Jesus taught the end time church to, “watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming” (Mt. 24:42). He instructed leaders to be a “faithful and wise servant,” (Mt. 24:45), warning you to wait for His coming by teaching “My master is delaying His coming,” (Mt 24:48). Jesus further exhorts you that evil and good would increase side by side “lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold” (Mt. 13:30; Rev. 13:14-20). He inspires you with spectacular vision for your part in an end of the age revival by proclaiming, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come” (Mt. 24:14). He further encourages the Bride to have oil of intimacy, so that your life shines brightly, “when the Son of Man comes, Behold, the bridegroom is coming; go out to meet him!’ Then all those virgins arose and trimmed their lamps” (Mt. 25: 1-13). Lastly, as the Just Judge, He will, reward or punished, based on how you spend your time and energy on earth (Mt. 25:14-24).
dream of a leader and a bride
I had a dream, which shocked me! Jesus was delayed in His return and this was detrimentally affecting the churches ability to be watchful in two ways. First, I saw a leader, who served passionately in prayer and teaching, vigorously equipping the body, but had grown tired, which led to boredom, and they were being tempted to overeat and expose themselves in immorality. But, with all their might, they resisted temptation, almost to the point of passing out. Next, I saw a likeable bride, who was vacationing at a beach called Babylon, because she was tired and bored. Lying there she also was tempted to over consume and expose herself to immorality. Unfortunately, the Bride began to sin. I knew we must rescue her out of Babylon, quickly cover, and diligently restore her. Then I awoke and started to pray asking for revelation, interpretation, and application, here are the impressions I have.
What does this dream mean for today?
First, Jesus the Bridegroom is delayed in His coming, along with, the fullness of the end of the age revival we are fasting and praying for. In the waiting we are being tempted to sin. Secondly, we must continually be found watching (Matt. 24:42) this means: practical, praying, purposeful, people; practically guarding our heart, searching the Word as your compass for prophetic and daily understanding, while actively praying to obey and cooperate with the Holy Spirit. Thirdly, faithful and wise leaders must resist sin (1 Pt. 5) since sin is not an option. Because, the scripture insists that lawlessness will abound and the love of many will grow cold, you must overcome in the grace of God; vehemently resist sin to participate in the fullness of the immanent revival. Thirdly, the redeemed radiate Bride must have oil in their lamps; you must have the first commandment first place in your life, loving God, while being a bright light sharing the message of Christ and discipling others. Fourthly, and surprisingly, the Bride was a beach called Babylon trying to rest. You must “come out of Babylon”, which are thought patterns of the world, such as: secularism, humanism, Islam, communism (all religions and systems which are unrighteous even those that are teach others engage in lukewarm immorality [Rev. 2:18-29; 3:14-22]). Lastly, the church must be faithful with their talents, which is their God given time and energy. In this parable (Mt. 24:14-30) you observe that God presents to each person different talents, but if you are faithful, you will produce double fruit, and then Jesus will reward you in the age to come. Let us encourage each other to: watch, resist sin, strengthen the Bride, come out of Babylon and be faithful with our time and energy.