Sunday, December 14, 2014
Threads of Wedding Garment – Part 37 of Riddles, Enigmas & Esoteric Imagery of Revelation
When were last together we found out that Jesus asked the question,…when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth…Matt. 18:8. When Jesus asks a question I search the scriptures for the answer…don’t you? I found out…faith which worketh by love…Gal. 5:6. The word worketh or works in the original Greek language is energo meaning: to be active. The faith that you received from Jesus Christ is activated by love.
Jesus gave a commandment: that we love one another…John 15:12. He also said…if you keep My commandments you will abide in My love, just as I have kept My Father’s commandments and abide in His love…John 15:10. The yardstick to measure our own love is how Jesus kept His Father’s commandment by abiding in God’s love. Jesus is saying that our faith will only be activated if we abide in His love.
So far we have two treasures that can be stored in Heaven that are incorruptible — faith and love. Faith and love are threads that will weave our wedding garment (robe of righteousness), which we must be wearing in order to enter the Wedding Hall where the marriage to the Lamb takes place. Many are called to participate in the Wedding, but few are chosen to go into the Wedding Hall…Matt. 22:14. The word called in this text means invited.
Let’s jump to the end of Revelation where Jesus returns and gives His reward to His Bride – her wedding garment (robe of righteousness) – Let us be glad and rejoice and give Him glory, for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready…and to her it was granted to be arrayed in fine linen, clean and bright, for the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints…Rev. 19:7-8.
It is very clear in this text the wife (bride) of Jesus Christ “made herself ready” for the marriage of the Lamb. Each believer in Jesus Christ is invited to the marriage of the Lamb – but will that believer be “ready” when Jesus returns? Jesus Christ provided the Garment of Salvation for a new believer – passage into Heaven. The house a believer builds on the foundation of salvation, while he lives on the earth, will determine if he is “ready” to participate in the marriage of the Lamb.
This scripture clearly tells us how the Wedding Garment (robe of righteousness) is woven – the fine linen is the righteous acts of the saints. We enter Heaven by wearing the Garment of Salvation, but we can only enter the Wedding Hall for the Marriage of the Lamb wearing the Wedding Garment…Matt. 22:11-12 The fine linen Wedding Garment is woven by “righteous acts of the saints” while they live on the earth – house they build on the foundation of salvation.
Remember when the Apostle Paul said…if anyone’s work which he has built on it endures, he will receive a reward…I Cor. 3:14. Weren’t you even a little bit curious to find out about a reward that can only be given to you if your “righteous acts – works – endure” when you are standing face-to-face with Jesus Christ at the Great White Throne Judgment?
Especially, when Paul went on to say in the next sentence…if anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer great loss; but he himself will be saved, yet so as through fire…I Cor. 3:15. If the Wedding Garment given by Jesus at His coming is woven by threads of righteous acts – house we build on the earth – would it not behoove us to find out how to prevent our house from burning up on Judgment Day?
If the house we build on the earth is burned up when we see Jesus face-to-face, this means that the “works” we accomplished on the earth were not treasures stored in Heaven, because they were corrupt. Only incorruptible works can be defined as “righteous acts” on Judgment Day. Righteous acts weave the Wedding Garment that must be worn in the Wedding Hall for the marriage of the Lamb.
Paul said…if anyone’s work is burned, he will suffer great loss. If a believer builds his house on the foundation of salvation with wood, hay and stubble (I Cor. 3:12), these symbolize unrighteous acts – works – so his house will burn down to the foundation of salvation, when he stands at the Great White Throne Judgment – “great loss” is not being allowed to participate in the marriage of the Lamb! Because he is wearing the Garment of Salvation he is allowed to enter Heaven.
If this believer has no righteous acts to weave his Wedding Garment, how will Jesus give to him/her a garment that is woven only from the righteous acts of the saints? Many are invited to the marriage of the Lamb, but few are chosen to go into the Wedding Hall – great loss.
I took this revelation so seriously, I have asked the Lord to evaluate my “works” so that I can make the necessary changes now, so I will have enough treasures in Heaven – threads to weave my Wedding Garment.
We will reveal more linen threads for a Wedding Garment that are incorruptible, but aren’t you a tiny bit curious to know what “works” you are doing on the earth right now, that may burn up at the Great White Throne Judgment – with weeping and gnashing of teeth? Stay tuned…
God’s sheep question the doctrines of men…sheeple follow without question…