The Bride "holied" and "set in order"!
=Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks=
Please read Revelation 19:1-8. Moses was warned several times in the Old Testament, by the LORD, to be sure he made the Mosaic Tabernacle exactly as he was shown the heavenly Tabernacle. There was an earthly, temporal Tabernacle that was a picture of a heavenly, eternal Tabernacle. So, we conclude, that there is a Tabernacle in heaven. Hebrews 13:8 proclaims that Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever. Moses' Tabernacle was a shadow and type of Jesus Christ (Hebrews 9). Jesus is the Heavenly Tabernacle yesterday, today, and forever.
In Revelation 19:1-8, we read that 3 groups of believer's are speaking: the Bride, the four beasts and 24 elders, and a multitude. The multitude is the 30-fold Christians, the four beasts and 24 elders are the 60-fold Christians, and the Bride is the 100-fold Christians. Please read what the 30-fold believer's had to say in verses 6&7. They knew how the Bride had become God's wife: they had MADE themselves READY.
MADE is defined as: to constrain or compel some action or some person in respect to action. To force or produce in a strained manner. To drive or urge with force, to force to yield, overpower (English). The Bride had a constant, internal battle raging over whose name was going to be made known; fallen Lucifer's name or the Begotten Name of the Son. The Bride had grown to the place of spiritual maturity where she forced and overpowered the old nature to yield in all her situations to the Name or nature of the Begotten Son. In Hebrew, the word simply means, "holy". In other words, the Bride "holied" herself. There is only One Who is holy and that is the LORD. She allowed the Son to touch her and convert her will as she repented of her sin. In the wake of His holy touch, He left behind love, light, and life. If we walk in the light of His touch, we will have fellowship with one another and He will cleanse us from ALL sin (1John 1:7). He will wait patiently until He ordains a certain sin to rise to the surface. Then, as we repent and rid ourselves of that sin, and use the Blood, He can convert our will. But in the meantime, if we walk in the light of His touch, He will sanctify us from that sin until we are big enough to see it and get rid of it.
READY, in Hebrew, means, "to set in order". This is the same order as when Abraham set the wood in order on the altar just prior to pulling back the knife to sacrifice Isaac. Likewise, the loaves of bread were set in order on the Table of Shewbread. Also, the wood was set in order on the Brazen Altar in preparation for the whole burnt offering. The Bride, in an orderly fashion, wove her white linen vertically and then horizontally by blessing, praising, thanking and glorifying the LORD's name. She pulled a horizontal thread by blessing, then she pulled a vertical thread by praising, and so on. She wove her own wedding garment in an orderly fashion.
In verse 8, she was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white. She was given special permission to wear her wedding garment that she had worked to produce. Salvation is a free gift. White linen is granted by special permission, produced by works! AMEN!
A Root out of a dry ground!
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Please read Revelation 22:16. Jesus speaking, calls Himself the Root of David, the Offspring of David, Bright, and Morning Star. There are two sides to a seed: the visible (growth above ground) and the invisible (root). The root holds the plant in place. It grows in the low place, in the dark, unseen, and private. The root has a downward pull; it can smell water and moves down to anchor the plant. Jesus came to this earth as a Root. Israel did not recognize Him in His humility form. They wanted a King, an exalted Ruler who would throw off the Roman yolk and liberate them. He came as a Humility Root to liberate Israel from within first.
Please read Isaiah 53:2. Jesus always kept His roots sunk deep in the well of water of His relationship with the Father. This is true during all of His earthly experience. He did not allow His roots to sink down into the wilderness of this world or find refreshment in carnal activity. He did not try to find nourishment in the dry ground of this world. He was truly a "Root out of a dry ground"; the dry ground being this earth and all its carnal happenings. In Matthew 4, the devil tempted Him several times to put His roots down into this present world. His response after each temptation was to draw Life up from His roots which were sunk deep into the Well of God's Word and quote scripture. He told the devil several times, "It is written..." (Matthew 4:1-11).
Please read Isaiah 11:1. This is the family tree of David. Jesse was David's father. Christ was the Root and David was the trunk. Out of David's trunk (or lineage) sprang the fruit of Jesus. By coming through the fleshly lineage of David, the LORD was revealing a beautiful spiritual principle. In order for Jesus to be revealed, He needed flesh first. Christ was the Root below, David appeared on earth in the flesh, then Jesus was the fruit of David's lineage. Jesus needs flesh, us, to be revealed by the Father. The flesh and sin is important because through them He mainfests His Name and Nature. He is the Offspring or the fruit of our relationship with the Root of Christ (His Word).
Jesus is also Bright (naw-ghaw). This is the Fathers' light in the darkness or the moon light. In the midst of darkness, with no feeling, we can walk by His Bright light of the moon to accurately negotiate the shadows and continue in our spiritual journey. Lastly, He is the Morning Star. He is a Doorkeeper for the Master Plan and Purposive Will of the Father. He can pull back the curtains and shine His Light to show us the way back to the Father!! AMEN!!
Christ can crush Goliath in the valley of Elah
*Source of material: Rev.B.R. Hicks*
Please read Ephesians 1:22-23. Christ is the Head, the church is the body, and all things are under the LORD's feet. Man is not the head; man is the body. There is one and only one Head and He is Christ the LORD. When man maintains his declared position, all things are under the feet of Christ and we experience His deliverance, influence, and intercession on our behalf. But, alas, man has a sinful nature that causes him to declare that he is the head, the boss, the provider of his own deliverance. Sometimes our master plan is much more inviting and enticing to implement than the LORD's Master Plan. Who knows us better than we ourselves; who can satisfy me better than me? There is a risk involved in making yourself the boss of your life; inevitably our master plan will conflict with the immutable, eternal Master Plan of the LORD. This conflict results in the LORD removing "all things" from under His feet (His dominion) and allowing them to bombard us from every direction causing confusion, frustration, and exasperation. We are NOT the Head but the Body!
Please familiarize yourself with the full story of David and Goliath in 1 Samuel 17. Israel and the Philistines were facing each other on mountain tops with the valley of Elah between them. Elah mean, "strength, mighty man, body". A mountain of flesh, AKA Goliath, went down to the valley of Elah, and was an obstruction to Israel in her being victorious over the Philistines on the opposite mountain top. The whole confrontation was about who was strong enough to take down this blob of flesh. At times, we have a mountain of our own flesh, a personal blabbering Goliath, who challenges and taunts us about who is strong enough to take him down. Our own flesh is an obstruction to personal victory. We certainly don't advance spiritually by saying, "I am strong enough, I am the boss, I can handle this---I got it"! Man is NOT the head, he is the body! Fleshly headship keeps us from moving forward toward the next mountain of victory. When we bow down to our flesh, we are reverencing the enemy.
There was a shepherd boy in Israel who knew how to be the body and let Christ be the Head; that was David. He was small of stature and humble. He had experience in taking down other forms of flesh: a lion and a bear. He knew how to get the victory and that was with Christ as his Head. With Christ as his Head, then Goliath was under the crushing dominion of Christ's feet. He went down to the valley of Elah, confronted Goliath under the Authority and Headship of Christ, and cut off his fleshly head. Our own fleshly head can be cut off and put under the feet of Christ if we maintain our proper position. All things, spiritual and natural (including our own fleshly headship) are under His feet when we relinquish being the boss!
Keep your roots planted in the well of water!
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Our beautiful Bible is not simply just an historical account of the nation of Israel; it is much more than that. It is a seed, as it were, in which is contained all spiritual truth. Just as a mighty oak tree is contained in one tiny acorn, all spiritual truth is contained within the covers of our Bible. The truth in God's Word unfolds, blossoms, blooms, and produces fruit in an infinite number of circumstances. It is the foundation upon which all creation rests and lives. Hidden within its pages are all the spiritual truths necessary to repair our relationship with the Father and become the Bride of His Son, Jesus Christ. He reveals these principles (66) so we can learn them, apply them personally, and grow in the grace and knowledge of our Savior. While making His Name known and fulfilling a debt owed to Himself, He is bringing us back to our original relationship through the words printed on paper. The Bible is God's Book---He wrote it.
In Genesis 49, Jacob is nearing the end of his earthly sojourn and calls his sons around him to pronounce his blessing upon them. Please read Genesis 49: 22-26. These particular verses regard Jacob's blessing upon his son Joseph. In verse 22 we read that Joseph was a fruitful bough by a well. Joseph produced fruit because his roots were firmly planted in a well. Fruit is produced to provide nourishment, satisfaction, and sweetness to the one who eats. The fruit would not exist if the roots were not sunk deep into a well of water. Fruit is also freely given; shared as a solution to hunger.
Throughout Joseph's life, there were four major places where he had an opportunity to share the fruit of his relationship with the LORD: the pit, Potiphar's house, the prison, and the palace (throne). Executing His Master Plan for Joseph, the LORD's goal was to get him to the "above" (verse 25). Each place Joseph found himself, by the Headship and Authority of God, was to move him along in an earthly journey and ultimately, to the heavenly above. All along the way, the LORD was teaching him the principles necessary to develop and sustain a relationship with Him. Joseph kept his roots in the well of water, the Wellspring of Love, Light, and Life, the Principles of God, that produced fruit that he shared with those around him. Potiphar was aware of this fruit to the extent that he entrusted his entire household in to the care of Joseph. The keeper of the prison was keenly aware as well, to the point where he gave the entire prison for him to run. Pharoah, having just met the young man, was so taken with the maturity of Joseph that he made him second only to himself by giving him his ring. The Bible says that Joseph became as a father to Pharoah. Joseph never allowed his roots to sink down anywhere other than the well of water of his love for the LORD and his spiritual principles. He never lacked fruit to share and serve to those around him. The fruit of his relationship with the LORD was humility and service to those near him, notwithstanding his present situation. The present situation did not provide him with a well of water of life. Despite his sometimes horrific circumstances, he drew life from the well of water.
We are on a journey, back to the "above", similar to that of Joseph so long ago. The Wellspring of Love, Light, and Life is our Bible, that provides the principles necessary to repair and sustain a relationship with the Father and His Beloved Son. These principles, successfully learned and applied, will usher us into the presence of the LORD in the "above". What is the fruit of our roots being in the Bible? Humility and service to those around us despite the "pit" or the "prison" we presently find ourself in. What is spiritual maturity? Giving of your fruit in humility service to others and not drawing up hate, death, and darkness through your roots from the present negative situation. How can we be a blessing? How can we serve? Who can we not deprive of spiritual life? Draw from the well of water, the Bible, by keeping your roots firmly sunk down into its life-giving principles; you will be a blessing, you will serve, and you will have food that provides spiritual life! AMEN!
Victory comes when there is a circle of Mercy
(Source of material: Rev. B.R. Hicks)
Let's start with Psalm 32:10. The definition of "compass" is to surround, encircle. From this scripture we can gather that mercy is a circle. From prior studies we know that the LORD's name is foursquare. The Garden of Eden was foursquare and the New City is the same. Knowing this truth, we can gather that both the Garden of Eden and the New City are The Name of God. From this scripture we also see that the Name LORD is surrounded by mercy. So, we see a pattern developing; the LORD's foursquare Name and Throne (Headship) is surrounded by a circle of Mercy.
Please read Joshua 6: 1-9. This is the story of the fall of Jericho. The nation of Israel was to "compass" the city. There was a command from the LORD for the men of war to go first, then be followed by the priests. Thirdly, came the ark and lastly, followed the rearward. They were to make a circle around the city of Jericho. The purpose of the men of war going first was to provide defense and protection for the ark (God's visible Headship). When the circle(s) were complete, after Jericho was compassed by Mercy, the nation of Israel gave a mighty shout of praise. This praise allowed the invisible Name or Headship (Ark) to descend into the city and make the walls collapse. We see the same pattern: the foursquare Name surrounded by a circle of Mercy. By encircling Jericho 13 times, God was extending Mercy to the city. When they refused His Mercy, The invisible Ark caused the city to be captured.
As a Bride, the LORD is expecting us to be a man of war in every situation and defend the holiness, righteousness, and goodness of His Headship and Authority. As a priestly nation, we are to take our trumpets and lift up praise to His Authority. Circle, as it were, our visible, earthly circumstances with Mercy. In every thing give thanks and praise, lift up His Headship in all things, defend and protect His Authority over natural situations. When the circle is complete, the LORD's invisible Headship (Ark) will descend, the walls will come down and, victory is guaranteed. What is spiritual maturity? Knowing that the LORD WILL bring down the walls if I am faithful to persevere in defending His righteousness and holiness in my natural circumstances. Also, wanting to stay in the circumstance until His Name descends and brings victory. Defend His Name, proclaim His Justice and Goodness, make a circle so the foursquare Name can be victorious for you!!!
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