The Bride of Christ unveiled.
By Pieter Kirstein
Ephesians 5:25 Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave Himself up for her
26 to sanctify her, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,
27 and to present her to Himself as a glorious church, without stain or wrinkle or any such blemish, but holy and blameless.
28 In the same way, husbands ought to love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.
29 Indeed, no one ever hated his own body, but he nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church.
30 For we are members of His body. c
31 “For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.”
32 This mystery is profound, but I am speaking about Christ and the church.
Many immature Christians judge and ridicule the holy matters of God’s kingdom and they are used by the enemy to cause division but those that are mature understand the mysteries of heaven. I saw a woman the other day making a comment that there’s no scripture that says that God has a bride.
Hebrews 5:11 Of whom we have many things to say, and hard to explain, seeing you are dull of hearing.
12 For when for the time you ought to be teachers, you have need that one teach you again which be the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of solid food.
13 For every one that uses milk is unskillful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
14 But solid food belongs to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil
No wonder God declares in Hosea 4:6 that His people are destroyed through a lack of knowledge.
We are Israel, the nation of God under the headship of Christ – Ezekiel 37, Ephesians 2, Romans 2:28-29.
God declares that He is married to His people in Jeremiah 3
1 They say, If a man puts away his wife, and she goes from him, and becomes another man’s, may he return unto her again? shall not that land be greatly polluted? but you have played the harlot with many lovers; yet return again to me, says the LORD.
2 Lift up your eyes unto the high places, and see where you have not been lain with. In the ways have you sat for them, as the Arabian in the wilderness; and you have polluted the land with your harlotries and with your wickedness.
3 Therefore the showers have been withheld, and there has been no latter rain; and you had a harlot’s forehead, you refused to be ashamed.
4 Will you not from this time cry unto me, My father, you are the guide of my youth?
5 Will he reserve his anger forever? will he keep it to the end? Behold, you have spoken and done all the evil things that you could.
6 The LORD said also unto me in the days of Josiah the king, Have you seen that which backsliding Israel has done? she has gone up upon every high mountain and under every green tree, and there has played the harlot.
7 And I said after she had done all these things, Turn you unto me. But she returned not. And her treacherous sister Judah saw it.
8 And I saw, when for all the causes for which backsliding Israel committed adultery I had put her away, and given her a bill of divorce; yet her treacherous sister Judah feared not, but went and played the harlot also.
9 And it came to pass through the lightness of her harlotry, that she defiled the land, and committed adultery with stones and with trees.
10 And yet for all this her treacherous sister Judah has not turned unto me with her whole heart, but in pretense, says the LORD.
11 And the LORD said unto me, The backsliding Israel has justified herself more than treacherous Judah.
12 Go and proclaim these words toward the north, and say, Return, you backsliding Israel, says the LORD; and I will not cause my anger to fall upon you: for I am merciful, says the LORD, and I will not keep anger forever.
13 Only acknowledge your iniquity, that you have transgressed against the LORD your God, and have scattered your favors to the strangers under every green tree, and you have not obeyed my voice, says the LORD.
14 Turn, O backsliding children, says the LORD; for I am married unto you: and I will take you one from a city, and two from a family, and I will bring you to Zion:
15 And I will give you shepherds according to my heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding.
16 And it shall come to pass, when you are multiplied and increased in the land, in those days, says the LORD, they shall say no more, The ark of the covenant of the LORD: neither shall it come to mind: neither shall they remember it; neither shall they visit it; neither shall that be done any more.
17 At that time they shall call Jerusalem the throne of the LORD; and all the nations shall be gathered unto it, to the name of the LORD, to Jerusalem: neither shall they walk any more after the imagination of their evil hearts.
18 In those days the house of Judah shall walk with the house of Israel, and they shall come together out of the land of the north to the land that I have given for an inheritance unto your fathers.
19 But I said, How shall I put you among the children, and give you a pleasant land, a beautiful heritage of the hosts of nations? and I said, You shall call me, My father; and shall not turn away from me.
20 Surely as a wife treacherously departs from her husband, so have you dealt treacherously with me, O house of Israel, says the LORD.
21 A voice was heard upon the high places, weeping and supplications of the children of Israel: for they have perverted their way, and they have forgotten the LORD their God.
22 Return, you backsliding children, and I will heal your backslidings. Behold, we come unto you; for you are the LORD our God.
God sees His intimate relationship with His people as a marriage and when when we depart from Him by allowing ourselves to be distracted by other lovers, He sees it as us playing the harlot.
Hosea 2:2 The beginning of the word of the LORD by Hosea. And the LORD said to Hosea, Go, take unto you a wife of harlotry and children of harlotry: for the land has committed great harlotry, departing from the LORD.
God wants a bride for His Son, which shall be those who honor His covenant requirement of complete devotion through sacrifice.
The Mighty One Calls
A Psalm of Asaph.
1 The Mighty One, God the LORD, speaks and summons the earth from the rising to the setting of the sun.
2 From Zion, perfect in beauty, God shines forth.
3 Our God approaches and will not be silent! Consuming fire precedes Him, and a tempest rages around Him.
4 He summons the heavens above, and the earth, that He may judge His people:
5 “Gather to Me My saints, who made a covenant with Me by sacrifice.”
6 And the heavens proclaim His righteousness, for God Himself is Judge.
This sacrifice is the requirement by which we willingly place ourselves on the altar of demonstrated love, which is the cross that we are called to embrace because through it’s administration by the Spirit of burning, we are cleansed and purged from our old sinful ways to be presented as a chaste virgin to Christ. A people who are made one with God in vision, desire and purpose. A bride that’s been purified by the washing of the water of the word because they walk in submission and obedience before Him.
1 Therefore I urge you, brothers, on account of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God, which is your spiritual service of worship.
2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what is the good, pleasing, and perfect will of God.
He brings His bride through the sword of a Spiritual circumcision by which we are brought into agreement with God and His ways. This is why there is a war going on between those who walk with Him in the Spirit and those who that walk in the flesh because they elevate their own ways and desires above being fully devoted to Christ. God’s ways are an offense to those that are carnal and settled in the hardness of their rebellious hearts.
This is why He declared in Matthew 10:
Not Peace but a Sword
34 Do not assume that I have come to bring peace to the earth; I have not come to bring peace, but a sword.
35 For I have come to turn ‘a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.
36 A man’s enemies will be the members of his own household.’ i
37 Anyone who loves his father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me; anyone who loves his son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me;
38 and anyone who does not take up his cross and follow Me is not worthy of Me.
39 Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for My sake will find it.
God’s bride is brought into agreement and oneness with Him through a season of courtship and Holy Spirit preparation.
First He takes you out of the world as a born-again baby. Then He goes deeper by taking the influence of the world out of you. This is the inner court ministry of the season of purging and cleansing whereby we grow up in the Lord as developing children.
Then He goes even deeper by challenging us in our own worlds of selfishness and self centered living. Then He takes us out of our worlds to bring us through the veil into the Holy of holies, where He dwells and abides.
He speaks of this high place of hiddeness in Isaiah 57:
Healing for the Repentant
14 And it will be said, “Build it up, build it up, prepare the way, take every obstacle out of the way of My people.”
15 For thus says the One who is high and lifted up, who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: “I dwell in a high and holy place, and with the oppressed and humble of spirit, to restore the spirit of the lowly and revive the heart of the contrite.
16 For I will not accuse you forever, nor will I always be angry; for then the spirit of man would grow weak before Me, with the breath of those I have made.
17 I was enraged by his sinful greed, so I struck him and hid My face in anger; yet he kept turning back to the desires of his heart.
18 I have seen his ways, but I will heal him; I will guide him and restore comfort to him and his mourners,
19 bringing praise to their lips. Peace, peace to those far and near,” says the LORD, “and I will heal them.”
David writes beautifully about the dwelling and tabernacle of the Holy One in Psalm 24:3 Who may ascend the hill of the LORD? Who may stand in His holy place?
4 He who has clean hands and a pure heart, who does not lift up his soul to an idol or swear deceitfully.
5 He will receive blessing from the LORD and vindication from the God of his salvation.
6 Such is the generation of those who seek Him, who seek Your face, O God of Jacob.
His bride has eyes for Him only and we never forsake the time that it takes to seek His face, for He causes the pursuers of God to discover Him as the greatest of treasures.
Mat 6:21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
We sacrifice everything which distorts pure devotion to Christ to be united with Christ.
Mat 13:44 The kingdom of heaven is like treasure hidden in a field. When a man found it, he hid it again, and in his joy he went and sold all he had and bought that field.
Hebrews 11:6 And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who approaches Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him.
We are prophetically in the time of the marriage between heaven and earth and His bride has made themselves ready.
Revelation 19:7 Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honor to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb has come, and His wife has made herself ready.
8 And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteous acts of saints.
9 And he said unto me, Write, Blessed are they who are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb. And he said unto me, These are the true sayings of God.
During the time of the harvest it shall the Spirit and the Bride that says “come!”
A bride does not invite herself to her own wedding. She invites the guests. His bride has been in great preparation by which she’s been impregnated with Kingdom destiny and purpose.
The Parable of the Banquet
1 Once again, Jesus spoke to them in parables:
2 “The kingdom of heaven is like a king who prepared a wedding banquet for his son.
3 He sent his servants to call those he had invited to the banquet, but they refused to come.
4 Again, he sent other servants and said, ‘Tell those who have been invited that I have prepared my dinner. My oxen and fattened cattle have been killed, and everything is ready. Come to the wedding banquet.’
5 But they paid no attention and went away, one to his field, another to his business.
6 The rest seized his servants, mistreated them, and killed them.
7 The king was enraged, and he sent his troops to destroy those murderers and burn their city.
8 Then he said to his servants, ‘The wedding banquet is ready, but those I invited were not worthy.
9 Go therefore to the crossroads and invite to the banquet as many as you can find.’
10 So the servants went out into the streets and gathered everyone they could find, both evil and good, and the wedding hall was filled with guests.
Principles about the bride of Christ explained.
Humility does not parade itself.
When I asked the Holy Spirit who the bride of Jesus is. He said – ” they are the ones who allow Me to veil them in My holiness”
The harlot (THE FLESH) loves praise of itself and likes to draw people’s attention to itself.
The Lord revealed the principles of the harlot and the bride in 1 Peter 3:3 Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of fine apparel; (THE SPIRIT OF JEZEBEL)
4 But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.(THE BRIDE OF JESUS CHRIST)
5 For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection to their own husbands:
6 Even as Sara (THE BRIDE) obeyed Abraham, calling him lord:(HER BRIDEGROOM) whose daughters you are, as long as you do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
God’s bride does not flaunt themselves in public to cause men to lust after their external beauty. The bride loves to stay hidden because they are dead to themselves who’s adornment is the inner beauty of a humble, consecrated heart.
God’s bride unveils themselves to the Lord only through the intimacy and worship of a yielded obedient and surrendered heart and only desire that God be seen and glorified in them.
This generation shall witness the supremacy of God over His creation.
As soon as Jesus died, after the work of the cross was completed in Him, the veil of the temple got ripped open from top to bottom and so it shall be now as Christ comes to be unveiled within His crucified bride.
As He now completes the sanctification of the work of the cross to bring His bride through the veil into His fullness, because the veil of the flesh is ripped open in the temple of God that she is, we shall witness a glory explosion of His kingdom, of His power through a massive move of the Lord by His Spirit throughout the earth and the harvest of souls shall be gathered.
THROUGH A MIGHTY KINGDOM INVASION GOD ALSO NOW RIPS OPEN THE VEIL OF THE DECEPTION OF EVERY FLESHLY WORK OF DARKNESS, THROUGH THE JUDGMENT WROUGHT OUT IN THE HOUSE OF GOD, TO DELIVER HIS PEOPLE AND TO BRING THEM INTO THE PRESENCE AND GLORY OF THE FATHER.
NOW THE KINGDOM COMES IN IT’S FULLNESS THROUGH THE MANIFESTED SONS AND DAUGHTERS OF GOD.
LIGHT CANNOT ENTER DARKNESS UNNOTICED AND THE ONLY THING FASTER THAN THE SPEED OF LIGHT IS THE DARKNESS THAT FLEES WHEN LIGHT ENTERS AS HE COMES ONCE AGAIN TO CLEANSE THE TEMPLE.
Discern the true bride of Jesus Christ from those who are influenced and corrupted by the harlotrous spirit of religion.
The children of the harlot have many lovers. Things that break pure devotion to Christ. The harlot is loud, arrogant and boastful. She draws people unto herself and for herself. She is ambitious to use the name and the fame of God to make a name for herself.
She knows not the Lord. She exposes her harlotrous heart by the things which she pursues through corrupted motives. She is religious which means she worships and serves a god to her liking through the twisting of the sciptures.
The holiness of God offends her because it means that she has to abandon all lovers and hates the idea of living a disciplined devoted life. Through her religious good works she loves to be boastful and to draw attention to herself. She uses the Bible to exploit, abuse and intimidate her broken proselytes to pay Jesus tax to built cathedrals but fail to bind up their brokenness and raise them as true disciples.
The harlot commercialises the gospel for fame and riches. She preaches a watered down message of self promotion and compromise and guarantees eternal salvation without true repentance. She knows not the pathway of the cross through a laid down life.
The selfless humble love of the Lord is foreign to her because she loves the worship and praise of religious carnal and ignorant men. She has doctrines for her own purposes to promote her own agenda and dispises the Lordship of the great King. She courts honor and glory for herself and hides her ugly face behind religious titles.
She dispises the bride, the true body of Christ because she is jealous that she is not clothed in the beauty of Jesus. She covets God’s glory but is offended by the road of the cross. The harlot is naked and found wanting in God’s balancing scales. Her shame shall be seen by the world when God’s glory appears.
Now the wife and true body of Jesus is subject to God in that she allows the Holy Spirit to align her whole life with the truth of His will. She becomes an expression of God’s revealed purpose within God’s creation.
She doesn’t only talk about the truth, she demonstrates the glory and the power of it wherever the Spirit leads her. She is abandoned to the Lover of her soul and she becomes one with Him in vision, desire and purpose. She manifests the Kingdom of her Father within the earth through a glory explosion.
She subdues and she conquers through radical warfare and advancement of the kingdom. God’s kingdom comes where His will is done. She does not dwell in temples made by hands but herself became the walking, living and moving tabernacle of the manifest Presence of her God.
She births nations through the sacrifice of her surrendered life and she glorifies her God through holy living. Yes she is shrouded, hidden and veiled in the holiness of her God because she yields to and embraces the sanctification of the LORD the Holy Spirit. Her heart is circumcised by the power of the cross because the world and it’s ways cannot be found in her any longer. She reigns over the powers of darkness and kingdoms trembles at her rising.
She shall display the likeness and the glory of her God as the fullness of the Deity is unveiled and revealed through her surrendered life.
She does not take men unto herself but rather point them to Jesus Christ. She only rejoices in His exaltation and refuse to make a name for herself. She’s one that’s humble while she serves through the sacrificial love of her Messiah.
She freely gives of her substance because a river of God’s blessing she has become. The glory of the knowledge of the LORD shall spread forth and be poured out by God through her surrendered vessel and nations and kingdoms shall come to the brightness of her rising. She shall operate in the fullness and the 9 gifts of God’s sevenfold Spirit and the fruits of His divine attributes shall be witnessed by the many. The revelatory jewels of God’s kingdom that are hidden in Christ is embedded within the deep chambers of the heart of His bride.
She does not allow her focus to be broken through the idolatry of many lovers for she has eyes only for Jesus. She is free because she allowed the holy love of God to capture and to conquer her heart.
Yes dearly beloved, understand these principles of brideship because only those who yield themselves to be veiled in the holiness of God the Holy Spirit shall experience such honor.
Genesis 49 shall be fulfilled within the bride of Christ, which are SPIRITUALLY of the royal tribe of Judah – Pieter Kirstein
To those who have ears to hear.
1 And Jacob called unto his sons, and said, Gather yourselves together, that I may tell you that which shall befall you in the last days.
God showed me that the following prophecy in Genesis 49 shall be fulfilled within the bride of Christ, which are SPIRITUALLY of the royal tribe of Judah. The sons of God operates by the authority of the sceptre of JUDAH through kingdom rulership.
This prophecy speaks of the SPIRITUAL LINEAGE OF SONS that reigns with Christ, the King of JUDAH.
8 Judah, you are he whom your brothers shall praise: your hand shall be on the neck of your enemies; your father’s children shall bow down before you.
9 Judah is a lion’s whelp: from the prey, my son, you are gone up: he stooped down, he crouched as a lion, and as a lioness; who shall rouse him up?
10 The scepter shall not depart from Judah, nor a lawgiver from between his feet, until Shiloh comes; and unto Him shall the gathering of the people be.
Shiloh here means Messiah and He is coming to His bride SPIRITUALLY to inhabit her and to gather the souls of the people to himself during the final harvest.
God’s bride does not live for themselves being ignorant of His vision, desire and kingdom purpose for planet earth and it’s inhabitants.
They release the seed of their born-again lives to Christ on the altar of DEMONSTRATED LOVE as they willingly become a living burned up sacrifice, which means that they follow Christ on the road of the cross to the end of themselves and their own fleshly ways because they are true and wholly devoted and concerned about that which is pleasing to God.
These are they who are led by the Spirit of God.
God the Father said to me, “You are “the” generation that has been given “the” prophetic key to unlock the final harvest in the earth. This key works in the following manner. As the bride comes into agreement with her Husband by embracing the covenant requirements of the cross of self-abandonment to His will and purpose and she releases the seed of her life through an intimate love relationship, He in turn responds by becoming one with her in a sacred union. Then the Lord God impregnates the seed of her life and this principle births and brings forth the nations. In other words, the final harvest are the children that will be birthed through the marriage of Christ and His devoted bride. As she abandons herself to her King, she becomes one with Him in vision, desire and purpose.
In the following chapter we clearly see that God describes those who allows Him to set up His habitation within them, Zion and Jerusalem the city of God.
Are we not called as living stones fitted together into a habitation for God by His Spirit?
1 For Zion’s sake will I not hold my peace, and for Jerusalem’s sake I will not rest, until its righteousness goes forth as brightness, and its salvation as a lamp that burns.
2 And the Gentiles shall see your righteousness, and all kings your glory: and you shall be called by a new name, which the mouth of the LORD shall name.
3 You shall also be a crown of glory in the hand of the LORD, and a royal diadem in the hand of your God.
4 You shall no more be termed Forsaken; neither shall your land any more be termed Desolate: but you shall be called Hephzibah, and your land Beulah: for the LORD delights in you, and your land shall be married.
5 For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you: and as the bridegroom rejoices over the bride, so shall your God rejoice over you.
6 I have set watchmen upon your walls, O Jerusalem, who shall never hold their peace day nor night: you that make mention of the LORD, keep not silence.
7 And give him no rest, till he establishes, and till he makes Jerusalem a praise in the earth. 8 The LORD has sworn by his right hand, and by the arm of his strength, Surely I will no more give your grain to be food for your enemies; and the sons of the foreigner shall not drink your wine, for which you have labored:
9 But they that have gathered it shall eat it and praise the LORD; and they that have brought it together shall drink it in the courts of my holiness.
10 Go through, go through the gates; prepare you the way of the people; build up, build up the highway; gather out the stones; lift up a banner for the people.
11 Behold, the LORD has proclaimed unto the ends of the earth, Say you to the daughter of Zion, Behold, your salvation comes; behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him.
12 And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the LORD: and you shall be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.
1 Peter 2
1 Therefore laying aside all malice, and all guile, and hypocrisies, and envies, and all evil speaking,
2 As newborn babes, desire the pure milk of the word, that you may grow thereby:
3 If so be you have tasted that the Lord is gracious.
4 To whom coming, as unto a living stone, rejected indeed of men, but chosen of God, and precious,
5 You also, as living stones, are built up into a spiritual house, a holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ.
6 Therefore also it is contained in the scripture, Behold, I lay in Zion a chief cornerstone, elect, precious: and he that believes on him shall not be confounded.
7 Unto you therefore who believe he is precious: but unto them who are disobedient, the stone which the builders rejected, the same is made the head of the corner,
8 And, A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offense, even to them who stumble at the word, being disobedient: to which also they were appointed.
9 But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness into his marvelous light:
Isaiah 61:7 Instead of your shame you shall have double; and instead of confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.
8 For I the LORD love justice, I hate robbery with a burnt offering; and I will direct their work in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenant with them.
9 And their descendants shall be known among the Gentiles, and their offspring among the people: all that see them shall acknowledge them, that they are the descendants whom the LORD has blessed.
10 I will greatly rejoice in the LORD, my soul shall be 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.
11 For as the earth brings forth its bud, and as the garden causes the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord GOD will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.