Series: Feast of Tabernacles, The Marriage Feast
Sun am 31 October 2010 – Kobus Swart
(Ezek. 37:1-10); (Heb. 10:12-13); (John 11:43-44); (Eph. 4:11-13); (Matt. 3:17); Isa. 55:8-11; John 1:1, 14; Heb. 2:10; (John 4:23); Gen. 1:27-28; Gen. 2:7,18-25; Gen. 3:20-21; Eph. 5:22-32; 1 John 3:1-3; (Gen. 4:1); Phil. 3:10; Rev. 19:7-10; Rev. 21:1-3
The proceeding Word – present truth – is raining upon those who are seekers of truth. I hope that you can walk this unfolding road with me. My desire is that we hear with a corporate ear. Then it will become personal and real to each individual.
Jesus spoke in parables – truths concealed so that you can only see by revelation. You need to bypass a typical, mental analysis of everything.
Jesus ushered in the Messianic age – the fullness of times; the last days; the consummation of the ages. We have been in the last days for the last 2000 years. We are mainly the cause of the delay. Jesus is seated at the right hand of the Father, waiting.
And so Simon Peter also *came… and he *saw the linen wrappings lying there, (John 20:6) and the face-cloth which had been on His head, not lying with the linen wrappings, but rolled up in a place by itself (John 20:7). Jesus was actually saying, “My job is finished”. The Church must now complete the finished works of Christ. We need to unwrap each other to experience the truth of what happened 2000 years ago. (Example of Lazarus that needed to be unwrapped – John 11:43-44). God is not looking for an event; He is looking for somebody to make it happen.
The Word has been sent, His name is Jesus the Word made flesh (John 1:1, 14). He had a purpose: For it was fitting for Him, for whom are all things, and through whom are all things, in bringing many sons to glory, to perfect the author of their salvation through sufferings. (Heb. 2:10). So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, Without accomplishing what I desire, And without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it (Isa.55:11). The purpose is to have a harvest of sons. The shift in focus will be in seeing the actual function of five-fold ministry to bring the Church of Jesus Christ to full stature (Eph.4: 11-13) – the Son having come to fullness in the sons. Then we will hear the voice of the Father in heaven who will speak like He did with Jesus,“This is My beloved Son, (in the sons) in whom I am well-pleased.”
As we grow up something changes in our relationship with the Father, our understanding and in our contribution. When this overall vision grips you, you will connect with your purpose in this unfolding. Each one of us has a different purpose and contribution to make, which will contribute to the corporate unfolding.
This final celebration of the Feast of Tabernacles is going to coincide with the marriage feast of the Lamb. It seems that marriage is on the mind of God. Everything in Genesis started with a marriage and the book of Revelation ends with a marriage. Jesus does His first miracle at a wedding.
God created man in His own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them (Gen 1:27). If God created man in His image and likeness, then that man will give us some ideas and reflections of the heart of God. When God said, “It is not good for the man to be alone; I will make him a helper suitable (counterpart or corresponding) for him” (Gen 2:18), He may have voiced His own longing. Was this a glimpse into God’s heart? Then He caused Adam to go into a “deep” sleep (going into “death” – John 11:11-14). This is a picture of Christ’s death on the cross and out of His side His Bride was born. God is after something that will be His counterpart. God wants a people like Himself! This is the central truth in the Bible.
Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself up for her (Eph. 5:25). Adam reflected something of this truth when he partook of the fruit Eve gave him. Why did Adam eat of the fruit? If Adam refused to eat, Eve would have “died”(Gen.2:17), but he would have lived forever. Adam gave himself up when he partook of the forbidden fruit and in so doing, he set the stage for the coming of Christ to save all humanity. That He might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, that He might present to Himself… (Eph.5:26-27) a Bride, a counterpart, bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh. He who loves his own wife loves himself; for no-one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ also does the Church, because we are members of His body (Eph.5:28-30). True love seeks to produce after its own kind. God always had multiplication in mind. The principle in Genesis 1 is that everything will bring forth after its own kind. What God is after is a multiplication in the recipe and formula of an exact representation of Himself. The Church growth God will bless will be when it is an accurate representation of Himself. For this cause a man shall leave his father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife; and the two shall become one flesh. This mystery is great; but I am speaking with reference to Christ and the church (Eph. 5:31-32). Therefore the Church and Christ will become one flesh.
Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. (1 John 3:2). Our relationship with God changes as we grow spiritually. Have we reached the place of qualifying corporately as The Bride? What God is after is to see us grow in our relationship with Him. In this house there are various stages of relationship to the Father. My passion is to download the seed that will bring the full stature. Are you a child, or a son, or a bride? Where are you in your relationship with the Father?
Let us rejoice and be glad and give the glory to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb has come and His bride has made herself ready… These are true words of God. Then I fell at his feet to worship him. But he *said to me, “Do not do that; I am a fellow servant of yours and your brethren who hold the testimony of Jesus; worship God. For the testimony of Jesus is the spirit of prophecy” (Rev. 19:7-10).
Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband (Rev. 21:1-2). As able ministries of God are building the temple on earth, to that extent the New Jerusalem is coming down out of heaven. The Church should be a place where heaven and earth meet. As we build accurately on earth the manifestation from heaven comes closer. And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them (Rev. 21:3).