THE BRIDE CHURCH'S WEDDING GOWN
Today we will learn what the bride church will wear in heaven with our Lord Jesus. How blessed to know that the church and all believers in Jesus as God will be clothed in fine linen forever. Revelation 19:7 says Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him (Jesus), for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her (the bride church) was granted that she should be arrayed (clothed) in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.
Now why does Jesus clothe saints with fine linen? It's because there are so many blessings associated with fine linen discussed below that display Jesus to this world. First, next to other natural fibers like cotton or wool, fine linen is much glossier. Therefore, if saints put on fine linen daily or God's righteousness, saints will have a glossy, sheen, shine, and glow for all eternity. Friends get saved and decide to stop sinning by repenting, make Jesus your God and let fine linen clothe you as you shine Jesus to lost sinners. Daily put on your fine linen (that is Jesus who is righteousness stated at 1 Corinthians 1:30) by saying I am crucified with Christ and covered by the blood of Jesus. Let the devil know that the blood of Jesus has overcome him, evil must pass over you, and that the blood of Jesus has cleansed you from all sin.
Note that fine linen does not glow of itself. It is dependent upon light shining on it. Like linen, saints have to let the Light of God (Jesus) shine on and from us. Put on daily your fine linen and let the light of Jesus reflect from your faces by your daily actions to this fading world. Friends, saved saints are the bride of Christ and daily we must make ourselves ready for the return of our groom Jesus by putting on fine linen by faith in Jesus.
Revelation 16:15 tells us Behold, I (Jesus) come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame. As you put on your fine linen, think about and say Luke 21:34 And take heed to yourselves, lest at any time your hearts be overcharged with surfeiting (hangover from being drunk), and drunkenness, and cares of this life, and so that day come upon you unawares. For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on the face of the whole earth. Watch ye therefore and pray always, that ye may be accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.
Alright, note that pictured above King David wore fine linen when he danced before the ark of God. Fine linen was the clothing worn by kings of royalty throughout history. Also the high priest in ancient Israel wore a robe and a mitre (crown) made of fine linen. At the dedication of the first temple, the priests wore fine linen. Like these kings and priests of the bible, saved saints will also wear fine linen as kings and priests living forever in royalty with our Lord Jesus in the kingdom.
This is proven by Revelation 1:5 promising that saints will be kings and priests clothed in fine linen forever like King David and the priests. The blessed scripture says And from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, and the first begotten of the dead, and the prince of the kings of the earth. Unto Him that loved us, and washed us from our sins in His own blood. And hath made us kings and priests unto God and His Father; to Him be glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen.
OK, now let's see how fine linen is made. The vegetable fibers from the Egyptian flax plant are used to produce fine linen. Fine linen is defined in greek as byssinos (byssos) or the Egyptian flax plant. Ancient egyptians used fine linen because it is pure, ecologically safe, and an anti allergen fabric. And fine linen is very costly, delicate, precious, soft, and white. This is why our Lord Jesus clothes saints with fine linen to make them pure, clean, precious, shining, brilliant, clear, transparent, and white as snow washed by the blood of Jesus.
Note also that fine linen is strong, durable, and lasts forever like the Word of God Jesus. Psalm 119:89 says For ever, O Lord, thy Word is settled in heaven. Linen is three times stronger than cotton fabrics. When ancient egyptians buried pharoahs in tombs, fine linen was used to wrap their bodies for preservation. Today tombs of pharoahs from the time of Exodus have been discovered with 3000 year old linen wrappings that are still intact. These fine linen wrappings have not been damaged by worms or germs and have withstood humidity and time.
Like the ancient egyptians, Jesus clothes his saints with fine linen to preserve them forever in beauty as His bride. 1 Peter 1:5 says Who (the church) are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. And Brother Bob's favorite bible verse 2 Timothy 4:18 says And the Lord shall deliver me from every evil work, and will preserve me unto His heavenly kingdom; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
Next, notice that fine linen becomes softer and whiter the more it is washed over time. Also, when fine linen is first made it does not have much elasticity and easily wrinkles. But the more the fine linen gets washed by water, the less prone to wrinkles it becomes. Like fine linen, saints need to daily wash themselves and remove wrinkles by continually meditating and memorizing the Word of God (Jesus). Ephesians 5:26 tells us That He (Jesus) might sanctify and cleanse it (the church) with the washing of water by the Word.
It is also said that linen needs a lot of washing because its absorbancy makes it susceptible to stain. It absorbs water and sweat easily (making it a cooler fabric to wear). Also, it's easier to iron out wrinkles from fine linen when it is damp and wet. So saints remember to daily wash your fine linen and prepare for the soon return of our Lord Jesus by daily meditating on the Word of God that washes and removes the wrinkles from your fine linen. As a result, saints everywhere can proclaim Ephesians 5;27 That He (Jesus) 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.
Absorb daily Gods Spirit and let His Spirit permeate the fabric of your being. Let God's loving Holy Ghost heat press out your spiritual wrinkles while you become saturated with the spiritual water of His Word and Spirit. Then like fine linen, the more we are washed by remembering the Word of God, the softer, whiter, shinier, and less wrinkly we will become. And Jesus can present His saints to the Father without fine linen's two most prone flaws; not having any spots or wrinkles. What a glorious time when God's church is showcased in its clean, white, brilliantly glowing, unwrinkled wedding gown. This is the type of righteousness that Christ's bride must daily wear.
THE PROPHECY ABOUT THE EASTERN GATE
After Jesus clothes His saints with fine linen at the marriage supper of the Lamb, Jesus will return with His saints ruling on white horses to the Mount of Olives and enter through the eastern gate of the temple pictured above to be King of this earth for 1000 years. In the first picture above we see the Mount of Olives overlooking the Kidron Valley that is before the shut eastern gate of the temple in the second picture above surrounding the city of Jerusalem.
Now notice in the picture above the prophecy stated by Ezekial about the eastern gate of the temple at Ezekial 44:1 that says Then he brought me back the way of the gate of the outward sanctuary which looketh toward the east and it was shut. Then said the Lord unto me; This gate shall be shut; it shall not be opened; and no man shall enter in by it; because the Lord the God of Israel hath entered in by it; therefore it shall be shut. It is for the prince (the Prince of Peace Jesus); the prince, He shall sit in it to eat bread before the Lord; He shall enter by the way of the porch of that gate and shall go out by the way of the same.
Jesus fulfilled Ezekial's prophecy by causing the eastern gate to be shut to this day after He (the Lord God of Israel) entered into the eastern gate during His triumphal entry into Jerusalem over 2000 years ago. This is proven by Luke 19:37-45 when the Lord Jesus descended down the Mount of Olives through the Kidron valley into the eastern gate of the temple during His triumphal entry.
First Luke 19:37 shows Jesus descending down the Mount of Olives saying And when He (Jesus) was come nigh, even now at the descent of the Mount of Olives the whole multitude of the disciples began to rejoice and praise God with a loud voice for all the mighty works that they had seen. Next Luke 19:41 shows Jesus going through the Kidron valley saying And when He (Jesus) was come near, He beheld the city (Jerusalem) and wept over it. Then in the first picture above Luke 19:45 shows Jesus entering into the eastern gate of the temple saying And He (Jesus) went into the temple and began to cast out them that sold therein and them that bought.
After the Lord Jesus went through the eastern gate fulfilling Ezekial's prophecy, the eastern gate has been shut to this day. A few centuries ago, an arab sheik did not believe Jesus was God and didn't care what Ezekial had to say about the eastern gate. This arab sheik said I'm gonna open the eastern gate myself and prove that Jesus is not God. Hallelujah, this arab sheik was not able to open the eastern gate and it remains shut to this day. And no man will be able to open this eastern gate before Jesus returns to this earth.
According to Ezekial, the eastern gate will remain shut until the Prince of Peace (the Lord Jesus) opens the eastern gate when He returns to the Mount of Olives on this earth to rule and reign as King of kings for 1000 glorious years. Jesus will soon as the Prince of Peace enter and open this eastern gate to eat bread before the Lord and celebrate his millenial reign as King of this earth for 1000 years.
Zechariah 14:4 proclaims And His (Jesus') feet shall stand in that day (when Jesus returns to this earth) upon the Mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the Mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south. When Jesus' feet divide the Mount of Olives, it will remove the muslim's graveyard before the eastern gate and bust open the shut doors of the eastern gate, fulfilling Ezekial's prophecy about the eastern gate. You go King Jesus and enter the eastern gate and eat your bread before the Lord proclaiming to this earth that you are the King of kings for 1000 years.
A BLESSED THOUGHT
In the old testament sheep died for the shepherd
In the new testament the shepherd died for the sheep
As always it is a blessing to write these bible studies that I pray in Jesus name bless multitudes all over this earth. Feel free to email Brother Bob anytime at firstname.lastname@example.org or write to Brother Bob Malkin, 2233 Pinetree Lane, Apt. N., Reynoldsburg, Ohio 43068. (614) 604-7133. Till we all meet again soon to lift up our Lord Jesus, everyone have a blessed day in Jesus name.