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The Bride

Beautiful as the sun and the moon

Terrible as a vast army

The opening of this site will previews a picture. It shows a concept picture in abstract to reflect less on the author and more on the concept of the bride. For she is both the gentle bride in her dress with a train and the Dread Warrior of whom the demons tremble. It gives a snippet of text from Song of Songs about the beauty and power of the Shulamite when leaning upon her Solomon. But it gives no other explanation.The Song of Songs has long been understood in various formats from marital to super spiritual. But it is the simple life story of one who had no place in Solomon's kingdom who in the end became his closest alley, indeed she became his wife. When at last the Shulamite learns to trust her Solomon, she is seen as vibrantly beautiful and militarily positioned and powerful. Look at the sun in its radiance and brilliance and pass the light of it through a prism. Watch the rays bend out and produce a thing of beauty. But to look to long upon the sun is to have the insides of your eyes burned out from its strength. To come to close to the sun is to be vaporized by its power.This is the duality of the mystical and hidden bride of Christ within the "church". She is when seen for whom she is; amazingly beautiful like a spectacular yet seemingly fragile bloom. For she is the lily in the valley where men sow the ground for crops. There in those fields this plant blossoms and thrives but the farmer sees her as a weed. So often, she is plucked up by the root. Still for all the abuse, she continues on. She is a mystery to all a nuisance to the farmer and a "pretty thing" to the stranger and a fragile ground cover to be trodden over by her enemies. But she is also the rose or should I say the desert saffron. There in the dessert she takes on a different guise. She is still seemingly fragile but at least she can yield a spice for cooking. Indeed her "contribution" is not seen until she is mixed in with life's grains and boiled in adversity's waters. For just as saffron will flavor and color rice so too she flavors and colors with influence all those around her in that place.She exists for the sole pleasure of the Almighty as either, an adorning lily or a flavorful saffron plant. Yet there is still another aspect in very real terms that the bride must be seen in. When in the personal presence of the "Beloved" she becomes power filled. The Father has planned all of creation and time and predestined and preordained all of the days of all who will ever be. The Son has created and continues to uphold by the Word of His Power all the splendor and wonder of the universe around us. The nature of this planet and every single joining up of a man and a woman and their various contributions to the baby are His domain. It is He who still determines what parts of what genetic codes will be linked and in what manner they will be linked to form a new body for a new soul in the earth. Finally the Spirit of Holiness sent by the Father and the Son to "be" the presence of the person of the Godhead in our hearts and to speak and work in us sustains the work till the end of its days or all days. Yet the bride plays a major part as well. For the Son established dominion and redemption of mankind in Himself in the Tree of His death on Calvary. Yet it is the bride who re asserts that authority in prayer and in power of the Spirit as a vessel and vehicle human for the continuance of the works of God in the earth.Does He need her to do this? No. Then again yes. He needs her to be His willing extension and eternal help-meet. He could do all things Himself but then where would she be? In the good old days, folks understood the Protestant catechism, which is a series of theological statements, meant to teach doctrinal truths. One question asks us why we exist and, basically, the answer is to serve and enjoy God. Now this whole thing can suddenly become a long weighty theological treatise but the ideology is quite simple. To serve God we obey God to enjoy God we love God. Duty, worship, praise, faith, knowledge of and trust in, all flow from those two basic bookends. Service in obedience then for the Bride is to take the Word and apply it wherever and whenever it needs to be applied based on the Bridegrooms will. Of course it is a given here that the Spirit always does the conjoined will of Father and Son and the Son will always do the will of the Father. We then will do the will of the Son in the earth or should I say the will of the Spirit who acts in His name. Enjoyment in both the exploration of the scriptures and the intimate experiential exploration of the person of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. Thus the picture of the loved leaning on her Beloved. Standing tall and strong in Him able to agree with all He says and thus form the quorum of whenever two agree as touching anything on earth it shall be done. Whenever she agrees with Him concerning an action, plan, or continuation of anything on earth it is done. This then makes her as lovely, brilliant and illumined as the sun in the sky or as mysterious and breathtaking as the full moon on a starlit night, as well as powerful in ability as a massive army on the attack.

She is seated in heavenly places in Christ Jesus (Eph 2:6-7) and she is a daughter of Zion because it is the Zion of Hebrews not the Old Testament. The Old Testament Zionite was Hebrew. But although this is a hebraistic site the reality of the Bride the Daughter of Zion is the definitive Zion of Hebrews the book (Heb 12:22-24) But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the heavenly Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, To the general assembly and church of the firstborn, which are written in heaven, and to God the Judge of all, and to the spirits of just men made perfect, And to Jesus the mediator of the new covenant, and to the blood of sprinkling, that speaketh better things than that of Abel.

A VISION OF THE SWORD

By Chad Taylor 2/28/2000

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I saw as it were a warrior being dressed. A warrior strong in stature and build. Tailors, armorers, and artisans worked to equip this warrior from head to toe for battle. They moved about deftly putting one piece of armor on, then another. Each armorer, artisan, or tailor specialized in one certain piece. One attached the breast plate, another the belt, and even another the helmet and then another the shoes. Each piece fit perfectly and precisely, 'every joint supplied' for the next part to be fitted. Finally the warrior was outfitted! From head to toe he shined with the brilliance of every piece 'knitted together in love' from the many hands that had labored. There he stood formidable and gallant. Suddenly a Voice came from above, the voice of the Bridegroom, He repeated over and over to those that stood and observed, 'THE SWORD OF THE LORD AND OF GIDEON! THE SWORD OF THE LORD AND OF GIDEON! THE SWORD OF THE LORD AND OF GIDEON!' A hush filled the room as each face revealed his or her surprise and awe. One piece, one critical part remained undone. The sword. Suddenly and without applause descended from the Heavens a great sword, one that had never been seen or would ever be seen again. It descended into the hands of the warrior and his fists grasped its handles, perfectly fitting the curves of his hands. A radiance now flashed like lightning from his hands and arms, then his torso and legs, even his shoes now shone with its brilliant light. The Lord then declared, "THIS SWORD IS TWO SIDED, ONE EDGE IS FOR THE HARVEST, THE OTHER FOR WAR. USE IT WELL AND YOU WILL SEE THE GLORY OF YOUR KING! USE IT WISELY AND YOU WILL REAP A HARVEST THAT THE EARTH HAS NEVER SEEN! USE IT FOOLISHLY AND IT WILL BE TAKEN AND GIVEN TO ANOTHER. FOR THESE ARE THE DAYS OF HARVEST." I then understood what each armorer, artisan and tailor represented. They were the last days ministries that the Lord had released into the earth to prepare the Bride, the Church for the end time harvest. Each one was given a "skill" or a gift, to equip and perfect the Warrior, preparing him for battle. But only one thing remained when they were completed with their tasks and work, the SWORD. This could only be given from above, from the Father. It was His authority, His judgement, and His glory. No one could give it or receive it but from His hand, and His hand alone. It was His great grace to reap a great harvest of souls before His imminent return. Each piece of armor that was placed on the warrior's body represented a season of preparation that the Church had gone through. The helmet was a great season of worship and intimacy, it represented and protected the Head which is Christ. It brought with it a great soundness and purity of praise and adoration. The helmet created a realm of worship that brought us into the King's chambers.The Breastplate was apostolic and prophetic truth. Truth that established the heart and spirit of the warrior, and gave him the wisdom to fight the good fight. The belt was not only divine Truth, but it represented unity and love amongst the members, "according to the effective working by which every part does its share, causes growth of the Body for the edifying of itself in love". The shield was the faith to advance and graduate from one level of faith to the next. It gave the warrior the protection he needed from the fiery darts of envy and strife, so he could move from glory to glory in Christ. The shoes prepared him for the terrain he would soon have to climb and conquer. They enabled him to ascend the high places, as well as go into the valleys and depths below. There was an inscription on each shoe, "FISHER OF MEN." The sword then represented HARVEST and WARFARE. It was two edged and razor sharp. All the twelve stones of the Ephod were inlaid in its handle and grip, representing the twelve tribes of Israel . The steel of the sword shone blue and purple, dancing in its brilliant display of light and color. On each side of this sword was an inscription as well, it read, "KING OF KING AND LORD OF LORDS". This was the sword that was given into the hands of the Warrior. In His breastplate were written the words, " CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN ." He wielded the sword with agility and skill, unlike any warrior since or would ever be seen again. He was the army of Most High God, the army of Lord Sabaoth, Lord of the Armies of Heaven. And in his hand was the sword of HARVEST and WAR. To bring in the great harvest and 'to destroy the works of the devil'. Great authority was now in his hands, and the song he sang was this, "LET THE HIGH PRAISES OF GOD BE IN THEIR MOUTH AND A TWO-EDGED SWORD IN THEIR HAND, TO EXECUTE VENGEANCE ON THE NATIONS, AND PUNISHMENTS ON THE PEOPLES, TO BIND THEIR KINGS WITH CHAINS, AND THEIR NOBLES WITH FETTERS OFIRON; TO EXECUTE THE WRITTEN JUDGEMENT, THIS HONOR HAVE ALL THE SAINTS!" (Psalm 150:6-9). The season of the SWORD is upon us, the season of HARVEST and WAR. To reap the harvest of souls and 'destroy the works of devil.'This honor have all the saints.


Response to "A Vision of the Sword"

By Mary Easterling

This is the bride she is the warrior strong tall and outfitted by those who equip. She is also called in the collective form the Saints. She is largely also called the "very elect of God" the Called according to His purposes" the Ekklessia. She is the chosen from before the foundation of the Earth. She is formed of two peoples one of the covenant of Sinai who have received the circumcision of the flesh and heart in Messiah. The other those who were never even considered according to the Old Testament the ones far away who have been in Christ called near. The tailors and amorers et al are those ministries that God put into the Body for the equipping of the saints until they come into the full unity as one mature man. She is typified in Esther who attends her sovereign on foreign soil at a banquette in the presence of not only her enemy but his as well. Imagine if Haman had succeeded. Imagine the cry that would have gone out against Xerxes / Ahasherus of Persia from the throne of God. No not only does Esther save her people but oddly enough under Abraham's covenant of the retributive blessing and curse of those who bless or curse the Hebrews, she actually spares her sovereign and his people! She is also Ruth whose faithful and tacit desire to stay and attend old Naomi shows the Gentile love for the Jew, on the one hand and the bridal attachment to the groom on the other. Ruth though blessed in her day and her own right received that blessing, in the form of discovering cousin Boaz, as she went to be her in law's help meet.This then, is the explanation of the opening picture on this site of the bride who is also a warrior. For only the bride can take out such worthy opponents as these. Only the bride truly has the covenantal right and anointing. One that authorizes and empowers her to be heard as her Lord is and thus the will of the Father is completed, through her, in the name of the Bride groom His Son, on Earth.

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