#214 (12/2/18 morning)

Source of material:  Rev. B.R. Hicks

The next great event on God's calendar is the Rapture of the saints who are alive and remain.  Many "saints" will be left behind to endure the wrath and hatred of the Antichrist during a 3-and-one-half year Tribulation Period.  During this time the Marriage Supper of the Lamb takes place in heaven. The Antichrist will make war with the saints- - -which saints?- - -the ones left behind at the Rapture.  After this will be the event called The Second Coming of Christ.  Instead of coming as a meek and lowly lamb (as at the first), He will return in resurrection power and glory accompanied by His Bride.  

Please read Zechariah 14:4.  The minor prophet Zechariah records what will transpire at the Second Coming in chapter 4.  When the feet of the LORD touch the Mt. of Olives, it splits east and west as well as north and south.  The mountain will cleave in the form of a cross.  This valley will be a place of refuge for the inhabitants of Jerusalem to flee escaping the fury of the Antichrist.  After His feet split the earth in the form of a cross a refuge is found in the valley.  Modern day believer's can also find a refuge from the fury of the Antichrist by fleeing to the cross of Calvary and experiencing the crucifixion of the fleshly nature.  When Jesus' feet come upon the old man, we can find refuge in the cross and crucify the sinful nature.  What is our refuge?  The Cross of Calvary while dying to the flesh.  Jesus was crucified full stature; a picture to us of where all "earth" belongs!  

Please turn to Revelation 19:11-19.  Please take note in verse 14 the Bible refers to "armies" (plural).  Compare that to verse 19 which refers to an "army" (singular).  A sharp sword goes out of His mouth which is the oral law, the oral application Word.  He has a name written on His thigh which is the written law or Word.  The Bride is very familiar with the oral and written forms of His Word.  During her earthly sojourn she was changed on the inside by the written Word and publicly listened to and followed the commands of the oral application from off the Ark.  She found refuge in the "valley of the Cross" from the antichrist nature of her old man.  The Cross of enlightenment was given to the Bride to learn about her Savior and His crucifixion.  She, in turn, gives the same enlightenment publicly to those around her.  She pointed others to the refuge of the Cross of Jesus' Crucifixion.   She, in essence, received to give.  Jesus said if you have seen me you have seen the Father.  The Bride says if you have seen me you have seen Jesus Christ.  Jesus splits our old earth by the oral and written Word.  

The Bride is unique in that she has allowed the oral and written Word to give her the nature of the Son of God.  She has obtained His Stature INSIDE so she can go forth, in her daily life, with the power of the Name, and direct those around her to that Name and His Crucifixion.  What is the ministry of the Bride?  To grow up and share what she has received; to give what has been gotten.