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"The Bride Of Christ Unveiled. A LOVE LETTER TO HIS BRIDE." - Pieter Kirstein

Pieter Kirstein SWAT ministries


The Bride of Christ unveiled. A LOVE LETTER TO HIS BRIDE.

We are espoused to Christ through the gospel - 2Co 11:2 For I am jealous [over] you with godly jealousy. For I have espoused you to one Man, to present [you as] a pure virgin to Christ. Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her 26 to sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27 and to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without stain or wrinkle or any such blemish, but holy and blameless. 28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 Indeed, no one ever hated his own body, but he nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church. 30 For we are members of His body. 31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, but I am speaking about Christ and the church. It is very clear that God is using the similarity of our relationship with Him comparing it with a marriage covenant between two spouses and unveiling the principal of abandoning ourselves to Christ. He calls it a mystery to be unveiled within our lives as is declared in the above scripture. We abandon ourselves and our former way of life to be united with Christ in the bond of a covenant, as in a marriage. 1 Corinthians 6 15 Do you not know that your bodies are the members of Christ? Shall I then take the members of Christ and make [them] the members of a harlot? Let it not be! 16 Or do you not know that he being joined to a harlot is one body? For He says, The two shall be one flesh. 17 But he being joined to the Lord is one spirit. 18 Flee fornication. Every sin that a man does is outside the body, but he who commits fornication sins against [his] own body. 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit in you, whom you have of God? And you are not your own, 20 for you are bought with a price. Therefore glorify God in your body and in your spirit, which are God's. Jesus declared to me that our flesh is Jezebel's bed. She's the whoring spirit that comes to lie within the bosom of every man, seducing us, through our fleshly desires away from being purely devoted to Christ. Do you seek to stay united and in in bondage to your fallen fleshly ways and lustful carnal desires, or do you seek to be united as one with Him? Many immature Christians judge and ridicule the holy matters of God's kingdom and they are used by the enemy to cause division but those that are mature understand the mysteries of heaven. I saw a woman the other day making a comment that there's no scripture that says that God has a bride. Hebrews 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to explain, seeing you are dull of hearing. 12 For when for the time you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food. 13 For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe. 14 But solid food belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil No wonder God declares in Hosea 4:6 that His people are destroyed through a lack of knowledge. We are Israel, the nation of God under the headship of Christ - Ezekiel 37, Ephesians 2, Romans 2:28-29. God declares that He is married to His people in Jeremiah 3 1 They say, If a man puts away his wife, and she goes from him, and becomes another man's, may he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but you have played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to Me, says the LORD. 2 Lift up your eyes unto the high places, and see where you have not been lain with. In the ways have you sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and you have polluted the land with your harlotries and with your wickedness. 3 Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there has been no latter rain; and you had a harlot's forehead, you refused to be ashamed. 4 Will you not from this time cry unto Me, My father, you are the guide of my youth? 5 Will He reserve his anger forever? will He keep it to the end? Behold, you have spoken and done all the evil things that you could. 6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Have you seen that which backsliding Israel has done? she has gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there has played the harlot. 7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn you unto Me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it. 8 #And I saw, when for all the causes for which backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also. 9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her harlotry, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with trees. 10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned unto Me with her whole heart, but in pretense, says the LORD. 11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel has justified herself more than treacherous Judah. 12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, you backsliding Israel, says the LORD; and I will not cause my anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, says the LORD, and I will not keep anger forever. 13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the LORD your God, and have scattered your favors to the strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed my voice, says the LORD. 14 Turn, O backsliding children, says the LORD; #for I am married unto you: and I will take you one from a city, and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion: 15 And I will give you shepherds according to My heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding. 16 And it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more. 17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil hearts. 18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers. 19 But I said, How shall I put you among the children, and give you a pleasant land, a beautiful heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, You shall call Me, My father; and shall not turn away from Me. 20 #Surely as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, so have you dealt treacherously with Me, O house of Israel, says the LORD. 21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God. 22 Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto you; for you are the LORD our God. Romans 15:4 For whatever was thus written in former days was written for our instruction, that by [our steadfast and patient] endurance and the encouragement [drawn] from the Scriptures we might hold fast to and cherish hope. Christ declares of himself in Hebrews 10:7 Then said I, ‘Lo, I come (in the volume of the Book it is written of Me) to do Thy will, O God.’” Is He not the Person of the Word unveiled throughout the pages of scripture? The Father declared to me that His kingdom must be understood throughout the entire context of the scriptures in His dealings with His people and we are all under Christ as born-again people still God's Spiritual Israel - Romans 2:28-29 For he is not a Jew who is one outwardly, neither is that circumcision, which is outward in the flesh. But he is a Jew who is one inwardly, and whose circumcision is that of the heart, in the spirit and not in the letter, and whose praise is not from men, but from God. See Ezekiel 37, Ephesians 2, Romans 9 and Romans 11. God sees His intimate relationship with His people as a marriage and when we depart from Him by allowing ourselves to be distracted by other lovers, He sees it as us playing the harlot and spiritual adultery. Hosea 1:2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto you a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry: for the land has committed great harlotry, departing from the LORD. God wants a bride for His Son, which shall be those who honor His covenant requirement of complete devotion through sacrifice. Psalms 50 The Mighty One Calls A Psalm of Asaph. 1 The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising to the setting of the sun. 2 From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth. 3 Our God approaches and will not be silent! Consuming fire precedes Him, and a tempest rages around Him. 4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that He may judge His people: 5 “Gather to Me My saints, who made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.” 6 And the heavens proclaim His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge. This sacrifice is the requirement by which we willingly place ourselves on the altar of demonstrated love, which is the cross that we are called to embrace because through it's administration by the Spirit of burning, we are cleansed and purged from our old sinful ways to be presented as a chaste virgin to Christ. A people who are made one with God in vision, desire and purpose. A bride that's been purified by the washing of the water of the word because they walk in submission and obedience before Him. Jesus said to me that He as the living Word desires such oneness and closeness with us that He desires to weave himself into our beings to become His living habitation - Hebrews 4:12 For the word of God [is] living and powerful and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to [the] dividing apart of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart. Eve was taken out of the side of Adam and of her it's declared in Genesis 2:22-24 And the rib which the Lord God had taken from man, made He a woman and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, “This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh; she shall be called Woman, because she was taken out of Man.” Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife; and they shall be one flesh. The same is declared of our relationship with Christ in Ephesians 5:30, For we are members of His body, of His flesh, and of His bones. 31 “For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh.” 32 This is a great mystery, but I speak concerning Christ and the church. When the side of Christ was pierced on the cross, blood and water ran out. The blood speaks of the ministry of redemption through His blood whereas the water speaks of the fact that He is the Word which sanctifies and cleanses His body, His church, God's bridal temple and living habitation - Ephesians 5:25-26 Husbands, love your wives even as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for it, that He might sanctify and cleanse it with the washing of water by the Word. The bride is also unveiled in Psalm 45 the Spirit of God took me behind the veil to reveal and show me these realities. Psalm 45:1-17 Psalm 45 To the Chief Musician; [set to the tune of] “Lilies” [probably a popular air. A Psalm] of the sons of Korah. A skillful song, or a didactic or reflective poem. A song of love. My heart overflows with a goodly theme; I address my psalm to a King. My tongue is like the pen of a ready writer. You are fairer than the children of men; graciousness is poured upon Your lips; therefore God has blessed You forever. Gird Your sword upon Your thigh, O mighty One, in Your glory and Your majesty! And in Your majesty ride on triumphantly for the cause of truth, humility, and righteousness (uprightness and right standing with God); and let Your right hand guide You to tremendous things. Your arrows are sharp; the peoples fall under You; Your darts pierce the hearts of the King’s enemies. Your throne, O God, is forever and ever; the scepter of righteousness is the scepter of Your kingdom. You love righteousness, uprightness, and right standing with God and hate wickedness; therefore God, Your God, has anointed You with the oil of gladness above Your fellows. Your garments are all fragrant with myrrh, aloes, and cassia; stringed instruments make You glad. Kings’ daughters are among Your honorable women; at Your right hand stands the queen in gold of Ophir. Hear, O daughter, consider, submit, and consent to my instruction: forget also your own people and your father’s house; So will the King desire your beauty; because He is your Lord, be submissive and reverence and honor Him. And, O daughter of Tyre, the richest of the people shall entreat your favor with a gift. The King’s daughter in the inner part [of the palace] is all glorious; her clothing is inwrought with gold. She shall be brought to the King in raiment of needlework; with the virgins, her companions that follow her, she shall be brought to You. With gladness and rejoicing will they be brought; they will enter into the King’s palace. (Robes of righteousness also spoken of in Revelation 19:7-8) Instead of Your fathers shall be Your sons, whom You will make princes in all the land. I will make Your name to be remembered in all generations; therefore shall the people praise and give You thanks forever and ever. Those who become the bride of Christ embraces the covenant requirements of abandoning themselves to Christ through the death of self and their former fleshly, sinful way of life. These follows Him not just to the cross unto salvation, but also through the cross in obedience unto the death of self. These are they in whom the law of multiplication is fulfilled. They camp not in the outer court on the level of salvation, while they continue to live a selfish, self-centered way of life. The following is fulfilled within those who serve Christ and not themselves - John 12:24-26 Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls into the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain. He who loves his life will lose it, and he who hates his life in this world will keep it for eternal life. If anyone serves Me, let him follow Me; and where I am, there My servant will be also. If anyone serves Me, him My Father will honor. We all start of in the outer court as fleshly immature self-centered babies through the principle of the born-again seed - 1 Peter 1:23 having been born again, not of corruptible seed but incorruptible, through the word of God which lives and abides forever. But then, as with any seed, we must be nurtured towards maturity and fruitfulness. A seed must be sown to activate and bring forth it's created purpose - 1 Corinthians 15:35-38 But someone will say, “How are the dead raised up? And with what body do they come?” Foolish one, what you sow is not made alive unless it dies. And what you sow, you do not sow that body that shall be, but mere grain—perhaps wheat or some other grain. But God gives it a body as He pleases, and to each seed its own body. This means that after we have followed Christ "to the cross" unto salvation, we are called to also follow Him "through the cross" in obedience so we might be stripped of self and our former fleshly, carnal way of life to be united with Christ in death, so we might serve God in the newness of a Spirit empowered life through resurrection glory - Romans 6:5-14,19 For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin. Now if we died with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with Him, knowing that Christ, having been raised from the dead, dies no more. Death no longer has dominion over Him. For the death that He died, He died to sin once for all; but the life that He lives, He lives to God. Likewise you also, reckon yourselves to be dead indeed to sin, but alive to God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Therefore do not let sin reign in your mortal body, that you should obey it in its lusts. And do not present your members as instruments of unrighteousness to sin, but present yourselves to God as being alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness to God. For sin shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace. I speak in human terms because of the weakness of your flesh. For just as you presented your members as slaves of uncleanness, and of lawlessness leading to more lawlessness, so now present your members as slaves of righteousness for holiness. Through the ministry of the cross we are called to offer ourselves up to God on our personal altars of demonstrated love, as the Holy Spirit calls it. This is what Christ meant when He instructed His followers to take up "our cross". Romans 12 Living Sacrifices 1 Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship. 2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God. He brings His bride through the sword of a Spiritual circumcision by which we are brought into agreement with God and His ways. This is why there is a war going on between those who walk with Him in the Spirit and those who that walk in the flesh because they elevate their own ways and desires above being fully devoted to Christ. God's ways are an offense to those that are carnal and settled in the hardness of their rebellious hearts. This is why He declared in Matthew 10: 34 Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. 35 For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law. 36 A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ i 37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me; 38 and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me. 39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it. God's bride is brought into agreement and oneness with Him through a season of courtship and Holy Spirit preparation. First He takes you out of the world as a born-again baby. This is the 30 fold beginner stage spoken of in Mark 4 of inner kingdom growth and development. Then He goes deeper by taking the influence of the world out of you and by which the damage that's been inflicted upon your human soul through a satanic controlled world needs to be healed. This is His Isaiah 61 ministry towards His people. He came to set the captives free, not leave us frustrated, broken and bound in the bondage of sin and human weakness. This is the inner court ministry of the season of purging, deliverance and cleansing whereby we grow up in the Lord as developing children as we live our lives in passionate pursuit of Him - 60 fold children. He takes us out of our worlds through the death of self to bring us through the veil into the Holy of holies, where He dwells and abides. This is the 100 fold stage and realm of the overcomer and glorified manifested sonship and Spiritual fruitfulness. We are brought into maturity as we willingly pass under the rod of the Father's correction, pruning and discipline - Hebrews 12:5-11 And you have forgotten the exhortation which speaks to you as to sons: “My son, do not despise the chastening of the Lord, Nor be discouraged when you are rebuked by Him; For whom the Lord loves He chastens, And scourges every son whom He receives.” If you endure chastening, God deals with you as with sons; for what son is there whom a father does not chasten? But if you are without chastening, of which all have become partakers, then you are illegitimate and not sons. Furthermore, we have had human fathers who corrected us, and we paid them respect. Shall we not much more readily be in subjection to the Father of spirits and live? For they indeed for a few days chastened us as seemed best to them, but He for our profit, that we may be partakers of His holiness. Now no chastening seems to be joyful for the present, but painful; nevertheless, afterward it yields the p