HERE COMES THE BRIDE
BY: MARVIN E. COPE
She is glorious in her attire, adorned with heaven’s jewels, an awakening giant (omnipresent) in Spirit and “descending out of heaven from God, arrayed like a bride beautified and adorned for her Husband” (Rev. 21:2), from whom all the old world flees away! She is coming out from invisibility bringing out from the Christ in her the new heaven and new earth, for in her they are one.
This is who, where and what we children of God are in the Spirit of Christ in the eternal now. We’re descending in Spirit (stepped down to earthly visibility), to our physical counterpart, the WORD made flesh in you and me (Jn. 1:14), the anointed of the Lord! We are the Spirit, soul and body become one in the resurrection order.
“Awake, Awake, put on your strength (the Christ mind), O Zion; put on your beautiful garments, O Jerusalem, the Holy City. Shake yourself from the dust; arise, sit (erect in a dignified place), O Jerusalem; loose yourself from the bonds of your neck, O captive Daughter of Zion. For thus says the Lord: You were sold for nothing and you shall be redeemed without money.“ (Is. 52:1-3)
In my own journey in Christ I’ve learned with Jesus that: “I am able to do nothing from myself” (Jn. 5:30), (independently, of my own accord, but only as I am taught by God and as I get His orders).
He is now telling me that His Bride is a part of His God Family by reason of her birth in the garden (heaven) with Him. It’s her home in Spirit. She “has right to the tree (eternal root) of life” (Rev. 22:14) in the midst of His garden that has now become a City, New Jerusalem. Being one in the God Family, she is the legitimate heir of all that the God Family has created. The earth is just a small “outer part” of her inheritance in Spirit. To inherit the earth the Lord has given His bride an “outer body,” His Word made flesh!
Why hasn’t the bride taken her inheritance? She was not made ready for centuries because God had us in mind and had something better and greater in view for us so that “they (these heroes and heroines of faith) should not come to perfection apart from us (before we could join them)” (Heb. 11:40). We have now been made ready, coming to the perfecting of Christ in us, His anointing making us complete and perfect, lacking nothing!
Why now? Is there reason to believe this is the time of our (the Bride) descending out of the heavens within, the new heaven and new earth? Yes! The old man now has the capacity to destroy the whole planet and is now busy doing just that, not just physically, but spiritually also by the destroying spirit within him that seeks to turn the whole planet into Sodom and Gomorrah!
The Bride is now learning that in Christ she is already complete and perfect, lacking nothing. In other centuries this was not well known because it was not then God’s time. This is not just well known by reading about it in the Bible, but by living out of the perfect ONE! The Bride in Christ existed before the Creation, before the fact, not after. The old man comes into a creation that already exists. He comes after the fact. He had no part in the creation. The Title Deed to earth is written in the blood of the Lamb, given for the earth and her inhabitants. The Bride of Christ, being present in Him at the creation, is a part of the spiritual ownership before the fact!
This gentle giant, the Bride of Christ, the Holy City New Jerusalem now grown in spirit and body worldwide, is rooted in Christ (gentiles grafted into the tree of life) from before the beginning of Genesis. In Spirit she was (we were) present in Him at the creation. We, the new species in Christ, precede the creation. We, the children of the Holy Father, come before it, thus making us partners in all our Father’s Plan.
The old man and his old world has no part, no claim in the earth. He is nothing but a squatter occupying earth until the real owner appears! In Christ we children are the legitimate heirs, not bond servants to the old world! We may now walk through the earth, Bride and Groom rejoicing in the almighty power (“all power is given to ME in heaven and in earth”) (I Chron. 29:11; Matt. 28:18) of our anointing to loose all bonds and set the captives free (Is. 42:7: 49:9).
This may all sound strange to the outer ear that has grown accustomed to the old world’s noisy claims of possession, of independent ownership. “Behold, I make all things new” (II Cor. 5:17). This writing is about the new man our Holy Father has transformed from (the Bride sitting in the dust) of Isaiah 52 to those arising and shining in Isaiah 60. In His Word is His Self-fulfilling power.
Listen! “For as (surely as) the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring forth, so (surely) the Lord God will cause rightness and justice and praise to spring forth before all the nations.“ (through the self fulfilling power of His word) (Is. 61:11)
Here comes the Bride walking the whole of earth, her promised land! The Lord is going before her clearing out the Hittites, Jebusites, the old “manites.” You get the picture! In the glorious power (“all power “) of her Lord, receiving her full inheritance of Faith, the entire planet, making room for every captive in her love, her joy and her peace, with praise and thanksgiving!
HERE COMES the BRIDE [Marvin E. Cope] JUNE 2000 1