“Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” (Revelation 21:9 NIV 1984)
Christians in the Bible have many metaphors. These include an army, temple, living stones, and the Bride. Out of these metaphors I believe the Bride is the most significant. As a bride we will forever connect with Jesus – the Bridegroom. The Bride symbolizes the relationship with God that He wants us to have. This metaphor emphasizes the value relationship has to God.
God the Father commits to getting a Bride for His Son Jesus. A bride worthy of Him. The Father will not give an undesirable bride to His son.
Here are 3 major moves of God happening in the earth. I believe these moves center on raising up the Bride of Jesus.
1. Wooing the Bride – World Harvest
Then the angel said to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are those who are invited to the wedding supper of the Lamb!’” And he added, “These are the true words of God.” Revelation 19:9 (NIV 1984)
The biggest revival the world has ever seen is coming! Bob Jones, the late prophet, prophesied a billion soul harvest. Jesus will get His bride!
2. Preparing the Bride – Discipleship
Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. Revelation 19:7 (NIV 1984)
The current believers, plus the billion souls that are going to be saved, will mature into pure, prophetic, passionate, and powerful Christians. We will be a worthy partner.
“Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.) Revelation 19:8 (NIV 1984)
3. Supporting the Bride – Apostolic Government
The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. He must become greater; I must become less. John 3:29-30 (NIV 1984)
God is raising up and changing leadership focus to making disciples. This is a major goal of Apostolic Government. He is changing the focus from programs, self promotion, good works, etc. to getting the bride ready. These leaders compare to John the Baptist who lived for the bridegroom’s joy more than their own.
It was he who gave some to be apostles, some to be prophets, some to be evangelists, and some to be pastors and teachers, to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. Ephesians 4:11-13 (NIV 1984)