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Bride of Christ

 

Br. Dr. Richard Ing

January 12, 2008

 

VISIONS FROM THE LORD

 

The anointing for prayer was particularly strong on Thursday night.  In fact, the anointing has been strong for the last three months, ever since we returned from the Philippines.  A number of people remarked that they were able to enter into prayer so much easier than before. 

 

REUBEN’S VISIONS

 

            Reuben had the following vision:

 

 I could see an adult male, his back facing me so I was unable to see his face.  Very suddenly there appeared a presence that I could not see clearly but was transparent.  It enveloped the man and that person started to grow in size and height!  The person felt the presence upon him and he looked in a mirror and saw that he was the same person that was before the presence came upon him.  Puzzled, I could see the man as greater in size and mass but as I looked at him through his reflection in the mirror he looked normal.  I heard a voice very clearly saying, “Go get your comfort shoes.”

 

In the second vision, I saw a speed gun similar to the one Law Enforcement Officers use, only this particular one had a joy stick on it and the handler just would point and shoot at wherever he was using it to control this man I saw being overwhelmed by this presence, and the person was able to manipulate his every move.

 

PASTOR’S INTERPRETATION

           

Reuben’s first vision reminds me of Gideon.  Gideon and Israel were in bondage to the Midianites.  He was hiding behind a wine press threshing wheat.  If the Midianites saw him, he would have been punished.  “And the angel of the Lord appeared unto him, and said unto him, The Lord is with thee, thou mighty man of valour.”  Judg. 6:12.  The Lord said to Gideon, “Go in this thy might, and thou shalt save Israel from the hand of the Midianits: have not I sent thee?”  Judg. 6:14. 


Gideon said to the Lord, “Oh my Lord, wherewith shall I save Israel?  Behold, my family is poor in Manasseh, and I am the least in my father’s house.”  Judg. 6:15.  In other words, “How?  I am nothing, I cannot do anything.  I am too small.”  But God said, “Surely I will be with thee, and thou shalt smite the Midianites as one man.” 


Gideon obeyed God and tore down the altar to Baal and the grove and he raised up an altar to God and sacrificed a bullock on it.  But he did it at night because he was afraid.  Judg. 6:27.  Gideon still did not fully believe that it was God that talked to him through the angel.  He put out a fleece twice to see if it was really God. 


In the end, God chose a few Israelites to be in His army of 300 men.  The Midianites were so many that they “were without number, as the sand by the sea side for multitude.”  Judg. 7:12.  With only 300 men of war, Gideon defeated the Midianites.


The man that Reuben saw was you and me.  When the angel called Gideon, “thou mighty man of valour,” Gideon said, “Who Me?”  God saw Gideon as a mighty man of God, but Gideon saw himself as nothing – without power or strength.  In the spiritual realm, Gideon was a mighty warrior.  In his own eyes, he was a tiny loser.


The same thing is true with you and me.  If you could only see who you are in Christ and begin to obey the Lord, you will find that you are indeed mighty in the spirit.  God is not against us testing Him by putting out a fleece, even twice.  He will confirm who you are.  You are a mighty warrior for God and this church is part of His mighty army.  But the devil wants you to be frustrated and defeated, hiding behind your personal wine press and unwilling to stand up against the enemies of God’s people.  The devil wants you to remain in your comfort zone.  Gideon had chosen to remain in his comfort zone behind the wine press and eke out a minimal living.  But God called him a “mighty man of valour” because that is who Gideon really was. 


In the second vision, God showed Reuben that Satan was manipulating you and me and controlling us because of our lack of vision and truth in knowing who we are in Christ.  We are afraid of the enemy and people and we do things in the dark so others will not know.  That shows a lack of faith.  Put out a fleece and God will confirm who you really are in Christ.  If you have a small picture of who you are, you can never overcome.  You need to know how powerful, blessed and anointed you are in the Spirit before you can throw off the bands of the enemy and march together with the other members of God’s army in these end times.  If you don’t know who you are, you are already defeated and being manipulated and controlled by the devil.


PASTOR’S VISION


The Lord gave me the following vision on Thursday night during intercessory prayer:I found myself in a large banquet hall like at the Ala Moana Hotel or some convention center where I have been to at some wedding or anniversary party, only much bigger.  I saw round tables and a long head table.  There was a man and woman sitting at the center of the head table.  I couldn’t make out his face.  The woman sitting next to him was dressed in a beautiful and bright white wedding gown replete with lace and with a bridal veil over her head.  It was obvious that they newly-weds.  I saw a waiter place a small desert plate on the table in front of them.  It contained one square piece of cake.  I looked around and could see only three or four people in the large hall.


PASTOR’S INTERPRETATION


I believe that God was showing me the marriage supper of the Lamb if it were to occur today.  The single piece of cake for both indicates oneness and is customary, even today, for newly-weds to share a single piece of cake during their wedding banquet. Jesus and His Bride will share everything together. 


There were only a few invited to the banquet. 

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.  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.  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.  Rev. 19:7-9.

 

It has been said that the Bible is a book of romance that tells the story of how the Father is seeking and preparing a Bride for His Son, Jesus.  It speaks of what kind of Bride the Lord is looking for, and how He is looking for perfect sons and daughters in the image of Jesus.  Ro. 8:29; Eph. 4:12-13.  A perfect Bride is a perfect church; a perfect church is made up of perfect saints.  When Jesus comes back, He will come back for His Bride.  Ephesians 5:25-27 says:

 

 Husbands, love your wives, even as Christ also loved the church, and gave Himself for it; that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word, that He might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.

 

The apostle John said, “And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.”  Rev. 21:2.

New Jerusalem is not buildings and streets; it is people.  You and I have been called to be a part of God’s mighty Gideon’s army for the end times and a part of the Bride of Christ when He returns.  What you think of yourself is not how God sees you.  Cast off the inferiority complex, lack of faith and fear and stand up against the devil today.  Believe in God.  See yourself as a conqueror and an overcomer in Christ.  That’s who you really are!

 


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