Jesus knew everything prophesied concerning the “last days” church, and He illustrated in parable what the Holy Spirit spoke through Jeremiah concerning the “bride.” That is why He used “virgins” to describe her.
Jesus uses the parable of the “ten virgins” to clarify the prophecies of Jeremiah.
“I will build you up again and you will be rebuilt, O Virgin Israel. Again you will take up your tambourines and go out to dance with the joyful.”
“I delight greatly in the Lord; my soul rejoices in my God. For He has clothed me with garments of salvation and arrayed me in a robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom adorns his head like a priest, and a bride adorns herself with her jewels.”
The virgin, that is to say the Bride of Christ, wears both the garments of salvation, which identifies being born again, and wears the robe of righteousness, which identifies being filled with the Spirit. And there is a connection between our garments and the anointing in a true revival service.
Do you know what is actually happening during a genuine revival service? People are entering the Kingdom of God! People are surrendering “self” and being set free. The garment of “self” is being disrobed, and the “robe of righteousness” is being placed upon them. They are being “filled” with the Holy Spirit. They are being clothed with power from on high.
For some it may be a first-time infilling or a refilling. For others it may be the surrender of areas that had yet been submitted to surrender.
How can you enter the Kingdom?
You must remove your “self” from your soul (your mind, will and emotions). You must step away, step out, disrobe and strip yourself naked from that veneer or pride and dignity that keeps you out and holds you back!
That is what dying to self is all about. The more room there is in you for Jesus and the Holy Spirit, the less room there is for self. The more room there is for God’s love to dwell in, the less room for evil! This is a choice everyone must make in order to enter the Kingdom of God. Self cannot enter the Kingdom of God!
“So if the Son sets you free, you will be free indeed.”
Men and Women Shall be His Bride
Both men and women shall become the “bride” of Christ. In the truest sense of the Gospel, each one of us was born to become one in the Spirit with our Savior – one with Jesus – as a bride!
Furthermore, Jesus tells us that in the Kingdom of Heaven there is no male or female and we are not given in marriage. In Heaven we shall all be united as the bride of Christ!
I believe the Lord made the same curious statement through the prophet Jeremiah:
“O Virgin of Israel, turn again to these thy cities… for the Lord hath created a new thing in the earth; a woman shall compass a man.”
Jeremiah 31:21, 22 KJV
The original Greek used here is cabab, which means to surround, be about on every side, change. It speaks to my spirit as the Lord prophesying the creation of His bride. For truly, the Lord is going to do a “new thing in the earth.” He is preparing a bride for Jesus. We are all part of mankind – man and woman – created to become the “bride” of Christ.
Are you ready? Are you beautiful? Are your garments of salvation bright and clean – are you “born again”? Are you wearing your robe of righteousness – are you “surrendered”? Are you ready for the wedding invitation?
“Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city.”