Greetings Beloved in Jesus holy name!  My prayer is that the Lord will move on all of our hearts as we read this editorial.  These are momentous times and every day should be lived as if it were our last.  There are storm clouds gathering so rapidly upon our nation and world that only those in the “ark of safety” will be protected.  (Repentant, sealed with the Holy Ghost, buried with Christ in baptism, and walking in holiness before God and our fellow man).  It has been said that a prideful man looks for the faults in others, but a man of contrite and humble heart looks in the mirror and says “It’s me, Lord, standing in the need of prayer.”

So how do we face these difficult days?  There is a huge segment of Spirit filled believers who simply say “Let’s just party in the Holy Ghost until the storm passes.”  There is truth that rejoicing and worshiping the LORD in Spirit and truth does lift the cloud of heaviness, and helps us to enter more deeply into His Presence.   However, I am concerned that we may be so “drunk” in our own experience that we prefer being intoxicated in the Spirit and the pleasures of this life than seeing the needs of those around us and the cry of the suffering and lost.  If we only know how to rejoice then how can we “weep with those who weep”?   “Because thine heart was tender, and thou didst humble thyself before God, when thou hearest His words against this place, and against the inhabitants thereof, and humbledst thyself before me, and didst rend thy clothes, and weep before me; I have even heard thee also.”  Chron. 34:17

After many years of life’s experiences the wisest man who ever lived, Solomon, wrote “It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.”  Ecclesiastes 7:2    It would seem that Solomon had come to the conclusion that at least with sorrow of heart there is hope of receiving consolation from God because He is a God of compassion and mercy.

The Lord is coming soon for a “holy” people that He has purchased with His own blood from every nation, kindred and tongue.  His blood bought Bride will be spotless.  Picture, if you can, a young virginal bride who has kept herself for her only beloved and has prepared herself and her wedding garments for the “big day”.  I’m sure the closer the wedding day approaches the more pressure the soon-to-be-wed bride will feel.  She will check her complexion and clothes to make certain there isn’t a stain or blemish.  She wants nothing to spoil the event or come between her and her longed for future Husband.  She willingly casts away anything that might be displeasing to Him because her love for her Beloved is greater than her love for her own self.  His will has now taken precedence over her will.

“Then saith he to his servants, the wedding is ready, but they which were bidden were not worthy.  Go ye therefore into the highways, and as many as ye shall find, bid to the marriage.  So those servants went out into the highways, and gathered together all as many as they found, both bad and good: and the wedding was furnished with guests.  And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man which had not on a wedding garment, And he saith unto him, Friend, how camest thou in hither not having a wedding garment?  And he was speechless.  Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and foot, and take him away and cast him into outer darkness; there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.  For many are called, but few are chosen.”  Matthew 22:8-14

There is coming a day of rejoicing that will be like no other.  It is well worth every effort taken now to prepare ourselves for that soon coming day when in a “twinkling of an eye” we shall be changed. If there is an appropriate wedding garment we need to find out what it is.

“Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him, for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready.  And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.  And he saith unto me, Write, Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.”  Revelation 19:7-9

Let’s examine (look closely) at what it means to be without “spot, wrinkle or blemish”.  When the Hebrew children were being delivered from Pharaoh’s cruelty, the final plague of death was about to be unleashed upon Egypt.  The Lord gave instruction through Moses for every family to choose a lamb from their flock and slay it.  This lamb was to be spotless.  They knew exactly by the decrees of the Law how to examine all the lambs to find one that was without blemish.  Then they were told to take the blood of the lamb and apply it 3 times over the doorpost of their house.  I’m certain there was not a single family that didn’t follow the instructions to the “t”.  It was not a time to be sloppy – the Angel of the Lord was on his way to bring death and destruction to all who were not covered by the blood.  One application of the blood would not have been enough.  We know that this event is forever remembered in the Passover feast which is still celebrated to this day.  The lamb that was sacrificed was a foreshadow of the Lamb of God that was to come to ultimately deliver His people.

God’s Lamb sacrifice, Jesus (Lord God in flesh), was without sin and therefore the only One who could qualify to be sacrificed in our stead. 

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot.”  I Peter 1:18-19

At the Jordan River John the Baptist announced the Lamb of God’s arrival. “The next day John seeth Jesus coming unto him, and saith, Behold the Lamb of God¸ which taketh away the sin of the world.”  John 1:29

We must follow the Lamb wherever He goes.   We too must be immersed in the waters of baptism in His name for the remission of all sins that we have repented of and forsaken. “And now why tarriest thou?  Arise, and be baptized, and wash away thy sins, calling on the name of the Lord.” Acts 22:16

Arline Wilma PrestonThe wedding garment that the Lord sees and accepts is spotless (it has been thoroughly washed) and without wrinkle. Picture a wedding dress that is stained and has been crumpled and wrinkled.  Not a pretty sight.  Only a hot iron can get rid of those wrinkles.  The Lord takes us through His refining process so our wedding garment is acceptable.

“That He might present it to Himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.”

Ephesians 5:27

”Thou art all fair, my love; there is no spot (moral blemish) in thee.” Song of Solomon 4:7

Daily we examine ourselves to keep our conscience void of offense before God and man.  When the Lord looks at His blood bought bride He sees us through the lens of His grace and mercy.  He knows who really loves Him – those who proved their love for the Lamb by fully repenting, yielding to the Holy Ghost and obeying Acts 2:38.

When He looks at the world of unregenerate people He sees something completely different.  Examine closely the “Song of Moses” from Deuteronomy 32:1-5.

“My doctrine shall drop as the rain, my speech shall distil as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass:  Because I will publish the name of the LORD: ascribe ye greatness unto our God.  He is the Rock, His work is perfect for all His ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is He.

They have corrupted themselves, their spot is not the spot of His children: they are a perverse and crooked generation.”

The spots of unrepentant sin are repulsive to God.  Beloved, if you have not turned to God with your whole heart today is the day of salvation.  We are running out of time as we once knew it.  God will not always strive with man.  Already we are witnessing a changed America that is under the judgment of God because of her repeated rejection of the Truth of the Gospel and the laws of God. Leaders in Washington have formed new laws and are following a different spirit than that of the One True and Holy God.

We have the promise of the Holy Ghost and there is no greater joy than to be filled with His Spirit and washed by His blood, but I feel a great burden that it is time for God’s people to rend their heart and not their garments, and weep  for their families, the lost and the remnant that refuses to bow the knee to any other God but the LORD.

He is coming soon beloved.  Are you ready? “For the Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and lead them unto living waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes.”   Revelation 7:17

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