“Ready My Bride!” — Part 5
See also: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4, Part 5
In my devotion, The Father has given another vision for His Bride.
I was taken to His Chambers. I have been here before and there are many windows. As I was standing there, He asked me to look out the window, and I’m shown a Sea, with large rolling turbulent waves.
At, the second window — right next to the first — I’m shown a beautiful field with the most brilliant green garden filled with rows and rows of vegetables.
In the final window, I am shown a forest full of huge evergreen trees, taller than anything I have ever seen. As I am looking into each window, the Father asked, “Where are My People?”
The scene changes. I am now above and looking down at a young woman sitting at a bus-stop bench reading her Bible.
All around her are lights, lots of noise and weirdly dressed people. I could tell everyone around her is having a good time.
I look above her head and see a sign that says “Welcome to Las Vegas”. A bus pulls up, and she puts her Bible in her bag and gets on the bus.
Then I am shown a very tall building in New York City where there are lots of people and a party is taking place and yet, there is a young man set apart [separated] but completely at ease.
Then I am shown a trailer park with lots of little families all moving about, living and helping one another.
I say to The LORD, “why are you showing me these places?”
He said, Angela, “This is My Bride. Many are still working on consecration, but seeking Me at bus stops, during parties in high rise buildings, and in their communities.
My Voice is like silver to them, yielding better than gold, melting every part of this world within each to reveal My Forest, My Sea and My Garden.”
End of vision.
Now, let’s look at Song of Solomon 5.
His Bride describes a dream, that she is love sick and waiting in His Garden. However, she has discovered that her love for Him is not as deep and true as a marriage should be.
What is real when one is half asleep? The mind is still fogged by a state of drowsiness; it is simply not focused.
Solomon presents this “dream” like this because many times, when we are fully alert and focused on what we are doing, much of what we are or think about is restrained or contained.
But when we go to sleep, the mind begins to release the things the will has kept submersed. The subconscious begins to express itself when nothing restrains it.
This is where He wants us — just like in my vision. Working to find Him, no matter what we are doing; waiting for His Knock; fully consecrated, and burning with a desire to commune with Him.
“I am come into my garden, my sister, my spouse: I have gathered my myrrh with my spice; I have eaten my honeycomb with my honey; I have drunk my wine with my milk: eat, O friends; drink, yea, drink abundantly, O beloved.
I sleep, but my heart waketh: it is the voice of my beloved that knocketh, saying, Open to me, my sister, my love, my dove, my undefiled: for my head is filled with dew, and my locks with the drops of the night,” Song of Solomon 5:1-2.
In verse 3, His Bride lies unclothed on her bed, which is reminiscent of The Church of Laodicean: “wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked” (Revelation 3:17).
Her feet are washed; her work for the day is done. She will not stir herself to do what is disagreeable to her at this most inconvenient time, even though her lover is standing at the door, knocking (Revelation 3:20). She delays responding to him, unsure if she is dreaming or not.
“I have put off my coat; how shall I put it on? I have washed my feet; how shall I defile them?” Song of Solomon 5:3.
In Solomon’s day, they had dirt floors in their homes, so I took this as Her having to wash her feet again before returning to bed.
She is unwilling to rise and go be with Him at night when He knocks because she would have to re-wash her feet to get back into bed.
How often have we done this?
We are sleeping and The LORD wakes us and asks us to get up either to pray or give us a word. In our early days, we would argue and say, “Can’t this wait until morning LORD?” and because He isn’t pushy, we go back to sleep and its delayed our steps in His Staircase.
Now, when He knocks, we are eager to get up without any hesitation to meet with Him.
“My beloved put in his hand by the hole of the door[heart], and my bowels were moved for him,” Song of Solomon 5:4.
He has removed the blockage [shame] that kept him from previously entering the “door” of her heart. However, the “hole” indicates it was not entirely shut!
There was a little love that broke out from her to him. A tiny little light broke into her darkened heart which straitened, yet there were some faith, some love where Jesus takes the advantage of the little hole with His hand [grace] proving how great His love is for His Bride.
She has much grief and sorrow for her earlier sins [and my bowels were moved for him] and her passion for Him grows making her ill because she is guilty towards Him knowing He has endured much waiting for her to commune with Him.
“I rose up to open to my beloved; and my hands dropped with myrrh, and my fingers with sweet smelling myrrh, upon the handles of the lock,” Song of Solomon 5:5.
She finally begins to respond positively in verse 5, but it is too late.
This is reminiscent of the Parable of the Ten Virgins (Matthew 25:1-12). The cry of the bridegroom goes out, but some do not have enough oil, causing them to respond too late to the bridegroom’s voice. It is very interesting that oil of myrrh is mentioned both here and in Matthew 25.
What an incredible prophecy for us today!
Part of the Church has awakened slowly, with little strength and resolve. Although Jesus knocks at the door, they have made excuses for refusing to invite Him in (Revelation 3:20).
Our Savior will not force the door to open because His Bride must open it from inside.
Disappointed, He turns away and sustain those who have already responded to Him.
“I opened to my beloved; but my beloved had withdrawn himself, and was gone: my soul failed when he spake: I sought him, but I could not find him; I called him, but he gave me no answer.
The watchmen that went about the city found me, they smote me, they wounded me; the keepers of the walls took away my veil from me.
I charge you, O daughters of Jerusalem, if ye find my beloved, that ye tell him, that I am sick of love,” Song of Solomon 5:6-8.
Beloved, the time for our Bridegroom to return feels so close. We cannot afford to ignore His knocks!
We must cast off the comfortable, clean and secure bedclothes of our cozy lifestyles and ready ourselves to “seek The LORD while He may be found” (Isaiah 55:6)
As I meditated on this post for a couple days, The LORD provided a deeper meaning informing me that His Forest, His Sea and His Garden each reveal a different aspect to ready our garments.
I was shown the spiritual meaning of the Forest is His infinite wisdom.
The Sea as our trials. His Spirit is found in all waters signifying truth and for His Correction.
His Garden is our the health of our spiritual life and a place to commune with our Bridegroom.
See also: Part 1, Part 2, Part 3, Part 4
~ Angela Reese
Angela is the owner of “Springs of Zion” website, to encourage and equip those still in wandering, or in captivity, to find our Savior in His Holy Tabernacle.
Another great post! Thank you.
Thank you Joi, All Glory to God! So thankful for Him. Praying you have a blessed day in the Lord. Angela
Blessings to you. Angela