Revelation 21.9 “Come, I will show you the bride, the Lamb’s wife.”[g]10 And he carried me away in the Spirit to a great and high mountain, and showed me the great city, the holy[h]Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 having the glory of God.”
Christ in John 3 said of Himself, “We speak what We know and We testify what We have seen.” He spoke of himself as being plural, which is not surprising for He is the same one who said, “Let Us make man in Our likeness.”When John wrote this, he specifically used the Greek word “Ekeinos.” Ekeinos means “they” and “them”, and not he or him, when talking about Christ, but the English translators interpreted Ekeinos into “he” and “him,” a single person. The impact of that misinterpretation in what John was trying to convey by choosing the word “ekeinos” is lost. John was speaking of the fullness of the Godhead being a plurality and being present in Christ; just as Christ said, “It is the Father that does the works in Me,” “I and the father are one,” and “He who has seen me has seen the father.” Jesus is this plurality. John called Him “They” and “Them” not He and Him in certain text.The plurality of Adam and Eve, the Crown of creation.Going back to the beginning of creation and on the 6th and final day, we read, “27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created Them.” God made them a plurality in one body. Adam was whole. Adam had not entered his deep sleep to be halved into male and female yet.It is in the first words about Adam that; God made him both male and female when He created “them.” And God said let “them” have dominion. And God blessed “them.” They also were a plurality as is the Godhead. They were Ekeinos. Why? Because Adam had Eve (the rib) still inside him when the Lord called Adam “them,” just like John called Christ “them.” They were a plurality in one body. His wife was in him. How do we know Christ’s Bride was in Him?God told John the baptizer, “Upon whom you see My Holy Spirit land upon and remain, this is My only begotten Son!” Christ is the true likeness of God who replaced Adam. When the Holy Spirit descended “in bodily form” like a carbon copy, she fit inside Him (Christ) perfectly. Like two puzzle pieces fit together, the two coming together made one whole being in the image of God — both male and female.This concept is what marriages and weddings portray. “For this reason shall they leave father and mother and the two shall become one.”To fulfill this, “The (Female) Holy Spirit descended like a dove and “remained upon Him.” The Word of God and the Spirit of God became one, the halves were fitted, they were united. They were Married at Christ’s baptism.The split that started with the first Adam, was mended in the last Adam – Christ (1 Corinthians 15.45).This is why the true association for us who are “born from above,” of things brought to us through revelation through the Holy Spirit, is Christ and not Adam. This is what constitutes the new creation. We are offspring of a different set of parents. This is what it means to be “in Christ” and in the Family of God. Why? Because Ekeinos is in us. His Spirit bearing witness with our spirit and She is the same Spirit.It is to be born again into Christ with joy and not coming out crying with those like of Eve.It was at Christ’s baptism, and only then, that the heavenly Father could say, “This is My beloved Son in whom I am well pleased.” Why then and only then? Because for the first time since the fall in Eden, a man was whole and not halved, like Adam and Eve. Christ was not split into male and female. Christ’s counterpart was in him; holy, complete, male and female.For the Father to be pleased in the Son, the Son had to be like the Father. Whole and complete, male and female, into the image of God without splits, tears, fractures or missing pieces.Christ could not of been the “well pleased” of the Father if He were only half His image being male only, without female. When the Holy Spirit descended like a dove to remain upon Him, the image of God was complete for the Father to be pleased. The Son had to have all the features that were unique to the Father .Without any further ado let us introduce to you the Bride and the Groom that all others mimic and model. The beloved Son and His Bride the Holy Spirit come down from God of Heaven.In order for God to make man in His image He had to incorporate all the male and female attributes that are Holy, because God has every attribute that is wholesome and that makes a man and a woman individually unique. Why? Because these He has inside Himself, or He would not have said, “Let us make man in our image and likeness, male and female.” The female would have been left out, but the feminine is a pre-created eternal entity, being as pre-existent as is the male in Christ. You cannot have one without the other.Christ’s Helper and Comforter is the 3rd person of the Godhead called the Holy Spirit . Christ, at His baptism, received His counterpart in Himself to not be exposed. She is not to be seen. They were not naked like Adam and Eve, his rib. Christ had nothing to be ashamed about. They needed no fig leaf. Instead of Shame there is blinding Glory that prevails. Just ask Paul. (Acts 26.13)John the Baptist confirmed this saying of Christ, John 3.29 He who has (past tense) the bride is the bridegroom; (Note: there is no reference to a fiance, and the term bridegroom is inappropriate for an unmarried man) but the friend of the bridegroom, who stands and hears them, rejoices greatly because of the bridegroom’s voice. Therefore this joy of mine is fulfilled. They must increase but I must decrease.”This was John’s purpose in life. John was more than a spectator at the wedding, He was “the friend.” He was the best man and the carnal witness to testify to us that “the Groom has the Bride.” John’s mission was accomplished, and we testify to what we’ve heard and what we have seen.Welcome to Christ’s Wedding Banquet…if you are able to receive it. Read Matthew 22So God had said, “Let us make make man in Our likeness.” And God did, but later He took the rib out and Adam called her Eve. They portrayed the Heavenly, invisible Bride and Groom. The Bride and Groom were turned inside out in Adam and Eve for us to learn and understand things about the always invisible Godhead.The word revelation means to make known. The revelation regarding Adam and his rib is about Christ and His Bride, but in contrast. A finite to clarify some things of the infinite. Eve was exposed and made visible, but Christ’s Bride will never be displayed with things that can be experienced with the flesh. This is why Paul said, “Flesh and blood does not inherit the Kingdom.” She “comes down of God from heaven.” That is why She is described as, “like a transparent glass,” “like a crystal,” “like a precious stone,” “something like the structure of a city,” and such. Something like, but eternally better than any construct of time and matter.These are only common to the carnal senses and used to make comparisons. This is why one must see and hear with the heart to understand the things of God. They must be spiritually discerned. The carnal is used to make the invisible understandable.Christ said, “The volume of the book is written of Me, I have come to take away the first to establish the second.” And He did. He reformed humanity in this way in order for as many of those who would put off their old nature to take on His new nature. This is the spiritual unveiling of things that are eternal, immortal and invisible.This is food for us the elect who are born again anew, compositionally different from the old man. Even when God said, “Let Us…” He was showing Himself to be a plurality with things like we experience on earth but different. (Revelation 21-22 and Ezekiel 40+)In truth, God is more aptly defined as “They” and “Them,” of male and female and not “He” and “Him.” Him and Her come from a split view. This is why the mandate was said from the beginning “24 Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh”.”Why? To mend that tear, and to show the inner workings of the spirit through love.So for us, the elect who have crossed over, having confirmed our vows at baptism, having been buried in the likeness of Christ’s death, to be raised in newness of life, we can also say; 1 That which was from the beginning, which we have heard, which we have seen with our eyes, which we have looked at and our hands have touched—this we proclaim concerning the Word of life. 2 The life appeared; we have seen it and testify to it, and we proclaim to you the eternal life, which was with the Father and has appeared to us. 3 We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And truly our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ. 4 We write this to make your[a] joy complete.Adam was half the man of Jesus because his rib was taken from him. His hidden insides were seen when his rib, called his bride, was exposed. Eve portrays the elements and workings of the feminine of God; Christ’s comforter, helper and other parent so that we are not left orphans. (John 14.18) This was the Revelation of Adam, the unveiling and the exposure of what would not otherwise have been seen of the female side of God without the revealing of Eve.So we introduce to you Christ’s counterpart and Bride called Heavenly Jerusalem, being bone of His bone and flesh of His flesh of eternal, invisible elements of Spirit and truth and Mother of His Children born from above? [Galatians 4.26 and John 3.3 – 6]If you are waiting for Heavenly Jerusalem to appear at some time in the future, from whom are you born from and who is your mother?
This is why the Book of The Revelation of Jesus Christ is not so much about catastrophe, but about Her, the Heavenly City. She is unveiled as the final revelation in every age because She is timeless. Christ’s Bride called Heavenly Jerusalem, the Mother of the elect. Even as John the revelator described the “things that must immediately take place saying, “2 I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.” [Rev 21.2] She is not constructed with the elements associated with time and matter but with the composition of the Father “coming down out of Heaven,” and not assembled with the base elements of time and matter. That would be totally unsuitable and unfitting for Him who is Spirit and Truth, of elements from before God’s 6 days of creation. She is fully congruent with the laws of Creation in that “kind begats after its kind”. She is His kind of Spirit and Truth; His spirit, the Holy Spirit.
Catastrophe and judgment are not the purpose of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. End times is the delusion that disperses the fold with each new theory about the end of the world, confusing more and more sheep. But we speak to you about “that which is from the beginning.” They fulfill in themselves the scripture that says “you are not entering The Kingdom of God, nor are you allowing those who are trying to do so, therefore your judgment shall be greater.” And “it would be better off to be tied with rocks and dropped into the sea then to deceive one of these little ones” to delay their entrance. But these persist hell bent and hellbound for judgment.The purpose of the Book of Revelation of Jesus Christ is to expose His rib, to unveil His Eve. To describe His counterpart. This is why the book concludes with His Bride, Wife and Mother of His Children. Whose children we are if we have been begotten by the Spirit and the Word of Truth.” We are a kind of firstfruits of His creation being flesh of His flesh and bone of His bone of His attributes and sound doctrine, and not tangible things for the carnal senses.Even as a diamond is best seen in the backdrop of a black cloth, so too, Heavenly Jerusalem shines brightest in a backdrop of darkness, hence catastrophe. The Revelation is about Heavenly Jerusalem, the Mother of those who are in Christ where. The old Covenant mountain was shrouded with smoke and a fearful fire do that “if even a man or beast touch they should die”. How much more fearful Mount Zion the City of God?She is also. She is shrouded with cataclysms and spiritual darkness that occupy the flesh and the thinking of the carnal man. These we must overcome to ascend to our rightful inheritance “seated far above all principalities and powers in Christ”.It is “The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants the things which must immediately take place.” The book of Revelation concludes with Heavenly Jerusalem. Why? Because She is the Revelation of what is in Christ. She is the Hidden Side of Christ that cannot be carnally seen. She is cloaked in mystery. The catastrophes are the distraction. For even Mt Sinai, where Moses was instructed to make things after the pattern you had seen on the mount, was shrouded with a tempest and a fire so that if even a man or beast should touch they would die. Why? Because flesh and blood does not inherit the Kingdom. It is not invited. The man cannot get you there. Only the Word can. The cataclysms were the distraction, the smoke screen wasto deter the flesh. But we boldly enter in Spirit and Truth.For we do not need boots and compass for our journey to the Kingdom of the Father but the Words of God. These are the tools of our trade. That which is flesh is flesh and that which is Spirit is Spirit. You must be born again? And we are. Our new nature inherits “the Kingdom of God at hand” at your fingertips, which is Heavenly Jerusalem the Mother of those born of the Spirit. (Galatians 4.26)The only thing that accesses the invisible is the newly created of the eternal newlyweds as those who never get old, but are always new. So we are. This is the Israel of God and not some silly plot of land on planet Earth. (Galatians 4.26-26 and 6 15-16)
The Holy Spirit is Heavenly Jerusalem and The Bride of Christ. She is the feminine part of the Godhead that is equally God, being co-founder and co-creator, as seen brooding over the face of the deep during creation; in the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. And the Spirit of God was brooding over the face of the deep.
From inside Christ on earth, and through His lips She said through Him, “Oh Jerusalem how I would have gathered you as a Mother hen gathers her chicks but you are not willing.” She says that again today and the gospel confirms. “Come to the wedding for all things are now ready.” [Matthew 22.4] Even as Christ said, “I and the Father are one,” the Father is equally male and female, She is there. Where? In Christ. “In Him dwells the fullness of the Godhead body.” And She is there. If we are “in Christ”, Christ is in us. We have Her, too.
She was also seen brooding over the Israelites when they marched through the desert as a pillar of fire by night and a cloud of covering by day. But the Israelites greater Glory was after everything was set up of the things the Lord showed Moses on Mt Sinai saying; so Moses finished the work the Lord gave them to do by setting up the tents of meeting with the tabernacle and articles along with the priests the Levites and the children assembled. Then the cloud filled the tabernacle of meeting and the Glory of the Lord filled the temple. For the first time She no longer brooded over but entered because these things were assembled correctly. And if the invisible elements of the invisible God are correctly assembled in you, then She is in you as well. This is “The General Assembly and church of the firstborn described in Hebrews 12.18-28. of Heavenly Jerusalem.
So only when Israel was gathered together with all the articles of faith and assembled, then did She come into them. Her wait was over.The Lord’s Glory was in the tabernacle (figuratively speaking about Christ’s body, John 2.19+) and Her name is Heavenly Jerusalem. Now we are the temples of the living God. She is the Glory of God and like with Christ, She is in us. We were not left orphans. (John 14.18)
As it is taught in 2 Corinthians 11 that the woman is the Glory of man. The Glory of God is His female counterpart, too. Before She filled the temple, She only brooded waiting their arrival to these invisible realities. Are you ready? Can you see what we are talking about? Or is She still brooding? Are you still brooding?
The Kingdom of God is at hand in this way. It is at your fingertips.
Much like any mechanical device, you must have all parts connected for it to be active and operational. So, too, the several components, or better yet, truths, that make up the Godhead must be reassembled in the spirit of your mind to activate your faith. These truths are for us, the elect, to more clearly see our heritage in the carnally elusive one. We are to accept Them (Ekeinos) as They really are with Christ’s hidden person, counterpart and Wife.
1st Peter also rightly defined the women as “the hidden person of the heart.” And so She is in the heart of the Father and ours, too if we are able to receive Her.
She is central to the purposes of God and the centerpiece of the gospel being, “The Kingdom of God at hand.” For us the elect, “we are now fellow citizens, members and saints of the household of the living Father,” as described here from the book of Hebrews 12, “But you have come to the city of the living God, to Mt Zion and Heavenly Jerusalem, 23 to the general assembly and church of the firstborn, to the spirits of just men made perfect”.
For the time that is coming now is when you will no longer worship the Father in Jerusalem but in Spirit and truth.” The true Jerusalem. (John 4)
The scripture starts with Adam’s unveiling of Eve and concludes with the unveiling, the Revelation of Christ’s counterpart Heavenly Jerusalem, like bookends. This is the beginning, conclusion and the purpose of scripture. God’s Heavenly Kingdom and the Bride of Christ being one and the same. And the most important aspect of this remarkable Lady, the First Lady and The last Lady is… The Kingdom of God is always at hand. Even now She broods over The darkened waters of the lowly of heart and beacons it open.
Christ said “Behold I stand at the door and knock. To them that open up???
15 “If you love Me, [d]keep My commandments. 16 And I will pray the Father, and He will give you another [e]Helper, that She may abide with you forever—17 the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it neither sees Her nor knows Her; but you know Her, for She dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you.
This is your Wedding invitation.
Here from Jeremiah 8.19 it says â€œIs not the Lord in Zion? Is not her King in Her?â€ Â Is this fact or fiction? Maybe an event in the future?
Luke 33Â Then they said to Jesus, â€œWhy doÂ the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?â€
34Â And He said to them,Â â€œCan you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them?Â 35Â But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.â€
36Â Then He spoke a parable to them:Â â€œNo one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one;Â otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that wasÂ takenout of the new does not match the old.Â 37Â And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined.Â 38Â But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.Â 39Â And no one, having drunk oldÂ wine,Â immediatelyÂ desires new; for he says, â€˜The old is better.
The parable of the new wine and skins from the synoptic gospels is associated with fasting and the Bridegroom. That while the Bridegroom is present they do not fast. When He is taken then they fast. This is like when Christ indicates in the book of John â€œit is imperative that I go away, if I do not go I will not send the helper, His counter part â€œanother helperâ€ like Himself but not Himself but another. The bridegroom, meaning Christ, has the bride (John 3.29) And if there is no Bride now, there is no groom but today there are many who think that the bride is later, that she is not but will be, that she is being made.
A Bridegroom without a Bride is like a King without a city or without a kingdom. He makes himself a liar. But we know Him who is the King of kings. All other kings show faint likenesses of that King. So too is the City of cities. There is but one New City. And â€œthe Bridegroom has the Brideâ€ would not be said in present term if it were not an established fact, an eternal truth.
â€œHe who has the Bride is the Groom. If you take one away the other ceases to exist. Like a driver without a car or a jockey without a horse. A doctor without a degree or a visionary without a plan.
The Bride is half of the two that make the one. â€œHe made man in His image, male and female made He themâ€. The Greek word for bride is â€œnumpheeâ€ which means â€œto veilâ€. She is the One hidden behind the veil. The veil is our carnal understanding. Like Thomas said of the resurrected Christ â€œunless I see Him and put my fingers in the holes of His hands I will not believe. We too do not want believe unless we see the Heavenly City, so we have developed a whole theology based around this seeing that speaks of another day. A place where time and matter intersect.
This is why the topic of the Bridegroom is spoken of with wine skins in the scriptures. We need new wine skins to receive new wine and what is a new skin? It is our mind. A new way of looking at things. We must be â€œrenewed in the spirit of our mindâ€ for â€œthe carnal mind is enmity against Godâ€. Him who gives life to the dead and calls those things that donâ€™t exist as though they do. They exist, She exists. If I do not go I will not send Her. The man Jesus had to be transfigured. There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the son of man coming in great power and gloryâ€, A concept others call the second coming was experienced back then. Christ had to be transformed. But He who is â€œthe same yesterday today and forever did not have to become something He was not, at least not for Himself but for our understanding. So when we are instructed by Him to â€œfollow Me that where I am you may be alsoâ€, He became a man for our sake so that we would receive the gift, our inheritance. So He did not renew Himself but all that He did was done to renew our understanding, our way of thinking to an eternal mindset. â€œBe ye renewed in the spirit of your (Greek word nous= knows = thinking) knowing. Christ in His eternal original state is not a man, not of flesh and bone, but spirit. And that the Bride is â€œflesh of His flesh, bone of His boneâ€. They are of the same spiritual, eternal makeup. Pre-existent, outside of time and matter, just beyond the veil of our understanding and perception. Outside of human experience of the carnal man.
This is the New Wine Skins, a new understanding to contain and understand eternal truths. Or as Thomas we can say, nope I am not going to believe until I see it.
If you do not have a renewed mind, a new wine skin, the Bride is a veiled topic. â€œWhom the world cannot see or know, but you know Her for She shall be in youâ€. If you think of Jesus as a man you see the â€œkingdom at handâ€ as a future earthly reality then you see the promises for another day. You have another gospel, a different Jesus. He was bone and flesh but â€œhenceforth know we Him like that no more. If any man be in Christ he is a new creationâ€ II Corinthians 5.16+17. And if we are â€œin Christâ€ we are this new creation and like the Bride and Groom it is not for the old. Outside is for muderers adulterers and whoever loveth a lie.
As Nicodemus aked â€œwhat is truth?â€. It is what remains after the dust of time and matter are gone. â€œEverything that can be shaken will be shaken so that what is eternal may remainâ€. It was and is and is to come. It is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In each generation. Do you receive this now or later like Thomas?
This is why the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the revelation means the unveiling, is the unveiling of The City, The Bride. The words that are â€œfaithful and trueâ€ is because they are pre-existent eternal timeless realities un-faltered by time and matter. They are what remains. This is the truth.
Most of Christianity is waiting for a visual event to happen on earth to get on with eternal life. They are waiting for another day, but â€œToday! if you will hear His voice harden not your heartsâ€ Receive the invitation of the Bride and Groom, â€œThe spirit and the Bride say comeâ€. As John the baptist said, â€œHe who has the Bride IS the Bridegroom, and the friend of the Bridegroom who stands and hears Him rejoices greatly because of the Bridegrooms voice. That is why he said, â€œmy joy is fullâ€. And from the Greek word â€œekeinos meaning theyâ€ Ekeinos who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. The one from heaven is above all. He who has received this testimony has certified that God is trueâ€. Do you now believe?
This is the new wine skin. It is our thinking being Â continually renewed by the Holy Spirit in things pertaining to the ever present, always ready Kingdom of God.
His Kingdom is â€œAt Handâ€ Today!
It has been given to us to know the interpretation of the things God has spoken for â€œwe have the mind of Christâ€. There is a one to one correlation from the physical to the invisible realities. All the pictures and patterns with all the physical representations have their invisible counterpart. After we understand this we no longer need the visible.Â
We have already talked about the â€œWhoâ€ in part one and the â€œwhereâ€ in part two. Now lets talk about the â€œwhenâ€.
The â€œNew Creationâ€ is not new in the sense of being just made. It is new in the sense of never getting old. In this place time as we know it has no value or effect. For time is a measurement of the â€œgetting old creationâ€. The one of emc=square. Of the big bang of time and matter.
God created man in His image; male and female. God chose to display His hidden attributes in the male and female as they came together. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and cleave to his bride.
We know from the creation account that God spoke. When God spoke His Word came forth. When God spoke His Breath/Spirit came forth. The Father, being the source, then the Son and Spirit. The Spirit brooded over the face of the waters. Not that one was lessor or greater than the other, but different in purpose, being equally God with all the attributes, displaying complimentary characteristics.
It was said of Christ that He declared the Father. He said, “If you have seen Me, you have seen the Father.” It was necessary that Christ was also the fullness of the Father, His completeness, as scripture says, and that if He was the fullness of the Father, He had to be male and female.
For Christ to appropriately display the fullness of God, and He did, for in Him dwelleth the fullness of the Godhead, He had to display the same attributes as the Father before it was said He made male and female to display His likeness, before this split.
How did Christ on earth do this? The first creation started with the Word and the Spirit leaving the mouth of God, and they split as they departed. The Word creates, the Spirit incubates. This is what happens inside us when we receive them; the Word and Spirit. The new creation we become occurs when the Word and the Spirit become one again. We can catch a glimpse of this phenomenon in other unions or marriages. We call this the procreation of a species. The two becoming one and begetting according to their own likeness, be it a mammal or a fish or a reptile. You get the picture.
In heavenly terms, this is what is referred to as the Wedding banquet that we are invited to. It is the coming together to be one in the Holy Word and the Holy Spirit, the true union. This has to take place before there are any offspring. This is the union that takes place in the heart of believers when they accept Christ.
How and when did Christ on earth display the Father in both male and female? It was at His baptism that Christ received the Holy Spirit, thereby fulfilling all righteousness. It was at that time the Father said this is my beloved Son in Whom I am well pleased. https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/Matthew-3-17/ God the Father could only be pleased if the Son were a true chip off the ol’ block, correctly displaying who He was from before the beginning, before His Word and Spirit went forth.
The first creation started with the split. God divided light and dark. earth and sky, land from water, etc. But more importantly, when the Word and the Spirit come back together, being united, or wed, or married, this was the union of the new creation. God Says, For my Word will not return to me void but shall accomplish all that I desire https://www.kingjamesbibleonline.org/search.php?. What is it that God desires? That we shall go out (birthed) with joy, and be led forth with peace. We are those born of that union, the union of the Word and Spirit, reunited to procreate true images of that union born in His likeness, in His fullness. We receive the engrafted Word, and are begotten by the Word of truth to be a kind (kind begets kind) of first fruits of His creation. Male and female made He them in His likeness. From the book of John, “That which is born of the flesh is flesh, that which is born of the Spirit is spirit, you must be born again.” This is pretty radical if you can grasp what we are saying.
So back to Christ’s baptism for a fuller explanation. The Holy Spirit descended upon Him in bodily form like a dove and remained upon Him. The Spirit was given to the Son without measure. They received of each other’s fullness.
John the Baptizer knew this, and knew this was his purpose. “Make straight paths the way of the Lord” he said.
John the Baptist did not know Him but was told, “Upon whom you see the Spirit descending and remaining upon, THIS IS HE! I have seen and testify that truly this is the Son of God.”
But it doesn’t stop here. John made an even more radical remark when his disciples were asking about this Christ man. They asked, “Who is He whom you testified of back at the Jordan?” John then replied in present tense. Meaning then! Not later. He said, “He who Has the Bride is the Bridegroom, but the friend [John meaning himself] of the Bridegroom, who stands and hears Him, rejoices greatly because of the Bridegrooms voice.” That is why this joy of mine is full. And from the Greek, THEY must increase but I must decrease, THEY who come from above are above all. That is the two in one, the Word and the Spirit. As Christ said to Nicodemus “WE speak what WE know and testify what WE have see and you do not receive OUR testimony”. How about you?
If you are still here, without any further adieu, may I introduce to you the Bride and Groom. The Word and the Spirit. For John did not talk about THEM as engaged, or as though THEY would be married on a future date, or the soon to be or THEY would have been called fiance. He said “He who has the Bride is the Bridegroom”. This is an introduction only for the newly weds and completely in-appropriate for the un-wed couple. Stay with us for there is more.
The baptism of Christ was necessary “to fulfill all righteousness”. To accomplish the full task and purpose of the Son on earth. To Accomplish all! For the Word and the Spirit to come together to have offspring. That is those born of Word and Spirit. Which is us! If you believe. And if this is not the truth, and the wedding has not taken place, then those who claim to be born again are born out of wed lock. Then we would all be born from pre-marriage fornication, we would be bastards.
If you are waiting to see a future wedding you are walking by sight using the reason of your carnal mind as it relates to the physical senses. For He is the one who calls things that do not exist as though they do, because they really do where it counts. In Spirit and truth. This is a message for those who are called out, which comes from the Greek word Eklisia, the word translated Church. The called out of the world. To be be called into. And the into is “In Christ”. This mystery and many more are “in Him”. Which is where all the hidden treasures of God are at, be it a mystery or a revelation, be it the Spirit or the body. None of these are realities to the human senses. Kind begets kind and kind associates with kind and ye must be born of the spirit. If you have stayed with us this far you are of this kind. If this is the first time you have seen and accepted this. Welcome home.
We will explore this new creation in greater depth. What is the new creation? For those who believe, it is you. It is Him. It is us as we put Him on. It Is now, He is now, the Kingdom of God is at hand! The King, the Queen, the City, and His government. If this was not true you would have a King without a kingdom. And what is a King without a kingdom? What is a judge without a court? What is a husband without a wife? He is or He isn’t. Check mate. The true King is always standing.
I know you know these things but itâ€™s good to keep it fresh.
Col 1.13 He has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us into the Kingdom of His Son.
2 Pet 1.3 His divine power has given us everything that pertains to life and godliness.
2 Pet 1.4 We are partakers of the divine nature having escaped the corruption of the world.
These are all past tense.
Since we have these things our spirit is already where our body wants to go, but our body will never go there.
He has (already) qualified us to be partakers of the inheritance. We donâ€™t need another day.
We are a digit, A singularity, a human, defined as a person in place and time. This is our old nature. It was Christ who became a man for us to become like Him. We knew Him once as a man, a digit, a singularity, but henceforth know we Him like that no more. He is no longer a singularity and if anyone is â€œin Christâ€ they are no longer constricted to their old humanity, but are a â€œnew creationâ€ in His image, being ubiquitous. Not being restricted to this creation of time and space. God is spirit and He seeks those to worship Him in spirit and truth.
So being â€œin Christâ€, â€œin the Spiritâ€, we have been quickened, we have been translated, we have been Raptured, we are where flesh and blood cannot go. This is why we â€œknow no man, who is a believer, after the fleshâ€ being a digit, a human. â€œFor we have this treasure in earthen vessels for the excellence and the Glory is of God and not our digit. And since we are â€œin Christâ€, â€œin the Spiritâ€, we too are partakers of the inheritance of the saints in the light right now. Col 1.12
Our carnal desire is to be with Christ in our bodies but this can never be. Flesh and blood does not and cannot inherit the Kingdom and this body does not go there. It is not for the physical eye or the physical ear.
If we were Raptured, or taken away from this world in our current condition, we would freeze in our current condition. â€œLet him who is unjust be unjust still he who is filthy let him be filthy still, he who is righteous let him be righteous still, he who is holy let him be holy stillâ€ Rev 22.11. God would have to re-create the same current earthly conditions to finish His work in us. That is why we are here.
This is why eschatology and end times fascinations can be dangerous by being an escape from the greater work God wants to do in us now. Eschatology focuses on and speaks of another day and derails the work of the Holy Spirit now. Today! If you hear His voice. For there remains a rest for the people of God.
If anything is unfruitful, it is a teaching to the body of Christ that morphs with every new fear, to keep people spiritually paralyzed and focused on that and not real growth. Who does that sound like? I mean Nibiru? Blood moons? What will they think of next? These are carnal fascinations with no eternal fruit.
So why do we need a rapture? To be saved? To be delivered from this evil world? To be quickened? To be translated? This has already happened if you are â€œin Christâ€. And if you are already in His will, why would you want to go somewhere else?
What shall separate us from the love of God â€œin Christâ€ Jesus? Height? Depth? Government powers? Demonic principalities? A sword? A famine? Martial law? Through all these we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
As in Daniel there were 3 men threatened with fire, and their reply? God is able to deliver us from the fire, but even if He doesnâ€™t I will not worship your image. It was in the fire where the forth man was seen. We know who He was. Fear not these end time images they present for they will expire and they will present another. We are where we need to be. In Him.
The interpreters of the book of John used great liberality to defend their understanding of the Godhead they call the â€œtrinityâ€. They homogenized the various terms and Greek words, like â€œautosâ€ which means self, â€œthat oneâ€”itâ€ and â€œtheyâ€. These gender neutral terms are all brought forth into English and capitalized into the male words â€œHeâ€ and â€œHimâ€. These words they applied to verses that described the Holy Spirit, the helper, the comforter, our other parent. We are not left not be orphans. I sure hope He doesnâ€™t share this task with another male.
These gender neutral words could have, and I believe should have been interpretation as female. Below is how those passages would read if they knew the Holy Spirit, whom the world cannot receive for they do not see her or know her. But I do.
14.16 I will pray the Father and He will give you another comforter, my helper, helpmate, that She may abide with you forever 17. the Spirit of truth whom those of the world cannot receive. because it neither sees Her or knows Her, for She dwells with you and will be in you. 18 I will not leave you orphans, meaning without a parent.
25 these things I spoke while being present with you 26 however My Help mate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, She will teach you all things and bring to your remembrance all things that I have said to you. She will nurture you.
26. but when the Help mate comes whom I shall send to you from the Father, She will testify of Me.
15.5 But now I go away to Him who sent meâ€¦ 7. nevertheless I tell you the truth. It is to your advantage that I go away, for if I do not go away, My Help mate will not come to you, but if I depart I will send Her to you. 8. And when She has come, She will convict the world of sin, and of righteousness, and of judgement.
(His Help mate is clearly not the father either, but the third person of the Godhead.)
12. I have many things to tell you but you cannot bear them now. 13. However when She, the Spirit of truth has come, She will guide you into all truth, for She will not speak of Herself but whatever She hears She will speak and tell you of the age to come. 14. She will glorify Me, for She will take what is Mine and declare it to you. (she will break it down in small pieces you can understand) 15. All things that the Father has are Mine, That is why I said She will take what is mine and declare it to you.
Abraham the father of the elect Â himself was a picture of God the Father, our Father who is in heaven. The one who made man in His image male and female made He them. Abraham and Sarah are pictures of our invisible parents.
The Lord in the beginning brought forth Eve from Adam. She was in Adam and from Adam. God brought her out to display distinguished complimentary characteristics of Himself in the first parents. Eve was Adams hidden insides brought out Â or made visible us to understand our heavenly Father being displayed in two parts male and female.
This image takes on more light in Abraham when The Lord said that from him would come the seed, and Hagar with Ishmael did not count. Abrahamâ€™s seed was in his hidden self, the one he was covenanted with in marriage, Sarah. Sarah was Â hidden in him. She was identified as in Abrahamâ€™s tent. Â Abram gave seed to Hagar, but technically and spiritually she was not one with him. Hagar was of Abramâ€™s work of his flesh but Sarah was of a promise by an invisible word, of the spirit. This one shall come forth from you. He meant Sarah.
Isaiah 51 brings this into view. â€œListen to me, you who follow after righteousness, you who seek the Lord; Look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. Look to Abraham your father and to Sarah who bore you.
He directs you not to Abram and Sarai but to Abraham and Sarah after the name change they portrayed Â our parents, but were they? In a sense being the father of faith but more so in the sense of being a type, a picture or a model of God Himself. Abraham means â€œfather of a multitudeâ€. God is really our Father and not Abraham.
Paul expounded on this in Galatians referring to Hagar as being in bondage to the earths elements being a visible city bound by time matter itself, but the invisible city which is Heavenly Jerusalem, who is free the mother of us all. As Isaiah put it â€œSarah who bore youâ€.
We being born by the Word of God and the Spirit of God are not born out from a woman like from Eve who was visible, to come into being from an invisible place called the womb, to live in Â a visible place called earth, but keeping in contrasts, we are born from the visible to the invisible. We are born into the Spirit, into Christ. Just as Sarah was in Abrahamâ€™s tent, Â and Eve was the rib in Adam, so too the Holy Spirit is hidden in Christ. This is the one the world cannot receive because it neither sees her or knows Her. Â The one Christ said I will not leave you orphans, I will send you my helper and I donâ€™t believe He meant another male. It was Adam and Eve pictured not Jesus and Steve.
As the Spirit is in Christ so too are all born of that union. We too are hid in Christ. That when He is revealed we shall be seen with Him in Glory. The earth itself will be delivered from corruption to the glorious liberty the sons have already experienced.
There you have the two births. Nicodemus asked how can this be? Of this being born from above and Christ Â said â€œIf I tell you earthly things and you donâ€™t understand, how can I tell you heavenly/invisible things? Nicodemus should have known Abraham and Sarah as family pictures, as Paul did. He understood allegories, so can we.
Once again the prophesies and pictures point to, and have their fulfillment in the eternal. Explaining eternal unseen realities. As we understand these realities we can enter.
Something to enhance your study of the scriptures and understanding our parents, â€œmale and female made He themâ€. Abram had his name changed to AbrAHam, Sarai to SarAH It was at the name change when they recieved the Spirit and the child of promise was birthed. AH is feminine. Watch the â€œAHâ€. RebekAH, HannAH. You get the picture.
Another common thread is that all the fathers of faith married their sister be it Abraham, Isaac Jacob and even Moses. This is because not only is the Holy spirit Christâ€™s wife Â but she is also a sister because they display the Father in two parts sharing their origin. They likewise share the same destination going back to the Father the Bride and Groom now being Parents of all those born of the Spirit. To be eternal, having the gift of eternal life our parents have to be eternal. For more on this read the other articles on the Plurality of God.
Abraham in Egypt Â referred to his wife as his sister and she was, but it wasnâ€™t until Pharaoh recognized her as his wife and restored her to him that his kingdom was able to have children.
These truths we are talking about brings further understanding to when the 2 faceless angels went down to Sodom. The men of the city wanted Lot to bring them out so that they could know the angels carnally. Meaning with their physical senses. They wanted to define them in this creation of time and matter. Â This was despicable to the two angels and itself is spiritual fornication.
This is as it says in Revelation 11.8 the great city which is spiritually called Sodom where the Lord was slain. They want to know Him carnally. The representatives /angels of God being the word and the Spirit, the Bride and Groom. Â Again from Revelation 18.23 and Jeremiah 7.34,16.9, and 25.10 that â€œno more in you will be heard the voice of the Bride and the Bridegroom. The voice of the parents of the new creation. Let the just be just and the unjust be unjust still.
In Sodom they reached out and pulled Lot in. They struck the men with great blindness so that they could not find the door. Is this not like the end time seekers who Â are blind to the door to the Kingdom at Hand right now? It is so close yet so far away for it does not come with observation but is inside. But They want to know Christ as a man king, and the spirit/Bride as a physical reality at a place where time and matter intersect that they call Jerusalem. This is knowing God carnally and completely misunderstanding Him. It is the sin of Sodom, spiritual blindness and wearying themselves trying to find the door. Â This is why their story changes with every new wind. But we who know Him who is true and Faithfulâ€¦
To the immortal invisible who alone dwells in unapproachable light whom no man has seen or can see. 1st Timothy 6.16
In 1st Peter 3 the women are taught Â to let their beauty not be the outward adorning, but let it be the hidden person of the heart. And that is what the Holy Spirit is. The hidden person in the heart of Christ.
The Holy Spirit is the Bride, the wife and the Holy City. As in Jeremiahs day and described in Revelation, of the Voice of the Bride and the Groom. They say come. And, While it is called today, today if you will hear His voice, male and female made He them. Word and Spirit. Even with us our word goes nowhere without our breath/spirit. The two are one/ Echad and we are one in them in Him, that which is from the beginning which we have seen and we have heard we declare unto you that you may have fellowship with us and with the Father and Jesus Christ the righteous in whom is hidden the spirit.
Simply put the Bride becomes a city in our understanding, realizing that which already was. We become citizens. Like Christ becomes a King in our understanding but He already was for they are unchangeable.
The Bride is eternal and the third person of the trinity. We are born of the Spirit and of the Word/DNA. Our citizenship is heaven (Phil 3.20) When you see this She will come up every where in scripture. But we mustÂ plant inÂ the spirit to reap the spirit. The carnal mind rejects this. It has to be spiritually discerned.
As Abraham portrays the father of all, his wife portrays the mother of us all. Isaiah 51.2 â€œLook to Abraham your father and Sarah who bore youâ€. Not that they wereÂ our parents but they portrayed our heavenly parents. She was the barren persecuted by the one with child, Hagar. AndÂ Jerusalem of the earth had her day but we are from the one who was barren, the one of promise, of faith. As seen in Sarah, Rebekah, Hannah, you get the picture. These are all shadows of Heavenly Jerusalem the mother of us all. (Gal 4.26-27) Jerusalem above is the mother of us all. As it is written; rejoice oh Barren, you who did not bear, break forth and shout you who did not travail, (not having the curse of Eve) for the desolate has many more children.
The old covenant mother was earthly Jerusalem in bondage to time and matter. The new covenant Mother is Heavenly, spiritual, and free. That which is born of the flesh is flesh but the spirit renders spiritual beings. These are invisible, hidden â€œin Christâ€ as is She. The hidden person of His heart.
The City of God is as eternal as the Son and the Father. She is not becoming anything She already wasnâ€™t. As Christ is the same yesterday today and forever so isÂ She.Â Just as Christ didnâ€™t have to become something for His sake but ours, so too with Her. It is our understanding that becomes clear to who they are by Revelations. That is why she is seen as the final revelation in the Book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ. ButÂ She already is our mother,Â as Christ said â€œanotherÂ Helperâ€ not Himself, not the Father. (see articles on Ekienos)
Here is a truth to help us understand this better. Our new citizenship is not accessible to our human body. In Zechariah 3 the Lord said of Joshua the high priest; Take away his filthy garments, see I have removed your iniquity from you. He was then clothed in rich robes. The robe of righteousness.Â This is our inheritance eternal in the heavens. And as we put this on by faith, we get â€œa place within My house and My courts, says the Lord. I will give you a place among those who walk hereâ€. This is the same as Hebrews 12.22Â â€you have already come to Mount Zion, to the city of theÂ living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, to theÂ feast gathering, and ekklesia of the firstborn. To the spirits of just men made perfectâ€.
There is nothing you cannot bury by faith. Paul counts it as dung. Put it behind you that you may become the unleavened loaf.
The Kingdom at hand Has the King of kings in the City of cities. The one whom all others are modeled after.
The Lord continually reached out to a disobedient people. â€œif after all this you do not repent I will punish you 7 times more for your sins. So in the time of Christ He said â€œOh Jerusalem I weep for you. If you only you would have known your time. Now these things are upon you. He came a thief in the night and they were desolate. They did not know the hour of their visitation
We see historically Jerusalem as the place where the Israeliteâ€™sÂ gathered to celebrate the feasts and perform the sacrifices. Jerusalem means city of peace, or city of Shalom. Strongâ€™s concordanceÂ connectsÂ â€shalomâ€ with who we know as KingÂ Solomon. Solomon means peace. JeruShalom was the city of Solomon. Solomon was the physical representation of the son of David.
We know Christ is the real object of the â€œson of Davidâ€ prophesy because all the gospels refer to Christ as the â€œson of Davidâ€. Solomon was an earthly fulfillment but he was not eternal soÂ Solomon could not have been what God was referring to with the promise of â€œyour son will build me a house for my nameâ€, 2 Sam 7.13+16. And this house was the center of the city. It was this city, Jerusalem, that all believers would come at the appointed timesÂ to celebrate the feastâ€™s with the sacrifices and rest on the Sabbath. This is what Yahweh meant in Due 12 The Israeliteâ€™s having come out of Egypt were told by God to seek the place of the 12 tribes whereÂ Yahweh puts His name. It was in this place that the sacrifices would be performed, where they would rejoiceÂ and where His rest for them would be.
Joshua means â€œsaviorâ€ and he brings into the land as promised, meaning the place where the promises are fulfilled. Now after the land was split up between the tribes they went back to war. In other words coming into that land was not the literal fulfillment of the promise or they would have no wars. They would be at rest. But the Holy Spirit was indicating to them that the promise was not literal. see Hebrews 4.8Â .
With this in mind we look at Solomon in the same light. The promise is not literal. If Solomon was the literal fulfillment he would still be alive and reigning in Jerusalem. The people got that and spoke of Christ â€œBlessed is He who comes in the name of the Lordâ€.Â A question then arises. Does Yahweh put His name on a land or a people or a person?
The old covenant picture was the city. All the sacrifices and the feastâ€™s were in the city. The city was in the land. And from Heb 1.1 god spoke at appointed times in various ways in times past to the fathers, has in these last days spoken to us by His Son. Meaning God communicated to them through these various ways but now the Son supersedes and explains. As Christ said â€œI will no longer speak to you in parables but I will tell you plainly about the Father. What the land, the city, the sacrifices and the feastâ€™s had taught about God are now taught by the son.
When Moses first saw the Lord he was told â€œTake your sandals off for where you stand is holy groundâ€. Then he was instructed to make the things he saw on that mountain that was holy ground. This is where the blueprints and the calendar was obtained for the old covenant. The whole purpose of the old covenant was to bringÂ a certainÂ people with a certain language to the place to worshipÂ God, in a certain land at a certain city on certain days with certain activities.
With Christ, John the Baptist said â€œit is He who comes after me who was before me whoâ€™s sandal strap I am not worthy to unloose. Instead of taking off sandals like Moses because the ground was holy it was the man that was holy, donâ€™t touch his sandals. This marked the start of the new covenant. The promises of God were no longer at a certain place on a certain day but a certain person. This is the true place where God put His name, is not a land or a city like the old covenant, but a man, the Son.
Paul says that all the promises of God in Christ are yes and amen. That â€˜in Christâ€ the promises dwell. All eyes were on the land and the city, are now should beÂ on the Son. We can see that the Holy Spirit indicated that the land was not of this age, that the Son was not of this age. Does it seem strange that the land is not of this age? That the Son is not of this age? It is not the land that is Holy but the true son with Holy sandals He is Holy, and those who are â€œIn Christâ€ are in the true land where the promises have their reality.
If Â the â€œholy landâ€ has been replaced by the son who is Holy and those who were pictured â€œin the landâ€ were just learning to live â€œin Christâ€, meaning the same thing. The same way those who honoredÂ King Solomon were learning to honor Christ as King
Earthly Jerusalem or JeruShalom was given a king Â Sholom/Solomon. The city wears his name. We bear the name of Christ. We are ofÂ his city, we are a royal generation, a holy people. Why? Not because we are in a holy land, for that is an oxymoron but we by faithare in true Holiness in the Son who has the Name, who sanctified all His by His blood. He sanctified a people not a place.
So whoÂ are the citizens? John 1.13 those born notÂ man or flesh but of God.Â Who then is the Jew? Rom 2.28 the jew is not the outward appearance but the inward circumcision of the heart. Where then is Israel? Gal 6.15-16 in Christ the only thing that matters is the new creation, as many as walk by this rule, Sholom be upon them, the true Israel of God.
It has never been about land and lavished buildings and extravagant festivities. These were all tutors to bring us to faith. To understand their eternal counterpart.