Here Comes The Bride

 

There’s a carol fluttering… humming in the garden. The wedding bells are ringing… ringing… ringing… 
Come and drink of the wine He says… Come and taste of the richness He says…  The King of the wedding song. The King of the wedding banquet of the Lamb.

He’s come to marry you… the Bride embroidered in white. You are beautiful… His Bride lavished in floral and royal delight. 

The Bride.

She captures the room like a rose in bloom. All eyes are on her and His eyes are… on her. His eyes are on you, precious one. This is your day. 

It’s a day the Lord saw before you ever breached the earth’s light. The sunshine planned the timing of the entrance when the sky is smiling on you, the birds are singing for you, the night is waiting for you… because He’s looking back at you with love’s floodlight of desire.

Enjoy the bliss of everything He’s given you.

“They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will be radiant with joy because of the Lord’s goodness, because of the grain, the new wine, the fresh oil.” Jeremiah 31:12

There are no restrictions in His love…

No limitations in His love…

No hesitations in His love… 

Only dedication in His love wrapped in the revelation of love from His heart to yours.

Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.” And to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints.” Revelation19:7-8

You are given the beauty of the Lord shining upon you because He ordained you to have that gift. There is nothing withheld from you. No treasure kept from you. No joy held back from you. He adorns you as His very own… He calls you to be His.

“Blessed are the ones who are called to the marriage supper of the Lamb!”

Revelation 19:9

The wedding feast is coming. A Kingdom drawing near. When Jesus, the Lamb of God will appear and every tear will be wiped away and joy is ever clear. He will be here… with us… always and forever. He is with you now. Always and forever.

In Matthew 22, Jesus speaks about the Wedding Supper of the Lamb when He will unite Himself with the Bride, His people.

In this parable, a king sends out invitations. But the recipients reject it. So he sends out more invitations to more people. And they also reject it. Finally he goes to everyone else still yet to be invited and who will accept the invitation. And the wedding hall is filled with guests.

God longs to see everyone enjoy the wedding feast.

God did not restrict anyone.

He invited everyone…

But some chose to say no.

“Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and dine with him, and he with Me.”

Revelation 3:20

Is God trying to give you something you are rejecting?

As the story progresses, the Master sees a man not wearing wedding clothes.

“And he said to him, ‘Friend, how did you get in here without wedding clothes?’ But he had nothing to say.”

Matthew 22:12

“Nothing to say…” the verse says.

What a travesty… to meet the king and have nothing to say.

Make sure you have something to say when the king shows up. To speak with the king is an honor you do not want to take lightly or be unprepared for. Know where you are headed and how to be ready for that. God gives you every opportunity to be prepared for what awaits you but only you can take action to prepare yourself. You must do the work. Choose your destiny. To belong to God or to not belong to God. All you have to do is receive what He invites you into…

His lack of wedding clothes is a metaphor of his rejection of the blessing. His lack of preparedness. His unwillingness to ask for what He needed. He could have asked, but he said nothing. I’m sure there were many others invited who would not have had wedding clothes especially since the king invited every person in the kingdom, slave or free. Those who lived at a lower economic status would not have had the means or the provision to buy wedding clothes but the king invited them anyway… because He was able to give them what  they needed.

God has everything you desire…. He can provide for you but you need to open your heart and mouth to Him.

Accept his invitation and talk to Him.

Ask for what you need.

Receive it when given.

Put on your royal robes…

Your royal robes look good on you.

Stop wearing the old clothes that don’t showcase your true identity. Your beautiful identity. Wear what God grants you to wear. You are allowed to wear what God gives you. Don’t settle for less than who you really are.

Put on your God-given identity.

And decide that you want to be apart of the kingdom…

…Jesus’ kingdom.

“The Lord of hosts will prepare a lavish banquet for all peoples on this mountain; A banquet of aged wine, choice pieces with marrow, and refined, aged wine.” Isaiah 25:6

God knows what you need… did you know that? He can give you what you feel you don’t have to get to where you need to be. Let Him provide… ask Him and wait for Him to help you in the places you needed that.

The king wanted everyone to be able to attend and would have lavished everything he needed but the man without the wedding clothes possessed indifference that kept him from enjoying the banquet along with everyone else.

When you neglect to ask for what you need, you block yourself from experiencing a rich experience.

Everyone inside the banquet was adorned with beautiful wedding clothes because they were not too prideful to receive it. They embraced everything the king wanted to give them.

Will you let God give you what you need?

Sometimes God gives us something we never asked for because He knows us better than we do, and He wants us to have our needs met that will altogether uplift our whole person. And we need to let God do these things for us so that we can grow into who we need to be and not miss out on the joy He planned for us. Let Him bless you. You must be vulnerable if you want to be a royal heir of God. All of His children are known by Him closely. He wants to know you closely.

Get raw and uncut with God, so that you can live as His beloved in His kingdom.

Don’t hide your needs from Him and He will take care of you.

Be willing to accept blessing.

Jesus says, “For many are called, but few are chosen” in Matthew 22:14. To be chosen is to allow yourself to be chosen. God created man in His own image and gives every person the same invitation just as in the parable. Each invitation has the same location and the same time and the same information as everyone else’s invitation. But it was the response that separated the invitees from the chosen. The ones who said yes and the ones who said no.

It’s also a mark of respect. It reveals the ones who respected the king as the ruler and those who did not. The ones who honored his festivities and wanted to partake and those who wanted to ignore him and leadership altogether. If you ignore God as God, you only undermine your own self by limiting your joy. You miss out expericing the Kingdom of God when you fail to esteem the King of the Kingdom.

Honor God as King and you will delight in His riches and blessings and love.

I’m reminded of the situation before the Earth was created when Lucipher walked in the Heavens as a powerful arch angel. He did not honor God as King. Yet he was given access to Heaven and to proximity of God.

Even the devil was not restriced from God’s presence in the beginning.

He was given the free choice to be there.

It was His own selfish choice that got him thrown out of Heaven and now forbidden from ever dwelling with God again. Because Lucipher cannot handle being in the presence of God without turning against God.

Of the devil, Isaiah says… “You said in your heart, ‘I will go up to heaven; above the stars of God I will set my throne on high; I will sit on the mount of assembly in the far reaches of the north.” Isaiah 14:13. He wanted to set a throne above God’s. He doesn’t honor God. He does not want God. He does not esteem God as God. But he wanted to be God himself and stirred a revolt in Heaven.

Much like the man who entered the banquet with no wedding clothes, the devil walked around Heaven without dignity nor honor of who he was created to be. Lucipher was meant to be a holy angel but he did not want to be that… and he threw away his identity and traded it for power which only ruined him in the end without any hope for changing. 

“So the great dragon was cast out, that serpent of old, called the Devil and Satan, who deceives the whole world; he was cast to the earth, and his angels were cast out with him.” Revelation 12:9

Thankfully, we are not Lucipher and we don’t have to be subject to the same scorn because we were not made in the same way. We were made in the image of God as human beings. Lucipher is not a human being, but an arch angel. But we are given authority to reign with the Lord by His own choosing. At the table of Christ where we are His and we are given fellowship with Him.

“And just as My Father has granted Me a kingdom, I grant you that you may eat and drink at My table in My kingdom, and you will sit on thrones judging the twelve tribes of Israel.” Luke 22:19-20

Thus, we are set apart as God’s holy priesthood and chosen people to reign with Him with eternal life because of Jesus’ death and resurrection on the cross for our sins.

Your sins are covered by Jesus if you want them to be. But you have to make the choice and say Yes Lord I want to be covered by You. I want to put on the new clothes you give me and be a royal son or daughter like You made me to be.

The man in the parable does not say a word when asked why he did not have wedding clothes. Perhaps he felt ashamed. Perhaps he felt he did not need them and that he was fine how he was. But in thinking he was allowed to walk into the ballroom without the wedding clothes meant that he was asserting his own authority over God’s. And that is where the human heart goes ary. That is where LUcipher’s went wrong. When we choose not to follow the way of the Kingdom of God, we are essentially saying “my kingdom goes.” And that is not at all how it works. God is the Kingdom ruler and His word is the final word. God loves to speak through us but all finality and authority is given to Jesus over everything else.

We cannot make decisions that conflict with God’s demands.

We cannot live in contradition to God’s ways.

So how do we live? From a place of intimate relationship. When you are in love with God, you will be connected to Him so deeply that you will know what is right and what is wrong. You will hear Him speaking to you and leading you. And when you get it wrong, you will be in close enough relationship for Him to tell you clearly. And because you love Him, you will say yes Lord you are right and you will make the neccessary change. So it all anchors in love with Jesus. Love is what leads you into the ballroom glistening. Glimmering as His Bride covered in love and held in love.

Endless delight awaits you in His love. 

“They will come and shout for joy on the heights of Zion; they will be radiant with joy because of the Lord’s goodness, the grain, the new wine, the fresh oil.” Jeremiah 31:12

The wedding supper of the Lamb is coming when Jesus returns for His Bride. 

There are no restrictions at the feast either.

Only the best of choicest foods.

Matthew 22:4 says, “Again he sent other slaves, saying, ‘Tell those who have been invited, “Look! The feast I have prepared for you is ready. My oxen and fattened cattle have been slaughtered, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.”

Notice it says “fattened cattle…”. This denotes that these cattle have been set apart for fattening and growing just for one purpose and that is the wedding banquet meal. There is no stinginess when it comes to the meat provided nor a restriction of meat itself. This is not a vegetarian feast. And if the master of the feast has spent years fattening the cattle just for this one meal then that means every other element of the feast has also underwent the same preparation. If you remember Jesus at the wedding of Cana in John chapter 2, we know that the beverage of choice in the kingdom of God is also the best wine. Because that is what Jesus makes when asked to help provide more. And he does it on the spot. He does not provide cheap liquor. He does not provide juice. He makes wine. Good wine. Fine wine. And at the wedding supper of the Lamb there will be fine wine also.

The wedding feast of the Lamb of God will be the best meal your taste buds have ever tasted. Made by the one who created food to begin with. “Taste and see that the Lord is good, ” the psalmist echoes in Psalm 34:8.

The wedding supper of the Lamb follows the great battle of Armageddon where the devil is defeated forever, and we are ushered into Heaven as His Bride spotless and glowing.

There is a shift that takes place. Where Jesus takes over as King and the kings of the earth are no longer in power. When this happens, the Bible says that the birds of the air will also have a feast where they eat the flesh of the rulers who chose to rebel against God and thus, they do not enter into the wedding feast along with everyone else. Some kings and rulers are chosen by God and belong to God as believers who make Jesus Lord. But some are not because they reject the invitation. And if you reject the invitation, not even status as a ruler on earth can save that.

 “Then I saw one angel standing in the sun, and he shouted in a loud voice to all the birds flying high in the sky:

“Come, gather around for the great banquet of God,
18 to eat your fill of the flesh of kings,
the flesh of generals,
the flesh of powerful people,
the flesh of horses and those who ride them,
and the flesh of all people, both free and slave,
and small and great!” Revelation 19:17-18

This sounds pretty gruesome when I read it. Why would it glamorize eating the flesh of people? I don’t like to read this honestly. God said… I am letting the birds eat what has been eating you. In other words, the birds will only eat all the flesh of those who have been carrying out evil in the earth and also rejected Christ by their own choice. Those who have assaulted goodness and attacked purity in the earth will not be saved from demolition. And this is what war means. The good wins and the bad loses. Thus, there is a plundering.

And there are no restrictions in this feast. All flesh is given.

The great supper of the Lamb means that we eat of His goodness with Him, and the earth eats away the evil so that it is gone for good.

Jesus makes it clear that evil needs to be eradicated so that we can reign with Him in a pure and good new world, called the New Heaven and New Earth. God will never have to say “do not eat of the tree” ever again. Because that season is past. And evil is gone. And we have been cleansed. And now we can be only good, without the possibility of bad corrupting us anymore. The tree of the knowledge of good and evil will never be in existence again.

Now we will eat of the “Tree of Life.”

“The tree of life producing twelve kinds of fruit, yielding its fruit every month of the year.” Revelation 22:2

A new tree where there is only endless freedom to eat of it.

Because the Lamb has come… 

So the Bride could come…

Here comes the bride…

You are the Bride… He loves you… He can’t wait to walk you into the Ballroom of Heaven. Come Lord Jesus and usher in your Bride to the Wedding hall where your love is shining from her. Radiant from your splendor within her. 

Birds chirping and butterflies circling around the gems glowing when the New Jerusalem appears. Rising up to pirouette the stars. The war was viscious and the evil overwhelming but it’s over now. No need to fight now. No need to wait now. Because eternity has come and goodness has won. Here comes the Bride… beautiful in white. And every seraphim knows what it cost Him… to win her. And so does she. So does she. She will never forget the sacrifice He made to hold her in His arms. Forever His. Singing of their love forever…

 

here comes the bride

here comes the life

here comes the light of Christ

the joy of Christ

the kiss of Christ

draped over the faces

of the precious ones embracing

You as King

Jesus let Your kingdom come

His love is washing over you

let His love keep pouring into you

 

“And the Spirit and the Bride say, “Come!” And let the one who hears say: “Come!” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who wants it take the free gift of the waters of life.”

Revelation 22:17

 

 

 

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