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Jesus said, “Behold, I am coming soon!  My reward is with Me, and I will give to everyone according to what he has done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the First and the Last, the Beginning and the End,” as John was watching and listening.  However, it was not John who said to Jesus, “Yes, come, Lord Jesus, come,” but it was the Spirit and the bride who said, “Come!”

As such, the invitation and the agreement for Jesus to come as He said He would came not from John, His disciple, but rather, from the Spirit Himself together with the bride.  And you know, elect, the bride referred to in the Revelation is not the church, but rather, as the angel clearly said to John the apostle, “Come, I will show you the bride, the wife of the Lamb.” And he carried me away in the Spirit to a mountain great and high, and showed me the Holy City, Jerusalem, coming down out of Heaven from God. So whatever erroneous doctrine you have held on to that the church is the bride is because of the way Paul’s writings are twisted by those who are ignorant of the power of God.  Paul likened the church to a bride, but he never said that we are the bride.  And he likened it as a way of showing how the Lord loves the church and how the church should be faithful to the Lord.

The Lord still loves the church; of that there is no doubt.  However, the way the church has treated His word and her attitude to listening to Him, if indeed the church is His bride, then Jesus has a bride on Earth that runs after listening to others like Israel was adulterous to God.  So then the church in her refusal to listen and practise His words but words of other men, if she was the bride, is indeed an adulterous bride.  So God in His wisdom never, ever intended the church – that is, the fellowship of believers and disciples at large – to be the bride of the Lamb, but merely a collection of servants, friends, beneficiaries of His mercy and grace, and brothers and sisters.  But bride?  Never!  Otherwise, God would have been condemning His Son to marry one who has been unfaithful to Him from the beginning!  Rather, the Father had something far better for His only Begotten – out of Him would come the bride, not created as part of this creation, but as John saw it… the city came out of Heaven from God.

We, the church, are the salvaged and redeemed from this fallen creation, and the scriptures testify that even after our salvation, our redemption, our calling, our choosing and our election, we still did not listen, obey, believe or repent of our lack of faith and stubbornness.  If such is recorded in scriptures about the founding disciples, then how much more the subsequent generations would have strayed so that in less than a 100 years, Jesus found His disciples infiltrated, no, infected with people and teachings that were not His – the Nicolaitans, the Balaamites, and those who follow Jezebel.

If within 100 years the churches had lost their first love and lost the power, allowing Nicolaitans, Balaamites and Jezebelians to dwell within their midst, and placed their confidence in worldly wealth, becoming blind, naked, wretched, pitiful and poor, then what condition do you think the churches are now, another 1,900 years later?

If a ship is off course early, then later it will always be further off course… unless there is deep repentance.

Since we love to follow the examples of our forefathers who were amazed at Jesus, who worshipped Him, praised Him, and ate and drank with Him, but who never, ever repented to Him except for Judas Iscariot, then it is unlikely repentance has ever been the priority of the church.  Making sinners repent of that which is sin according to the Law of Moses, yes, but the believers and disciples themselves repenting of breaking the one command given them by the Father?  If indeed there has been a process of continuous repentance from Peter, James and John onwards for our failure to obey and keep the command of the Father to listen to Jesus and only to Jesus, then we would not have the present history of the church and its adulterated and powerless doctrine of social integration by humanistic means.  Indeed, attendance at religious services, public prayers, water baptisms, christenings, religious festivals commemorating a dead saint’s life, building programmes, collections of monies and so on would not be ‘church’ life as we see it now, but rather, the Kingdom of God would be fully manifested with such power that the church would now be known as the place where her people can cause the blind to see, the lame to walk, the food to multiple, the dead raised, demons driven out, and that you do not use its buildings for weddings or funerals.

So what do you see now?  Elect, there was and still is no repentance for not listening, not believing and not obeying Him and Him alone.

So you see, elect, the bride who said with the Spirit, “Come!” to Jesus is not the church as we see it on Earth.  Indeed, it is not the church at all, although the invitation is there as John wrote:  And let him who hears say, “Come!”

And who are those who can hear, who can say, “Come!” as the Spirit and the bride said, “Come!” that is, they can say it and mean it just as the Spirit and the bride said it and meant it?  They are those who are in the churches, “…who has an ear (to) hear what the Spirit says to the churches,” whose ears can recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit are those who can say, “Come!” and say it as ones who mean it and therefore as ones who have no doubt.

Those who have ears to hear can say, “Come!” to Jesus, not out of faith, not out of hope, but rather, say it like the Spirit and the bride said it – out of sureness of intention to have what they say come to pass.  We, elect, say, “Come!” to Jesus because it was the Spirit who elected us, who said, “Come!” and we say it as those who have finished preparing everything, like a servant who has finished cooking and setting the table so that he can echo his master’s invitation to his guests, “Come!”

As such, elect, your concern also includes knowing whom you listen to.  We listen to Jesus as the command was restored to us and we have learnt to repent, not of our sins as defined by the Mosaic Law, but as defined by the Father’s command and Jesus’ words, so that in the process you have learnt to recognise the voice of the Holy Spirit… yet not as disciples of Jesus but as ones set aside by the Holy Spirit for the work He has for us.

And what is the definition of this work?  It is summed up in this one word:  “Come!” The Spirit who elected us has invited Jesus who chose us to “Come!” that is, to return to this Earth.  As such, it means we have to ensure that this invitation, this word, the Spirit has given the Lord is ready and fulfilled so that indeed Jesus can come.

Jesus cannot come unless the scriptures concerning His return are fulfilled, not the least of which are such scriptures of the finishing of the preaching of the gospel to all nations, the days of distress, and the arrival of the beast and the false prophet so that they can meet with Jesus at Megiddo (Armageddon).

Some of the scriptures are fulfilled by the passage of time and the effect of the increase of sin, but others are dependent on the attentiveness, faith and obedience of those who are believers and disciples of Jesus Christ.  You might argue the Spirit will do all that on His own… that is partly true.  For indeed, if the Spirit had no need of disciples of Jesus to assist Him, then He would never have said to the church at Antioch, “Set apart for Me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them,” nor would Jesus have told us in advance, “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive.  But for the sake of the elect, whom He has chosen, He has shortened them.”

So then, elect, it is not the church that first said, “Come!” to Jesus and as such, you should not expect it to say so now.  But it is the Spirit and the bride, the Holy City, Jerusalem, who said, “Come!” to Jesus.  As such, as we work to ensure Jesus is able to take up this invitation, then know, not believe, know for certain whom you work for – the Spirit and the bride.  And if you are a servant who helped the bride fulfil her promise to her Beloved, how would she thank you?

Yes, Jesus is coming back and He will reward each according to what he has done.  But, elect, you who are partaking in the fulfilment of the Spirit and the bride’s fulfilment are no longer waiting for Jesus’ rewards, but rather, it is the Spirit and the bride you are in truth assisting.  So have no concern of how you will be rewarded at all.

Since it is the word of the Spirit and the bride to Jesus we are seeking to fulfil, then whom should we listen to?  Not to men.  Indeed, what have men to say to an elect that an elect should listen even if they are believers or disciples, for had they been fulfilling the words of Jesus and held onto them, there would never have been the need for the Holy Spirit to set aside Paul and Barnabas and now His elect of the days of distress.  Am I teaching you to be arrogant?  No, but to know who you are and to be concerned in maintaining your election and your identity.  If not to believers and disciples do we listen, then we need not listen to the church except to their cries of distress as their hungry cry out for food, the blind and the lame cry out for mercy, and the demon-possessed cry out for relief and peace, but as to what we do and will do, we concern ourselves in listening to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit alone once our own listening to Jesus is complete.  However, here is the truth:  Even as we hurry and zealously work for the Holy Spirit so that His word to Jesus is fulfilled, we are in truth also listening to Jesus at the same time, not only because They are One, but also because Jesus Himself has said in reply to the invitation of the Spirit and the bride, “Yes, I am coming soon.”

So then what does the Holy Spirit say about our times, which if we succeed will indeed be the last days before Jesus arrives?  In writing to Timothy, Paul wrote:  The Spirit clearly says that in later times some will abandon the faith and follow deceiving spirits and things taught by demons.

So then how do you know with certainty that the Spirit you are following is not a deceiving spirit and these are not things taught by demons?  After all, as you come to know more and more you have less need of faith so that it can be argued you have abandoned the faith.  So how do you know, elect, to avoid what the Spirit showed Paul and what Paul wrote to Timothy to warn him?  Even John in his earlier letter before he was shown the Revelation, wrote to the church:  Dear friends, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God… And this is how he taught the church how they could recognise the Spirit of God:  Every spirit that acknowledges that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, but every spirit that does not acknowledge Jesus is not from God. If this advice was perfect in its own right, then John would not have had to add in a later letter:  Many deceivers, who do not acknowledge Jesus Christ as coming in the flesh, have gone out into the world.

What is the weakness of the first test of 1 John 4.2-3 for spirits that John had to add the second test of 2 John 1.7?  The weakness of 1 John 4.2-3 is this:  There were many spirits that acknowledge that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh and they were clearly not spirits from God, for when Jesus first began to minister in Galilee, a demon in the synagogue at Capernaum cried out, “What do You want with us, Jesus of Nazareth?  Have You come to destroy us?  I know who You are—the Holy One of God!” And those at Gerasenes at His second visit there cried out, “What do You want with me, Jesus, Son of the Most High God?” And others came out of many people shouting, “You are the Son of God!” You see, by scripture there is evidence that spirits that acknowledge Jesus has come in the flesh are not always from God.  Did you hear?  Not every spirit that acknowledges Jesus has come in the flesh is from God, not according to the gospel accounts of Matthew, Mark and Luke!

So then you might see how there are many spirits masquerading in churches acknowledging that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh, yet they are not from God.  In fact, elect, they can be demons.  As such, it is little wonder there is such an abandonment of the faith in churches, yet all the while an acknowledgment that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh.

John offers us the correction of his own simplification of checking spirits in 1 John 4.2-3 by adding 2 John 1.7… that another feature of the deceivers is that they do not acknowledge that Jesus Christ is coming the flesh… that their teachings do not show concern for the return of Jesus Christ and even if their teachings do, it is so that the church – the believers, the disciples, the servants, the friends, and the brothers and sisters – run away, leaving this Earth in the care of Satan and his family.  Can you imagine anything more outrageous – leaving the world that He died to save in the hands of His enemy, the devil?  The absurdity of such a possibility shows you the spirit behind those who spawned the teaching of the rapture that would spare the church of the days of distress.

However, elect, rest and be at peace, for rather than letting us rely on the words of one, even though he is the one Jesus loved, who also did not repent of not going to Galilee that morning, and even though he proved his faithfulness with his martyrdom, God in His wisdom has left us a surer test than 1 John 4.2-3 and 2 John 1.7:  The Spirit that says to Jesus, “Come!” He is the Holy Spirit, and those who say to Jesus, “Come!” are those who have ears to hear.

So then, elect, let your concern be that you are always following and listening to the Spirit who says, “Come!” to Jesus, and those who always say, “Come!” and having said, “Come!” are working unceasingly to fulfil their word.  So let the amen be shouted and let all who are of the Spirit of God say, “Come, Lord Jesus, we are ready and waiting!”

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