The Call of the Bride . Revelation 19:7 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. . Introduction : Who are we? . Satan is always attempting to steal the Bride’s identity
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The Call of the Bride
Revelation 19:7 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.
Satan is always attempting to steal the Bride’s identity
The church has an Image problem… both inside and out
Christian friend recently… “Ron, I love the Lord but I’m not too fond of His church.”
A non-Christian who states, “I think Jesus is cool but the church is off the charts hypocritical”
Deut 7:6For you are a people holy to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you out of all the peoples on the face of the earth to be his people, his treasured possession.
Lots of confusion in our World today
To Understand God’s plan for us
To Define for us our responsibilities and who we are in Christ
After this I heard what sounded like the roar of a great multitude in heaven shouting: “Hallelujah! Salvation and glory and power belong to our God, 2 for true and just are his judgments. He has condemned the great prostitute who corrupted the earth by her adulteries. He has avenged on her the blood of his servants.”
3 And again they shouted: “Hallelujah! The smoke from her goes up for ever and ever.” 4 The twenty-four elders and the four living creatures fell down and worshiped God, who was seated on the throne. And they cried: “Amen, Hallelujah!” 5 Then a voice came from the throne, saying: “Praise our God, all you his servants, you who fear him, both small and great!”
6 Then I heard what sounded like a great multitude, like the roar of rushing waters and like loud peals of thunder, shouting: “Hallelujah! (4Th Hallelujah) For our Lord God Almighty reigns. 7 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.
8Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)9Then 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.”
II Cor. 11:2
Speaks of a growing love and intimacy with Jesus our Bride groom.
Speaks of the relationship of submission/cooperation that we should give to Christ our bridegroom.
Speaks to the commitment that Christ is calling to His church to make toward Him
Isaiah 62:2-4 NLT2 The nations will see your righteousness. Kings will be blinded by your glory. And the Lord will give you a new name. 3 The Lord will hold you in his hands for all to see—a splendid crown in the hands of God. 4 Never again will you be called the God forsaken City or the Desolate Land. Your New Name will be the City of God’s Delight and the Bride of God, for the Lord delights in you and will claim you as his own.
“Ravished”is the word that is used of Isaac’s heart toward Rebekah's, in their love affair. Gen. 24:67
Nations will see your beauty … Kings blinded by your glory
A New Name
The Lord will display you as His precious crown
Your New Name … City of God’s Delight … Bride of God
#1. The Legal Agreement and the Payment of the Bride price. / His own Blood … shed
#2. The Coming of the Bridegroom for the Bride to take her to the place that is prepared for their Marriage Consummation and ensuing ruling together. (Rapture of the Church)
#3. The Celebration of the Marriage with a many days long, incredible feast, together called the Marriage Supper. (Revelation 19:7-9 The Fourth Hallelujah!)
When I see His mercy:
it melts my fear.
it gives a solid place to stand
it gives my heart hope and redeems my potential
it makes me as bold as a Lion, and as Strong as a mountain inHis Love
Hosea 2:14-16 “Therefore I am now going to allure her; I will lead her into the desert and speak tenderly to her. 15 There I will give her back her vineyards, and will make the Valley of Achor (trouble) a door of hope. There she will sing as in the days of her youth, as in the day she came up out of Egypt. 16 “In that day,” declares the Lord, “you will call me ‘my husband’; you will no longer call me ‘my master.
The Story of Gomer and Hosea.
2. Go buy her back!Hosea 3:1-3
Hosea went to the slave market and found her, beaten, abused and disgraced. And He bought me. Only His price was a Cross the Full payment of my sin.
I Love Him all the More.
I watch for those things that cause Love to Wane.
I seek Him with a desperation that is birthed out of Understanding my Own Lack of Strength.
I Cherish, His Voice and Rejoice in His Security.
Ephesians 5:22-24 Wives, submit to your husbands as to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.
A call to willing surrender and cooperation
A call to protecting the Newly formed Union by respecting our Head
A call to cherishing the cost and uniqueness of this union vs. 25-28
Revelation 19:7-8Let us rejoice and be glad and give him glory! For the wedding of the Lamb has come, and his bride has made herself ready. 8 Fine linen, bright and clean, was given her to wear.” (Fine linen stands for the righteous acts of the saints.)
I know my destiny and my future.
Since I am the Bride of Christ I understand now my identity.
Since I am the Bride I am making myself ready Rev. 19:7-9
Since I am the Bride I have One focus … My Bridegroom
A church who longs for intimacy and finds it in our worship
A church which wants to please her beloved and lives in light of this relationship.
A church who anticipates the “Face to Face” as a Waiting Bride does her beloved.
A church who is rejoicing in her Bridegroom, Telling everyone she knows about Him!
A church who lives in the day to day…with awesome fellowship in prayer and communion.