A BRIDE MADE READY
BY PIETER KIRSTEIN
A Bride made ready.
He's suddenly coming to receive the prepared bride unto himself, into His shared Being as bone of His bone, which speaks of oneness with Christ.
In 2008 through a divine prophetic revelatory encounter I was taken by the Spirit of God through the different stages of the temple order - the outer court - the inner court into the Holy of holies where I saw the
face of Jesus the first time and I ran to Him in the Holy of holies and He received me into and unto himself.
He said "don't be sad about the dry seasons in your life because I'm drawing you into the secret place
where you will see My face and hear My voice “
I then understood that the wilderness season of purging and cleansing by which we are stripped by God is the season of the courtship of the bride by which we live in daily
pursuit of Him. God took me as a forerunner through this prophetic encounter to show me the season we are going through.
He declared "you move from spending time with Me to BEING WITH ME !”
His bride makes themselves ready and grows through and are systematically taken by the Spirit through the outer court, the inner court into the Holy of holies where the manchild company of glorified firstfruit sons are birthed.
He spoke of this "MAN" born into world in John 16:20 Truly, truly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice. And you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy.
The woman has grief when she bears, because her hour has come. But when she brings forth the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, because of the joy that a man is born into the world.
22 And therefore you now have sorrow. But I will
see you again, and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you.
23 And in that day you shall ask Me nothing. Truly, truly, I say to you, Whatever you shall ask the Father in My name, He will give you.
This is the
same manchild in which the government of God is birthed in Isaiah 66:7 Before she travailed, she gave birth; before her pain came, she delivered a man child.
8 Who has heard [a thing] like this? Who has seen [things] like these? Will
the earth be brought forth [in] one day? [Or] will a nation be born at once? For Zion travailed and also brought forth her sons.
9 Will I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth, says the LORD? Surely I will cause birth and restrain,
says your God.
10 Rejoice with Jerusalem, and be glad with her, all who love her. Rejoice for joy with her, all who mourn for her;
11 that you may suck and be satisfied with her comforting breasts; that you may milk out
and be delighted with the fullness of her glory.
12 For so says the LORD, Behold, I will hold out peace to her like a river, and the glory of the nations like a flowing stream. Then you will suck, you will be carried on [her] sides and be
dandled upon [her] knees.
13 As one whom his mother comforts, so I will comfort you; and you will be comforted in Jerusalem.
14 And you will see, and your heart will rejoice, and your bones will flourish like the grass.
And the hand of the LORD will be known toward His servants, and [His] fury toward His enemies.
15 For, behold, the LORD will come with fire, and with His chariots like a tempest, to refresh His anger with fury, and His rebuke with flames
16 For by fire and by His sword the LORD will execute judgment with all flesh; and the slain of the LORD will be many.
Those who shall first be taken are those who shall be revealed as the manifested
sons of God. They shall be God's restored glorified Adam, as the Father calls them. They shall manifest the life of Christ by the Spirit of Christ - Ephesians 4:13 Till we all come in the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son
of God, unto a perfect man, unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ:
J Leland Earls wrote the following article;
His statement that some would be taken and others left, Jesus gives the admonition, "Watch therefore: for you know not what hour your Lord comes." Mt. 24:42.
Now WHY the admonition to "watch" if the Lord is only talking about the wicked being
But if, as we have pointed out, the Lord is warning Christians lest they be left behind when He comes to take some to Himself, THEN the admonition to watch makes sense. All we have to do is to continue
to read the verses following the admonition (24:43-51), and the misty fogs of man's confusion will disappear.
"But know this, that if the goodman (head) of the house had known in what watch the thief would come, he
would have watched, and would not have permitted his house to be broken up.
Therefore BE YOU ALSO READY: for in such an hour as you think not the Son of man comes" (Mt. 24:43-44). Thus Jesus is coming to break into
the household of the church to TAKE those who are READY, and leave others behind.
The same thought is presented under a different analogy in 24:45-51 as the faithful and wise servant who is ready when the Lord
comes, is contrasted with the unfaithful and careless servant who is to be "cut asunder" (separated from those who are ready by being left behind), so that his portion (during the tribulation) will be appointed with the hypocrites.
These thoughts will be developed more fully little later. I have been seeking to show now that the whole context of the passage has to be studied to grasp the significance of some being taken and others being left because of READINESS,
as well as STRATEGY in dealing with the household of the church.
Coming TO His Saints
By the Spirit.
Having jumped right into the middle of the subject,
I am now going to "back up "and deal with each phase of the Lord's coming. First, we need to see that there is a spiritual coming of the Lord TO His church through the personal ministry of the Holy Spirit.
authority for this is found in John 14:15-18, where Jesus promises another Comforter, and then He says: "I WILL COME TO YOU.” Jesus was very clear in His teaching on the Holy Spirit in John, chaps. 14-16, that this one who was to be sent was HIS personal
representative, acting on HIS behalf, and communicating HIS life, truth, presence, etc. to HIS disciples (see particularly John 16:13-15). By means of the personal ministry of the Holy Spirit, HE would always be with them, to the end of the age (Mt. 28:20,
God had spoken through the prophet Malachi concerning HIS COMING to His people in these words: "Behold, I will send My messenger, and he shall prepare the way
before Me; and the Lord, whom you seek, shall suddenly come to His temple" (Mal.3:l).
This was first fulfilled when God in human flesh came to the Jews in the person of Jesus. The messenger who prepared the way was
John the Baptist. In the early part of His ministry, Jesus came suddenly to the temple at Jerusalem and cleansed it of the money changers (John 2:13-17), However, I want to point out a second application which was fulfilled on the day of Pentecost
after Jesus had been raised from the dead and had ascended back to the Father.
The disciples who had gathered in the upper room to wait for the "promise of the Father" (Acts 1:4) had become, through the previous importation
of the Holy Spirit (John 20:22), His spiritual TEMPLE.
But Jesus was yet to COME to that temple in order to endue and fill it with power and glory. This was to be accomplished through the ministry of the Holy Spirit.
Note the words in Acts 2:1-2: "And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.
And SUDDENLY there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty
wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting." Thus in fulfillment of Mal. 3:1, Jesus suddenly came to His spiritual temple when the Holy Spirit was outpoured on the waiting disciples.
There must, however, be a second Pentecost in order to bring forth an end-time harvest. The outpouring of God's Spirit in the Scriptures is likened to the falling of rain (Isa, 44:3, 32:15). The Lord had promised the
Israelites that if they would obey His commandments. He would give them rain for their land in its season, "the first rain and the latter rain" (Deut. 11:14).
The first, or early, rain came in the fall of the year,
after the long hot summer, in order to soften the ground that they might plow the soil and pi ant the grains before the winter came. The latter rain came in the spring in order to swell the grain and bring the crops to maturity for harvest.
That which God established in the natural is designed by Him to pattern His workings in the spiritual realm. First the natural and then the spiritual (1 Cor. 15:46), with the natural becoming a type of the spiritual.
Thus we know that for God to be true to His word, there MUST be a latter rain outpouring of the Holy Spirit for the HARVEST of this age to be brought forth. That which came on the disciples in the upper room as recorded in Acts 2 was only
the first, or early, rain, in order that the gospel seed might be sown. We are now coming to the end of this age which is the time of the latter rain and harvest. Mt. 13:39 makes it clear that the harvest is the end of the age.
In James 5:7-8, the Father is likened to a husbandman who "waits for the precious fruit of the earth, and has long patience for it, until he receives the early and latter rain." Then follows the admonition,
"Be also patient; establish your hearts: for the coming of the Lord draws near ."
This scripture indicates that the Lord cannot receive the full fruit of the earth (the final harvest) apart from the "latter rain,” and with patience does
He wait for the time of that fruit to come.
There are two other scriptures which I will quote from the Old Testament to indicate the Lord's coming TO His people in a latter rain outpouring. The first is Joel 2:23: "Be glad then, you children
of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God; for He has given you the former rain moderately, and He WILL CAUSE TO COME down for you the rain, the former rain, AND the latter rain in the first month. "
Then in Hos. 6:1-3
we have the following admonition and promise: "Come, and let us return to the Lord; for He has torn, and He will heal us; He has smitten and He will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live
in His sight.
Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and HE SHALL COME TO US as the rain, as the latter and former rain to the earth." We are now in the dawning
period of this third day, and the Lord is beginning to come to His church as the rain.
But first it is a restoration of the former rain, coming down now moderately, according to Joel 2:23. But the full intensity of
the former rain is to be restored, as well as the latter rain being added to it. This will take place only after the firstfruits company has been translated, as I will show later.
The Coming of Jesus FOR His Saints
We have already quoted Jesus' promise in John 14:3 that He would come again and RECEIVE His own to Himself, and also alluded to Jesus’ statement in the parable of the pounds recorded
in Lk. 19:1-27.
Verse 12 tells of a certain nobleman (symbolizing Himself) who "went into a far country to RECEIVE FOR HIMSELF a kingdom, and to RETURN.” Notice, the kingdom (people) is received FOR Him first,
and then He returns WITH it.
This is in harmony with the Greek word paralambano which we examined earlier as used in Mt. 24:40, which means "to RECEIVE NEAR.” As we examine the scriptures, however, the evidence
points to the fact that Christ will receive His saints to Himself in TWO groups, separated by a period of time. Remember that the word church means the "called out ones.”
Just as we have been spiritually called out of the "Egypt" of
this world, so will the saints of the true church be literally "called out" of the present earthly conditions, putting on immortal, incorruptible and glorified bodies, which will no longer be subject to the limitations of the physical realm.
Christ cannot "receive" them to Himself unless their bodies are changed into the likeness of His glorious body, so that they can function in the heavenly realm where He is, and also manifest or appear in the physical realm as
He did after His resurrection to glorified life.
I have personally experienced the glorified bodies few times - Pieter
There are a number of scriptural illustrations
which can clarify this truth of the two-fold church, or the church being received in two groups. I will list them first, and then deal with each illustration separately.
1. Wise and Foolish virgins (Mt. 25:1-13).
2. Children and Friend (Luke 11:5-8).
3. Feeding of 5,000 and 4,000 (Mt. 14:15-21, 1529-39).
4. Firstfruits and Harvest (Rev. 14:1-5, 14-16).
5. Woman and Manchild (Rev. 12:1-17).
6. Martha and
Mary (John 11:1-32).
7. Enoch and Elijah (Gen. 5:22-24, II Kings 2:11-12).
8. Noah and Lot (Luke 1726-37).
9. Daniel and Three Companions (Dan. 2:48-49, 3:10-27).
10. Queen and Virgins (Psalm 45:9-16).
Bride and Those Called (Rev. 19:7-9).
12. " You" and "They" (Luke 12:35-36).
13. Second and Third watches (Luke 12:37-40),
14. Jesus' First and Second Ascensions (John 20:17, Acts 1:9).
and Unfaithful Servants (Luke 12:41-48).
16. Peter, James, John and Rest of Disciples (Mt. 17:1-18).
17. Overcomers and Churches (Rev., chaps. 2 & 2).
As you can see, there are two contrasting
groups in each Biblical illustration, and/or there are two distinct events or episodes which demonstrate the same pattern. Christians have so often fought over pre-tribulation and post-tribulation rapture theories, each finding scriptural support for their
beliefs, with most polarizing to one point of view or the other.
But very few ever seem to realize that there is some truth to both positions. I hope that after you have read this study, it will help you to "unify"
all scriptures in a beautiful picture of God's end-time plan, which clearly shows that some (a small number) will be translated before the tribulation for the purpose of strategy, as well as to fulfill a certain "role;" and that a much greater number
will be translated at the close of the tribulation, for they will have a purpose to fulfill on earth during the tribulation, For contrary to traditional teaching, the tribulation period will see the greatest revival in human history. Even those translated
first will minister on the earth at that time.
It's the shaking of nations that causes tribulation - Haggai 2 and tribulation means TRIBULUM, which means "to thresh" see Micah 4.
Let us take a look first at a parable which vividly portrays the truth of some being taken and others left behind. In Mt. 25:1-13 we have the story of the TEN VIRGINS, of whom five were wise, and five foolish.
All went out to meet the Bridegroom, but the wise took extra oil with them, so that when the Bridegroom tarried they did not run out.
The foolish did not take extra oil and were found wanting at the midnight hour when
the Bridegroom finally came. The wise were taken into the marriage, but the foolish were left behind, as expressed in Mt. 25:10: "they that were READY went in with him to the marriage: and the door was shut."
who want to wrest the scripture to fit their traditions try to make this parable a picture of the separation of Christians from non-Christians, saying that the foolish virgins are wicked people who are left behind when Christ comes to take the believers.
This will simply not "hold water,” for ALL ten were VIRGINS. Thus they all portray born-again Christians who have been "ESPOUSED to Christ" (II Cor. 11:2).
This is further shown
by the fact that all ten had Iamps (a type of the Word of God) and oil in their Iamps (a type of the Holy Spirit).The wise simply had EXTRA oil with them (a type of the FURTHER WORK of the Holy Spirit in the BAPTISM of the Holy Spirit and subsequent purifyings
and preparations by that same Spirit).
Most Christians, brainwashed by the traditions of man, simply do not want to accept the fact that MORE is required to be READY to be taken
by the Lord than simply being a born-again believer. This is too vast a subject to go into here, but there is an abundance of scripture to show that salvation is simply the lifting of the death penalty, giving the recipient of Christ's gift of grace LIFE
(eternal) for the soul now, and resurrection or a change for the physical body at Christ's return.
But just WHERE that life will be lived, and in what realm of glory is another question. Paul says that there is
the glory of the earthly (terrestrial), and there is the glory of the heavenly (celestial); so also is the resurrection (I Cor. 15:40).
The glory of the heavenly, where those who are changed into the likeness of
Christ's glory (Phil. 3:21), to rule in His kingdom, in intimate association with Him, is reserved only for the over-comers (Rev. 2:26-28, 3:2!). All Christians are now espoused to Christ in new covenant relationship through the new birth, but only a select
group out of the espoused ones will be TAKEN (even as the wise virgins) to become the heavenly BRIDE of the Christ, for the bride is one who makes herself READY (Rev. 19:7).
For a further discussion of these truths,
ask for the booklets "The Voice of the Bridegroom" and "A New and Living Way" I will simply add here, that though the foolish virgins in the parable were left behind when the Lord came as the Bridegroom, it is quite evident that they did secure that extra
oil they so sorely needed (even though too late to be taken at the midnight hour).
And this is what vast numbers of Christians left behind will be doing during the tribulation period: getting that extra oil and getting
READY for the Lord's return to take them at the close of the tribulation, to be a part of His heavenly household.
From the prophetic writings of J Leland Earls during 1965 - 1991