This short booklet glances at The Bride of The Lamb.
It reveals not only the glory of The Bride, but the fact that before anyone enters into Eternal Life, to a repose of eternal rest, that all judgments must be carried out.
On one hand we have the glories of Godís rewards and the fulfillment to men who from creation have trusted in Him, and on the other hand we have the fulfillment of unbelief.
One end as beautiful and to be desired the other so ugly and to be greatly feared.
Such a great gap extends between God and man but it can be crossed and this must be experienced in oneís lifetime.
God, the Father waits for all mankind who would seek Him, and those who do so He will lead them to his son who is The Way to God The Father and Eternal life.
To know the Father and the son : this is eternal life.
To know the only One True God, the Father and Jesus Christ whom He has sent in order that mankind can enter into The Eternal City, as sons of God, co-heirs with Christ, and enjoy eternally the presence of God and of His Son in the Bride.
Ephesians 1: 17†† 1 John 2: 24-25†† John 17: 3
THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB:
When we think of a Bride we think of a wedding and who the bridegroom is. †The guests and the attendants of the bride and of the groom dress up especially to witness this once in a lifetime event.† There is great expectation of beauty and happiness and a looking forward to enjoy the prepared feast afterwards.
In our culture the bride
is to be in a white dress, and veiled. The white dress means virginity to indicate
that she has known no other. †However in
our culture today the true meaning of being a Bride has generally been
disfigured which can be likened to the nation of Israel, as she became
spiritually polluted and God charged her of being a prostitute, guilty of
sexual immorality. †God had made a
Covenant with Israel looking to them to display His Goodness to the then known
world. †But they shed their blood by
their sacrifices to other gods who spiritually drank their blood, which was
offered to them.†
Ezekiel 16††††† Deuteronomy 32†††† Exodus 34: 5-16†††† 1 Kings 11: 29-39†††† Jeremiah 11: 12-17††
Isaiah 1: 21-31†
Who is the Bride of The Lamb?†† Many would suppose that it is the church.† However like Israel she has become wayward by submitting particularly to the Spirit of Babylon.
Babylon is spoken of as being a woman but is actually a Nation through and by whom the Spirit that energized the first Babylon of Danielís time has continued down through the ages to affect the church, all over the world, leaving glimpses of truth and light which have been distorted by error.
Zechariah chapter 5: 5-11 tells us how the Spirit of Babylon in the guise of a Woman of iniquity was taken from Babylon in a leaden basket by two angels to a land that would become a great Nation which would project with a spirit of Righteousness, the spirit of Iniquity.† Through and by this Nation, the blood of the saints, those who bore the testimony of Jesus, have drunk this spirit being deceived and† deluded †by her effervescence that appears to be righteousness.
They have gone willingly into this darkness that Babylon perpetuates, which is a Nation drunk with her power and by Spiritual espionage, she has successfully projected into all the world, the gods of iniquity causing the church to offer sacrifices of their own time and will as did Israel††† Revelation 17: 5-6.
Revelation chapters 2 & 3, clearly display the bondages of the church, down to the end times and Christís continual calls to the church to repent with promises for those who do, which appears to have been generally ignored down through the generations by those who have operated with the wisdom of the world, rather than that of God Himself.††† Ephesians 1: 17
1 John 2: 15-17, Love not the world or the things in the worldÖIf anyone loves the world, the love of The Father is not in him. †Babylon ensnares and causes mankind to worship the Lord God, BUT THEY DO IT THEIR WAY: the way that pleases Babylon.†
Revelation 17: 3-6 &† 17: 15-18††† Deuteronomy 16: 21† &† 17: 1-7††† Deuteronomy 11: 26-28† Deuteronomy 4:15-24†††† Deuteronomy 12: 4-8† &† 29-32**††† James 4: 1-10
THE CHURCH IS NOT THE BRIDE!
God desires a Bride that He alone has created, a composite Bride that will fulfill the true meaning of the word bride.
The general assumption which has been gleaned from interpretations of The Word of God is that Ephesians 5: 25-33 speaks of Christ being the HEAD OF THE BODY the church and assumes that because headship has been spoken of that it means that of a husband, and therefore of a bride. †However, what Headship means in Godís view is that it is Ďthe one by whom we came into beingí. E.g. God is the HEAD OF CHRIST, Man is the head of woman, and Christ is the Head of the Church.
Headship is responsibility and that is what Christ is over the church who are Sons of God,
Co - heirs with Christ, but they are not his Bride.
Corinthians 11: 2-16††† Ephesians 1: 22
Another assumption of the church as being the Bride and Christ the Bridegroom is seen in the parable of THE TEN VIRGINS. Matthew 25: 1-13
While being a parable it is prophetic as are other parables which speak of the Kingdom of Heaven, those who will be Baptized with Holy Spirit, made to sit in the Heavenlies.† Eph. 2: 6†
The oil for their lamps is speaking of Godís Spirit with which we are encouraged to be ďcontinually filledĒ† in order to fulfill our calling of God by His† Spirit on us daily in order to be seen as a faithful servant.†
The Five Virgins who did not do this were out of touch with The Spirit of God the Father who is over all, in all and through all, who are Baptized with Holy Spirit of God the Father.
This neglect grieves Godís Spirit, causing dryness by having no awareness of needing God and all that He is. They have a lamp but do not realize how it is intended to work.
Ephesians 5:18††† 1 John 1: 7-10†††† Ephesians 4: 5-6
It is important to note that The Ten Virgins in Matthew 25 is a warning of Christís judgment, of those In Christ which will take place before the end of the Tribulation.† We can see the signs of the return of Christ in Matthew 24; and it will not be as a bridegroom.†
It is no surprise that Jesus after speaking of the Ten Virgins, goes on to speak of the Servant who had the problem of assumption. The faithless servant believed he knew his master as many believe that they know God but failed to do and to be what God expected of His servants. †Matthew 25: 14.† It is in this Ďfault lineí that many of the church are believing that they will attend the Wedding of The Lamb. †They believe they already have eternal life; whereas we shall not know this until Christ judges the church.
Matthew 7: 21-23 highlights the spirit of this presumption, and its judgment, as does the Parable of the Wedding Feast, Matthew 22: 1-14.
The presumptuous man was astounded to find that he could not partake of the wedding feast because he lacked the wedding garment, and was astounded at the strong judgment for his neglect when being thrown into outer darkness.
There will be many Christians who are believing, all is well, especially those who are baptized with Holy Spirit, will be astounded when what they assumed, because of their presumption, is insufficient to enter Eternal Life, because they have not trusted in God the Father as God alone and were not prepared to do His will and works.
They will be astounded to know that we do not just enter Eternal Life when our lives are finished but with Christ and those who do inherit Eternal Life the qualified partakers† of the Wedding Feast, there is a lot of work to be done before this happens.
Revelation 19: 7-8
FOR THE BRIDE TO COME, ALL WARS MUST CEASE, ALL GODíS ENEMIES, MUST BE FINALLY DEALT WITH. †FOR GOD WOULD MAKE ALL THINGS NEW, FOR HIS GIVING OF THE BRIDE T0 THE LAMB.† WHEN ALL IS COMPLETED.
ALL DISPENSATIONS† AND JUDGMENTS OF EACH PARTICULAR ONE.
ALL OF CHRISTíS WORK GIVEN BY GOD TO DO.
ALL JUDGMENTS OF MAN, NATIONS AND GODíS SPIRITUAL ENEMIES.††††††
ALL OF GODíS DISPENSATIONS† REVEAL GODíS LOVE AND MERCY, WISDOM AND ORDER† IN REGARD TO MANíS SALVATION, BY REVEALING HIMSELF PROGRESSIVELY WHILE DECLARING HIS BINDING CONDITIONS OF SALVATION† SPECIFICALLY FOR EACH DISPENSATION WHICH WILL PASS AND BE JUDGED.
1. GODíS DISPENSATION FROM ADAM TO MOSES
2. GODíS DISPENSATION FROM MOSES TO THE WORK OF THE CROSS / PENTECOST.
3. GODíS DISPENSATION FROM CROSS / PENTECOST TO THE 1 000 YEARS REIGN.
4. GODíS DISPENSATION OF THE 1 000 YEARS REIGN TO THE END OF EARTH AND HEAVEN.
ALL JUDGMENTS ARE TO BE COMPLETED OF ALL MEN IN ALL DISPENSATIONS.††
2 Thessalonians 1: 5-12†††† 1Thessalonians† 4: 16
THE JUDGEMENTS AND DISPENSATION OF THE RIGHTEOUS FROM ADAM TO MOSES††† Romans 5: 14
These men believed God and did His will.† Abraham and God entered a covenant relationship, the sign being physical circumcision.† (In the Dispensation from the cross to the end, the covenant relationship with God will be the Spiritual circumcision.)
Genesis 15 & 17††† Jeremiah 9: 25†††† Romans 2: 29.
JUDGMENT IS COMPLETED for the righteous OF THIS FIRST DISPENSATION who when they died were placed in Paradise. †God raised them at the death of Jesus and they went with him as he returned to heaven which previously was closed.† They became the spiritual foundation of Godís Spiritual Temple with Christ as its Cornerstone. †Their reward is to be realized to enter the city that they looked for.
THE JUDGMENTS OF THE UNRIGHTEOUS FROM ADAM TO MOSES.
The unrighteous of this dispensation were placed in Hades and await the Judgment of Hades itself which will be at the very end.
Ezekiel Chaps. 40-47††† Daniel 9: 4-11& 18-19†† Daniel 10: 11††† John 3: 13†††† Hebrews 9: 24
Ephesians 4:7-10††† Ephesians 2: 18-22†††† Revelation 20:11-15†††† Matthew 27: 51-53††
Hebrews 11: 40††††† Hebrews 13: 15
THE JUDGEMENTS AND DISPENSATION OF THE RIGHTEOUS FROM MOSES TO THE CROSS.
Gods Laws and Commandments were to be kept with a pure heart, not religiously.
They knew God dwelt amongst them and depended on the established priesthood for their hope as they performed Godís regulations and stipulations of sacrifice and circumcision, by the presence of the Tabernacle and its contents and The Temple and its contents which centralized Godís presence by symbols to those of Israel and any proselytes.†
Men of that time from Moses, Joshua, Jeremiah, Daniel, when they died God judged them to be righteous to enter Paradise.† They were raised with those from Adam to Mosesí Dispensation by God and taken by Christ through the opened heaven, to become the spiritual foundation of His Spiritual Temple with Christ as the Cornerstone.†
Romans 5: 20†††† Hebrews 9: 24-28†††† Ephesians 4: 7-10††† Eph. 2:18-22†††† Matthew 27: 51-53 ††††Genesis 17 : 9-14††† Leviticus Chaps. 1 - 7
THE JUDGMENTS OF THE UNRIGHTEOUS† in the dispensation from Moses to the Cross.†
They will be placed in Hades joining those from the times of Adam to Moses.
They all continue to wait until Hades and Death itself will be cast into The Lake of Fire.
Christ went and preached to them during his time in the underworld.† The emptied Paradise, Christ established to be his Spiritual† kingdom as a spiritual Ďholding placeí for believers in him who are yet to decide concerning Baptism with Holy Spirit and for those who die without Baptism with Holy Spirit. †They will enter the reality of this kingdom until their judgment by God, at the very end. †Scripture tells us John the Baptist would possibly be the last of the dispensation of Adam to the Cross to enter Paradise and the first to be raised up from it.
The thief on the cross whom Jesus said would be with him in paradise would be the first of the dispensation of the cross to the very end, to enter Christís Kingdom.†
Revelation 20: 13-15† ††1 Peter 3: 18-20††† Titus 1: 16 †††Colossians 1: 13-14† ††Matthew 13: 37-42
GODíS FINAL JUDGMENT OF THOSE FROM ADAM TO THE CROSS.
Godís plan for the Holy Ones taken out of the dispensation of Adam to Moses and from Moses to the time of the cross is that together with those of the church who inherit eternal Life, that together they will rule with Christ for the 1 000 years and when all judgments are complete, together they will enter the City of God which is the Bride of The Lamb who is prepared by God. †The city they look and wait for.
Hebrews 11: 39-40†††† 13: 14††† Revelation 20: 4-6†††† Isaiah 52: 7-10
THE JUDGMENTS IN THE DISPENSATION FROM THE CROSS TO THE END AS DETERMINED† BY GOD.
Here in a manís lifetime HE MUST appropriate the judgments of God to be accepted by God.†† What a man chooses shall STAND against him or for him, in order to be chosen because they did the will of God the Father.† This relates especially to those who have believed in the cross and in the work of the baptism with Holy Spirit.†††††††††††††††††††††††††††† When one knows this work of God and Christ by faith, his obligation to God is to do His Will† if that man would know Eternal Life.†
The responsibility lies on each individual who will be responsible for his own actions.† The father is not responsible for the sins of the son nor the son for his fatherís sins.†
HOW IS JUDGMENT IN THIS DISPENSATION ACCOMPLISHED?
Man can appropriate by faith, the work of the cross, knowing the work of the BLOOD in the Guilt Offering and of The Sin Offering, one sacrifice for two spiritual works.
The Guilt Offering exonerates past sins, manís spirit is made alive by Christís spirit and are placed in Christís kingdom by God which is in the courts of the spiritual Temple of God but not the Sanctuaries.†
Isaiah 53: 10††† Romans 8: 3†††† Matthew 13: 37-42†††† Romans 8: 10†††† Colossians 1: 13-14† Galatians 4: 6†
They have not yet come to God the Father, John 14: 6 is still unfulfilled. †They are still in the realm of Death as they have on them the Body of sin.† This is why Jesus said that a man is condemned until he appropriates by faith† Christís work as Baptiser with Holy Spirit.
Romans 8: 10†††† Romans 6: 6†††† Mark 16: 13-18††††† John 1: 29-33††††† Acts 2: 31-36
It is when the believer asks for The Baptism that the work of the Sin Offering becomes operative, and the believer knows spiritually an Instantaneous Spiritual Process which must take place in order to be baptized with Holy Spirit.
For a believer in Christís kingdom, to be baptized with Holy Spirit, FIRST the work in The Sin Offering has to take place in order for the believer to be spiritually crucified with Christ, baptized into Death, raised out of it by God who THEN† gives the believer to Christ who Baptizes with Holy Spirit. †God then baptizes the believer into the spiritual Body of Christ, where all those Baptized are placed by God.
Galatians 3: 14†††† Acts 1: 4-5†††† John 14: 13-23†††† Romans 6: 3-14††††† Colossians 2: 9-13
Romans 2: 29†††† Matthew 13: 47-50††† Colossians 1: 28†††† 1 Cor. 12: 13-18†††† Matthew 15: 13
STRONG JUDGMENTS ARE TO BE ACCOMPLISHED IN THIS LIFE TIME :
THE BODY OF SIN AND DEATH, ALL SINS FORGIVEN, DELIVERANCE† FROM THE DEATH REALM, BY SPIRITUAL CIRCUMCISIION OF THE BODY OF SIN, †with the confirmation by GOD HIMSELF TESTIFYING THAT THIS WORK HAS BEEN COMPLETED BY SPEAKING THROUGH THE BELIEVER BY HIS SPIRIT DECLARING ĎJESUS IS LORDí.
Romans 6:6††† Romans 2: 29†††† John 1: 33†††† Acts 2:
33††† Romans 8: 10-11†††
Colossians 1: 27-28†††† John 15: 26†††† 1 Corinthians 12: 3-18
THE NEW POSITION: As a son of God and co-heir with Christ: one is given entrance into the Sanctuaries of The Temple, seated in The Heavenlies, and where one can know God and all the fullness of His Work, because we dwell in His Spirit and He in us.†
The believers ĎIn Christí, the spiritual body, where all those who are Baptized with Holy Spirit are placed by God, are to be consistent partakers of Godís New Covenant which is to enjoy God the Fatherís fullness and the work of His seven Spirits and His names as Healer, Deliverer, ProviderÖ
It is only those In Christ who can partake of The New Covenant.† Those† In Christ are those in the Spiritual Body of Christ and not the person of Christ.
Romans 8: 17†††† Ephesians 2: 6††† Ephesians 4: 5-6††† John 14: 23† ††1Corinthians 12: 18† Colossians 1: 28††† Matthew 13: 47- 50† ††Ephesians 3: 14-19††† Revelation 1: 4† &† 4: 5
John 14: 17††† Romans 1: 4 †††Romans 8: 1-2††† Romans 8: 17††† Hebrews 10: 29†† †Eph. 1: 17††† 1 Peter 4: 14††† Matthew 13: 52††† John 16: 23-28††† Hebrews 8:10-12 & 10: 14-18††† Hebrews 6: 1-11
NB. WARNING†† Of those who continue to trust in Jesus as God, God has said ,
ďYou are not to† come near to serve Me or come near any of My Holy things or My most Holy Offerings.Ē†† The result is NOT to know the will of God which is the criteria to inherit eternal life, nor the blessings of Godís New Covenant Promises.
John 16: 12-15† &† 23-28†††† Ezekiel 44: 10-14††††† Isaiah 22: 20-25
THE FINAL JUDGMENT OF THE CHURCH: THOSE IN CHRIST, BY CHRIST.
Matthew 13: 47-50†††† Colossians 1: 28††† 1Corinthians 12:18
Their final Judgment will be carried out by Christ, near the end of The Tribulation.
As sons of God co-heirs with Christ the condition of inheritance will be by having done the will of The Father, which they will find unable to do while believing and trusting in Jesus as God.† Judgment is inescapable.
If a son of God is judged to inherit, they will become a part of Christís army for the putting down of the Beasts. †They will rule and reign with Christ for1 000 years as kings and priests, after all this is completed, they with Christ will meet the Bride.
Those ĎIn Christí, the church, when they physically die go to where God is and realize the physical reality of being in the Heavens. †They will remain until Christ calls them for judgment, with those who are physically alive at the time of Christís coming for the Church.
The penalty of the disobedient believers of the church will be carried out by Christís Angels† throwing† them into The Fiery Furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
Mark 13: 14-27†††† Ezekiel 44: 10-14†††† Isaiah 22: 20-25†††† Mathew 7: 21-23
Revelation 19:11 -† 20: 6†††† Hebrews 12: 22-28†††† Matthew 13: 47-50
THE JUDGMENT OF THOSE IN CHRISTíS KINGDOM WHO ARE NOT THE CHURCH BY GOD THE FATHER.
Those with Christís Spirit only, are not In Christ until baptized with Holy Spirit of God.
They have not been raised out of the Death Realm because they have not known the work of Romans 6: 3-14 and of Colossians 2: 9-13 - and therefore differ from those who are In Christ because they have known this work and have been baptized with Holy Spirit, by Christ and placed in the Body, where only those of the church are.
Their judgment will be by God Himself, after the 1 000 years reign.† When they die, they will go to where it is determined by Christ to† await their final Judgment by Christís Angels and God Himself who will decide who is to be cast into Outer Darkness or into The Fiery Furnace.
Galatians 4: 6††† Colossians 1: 13††† Matthew 13: 37-42†††† Revelation 20: 11-12††† Romans 8: 10† not 11.†††† Colossians 1: 27 not 28†† ††Mark 16: 14-18 ***
THE WORLDíS JUDGMENT WILL BE BY GOD; at the same time He judges those in Christís Kingdom.
The world are those whose names are not written in THE BOOK OF LIFE.
Oneís name can be blotted out of the book of Life, but those in The Book of The Lamb are those whom Christ has judged to inherit Eternal life
Revelation 3: 5†††††† Revelation 17: 8†††††† Revelation 13: 8†††† Revelation 20 : 15
THE JUDGMENT OF THOSE IN THE 1000 YEARS REIGN OF CHRIST.
We believe that these two last judgments, of those in Christís spiritual kingdom and those of the world, are to be carried out when those from the 1 000 years reign, who will be judged according to how they were loyal to Christ: how much did they love him and obey his commandments?
It will be as if the Dispensations of time will go into a full circle to when God the Fatherís expectation of all men was to obey† Him, and were credited as righteous if they did so, as in the days of Adam to Moses.† In the 1 000 years reign, it will be obedience to Christ, whom man is to obey in the face of God the Father, when the Mount of Godís temple will be established for Christís reign for one thousand years.† This will pass away with the old heavens, when in the New Heavens and Earth, Godís Eternal city will be established.
John 14: 13-17††† Acts 1: 4-5††† Revelation 20: 4-6††† 2 Corinthians 5: 10††† 1 Timothy 4: 8
Isaiah 2: 1-5†††† Revelation†† Chaps 20 & 21
THE FINAL JUDGMENT OF GODíS SPIRITUAL ENEMIES IS YET TO COME
It can be imagined that heaven at this time is blissful, a place of wonder, and it is with amazement that we are made to sit in the heavenlies through Baptism with Holy Spirit.
We soon learn that it is a place of warfare, in fact a realm where spiritual rulers, principalities and powers and powers of darkness do as they please.† There are many who are believed in as gods.† Their power to operate is due to manís adoration and even sacrifice, and will operate according to their name.† The gods Israel worshipped, Baal, Molech, Ashtoreth, were of the nations that were their enemies.† Godís angels were constantly warring with these spirits of the gods as they pursed Israel in order to make her captive.† An example of this is seen in Daniel Chapter 10 when the One we know as Jesus, who was then The Angel of the Lord, could not immediately come to Daniel when he called, because he was dealing with the spirits over Persia, who defeated the power of the nation of Babylon of† Danielís time.†††††††††††††††††
Today we have moon and sun worshippers which causes blatant easy possessions by spirits as the worshippers open themselves right up to Ďwhateverí, and the church has been† affected and influenced by many of these gods but in particular the spirit of Belial, which is binding the church from any discussion to view repentance on trusting in Jesus as God.
It is a lawless Realm and to them the people of the earth are like a supper.† Believers are to wrestle with, rebuke and bind these spiritual enemies, and consigned them under the feet of Jesus, ďIn the Name of JesusĒ, because these forces know that they are submitting to God whom they know to be all powerful through those who are sons of God, who by using the Ďname of Jesusí, as a rebuke causes them to tremble.
Godís spiritual enemies would rather keep out of the way of God and those who knowledgably use Ďthe name of Jesusí, which is the authority given to Sons of God, co heirs with Christ.†
It is to be remembered that in dealing with evil spirits apart from Satan, the believer can deal with them in the Name of Jesus.† When dealing with Satan himself, we continually submit ourselves to God first of all, and the devil will flee from us.† It is for the believer to remember that spiritual discernment is required to know the difference and it is by faith in God the Father alone that we have His power to overcome.††† 1 John 5: 1-5††
All spirits that are bound under the feet of Christ will be judged with those unbound at the time of Satanís final judgment when Hades and Death and all who are in it will be cast into the Lake of Fire, with all those whose names are not written The Book of Life.
Ephesians 2: 6††† Matthew 13:47-50††† Romans 8: 17††† Ephesians 6:10-18††† John 16: 23-28
Acts 2 : 36†††† James 4: 7†††† Jeremiah 11: 12-17†††† Exodus 34: 5-16†††† Deuteronomy 32:††††
Psalm 34: 7†††††† Psalm 25 : 41††††† 1Kings 11: 33**†††††† Revelation 20: 11-15
THE JUDGMENTOF WICKED ANGELS.
The angels of Genesis 6 have been partly judged by God, as they already await their final judgment in chains in outer darkness.† Jude 1: 6††† 1 Peter 3: 18-20†††††† 2 Peter 2: 4
Satan who was an angel was cast out of Godís presence, from his work as a guardian cherub in Eden on The Holy Mount of God, where He was seen as blameless until wickedness was found in him.† Ezekiel. 28: 13-19†
He and the angels during the time from Adam to Noah were obviously working together and gained acceptance from mankind, having the power to entice and to excite the imagination of man with the delights of the flesh which have continued and will do so until the ultimate and Final Judgment of all Godís enemies.
While the above angels were bound and await final judgment, it would appear that Satan has a free reign, according to the extent that God allows, [His visit to Job Chaps. 1 & 2] and whoever chooses to obey, God or the Father of Lies, the Devil. †Satan was the spirit who energized the King of Tyre and the powers of Babylon.† While they have been mighty Nations, they and their spirit will meet their doom.††
Satan is the main catalyst, as the one who challenged God and is the champion representing the Ďopposing forcesí of evil.† He was cast out of Eden, the earth, and of heaven, but for some reason in his arrogant mind he believes with all the embellishments of the evil forces that are against God and His Goodness and Righteousness, that he can still win.† What God has planned will take place: all shall be cast into the Lake of Fire along with all other self appointed gods.
I am far from blaming these spiritual powers for the complete downfall of mankind because mankind lost their sensitivity to what they knew to be right and fell into sensuality and so they indulged themselves into every kind of impurity with the continual lust for more.
Genesis†† Chapters 2 -5††† Revelation 20: 15††† Psalm 32: 1††† Revelation 12†† Isaiah 14: 13-17†† Ezekiel 28: 13-19††††† John 12: 30-32††† 2 Corinthians 11: 13-15†††† Matthew 25: 41
THE JUDGMENT OF BABYLON:
Ezekiel 21: 18-27††† Ezekiel 37: 21†††† Revelation Chaps 8 & 17†††† Zechariah 5: 5-11†† Jeremiah 50 Ė 51.
The earthly Babylon knew judgment, but the Spirits that energized her have continued on to this very day to be manifested in a particular nation. †Its influence is upon the whole earth and in particular the church.††† Revelation 17: 1-6†
Revelation 8 describes the plan and work of Revelation 17: 15-18 which is the manufactured judgment by men, upon the nation known as Babylon and God will put into their hearts to do this. This judgment by man upon this nation will be before the Beasts come to power and is not to be confused with Godís Judgment in Revelation 16: 16-21 in which we see Godís final judgment of her as a nation, in the form of a Gigantic earthquake, giving to her the cup filled with the wine of the fury of His wrath which will take place before Christís 1 000 year reign.†
All mankind who depended upon Babylonís spirit will be devastated, and they will curse God.† Revelation 18. ††
It is after this event that the heavenly onlookers who have known judgment by Christ explode with excitement as they see a chief enemy of God and His people being destroyed but they are not mindful of all that they and Christ have yet to do.† They believe that all is ready for The Wedding Feast of The Lamb, as Babylon, as a Nation is destroyed. †
The Nation will be destroyed, but not her spirit, and will not be until Godís final judgment, at the very end, after the 1000 years reign when the Wedding Feast will be very close to taking place. †It is after that Babylon is destroyed that Christ with those who inherit will carry out judgments upon the False Prophet, the Anti Christ and the nations God has prophesied about, and then he will begin to reign for 1000 years.
Satan is released at the end of the 1000 years and then the full force of Godís spiritual enemies, with Satan, will entice nations to rebel and to come against the Campsite of The Lord. †Gog and Magog [Russia] are the named leaders.† God will destroy all by fire from heaven and Godís Throne will come down to judge the world, the spiritual kingdom of Christ, and those of the 1000 years and all Godís spiritual enemies.
THEN will the wedding of The Bride and Bridegroom take place.
Revelation 19: 11-20 : 15††† ††Luke 20: 34-36
AT LAST WHEN ALL IS COMPLETED, CHRIST WILL MEET HIS BRIDE:
THE BRIDE OF EXTRAORDINARY BEAUTY, BEYOND DESCRIPTION.†
THOSE WHO WILL INHERIT ETERNAL LIFE WILL ENTER AFTER HIM.
CHRIST WILL BE EXALTED TO YET A HIGHER GLORY BY GOD WHO IS† PLEASED WITH HIS SON AND WILL GIVE HIM THE NEW JERUSALEM THE CITY OF GOD, AS HIS BRIDE.††† WHICH HAS BEEN GODíS ETERNAL FOCUS, ††††††††††††††††† TO FILL THE UNIVERSE.
A CITY HE WILL CREATE FOR THE ETERNAL AGES AND THOSE WHO WILL DWELL WITH HIM SHALL KNOW ITS DELIGHTS FOR EVER AND FOREVER AMEN.
IT IS THE CITY THAT WILL BE THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB OF GOD.
THE HOLY CITY, THE NEW JERUSALEM COMPETELY NEW, NO RENOVATIONS.†† Revelation 21: 9-27†††† Ephesians 4: 7-10
The Bride is a city of indescribable beauty and glory. †A city that man has not defiled.
It will be clothed with fine linen which speaks of being the righteous acts of the saints, like a sash of glory, which will cover The City.†††††††††† Revelation 19: 7- 9
Just as the prayers of the saints are gathered and will be used as judgment upon the earth, so are the righteous acts of those doing Godís will, are collected and like a cloud of great glory will cover this glorious city.† Christ will enter with those who as kings and priests in the 1 000 years reign will bring their glory into the City.†
Revelation 8: 3-5†††† Revelation 21: 24†
THE LAMB OF GOD.
Why is the emphasis on the Bridegroom as being The Lamb rather than the Bride of Christ?† This is because The Lamb speaks of The Son of Man and his willing obedience that he gave to His Father.† He was not anointed for obedience as he was for the work as Christ.†
As a man his willing,† intricate relationship with his God and Father to the carrying out of Godís purposes for mankind to know Godís salvation through him as The Lamb of God, was his absolute willing obedience, to his God.
Jesus Christ has been and continues to be the focus, the centre of Godís purposes for mankind to come to God.† It is The Lamb, AS A MAN, that Jesus reversed the effects of Adamís sin as he became the Second Adam in whom God was pleased. †He was lifted up, which was the beginning for any man who responded to the cross.
It will be a city of eternal testimony of the work of The Lamb and those who would believe upon him and in turn would please and serve God and be used by God in His acts of righteousness with mankind and Godís Spiritual enemies.
John 3: 16†††† Ephesians 3:10-12†††† John 1: 29-33†††† Matthew 3: 11-12†††† John 6: 29
Philippians 2: 6-11†††† Romans 10: 9††††† Hebrews 5: 1-10
THE CITY WILL COME OUT FROM THE NEW HEAVENS.
The present heavens are full of Godís enemies.† It is polluted.† We who sit in the heavenlies are at war. †As sons of God we are to wrestle principalities and powers, rulers of dark places who move at will on the earth, and in the heavens.
Ephesians 6: 10-18†††† Ephesians 3: 10-12†††† Job Chaps 1&2
THE CITY WILL REST ON THE NEW EARTH.† The present one groans and waits for deliverance.† The land is polluted by the sin of man; their murders and adulteries, which will ultimately bring about their end. †This polluted land of ours today is the prime reason for our† environmental problems, currently being experienced.
Romans 8: 17-25†††† Numbers 35: 33††† 2 Chronicles 7: 14†††† Isaiah 1: 21-26
WE ARE TO HAVE A NEW JERUSALEM.
The spiritual Ezekielís Temple of God in the Spiritual Jerusalem in which we now sit† will pass away.† All the spiritual exits and the entrances from the world to God Himself, will no longer be needed as all Judgments and Dispensations will pass away and will be replaced with the New Jerusalem, the Holy City which is prepared by God for His Son to be his Bride.
There will be no Temple and no priests.† The present temple its sanctuaries and courts will be emptied of its spiritual occupants, because the church, dead or alive, and those in Christís Kingdom, dead or alive, will have been judged.
Just as Paradise was emptied at the time of the cross to make way for those who would believe in the work of the cross, so Paradise will pass away, with the Kingdom of Christ and the Kingdom of Heaven, when a New Earth and a New Heaven come into being, for the purpose of the New Jerusalem, a city The Bride of The Lamb. †
Ezekiel Chaps. 40-47††††† Hebrews 12: 22-24††††† 2 Samuel 22: 7
THIS IS THE CITY INTO WHICH: Christ who was the Angel of the Lord, Godís chief† messenger, will enter, all his works complete.
He came as the Son of Man, and died as Godís Lamb, was raised and exalted by God to be Christ and Lord, and will judge the church.†† As king for 1000 years, he will rule over the earth.† Its centre will be Zion and he shall rule over mankind who had seen Godís dealing with mankind on The Day of The Lord, when God will shake the earth.
It will be at the end of Christís Reign, when God will use fire upon His enemies, and they will know their final judgment before Godís Throne.
Isaiah 2: 6-22† ††Revelation 19: 11-20†††† Revelation 16: 17-21†††† Revelation 20 : 11-15
When this has been completed then Christ will be manifested as the King of Kings and Lord of Lords in the Peace of God and not in the contention of men in the City.†† Is this the name of Christ that no one knows but himself which shall surely be revealed in all its glory, in this City.†† He will be The Lamp in the City ; the eyes of God, for God.
Luke 11: 33-36††† 2 Samuel 22: 29††† Revelation 19: 11Ė16†††† Revelation 3: 11-12
1 Kings 11: 34-36
THIS IS THE CITY
That those of mankind called the Holy ones who believed God before heaven was opened by† the work of the cross will enter at last.† They waited in Paradise and were raised out to be the foundation of Godís spiritual Temple in the open heavens.† They will rule with Christ for 1000 years and help to put down Godís enemies.† Their names will be honoured as those being The Gates to the City, through which they will enter at last.
The church today does not realize the full extent of the work of these Holy Ones and what their love and service to God their Father has meant to all mankind, to know such a great salvation.
Isaiah 52: 7-10†††† Matthew 27:51-53†††† Ephesians 2: 8-22†††† John 3: 13†††† Hebrews 9: 24
Hebrews 13: 14†††† Hebrews 11: 40†
Romans 15: 8† ĎFor I tell you that Christ has become a servant of The Jews on behalf of Godís Truth to confirm the promises made to the Patriarchs, so that the Gentiles may glorify God for His MercyíÖ† Romans 15: 9-13
THIS IS THE CITY :
Where all mankind who repented towards God and believed in Jesus as The Lamb, and as the Son of God will enter if they have known his full work as Christ and Lord. If like Jesus they do Godís will as living stones in Godís† Spiritual Ezekielís Temple in the Heavenlies.†
They shall enter the city as Sons of God, and will be installed, eternally in total fulfillment of what they are in Godís sight.† As sons of God co-heirs with Christ, they shall share his inheritance as this is Christís will for them.†
Acts 20: 21††† John 17: 3††† John 1: 29-† 33††† Acts 1: 4-5††† John 14: 13-23†††† Ezekiel 46: 16-18†† Hebrews 12: 22-24††† Matthew 7: 21-23††† 1 Peter 2: 2-5††† Ephesians 2: 18-22††† 1 John 2: 24-25
THIS IS THE CITY
The angels will dwell with those in the city. They will oversee the Gates into the City.† Their help given to believers from the time of creation may not be completely appreciated but understanding of their serious involvement for God with man is seen in their participation on the earth from creation until Godís judgment upon the earth.† The whole book of Revelation reveals this very strongly.
It is to be remembered that God has His Angels and that Christ has his angels.† Their actions reveal their love and honour for God and His Lamb and their disgust of those who would disobey Godís Word.† They will reveal strong aversion and anger to those in Christís Kingdom who fail to obey Christ and his command to be baptized, and not realizing Godís great salvation that would deliver them from The Death Realm and not be condemned with it.
They will also be the Ďgatherersí of the elect at the time when Christ will judge the church, sorting out first those who continued to do evil.† The angels will throw them into the Fiery Furnace, along with those of Christís Kingdom, who continued in evil.† The others in Christís kingdom who will be judged justly as to their faith† shall not know eternal life in the Eternal City but will receive mercy and be placed into Outer Darkness, for eternity.
Matthew 13: 37-42†††† Matthew 13: 47-50†††† Mark 13:24-27†††† John 14: 13-23
Acts 1: 4-5†††† Mark 16: 14-18
Christ, the Holy Ones, those In Christ, and those of the 1000 years who inherit, together in the City, will be rewarded by being remembered by the Living God as all dispensations are named and placed in positions of authority and substance.
All will enter a City prepared by God, as a father would prepare a daughter for marriage, in the midst of great joy.
GODíS WORK COMPLETED
From the time of a closed heaven, due to Adamís sin, God revealed a way to Himself, which has been traversed by all these men.
While there have been differences in Godís Dispensations, they all called for men to believe and trust in Him and to do His will.†
God prepared spiritual places, from creation to serve and accommodate mankind in holding places, until their Final Judgment, according to their different categories, and dispensations.
Paradise, Hades, Christís Kingdom, the Kingdom of Heaven, all of which manifest and confirm Godís set exits and entrances for manís progress to Himself shall pass away.†† What shall remain are places of eternal judgment, the fiery furnace, the outer darkness and the lake of fire which will be potent in their reality.†
Paradise and the present realm of the kingdom of heaven however glorious will pale in comparison to the coming glory of The New City, The Bride of The Lamb.
Revelation 20: 11-15†††† Revelation 21.
ALL DISPENSATIONS WITH THEIR DIFFERENT CONDITIONS AND METHODS
WILL PASS AWAY. †IN THE NEW JERUSALEM, THE ETERNAL CITY THERE WILL BE NO DISPENSATIONS BECAUSE ALL WHO ARE THERE HAVE THE RIGHT TO BE THERE.† ALL HAVE BEEN JUSTIFIED AND HAVE JUSTIFIED, THEY HAVE FULFILLED THEIR OBLIGATIONS TO GOD AND HE TO THEM AS THEY DID HIS WILL.†† ALL THE WAY† TO GOD SET BY EXITS AND ENTRANCES SHALL NOT BE IN THE ETERNAL CITY BECAUSE
ALL WILL BE FOUND RIGHTEOUS IN GODíS AND CHRISTíS EYES.
CHRIST WILL RECEIVE HIS BRIDE,THE CITY,† LIKE AN EMBRACE THE TOTAL PICTURE OF GODíS WORK WITH MANKIND AND MANKINDíS WORK WITH HIM, WILL BE SEEN: THE PROMISE OF AN ETERNITY WITH HIM AND CHRIST THAT IS CONTINUALLY TO BE UNVEILED.† NO WARS NO SORROW NO DEFILEMENTS OF SIN BUT EVERLASTING JOY AS WE PRAISE OUR GOD AND HIS LAMB, AS WE WILL ENTER THE CITY.
1 Corinthians 2: 9-10†††††††††† Revelation Chapters : 21 - 22
Is there still a question ?† Why is the Bride a city?†† WHY NOT!
Babylon is seen as a woman, Israel is seen as a daughter, and both are Nations.
THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB IS THE HOLY CITY THE NEW JERUSALEM
CHRIST THE BRIDEGROOM OUR GLORIOUS EXAMPLE.
Revelation 21: 7††††††† 1 John 5: 1-5
THIS IS ETERNAL LIFE.
John 17: 3††††††††† 1 John 2: 23 -25
JESUSí PROMISE TO THOSE CALLED THE CHURCH, THOSE IN CHRIST:
THE PROMISE OF A CITY, IS CONDITIONAL.
Revelation 3: 11-12††† 1Timothy 4: 8††† 1 John 5: 1-5††† 1 John 2: 24-25
ďI am coming soon.† Hold on to what you have, so that no one will take your crown.
Him who overcomes I will make a pillar in the temple of my God and the of the city of my God, the New Jerusalem, which is coming down out of heaven from my God;
and I will also write on him my new name.Ē