[Preface:    Man deceives himself when he assumes superior air and puts himself on par with Christ just because Jesus Christ came to earth as a man.  Man can not only not put himself on par with Lord and Savior Jesus Christ but also a spiritual man would know that Christ cannot be brought down on level with him, even as a man.  Why?  The reason is before you to unravel in this first-time ever accurate presentation of the Good News, so that you may enjoy true and absolute deliverance.  Because, deliverance or salvation can only begin with the knowledge of self-unworthiness followed up with knowing how much you are in need of the Savior every living moment, man or woman.  On the contrary, the blasphemous doctrine of male superiority both impedes and thwarts the saving message of the gospel.  It only subjugates women and justifies their ill-treatment.  So much so that crimes and injustices against women have escalated to unmatched and interminable proportions.  And, churches cannot wash their hands off their responsibility. Moreover, churches can no longer shut their eyes to what is coming to them in particular and to the world in general as a result of this monster of falsehood unleashed by them.  So, here it is!   Read, and benefit!]

PART  I

 THE SON OF MAN

INTRODUCTION:  The greatest lie or the greatest deception shrouding the world at large is the premise on which it functions – THE MALE SUPERIORITY.  The visible church represented by various organizational bodies of Christianity, has on its part done nothing but propagate this lie.  The very few among these organizations (if at all!) that pretend to encourage equality do so only on the basis of a tacit understanding for healthier co-existence; and not by teaching or preaching the truth.

MORE LIES AND THEIR CONSEQUENCES

MORE LIES:  Therefore, the pervading lie that “only Adam or only the male of the man was created in the image of God” continues to prevail unchallenged within the Church.  As a result, it gives credence to yet another GREAT LIE that God’s likeness is vested in the sexuality of ‘man’!  What is sexual difference, if not fleshly difference waiting to perish?  Can the imperishable be confined in the perishable? And, isn’t sexual difference merely for propagative purpose in God’s plan?  Refer Gen 1:28; Gen 1:22; Gen 7:1-3; Gen 7:15-16; Gen 8:15-17.

And what kind of propagation?  Do husbands and wives who claim to have been united in holy matrimony fulfill their holy obligation to God by raising godly offspring for Him?  Read Mal 2:15, “Has not the Lord made them one?  In flesh and spirit they are His.  And why one?  Because He was seeking godly offspring…”.

WHAT ABOUT THE EUNUCHS WHO KEEP NO SEXUAL IDENTITY?:   Aren’t they ‘men’?  Don’t they include in God’s plan of redemption for ‘men’?  Didn’t God send Philip to the Ethiopian eunuch on the road to Gaza with the sole purpose of redeeming him to the Lord?  Refer Acts 8:26-39.  Jesus reveals the extra special honor He has reserved for all those who have been faithful eunuchs for the kingdom’s sake in Rev 14:1-5.  Also refer Matt 19:11-12 and the parable of ten virgins in Matt 25:1-3.  Isa 56:3(b)-5 reads, “….and let not any eunuch complain, ‘I am only a dry tree’.  For this is what the Lord says:To the eunuchs who keep my sabbaths; who choose what pleases me and hold fast to my covenant – to them I will give within my temple and its walls a memorial and a name better than sons and daughters; I will give them an everlasting name that will not be cut off’.”

WISDOM AND FOLLY: Just as wisdom is proved right by her actions (Matt 11:19(b)), folly exhibits herself in hers.  The relentless patriarchal order, the terrible insubordination of women, the self-assumed high places of church leaders and elders, their various yokes of oppression by which they either suppress the gullible or denounce as heretics the wise and such other examples, too shameful to mention; are all proofs of satanic servitude brought about by folly.  For isn’t serving mortal men instead of serving the Only Worthy Son, satanic servitude?  And, how we misappropriate Ps.45, the matchless wedding song of the Lamb and His Bride, the Church, in our marriage ceremonies and lure naïve brides away from the Divine to human and impose upon her total submission!

THE LIGHT THAT IS DARKNESS: Jesus planted His Church (Matt 16:18(a)) in this world to be the light of this world (Matt 5:14-16).  But thanks to our folly, not only are those outside continuing in darkness but those inside dragged into its very vortex (Isa 42:22).  How can there be any light when the so-called propagaters of faith themselves live in darkness?  Matt 6:23(b) reads, “If then the light within you is darkness, how great is that darkness!”   And Isa 42:18-20 prophesies of them, “Hear, you deaf, look, you blind, and see!  Who is blind but my servant, and deaf like the messenger I send?  Who is blind like the one committed to me, blind like the servant of the Lord?  You have seen many things, but have paid no attention, your ears are open, but you hear nothing.”  Also refer Matt 15:14.

Jesus forewarns the Church of the impending judgement on these blind guides in Jn 9:39-41. Prophet Isaiah has also prophesied along the same lines in Isa 50:11, “But now, all you who light fires and provide yourselves with flaming torches, go walk in the light of your fires and of the torches you have set ablaze.  This is what you shall receive from my hand:  you will lie down in torment.”

But to the hopefuls, there is relief yet.  Isa 50:10, Who among you fears the Lord and obeys the word of His Servant?  Let him who walks in the dark, who has no light, trust in the name of the Lord and rely on his God.”  As Jesus directs in Jn 3:21, true relief is in coming to true light, “But whoever lives by the truth comes into the light.”  Yes, Truth is as plain as light (Jn 8:12).

TRUTH AND DELIVERANCE

TRUE LIGHT:  God establishes Truth at the very beginning itself.  Refer Gen 1:26-27; Gen 5:2.  And the truth is that the female is as much a ‘man’ as the male.  Read Gen 5:1-2, “..When God created man, He made him in the likeness of God.  He created them male and female and blessed them.  And when they were created, He called them ‘man’.”

SON OF MAN:  The truth is re-iterated as Jesus restores unto woman her former dominion by pointedly referring to Himself asSon of man’ (Mic 4:8 vs Gen 1:26, Gen 5:2).  Son of man, a title which continues to confound even the best of Bible expositioners!  They readily propound the most absurd theories, all far removed from the truth.  However, Truth is delightfully simple and explicit.  Jesus Christ, by virtue of being born Son of Mary, the woman, is as much Son of man as bearers of the same title before Him, namely Ezekiel and Daniel, both sons of mortal men.

The God-ordained oneness in ‘man’, inclusive of both male and female, will remain difficult to comprehend as long as we choose to turn a blind eye to the image and likeness of the One, in which Adam and Eve were created.  Let us understand better :-

THE GODLY FEATURES OF ‘MAN’:

Yes, clarity on the term ‘man’ is best gleaned from the divine formula by which Adam and Eve were created.  Again, refer Gen 1:26-27.  They were created in God’s image, in God’s likeness.

What do we understand by His image?  His likeness?  Surely, God doesn’t have a physical form as God is Spirit! (Jn 4:24).  However, the Word of God is descriptive of the divine features of His awesomeness.  They are :-

A. GOD IS HOLY:  Lev 19:1, “Be holy, because I, the Lord your God am holy.” Also refer 1 Chron 16:29(b); Ps 29:2(a); Ps.96:9, Isa 6:3.  He is the Holy One of Israel.  Ex.15:11, Majestic in holiness, awesome in glory….”;  Ps.50:2, “From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.”; Ps.104:1-2; Ps.93:1; Matt.17:2, “..clothed with splendor and majesty.  He wraps Himself in light as with a garment;…”; Ps.110:3, “Arrayed in holy majesty…..”.   Thus, in His image means in His Holiness.

B.GOD IS ONE AND GOD IS TRIUNE:  Deut 6:4, Hear O Israel; the Lord our God, the Lord is one.”  And the very first verses in the scripture introduces the Triune God (Gen.1:1-2).  Also refer Jn 1:1-3.  It means God is One but Triune, i.e union of Three.  The Holy Trinity.  They function  as One (Jn 5:19-20; Jn 16:12-15), in perfect unity (Jn 17:11).  Egs. Gen 1:26, ‘….”Let us make…”..’ When  Jesus commissions His disciples (Matt 28:19), He instructs them to baptizeIn the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit’.  And Jn 17:11, “…That they may be one as we are one.”  As such, in His likeness means in the pattern of His Trinity and in the awesome oneness thereof.

[The redemptive work of God is a complete revelation of His Triune Self:  The calling of Israel by God the Holy Father with great wonders and mighty works of His Hands, out of whom would come the Savior of all mankind;  The salvation wrought by His Only Son, Jesus Christ with His own Holy and Precious Blood; and The sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit for the regeneration of all who believe.]

 ‘MAN’ – THE SUPREME CREATION: 

After creating all things until ‘man’ by simply commanding them into existence, God precedes man’s creation by a superior planning – Then God said, ‘Let us make man in our image; in our likeness, and let them rule over…’.”  The term ‘man’ represents the Oneness in God.  And we learn that both male and female are created in the pattern of His trinity; arrayed in the glory of His holiness.

Thus, they become the only animate beings with a trinity combination of Body, Soul and Spirit of life.  Yes, all others lack the additional component of ‘Soul’ in them.  Soul is the total embodiment of a person with which it identifies self, thinks, emotionalizes, intellectualizes and interacts – even with God!

In other words, human beings were created to fellowship with most holy God – eligible in their individual selves and perfected in their oneness.  As the psalmist has revealed, ‘man’ was created just a little lower than the heavenly beings [which partly explains why they were placed in Eden, God’s garden (Gen.2:15; Ezek 28:13(a)) and not in Heaven].  Ps 8:5-6 – “He was crowned with glory and honor and made ruler over the works of God’s hands, everything having been subjected under his feet.”  Just as we find in Gen 1:28, “God blessed them and said to them, ‘Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it, rule over….and over every living creature…’.”

EFFECTS OF THE FALL ON ‘MAN’:    

Spiritual death was instantaneous.  Their glorious bodies declined into a sinful state.  And their souls, exposed in their sinful nakedness had died for all godly purposes.  They were reduced to an imperfect trinity, no longer bearing the image of God, but a corruptible image of SINFUL BODY, SPIRITUALLY DEAD SOUL AND SPIRIT OF LIFE RENDERED TEMPORAL DUE TO ADAMIC CURSE!  As good as beasts! (Ps 49:12; Ps 57:4; Ps 22:12-13; Ps 73:22).  Lastly, their almost perfect pre-fall oneness was seemingly shattered for ever!  Thus they become completely unfit for fellowship with most holy God. Ps 58:3-5; Ps 53:2-3.  And they are banished from Eden.

THE NETWORK OF LIES:  The pre-fall glorious features of Adam and Eve, bereft of any sin, had gifted them the joy of holy God’s fellowship.  The joy of which they hadn’t the full grasp of, until to their utter dismay, they’d lost it completely.  And to think it was a well-conceived lie that had brought it about! (Gen 3:1-4) – It would be the onset of a network of lies that would submerge the world in darkness, humanly impenetrable!

So, the only ray of hope that had come in the form of serpent’s curse, viz. Gen 3:15, And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; He will crush your head, and you will strike His heel. was soon thwarted by yet another devastating lie.  Because we find that Adam and Eve begin to seek the Promised Son, the Messiah, in the seed of mortal man, eg Gen 4:1-2.  And, son-seeking came to be transpired from generation to generation until it had become an obsession with the entire human race.  Eg.Gen 5:29, “He named him Noah and said, ‘He will comfort us in the labor and painful toil of our hands caused by the ground the Lord has cursed’.”

THE MORTAL MAN :  Gen 3:17-19 reveals that Adam and all his male progeny would bear and carry the curse of death, decay and destruction  which had already begun to permeate from him to the entire creation.  Moreover, having lost the likeness of God, the image of God; all his descendants i.e all mankind would only bear his likeness, his imperfection.  Gen 5:3, “Adam …had a son in his own likeness; in his own image….”   As such, assuming and propagating that ‘man’ is still the image of God, the likeness of God is a terrible mistake.  For it is A LIE, A DECEPTION AND NOTHING SHORT OF BLASPHEMY!   Thus, seeking the Messiah, the Perfect Sacrifice, for their sins from among the seed of mortal man added to their increasing folly.

How could he who is sinful from conception (Ps 51:5); who is brought down as low as dust (Gen 3:19); whose days are fleeting like grass (Ps 103:15-16; Ps 144:4) and in whom is found nothing good (Ps 53:2-3; Gen 6:5-6; Mic 7:2-4; Isa 64:6 etc) ever work salvation?  Ps 49:7-9 reads, “No man can redeem the life of another or give to God a ransom for him……”, Ps 146:3-4, “Do not put your trust in princes, in mortal men, who cannot save….” and Isa 2:22, “Stop trusting in man, who has but a breath in his nostrils.  Of what account is he?”.

Thus we find, their hope notwithstanding, the curse manifests itself as one by one, all Adam’s male descendants ultimately follow him in death (Gen 5:5, 8, 11, 14, 17, 20, 27, 31; Gen 9:29 etc). The only exception that was Enoch could do no more than save himself due to his righteousness and close walk with God (Gen 5:24).  Same with Elijah.

THE SON OF GOD:

In spite of their repeated failures, ‘men’ do not turn to God to seek their salvation.  Moreover, Eve’s ready submission unto Adam only added to her folly of repeatedly knocking at the wrong door.  First, she was deceived into seeking wisdom at the wrong place and now, the Son!  A mistake the woman would only unlearn about two millennia later.  Read Luke 1:26-38, “….’How will this be’, Mary asked the angel, ‘since I am a virgin?’   The angel answered, ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the most high will overshadow you.   So the Holy One to be born will be called the Son of God…..for nothing is impossible with God…”.

WHEN GOD SPEAKS DIRECTLY TO WOMAN

Why did it take two thousand years for the woman to undo her wrong and declare, “I am the Lord’s servant.”?  And, in worthy submission, “May it be to me as you have said.”?  (Lk 1:38).

Because, such was the oppression that had overtaken her!  Such was the wickedness unleashed and total subjection imposed upon her by sinful and arrogant men.  Thus, though the seed of Good News (Gen 3:15) was granted by God at the beginning itself, men by their sinful volition take upon themselves the glory, honor and power due to the Only Worthy Lamb of God.  Their disobedience and waywardness led to their total depravity.  God worshipers became men worshipers and worser still.  ‘Son’ seekers, merely seekers of self-glory, raising a harvest of wicked sons in its wake.  The lies they served to multiply deluded them all the more, till they had brought upon themselves the condemnation of no return!  Refer Ps 81:12, 2 Thess 2:11-12, Rom 1:21-23; 25 & 28-32.

COULD PATRIARCHY SAVE ITS SONS?:   See, how we’ve been conditioned to boast about patriarchy and our traditional lineages!  Could patriarchy save its sons?   Is Jesus’ geneology actually found in patriarchy in its fleshly application?  PRAISE GOD, IT WAS NOT MEANT TO BE!

Don’t we just pretend to be spiritual when all our teachings continue to boast in the flesh?  You who boast in flesh, how like your first father you sin and rebel against God! For, are you not in flesh still one with him?  Read Isa 43:27, “Your first father sinned; your spokesmen rebelled against me.”  And Hos 6:7, “Like Adam, they have broken the covenant – they were unfaithful to me there.”

[It is only given to a spiritual person to understand and acknowledge that Israel or God’s holy people is not a physical nation, but a spiritual nation.  For example, read Matt 3:9, “And do not think you can say to yourselves, ‘We have Abraham as our father’.” ]

Noah was the first righteous man of God who was faithful to persevere in God’s Word in the sense that he was able to acknowledge God’s plan for all in his family (Gen 6:18, 22..).

But, when it came to Abraham’s turn, again, we find him failing to acknowledge Sarah’s inclusion and election in God’s plan even after it was emphasized upon in Gen 17:15-21.  Hence, like Adam who ended up eating the forbidden fruit, Abraham ended up fathering in Ishmael, a wild donkey of a son – full of hostility and strife against his own! (Gen 16:12).  So it has been with all those who compromised with God’s Word – be it Moses, Eli, Saul, David, whoever.  Everyone had to pay for it in some measure or the other – some even ending up with eternal damnation!  Refer Jer 23:28-29, “….but let the one who has My word speak it faithfully.  For what has straw to do with grain?” declares the Lord.  “Is not My word like fire,” declares the Lord, “and like a hammer that breaks a rock in pieces?’    Also, refer Gen 18:19.

IT HAD TO BE HER SON:

SARAH:   Finally, God Himself speaks to Sarah’s eager heart.  [Until then, we find Sarah was no improvement over her first mother.  Still in hiding as Eve (Refer Gen 3:8(b) and Gen 18:10(b)) and as fearful too (Gen 3:8, 10; Gen 18:15).  The only notable but sad difference is that unlike Eve, Sarah lies when confronted (Gen 3:13 vs Gen 18:15)].

But, what a transformation for Sarah after that wonderful day when God’s Word comes to her directly!  Refer Gen 18:9-15.  The woman, now no longer dependent on her husband for God’s Word, learns in addition that God is her only Provider, Sustainer and Protector (Gen 12:17; Gen 20:3-7, 18; Gen 18:14; Gen 21:1-3).  Indeed, Sarah sets a precedent by her example, and the wise among women follow in the same path.  Eg Tamar, Shiprah, Puah, Rahab, Hanna, Zelophehad’s daughters, Jephthah’s daughter, Esther, Abigail, Ruth etc.  And for their wisdom, each of them fulfill God’s purpose in  their lives and bring Him glory, truly uplifted beyond the reach of their curses.

Therefore, as God directs in Isa 51:2, “Look to Abraham, your father, and to Sarah, who gave you birth…”.  Yes, look to both Abraham and Sarah!  Again, Isa 51:2, “…..when I called him he was but one, and I blessed him and made him many.”   Isn’t the ‘one’ness here inclusive of both Abraham and Sarah?  Does it mean one as in single or alone?  If in doubt, see Gen 12:1-5 & Gen 11:29-30.  Weren’t they already made one in wedlock when God called Abraham?  Yet, God’s covenant continues to be broken, and we find women are excluded from all sense of oneness, and churches continue to shamelessly lord it over and advocate total submission of women unto men.   Why?  Simply because they fail to look beyond themselves – they fail to ‘Look to the Rock from which they are cut and to the Quarry from which they are hewn’ Isa 51:1.

FROM SARAH TO MARY:  From Sarah’sson of the covenant of circumcision’ to Mary’s ‘Son of the promise of redemption’, the spiritual journey of the woman has been painfully slow, but steady.   The journey that began with the question in Gen 18:14, “Is anything too hard for the Lord?…” until the answer was found in Luke 1:37, For nothing is impossible with God.”   Praise God!  God’s Word stands true, and all of It will come to pass without fail (Matt 5:18).  And, Praise God for His patience which can only mean salvation for us.  The patience by which He readied the woman for His Divine Purpose.  The Good News was emphatic enough from the beginning – IT HAD TO BE HER SON!   (Gen 3:15, Gen 17:16, Gen 18:10, Lk 1:30-33).

BY FAITH AND NOT BY FLESH:   The men, since of yore, whose names belong in Christ’s genealogy find mention due to faith and not due to flesh.  Just as all men and women of God of all times.  Eg Abel, Enoch, Noah’s wife, Noah’s daughters-in-law, Samuel, Daniel, Joseph, Mary Magdalene, Priscilla, Phoebe, Dorcas, Lydia etc, and of course the great prophets and apostles.  Jesus testifies, Matt 12:49-50, “Pointing to His disciples He said, ‘Here are my mother and my brothers.  For whoever does the will of My Father in heaven is my brother and sister and mother’…”.

Mary proved herself worthy of the greater honor, Blessed are you among women!’ (and it didn’t come plummeting down like that of John the baptist’s, due to his tottering faith in prison!).  Indeed, she was worthy both in flesh and in her remarkable faith; most exemplified at the foot of the cross.  Praise God!  May her tribe increase.

THE PARABLE OF WEEDS

The parable of weeds illustrated by Jesus in Matt 13:24-30 and Matt 13:36-43 is clear depiction of the whole truth in a nutshell, so to speak :

THE GOOD SEED:  God is the ‘first Planter’ in the harvest-field of this world.  He plants the SINGLE SEED OF WHEATthe Good News of His Promised Son, the Messiah.  Whoever believed in the Word and looked to God for its fulfilment, had due to their faith become sons of the kingdom.  Eg Abraham (Jn 8:56), Hannah (1 Sam 2:1-10).

Jn 12:24 reveals, “I tell you the truth, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed.   But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”  Yes, the Word has since become flesh and His Promise fulfilled in Jesus Christ, the ‘offspring of the woman’ (Matt 2:11)  THE KERNEL OF WHEAT THAT DIED AND ROSE AGAIN TO PRODUCE MANY SEEDS.  Conceived, not of man but of the Holy Spirit, He was born neither spiritually dead nor with the Adamic curse of physical death (the curse of which though as the descendant of Adam the woman is a victim, she is not a carrier).  And by His obedience, He remained faithful and offered Himself to die for our redemption – as a Holy and Perfect Sacrifice, even though He did not deserve to die either by His birth or by His deeds (Jn 10:17-18).  And true to His Word, Matt 16:18(b), the kingdom of God is since forcefully advancing, restoring the Word-deprived – the lost, the broken-hearted, the lowly, the blind, the lame, the prisoners, the hungry, the poor and the oppressed, all who fear the Lord and put their trust in Him.   Refer Isa 7:14, Isa 9:6-7, 1 Chron 17:11-14, Isa 35 etc.

THE WEEDS OF LIES:  While the Good News served to bring hope to the lost and straying, it spelt definite doom to its recipient, Devil, the great deceiver (Gen 3:15).  Therefore, seizing upon every available opportunity, he began to plant his weeds of lies, raising a harvest of wicked sons (Ps 1:4, Matt 3:12) alongside the sons of the kingdom.   Jesus reveals his modus operandi in Matt 13:25.  THE ENEMY OF THE SON OF MAN PLANTS HIS WEEDS OF LIES UNNOTICED WHEN THOSE ENTRUSTED WITH THE WORD OF GOD ARE FOUND SLEEPING, HAVING DROPPED THEIR GUARD!  Refer Mk 13:36.  Yes, devil is the ‘other planter’ in the harvest field of this world.

Be warned!  “..Let the one who has my word speak it faithfully…” Jer 23:28-29.  1Tim 4:18 reads “Watch your life and doctrine closely.  Persevere in them, because if you do, you will save both yourself and your hearers.”   Unlike Adam, who sets the wheel of his fall rolling when he fails to keep watch and persevere in  God’s Word.  He could neither save himself nor Eve, his only hearer.  And thus it continued to be with almost all others after him, with very few exceptions like Noah, Samuel, Hannah, Huldah, Josaiah, Deborah, Nathan, Naomi etc. Things are no different even now, as we very well know.

However, whoever believes in these lies, being given to deception and to deceive are called children of the evil one or children of darkness.  Read Jn 8:42-47, “Jesus said to them, ‘If God were your Father, you would love Me, for I came from God and now am here.  I have not come on my own; but He sent Me….you belong to your father, the devil, and you want to carry out your father’s desire.  He was a murderer from the beginning; not holding to the truth, for there was no truth in him. When he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.  Yet because I tell the truth, you do not believe Me!….he who belongs to God hears what God says.  The reason you do not hear is that you do not belong to God.” Also refer Zech 10:3.

THE END-TIME HARVEST:  True to the parable, the end-time harvest is the culmination of all things.  Also called the Day of the Lord.  The Day of God’s Judgement by fire.  Matt 13:39-43, “….The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned up in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.  The Son of man will send out His angels, and they will weed out of His kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil.  They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.  He who has ears, let him hear.”   He who has ears, let him hear!  The field is ready for harvest.  Repent and turn to the Only Worthy Son, the Lamb of God.

Forsake your high places and purge yourselves of your idolatory and all yokes of oppressions (Isa 58:9-12).  Repent of your lies and set the captives free.  Humble yourselves before God and put your trust in Him (Zeph 3:12), perhaps He will yet show mercy and save you (Amos 5:15-17).

For, the Son, the world has been waiting for, has been revealed to the righteous and the wicked alike.  What now remains is only the fearful expectation of judgement and of raging fire that will consume the enemies of God (Heb 10:27).  Also Heb 10:29-31, “How much more severely do you think a man deserves to be punished who has trampled the Son of God under foot, who has treated as an unholy thing the blood of the covenant that sanctified him, and who has insulted the Spirit of grace?  For we know Him who said, ‘It is mine to avenge; I will repay,’ and again, ‘The Lord will judge His people’.  It is a dreadful thing to fall into the hands of the Living God.” 

GOD’S WORD STANDS HOLY AND TRUE:

Rom 1:18-20, “The wrath of God is being revealed from heaven against all the godlessness and wickedness of men who suppress the truth by their wickedness, since what may be known about God is plain to them…..for since the creation of the world God’s invisible qualities – His eternal power and divine nature – have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men are without excuse.”  His anger will soon smite the earth off its inhabitants.  Mic 7:13, “The earth will become desolate because of its inhabitants, as the result of their deeds.”  Isa 13:12, “I will make man scarcer than pure gold, more rare than the gold of ophir.”   As for the women who refuse to turn to God, Isa 4:1, “In that day seven women will take hold of one man and say, ‘We will eat our own food and provide our own clothes; only let us be called by your name.  Take away our disgrace!’”  – a possibility perhaps doubted by the people of Isaiah’s time but no longer, as scarce a woman can be found who is dependent on her male counterpart as the sole provider.

For God hears the desire of the afflicted.  He encourages them, and listens to their cry.   He will defend the fatherless and the oppressed “…In order that man, who is of the earth, may terrify no more.”  Ps 10:17-18.

Your idolatory will be exposed when you will be forced to forsake the name of the Lord your God from whose bounty you have been fattening yourselves, but for slaughter!  Then, you will readily relinquish your self-glorifying high places to bow before the beast who is soon going to be revealed to the world in all his beastly fullness – in the spirit of the antichrist.

For how much longer do you suppose you can give vent to your beastly aspirations and not be brought to complete subjection before him who is their only source?  You who now hold captive will be given over to captivity.  And you will have none to save you.  For the sons and daughters of your flesh in whom you glory will turn against you and hand you over.  Everywhere you turn, you will find foes and none who is a friend.  You will cry out to God but He won’t come to your defense.  So it will be!   For, “…..Every plant that My heavenly Father has not planted will be pulled up by the roots’…”  Matt 15:13.

He who has ears let him hear! The Holy Spirit continues to speak to us.  But He will not speak for much longer.  Therefore, ‘..Kiss the Son (be reconciled to Him), lest He be angry and you be destroyed in your way, for His wrath can flare up in a moment. Blessed are all who take refuge in Him.”  Ps 2:12.

Yes, blessed are all who take refuge in Him, Jn 8:12.  For “THEY WILL BE CALLED OAKS OF RIGHTEOUSNESS, A PLANTING OF THE LORD FOR THE DISPLAY OF HIS SPLENDOR.”  Isa 61:3(b).

PART II

 THE DAUGHTER OF ZION

THE NEXT STAGE IN THE REDEMPTION PLAN:   Having learnt that the seed of Good News planted by God is His Only Son – Jesus Christ, we find to our indescribable joy that in Him alone is the fulfilment of all things.  Therefore, we eagerly join all creation and await the next stage in the redemption  plan of God, which is the revelation of the Bride of the Lamb.  For, the wedding of the Lamb draws near (Rev 19:7).  It will onset the glorious freedom of the children of God and whole creation, besides! (Rom 8:19-23; 2 Pet 3:13; Heb 9:28).

THE BRIDE:  Who could the Bride of the Lamb be?  What do we understand by ‘the Bride of the Lamb’?  Beware! Something that is divinely conceived may only be perceived spiritually.  Thus, we learn that in abstract terms, the Bride is the Oneness of God fulfilled in ‘man’.  In spiritual terms, She is the Church – the collective body of the children of God.

INTRODUCING THE BRIDE:  Gen 2:21-22 is that part of the Good News which announces the arrival of the bride.  God formed Eve out of Adam and presented to him his perfect match.  The bride part of the Good  News to all mankind is the self-same thing – THE BRIDE OF THE LAMB IS CREATED OUT OF THE LAMB.

And, just as God’s image and likeness was vested in the oneness or sumtotal of the spiritual ‘man’ represented by both male and female (Gen 1:27), the Bride of the Lamb – Who is God’s Only Son, will also have to be the oneness or sumtotal of the spiritual ‘man’ represented by both male and female.   In other words, JUST AS THE ‘MALE’ BY HIMSELF DOES NOT REPRESENT GOD, SO ALSO THE ‘FEMALE’ BY HERSELF CANNOT REPRESENT THE BRIDE OF THE HOLY BRIDEGROOM.  Thus, restoring and perfecting their lost oneness.

THE MAKING AND PERFECTING OF THE BRIDE

We know that after their fall, “Adam and Eve”, the first spiritual man, lost their glorious likeness to God and became sinful.  No longer spiritually alive!  All mankind, since then, have borne the likeness and image of their sinful progenitor with the added burden of their ever-multiplying curses (eg. Gen 3:16-19, Gen 4:11-12……).  Yet it is from this broken and marred pottery, otherwise destined to perish, that God the Potter re-creates a spiritual body of children of God to form the Bride of the Lamb (Jer 18:4-6).  How?  By the Spirit, Water and Blood of the Lamb (1 Jn 5:6-7).

Let us understand better and learn about the born again experience.  To that end, let us first study the role of the Spirit, Water and Blood of the Lamb in our regeneration :

I  ROLE OF THE SPIRIT AND WATER :

(i)Jn 3:5-7, “I tell you the truth.  No one can enter the kingdom of God unless he is born of Water and the Spirit.  Flesh gives birth to flesh.  But the Spirit gives birth to Spirit….’you must be born again’.

(ii)Jn 6:63, The Spirit gives life; the flesh counts for nothing.  The words I have spoken to you are Spirit and they are life.”

While the Word is the Sanctifier (Jn 17:17; Jn 15:3; Jn 13:8(b)..),  eg. as Jesus says to the faithful eleven, Jn 15:3, “You are already clean because of the word I have spoken to you.,  the Spirit is the life-giver – the Living Word (Jn 4:10) that stirs awake a soul to life.   Egs.  just as it is written in Isa 34:16(b), “…..’for it is His mouth that has given the order, and His Spirit will gather them together’.”   Further, as Jn 3:8 says, ”The wind blows wherever it pleases.  You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going.  So it is with everyone born of the Spirit. “    Hence a mystery waiting to be revealed (Eph 5:32).

II  ROLE OF THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST :

 (i) Purifies us from all sin (1 Jn 1:7(b))

 (ii) Gives us confidence to enter the Most Holy Place (Heb 10:19)

 (iii) Helps us overcome the devil (Rev 12:11)

THE BORN AGAIN EXPERIENCE:  Summarily, this is exactly what happens to a spiritually awakened soul – Holy Spirit, Who has been working on it from the beginning gives it a spiritual bath with the blood of Jesus, which acts as soap, and His Word, which acts as water, to complete the sanctifying act.  Again refer Eph 5:25(b); Jn 13:8(b).  This is the born again experience, the immediate outcome of which is the overwhelming joy and peace it leaves behind.  Thus one is enabled by the Spirit to call on God the Most High, “Abba! Father’, Rom 8:16; Heb 10:19 etc, paving the way for an eternal fellowship.  Eph 5:25(b); Jn 13:8 and Jn 15:1-8 teach us how to continue and remain in it.

THE ONLY VALID TESTIMONIES:   As apostle John re-asserts in 1 Jn 5:7, “For there are three that testify: The Spirit, the Water and the Blood, and the three are in agreement.”   They are the only Valid Testimonies in the making, perfecting and revelation of the Bride.  They are always in agreement because they belong to One, Jesus Christ.  1 Jn 5:6, “This is the One who came by Water and Blood – Jesus Christ.  He did not come by Water only, but by Water and Blood.  And it is the Spirit Who testifies (about Him), because the Spirit is Truth.”   Finally, just as the Three are united in Christ, the Three also function to unite us.  Yes, they are the Unifying Agents Of God, without Whom the perfection of the Bride could never be accomplished.

HARK! THE TIME-BOUND CALL OF THE GOSPEL

2 Cor 6:2(b), “I tell you, now is the time of God’s favor, now is the day of salvation.”   Hark! Listen to Jesus calling out in  a loud voice, Jn 7:37-38, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to me and drink.  Whoever believes in Me as the scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.”   Yield to His Spirit’s calling and let this ‘spring of water well up to eternal life’ in you, (Jn 4:14).

Therefore, hasten and heed.  Isa 55:1-3 – “Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat!  Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.  Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy?  Listen, listen to Me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare.  Give ear and come to Me; hear Me that your soul may live.  I will make an everlasting covenant with you, My faithful love promised to David.”

To those languishing outside, Isa 55:6-7, “Seek the Lord while He may be found; call on Him while He is near.  Let the wicked forsake his way and the evil man his thoughts.  Let him turn to the Lord, and He will have mercy on him, and to our God, for He will freely pardon.”

Reverting to Jn 7:37-38, whoever believes in Him as the Scripture has said, streams of living water will flow from within him.  Belief is an act and not abstract, as some might presume.  It is the act of entrusting oneself to God, of yielding oneself to the Spirit’s leading, of growing in the Word and of becoming fruitful, all combined together.  Only then the streams of Living Water will flow from within oneself and well up to eternity – Jn 4:14; Jn15:7-8.  Such a one will find fulfilment of the prophecies in Isa 58:11(b) and Isa 58:12(b), in oneself and become fruitful like ‘a well-watered garden’ and be called “REPAIRER OF BROKEN WALLS AND RESTORER OF STREETS WITH DWELLINGS.” 

Finally, read Zech 9:11-12, As for you, because of the blood of My covenant with you, I will free your prisoners from the waterless pit.  Return to your fortress, O prisoners of hope; even now I announce that I will restore twice as much to you.”

THE WEDDING OF THE LAMB

Next, let’s look at what’s in store for the Bride after her election :-

THE PRINCIPLE OF MARRIAGE:  God’s revelation of the glorious future of His children was handed down to man, symbolically through the principle of marriage, found in Gen 2:24, “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh.”   It heralds the prophetic wedding of the Lamb.

The various stages of its execution by Jesus Christ, until final fulfilment of the prophecy, BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW!” (Rev 21:5 kjv) is the God-ordained principle of marriage in its entirety for the total and perfect redemption of the Bride.

To help her along, God has pre-ordained in her the “enmity with the enemy” (Gen 3:15).  Therefore, she becomes the ideal helpmate both in its earthly concept as in the divine (Prov 18:22).   [As such, its of no wonder that woman is always targetted in her earthly nature just as she is in her spiritual nature as the Church – Rev 12:13-17].

THE VARIOUS STAGES LEADING UP TO ITS FULFILMENT:  Let us study the aforementioned stages and understand the true implication of marriage as Jesus, the Holy Bridegroom both exemplifies and teaches us : 

  1. The Separation or the First Coming.
  2. The Bride-price or the Ransom.
  3. The Betrothal or setting apart of the Bride.
  4. The Preparation or Spiritual Journey of the Bride.
  5. The Second Coming and the Revelation of the Bride.
  6. The Wedding or the Home Coming.
  7.  In the Inseparable Fellowship and Eternal Kingdom of Heaven.

1.THE SEPARATION:  Gen 2:24,For this reason a man will leave his father and mother……”.  The Holy and Only Son of God left  His Heavenly abode to seek His bride.  Also known as the first-coming of the Lord.  Refer Ps.45:3-4.

2.THE BRIDE-PRICE:  Matt 20:28, “Just as the Son of man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many.”   Yes, He paid the bride-price, the ransom for her freedom, with His own Holy and Precious Blood.  And, according to the perfect plan of God, Jesus rose again from the grave on the third day to once and for all seal and complete His claim on His bride.  Thereafter, He ascended back into Heaven as promised, and poured out His Spirit for her as a deposit guaranteeing her eternal inheritance with Him.  Refer Ps 45:5-8.

3.THE BETROTHAL:  Ps 45:10, Listen, O daughter, consider and give ear; forget your people and your father’s house.” Also Matt 10:37-39, Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me…”.  Refer Ex 32:29. Betrothal follows the bride’s consent or willingness.  It is imperative that the bride accepts the offer of His salvation and proves it by forsaking her all to follow Him.  Rebekah exemplifies bride’s role in betrothal for us.  Refer Gen 24:58, 61.

Betrothal seals the Holy Covenant between the ‘two’ and hence should not be broken Note how Joseph was forbidden to break faith with Mary (Matt 1:19-21).  Also, refer Mal 2:16.  True to His Word, the Son Who is also called Faithful and True” (Rev 19:11) will remain faithful and in due time return to take Home His bride.  Refer Ps 45:2; Rev 21:7.

4.THE PREPARATION:  Ps 45:13,All glorious is the princess within her chamber; her gown is interwoven with gold.”  Refer Rev 3:18; 1 Pet 1:7.  The preparation of the bride is best exemplified by queen Esther in Esth 2:9, 2:12, 2:17-18.  By her willingness and obedience, she readied herself under the special care and tutelage of Hegai.  And, she  won the favor of all who saw her.  She also won the favor of the king who promptly declared her his queen!

Read Matt 24:44, “So you also must be ready, because the Son of man will come at an hour when you do not expect Him.”  Yes, the Bride has to ready herself in the splendor and beauty of the Lord to receive her King.  Her beauty is not the physical beauty which the world has been deceived into substituting for God’s Holiness.  Therefore, beware all God’s children – whether male or female, whole or maimed, blind or seeing,  black or white, attractive or not, without His Holiness one cannot hope to enter God’s presence (Matt 18:7-9).

The ‘gold’ of her gown in Ps 45:13 and Ps 45:9(b) alludes to both her purity and its Source – the unadulterated Word of God, tested, proved and refined in fire.  Refer Eph 5:26-27.  It describes the preparation of the Bride by the Word under the tender care and tutelage of Holy Spirit to present her as a radiant church.  The Perfect Bride for the Perfect King, The most excellent of all men (Ps 45:2).

5.THE SECOND COMING AND THE REVELATION OF THE BRIDE:  Mk 13:26-27, “At that time men will see the Son of man coming in clouds with great power and glory.  And He will send His angels and gather His elect from the four winds, from the ends of the earth to the ends of the heavens.”   Also refer 1 Thess 4:15-17; Rev 20:4-6; Rev 19:11-16.

Gen 24:64 – just as Isaac met Rebekah midway and the bride was received unto her husband, the Lord Himself will appear in all His majestic splendor and His Bride will be caught up with Him in midair (1 Thess 4:16-17).  What a place to set the stage for her revelation that all might see!  (Matt 24:27-28, 30-31; Mk 13:26-27; Lk 21:25-28).

The fulfilment of Ps 45:9, “....at your right hand is the royal bride in gold of ophir.”  Also refer Ps 45:12.  Matt 25:33 reads,And He will put the sheep on His right hand….” and Matt 25:34, “Then the King will say to those on His right hand, ‘Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom  prepared for you from the foundation of the world’….” [kjv].

6.THE WEDDING OF THE LAMB:  Gen 24:67, “Isaac brought her into the tent of his mother Sarah, and he married Rebekah.  So she became his wife, and he loved her,….”.  The Wedding of the Lamb teaches us the four-fold concept of marriage:

A. IT IS THE HOME-COMING OF THE BRIDE:   Jn 14:2-3, In My Father’s house are many rooms;…I am going to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come back and take you to be with Me that you also may be where I am.”   Also refer Jn 17:24; Ps 45:14-15.

The Bride’s home is the Heavenly abode of God.  Who can measure the depth of His love for us?  For, He will not rest until the fulfilment of His redemptive plan for His children has come to pass, Jn 5:17, Ps 121:4.  And, its fulfilment is in the home-coming of the Bride – by  the wedding of the Lamb.  Heaven is the place from whence she’ll never depart or be separated from her Husband, her Maker, her King.  She’ll behold His face and be satisfied.  He will wipe away her every tear.  Kingship will be restored to her.  Her former days of estrangement and painful waiting will be forgotten.

B. WEDDING CONSUMMATES ONENESS:  Gen 2:24(b), “..and they will become one…”.   Refer Jn 17:21-23, “That all of them may be one….may they also be in Us….I have given them the glory that You gave Me, that they may be one as We are one; I in them and You in Me….  Let the world know that You sent Me and have loved them even as You have loved Me.”

Heaven is for the Spiritual.  Flesh and blood cannot inherit it. (1 Cor 15:50).  Refer Jn 3:5-8.  And, Matt 22:29-32 which clearly states that any idea or suggestion  to the contrary is absolutely wrong; a lie; and therefore of the evil one.

Therefore, the oneness referred to here is the Spiritual oneness derived in the glory of God.  Eph 4:3-6, “Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.  There is One body and One Spirit – just as you were called to One hope when you were called – One Lord, One faith, One baptism; One God and Father of all, Who is over all and through all and in all.”

Further,  Eph 4:13, “….until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fulness of Christ.”

Yes, it has to begin here, in this world and perfected.  This is the reason apostle Paul chose to describe ‘the oneness’ of the Church with Christ as the oneness of body with its head. The oneness of body further ascribed in its members or parts, all of which function collectively (Eph 5:21) under the Head for its wholesome well-being.

C. WEDDING DESIGNATES THE BRIDE ‘CO-HEIR WITH THE SON’:  Rom 8:16-17, “The Spirit Himself testifies with our Spirit that we are God’s children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs – heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ…”   Refer Jn 16:15, All that belongs to the Father is Mine.  That is why I said the Spirit will take from what is Mine and make it known to you.”   Also refer Jn 17:6; Jn 3:16; Jn 16:23-24; Jn 17:8(a), 10; 1 Cor 2:9-10.

Just as Rebekah began to receive of her inheritance from the moment of her election (eg Gen 24:22; Gen 24:53), the Bride also begins to partake of her Heavenly inheritance in this world itself, thus guaranteeing to her, her heirship with Christ.  Again refer Gal 4:6-7.

Men have been misled to believe that Eve was created to serve Adam by cooking, mending, cleaning and washing for him!!!  HOW UNTRUE!  FOR IN EDENIC LIVING CONDITIONS SUCH THINGS WERE NOT AT ALL REQUIRED.  God’s Word is very clear, Gen 1:26, 28; she was to have dominion with him over everything, to rule and subdue!  And, even so, the Bride will reign with the Lamb for ever and ever (Rev 22:5(b).  Refer Ps 45:12; Mic 4:8; Ps 45:16-17; Matt 24:45-47.

[From the very beginning, God’s role as the Provider has been consistent.  Even through all our inconsistencies!  There’s nothing that God hasn’t provided for – from our basic and temporal physical needs to our superior and eternal spiritual needs.  However, the knowledge of bride’s co-heirship with the Son brings us to new levels of understanding of God the Father in His role as our Provider.  The Heavenly provision alluded to here surpasses anything that is and could be seen, heard or imagined (1 Cor 2:9).  But Praise God, for even when it remains a mystery to many, He has revealed it to us by His Spirit (1 Cor 2:10,Jn 16:15) so that we are certain of the goal we are pressing toward (Phil 3:14).]

D. WEDDING PROMISES THE STATE OF BLESSEDNESS:  Rev 22:3, No longer will there be any curse…”,  Gen 2:18, It is not good for the man to be alone.  I will make a helper suitable for him.”    Heb 12:2, “….Who for the joy set before Him endured the cross…”,  Ps 45:11, “The King is enthralled by your beauty; honor Him, for He is your Lord.”  Refer Isa 54:5, “For your Maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is His name – the Holy One of Israel if your Redeemer”.   And Rev 22:3, “…The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and His servants will serve Him.”

The cursed existence of mankind brought about by the evil one will become a thing of the past.  And lo! behold – there she will be – the Holy Bride, fit to serve the Only Worthy King.  The state of blessedness has no equal.  Refer 1 Cor 2:9, “However as it is written: ‘No eye has seen, no ear has heard, no mind has conceived what God has prepared for those who love Him’.”

Again, let us revert to Isa 54:5, “For your Maker is your Husband – the Lord Almighty is His name – the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer…..” and let us not forget, just as God caused Adam to sleep to create Eve out of him, Christ’s brief sleep of death sets the stage for the creation of His Bride.  The marked difference, however, is that unlike Adam, Jesus Christ is God – the Maker, the Husband and the Redeemer.  The bride, which was once a mere creation, by His abounding love has been granted the sonship (Rom 8:23(b).  The thought itself should bring worship anew.   Read Ps 5:7-8, “But I, by Your great mercy, will come into Your house; in reverence will I bow down toward Your holy temple…..”.

Therefore, even though we’ll reign with Him, we’ll serve Him just as it is revealed in Rev 5:9-10 and 12 by offering Him perfect praise and worship.  You are worthy…because You were slain, and with Your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.  You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”  And, “Worthy is the Lamb, Who was slain, to receive power and wealth and wisdom and strength and honor and glory and praise!”  Also refer Rev 21:1; Rev 21:24-26; Ps 45:12, 17; Rev 1:5-6. Further, for more on our blessedness refer to Rev 22:1-3; Rev 21:4-7; Rev 22:12-14; Rom 8:23(b) etc.

7.IN THE INSEPARABLE FELLOWSHIP AND ETERNAL KINGDOM OF HEAVEN:  Matt 19:6, So they are no longer two, but one.  Therefore what God has joined together, let man not separate” .   Also Matt 18:7.  Rev 21:5, “Behold, I make all things new!” (kjv).

It is the eternal union and fellowship of God and ‘man’, that is ultimately portrayed in the fulfilment of the God-ordained principle of marriage.  Ps 45:6, “Your throne, O God, will last for ever and ever; a scepter of justice will be the scepter of Your kingdom.”  Rev 21:3, “…’Now the dwelling of God is with men, and He will live with them and be their God’.”

ARISE! DAUGHTER OF ZION, LET YOUR LIGHT SHINE FORTH

Mic 4:8 reminds, “As for you, O watchtower of the flock, O stronghold of the daughter of Zion, the former dominion will be restored to you; kingship will come to the daughter of Jerusalem.”

The daughter of Zion, since of yore, is the Bride of the Lamb readying herself for her King.  Therefore, all children of God, particularly the women of God, whose plight has been likened to that of the captive “Daughter of Zion”, listen to what the Lord has to say to you:-

Lam 2:13, “What can I say for you?  With what can I compare you, O daughter of Jerusalem?  To what can I liken you, that I may comfort you, O virgin daughter of Zion?  Your wound is as deep as the sea.  Who can heal you?”

Lam 2:14,  “The visions of your prophets were false and worthless; they did not expose your sin to ward off your captivity. The oracles they gave you were false and misleading.”

Oh!  Yes, Word-deprived and misled, we’ve been tossed about in captivity far too long.  Not anymore!   For this is what the Lord says to you, O wise and the spiritually discerning virgin (perfected and holy) daughter of Zion:

Isa 54:1, “Sing, O barren woman, you who never bore a child; burst into song, shout for joy, you who were never in labor; because more are the children of the desolate woman than of her who has a husband.”

Isa 54:2, Enlarge the place of your tent, stretch your tent curtains wide, do not hold back; lengthen your cords, strengthen your stakes.  For you will spread out to the right and to the left; your descendants will dispossess nations and settle in their desolate cities….”.

Isa 54:4, “Do not be afraid; you will not suffer shame.  Do not fear disgrace, you will not be humiliated.  You will forget the shame of your youth and remember no more the reproach of your widowhood.”

Isa 54:6-7, “The Lord will call you back as if you were a wife deserted and distressed in spirit….. For a brief moment I abandoned you, but with deep compassion I will bring you back.”

THE WOMAN WITH THE HUSBAND:  Consider now for yourself and understand who is truly blessed?  Whether the desolate woman or the one who has a husband?  Spiritually discern between the two (refer Rev 17 vs Rev 12).  Again, ponder and consider for yourself, is bearing children of the seed of mortal man a state of blessedness when all you end up doing is stretch or channelise the cursed estate of sin and death?

Submit yourself to the Lord the Marian way and declare, “I am the Lord’s servant”…”May it be to me as You have said.”   Be a spiritual people.  He is able to bless you and fill your tent.  You will spread out to the right and to the left.  Remember, nothing is impossible with God.  Read Ps.45:16, “Your sons will take the place of your fathers; you will make them princes throughout the land.”  Look to the surpassing glory of the future.   Yes, your grief will become a thing of the past, blotted out of your memory. 

Just as it was with Mary (Lk 1:35(a)), blessed of all women, so it will be with you, O daughter of Zion – all of  this will come to pass.   By the Spirit of the Lord.  Read Zech 4:6(b), “….’Not by might, nor by power but by My Spirit,’ says the Lord Almighty.”   Therefore, sow by the Spirit and raise a spiritual harvest of the children of God, the sons of the kingdom, as Jesus calls them (Matt 13:38).   Also refer Matt 9:37-38.

For, as it says in:

Isa 54:5, “For your maker is your husband – the Lord Almighty is His name – the Holy One of Israel is your redeemer; He is called the God of all the earth.”  

Isa  54:13, “All your sons will be taught by the Lord, and great will be your children’s peace.”      

Ezek 34:15-16, “I Myself will tend My sheep and have them lie down…”.

Jn 10:16,   “…..There shall be one flock and one Shepherd.”

Therefore, as Isa 52:1-3 exhorts :

“Awake, awake, O Zion, clothe yourself  with strength.  Put on your garment of splendor, O Jerusalem, the holy city.  The uncircumcised and defiled will not enter you again.  Shake off your dust; rise up, sit enthroned, O Jerusalem.  Free yourself from the chains on your neck, O captive daughter of Zion.  For this is what the Lord says: ‘You were sold for nothing, and without money you will be redeemed.”

Heed the call of power and authority gifted to you by your Redeemer :      

Mic 4:13, “Rise and thresh, O daughter of Zion, for I will give you horns of iron; I will give you hoofs of bronze and you will break to pieces many nations.”                                                                                          

For, lo and behold!  This is your glory!  Isa 60:1-4,  “Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord rises upon you.  See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples.  But the Lord rises upon you and His glory appears over you.  Nations will come to your light, and kings to the brightness of your dawn.  Lift up your eyes and look about you:  all assemble and come to you; yours sons come from afar, and your daughters are carried on the arm….”

Refer Matt 5:14, “You are the light of the world.  A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”   And Heb 12:22-24,  “ But you have come to Mount Zion, to the heavenly Jerusalem, the city of the living God…..to thousands upon thousands of angels in joyful assembly, to the church of the firstborn, whose names are written i n heaven….to God, the Judge of all men, to the spirits of righteous men made perfect, to Jesus the mediator of a new covenant…and to the sprinkled blood…”. 

Yes, you will be called sought after, the city no longer deserted: 

Isa 54:11-12, “O afflicted city, lashed by storms and not comforted, I’ll build with stones of turqoise, your foundations with sapphires.  I’ll make your battlements of rubies, your gates of sparkling jewels, and all your walls of precious stones…..”.  Also refer Rev 21, particularly Rev 21:9-11, 18-21.

Arise, rejoice and get ready :

Isa 62:11-12, “The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth: ‘Say to the daughter of Zion’, ‘See, your Savior comes!  See, His reward is with Him and His recompense accompanies Him’.   They will be called the holy people, the redeemed of the Lord; and you will be called sought after, the city no longer deserted.”

 God bless you!