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Blueprint for the Bride of Christ part 01

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Published on Oct 5, 2008

You have only
The glimmerings
Of the rays of light
That is to come
To you
I have light
That is new to you,
And yet it is
Precious old light
That will shine forth
From the Word of truth.
See 1 Selected Messages p. 401 Blueprint
for the bride of Christ

by Pam Benton
The earth is groaning with the signs of the times. We can see - the beast rising, its image beginning to take shape and move into position for battle. Right before our very eyes prophecy is being fulfilled! But when this happens, isnt the image of God to move into position and rise to even greater heights? The beast has a battle plan, but the strategy plan for Gods team is salvation through the new covenant relationship as symbolized by marriage. The big question is, Are we ready to be married?

In Bible times, a young man looking to be married would give the young lady that he hoped to be his bride a Ketubah, which was a very beautiful covenant contract for marriage. It was written with great care and forethought and given to her at a special dinner planned by her family. Written on this Ketubah Covenant was this young mans hearts desire; of how he loves and adores the young woman he hoped would be His bride; of his promises to her of all that he would be and how he would protect and provide for her; as well as his likes and dislikes, his favorite foods, his highest ideals, his standard of living, how he wanted his household run and his children raised. This covenant was basically, The Blueprint for the Bride.

When she is given the Ketubah, the silver trumpets are blown, and her suitor pours for her a cup of new wine, fresh fruit of the vine, the very best that money could buy, purchased for a sacrificial price. After pouring the cup, he first takes a sip and then waits for her to take a sip. When she does, it will signify that she has accepted all that the covenant contains. She may not go over and drink from it right away for she takes the covenant agreement very seriously and knows its a commitment for life. She is going to carefully read over every word. She may study it for hours, even into the night or until the next morning before she makes that commitment. Finally if she agrees, she will take a sip, and the betrothal is sealed. They are now bride and bridegroom and the silver trumpets blow again, making the announcement to all.

After the betrothal, they each return to their own fathers home and do not see each other for the following year, until the wedding day. During that year he not only builds her a home but he also supports her financially. And she studies her covenant, she reads it over and over again, she learns to cook His favorite foods, sings his favorite songs. She studies the Ketubah until she becomes the bride of his desire, the mirror image of her covenant promise.

We have been betrothed. God came to the betrothal Himself and gave the Ketubah Covenant and the silver trumpets were blown. We drank from the cup, signifying our commitment to keep all that it contained. However, speaking for myself, I was so excited about His promises that I quickly read through the Ten Bold Headings and readily agreed without thoroughly studying the entire covenant contract, such as the fine print under the Ten Bold Headings. In fact, I lost my Ketubah. It has been lost for quite some time. Also there seems to be a bit of confusion as to what exactly it contained. But I was so excited about the wedding and His promises that I forgot all about my part of the covenant agreement.




Now, its past time now for the wedding. Its past time for the bride to move into position; but is she ready? There is hope. We have been promised another angels message and it is to come down with power and great authority and the whole earth will be lightened up with His glory. This message is addressed to His people, not the world. We are His people, you and me, and His glory we know for weve been told, is His character. (The glory of God is Christs character, See Review and Herald, April 22, 1902.)

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