Here Comes The Bride The Bride Of Christ
by Sharon McClean
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Rev.21:9,b—COME, I will show you THE BRIDE, the LAMB’S WIFE. (10) And he carried me away IN THE SPIRIT to a great and HIGH MOUNTAIN, and showed me the GREAT CITY, the HOLY JERUSALEM, descending out of heaven from God. (2) Then I, JOHN saw the HOLY CITY, NEW JERUSALEM, coming down out of heaven from God, PREPARED AS A BRIDE ADORNED for her HUSBAND. (Gal. 4:22—For it is written that ABRAHAM had TWO sons: The one by a BONDWOMAN, the other by a FREEWOMAN. (23) But he who was of the BONDWOMAN was born according to the FLESH, and he of the FREEWOMAN through PROMISE, (24) which things are SYMBOLIC, for THESE are the TWO COVENANTS: the one from MOUNT SINAI which gives birth to BONDAGE, which is HAGAR—(25) for this HAGAR is MOUNT SINAI in ARABIA, and CORRESPONDS to JERUSALEM which NOW is, and in BONDAGE with her children—(26) but the JERUSALEM ABOVE is FREE, which is THE MOTHER of us ALL. (Sarah) (28) NOW we, brethren, as ISAAC was, are children of PROMISE. (29) But, as he who was born according to the FLESH then PERSECUTED him who was born according to THE SPIRIT, even so it is NOW.
(Gal.3:13—Christ has REDEEMED us from the CURSE of the law, (14) that the BLESSING of ABRAHAM might come upon the GENTILES in Christ Jesus, that we might receive THE PROMISE of the SPIRIT through FAITH.)
Heb.12:22—But you have come to MOUNT ZION and to THE CITY of THE LIVING GOD, the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM, to an innumerable company of ANGELS, (23) to the general assembly and CHURCH of THE FIRSTBORN who are registered in heaven, to GOD the JUDGE of ALL, to the SPIRITS of JUST men made PERFECT, (24) to JESUS the MEDIATOR of THE NEW COVENANT, and to the blood of sprinkling that speaks better things than that of Abel. (25) See that you DO NOT REFUSE HIM WHO SPEAKS. For if they did NOT escape who REFUSED Him who spoke on earth, much more shall we NOT ESCAPE if we turn away from Him WHO SPEAKS FROM HEAVEN.
Is.52:1—AWAKE, awake! Put on your STRENGTH, O ZION; put on your BEAUTIFUL GARMENTS, O JERUSALEM the HOLY CITY! (7) How BEAUTIFUL upon the MOUNTAINS are the FEET OF HIM who brings GOOD NEWS, who proclaim PEACE, who brings GLAD TIDINGS of GOOD THINGS, who PROCLAIMS SALVATION, who says to ZION, YOUR GOD REIGNS! (Acts 13:32—And we declare to you GLAD TIDINGS—that PROMISE which was made to the FATHERS, (Rom.4:13—For the PROMISE the he would be THE HEIR of the WORLD was not to ABRAHAM or to his seed through the law, but through the righteousness of FAITH.) (Ps.2:6—Yet I have set My King on MY HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will DECLARE the DECREE: (the law) The Lord has said to Me, YOU are MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME and I WILL GIVE YOU the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION.)
Returning to Is.52:8--Your WATCHMEN shall lift up their voices, with their voices they shall sing together for they shall see EYE to EYE when the Lord BRINGS BACK ZION. (9) Break forth into JOY, sing together, you WASTE PLACES of JERUSALEM! For the Lord has COMFORTED HIS PEOPLE, HE HAS REDEEMED JERUSALEM. (10) The Lord has made bare HIS HOLY ARM in the eyes of ALL NATIONS and ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH SHALL SEE the SALVATION OF OUR GOD.
Is.51:3--For the Lord will COMFORT ZION, He will COMFORT all her WASTE PLACES. He will make her wilderness like EDEN, and her desert like THE GARDEN of THE LORD: JOY and GLADNESS will be FOUND in it, thanksgiving and the voice of melody. (Is.61:1—THE SPIRIT of the LORD GOD is UPON ME, because the Lord has ANOINTED Me to preach GOOD TIDINGS ; He has SENT Me to HEAL the BROKENHEARTED, to proclaim LIBERTY to the CAPTIVES, and the opening of the PRISON to those who are BOUND; (2) to proclaim the ACCEPTABLE YEAR of the LORD, and the day of VENGEANCE of our GOD; to COMFORT ALL WHO MOURN in ZION. (3) To GIVE them BEAUTY for ASHES, the OIL of JOY for MOURNING, the GARMENT of PRAISE for the SPIRIT of HEAVINESS; that they may be called TREES OF RIGHTEOUSNESS; the PLANTING OF THE LORD that HE MAY BE GLORIFIED. (Is.60:21—Also your people shall all be RIGHTEOUS, they shall INHERIT THE LAND FOREVER, the BRANCH OF MY PLANTING, the WORK OF MY HANDS, that I MAY BE GLORIFIED
Jere.32:38—They shall be MY PEOPLE, and I will be THEIR GOD; (39) Then I will give them one HEART and one WAY, that they may FEAR Me forever, for the GOOD of them and their CHILDREN after them. (40) And I will make an EVERLASTING COVENANT with them, that I will not turn away from DOING THEM GOOD; but I will put MY FEAR in their HEARTS so that they WILL NOT DEPART FROM ME. (41) YES, I WILL REJOICE over them to do them GOOD and I WILL ASSUREDLY PLANT them in THIS LAND, (promise land?) with ALL My HEART and with ALL My SOUL. (42) For thus says the Lord: Just as I have brought ALL THIS GREAT CALAMITY on this people, so I will bring on them ALL THE GOOD that I have PROMISED THEM. (Heb.9:11—But Christ came as HIGH PRIEST of the GOOD THINGS to come, with the GREATER and more perfect TABERNACLE not made with hands, NOT of THIS CREATION.)
(Heb.9:8—The HOLY SPIRIT indicating THIS, that the WAY into the HOLIEST of ALL was NOT yet made MANIFEST while THE FIRST TABERNACLE was still STANDING.. (12) NOT with the blood of goats and calves, but with HIS OWN BLOOD HE ENTERED the MOST HOLY PLACE ONCE FOR ALL, having OBTAINED ETERNAL REDEMPTION. (15) And for THIS reason HE IS THE MEDIATIOR of the NEW COVENANT, by means of DEATH, for the REDEMPTIOM of the TRANSGRESSIONS under the FIRST COVENANT, that those who are called may receive THE PROMISE of the ETERNAL INHERITANCE.
Heb.8:10—For THIS is the COVENANT that I will make with the house of ISRAEL after those days, says the Lord: I will put My laws in their MIND and write them on their HEARTS; and I WILL BE THEIR GOD and THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. (11) NONE of them shall TEACH his NEIGHBOR and NONE his BROTHER, saying KNOW THE LORD, for ALL shall KNOW ME, from the LEAST of them to the GREATEST of THEM. (12) For I will be MERCIFUL to their UNRIGHTEOUSNESS, and their SINS and their LAWLESS deeds I WILL REMEMBER NO MORE. (13) In that He says, A NEW COVENANT, He has made the FIRST OBSOLETE. Now what is becoming OBSOLETE and GROWING OLD is READY to VANISH away.
(2 Corin.5:17—Therefore, if anyone is IN Christ, he is a NEW CREATION; OLD THINGS have PASSED AWAY; behold, ALL THINGS have become NEW. (18) NOW all THINGS are of GOD, who has RECONCILED US to HIMSELF through Jesus Christ, and has GIVEN US the MINISTRY of RECONCILIATION, (19) that is, THAT GOD was IN CHRIST RECONCILING the WORLD to HIMSELF, NOT IMPUTING THEIR TRESPASSES TO THEM, and has committed to us THE WORD of RECONCILIATION. Rom.5:10—For IF when we were enemies we were RECONCILED to GOD through the DEATH of HIS SON, much more having been RECONCILED, WE SHALL BE SAVED by HIS LIFE. (11) And NOT only THAT, but we REJOICE in GOD through our Lord Jesus Christ, through whom WE have NOW received THE RECONCILIATION. (12) Therefore, just as through ONE MAN SIN entered the WORLD, and DEATH through SIN, and thus DEATH SPREAD TO ALL MEN, because ALL SINNED. (18) Therefore, as through ONE MAN’S OFFENSE JUDGMENT came to ALL MEN, resulting in CONDEMNATION, even so through one MAN’S RIGHTEOUS ACT the FREE GIFT came to ALL MEN RESULTING in JUSTIFICATION of LIFE.
John 3:16—For GOD so LOVED the WORLD that HE GAVE His ONLY BEGOTTEN SON, that WHOEVER believes in HIM should NOT perish but have EVERLASTING LIFE. (17) For GOD DID NOT SEND HIS SON to CONDEMN the WORLD, but that the WORLD through HIM might be SAVED. (Ps.2:6—Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (7) I will declare the decree: the Lord has said to Me, YOU are MY SON, today I HAVE BEGOTTEN YOU. (8) ASK of ME and I will GIVE YOU the NATIONS for YOUR INHERITANCE and the ENDS OF THE EARTH for YOUR POSSESSION. (I believe right here in the Second Ps. is a spiritual place where we can stand upon this Promise and ask God to do this.) (Ps.25:27—ALL THE ENDS of the WORLD shall REMEMBER and TURN to THE LORD, and ALL THE FAMILIES of the NATIONS shall WORSHIP before YOU. (28) FOR the KINGDOM is the LORD’S, and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.
Heb.9:28,b—To those who eagerly wait for Him HE WILL APPEAR a SECOND TIME, APART from SIN for SALVATION. (Acts 3:20—and that He may SEND Jesus Christ who was PREACHED TO YOU BEFORE, (21) whom heaven must receive until the times of RESTORATION of ALL THINGS.) 2 Corin.3:3—YOU are manifestly an EPISTLE of CHRIST, ministered by us, WRITTEN NOT with INK but by THE SPIRIT, of the LIVING GOD, NOT on TABLETS of STONE but on TABLETS of FLESH, that is, of the HEART. (4) And we have SUCH TRUST through CHRIST toward GOD. (5) NOT that we are SUFFICIENT of OURSELVES, but our SUFFICIENCY is of GOD. (6) Who also made us sufficient as MINISTERS of THE NEW COVENANT, NOT of the LETTER, but of THE SPIRIT; for the LETTER KILLS, but THE SPIRIT GIVES LIFE.
(John 10:10—The THIEF does NOT come EXCEPT to STEAL, and to KILL, and to DESTROY. I have come that they may have LIFE, and that they may have it MORE abundantly.) Returning to 2 Corin.3:7--But if the MINISTRY of DEATH, written and engraved on STONES, was GLORIOUS, so that the children of ISRAEL could not look STEADILY at the face of MOSES because of the GLORY of his countenance, which GLORY was PASSING AWAY. (8) how will THE MINISTRY of THE SPIRIT not be MORE GLORIOUS? (9) For if the MINISTRY of CONDEMNATION had GLORY, the MINISTRY of RIGHTEOUSNESS EXCEEDS MUCH MORE IN GLORY.
(Is.51:1—Listen to Me, you who follow after RIGHTEOUSNESS, you who SEEK THE LORD, look to the rock from which you were hewn, and to the hole of the pit from which you were dug. (2) Look to ABRAHAM YOUR FATHER, and to SARAH who BORE you. For I called him alone and blessed him and increased him. (3) For the Lord will COMFORT ZION, He will COMFORT all her WASTE places; He will make her wilderness like EDEN, and her DESERT like the GARDEN of the LORD.
Returning to Rev.21:3--And I heard a LOUD voice from heaven saying, “BEHOLD THE TABERNACLE OF GOD is WITH MEN, and HE WILL DWELL WITH THEM, and they SHALL BE HIS PEOPLE, GOD HIMSELF WILL BE WITH THEM and BE THEIR GOD. (Ps.15:1—Lord, who may ABIDE in YOUR TABERNACLE? Who may DWELL in YOUR HOLY HILL? (2) He who walks UPRIGHTLY, (Pro.2 21—For the UPRIGHT will DWELL in the LAND, and the BLAMELESS will REMAIN in IT.) Returning to Ps.15:2--and works RIGHTEOUSNESS, and speaks THE TRUTH in his HEART; (3) He who does NOT backbite with his tongue, NOR does EVIL to his NEIGHBOR, NOR does he take up a REPROACH against his FRIEND.)
(Ps.27:5—For in the time of TROUBLE He shall HIDE me in a PAVILION; in THE SECRET PLACE of HIS TABERNACLE He shall HIDE me; He shall set me HIGH upon a ROCK. (6) And now my HEAD shall be LIFTED up ABOVE MY ENEMIES ALL AROUND ME; Therefore I will offer SACRIFICES of JOY in HIS TABERNACLE; I will SING, yes, I will sing PRAISES to the Lord.) Ps.61:1—Hear my cry, O God; attend to my prayer. (2) FROM THE END of THE EARTH I will cry to you, when my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the ROCK that is higher than I. (3) For You have been a shelter for me, and a STRONG TOWER from the ENEMY. (4) I WILL ABIDE IN YOUR TABERNACLE FOREVER; I will TRUST in the SHELTER of YOUR WINGS. (5) For YOU, O God have heard my vows; YOU HAVE GIVEN ME THE HERITAGE of those who FEAR Your NAME. (6) You will PROLONG the KING’S LIFE, His YEARS as MANY GENERATIONS. (7) He shall ABIDE BEFORE GOD FOREVER. Oh, prepare MERCY and TRUTH, which may PRESERVE HIM!
(Is.49:8,b—I WILL PRESERVE YOU and GIVE YOU as a COVENANT to the people, TO RESTORE THE EARTH, to cause them to INHERIT the DESOLATE HERITAGES; (Looking back at verse (6,b) I will also GIVE YOU as a LIGHT to the GENTILES, that YOU should be MY SALVATION to THE ENDS OF THE EARTH.) (KJV) (Pro.14:11--The house of the wicked shall be overthrown: but the TABERNACLE of the of the UPRIGHT shall FLOURISH. (12) There is A WAY which SEEMETH RIGHT UNTO A MAN, but the END thereof are THE WAYS of DEATH.)
Is.33:20—Look upon ZION, the CITY of our APPOINTED feasts; you eyes will see JERUSALEM, a quite habitation, A TABERNACLE that will NOT be taken DOWN; NOT ONE of its stakes will EVER be REMOVED; nor will any of it CORDS be BROKEN. (21) But THERE the MAJESTIC LORD will be FOR US. (Ps.2:2—The kings of the earth set themselves, and the RULERS take COUNSEL together, AGAINST THE LORD and AGAINST HIS ANOINTED, saying, (3) Let us break Their bonds in pieces and CAST AWAY Their CORDS from US. (4) He who sits in the heavens shall LAUGH; Then He shall speak to them in HIS WRATH, and DISTRESS them in His deep DISPLEASURE. (1 Thess.5:9—For God did not APPOINT us to WRATH but to OBTAIN SALVATION through our Lord Jesus Christ.) (Ps.43:3—Oh, send out YOUR LIGHT and YOUR TRUTH and let THEM lead me; let THEM bring me to you HOLY HILL and to YOUR TABERNACLE.) Returning to Ps.2:6—Yet I have set My King on My HOLY HILL of ZION. (8) Ask of Me and I will GIVE You the NATIONS for Your inheritance and the ENDS of the EARTH for Your possession.)
Eze.37:24—DAVID My servant shall be KING over them, and they shall all have ONE SHEPHERD; they shall also walk in MY JUDGEMENTS and observe MY STATUTES, and do them. (Mal.4:4—Remember the Law of Moses, My servant, which I COMMANDED him in HOREB for ALL ISRAEL, with the STATUTES and JUDGMENTS. (5) Behold, I will send you ELIJAH the prophet BEFORE the coming of the GREAT and DREADFUL DAY OF THE LORD. (6) And He will TURN the hearts of the FATHERS to the CHILDREN, and the hearts of the CHILDREN to their FATHERS, lest I come and strike the earth with a CURSE. (Gal.3:13—Christ has REDEEMED us from the CURSE of the law, (14) that the BLESSING of ABRAHAM might come upon the GENTILES in Christ Jesus, that we might receive THE PROMISE of the SPIRIT through FAITH.) (Ps.37:22—For those who are BLESSED by Him shall INHERIT the EARTH, but those who are CURSED by Him shall be CUT OFF.)
Returning to Eze.37:25—Then they shall DWELL IN THE LAND that I have GIVEN to JACOB My servant, where your FATHERS dwelt; and they shall dwell there, they their CHILDREN, and their CHILDREN’S CHILDREN, FOREVER; and My servant DAVID shall be THEIR PRINCE FOREVER. (26) Moreover I will make a COVENANT of PEACE with them, and it shall be an EVERLASTING COVENANT with them; I will ESTABLISH them and MULTIPLY them, and I WILL SET MY SANCTUARY IN THEIR MIDST FOREVERMORE. (27) My TABERNACLE also SHALL BE WITH THEM; I WILL BE THEIR GOD, and THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE. (18) The NATIONS also will KNOW that I, the Lord, SANCTIFY ISRAEL, when MY SANCTUARY IS IN THEIR MIDST FOREVERMORE.
Rev.21:3—And I heard a loud voice from heaven saying, “Behold, the TABERNACLE of GOD is WITH MEN, and HE WILL BE WITH THEM, and THEY SHALL BE HIS PEOPLE, and GOD HIMSELF WILL BE WITH THEM and BE THEIR GOD. (Is.51:16—And I have put MY WORDS in YOUR MOUTH; I have covered you with the shadow of My hand, that I may plant the heavens, lay the foundations of the earth, and say to ZION, ‘YOU ARE MY PEOPLE’) Returning to Rev.21:5—Then He who sat on the THRONE said, “BEHOLD, I MAKE ALL THINGS NEW.” And He said to me. “write, for THESE WORDS are TRUE and FAITHFUL (6 And He said to me, ‘IT IS DONE! I AM THE ALPHA and OMEGA the BEGINNING and THE END. I will GIVE OF THE FOUNTAIN of THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY to him who THIRSTS. (7) He who OVERCOMES shall INHERIT ALL THINGS, and I WILL BE HIS GOD and HE SHALL BE MY SON. (9) Then one of the SEVEN ANGELS who had the SEVEN BOWELS filled with the SEVEN PLAGUES came to me and talked with me, saying “COME, I will show you the BRIDE, the LAMB’S WIFE.
(Rev.10:5—And the ANGEL whom I saw standing on the SEA and on the LAND lifted up his hand to heaven (6) and SWORE by HIM who LIVES FOREVER and EVER, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the SEA and the things that are in it. That there should be DELAY NO LONGER, (7) but in the days of the SOUNDING of the SEVENTH ANGEL when he is about to SOUND, the MYSTERY of GOD would be FINISHED, as He has DECLARED to His servants THE PROPHETS.) (Rev. 11:15—Then the SEVENTH ANGEL SOUNDED: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “THE KINGDOMS OF THIS WORLD HAVE BECOME the KINGDOMS of OUR LORD and of HIS CHRIST, and HE SHALL REIGN FOREVER and EVER!)
Zech.8:2—Thus says the Lord of hosts: I AM ZEALOUS for ZION with GREAT ZEAL; with great fervor I am ZEALOUS for her. (3) Thus says the Lord: I will RETURN to ZION, and DWELL IN THE MIDST OF JERUSALEM. JERUSALEM shall be called the CITY OF TRUTH, the MOUNTAIN of the Lord of hosts, THE HOLY MOUNTAIN. (7) Thus says the Lord of hosts: Behold, I will SAVE MY PEOPLE from the LAND of the EAST and from the land of the WEST; (8) I will BRING THEM BACK, and they shall DWELL IN the midst of JERUSALEM. THEY SHALL BE MY PEOPLE and I WILL BE THEIR GOD, in TRUTH and RIGHTEOUSNESS. Ps.135:21—BLESSED be the Lord out of ZION, who dwells in JERUSALEM. Ps.128:5—The Lord BLESS you out of ZION, and may you see the GOOD of JERUSALEM all the days of your life. (6) Yes, may you see your children’s children.
Is.43:5—FEAR NOT, for I AM WITH YOU; I will bring your DESCENDANTS from the EAST, and gather you from the WEST; (6) I will say to the NORTH, ‘Give them up!’ And to the SOUTH, DO NOT KEEP THEM BACK! Bring My SONS from afar, and My DAUGHTERS from THE ENDS OF THE EARTH—(Is. 62:11—Indeed the Lord has proclaimed TO THE END of THE WORLD: say to the daughter of ZION, surely YOUR SALVATION is COMING, behold His REWARD is WITH HIM, and HIS WORK BEFORE HIM. (Looking back at verses 4:5—You shall no longer be termed forsaken, NOR shall your land be desolate; but you shall be called HEPHZIBAH, and your land BEAULAH; for the Lord DELIGHTS in YOU, and your LAND shall be MARRIED. (5) For as a YOUNG MAN MARRIES a VIRGIN, so shall YOUR SONS MARRY YOU; and as A BRIDEGROOM rejoices over the BRIDE, so shall YOUR GOD REJOICE over you. (6) I have set WATCHMEN on your walls O JERUSALEM, who shall never hold their peace day or night! You who make mention of the Lord, DO NOT KEEP SILENT till He ESTABLISHES and till He makes JERUSALEM a PRAISE IN THE EARTH.) Returning to Is.43:7--EVERYONE who is called by MY NAME, whom I have created for MY GLORY; I have formed him, yes, I have made him.
(Eze.39:21—I will set MY GLORY among THE NATIONS; ALL THE NATIONS shall see MY
JUDGMENT which I have EXECUTED, and My hand which I have laid on them. (22) So the house of ISRAEL shall KNOW that I AM THE LORD THEIR GOD from that DAY FORWARD. (23) The GENTILES shall KNOW that the house of ISRAEL went into CAPTIVITY for THEIR INIQUITY; because they were UNFAITHFUL to Me, therefore I HID MY FACE FROM THEM. (Ps.24:6—JACOB is the generation of those who seek HIS FACE.) I gave them into the hand of THEIR ENEMIES and they fell by the SWORD. (24) According to their uncleanness and according to their TRANSGRESSION I have DEALT WITH THEM. (25) Therefore thus says the Lord God: ‘NOW I WILL BRING BACK THE CAPTIVITY of JACOB, and have MERCY on THE WHOLE HOUSE OF ISRAEL: and I WILL BE JEALOUS FOR MY HOLY NAME—
(Is.48:9—For MY NAME’S SAKE I will DEFER My ANGER, and for My PRAISE I will RESTRAIN it from YOU, so that I DO NOT CUT YOU OFF. (10) Behold, I have refined you, but not as silver; I have TESTED you in THE FURNACE of AFFLICTION. (11) For MY OWN SAKE, for MY OWN SAKE, I WILL DO IT. For how should My name be PROFANED? (12) Listen to Me, O JACOB, and ISRAEL My called: I AM HE, I AM THE FIRST and I AM ALSO THE LAST.) (Is.45:22—Look to Me, and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I AM GOD and THERE IS NO OTHER.) (Ps.22:27—ALL THE ENDS OF THE EARTH shall REMEMBER and TURN to THE LORD, and ALL THE FAMILIES of the NATIONS shall WORSHIP BEFORE YOU. (18) For THE KINGDOM is THE LORD’S, and HE RULES OVER THE NATIONS.)
(Eze.36:23—And I will SANCTIFY My GREAT NAME, which has been profaned among the NATIONS, which you have profaned in their midst; and the NATIONS shall KNOW that I AM THE LORD says the Lord God, when I am HALLOWED in YOU before their eyes. (24) For I will take you from among the nations, gather you out of all countries, and bring you into your own land. (promise land?) (25) THEN I will sprinkle CLEAN WATER on YOU, and you SHALL BE CLEAN; I will CLEANSE YOU from all your FILTHINESS and from all your IDOLS. (Ps.115:4—Their IDOLS are SILVER and GOLD, the WORK of MEN’S HANDS.)
(Ps.28:5—BECAUSE they do NOT regard THE WORKS of the Lord NOR the OPERATION of HIS HANDS He shall DESTROY THEM and NOT BUILD THEM UP.) Returning to Eze. 36:26—I WILL GIVE YOU A NEW HEART and put A NEW SPIRIT within YOU: I will TAKE the HEART of STONE out of your FLESH and GIVE YOU a HEART of FLESH. (27) I WILL PUT MY SPIRIT within YOU and CAUSE you to walk in MY STATUTES, and YOU WILL KEEP MY JUDGMENTS and DO THEM. (28) Then you shall DWELL IN THE LAND that I GAVE to YOUR FATHERS; YOU SHALL BE MY PEOPLE, and I WILL BE YOUR GOD. (32) NOT for YOUR SAKE do I DO THIS, says the Lord God, “let it be known to you BE ASHAMED and COUNFOUNDED for your OWN WAYS, O house of ISRAEL! (33) Thus says the Lord God: On the day that I CLEANSE YOU from ALL your INIQUITIES, I will also ENABLE YOU TO DWELL IN THE CITIES and THE RUINS SHALL BE REBUILT.
Ps.25:3—Let NO ONE who WAITS on YOU be ASHAMED; let those be ASHAMED who deal treacherously without cause. (4) Show me Your ways, O Lord; TEACH me Your PATHS. (5) LEAD me in Your TRUTH and TEACH me. (12) Who is the man that fears the Lord? HIM shall he TEACH in THE WAY HE CHOOSES. (13) He himself shall dwell in PROSPERITY, and HIS DESCENDANTS shall INHERIT THE EARTH. (14) The SECRET of the Lord is with those who FEAR HIM, and He will SHOW them HIS COVENANT
(Is.29:22—Therefore thus says the Lord, who REDEEMED ABRAHAM concerning the house of JACOB: “JACOB shall not NOW be ASHAMED, nor shall his face now grow pale; (23) But when he sees HIS CHILDREN, THE WORK OF MY HANDS, in HIS MIDST, they will HALLOW MY NAME, and HALLOW the HOLY ONE of JACOB, and FEAR the GOD of ISRAEL. (24) These also who ERRED in SPIRIT will come to UNDERSTANDING, and those who murmured will LEARN DOCTRINE. (Is.45:17—But ISRAEL shall be saved by the Lord (Gen.35:10, JACOBS name is changed to ISRAEL.) with an EVERLASTING SALVATION; you shall not be ASHAMED or DISGRACED forever and ever. (18) for thus says the Lord who created the heavens, who is God, who formed the earth and made it, who has established it, who did not create it in VAIN, who formed it to be INHABITATED: I AM THE LORD and there is NO OTHER.. (22) Look to ME and be SAVED, ALL YOU ENDS OF THE EARTH! For I AM GOD and there is NO OTHER.)
Jere.46:27—But do not fear, O My servant JACOB, and do not be dismayed, O ISRAEL! For behold, I will SAVE you from afar, and YOUR OFFSPRING from the land of their captivity; JACOB shall RETURN, have REST and be at EASE; NO ONE shall make him AFRAID. Is.30:15—For thus says the Lord God, the HOLY ONE of ISRAEL: in RETURNING and REST you shall be SAVED; in QUIETNESS and CONFIDENCE shall be your STRENGTH.) (Jere. 30:7—Alas for that day is great, so that NONE is LIKE IT. And it is the TIME of JACOB’S TROUBLE, but HE SHALL BE SAVED OUT OF IT.
Returning to Eze.39:27--When I have BROUGHT THEM BACK from the peoples and gathered them out of their ENEMIES lands, and I AM HALLOWED in them in the sight of many NATIONS, (28) then they shall KNOW that I am the Lord their God, who SENT THEM INTO CAPTIVITY AMONG THE NATIONS, but ALSO BROUGHT THEM BACK TO THEIR OWN LAND, and left NONE of them CAPTIVE any LONGER. (29) And I WILL NOT HIDE MY FACE FROM THEM ANYMORE, for I shall have POURED OUT MY SPIRIT on THE HOUSE OF ISRAEL, says the Lord God.
Is.49:17—Your sons shall make haste; Your DESTROYERS and those who laid you WASTE shall GO AWAY from you. (18) LIFT UP YOUR EYES, look around and SEE: all these gather together and COME TO YOU. as I LIVE, says the Lord, YOU SHALL SURELY CLOTHE YOURSELVES WITH THEM ALL AS AN ORNAMENT, and BIND THEM ON YOU as A BRIDE DOES. (19) For your WASTE and DESOLATE places, and the land of your DESTRUCTION, will even now be TOO SMALL for the INHABITANTS; and those who SWALLOWED you up will be FAR AWAY.
Jere.3:14—RETURN, O BACKSLIDING CHILDREN, says the Lord, for I AM MARRIED TO YOU, I will take you, one from a city and two from a family, and I WILL BRING YOU TO ZION. (15) And I WILL GIVE YOU SHEPHERDS according to MY HEART, who will feed you with KNOWLEDGE and UNDERSTANDING. Jere.4:1—If you will RETURN, O ISRAEL, says the Lord, RETURN to ME; and if you will put away your abominations out of My sight, then YOU SHALL NOT BE MOVED. (2) and you SHALL SWEAR, ‘THE LORD LIVES,’ in TRUTH, in JUDGMENT, and in RIGHTEOUSNESS; the NATIONS SHALL BLESS THEMSELVES IN HIM, and in HIM THEY SHALL GLORY. (Matt.8:11—And I say to you that MANY will come from the EAST and WEST, and sit down with ABRAHAM, ISAAC, and JACOB, in the KINGDOM of HEAVEN.
Ps.90:3—You TURN man to DESTRUCTION, and say RETURN, O children of men. (Joel 1:15—Alas for THE DAY OF THE LORD is at hand; it shall come as DESTRUCTION from the ALMIGHTY.) (Eze.13:4—O Israel, your PROPHETS are like FOXES in the DESERTS. (5) You have NOT gone up into the GAPS to build A WALL for the house of ISRAEL to STAND IN BATTLE on THE DAY OF THE LORD. (Is.12:5—They come from a far country, from the end of heaven, EVEN THE LORD and HIS WEAPONS of INDIGNATION, (Is.10:5—Woe to ASSYRIA, the ROD of MY ANGER and the staff in whose hand is MY INDIGNATION. (7) Yet he does NOT MEAN SO, NOR does his heart THINK SO; but it is IN HIS HEART to DESTROY, and CUT OFF NOT A FEW NATIONS.)
Returning Is.12:5—They come from a far country, even from the end of heaven, even the Lord and HIS WEAPONS OF INDIGNATION to DESTROY THE WHOLE LAND. (6) Wail, for THE DAY OF THE LORD is at hand! It will come as DESTRUCTION from the ALMIGHTY.) Eze.22:30—So I SOUGHT for A MAN among them who would make A WALL, and stand in THE GAP before Me on BEHALF OF THE LAND, THAT I SHOULD NOT DESTROY IT; but I FOUND NO ONE. (31) Therefore I have poured out My indignation on them: I have consumed them with the FIRE of MY WRATH; and I have RECOMPENSED their DEEDS on their OWN HEADS, says the Lord God. Eze.9:9—Then He said to me, “ THE INIQUITY of the house of ISRAEL and JUDAH is exceedingly GREAT, and the LAND is full of BLOODSHED, and the city full of perversity; for they say, THE LORD HAS FORSAKEN THE LAND, and the LORD DOES NOT SEE! (10) And as for Me also; My eye will neither spare, NOR will I have PITY, but I will RECOMPENSE their DEEDS on their OWN HEAD.
Is.9:14—Therefore the Lord will CUT OFF HEAD and TAIL from ISRAEL, PALM branch and bulrush in one day. (15) The ELDER and HONORABLE, he is THE HEAD; the PROPHET who teaches LIES, he is the TAIL. (16) For THE LEADERS of THIS PEOPLE cause them to ERR, and those who are led by them are DESTROYED (KJV) Pro.14:22—Do they not ERR that DEVISE EVIL? But MERCY and TRUTH shall be to them that DEVISE GOOD.) Is. 3:12—as for MY PEOPLE, children are their oppressors and women RULE over them. O MY PEOPLE! THOSE WHO LEAD YOU CAUSE YOU TO ERR, and DESTROY THE WAY OF YOUR PATHS. (13) The Lord stands up to PLEAD and stands up to JUDGE the PEOPLE. (14) The Lord will enter into JUDGMENT with the ELDERS of HIS PEOPLE and HIS PRINCES: for you have EATEN UP the VINEYARD. The plunder of THE POOR is in YOUR HOUSES. (15) What do you mean by CRUSHING MY PEOPLE and grinding the FACES of the POOR? Says the Lord God of hosts.
(Ps.80:14—RETURN, we beseech You, O God of hosts; look down from heaven and SEE, and VISIT this VINE (15) And the VINEYARD which YOUR RIGHT HAND has PLANTED, and the BRANCH that YOU made STRONG for YOURSELF. (17) Let Your hand be upon the man of YOUR RIGHT HAND, (Heb.8:1—Now this is the MAIN POINT of the things we are saying: We have such a HIGH PRIEST, who is seated at the RIGHT HAND of the throne of the MAJESTY in the heavens. (2) a MINISTER of the SANCTUARY and of THE TRUE TABERNACLE which the LORD ERECTED and NOT MAN.
Heb.5:5—So also Christ did not GLORIFY HIMSELF to become HIGH PRIEST, but it was He who said to Him: “YOU are MY SON, today I have begotten You. (Ps.2-8) (6) As He also said in another place YOU ARE A PRIEST FOREVER according to THE ORDER of MELCHIZEDEK. (Ps. 110:1—The Lord said to my Lord, “SIT AT MY RIGHT HAND, till I make YOUR ENEMIES Your FOOTSTOOL. (2) The Lord shall send THE ROD of YOUR STRENGTH out of ZION. RULE IN THE MIDST of YOUR ENEMIES! (4) The Lord has SWORN and will NOT RELENT, YOU are a PRIEST FOREVER according to the order of MELCHIZDEK.
Returning to Ps 80: 16—Let YOUR HAND be upon the SON of MAN whom You made STRONG for YOURSELF. (18) Then we will NOT turn back from You; REVIVE us, and we will call upon YOUR NAME. (19) RESTORE us, O Lord God of hosts; cause YOUR FACE to SHINE, and we SHALL BE SAVED! (Ps.67:1—God be MERCIFUL to us and BLESS us, and CAUSE HIS FACE TO SHINE upon US. (2) That YOUR WAY may be KNOWN on EARTH, Your SALVATION AMONG ALL NATIONS.) (Is.5:7—For THE VINEYARD of the LORD of HOSTS is the house of ISRAEL, and the men of JUDAH are His PLEASANT PLANT.
Ps.125:1—Those who TRUST in THE LORD are like MOUNT ZION, which CANNOT BE MOVED, but ABIDES FOREVER. (2) as the mountains surround JERUSALEM, so the Lord SURROUNDS HIS PEOPLE from THIS TIME forth and FOREVER.) (Ps. 135:21—BLESSED be the Lord out of ZION, who DWELLS IN JERUSALEM. (Is.4:3—And it shall come to pass that he who is LEFT in ZION and he who REMAINS in JERUSALEM will be called HOLY—EVERYONE WHO IS RECORDED AMONG THE LIVING in JERUSALEM.) (Is.63:10—I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, My soul shall be joyful in my God: For He has clothed me with the ROBE of RIGHTEOUSNESS, as A BRIDEGROOM DECKS HIMSELF WITH ORNAMENTS, and as a BRIDE ADORNS HERSELF with JEWELS. (11) For as the EARTH brings forth its BUD, as the GARDEN cause the things that are sown in to SPRING FORTH, so the Lord God will cause RIGHTEOUSNESS and PRAISE to SPRING FORTH before ALL THE NATIONS. )
(Is.62:1—For ZION’S SAKE I will NOT HOLD MY PEACE, and for JERUSALEM’S SAKE I will NOT REST, until her RIGHTEOUSNESS goes forth as BRIGHTNESS, and her SALVATION as A LAMP that BURNS. (Remember the parable of the ten virgins? Matt.25:1-13) Returning to Is.62:7—And give Him NO REST till HE ESTABLISHES, and till He makes JERUSALEM a PRAISE IN THE EARTH. (11) Indeed the Lord has proclaimed TO the END OF THE WORLD: say to the daughter of ZION, surely your SALVATION is COMING;)
(Jere.33:3—CALL to ME, and I will ANSWER you, and SHOW you GREAT and MIGHTY THINGS, which you do NOT know. (7) And I will cause THE CAPTIVES of JUDAH and the CAPTIVES of ISRAEL to RETURN, and WILL REBUILD those places as at the FIRST. (8) I WILL CLEANSE THEM from all their INIQUITIES by which they have SINNED against ME, and I will PARDON all their INIQUITIES by which they have SINNED and by which they have TRANSGRESSED against ME. (9) THEN it shall be to ME a NAME of JOY, a PRAISE, and an HONOR BEFORE ALL NATIONS OF THE EARTH, who shall hear all the GOOD that I DO TO THEM; they shall FEAR and TREMBLE for all the GOODNESS, and all the PROSPERITY that I PROVIDE FOR IT. (10) Thus says the Lord: “AGAIN there shall be heard in THIS PLACE—of which you say, “It is DESOLATE, without INHABITANT and without BEAST, (11) the VOICE of JOY and the VOICE of GLADNESS, the VOICE of the BRIDEGROOM and the VOICE of the BRIDE, the VOICE of THOSE WHO WILL SAY; “PRAISE the Lord of hosts, for the Lord is GOOD, for HIS MERCY ENDURES FOREVER”—and of those who will bring THE SACRIFICE of PRAISE into the HOUSE of the LORD. For I will cause THE CAPTIVES OF THE LAND to RETURN as at the FIRST, says the Lord.
(Rev. 22:14—Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may HAVE THE RIGHT to THE TREE of LIFE, and may ENTER through the gates into THE CITY.) Pro.13:12—HOPE deferred makes the heart SICK, but when the DESIRE comes, it is a TREE OF LIFE.) Returning to Rev.22:17—And the SPIRIT and the BRIDE say COME! And let him who HEARS say COME! And let him who THIRSTS COME, and WHOEVER DESIRES let him take of THE WATER OF LIFE FREELY.
Ps.19:1—The heavens declare the GLORY of GOD; and the firmament shows His handiwork. (2) Day unto day utters speech, and night unto night reveals knowledge. (3) There is NO SPEECH nor LANGUAGE where their voice is NOT HEARD. (4) THEIR LINE has gone OUT THROUGH ALL THE EARTH, and their WORDS to THE END OF THE WORLD. In THEM He has set A TABERNACLE for the SUN, (5) which is like A BRIDEGROOM coming OUT of his CHAMBER, and rejoices like a STRONG MAN to RUN its RACE. (6) Its RISING is from one end of heaven and ITS CIRCUIT to the other end; and there is NOTHING HIDDEN from its HEAT. (Is.31:9,b) Says the Lord, whose FIRE is in ZION and whose FURNACE is in JERUSALEM.
1 Corin.9:24—Do you not know that those who RUN in a race ALL run, but ONE receives the PRIZE? RUN in such A WAY that you may OBTAIN it. (James 2:13—For JUDGMENT is WITHOUT MERCY to him who has shown NO MERCY.
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"...Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men..." How wonderful are the promises, and the faithfulness of our God. We have SO much to be thankful for! Praise God for His goodness and His love. Thank you, Sharon, for this timely reminder. Dennis
Dearest Sharon, What a special message and doubly so because my daily devotional also dealt with acknowledging God's promises! As you wrote here, "We might receive THE PROMISE of the SPIRIT through FAITH," we need to be open to receiving all that God has to offer us - all that HE wants so much to give to His Children! He brings compassion, love, wisdom, FORGIVENESS, new beginnings, spiritual strength. He will not hold back and even when we sin, He is there waiting to shower us with His gifts - waiting for us to wake up, see the banquet before us, leave our wicked ways behind and join Him at the Table of LIFE! As if all this isn't enough, He has also promised to return to us, in person! Let us cling to these promises and act upon them by sharing them with loved ones and all who would hear! Thank you, Sharon, for opening our eyes, our minds and our hearts to see all that God has prepared for us! May He bless you abundantly...Love, Peggy