I’ve noticed a dynamic occurring with people who believe the whole Bible (or what has become labelled as “the Hebrew Roots Movement”).
There is this pull between “before Torah” and “after Torah.” A controversy of “just what should we do with everything that happened before all this?”
We have asked ourselves many questions such as these:
- Can 2,000 years of Christianity be wrong?
- What about Grandma [insert name here], who spent all of her time praying her family into the church?
- What about her faithfulness to her Sunday church attendance, not to mention the Christmas/Easter programs?
- Is Granny burning in hell, now?
When the Most High revealed this cohesive dynamic in the Word of God apart from the dispensational deception to me, I was confronted with the same questions. In fact, they tormented me for a long period of time.
A Seemingly Random Sentence
Have you ever had a conversation with someone and, in the middle of them speaking, a word or a phrase just jumped out at you and lodged in your memory… even as they continued to speak?
That happened to me not long ago.
A friend of mine was speaking on an entirely different subject and, right in the middle of his point, he said to me:
“Yeshua is wooing His bride.”
That almost random yet poignant phrase grabbed ahold of me and cemented itself in my mind, causing me to spend a lot of time in meditation.
That got me started thinking about the courtship process — at least, from my own perspective.
When Love Blossoms
When a man and a woman initially get together, there is a lot of fantasy involved. Both of them know that they are attracted to one another and they want to be together, but they both are very delusional in their expectations of one another.
They really have no clue as to what makes the other one “tick.”
As the relationship progresses, they get a better understanding of one another. The likes . . . the dislikes . . . the quirks . . . and the image starts to become a lot clearer.
Eventually, the man pops the question . . . “Will you commit to me for the rest of your life?”
In the heat of the moment, the bride passionately says, “Yes! Oh, yes!”
And so the commitment is made — but the marriage is not yet.
Asking the Questions
Ideally, during this time, the bride takes a long, hard look at the groom . . . loving Him, yet deep in thought. Before she actually says “I do,” some questions need to be answered.
- Do I love Him for who He really is?
- Am I willing to change who I am to conform to His image? His expectations?
Obviously our Groom already knows us . . . but we have been in the process of learning about Him for 2,000 years.
The courtship was in a definite “fantasy” stage after the disciples passed on. Knowing only a morsel of what it meant to truly follow the Messiah, the church easily fell into a delusional perception of what it means to be the Bride.
I go into a lot of detail regarding this “falling away” in my series, “The Irony of the Church Fathers.”
Now, in these last days, we are closer to the marriage than we have ever been. The blinders of the past 2,000 years are being removed and we are starting to see our Groom for who He really is . . . and we’re asking the questions . . .
- What truly pleases Him?
- What are the rules of His Kingdom?
- What does He truly “love” and “hate”?
- What are His expectations of us? – and even…
- What is His real name?
We’re in a time of deep contemplation before the wedding.
Not All Will Accept the Bridegroom
Many want to turn back to (or just stay in) the initial stage of the relationship. They love the fantasy and delusion more than the true image. But the conditions of your joining with Him are that you accept Him for who He is . . . on His terms. How you want Him to be is a moot point.
Some want to pretend that the initial stage never happened; this, too, is tragic. Were it not for the initial stage, we would never have had the opportunity to grow in our relationship with our Groom.
By His mercy and grace, we have had a revelation of the Bridegroom.
The question is “What are you going to do with that revelation?”
Are you going to despise it, and turn back to your initial practices? . . . in essence forsaking your opportunity to be the Bride?
Are you going to idealize the fantasy? . . . in essence, denying His true image and giving the world an inaccurate image of your husband-to-be?
Or . . . are you, from THIS moment on, going to receive every Truth about who He is, showing the world (and the church) the authenticity of your Husband-King?
I’m not going to condemn you for your decision either way, but I do feel that you should give it some serious thought.
My advice is: Don’t despise your “small beginnings” . . . Don’t despise the journey . . . Don’t despise the process . . . but by all means, move forward.
Leave your concerns about the eternal destination of Granny [insert name here] to Him.
Fall in love with your Groom for who He really is.