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IF YOU DON'T KNOW the GROOM, THEN YOU ARE NOT PART OF the BRIDE

BY:  LAURA WALKER – APRIL 20, 1999


"For ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanliness".Matt 23.27

Tuesday, April 20, 1999, I had a dream that I asked the Lord to seal up within me because it was so powerful. The dream was about a wedding. We were in a large church with thousands of people from all walks of life. There were people from denominational and non-denominational churches, as well as, non-Christians. We (David and I) seemed to be in charge of the service.

It started to rain inside the church, before the service started. We began to sing "I feel the rain." After that some young people came up and said that they were supposed to do a skit, but they weren't ready. They went into another room to get ready. While they were getting things together, I lead the people in the song, "Holy Spirit, thou art welcomed in this place." The Spirit was moving, but there was a young girl in front saying that I was singing it way too slow. I just kept on doing it the way the Lord was directing me to sing it.

When we were through singing, another young man came up with his electric guitar and his band. They started tuning their instruments and making “wow wow” noises with their guitars. They were a Christian hard rock group. Tom, my mentor from my Baptist ministry days, was there. He walked up to the young man and said, "You are not going to sing that music in here. It will hurt the young children's ears and it will bother the older people. You are not singing or playing that in here!" The young man said, "We have an hour long song ready to sing." Tom said, "You're not playing it here." Then the Spirit of the Lord hit Tom and he began to preach salvation. The Spirit began moving again.

Then the Lord had me go up and start to preach. I asked the thousands of people there to raise their hands if they knew the Bride. Almost everybody raised their hands. Then I asked who knew the Groom. Out of all the thousands there, only four or five raised their hands. I said, that was the way it was with the church today. They all know the Bride, but they don't know the Groom. If you don't know the Groom, then you aren't part of the Bride.

The Lord then had me share with them about when David and I were courting, we would spend as much time together as we could. We would share personal things with each other. We really got to know each other. We wrote love letters to each other and read and reread them many times. Then I said, if they didn't spend intimate time with Jesus and read and reread His love letters (the Bible) to them then they didn't know the Groom. They weren't a part of the Bride. We must know the Groom to be a part of the Bride. If we believe that because we look like the Bride or that we know the Bride, we will be a part of Jesus' Bride, we are mistaken. We may even think that because we know of the Groom that we are part of the Bride, but if we don't know Him intimately, spend one on one time with Him, we are not a part of the Bride. We must know the Groom, to be a part of His Bride.

Then the Lord showed me an elderly, almost blind man sitting at a table. He had two wives. Vera, his first wife came and sat down beside him. She wore her hair pulled back with a hat. She was heavy set and took pride in her appearance. She began chipping at her husband from the moment she sat down. She would say, "Don't lean on your elbow at the table. Sit up straight. Fix your tie." Her husband just turned and spit out, "Shut up, woman. Leave me alone." He treated her terribly. Then in came Lillian, Vera's sister, the man's other wife. She came and lovingly asked her husband if he needed anything. He just as lovingly said that he was okay. You could see that the man loved Lillian, but he despised Vera. The man had given Lillian a handkerchief to wear on her dress so he could tell the two women apart. They were sisters and looked alike. Lillian wore the handkerchief tucked in the belt of her dress. The man left the table and Vera came over to her sister. Vera said, ''Lillian, I would like to know just one time what it is like to be loved by our husband. Would you let me dress up like you so I could know what our husband's love is like? Would you let me have the handkerchief to wear just one time?" Lillian loved her sister too, so she agreed to allow Vera to masquerade as her. She helped Vera put on her dress and the handkerchief She let down Vera's hair so she looked almost identical to Lillian. Lillian said that she would leave for the day so Vera could experience their husband's love.

Their husband came in and Vera went up to him and greeted him as Lillian always did, "Hi, Honey, is there anything I can get you?" She continued and her husband responded as he usually did to Lillian, but he kept looking at her. Finally, her husband said, "Lillian, there is something different about you. You look like Lillian, but you have the heart of Vera!"

The Lord had me share this with the congregation. The Lord had me say, "This is like most of the church today. We look like Lillian, but we have the heart of Vera." In Matthew 23: 27, 28; Jesus said, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye are like unto whited sepulchers, which indeed appear beautiful outward, but are within full of dead men's bones, and of all uncleanness. Even so ye also outwardly appear righteous unto men, but within ye are full of hypocrisy and iniquity. "

“Watch therefore, for ye know neither the day nor the hour wherein the Son of man cometh." Just like the five foolish virgins, the young people were not prepared. They missed their opportunity to be a part of the Wedding. The door is shut. There is no more time to prepare.

The third important thing from this dream that the Lord showed me was, not to allow anyone to misdirect you. The young woman in the dream tried to get me to sing the song faster instead of how the Holy Spirit was telling me to sing it. We must not look to others for approval. It hinders the Holy Spirit.

We are not here to please men, but to please God. He knows what is best, not other people. We must not get distracted by the flesh. We must never look at the natural, but we must look to Jesus. He will always lead us in the right direction. I Thessalonians 5:19-24, "Quench not the Spirit. Despise not prophesying. Prove all things; hold fast that which is good. Abstain .from all appearance of evil. And the very God of peace sanctify you wholly; and I pray God your whole spirit and soul and bodies be preserved blameless unto the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. Faithful is he that calleth you, who also will do it." Jesus is our example. He did only what the Holy Spirit told Him to do. In John 5: 19, Jesus said, "Verily, verily, I say unto you, The Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do: for what things so ever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise." We are to do only what the Lord tells us to do.

The fourth lesson to be learned from this dream is, to try not to hang onto the things of this world. We can't take the things of this world and try to make them heavenly. The young man that was going to play hard rock music at the wedding was doing just that. He was trying to take worldly music and make it heavenly. It just doesn't work. Two scriptures came to my mind when I pondered this part of the dream. The first one was, the parable of the wedding banquet in, Matthew 22:11-13, "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." This man was doing things his way and not God's way. He wasn't willing to come the way God expected him to come. He was self motivated. The second scripture was, Matthew 9:17, "Neither do men put new wine into old bottles: else the bottles break, and the wine runneth out, and the bottles perish: but they put new wine into new bottles, and both are preserved."  We can't put the heavenly in the earthy. Flesh and blood will not inherit the Kingdom of God. We must put the Spirit with the Spirit and the flesh with the flesh. The two will not mix in God's kingdom.

The fifth important message the Lord showed me in this dream was, if you are a part of the Bride you will always submit to the Holy Spirit and the Holy Spirit will always lead you to Jesus. When Tom and I both were hit by the Holy Spirit, we both directed everyone's attention to Jesus and our need for Him. Jesus must be the focus of our attention. Everything we do must lead others to Jesus. He is the Good News. He is our salvation. It is only in Him that we trust.

The Lord said in John 16: 13, 14; "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth. is come, he will guide you into all truth: for he shall not speak of himself: but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you." Paul taught in, 11 Corinthians 11:4, "For if he that cometh preacheth another Jesus, whom we have not preached, or if ye receive another spirit, which ye have not received, or another gospel, which ye have not accepted, ye might well bear with him." Paul is saying that we must test the spirits. We must only be led by the Holy Spirit. Jesus is the gospel that must be preached. Jesus, crucified, buried, resurrected and ascended to the throne of God.

Lastly, the Lord showed me in the story about the two wives, a picture of what we go through to become totally the Lord's. We are made up of spirit, soul and body (1Thessalonians 5:23). In this story the husband represented the soul. The soul is our mind and emotions. Vera represented the body or the flesh and Lillian represented the spirit. When we receive Jesus into our lives the battle between the spirit and the flesh begins. What they are battling for is control of the soul. This story was a perfect example of this battle. When the flesh was in control, the soul responded like the flesh. When the spirit was in control, the soul responded like the spirit. What we need to realize is that when we give way to the Holy Spirit and allow Him to have control, then everything lines up the way God intended for it to. If the flesh tries to do it on its own, we are like Vera. We look like Lillian, but we still have the heart of Vera. If we let the Holy Spirit have control then the flesh must get in line. The Holy Spirit only tells us what the Lord wants us to know because He knows the heart of the Father. Again in, John 16: 13, 14, "Howbeit when he, the Spirit of truth, is come, he will guide you into all truth for he shall not speak of himself; but whatsoever he shall hear, that shall he speak: and he will show you things to come. He shall glorify me: for he shall receive of mine, and shall show it unto you."

Lillian loved unconditionally. She loved her husband and her sister. The word of God says that "God is love." 1 John 4:7, 8, "Beloved, let us love one another: for love is of God; and everyone that loveth is born of God, and knoweth God He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love." If we don't have love then we don't know God, we don't know Jesus. If we don't know the Groom, Jesus, then we are not a part of the Bride. The Bride knows the Groom and desires to please Him. Do you know the Groom? Does He know you? Or are you like Vera, you look like Lillian but you have the heart of Vera? We may look like the Bride, but we don't have the heart of the Bride, which is the heart of the Groom. We must spend time with the Groom, read and reread His love letters, His word, and we must know Him intimately if we are to be His Bride. The Bride of Christ knows the Groom.



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