Divine Arm of the Lord

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Continuation 2

Interpretation by

 
Lee Y. Martin, Ph.D.
,©2002

 

 

 

 

January 5, 2002

Flours

 

 

Holiness or Hollowness?

 

Holiness is the key to making the bridehood. Without the Spirit's help, you will never look like the bride in the vision. This is the reason we must continually be filled with the Holy Ghost. Without His guidance, one walks blindly and will never be able to find the way to the cross. My advice is to seek entire sanctification since this is the only way to find God. Without holiness, no one will see the Lord [Hebrews 12:14]. Sanctification is being conformed to Jesus by way of dying on the cross. As we have seen, it is progressive. This means the more we die to self, the more of Jesus people can see. When we cater to self-interests, Jesus cannot come through and people see us instead. Holiness is an upward walk with the Holy Spirit in control. For this reason the Bible says that they that are in the flesh, selfwilled people, cannot please God [Romans 8:8] because it is impossible to be transformed into the image of Jesus that way. When the dust settles after the final explosion at the climax of all the ages, whatever is not of Jesus will be gone forever never to be remembered again. "For, behold, I create new heavens and a new earth: and the former shall not be remembered, nor come into mind" [Isaiah 65:17]. According to Isaiah, it is a waste to live for this world. The Bible teaches that our eternal destiny is secured upon death without redress of past neglect. So, what profit is there in seeking one's own personal ambition? "What shall it profit a man if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" [Mark 8:36].

Like Jesus, meek people are gentle and lowly in heart [Matthew 11:29]. They have a holy sensitivity to others and are not self-seeking. They seek only the will of God [John 8:29]. Having yielded their will to God's will, they will rule with Jesus. The Bible called Moses in the Old Testament the meekest man alive [Numbers 12:3] because he yielded his will to God's. Fifty-seven times "God commanded Moses" in Scripture, and all but once he complied. That one act of disobedience cost him his heart's desire - to lead his people into the Promised Land. Does this fact make you tremble at God's Word? If it doesn't, you are not yet fully committed. This does not mean we are perfect, but it does mean we are eagerly seeking to know His will. If a person will not come to the place of full consecration to seek that which God wants to do in his or her life, he has not yielded or submitted to his Lord. That person will not rule with Jesus as His bride. He might make it to heaven, but because of his insubordination to the Word of God, he will not be among the ruling class. Submissiveness connotes allowing oneself to be ruled by another. The one who submits shall inherit the earth as a joint heir with Jesus who walked perfectly upright, fully obedient to God's will even to the point of death. Hence, the ruled shall rule the earth with our Lord as His Queen. We see the reward of meekness in this vision - an attendant bride at the wedding ceremony of Jesus and elevation to the top of His mountain (i.e., His Kingdom [Daniel 2:35,45]).

Without the filling of the Holy Spirit, however, it will be difficult to make the bridehood. Why? Because it is difficult to get rid of the flesh. Selfishness is a deeply ingrained problem of humankind, rooted in the sin nature inherited from Adam. God saw the difficult time Old Testament saints had in walking uprightly. To overcome the flesh, He needed a way to get His commandments internalized. So, God sent His very own Spirit to help His elect become conformed to the likeness of an ideal godly son and sent His Son in the likeness of flesh to show the way to the ideal.

 
Philippians 2:7-8
 
7 …(He) made himself of no reputation, and took upon him(self) the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men:
8 And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross.

As stated above, meekness and obedience characterize the godly way and are the qualities of a submissive servant. Jesus commanded His disciples to tarry and not leave the upper room in Jerusalem without His Holy Spirit who would give them power to transform their weak and fearful lives into His image. Keep in mind that when Jesus gave these instructions, these people were born-again believers having received the Holy Spirit on the day of His resurrection when Jesus breathed on them in their hideaway quarters [John 20:22]. Therefore, something more was needed than just being baptized and sealed by the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ. From hindsight, we know they needed to be baptized with the Holy Spirit as prophesied by John the Baptist [Matthew 3:11; Mark 1:8; Luke 3:16]. They needed supernatural ability to overcome the flesh and walk like Jesus, meek and lowly in heart yet bold as lions. They needed to be totally immersed with His Spirit - the Spirit of grace and supplication.

We have seen that meekness connotes submissiveness manifested by controlled strength - not weak, demeaning condescension. Therefore, if one submits when he knows he could do otherwise, is that not obedience? Can we say that this is the picture of Jesus in the four gospels? He could have called twelve legions of angels at any time to loose the Roman yoke from off His people - but He didn't. He could have slept on cushions in castles instead of bedding down with bugs and beasts - but He didn't. He could have said, "I'm not going to pay, I'm not going the Della Rosa Way - but He didn't. He submitted to the most outrageous abuse and egregious desecration of goodness the world has ever seen, and the Bible tells us that He did it through the help of the Holy Spirit. Having descended like a harmless dove upon His humanity at His baptism by John in the Jordan River, the Holy Spirit powerfully sustained Him throughout His earthly love walk, helping Him overcome every fiery dart that satan hurled at Him. He never faltered once, not even on the cross. When God forsook Jesus on the cross in order to accomplish His plan to save the world, Jesus still did not waver because He had faith that His Father would not forsake Him forever. Did He not say before He "gave up the ghost," "…Father, into thy hands I commend (i.e., commit for safekeeping) my spirit" [Luke 23:46]? In other words, He was confident that His Father would not leave Him in hell. Truly, Jesus walked this earth by means of the Holy Spirit's help because the Bible teaches that it is the Holy Ghost who sheds abroad the love of God in our hearts [Romans 5:5]. Jesus' humanity is no exception.

I have said all the above in order to make this critical point. The sanctification process is in essence, dependent upon walking by means of the Holy Spirit. Through the inward witness, the spirit of man is prompted by the Holy Spirit to make adjustments in one's behavior. He transforms people into radiating the glory of the Lord by pricking the conscience to act in love toward all men. In so doing, He converts them into becoming 'the truth' like Jesus who said He was "the way" and "the truth" [John 14:8]. We must become "the truth", too, so we can also show others "the way". Can we ignore, therefore, the Biblical instruction to be baptized and filled with the Holy Spirit and still hope to become wholly sanctified and make the rapture?

 
1 Thessalonians 5:23
 
23 And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and body be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Who is doing the sanctifying above? It is the God of peace, which is the Holy Spirit of God, who is always working in our consciences to renew our minds and preserve us blameless at the Lord's coming. He alone can purify and make a person holy because He alone knows the mind of God. Further, He is the only one who can unravel the tapestry of our deep-seated sin complex. He works with us until we are 'wholly' or entirely perfect as Strong explains [NT: 3651]. That is, so long as we do not quench Him [1 Thessalonians 5:19]. Oh, how we need the Holy Spirit's edification! Dare we not acknowledge the importance of being baptized with Him?

 

Freedom Is For Choosing

Through the prophetic visitations on this website, God has forewarned that payday is coming. The climax of the postdiluvian age is at hand, and tribulation is just around the corner. Everyone has to make a choice in this life, like it or not, whether to follow God's plan to help Him govern His created universe or try to make it safely through to heaven one's own way. There is a string of illustrations in the Old Testament showing what happens to people who choose unwisely and go the way of Cain. The 30th chapter of Deuteronomy points out that the ultimate goal of civilization is freedom - to choose! "I call heaven and earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and cursing, therefore choose life, that both thou and thy seed may live" [30:19]. God has recorded in the book of life a day of testimony against everyone that he or she has been given notice to make a choice to either serve the Lord or not. That day is the day of God-consciousness for each person. One can choose life or death, blessing or cursing, but we live or die by our choice. It is similar to an electric current; it is either on or off. Computers operate on that principle. There is no neutral ground. One is either for God or against Him.

Many believers in Jesus will have to go through the tribulation because they are lukewarm believers. They are represented by the five virgins who did not take the extra oil with them to keep their lanterns lit and missed the rapture [Matthew 25:1ff]. The virgins with the extra oil make up the Philadelphian remnant that constitute the bride of Christ since they are the ones kept from the hour of temptation [Revelation 3:10]. To repeat, the Laodiceans do not qualify because they are lukewarm [Revelation 3:15,16]. Lukewarm people are not hot to trot nor are they backslidden deniers of the gospel. They want to get into heaven, but they could not care less whether Jesus comes today, tomorrow, or not at all. Would you want to marry a person who half-heartedly looked forward to his wedding day? Neither does Jesus.

 
The Bride of Christ
 
In the last vision Earth Shattering, we saw the awful outcome of people who choose not to serve the Lord God. In this vision, we have a taste of the sweet outcome of following Jesus. The reader needs to understand that this vision illustrates how a true bride of Christ will act on the day she meets Jesus for the first time and how her husband to be will treat her. It is thus potential for all believers. At this time, all believers have opportunity to fully consecrate themselves to becoming a part of the bridehood. If there is one doctrine I have clung to all these years, it is that God is no respecter of persons. This lets me in on receiving anything and everything God has to offer. "All the promises of God are in him yea, and in him Amen, unto the glory of God by us" [2 Corinthians 1:20].I have access to them all.

Queen Esther (1878) Painting by en:Edwin Long, 1878. Location of painting: National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne.

 

 

If you are a believer, so do you.Furthermore, Jesus said He would baptize with the Holy Ghost [Matthew 3:11] anyone who asks for Him [Luke 11:11-13], which means that the power of God resides in anyone who has been baptized with Him.On the one hand, all nine power gifts of the Spirit reside in a believer just waiting to be accessed by prayer and sanctification. On the other hand, a believer can manifest any of the gifts in carnality and be in danger of being blinded in the way to heaven. Note Samson in the Old Testament. The Bible clearly indicates that there will be a bride for Jesus composed of many persons, and regardless of one's present spiritual status, a place in the bridehood is available to any believer who makes the decision to earnestly seek it. Just remember that God is not a respecter of persons [Deuteronomy 10:17; 16:19; 2 Chronicles 19:7; Job 34:19; Matthew 22:16; Romans 2:11; Galatians 2:6; Ephesians 6:9; Colossians 3:11; 3:25; James 2:4; 1 Peter 1:17] and can use any believer to manifest any one of the gifts. All it takes is a willingness to yield to the Lord's will.

After I learned this truth, I quit putting teachers and so-called Christian celebrities on pedestals. Since I have the Holy Spirit dwelling in me, and since I can do whatever it is that the Father wants me to do through His power, I stopped thinking of myself as a second-class citizen in Christendom. I found out that equality resides in Jesus. A less well-endowed person physically or intellectually can become as holy and sanctified as a well-endowed one because there is no relationship between spiritual IQ and physical IQ. After meditating on all the aforementioned dozen verses of Scripture that explain God loves each and every one of us equally, I began to grow spiritually and started looking inward to the Holy Spirit for help in finding God and His will for my life instead of conferences, seminars, retreats and itinerant preachers. I learned that God was in His Word. Communing with Him in His Word is where one gets to know Him. A person cannot know Jesus without knowing His Word because Jesus is the Word. Furthermore, the laying on of hands cannot transmit revelation knowledge about the Word. The more Word one has, the more authority he or she can exercise in the spirit world, and the freer one becomes from bondage to the devil. Unclean spirits know whom to bow to because they hear what we say and see how we behave. Deception is the overarching principle of their domain. Through it, they get a believer to say and do the wrong things promoting their wicked agenda. Is this not why James said, "Be ye doers of the Word and not hearers only, deceiving your own selves" [1:22]? More importantly, the more Word one has, the more one can love Jesus because the more one understands what true love is. Love is not God even though God is love, and I can assure you it is not maudlin sentimentality. It is a mental attitude because it is dependent upon the character of the person initiating it - who and what one is.

Each member of the bride will share in all the riches of heaven as blood covenant brethren with Jesus. We learn from the Bible that we "…shall be priests of God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years" [Revelation 20:6] during the Millennial age and after that forever. We are joint heirs with Christ even at this very moment [Romans 8:17] and can anticipate going through a beautiful wedding ceremony in like manner as the Lord revealed in this vision. When we all get to heaven, each member of the bride will receive a robe, a crown, and a scepter as Jesus said in the vision.

 
A Robe
 

The wedding robe will be of white linen signifying the righteousness of the believer.

 
Isaiah 61:10
  10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels.
 
Revelation 19:8
  8 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.
 
Psalms 45:13-14
 

13 The king's daughter is all glorious within: her clothing is of wrought gold.
14 She shall be brought unto the king in raiment of needlework: the virgins her companions that follow her shall be brought unto thee.

 

 

The Psalmist tells us here that the bride's righteousness is like Jesus' - deep within our being. As she is transformed more and more into the likeness of Jesus, she becomes effectually "all glorious within" and eventually forevermore, her righteousness will shine forth in radiant beams as transparent gold. Because her robe is a gift consisting of Jesus' righteousness, it will exude outward from within us exactly like His does. This is her covering, that which saves her and is not ours to tamper with. Her gown, however, is another story. She is responsible for the needlework on her gown, and it will be woven by herself from afar reflecting her victories over the battles of life. "If we suffer, we shall also reign with him" [2 Timothy 2:12]. Her garment will be a creation of her own acts of righteousness adorned with embroidery that will weave a tapestry showing her life of prayer and faith. I suggest you look at the portrait of a virtuous woman in Proverbs 31:10ff, if you want to know how a betrothed bride of Christ ought to act. We do not have to understand the mechanics of all this. All we are responsible for is to follow the plan as outlined in God's Word. Our faith that God cannot lie means we just accept it and rejoice in wonderment that such lovingkindness would let us partake of His glory. Satan wanted this glory for himself and tried to impose his will on God and become like Him sharing if not usurping His glory. The devil will forever be frustrated because creatures with lesser ability and beauty have been given that for which he lusted.

Hallelujah! What A Savior!

  The crown will be a tiara of righteousness to compliment the bride's newly embroidered dress and to designate her role as Queen of Heaven in covenant with the King of Kings.
 

2 Timothy 4:8

 
8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.

Two types of crowns are mentioned in Scripture. One is a diadem set with precious stones, and the other is a woven wreath made from natural materials.

A Crown
  Diadems For Status
 

The bride's crown will be made of gold [Revelation 4:4], and the Apostle Paul notes above that this crown of righteousness would be received "at that day" to all who love his appearing. Do we know when "that day" is? I believe so. In Revelation 4:4, the 24 elders were seated on their thrones with their crowns on their heads, when John saw them prior to the start of the fierce judgments listed in the book of Revelation. Hence, they received their crowns before the start of the tribulation period in chapter 6 and after the rapture of the church in 4:1. Other crowns are bestowed on people for special acclaim in the races of life such as a crown for soul winning [1 Thessalonians 2:19]. I personally believe that the crown of life for those that love Him [James 1:12] can be subsumed into the one golden crown of righteousness denoted by Paul above that we receive on our wedding day. Time will tell.

 
Garlands for Praise
 

A garland is a wreath given as a prize at sports events and was usually made of plaited boughs of leaves or flowers. Winners of games and races in the Roman Empire received them. Their simplicity was inconsistently attended with pomp and ceremony. They were sought after in earnest with strict discipline because with it came great favor throughout the Empire and a lifetime stipend of money. Jesus possesses both crowns, but His garland is one of a kind. His wreath is not plaited with fragrantly smelling flowers or green leaves of mint or ivy but rather scarlet thorns and briers covered with dried blood that paradoxical to its purpose determined Him the winner in the game of life.

 

 

Wicked human hands devised this wreath as an affront to holiness, and although I have no proof, I believe that it will be beautifully displayed as the centerpiece in a heavenly museum reminding the redeemed of their blessed redemption. It will rest as a testimony to the contest Jesus had with the devil and perhaps even be accompanied with an audio or video display detailing the life of discipline and obedience He had to live in order to win the victory.

Revelation 5:6 reveals that Jesus takes possession of earth as its legitimate owner at the appointed time because of His victory over satan who killed Him illegally. The text says that He comes into the royal judicial courtroom as "…a Lamb as though it had been slain…" The inference here is that Jesus will appear in the midst of the throne to take over the scroll containing the seven seals, showing the earmarks of His death which testify to the injustice done to Him. His grossly unjust death is what qualifies Him to judge satan's cosmic system. Thus, I believe that heaven will have memorandums of what it cost for our redemption. We will forever be reminded that since Jesus did not meet the requirements of death, for He had no sin, He avenged successfully the blood of every saint in the Kingdom of Heaven, and overcame satan's best shot at Him - death and the grave - by His resurrection. It cost satan everything when he lost control of this planet and had to forfeit his stolen possession.

 
Finally, the bride will receive a scepter at the wedding as an emblem of one's authority while ruling in whatever place or station Jesus assigns her throughout eternity.
A Septer
 
 

Psalms 45:6

  6 Thy throne, O God, is for ever and ever: the sceptre of thy kingdom is a right sceptre.
 
Psalms 45:9
 

9 Kings' daughters were among thy honourable women: upon thy right hand did stand the queen in gold of Ophir.

 

In Psalms 45:6 above we find that the scepter of Jesus is a "right scepter", i.e., a scepter of righteousness [Hebrews 1:8]. The triad of coronation gifts are each dependent upon Jesus' righteousness, and the Bible teaches that His righteousness already has been deposited to our heavenly account [2 Corinthians 5:21]. It is a wedding garment with our name on it waiting at the gate for our entrance into heaven. Let me caution the reader, however, that Peter warns in his second letter to "give diligence to make your calling and election sure" [10:11] the implication being that it is possible to lose one's garment. Recall, if you will, the intruder without the proper attire at the King's supper for His Son's wedding. He was summarily kicked out into outer darkness where there is weeping and gnashing of teeth without opportunity to make any excuses because the Bible says he was "speechless". This word means muzzled! His lips were cuffed and he could not redress himself!

The wedding garment of the bride is depicted in this vision as a robe, a crown, and a scepter. Anyone getting into heaven will have a robe of righteousness but not everyone will have a crown or scepter. Jesus said in the vision, "I have placed a robe, crown, and scepter with all its authority upon you for they are mine to give." This means He will give to His bride a robe of righteousness, a crown of righteousness, and a scepter of righteousness without which she will not be able to rule with Jesus. The Bible clearly teaches that there are various stations in heaven and not everyone occupies the same status. Truly, this queen is in the ruling echelon and is going to be like Jesus, reflecting His majestic glory. She is called a daughter of the King and stands on the King's right hand. Jesus sits while she stands, but both are on the right hand of God. Both share the place of honor, but the bride defers to her husband indicated by her standing. She is attired in her regal robe shimmering with transparent golden light emanating from within her. Her cleansed and purified spirit and soul now dwells in a new glorified body like that of Jesus. Truly, the bride has overcome the world.

It is common practice in Kingdoms that whoever occupies the seat on the right hand of a monarch is His Vice Regent denoting he is second in command. It is the place of granted authority from the supreme ruler and all people in the Kingdom must bow to decisions made by the one occupying that place. Joseph, who was a type of Christ, depicted this rulership in the Old Testament.

 

Genesis 41:39-43

 
39 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, Forasmuch as God hath shewed thee all this, there is none so discreet and wise as thou art:
40 Thou shalt be over my house, and according unto thy word shall all my people be ruled: only in the throne will I be greater than thou.
41 And Pharaoh said unto Joseph, See, I have set thee over all the land of Egypt.
42 And Pharaoh took off his ring from his hand, and put it upon Joseph's hand, and arrayed him in vestures of fine linen, and put a gold chain about his neck;
43 And he made him to ride in the second chariot which he had; and they cried before him, Bow the knee: and he made him ruler over all the land of Egypt.

Here we have a picture of the second in command before whom everyone has to bow. Second chariot is equivalent to vice regent and the vestures of fine linen depict that the one ruling will do so with a "right scepter". Like Joseph, Jesus yields His will to the supreme ruler on whose right hand He sits. Do you recall that Jesus called His Father, His God? Note Jesus' words to Mary Magdalene immediately after His resurrection:

 

John 20:17

 
17 Jesus saith unto her, Touch me not; for I am not yet ascended to my Father: but go to my brethren, and say unto them, I ascend unto my Father, and your Father; and to my God, and your God.

Jesus was clarifying for all time in the above verse that there is a chain of command in heaven and on earth that everyone must go along with including Himself. Paul and Peter both address the Father in heaven as Jesus' God: "Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ…" [Ephesians 1:3; 1 Peter 1:3]. Although Jesus shares equally in the Godhead, He humbly yields His eternal and absolute sovereignty to the Father in demonstration of the necessity for a divine order in creation. He constantly said He only wanted to do what the Father wanted Him to do and He came only to do the Father's will. The problem in heaven arose when satan upset God's divine organization of rulership. Jesus' heavenly mandate is to reestablish it. And now, because Jesus accomplished the Father's will, He sits on the right hand of God with all authority given to Him by His Father God [Matthew 28:18]. Similarly, overcoming believers will yield to the will of God and sit on Jesus' right hand as His Queen with whatever delegated authority Jesus gives to her [28:19].

Even as Jesus has received authority to rule over the nations with a "rod of iron" [Psalms 2:9; Revelation 2:27; 12:25; 19:15], the Biblical nomenclature for a ruler's scepter, His overcoming bride will receive authority to rule in like manner [Revelation 2:26,27]. "…All authority is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye, therefore…" [Matthew 28:18,19] is where Jesus delegated His authority to the church. Moreover, He said, "Behold I give unto you power (Greek word for authority) to tread on serpents and scorpions (evil spirits) and over all the power of the enemy; and nothing shall by any means hurt you" [Luke 10:19]. If Christians only knew it, like Job, they could have extricated themselves from the power of satan a long time ago. In summary, uncompromising persecuted Christians, in the vein of Joseph, will be elevated to the majestic position of Queen of Heaven where her persecutors will be made to come bow to her as she sits in her place of authority [Revelation 3:9]. What an inheritance we possess!

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