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The Bride's Garments

Glorious Gens
O Zion, You who bring good tidings, Get up into the high mountain; O Jerusalem, You who bring good tidings, Lift up your voice with strength, Lift it up, be not afraid; Say to the cities of Judah, “Behold your God!” Behold, the Lord GOD shall come with a strong hand, And His arm shall rule for Him; Behold, His reward is with Him, And His work before Him.
(Isaiah 40:9,10 NKJV)

At this very moment, we see Zion in the spirit, God’s holy mountain rising, ascending, out of the midst of the city of Jerusalem. It is a Zion of many generations forming one preeminently high mountain — the mountain of THE KING. She is robed in a glory that far surpasses that of Jerusalem. Her robes are of purity, righteousness, and exquisite beauty. She shimmers in the radiant light of one who has been changed — reflecting now the image of the Lord she loves with passionate, obedient devotion. She is formed from a remnant of all His people — both male and female, bond and free, poor and rich, of all peoples of the earth.

As He sees Zion of this generation begin to arise, the heart of the King leaps; kindled with a burning desire to receive her to Himself. From Zion’s lofty peaks, Jesus listens . . . “She is worshipping Me!” Her sweet voice fills His heart with rapturous delight. He watches . . . “She is dancing with Me!” He thrills to the sight. Slowly, the King turns to His Father; “Oh Father, how long I have waited for her to appear! This is the one I choose to be MY BRIDE.”

Truly, Jesus’ BRIDE is appearing. We believe Zion, a city within the larger city of Jerusalem, is a type of that Bride. In the height of Zion, the King reigns. Worship resounds to Him in the heavenly atmosphere of His glory. Through Zion, as the Scripture says, NATIONS will be born into the Kingdom of God. “Who hath heard such a thing?who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a NATION be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children.” (Isaiah 66:8, KJV).

The appearing of God’s bride is paramount. She is the key to the greatest revival the world has ever known. This appearing, or unveiling, of the glorious bride of Christ is by degrees. At her stage of development today, she is still quite hidden. She has heard the call, “The bridegroom cometh”and is going forth to meet Him. Much like the account of King David when he moved the ark of the covenant from the house of Abinadab to Mt Zion (2 Samuel 6), she has been faithfully following His presence. As the ark, representing His presence has moved, she has moved. As He has stepped, she has stepped. Each step she takes is significant.

First, she has followed the ark of God out from the house of Abinadab to Nachon’s threshing floor. At this point, she goes through a threshing or PURIFICATION PROCESS. Much of her life and ministry are left behind. Oh, what a relief to shed all the old, worn, dingy garments! What a pleasure to put off, as in Colossians 3:8, “. . . anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy language out of your mouth.”

As she slips off each of these sins, the heaviness that had plagued her miraculously disappears; leaving her feeling almost weightless.

Giddy with His presence now, she perceives Jesus is moving again. She must go with Him!

Leaving the threshing floor, she follows the ark “aside into the house of Obededom . . . and the ark of the Lord continued in the house of Obed-edom the Gittite three months; and the Lord BLESSED Obed-edom and all his household.” (2 Samuel 6:10,11, KJV)

Those represented by the bride, who are following His every footstep, are entering a time of tremendous blessing. It is a time of CLOTHING. Each has shed the old garments and now will put on the new. The Lord is clothing them with:

Garments of Glory!

Teaching on Zion
by Penny Sheahan

1PERSONALITY or character of Christ. Colossians 3:12-14 mentions putting on these specific characteristics: mercies, humbleness of mind, meekness, longsuffering, love.

2POWER. Acts 1:8 says: “. . . and ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost shall come upon you.” This is power to enable them to be His witnesses. They will know Him intimately and with great power will give witness to who He is.

3PROVISION. Philippians 4:19 assures, “But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” Jesus will provide all that is needed for their life and ministry. There will be financial blessing to enable them to accomplish the mission of WORLD EVANGELIZATION.

Wave upon wave of love and Divine favor pour over these lovely, blessed people until all their striving ceases. At this point, they enter His glorious rest. Now there is an ease in all they do. His blessing is overwhelming. They never want to leave this place! As wonderful as this time is, however, the bride of Christ will move again, for she is still far from the heights of Zion. Soon she will leave behind Obed-edom even while the blessing continues there. She will move forward immediately as she senses His presence departing; for He is leading her higher . . . UPWARD TO MT. ZION.

Soon, she will be seen, a city on a hill, robed in her splendid Garments of Glory!