Sunday, November 23, 2014
Wedding Garment – Part 34 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
When we were last together I asked you, “So what is next?” I had plans to begin an extensive study of historical documentation that will prove that Daniel’s seventy-week vision has been completely fulfilled, or maybe define the symbolism of the 144,000 which will reveal the true message locked up in the numbers, but in the night I was shown that I must define the symbolism at the end of Revelation regarding the wedding garment. Why?
I helped with the petitions years ago that put on the ballot a constitutional amendment recognizing God’s plan – marriage is between a man and a woman. I was outraged to hear this week how a single judge in my state overturned this referendum from the people which was voted into law by 67% of our voters. We are no longer a government of the people, by the people, and for the people – we are ruled by the whims of one godless judge.
Many pastors, priests, bishops, and Bible teachers of mainline denominations are in agreement with this judges’ power grab from the desires of the people. Many of them also question the veracity of the Bible, the virgin birth, and the divinity of Christ, and they are teaching the body of Christ their doubts and unbelief.
In my forty-plus years attending mainline churches I never heard one sermon about the wedding garment – have you? So what does the wedding garment have to do with marriage between a man and a woman? It doesn’t per se. If these religious leaders won’t stand up and teach the truth that marriage is between a man and a woman, what other truth in God’s word aren’t they teaching?
I already know that you have not heard a thing about the very essential wedding garment, which is required attire for attending the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. Why would I think this subject is so important at this time? There is so much false teaching in the church, especially regarding end-time doctrines, I am concerned that the body of Christ will not be ready when Jesus comes to get them.
While all blood-bought believers in Jesus Christ will enter Heaven, not all will be allowed to attend the wedding of the Bride and Groom. The prophetic parables of Jesus Christ explain this very clearly, but the religious leaders of all denominations are not preparing the Bride to enter the Wedding Hall.
Remember when Jesus said, behold, I am come quickly, and My reward is with Me, to give to everyone according to his work…Rev. 22:12. What is His reward that He brings with him that is inextricably connected to the work(s) of men?
In the next few blogs we will find out what is the reward and its significance, so that we will be ready to receive it when we stand before Jesus Christ at the Great White throne Judgment.
The word reward in this text in the original Greek language is misthos meaning: pay for service. Why would Jesus pay human beings for anything? Pay for service means that Jesus will reward His Church for the works they did that glorified Him while they lived on the earth. The work(s), labor, or fruits of labor produced by a believer in Jesus Christ while he lived on the earth, will be judged at the Great White Throne Judgment.
Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?…If anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. For the temple of God is holy, which you are…I Cor. 3:16-17. The Apostle Paul explains clearly to the Corinthians that a believer in Christ becomes the temple – house – of God, where the Holy Spirit resides.
The word defiles in this text in the original Greek language is phthio meaning: to pine, languish, or waste. God sent the Holy Spirit to reside within the spirit of a born-again human being to help him walk in holiness, on his earthly journey. But He put a believer in charge of his own temple. The believer has been given the freedom to build his temple – house – with any material he chooses.
He can choose to allow his house to become defiled, filled with the cobwebs of worldly pleasures and every entanglement and snare of the devil. These carnal works of the flesh will cause him to pine away in guilt and regrets, continually striving for fame and fortune, while wasting the talents that God gave him at his conception – all treasures of the world.
The work(s) accomplished by this believer while he was on the earth, will be found not worthy to be accepted by Jesus Christ on Judgment Day. The house – works – this believer built on the foundation of salvation, will burn up at the Great White Throne Judgment – if anyone defiles the temple of God, God will destroy him. While the house this believer built burns down to the foundation of salvation, he will be allowed into Heaven because he is wearing the garment of salvation. But he will not be allowed in the wedding hall where the marriage takes place – he needs a wedding garment.
How do you receive a wedding garment? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question…