The Bride of Christ - Part 2



The Bride of Christ - Part 2


MATTHEW 25:1-13

The harvest in the End of the world (Matt. 13:39)

"Christ with His disciples is seated upon the Mt. of Olives. The sun has set behind the mountains and the heavens are curtained with the shades of evening. In FULL VIEW is a DWELLING HOUSE, lighted UP brilliantly, as if for some festive scene. The light streams from the openings, and an expectant COMPANY wait around indicating that a MARRIAGE PROCESSION IS SOON TO APPEAR. In many parts of the East, wedding festivities are held in the EVENING. The bridegroom GOES FORTH TO MEET his BRIDE, and bring her to HIS HOME. By torchlight the BRIDAL PARTY PROCEED from HER FATHER'S HOUSE to HIS OWN, where a feast is provided for the INVITED GUESTS. In the scene upon which Christ looks, a COMPANY (ten virgins) are awaiting the appearance of the BRIDAL PARTY, intending to JOIN THE PROCESSION.

"Lingering NEAR the BRIDE'S HOUSE are ten young women robed in white. ...All are anxiously watching for the appearance of the bridegroom. But there is a delay. ...the watchers (10 virgins) become weary and fall asleep. At midnight a cry is heard, 'Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.' The sleepers, suddenly awaking, spring to their feet. They see the PROCESSION MOVING ON, bright with torches, and glad with music. They HEAR the VOICE of the BRIDEGROOM AND the VOICE of the BRIDE. The ten maidens seize their lamps and begin to trim them, IN HASTE TO GO FORTH.

"As Christ sat looking upon the party that waited for the bridegroom, He told the disciples the story of the ten virgins, by THEIR experience, ILLUSTRATING the EXPERIENCE of the CHURCH that shall live JUST BEFORE His SECOND coming." Christ's Object Lessons, p. 405,406. At His first coming, the Saviour of the world told the disciples in the parable how the FIRST-FRUIT harvest was to be conducted in the END of the world. "The ten virgins are watching in the EVENING of this earth's history." Christ's Object Lessons, p. 412.

The interpretation given the parable by the messenger of THE THIRD ANGEL, 1844, IS THUS:

1.    "The two classes of watchers (10 virgins, wise and foolish) represent two classes who profess to be waiting for their Lord."

2.    "The LAMPS represent the WORD of God (Ps. 119:105)."

3.    "The OIL is a symbol of the HOLY SPIRIT as brought forth in the prophecy of Zec. 4:1-14.

4.    The message of Zec. 4 was: The Work will be FINISHED, "not by might, nor by power, but by my Spirit, saith the Lord of Hosts." (Christ's Object Lessons, p. 406-407).

"And I answered AGAIN and said unto him, What be these TWO olive BRANCHES which through the TWO golden pipes (prophets) empty the golden oil out of themselves? ...Then said he, These are the TWO ANOINTED ONES that stand BY the Lord of the whole earth." Zec. 4:12,14.

"The TWO Divine Guides of life, the WORD and NATURE, as we have already seen, are the BEST and ONLY TEACHERS that speak with AUTHORITY. Anyone, therefore, who neglects their counsel is unwittingly walking in darkness and heading for trouble..." Entering Wedge, p. 38.

Notice, that in Zec. 4:11, the identity of the TWO Olive Trees is in question, and, in Zec. 4:12, the identity of the two olive BRANCHES is likewise, in question.

In Zec. 4:14, the IDENTITY of the TWO olive BRANCHES is given prophetically.

"Then said he, these are the TWO anointed ONES that stand BY the God of the WHOLE earth."

Please note, there are TWO living trees. Each tree has His OWN BRANCH from which flows the golden oil through TWO golden pipes (Prophets: Moses and Christ) into the bowl (container, fem.) – a symbol of the office of the Spirit (Feminine) of Prophecy, the Writings of the prophets, as given by the Holy Ghost.

The two olive trees have been defined by the Spirit of prophecy, in times past, to be the Old and New Testament, TWO trees, "the WORD of God to Zerubbabel (Governor – or symbol of the Holy Ghost Who relates the Scripture to the prophets by direct Inspiration)" thus making the "two witnesses represent the SCRIPTURES (two Branches) of the Old and New Testament," the two olive trees. (Great Controversy, p. 267).

In the Old Testament (Tree) we see the revelation of the Father as ONE under the Mosaic dispensation, by a prophet, Moses, with the PROMISE of a Son.

In the New Testament (Tree) is the revelation of the "only begotten" Son as ONE, made in the Image of God, the Father. (Heb. 1:3,5,6,13).

Here we have TWO MALE figures revealed as two trees. But what of the Branches? "Knowest thou not what these be? Then said He, these are the two ANOINTED ONES that stand BY the Lord of the whole earth."Zec. 4:13,14.

In the primary application, one of the Divine guides of life, NATURE, in the light of Rom. 1:20 and Gen. 1:26,27; 5:1,2, only, can tell us who these two anointed ONES are. The key is found in Gen. 2:21. From the Tree, the FIRST Adam, a branch (rib) was brought forth. In the first step of creation, Adam was made in the Image of Christ, his Creator (John 1:3), one person. In the SECOND step, "God took one of his ribs (a Branch of him)...and...made he a woman, and brought her to the man ...bone of his bone and flesh of his flesh." Gen. 2:21-23.

Thus, Adam became two, Male and Female Persons, BOTH called Adam. Eve was made in the Image of God, her Creator in Heaven. Gen. 1:26,27 says, "and God said, Let US make man in OUR IMAGE, Male and FEMALE." Like the first earthly Adam, Christ his Creator (the heavenly Adam), by creating Adam and Eve in His Image, Male and Female, revealed His CO-CREATOR (a BRANCH of Himself) – the Holy Ghost, His helpmeet standing by Him (Zec. 4:14) in the creation of all things in Their Image, male and female.

The sum of all this nature story is:

As the Heavenly Adam, the Son of God, and the earthly son of God, Adam, were made in the Image of the Eternal Father in Heaven; then, the evidence is conclusive:

The Eternal Father has a FEMALE counterpart, a Branch of Himself, a co-creator standing BY Him, The Holy Spirit, the Eternal Mother (Zec. 4:14).

All these symbols denote TWO SETS of Witnesses in Heaven: (1) The Eternal Father and Eternal Mother. (2) The Everlasting Father (Christ) Isa. 9:6, and the Everlasting Mother (the Holy Ghost – John 14:26). (3) In the earth, two SETS of WITNESSES -- The first Adam and Eve and the Second Adam (Christ) and Eve (Holy Ghost), to be further revealed in PART 3.

In the parable, notice the SETTING. "Then shall the KINGDOM of HEAVEN be LIKENED to ten virgins..." This earthly scene before which Christ and the apostles sat was to teach them FIRST about the KINGDOM OF HEAVEN, how the harvest was conducted there, so they could understand how it would be in the earthly harvest in the end of the world. (To be fully explained in the PART 3).

Under the FINAL phase of the Third Angel's message in the Judgment of the Living, March – April 1986, the messenger of the Holy Spirit, of 1977, gives additional light on the Parable concerning its present truth application to the Harvest of the FIRST fruits – the Wave-sheaf, and the Wave loaves.

The TEN virgins are seen as the church, universal, who are the invited GUESTS (five of whom were wise and five foolish) at the wedding of Christ and the Holy Ghost, His BRIDE – a DIVINE PERSONAGE (Isa. 6: Rev. 10). In the bridal party are the Bridegroom and the Bride with THEIR ATTENDANTS who represent the wave-sheaf, MALE and FEMALE.

In the first instance, Christ was the wave-sheaf (Desire of Ages, p. 785), and those resurrected with Him, were, like Him, martyrs for their faith. FIRST we see the wave-sheaf (barley) as ONE DIVINE PERSON, Christ, representing the DEAD wave-sheaf, the Bridegroom. Secondly, we see the wave-sheaf as a multitude of ATTENDANTS to the Bridegroom and certainly the Bride who is also ONE divine person (representing the LIVING Wave-sheaf). The Holy Ghost, has her attendants – the female wavesheaf – her maids of honor.

The DWELLING HOUSE, brilliantly lighted as for a festive scene equates with the Heavenly Jerusalem – Temple – woman – and her counterpart on Earth, the church, the dwelling place of the Holy Ghost, the Bride's house – temple.

The "company" waiting around is the church membership universal (ten); virgins professing a pure doctrine and "awaiting the appearance of the BRIDAL PARTY, the Groom's attendants plus the Bride's attendants intending to join the procession.

"Clearly, then, the Bride represents the Holy City (in heaven Heb. 12:22,23) and the (ten) virgins that go out to meet the Bridegroom (and the Bride) are a symbol of the church (members). In the Revelation the PEOPLE of God are said to be GUESTS at the Marriage Supper. Rev. 19:9. If GUESTS they CANNOT be represented ALSO as the BRIDE." Great Controversy, p. 426-7.

Let it be remembered that the Scriptures confirm the fact that an individual, ONE person, not a multitude, represented the Holy City, New Jerusalem, THE BRIDE. An earthly woman, Sarah, a MOTHER and the legal wife of Abraham, represented the HEAVENLY JERUSALEM.

"But Jerusalem which is ABOVE is free which is the MOTHER of US ALL." Read Gal. 4:22-31 and Heb. 12:22,23.

Therefore, the Bride is ONE as the Bridegroom is ONE. In the parable, Christ, the Heavenly Bridegroom, and His Bride are members of the Godhead (Rom. 1:20) the only begotten Son and His Spirit, the Holy Ghost.

"Lingering NEAR the BRIDE'S HOUSE (the church) are ten young women robed in white. They are NOT a part of the BRIDAL PROCESSION, but are waiting for its appearance. They go to sleep and are awakened by the cry, 'Behold the Bridegroom cometh.' They awaken and see the procession MOVING ON. THEY HEAR THE VOICE OF THE BRIDEGROOM AND THE VOICE OF THE BRIDE (TWO INSPIRED VOICES)." Christ's Object Lessons, p. 405,406 (See also Great Controversy, p. 426). They trim their lamps and go forth. The BRIDAL PARTY is composed of the Bride's attendants, FEMALE, her father and mother, and the Bridegroom's male attendants (wave-sheaf).

When Jesus was resurrected by the LIFE that WAS within Himself, a multitude (of martyrs - Desire of Ages, p. 786) were raised with him, Male and Female and were representative of the BRIDAL PARTY, ATTENDANTS, of the Bridegroom AND the BRIDE. They were taken to His Father's house above, preparatory for the Betrothal in the first apartment of the Heavenly Sanctuary where Christ and the Holy Ghost were inaugurated into Their MEDIATORIAL Kingdom on the Day of Pentecost as signalized by the outpouring of POWER as (2) tongues of fire (VOICE of the BRIDEGROOM and VOICE of the BRIDE) upon the heads of the 120 disciples on earth GUESTS at the Inauguration.

"The Heavenly Council"

"There is the throne, and around it the rainbow of Promise. There are cherubim and seraphim. The COMMANDERS of the angel hosts, the SONS of God, the REPRESENTATIVES of the UNFALLEN WORLDS, are assembled. The heavenly council before which Lucifer had accused God and His Son, the REPRESENTATIVES of those SINLESS realms over which Satan had thought to establish his dominion -- all are there to welcome the Redeemer. They are eager to celebrate His triumph and to glorify their King.

"The Sons of God are the Heavenly Apostles, REPRESENTATIVES of the UNFALLEN Worlds, twelve Adams in our solar system of twelve planets. (Gen. 37:9; Gen. 1:16, Isa. 34:4).

"Since along with our heaven and earth, therefore, our WHOLE solar system is to pass away (Rev. 21:1) not only the saints from the earth then, but WITH THEM also THE SONS of God from the whole system (12 planets) shall live and reign with Christ a thousand years. O What a Privilege!" Behold, I Make All Things New, p. 25,26.

This event occurred at the end of their forty days ministry to gather the first fruits, the 120 disciples, and to prepare them to receive the power of the Holy Ghost on the day of Pentecost.

The first ascension of Jesus, the Wavesheaf (Desire of Ages, p. 786), was on Sunday, the 18th day of the first month, at Passover (John 20:17,19,22; Desire of Ages, p. 785).

The next event to take place in the Harvest of Souls in the end of the World, Matt. 13:39, is the coming of the Bridegroom (Christ) and His Betrothed Bride (Holy Ghost) for the living wavesheaf from the Remnant church, who will be joined by the resurrected wavesheaf since 1844, for their inauguration into their Kingdom of Glory, with Christ and His Bride in the Kingdom of Glory in the Most Holy Apartment of the Heavenly Sanctuary – the Bridal Chamber. Then the Latter Rain, Holy Ghost in power, will be poured out upon the waiting GUESTS – the 144,000 living saints on Mount Zion in Earthly Jerusalem.



I AM, 


Yours, to be a True Witness of the Glorious Kingdom of Christ and the Holy Ghost on earth, (Rev. 18 and 10).

 

Lois Irene Scott Roden



THE SYMBOLS OF THE

ANTITYPICAL SECOND TEMPLE

UNDER ANTITYPICAL

HAGGAI AND ZECHARIAH

TWO PROPHETS


REVELATION 11:10

July 4, 1986


"'This is the WORD of the Lord unto Zerubbabel, saying, not by might, nor by power, but by my SPIRIT, saith the LORD of HOSTS. ...And...What be these TWO OLIVE BRANCHES which...empty the GOLDEN OIL out of THEMSELVES?' (They are TWO parts (Branches) of TWO olive Trees.)...

"Then said he, These are the two ANOINTED ONES, that stand BY (with) the Lord (Elohim, plural) of the whole earth. Zec. 4:1-6; 12-14.

"Thus the WORD (Son) of God (the Father) is represented by these symbols. (two Olive trees, each with His own branch.)...

"The revelation of the (TWO) olive TREES is found in the eleventh chapter and the fourth verse: 'These are the two olive trees and the two candlesticks standing BEFORE the Lord God of the earth.' The olive trees and the two candlesticks are the TWO WITNESSES (Father and Son – Two Rams – Fathers of Lambs)...These two olive trees and the two candlesticks are inseparable." Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 283,284.

The CANDLESTICKS represent the earthly, Old Testament church whose husband was the Father, and the earthly New Testament Church whose husband is the Messiah. Here we have a mixture of heavenly and earthly symbols. Two members of the Godhead; The Father and the Son, each with His Earthly wife of which Hagar, Sarah, and Mary (one woman, representing BOTH the Old and New Testament Churches), were symbols – Old and New Testament Churches.

But now, we must consider the HEAVENLY Beings who are represented ON EARTH by Hagar and Sarah as wives of the Father and the Son. Since the two Olive BRANCHES of Zec. 4 are "TWO ANOINTED ONES" and Branches of the two olive trees (male), one can readily see by the creation story of Adam and Eve, that Adam was an image of a male tree, and Eve was actually a branch of that tree, Adam. Therefore, it is quite simple to see that the TWO BRANCHES of the TWO TREES (the Father and the Son) in Heaven would represent two FEMININE PERSONS of the Godhead. As Eve was a Branch of Adam, and as Adam and Eve were divided into male and female IMAGES of God as revealed in Genesis, then, their Creator would, of necessity, be both male and female. As with the Father and Holy Spirit, likewise, with the Son and Holy Ghost, four members of the Godhead, male and female.

Notice, in the heavenly picture, these two Olive Branches, "TWO ANOINTED ONES" empty...oil out of THEMSELVES and stand BY, (Zec. 4:14) the Lord (Elohim) of the whole earth – in the work of creation. But in Revelation 11, is shown God's earthly agencies, those who represent the Godhead, who stand BEFORE the God of the whole earth. Rev. 11:4. "Thus we have a candlestick [church – temple, woman] for each of the TWO sections of God's church while the Scriptures were being written. One candlestick [female] and one olive tree [male] to the Jewish church, and one candlestick and one olive tree for the apostle's [both inseparable], and SEVEN for the remaining history of the church TO THE TIME OF THE SEPARATION OF THE TARES FROM THE WHEAT, or to the COMMENCEMENT of HARVEST. Thus, the candlestick ([woman,] church) in Zechariah's vision is the TENTH, denoting a UNIVERSAL church; depicting the LIVING CHURCH [temple] that shall unite with all the saints since the world began – which will JOIN with the church of the entire universe of God!" Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 284; (Heb. 12:22-24,25). This candlestick, second antitypical Temple, has TWO prophets (Rev. 11:10).

"This candlestick in Zechariah's vision is a glorious one, which in comparison, all others stand in perfect harmony with the second temple, 'as nothing.'" ibid. Why? Because the DIVINE PRESENCE (cloud by day – fire by night) dwells within THIS LAST SECTION OF THE CHRISTIAN CHURCH "which in comparison to the FIRST stood as 'nothing'" as was true in, the FIRST section of the ANTITYPICAL Temple (Solomon's), represented by Jesus, who was the temple filled with the Holy Ghost. This tenth candlestick represents the temple, church, WOMAN, the Holy Ghost, the BRIDE of Christ, most glorious Who appears in cloud by day and fire by night and Who is revealed by her earthly representative, a prophet, an antitypical Sarah. Gal. 4:4,6,22-31; Heb. 12:18-29. Read carefully Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 1, p. 226:3; 227:0,1. In other words, this church has the TESTIMONY of JESUS, which is the SPIRIT of PROPHECY as brought by the Holy Ghost, through her PERSONAL, EARTHLY REPRESENTATIVE.

"This golden candlestick is the most REMARKABLE SYMBOL in the Bible pertaining to the church (woman) of God. Its arrangement...reveals that the LAST SECTION of God's church, is to be the most glorious church in all ages. This 'CONTINUED communication' by the HOLY SPIRIT to the church, represented by the (TWO) olive BRANCHES emptying the 'GOLDEN OIL out of THEMSELVES' (The Shekinah in the Old Testament and the Holy Ghost in the New Testament) into the (her) Golden Bowl, and its complete set of supply tubes from the bowl to all its lamps, is to bring EVERY part of the entire body in perfect harmony; a church without guile. Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 286. These TWO "Olive Branches" symbolize TWO manifestations of the SPIRIT OF GOD in a MESSAGE ABOUT The HOLY SPIRIT WHO creates Her IMAGE, a message of a "likeness of herself" – the HOLY GHOST.

NOTE--- "Yes, the great army; the 144,000, will receive the PENTECOSTAL POWER -- which will designate that they are 'Kings' and 'Priests' of the Lord. AS WAS (emphasis ours) Christ's '...ENTHRONEMENT in His mediatorial kingdom ... SIGNALIZED by the outpouring of the HOLY SPIRIT (AD 31):' Christ's Object Lessons, p. 120, so the MODERN-DAY (emphasis ours) PENTECOST will SIGNALIZE THE ENTHRONEMENT OF HIS BRIDE -- Saviours, Mediators, Obadiah 21." – Crowned in the Wilderness, p. 2, by Ben L. Roden. TWO mediators, Saviours, Christ and the Holy Ghost (Rom. 8:26,34), come down upon Mt. Zion with the 144,000, twelve thousand from the twelve tribes of Israel, in a "cloud by day and a fire by night" as THEY came down on Mt. Sinai in the days of Moses.

"NOTE---The BRIDE, the Lamb's (Branch's) wife is evidently the church (represented by ONE woman – Eve, Sarah, Mary) whose righteousness the Gentiles see and all nations HER glory; the church that goes by her husband's 'new name,' the BRANCH, which the mouth (mouthpiece) of the Lord (Jer. 33:15,16) names."Branch Sabbath School Lessons, Vol. 6:1-3, p. 55, by Ben L. Roden.

"Before offering himself, as the sacrificial victim, Christ sought for the MOST ESSENTIAL and COMPLETE GIFT to bestow upon His followers, a gift that would bring within their reach the BOUNDLESS RESOURCES of GRACE (Holy Ghost). I will pray the Father he said, and He shall give you ANOTHER COMFORTER, that he (she) may abide with you forever. Desire of Ages, p. 663,668,669." ibid, p. 5.

"It is the HOLY SPIRIT, the COMFORTER, which Jesus said he would send into the world, that changes our character into the IMAGE OF CHRIST, and when this is accomplished, we reflect as in a mirror the GLORY (Spirit) of the Lord." Review and Herald, Dec. 5, 1912.

"The HOLY SPIRIT is Christ's REPRESENTATIVE ...arms the weakest with might to press forward to"Review and Herald, Mar. 24, 1910. Read Acts of the Apostles, p. 30-32.

"This prophetic SYMBOL [candlestick] unmistakably points FORWARD to a HEAVENLY agency absorbing human weakness and imperfection into EVERLASTING GLORY. 'A GLORIOUS CHURCH [woman], not having spot or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish.' (Eph. 5:27). A church that keeps 'the commandments of God and HAVE the TESTIMONY OF JESUS CHRIST.'

" 'Clad in the armor of Christ's righteousness, the CHURCH [woman] is to enter upon her FINAL conflict. "Fair as the moon, clear as the sun, terrible as an army with banners, SHE is to go forth into all the world conquering and to conquer." ' Prophets and Kings, p. 725 (Song 6:10) To THIS 'CANDLESTICK' is the PROMISE: 'Behold, I will make THEE a new SHARP THRESHING INSTRUMENT having teeth [Rev. 14:17]: THOU shalt THRESH the mountains, and beat them small, and shall make the hills chaff." (Isa. 41:15). 'The ONE STONE' – the CHURCH [She the Lord our Righteousness Jer. 33:15,16] – shall have complete vision of HEAVENLY GLORY: 'For behold THE STONE that I have laid before Joshua [JESUS, in the messenger whom the Lord sends]; upon ONE STONE shall be SEVEN eyes [complete Spirit of God]: behold I will engrave the GRAVING thereof, saith the LORD of HOSTS [Holy Ghost] and I will remove the iniquity of that land in one day...

"To the servants of God (the church) is granted to possess the earth, and restore the land to the saints, to whom it originally belonged." Read (Zec. 12:3,8; 13:8,9; Ps. 87:3; Isa. 12:6; Zec. 2:10) Shepherd's Rod, Vol. 2, p. 286-287.

It is very evident from the Scriptures that Christ came to earth, in the flesh, as the SECOND ADAM (1 Cor. 15:45). Therefore, as he was the EXPRESS IMAGES of God, His Father's Person, He represented male and female in ONE person as did the first Adam from whose rib Eve was built, by God.

It is also quite evident that it was through Christ and His rib (the Holy Ghost) that all things were created. Therefore, CHRIST is called the Everlasting FATHER, the Prince of peace. Father, through creation of all things before Adam and Eve on the sixth day; consequently, CHRIST and HIS SPIRIT (Rib – Holy Ghost) created together all things, for without a UNION of the positive and negative forces nothing can come forth.

THEY, said "Let US make man in OUR Image MALE and FEMALE" (Gen. 1:26,27; 5:1,2). Adam came forth one person, his RIB representing Eve. God caused a deep sleep to come upon Adam, so that Eve might come forth in all her perfection of beauty. He was divided even as the Father and His Spirit were divided (positive and negative forces) to bring forth their first BEGOTTEN SON, our Saviour, WHO became the Father of all mankind through the creation. Heb. 1; John 1:1-18.

The GOSPEL in Genesis, Creation week, was a TYPE which prefigured the SECOND Adam's coming in the flesh, as ONE PERSON; then going to sleep (died) that the SECOND Eve might be revealed to humanity – a FEMININE Messiah – the BRANCH SHE, the Lord His Righteousness (and ours) (Jer. 33:15,16).

With what matchless simplicity is the Gospel of Christ preached-through the Word of God! In Genesis, Christ, the Everlasting Father said to SOMEONE, let US make mankind in our image, Male and Female. We have known Adam was made in the IMAGE of the Creator, but have thought little of in whose IMAGE Eve was made.

If Christ became the FATHER of all creation (Isa. 9:6); then, one would be constrained to believe that, since a wife is a necessary vessel to bring forth children, it was SHE to whom Christ said, let us make our IMAGE. Thus there were TWO CREATIVE FORCES, both God's, male and female, who interacted to bring forth the two Adams, a male and a female (Gen. 5:1,2). The old adage, Prophecy, "Like Father, Like Son," had its origin in the "beginning"; for as the Father was known as "One" first; then two, when the HOLY SPIRIT MOTHER was revealed as a separate Person of the Godhead; so the Son was FIRST revealed as ONE PERSON in the flesh; then two, since the Holy Ghost has been revealed, (Jan., Feb., 1986) as the SECOND Eve. Christ was the Second Adam who went to sleep that SHE might be brought forth! (1 Cor. 15:45).


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