The Bride of Christ

In the Kingdom of Life, the range of mountains is the pasture of the Son of God, for He searches for everything green. The inhabitants of the city of God flourish like the grass of the Earth and the bridegroom rejoices over His Bride: The Bride of Christ!

The Bride of Christ greatly rejoices in the Lord: My soul is joyful in my God, for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation! He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels. Such is the voice of joy and the voice of the Bride that says: Praise the Lord of the armies of Heaven, for His mercy endures forever!

Awake, O north wind; and come, you south; blow upon my garden, that the fragrance of its spices may flow out! As the apple tree among the trees of the wood, so is my beloved among the sons. I sit down under His shadow with great delight, and His fruit is sweet to my taste. In Jesus Christ is Life and Life is the Light of men. We sing the praises of Him who has called us out of darkness into his marvellous Light: For we are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation!

The Kingdom of Christ is a kingdom of priests, and as new-born babes, its inhabitants desire the sincere milk of the Word of God, that they may grow. Each person is like a living stone, chosen of God and precious. Their temple is not built of stones and mortar, but its people are living stones built up into a spiritual house; a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God.

In the Kingdom of Life, Light shines in the darkness; but, in the Kingdom of Death, the darkness cannot comprehend it. Dead things are formed from under the waters and produce the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Death. Hell is naked before God, as destruction has no covering. Such is the shadow of Death, that its inhabitants lie in such darkness, that they cannot see for the abundance of spiritual waters that cover them. It is a land of darkness, as darkness itself; and of the shadow of Death, where the light is as darkness. Her princes are like wolves ravening after their prey, to shed blood, to destroy souls, and to get dishonest gain. And her prophets see vanity and divine lies, saying: Thus, says the Lord God, when the Lord has not spoken. The people of the land use oppression, and exercise robbery, and vex the poor and needy.

The people who sit in the Kingdom of Darkness saw a great light from the time when Jesus Christ began to preach and to say: Repent, for the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand. Jesus said to them: I am the Light of the world; he who follows Me will not walk in darkness but will have the Light of Life. Since then, Light appeared to them who sit in the region and shadow of Death. And God said: I call Heaven and Earth to record this day against you, that I have set before you, Life and Death, blessing and cursing; therefore, choose Life, that both you and your seed may live. But the inhabitants of the Kingdom love darkness, because their deeds are Evil.

Even though there are two spiritual Kingdoms, its inhabitants live together in the world: For God did not take those who are His out of the world, but He keeps them from Evil. The inhabitants of the Kingdom of Life are not of the world, as they are sanctified through the Truth: The Word of God is Truth. They live in the world, but they remain separate so God may receive them, for what fellowship has righteousness with unrighteousness? And what communion has Light with darkness? And what agreement has Christ with Belial? Thus, the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Life are the temple of the Living God; God dwells in them, for He is their God and they are His people.

The Bride of Christ obeys the voice of the Word of God and keeps His covenant. She is a peculiar treasure unto God above all people: For all the Earth is God’s. She is dearly beloved as all those who form the temple of God are strangers and pilgrims in the world, for they abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul. The inhabitants of the Kingdom of Life are free from the power of Death, for they are the servants of the Most-High God. But as they live in the world, they endure grief, while the Kingdom of Darkness wages war against the Bride who is sanctified by Jesus Christ.

Such is the call of the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Life, for Christ suffered for His Bride, leaving an example, that all should follow His steps: He did not sin and when He suffered, He did not threaten but committed Himself to God who judges righteously. Christ bore the sins of His bride in His own body on the cross, that she, who was dead in her sins, would live for righteousness. Thus, the Bride of Christ keeps herself in the love of God, looking for the mercy of her bridegroom for eternal Life.

But to the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Death, the Bride of Christ is the scent of Death, for Death is the death of the soul; while to the others, she is the fragrance of Life for the Life of the soul and the resurrection of the body. So, the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Death persecute the Bride of Christ to the death of the body and even try to destroy her faith in God to destroy her soul.

So, the Bride of Christ cries out to God: Lord, they do not keep your Law. Rivers of water run down my eyes for the destruction of the daughter of my people. Their wrath is kindled against us until the waters overwhelm us and the stream has gone over our soul. Death is come up into our windows and has come into our palaces. They come upon me as a wide breaking in of waters: Terrors are turned upon me for they pursue my soul as the wind and my welfare passes away as a cloud. And now my soul is poured out upon me, the days of affliction have taken hold of me. When I looked for Good, then Evil came to me: And when I waited for Light, there came darkness. The waves of Death compass me, the floods of ungodly men make me afraid: The wicked are like the troubled sea, when it cannot rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt. I sink in deep mire, where there is no standing: I am come into deep waters, where the floods overflow me.

In her distress, the Bride of Christ cries out to God: You have delivered my soul from Death, will you not deliver my feet from falling, that I may walk in the Light of the living?

And God Almighty hears her voice: The channels of the sea appear, the foundations of the world are discovered, at the rebuke of the Lord. He sends from above, He draws His Bride out of many waters: Her soul escapes as a bird out of the snare. By the breath of God, frost is given: And the breadth of the waters is straitened. The waters are hidden as with a stone, and the face of the deep is frozen.

And the Lord says to His Bride: What you have already, hold fast until I come. And he that overcomes, and keeps My works until the end, to him will I give power over the nations. Be faithful until death, and I will give you a crown of Life.

And the Bride of Christ says to all who will hear: Our help is in the Name of the Lord, who made Heaven and Earth. What man is he who lives, and shall not see Death? Shall he deliver his soul from the hand of the grave?

But the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Death have chosen to give their soul over to strangling and Death rather than Life: For, as some of their men lie with men, as a man lies with a woman, both committing an abomination; God will put them to Death. Their inhabitants who strike another man so that he dies, shall also be put to Death; while those among them who have familiar spirits, or are wizards, will pass on to eternal Death. The inhabitants of that Kingdom have a Covenant with Death, but their agreement with Hell does not stand in the eyes of God. Thus, when the overflowing scourge shall pass through, they will be trodden down by it: For they are all delivered to Death, to the nether parts of the Earth, with them that go down to the pit.

And the Lord God says: Hear, O Heavens; and give ear, O Earth. I have nourished and brought up children, and they have rebelled against Me. Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, a seed of evildoers, children that are corrupters: Put away the Evil of your doings from before My eyes. But if you refuse and rebel, you shall be devoured with the sword. How is the faithful city become a harlot! Righteousness lodged in it, but now murderers. Your princes are rebellious and companions of thieves: Everyone goes after rewards. Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, you will suffer the vengeance of eternal fire. You walk after your own ungodly lusts. Likewise, your filthy dreamers defile their flesh. You have said: It is vain to serve God, for what do we gain by keeping His commandments?

Thus, says God Almighty to the Bride of Christ: The Law is holy, and just, and good. You shall be holy unto Me, for I the Lord am holy. The Lord your God has chosen you to be a special people unto himself, above all people that are upon the face of the Earth. You are the children of the Lord your God: You shall not cut yourselves, nor make any baldness between your eyes for the dead, nor print any marks upon you. Thus, will I make My holy Name known amid My people.

There is a conspiracy of prophets; like a roaring lion ravening after the prey, they have devoured souls. The priests have violated the Law of God: They have put no difference between the holy and the profane. There are false prophets also among the people, who privately bring in damnable heresies, even denying the Lord who bought them and bringing upon themselves swift destruction. The prophets prophesy lies in My Name: I did not send them, they prophesy to you a false vision and divination. The diviners have seen a lie and have told false dreams, because of the multitude of the whoredoms of the well-favoured harlot: The mistress of witchcrafts, who sells nations through her whoredoms and families through her witchcrafts.

Thus, says the Almighty God: Do not let your heart follow her ways. Her house is the way to Hell, going down to the chambers of Death. None that go to her return. They are exalted for a little while, but are gone and brought low, they will be taken out of the way as all others.

Come: I will show you the judgment of the great whore who sits upon many waters. Behold, I will cast her and them that commit spiritual adultery with her into great tribulation, unless they repent of their deeds. And I will kill her children with Death. There is no darkness, nor shadow of Death, where the workers of iniquity may hide themselves. Treasures of wickedness gain nothing: They are raging waves of the sea, foaming out their own shame; to whom is reserved the blackness of darkness forever, for rebellion is as the sin of witchcraft. Because the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Death have rejected the Word of the Lord, He has also rejected them.

Verily, verily, says the Living God: If a Man keeps My saying, he shall never see Death. I will ransom them from the power of the grave, I will redeem them from Death. The last enemy that shall be destroyed is Death. Blessed and holy is he that has part in the first resurrection: On such, the second Death has no power, but they shall be priests of God and of Christ and shall reign with Him for a thousand years.

And the sea will give up the dead who are in it, and Death and Hell will deliver up the dead who are in them: Every person will be judged according to his works.

Rejoice, O nations: For God will avenge the blood of His servants, and will render vengeance to His adversaries, and will be merciful to His people.

Thus, the Bride of Christ says: Come! O Lord, you have pleaded the cause of my soul; you have redeemed my life! Blessed is the Man who endures temptation: For when he is tried, he shall receive the crown of Life, which the Lord has promised to them who love Him!

But the fearful, and unbelieving, and the abominable, and murderers, and whoremongers, and sorcerers, and idolaters, and all liars, shall have their part in the lake which burns with fire and brimstone: Which is the second Death.

Then will Heaven be opened, and all will behold a white horse; and He who sits upon it is called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he judges and makes war. And His Name is called: The Word of God.

And the inhabitants of the Kingdom of Life will cry out: Holy, holy, holy, is the Lord of the armies of Heaven! They will go forth and set on fire all the weapons they can find.

For, lo, the winter is past, the rain is over and gone: Flowers appear on the Earth, the time of the singing of birds is come; the fig tree puts forth her green figs, and the vines with the tender grape give a good fragrance. And all will go out with joy and will be led with peace. The mountains and the hills will burst into song and all the trees of the field will clap their hands! And there shall be no more be two nations, neither shall the people be divided into two Kingdoms anymore.

There will be no more sea and no more Death, neither sorrow, nor crying: The Earth will belong to the inhabitants of the Kingdom of God, built up into the Holy city that comes down from God out of Heaven, prepared as a Bride adorned for her husband. The Bride of Christ will have the glory of God: Her Light will be like a most precious stone, as clear as crystal!

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