#157 (2/18/18)

                                                                                 (Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks)

Please read Revelation 19:7-8.  This event in heaven is a time to be glad AND rejoice.  The Marriage of the Lamb is important because at it the unveiling of the Bride takes place.  Notice here that His wife "hath made herself ready".  Salvation, baptism with fire, and baptism with water are all gifts; the receiver simply reaches out and takes the gift that is being offered.  A gift is given with no expectation by the giver to receive something in return.  Minimal effort is exerted by the receiver to accept the gift.  It is free - - - no obligation.  The Bride is NOT a gift.  Continual choices are made by the candidate to continue having the nature and Name of the LORD revealed and made known personally to him/her.  At any given time, a bridal candidate can stop choosing Jesus and His Nature.  The Bible says that there will be tears in heaven that have to be wiped away.  This proves they are tears of sorrow and sadness; why do they have to be wiped away if they are tears of gladness and joy?  When the New City is revealed and members of heaven understand that they forfeited the personal presence of Jesus Christ and the Father for their own headship and authority, sadness will provoke them to weep tears of sorrow.  The sadness of missing the New City will be greater than the joy of missing death and hell.  Please note in verse 8 that she "SHOULD BE"  arrayed in fine linen.  In other words, she was NOT.  At the beginning of the Marriage she was NOT arrayed in fine linen.  If the Mosaic Tabernacle, with its blueprint of how to grow up, and the Bride have been revealed to the human mind, consider them an invitation to be a member of Jesus' Bride.  If you have seen, it is an invitation to come!

Please read Luke 14:7-10.  A parable is a gate to keep out the wise and prudent and allow the humble, meek, and lowly access.  At this wedding there are high seats and low seats.  The Bride had learned in her earthly journey, as she took on the nature of Jesus, to seek the low place.  She understands the parables spoken by the LORD.  She sat in the low spot, waiting for the Bridegroom to reveal her. Notice in verse 10 that there is worship involved with this parable.  There is worship given to the Bride because she married a King.  Also, a Queen is worshipped (Bride) as a result of her union with the King.  She learned the low place by being a teacher to her students (those close to her while on earth) by pointing them to the Bridegroom and the Cross.  She did not compete with Him for affection, adoration, and praise.  By pointing souls to the Cross, she chose not to be made known and exalt self; she chose the low place.  The Bride is used to being low, guiding and pushing others to Him.   She preferred and helped others keep their commitments to Jesus and the Cross.  

The Bride, in the low place, was veiled.  This is not an unusual concept.  Mary, in the garden, after Jesus' resurrection, mistook the Risen Savior as a gardener.  The diciples on the road to Emmaus also were unable to identify the Risen LORD until He unveiled Himself.  He was both LORD and Christ but were incapable of seeing because of a veil.  When the Bridegroom invites the Bride to come higher, the veil is removed and others see she arrayed in fine linen.  When the Bride is in the low place, she "should be" arrayed in fine linen.  When she is exalted with the veil removed, she IS arrayed in fine linen!  

Closing comments:  This portion of the sermon was directed specially for the men in the congregation.  You will not be in the Bride if there is no prayer life.  The men were encouraged to diligently seek prayer in the forms of intercession and travail.  An urgent call was given by the Pastor for men to intercede and travail much more.  The men in the church must come higher in their prayer life.  Prayer starts from the belly and either pushes up or down.  Going up it is intercession, going down it is travail.  The men were exhorted to push from the belly, not squeak and squawk from the throat.  Also, to be on time for prayer prior to service.  Initial prayer has a dramatic impact on the following worship service and Word.