You know world events are shaping of very, very quickly. Obviously the time is now when things are coming to a head. The Lord has asked me to be very clear and straight with you about certain things. Especially, about our identity as His Bride.
Who is the Bride of Christ? Who is going to be taken in the Rapture?
Now the Lord has asked me to define more clearly who His Bride is. Who is He looking for? What are the characteristics of His Bride? How can we recognize the true Bride of Christ? This is so important because there are standards. The Lord is not going to marry a harlot. He has some very important and intentional standards by which He chooses His Bride, His spouse. We want to be chosen by Him, we want to assure that we are going to be His Bride. There are some things we need to take a hard look at.
If we just lightly skip along and say... “Well I’m a Christian, I received the Lord, He’s my Lord and Savior, I’m going to be raptured,” then we are kidding ourselves. We really don’t want to have our heads in the sand right now. We really want to know where we are at with the Lord. Are we the bride of the world or the Lord’s Bride? So, what I want to talk here is how can we recognize the Bride of Christ, the true Bride of Christ.
The first thing I want to say, which is very important I believe, is that the Bride of Christ is not the beautiful people. The Bride of Christ is not the financially successful, well dressed, well-heeled Christian people. There could be a Bride of Christ amongst those people, but that is not what He is looking for. That is not the sign of the Bride.
The sign of a Bride is really the crown of thorns. The Lord is looking for someone who resembles Him. Think about it for a minute: isn’t it true that when you’re looking for a spouse, you are looking for someone who has the same values that you have? They will have the same agenda in life, the same goals, a compatible personality, and a heart that will be totally in love with you and no one else. An uncompromising and faithful heart. These are some of the things the Lord wants in His bride.
And there are some people who are beautiful on the outside and financially well off who are His Bride and the Lord recognizes their crown of thorns and that circumcision from the world to God and the holiness in their hearts. I’m afraid right now in the Christian church, the Bride of Christ is more pointed at being the successful, dynamic, ground-taking people rather than the meek, humble, and lowly.
You read the Beatitudes and immediately you get a clear picture of who His Bride truly resembles. Let me read that for you.
In Matthew 5:1-12 the Beatitudes read, Now when Jesus saw the crowds He went up on the mountain and sat down. His disciples came to Him and He began to teach them. He said, Blessed are the poor in spirit for those is the kingdom of God. Blessed are those that mourn for they will be comforted. Blessed are the meek for they will inherit the earth. Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness for they will be filled.