Listen to Me, My beloved…I have upheld you since you were conceived, and have cared for you since the day you were born. Even to your old age and gray hairs, I am your God…I am He Who will sustain you. I have made you and I will continue to care for you. I will bear you up; I will deliver you and keep you safe. [Father God…Isa 46:3-4]
Relationship in marriage: Mirror of the Blessed Trinity
God instituted human marriage…to be a mirror of the relationship that characterizes the relationship in the Blessed Trinity. The Lord God said after having created Adam, “It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him.” So the Lord God formed from the ground all the wild animals and the birds and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them, and the man chose a name for each one. But still there was no helper among them just right for him. So the Lord God caused the man to fall into a deep sleep. While the man slept, the Lord God took out one of the man’s ribs and closed up the opening. Then the Lord God made a woman from the rib, and He brought her to the man. “At last!” the man exclaimed! “This one is bone from my bone, and flesh from my flesh! She will be called ‘woman,’ because she was taken from man!” This explains why a man leaves his father and mother and is joined to his wife, and the two are united into one. The man and his wife were both naked, but they felt no shame.
Have you never read that He Who made them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, “For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and shall be joined inseparably to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh?” The man Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called ‘woman,’ for she was taken out of man.” For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and they will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. What, therefore, God has joined together, let not man put asunder. [Matt 19:4-6; Gen 2:23-24]
Mirror of the Almighty
Mankind was created in the image and likeness of God, that we would reflect the Glory of God…some aspect of His nature and character…to the created Universe in their experience of us. Whenever the created Universe comes into contact with me, some characteristic of God is to be revealed to them through me. They are to see in me, as in a mirror, a reflection of God Himself.
Jesus, in the character of His human nature, was a perfect mirror of the Almighty. Jesus answered: “Don’t you know Me, Philip, even after I have been among you such a long time? Anyone who has seen Me has seen the Father. How can you say, ‘Show us the Father'”? [John 14:9]
But we Christians have no veil over our faces; we can be mirrors that brightly reflect the glory of the Lord. And as the Spirit of the Lord works within us, we become more and more like Him. [2 Cor 3:18]
Mankind: Crown jewels of Creation
Man was made to be in the likeness of God…in the image of God; he was placed upon the Earth and given dominion over every living creature upon the Earth.
Then God said, “Let Us make Man in Our image, in Our likeness, and let them rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air, over the livestock, over all the Earth, and over all the creatures that move along the ground.” So God created Man in His Own image, in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them. God blessed them and said to them, “Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the Earth and subdue it. Rule over the fish of the sea and the birds of the air and over every living creature that moves on the ground.” Now the LORD God had planted a garden in the East, in Eden; and there He put the man He had formed. The LORD God took the man and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it. [Gen 1:26-28; 2:8, 15]
O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the Earth! You have set Your Glory above the heavens; from the lips of children and infants You have ordained praise because of Your enemies, to silence the foe and the avenger. When I consider Your heavens, the work of Your fingers, the moon and the stars, which You have set in place, what is Man that You are mindful of him, mere Man, that You care for him? Yet You made him inferior only to Yourself; You crowned him with glory and honor! He will be a crown of splendor in the Lord’s hand, a royal diadem in the hand of his God. You appointed him ruler over everything You made; You placed him over all Creation: sheep and cattle, and the wild animals too; the birds and the fish and the creatures in the seas! O Lord, our Lord, how majestic is Your Name in all the Earth! [Ps 8; Isa 62:3]
Lord God Almighty…my mouth is filled with Your praise, declaring Your splendor all day long! As for me, I will always have hope; I praise You more and more! My mouth tells of Your righteousness, of Your salvation all day long, though I know not its measure! I come and proclaim Your mighty acts, Sovereign Father! I proclaim Your righteousness, Yours alone! Since my youth You have taught me, Father, and to this day I declare Your marvelous deeds! Even when I am old and gray, Father, You will not forsake me; I shall declare Your power to the next generation, Your might to all who are to come! Your righteousness reaches to the skies, Father…You who have done great things! Who, precious Father, is like You? Though You have made me see troubles, many and bitter, You restore my life over and over again! From the depths of the Earth, You bring me up! You increase my honor and comfort me once again! I praise You with the harp for Your faithfulness, Father! I sing praise to You with the lyre, Blessed Holy One of Israel! My lips shout for joy when I sing praise to You…I whom You have redeemed! My tongue will tell of Your righteous acts all day long, for those who wanted to harm me have been put to shame and confusion!
How great are Your signs, Father, how mighty Your wonders! Your Kingdom is an eternal Kingdom! Your dominion endures from generation to generation! All my praise belongs to the Most High God! I honor and glorify You Who lives forever, Father! Your dominion is an eternal dominion; Your Kingdom endures from generation to generation! All the peoples of the Earth are regarded as nothing! You do what You please with the powers of Heaven and the peoples of the Earth! No one can hold back Your hand or say to You, “What have You done?”
Listen, O heavens, and I will speak! Hear, O Earth, the words of my mouth! Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants! I proclaim Your Holy Name, my God and Father! Oh, how I praise the greatness of my God! Hallelujah!
I sing joyfully to You, Father; it is fitting for the upright to praise You! I praise You with the harp! I make music to You on the ten-stringed lyre! I sing to You a new song! I play skillfully and shout for joy! Hallelujah! For Your Word is right and true, Father! You are faithful in all You do! You love righteousness and justice! The Earth is full of Your unfailing love! By Your Word the heavens were made, Father…their starry host by the breath of Your mouth! You gather the waters of the sea into jars; You put the deep into storehouses! Let all the Earth regard You with awe-filled reverence and respect, Father! Let all the people of the world reverence You! For You spoke, and it came to be! You commanded, and it stood firm! You foil the plans of the nations; You thwart the purposes of the peoples! But Your plans stand firm forever, Father! You are my help and my shield! In You my heart rejoices, for I trust in Your Holy Name! Your unfailing love rests upon me even as I put my hope in You, Father!
Brothers and sisters in Christ…
This is where I stand. I don’t know why God has been exhorting me to continually warn the brethren to be prepared with a supply of food, necessities, and provisions…but I am not giving up my own provisions at this point in time. I am holding on, and I will wait and see what takes place. And so I continue to encourage you…make provision for the physical sustenance of your family and yourself [refer to https://preservechristianfamily.org/2017/02/26/brace-yourself-prepare/]. A prudent man sees danger and takes refuge, but the simple keep on going, and suffer for it. [Proverbs 22:3]
The Lord always warns His holy remnant beforehand, so that they will always be prepared and never taken by surprise like the unbelievers and the lukewarm. Make provision for yourself and your family materially, spiritually, and emotionally NOW for what the Lord is warning will take place so as to not be overwhelmed by a severe scarcity of goods, and thereby spiral into debilitating emotional depression!
You need to be prepared and available as a minister of the Lord to a dying world: Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the Word of life. [Phil 2:14-16] We have been raised up by the Lord for such a time as this!
I still hold to the Spirit’s words of warning: “Brace yourself, and tell others that I have warned them to brace themselves, for they are about to see even more shocking things. Ready or not, Nation, here it comes! Brace yourself on My Word and on My promises, and do not rely on your own strength. Do not stop bracing yourselves, and don’t look back; the storm will not pass until I, the Lord, stop the storm! Those who refuse to get ready will be wanting in the end.”
But if the watchman sees the danger coming and does not blow the trumpet to warn the people, and the sword comes and takes the life of even one of them, that one will be taken away because of his sin, but I will hold the watchman accountable for his blood. [Ezek 33:6]
Lord God Almighty, as Your watchman I have been solemnly fulfilling the responsibility You have given me in sounding the alarm to warn Your people; there will be no blood on my hands.
Come, My people, enter your chambers and shut your doors behind you; hide yourselves for a little while until the Lord’s wrath has passed by. For behold, the Lord is coming out of His Heavenly Sanctuary to punish the inhabitants of the Earth for their iniquity. The Earth also will disclose the blood shed upon her, and the ground will no longer hide those who have been murdered…63 million unborn children slaughtered in cold-blooded murder…and conceal her guilt. They will be brought out for all to see. [Isa 26:20-21]
We are encouraged, though, to keep our own integrity in times of common apostasy, that, if we do so, we shall be hidden in the day of the Lord’s anger.
There is a holy remnant whom God is raising up for Himself in this Last Day of the Lord…a Godly remnant of His children who will not bow down, who will not shrink back, who will not compromise, who will remain steadfast and immovable in their commitment to follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes. God’s holy remnant is called to a life of obedience and suffering, self-sacrifice and self-denial…to walk along the path that Christ Jesus dedicated for us, and to follow in His footsteps as our forerunner. You cannot become part of My holy remnant without being willing to sacrifice your desire for anything and everything you own.
Friends, brothers and sisters, this is our Lord’s exhortation…
Arise My bride, and prepare to pray:
- Pray to strengthen the backbone of the Church. The current ongoing persecution of the Church and of Christians is going to escalate exponentially; it is going to get MUCH WORSE.
- Pray for the cleansing of the corruption in the Church. God is going to expose and purge corruption within His Church, and separate the wheat from the chaff…separate His True church from the apostate churches that no longer belong to Him. He is going to expose false prophets and teachers, and wolves dressed in sheep clothing pretending to be shepherds.
- Pray for a Great Harvest: It is a call to preach the gospel to everyone, everywhere; God will use His holy remnant to seek and to save the lost. There will be a great harvest of souls in these Last Days. Jesus said to them, “Go throughout the whole world and preach the good news of the Gospel to everyone, everywhere. With My authority, take this message of repentance to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: There is forgiveness of sins for all who turn to Me. [Mark 16:15; Luke 24:47]
And now, Lord God Almighty…bring rains to our drought-stricken lives, so that those who sow in tears, invoking the Lord of the Harvest, will reap with songs of Joy. He who goes out weeping, carrying seed to sow, will return with songs of joy, carrying bountiful sheaves from the harvest with him! [Ps 126:3-6] Hallelujah!
Arise My bride, and prepare for battle. There is going to be severe Satanic, demonic attacks against God’s holy remnant of committed, uncompromising, steadfast Christians, pastors, and leaders [not the lukewarm], and against marriages, families, and children in these coming days! There is going to be severe attacks and intense persecution coming from pretending “Christians” within the church, against pastors who preach the uncompromised Word of God. For the time is coming when people will not tolerate sound and wholesome instruction, but, having ears itching for something self-pleasing and gratifying, they will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear. [2 Tim 4:3-5]
Woe to the inhabitants of the Earth and the sea, because the devil has come down to you! He is filled with fury, because he knows that his time is short. [Rev 12:12]
Arise My bride, and prepare to see My Face. Behold, I am coming soon! My reward is with me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done.
“Behold”, says the Lord Jesus in His last warning for the last opportunity offered to mankind to be among His redeemed, “I come for the last time like a thief in the night to gather those who would be among the elect! Blessed is he who stays awake and keeps his clothes with him, in watchfulness, prayer and readiness for the summons when it comes, so that he may not go naked and be shamefully exposed, eternally without remedy.”
ENDURE TO THE END
I am coming quickly. Hold on to what you have, so that no one will deprive you of your crown. Everyone who overcomes by means of their faith…I will give to eat some of the hidden manna of Heaven. I will also give you a white stone with a new name engraved on it, known only to the one who receives it.
Friends, brothers and sisters…
There is one absolutely necessary preparation for every living soul on the face of this Earth, for the soon coming and imminent return of Jesus Christ…the one preparation that will irrevocably determine in which neighborhood you will spend all eternity, whether in Heaven or in Hell. You must be a born-again child of God. I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot be in God’s Kingdom. I tell you the truth, no one can ever enter the Kingdom of God unless you are born of water and the Spirit. Flesh gives birth to flesh, but the Spirit gives birth to spirit. You should not be surprised at My saying you must be born again. [Jesus…John 3:3-7]
If you have never been born again,
or you are not sure whether you have been born again,
or you have been living your life as a lukewarm Christian and would now like to recommit your life and enter into a deep and intimate relationship with Christ Jesus in preparation for the soon coming marriage supper of the Lamb…
then I counsel you to get alone with God, read the solemn marriage vows you must make to become the bride of Christ and thereby be born-again, [https://preservechristianfamily.org/2019/01/21/bride-of-christ/], and with sincerity of heart from within the depths of your being, acknowledge before God, “I DO.”