t understand what it means to be holy and prepared as the Bride of Christ in such a time as this. It is a dance of love that is done to express the Father’s heart to eyes and ears that still don’t seem to understand His message. It is a living letter placed in the embrace of the ‘envelope’, in other words, hidden in the arms of Christ – and from this place, all people see is you in Christ and Christ in you. It is a display of oneness with the heart of God and the beauty of this union is portrayed for every watching heart to read. The ‘envelope’, Christ the Bridegroom is inscribed with the personal name and address of each watching soul. It is a personal message for each one watching – it is their invitation to follow the Lamb wherever He goes.
So how do you dance to a song you do not know? The only way is to rest and trust in the arms of the Bridegroom and follow His lead. He has your back and the slightest pressure from His left hand will guide you. He holds your right hand and you fear no evil as He gently but firmly guides you through the steps to the song that He has known from before the foundations of the world.
Oh yes, beloved, it is an ancient song, composed in honour of the Lamb who was slain, when the very plan of salvation was conceived in the heart of God. It was performed then, far from the ears of man, for the ears of man had not even been formed at that time. Only the orchestra of Heaven read the score for that music, penned by the Spirit of grace and truth, and angels held their breaths and wept in worship as they heard the words for the first time, “I will go”. Holy, holy holy is the Lord God, the Lamb. Set apart for the purposes of the Father is the Lamb.
Even as Esther came to the kingdom for such a time as this, so too, the Bride has been set apart and prepared for this moment, this dance performed before a pagan court in intercession and invitation for the people of God. There has been a season of the Mordechai’s weeping and interceding at the gate as they overheard the plans of the enemy for destruction, but now the baton has been passed to the Bride, the one who already has captured the King’s heart with her beauty.
Don’t be afraid, Bride of Christ, as you hear the opening bars of this music. Don’t falter as you take His hand and step onto the dance floor. You know His embrace – it is your safe shelter. Breathe in the fragrance of the Bridegroom whom you know so very well – and trust Him. You will not dash your foot or stumble and the sight of you dancing with your Beloved will do more than you know in the watching crowd.
Blind eyes, long bandaged by the lies of the spirit of harlotry, will be opened. Chains and shackles holding believers long in servitude to the spirit of this age will fall open. Many souls born again into a compromised and fleshly modern day institution, which is the only ‘church’ they know, will receive the light of the revelation of the glory of God as you display for them the beauty of holiness in a prepared and adorned Bride. Your life speaks more than you know – without a single word from your lips. You are a living letter, displayed before men whom the Father’s heart is yearning for. You may not even be able to hear the words of the song because you are so intent on following His lead step by step. But everyone watching it can hear the strains deep within their own softening hearts – “Come away with Me, My love”. Through your dance with Him, the Spirit is wooing others to come and follow the Bridegroom in this holy dance. Your very dance is writing lyrics on the hearts of all around you. They want to dance this dance too…
It’s time. All the other dances are over. All your dance partners have had their turn. They admired your beauty and longed to hold you in their embrace and like eager suitors they queued up for a chance to ‘own’ the Bride and make her dance to their chosen tune, work with their ministry and play a part in their vision –giving impetus to what they have wanted to build for God and display before the eyes of men. But now it’s time for the last song – it’s the turn of Heaven at last. Now it’s time to step into your God-appointed place, hidden in Christ, for the last dance. Christ in you is the hope of glory. You hidden in Christ releases the glory. Now the dance card can be put down and all those names and other dances forgotten. It’s time as Paul said, to lay hold of that for which Christ laid hold of you. Can you see your Bridegroom standing before you with a twinkle in His eye, saying those old familiar words, “May I have this dance?”
In the balconies of Heaven, saints who have danced this holy dance before you are leaning over excitedly and jostling for a place, to have the best view. They are so excited as they watch the latest addition to the Bride of Christ moving to the tune they know so well. Heaven’s scribes are busy recording the news – “it’s happening again, it’s what all Heaven has been waiting for – another wave of harvest is about to come in. Prepare the halls of Heaven for we are soon to welcome the final harvest. The song of the reapers has begun”….and as they watch this dance, they are moved to tears with the beauty of the Word made flesh in you, moving to no earthly song. And the fragrance of your complete surrender and trust as you step into His arms, ravishes your Bridegroom’s heart. You have eyes for no-one else. Like Moses of old, you gaze steadfastly on Him who is invisible.
Dance with all your heart, Beautiful Bride and see the hearts of stone be turned to flesh all around you.
8 Come away with me from Lebanon, my [promised] bride, come with me from Lebanon. Depart from the top of Amana, from the peak of Senir and Hermon, from the lions’ dens, from the mountains of the leopards.
9 You have ravished my heart and given me courage, my sister, my [promised] bride; you have ravished my heart and given me courage with one look from your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.
10 How beautiful is your love, my sister, my [promised] bride! How much better is your love than wine! And the fragrance of your ointments than all spices! (Song of Songs 4:8-10)
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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