Prepared as a Bride Adorned for her Husband
by Sis. Jane Kimmes | November 13, 2016
We began with prayer and Elder Lane went into a travail with petitions unto our God and then into thanksgiving. He petitioned our Lord with these words in a deep travail: "We don't believe You. Help us in this hour to overcome; to overcome fear and doubts. Help us to be real in this hour; to be real in our thoughts and deeds. You are our life, we bear fruit through You. You are our God and we are your people. We praise You in this hour."
We then went into a praise with Psalm 150:1-5 brought forth by Deaconess Galatha. Go ahead and praise Him again!
Psalm 150:1-6 "Praise ye the LORD. Praise God in his sanctuary: praise him in the firmament of his power. 2 Praise him for his mighty acts: praise him according to his excellent greatness. 3 Praise him with the sound of the trumpet: praise him with the psaltery and harp. 4 Praise him with the timbrel and dance: praise him with stringed instruments and organs. 5 Praise him upon the loud cymbals: praise him upon the high sounding cymbals. 6 Let every thing that hath breath praise the LORD. Praise ye the LORD." Amen!
We then studied Revelation 21:9-14, 22-27 (please read all of Revelation 21). We also briefly went over Revelation 16, Genesis 1, Revelation 19, Revelation 21:1-8 (from last week), and much more. Make sure you study these chapters from God's Word on your own. Meditate on God's Word so that you may observe to do according to all that is written therein (see Joshua 1:8-9). In other words, so you can obey Him! Study God's Word to show yourselves approved unto God, rightly dividing the Word (see 2 Timothy 2:15). Unto Who? Unto God plain and simple. Unto Apostle Crowder? No! Unto God (although she will notice too)! Here is a summary of all that was taught today:
Revelation 21:9-14 "And there came unto me one of the seven angels which had the seven vials full of the seven last plagues, and talked with me, saying, Come hither, I will shew thee the bride, the Lamb's wife. 10 And he carried me away in the spirit to a great and high mountain, and shewed me that great city, the holy Jerusalem, descending out of heaven from God, 11 Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal; 12 And had a wall great and high, and had twelve gates, and at the gates twelve angels, and names written thereon, which are the names of the twelve tribes of the children of Israel: 13 On the east three gates; on the north three gates; on the south three gates; and on the west three gates. 14 And the wall of the city had twelve foundations, and in them the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb."
Revelation 21:22-27 "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it. 23 And the city had no need of the sun, neither of the moon, to shine in it: for the glory of God did lighten it, and the Lamb is the light thereof. 24 And the nations of them which are saved shall walk in the light of it: and the kings of the earth do bring their glory and honour into it. 25 And the gates of it shall not be shut at all by day: for there shall be no night there. 26 And they shall bring the glory and honour of the nations into it. 27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb's book of life."
Eldress Mary took us through the seven vials full of the seven lasts plagues poured out by the seven angels as seen in the vision by John, which are found in Revelation 16 (please read it on your own). Here is a summary of God's wrath being poured out as seen in Revelation 16:
- First angel poured out his vial upon the earth causing a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast and upon them which worshipped his image.
- Second angel poured out his vial upon the sea and it became as the blood of a dead man and every living soul died in the sea.
- Third angel poured out his vial upon the rivers and fountains of waters and they became blood; blood to drink.
- Fourth angel poured out his vial upon the sun and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire; men were scorched with great heat and they blasphemed the name of God. They repented not.
- Fifth angel poured out his vial upon the seat of the beast and his kingdom was full of darkness; they gnawed their tongues because of pain and blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and sores; they repented not of their deeds.
- Sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates and its water dried up so that the kings of the east might be prepared for battle. John saw three unclean spirits that came out of the mouth of the dragon, out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet, these are spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world to gather them to the battle of the great day of our Almighty God; Armageddon.
- Seventh angel poured out his vial into the air and there came the great voice of the temple of heaven, from the throne saying, "It is done." There were voices, thunders, lightenings, a great earthquake, the great city divided into three parts, the cities of the nations fell, great Babylon came in remembrance before God to give unto her the cup of the wine of the fierceness of his wrath, every island fled away, the mountains were not found, and the plague of great hail fell upon men.
Eldress Shirley Sorrell graciously proceeded with the lesson, explaining that John's vision continued and he saw new Jerusalem coming down from heaven. She took us to Genesis 1 (please read it on your own) to show us that everything God created in the beginning was good; it was pure and innocent. Something happened between verses one and two. Also, sin entered in through Adam, Eve was deceived, and things are no longer as they used to be; all creation is groaning. But rejoice, God said He is going to create new heavens and a new earth! "For, behold, I created new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind." Isaiah 65:17.
John's vision of the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband is found in Revelation 21:1-27. Are you prepared? You must have your name written in the Lamb's book of life. Are you filled with the Holy Ghost? This is a Holy place with twelve gates and at the gates, twelve angels. Twelve represents God's perfection, authority, and power; His perfect government. It symbolizes completeness. As Co Pastor Lane pointed out (below), if you are filled with the Holy Ghost, you are that city, you are the bride of the Lamb, so prepare yourselves, everybody, adorn yourselves by putting on Jesus Christ, be filled with the Spirit, you must have the Holy Ghost, confess your sin daily and turn from it, lay aside any weights. "But put ye on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make not provision for the flesh, to fulfill the lusts thereof" Romans 13:14. Remember, nothing that defiles can enter in. If you have anger, give it to God. We must endure and not faint. "And let us not be weary in well doing: for in due season we shall reap, if we faint not" Galatians 6:9. Decide and prepare yourselves. Go through your trials with joy and peace. He always causes us to triumph. Believe and trust His Word. "Now thanks be unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place" 2 Corinthians 2:14.
Elder Marvin Sorrell reminded us once again of Isaiah 33:22, "For the LORD is our judge, the LORD is our lawgiver, the LORD is our king; he will save us." God has already preordained us! Only He can save us, not any other person. He fills us with Himself.
Minister Lucretia reminded us to look unto Jesus and endure all trials with this hope and with joy in the Holy Ghost. Jesus is our example in Hebrews 12:2, "Looking unto Jesus the author and finisher of our faith; who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God." For the joy that was set before Him, Jesus endured the cross. God makes it all work together, He is in control. He is our joy and strength.
At this point in the service Eldress Shirley Sorrell brought up Isaiah 52:9, "Break forth into joy, sing together, ye waste places of Jerusalem: for the LORD hath comforted his people, he hath redeemed Jerusalem." She encouraged us to break forth into singing, ye waste places, for many waste places were seen in the midst of us and God used her to bring forth some life in the house! She began to sing the words, "My Hallelujah belongs to You, You deserve it, All the glory belongs to You..." Most everybody joined her in this praise and by praising Him the gifts of the Holy Ghost were stirred amongst us and God received the glory due unto Him.
Co Pastor Lane spoke for the rest of the service, here is a summary of her Word below:
Co Pastor Lane shouted, "It is not so much about where I'm going, but that I'm His bride. I'm excited to understand that I'm the Lamb's wife." She took us to Revelation 19:6-9 to make it plain.
Revelation 19:6-9 "And I heard as it were the voice of a great multitude, and as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of mighty thunderings, saying, Alleluia: for the Lord God omnipotent reigneth. 7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. 8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints. 9 And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he saith unto me, These are the true sayings of God."
Co Pastor Lane pointed out that we were already brought to the Hallelujah this morning! We were then exhorted that we ought to be getting ready and not worrying about what we have or don't have. We are the city, you are already in it, you are already it! The fine linen represents righteousness in Him. Lay down every sin and every weight. Be as the five wise virgins with oil, and not as the five foolish virgins who took no oil with them and when their lamps went out, they went out to buy oil and missed the bridegroom and the door was shut (read Matthew 25:1-13). We are trying to go to a place, but God is trying to build us up as the place. In Revelation 21:9-14, twelve represents authority and stability. It is the anointing. You have the Holy Ghost. The glory of God is the Holy Ghost. Verse 11 says, "Having the glory of God: and her light was like unto a stone most precious, even like a jasper stone, clear as crystal." The jasper stone clear as crystal is like the stone in the High Priest's breast plate and the stone or coal taken from the altar and placed on Isaiah's lips; it is the anointing. The anointing gives you emotional stability. It gives you the ability to bounce back from crisis. You have the Holy Ghost on the inside of you, so pray until the glory comes out through you.
We are being pressed in these last days. When olives are pressed, oil comes forth. We are being pressed and the oil (the Holy Ghost) is coming forth. We must allow and endure the "press," and it does not feel good! Jesus gives us the "jasper stone," which is the ability to endure crisis and to bounce back; it is the anointing, the Holy Ghost in us. We can say, "Jesus, Jesus, Jesus" and know that He is going to come. With all of this "pressing," there is an anesthesia. What is the anesthesia? It is casting your care upon Me because I care for you, you are not alone. "Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you" 1 Peter 5:7. The trials make you trust God.
The Bridegroom's wife made herself ready. "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready" Revelation 19:7. Instead of waiting for new Jerusalem, make yourself ready. Flesh is always looking for a way out, but we have to put it under subjection. Trials help us to become clean. Trials come to burn up the things of the flesh such as these things found here in Revelation 21:8, "But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burneth with fire and brimstone: which is the second death."
Revelation 21:22 "And I saw no temple therein: for the Lord God Almighty and the Lamb are the temple of it." It has no temple therein. It is not your own righteousness or your own way! There is only one way to go, Jesus is the way. There is only one way to serve God and that is in Spirit and in truth; I in you and you in Me. So we must be obedient and get happy. We are caught up in the world and the anointing is not flowing. Nothing in the world is worth losing your anointing. The enemy cannot destroy you, there is an angel at every gate. Just follow the instructions and watch God move. Hope that is seen is not hope. Believe everything that He has promised you. Write down God's promises to you and then check them off. You are the city, you are the bride. Wait on the Lord. "But they that wait upon the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint" Isaiah 40:31.