Reaching out to The Church, the Bride of Christ, into the future

I have named this website Bride-in-waiting because that is the best description for the Church of Christ in the latter days. Though the name says “bride”, it is not about brides but about the Bride – the Bride of Christ, which is the universal global Church community made up of Christians of every denomination and cutting across every race, tribe, border and class. So, don’t be mistaken by the name and think this is only for women! It’s not; it’s for everyone all over the world!

For the past 2000 years or so the Church of Christ has existed, awaiting the return of her Bridegroom, our Lord Jesus Christ. If we look at current trends and Scripture, you won’t need a prophet or a prophetess to tell you that the Church of Christ, the Body of Christ, is entering or already has entered the last days before our Lord’s imminent return. The specific date of His return is anybody’s guess, of course.

I am starting this website because I want to share the life experiences our Lord taught me about waiting for the Bridegroom. Many years ago, our Lord gave me a personal promise that I would get married but that promise is yet to be fulfilled. Instead, I lost everyone close to me in one way or another and it devastated me. Although the promise wasn’t fulfilled, our Lord brought me through every despair by His Grace, showing Himself to me in ways that amazes me to this day and teaching me how to live fully though I am alone and without a support network.

Thanks to Him, I am at a very strong and emotionally stable place now, but I have often wondered why our Lord’s promise remains unfulfilled, especially since I have many suitors! I have been praying for understanding for a very long time. Then it happened.
In August, I attended the 23rd World Pentecostal Conference which was held in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia where I live. I was greatly encouraged by the conference and was wondering how He would lead me.

A week or so after the conference, as I was thinking about my life, I had a revelation, an epiphany. Suddenly, I understood. He gave me a promise that I would be married, but He did not fulfill that promise – yet! But, He revealed Himself to me as Christ, the Husband of the Church, and that was more than enough to persevere and overcome everything that came my way. And, it hit me what my life was like: like the Church persevering and enduring until the Bridegroom’s return. He promised He will return, but He hasn’t but we still have to believe the promise and wait until He does!

And, something began to stir deeply in me, and I knew I had to write down everything He showed me. I believe I am not alone in this endeavour, that there are others whom He has lead through a similar journey and I would like us all to converge at this website to share our experiences to encourage others and especially those after us.

Those who come after us are going to go through terrible times. Our Lord Himself says in Matthew 24:21: “For then there will be great distress, unequaled from the beginning of the world until now—and never to be equaled again.”

I just feel this burden that we who know what the future holds for the Church should help and prepare her for what she is destined. By telling our stories and recording them here, we leave behind a legacy of personal triumphs with Christ which will enable them to see that Scripture is real and that they can believe Scripture to find the faith in Him for their own circumstances. We want them to know that the God of the Bible is as powerful and relevant to us in our current times as in past times.

That period of great tribulations, characteristic of end times, may have begun or we are about to enter it. There is no clear date to demarcate its beginning; some aspects of it may have been with us since the beginning of the Church. The full blast of those terrible times, however, is yet to come, may be in our generation or in the next, or the next … . We don’t know.

What we do know is that He hasn’t left us nor those who come after us abandoned. We know He is faithful to His Bride and will do everything in His power so that she stays true to Him until the end. Our Lord says in John 14: 18-19: “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. Before long, the world will not see me anymore, but you will see me. Because I live, you also will live.”

We will live by the power of the Holy Spirit who will counsel and guide us. And He will do it in creative ways we haven’t even begun to imagine! The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 2: 9, 10: “However, as it is written: ‘What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived’ the things God has prepared for those who love him— these are the things God has revealed to us by his Spirit. The Spirit searches all things, even the deep things of God.” (c.r. Isaiah 64:4)

The key to experiencing the works of the Holy Spirit is to love Jesus Christ.

It seems to me that our Lord has allowed Christians all over the world to go through sometimes needless sufferings because He wants us to experience the power of the Holy Spirit in helping us in our circumstances. And, the way the Holy Spirit will do this no one knows. When we appropriate His power by faith, we will then know. This is how our Lord will build an immovable spiritual resolve in us that will be an example for those who need to hear these stories to be encouraged to press on, and live.

This blog is for them and us. It has a twofold purpose: Firstly, to call out to those who have gone through similar struggles to share their experiences so as to encourage others struggling with theirs, and; secondly, to, keep a record of all the marvelous and creative works of the Holy Spirit, which He is doing now and will do in the future!

See About Us for details! I promise that subsequent posts will be short!

NEXT Friday: A whole bunch of nobodies!

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5 Responses to Reaching out to The Church, the Bride of Christ, into the future

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  4. Dear Getrude, it finally dawned on me after so many years of thinking I ‘know’ Him, that I did not ‘know’ Him. Why? Because the word ‘know’ in the whole context of Scripture passages and Scripture as a whole, knows of a knowing which is initiated by God. Which is why perhaps Jesus said that the ‘poor in spirit’ are blessed, and the kingdom of God is theirs. The ‘poor of spirit’ does not come to Christ expecting Him to give Himself to them because of their suffering, or even their coming, or their ‘faith’. He readily accepts all who come to Him knowing that even their coming is led and chosen by Him. Such are those who are ‘born of God, born of the water, and from above’, who have the seed of God in them. And of such, the Scripture witnesses that ‘2Co 4:7 But we have this treasure in clay vessels, so that the extraordinary character of the power may be of God and not of us; 2Co 4:8 in everything being oppressed, yet not crushed; perplexed, but not in despair; 2Co 4:9 persecuted, but not abandoned; cast down, but not destroyed; 2Co 4:10 always carrying about in the body the dying of the Lord Jesus, so that also the life of Jesus may be revealed in our body” (EMTV).
    I now know the width, length, depth and height of the abundance of His riches of grace in Christ Jesus, and His ever available grace, mediated by the Holy Spirit is always available to everyone who comes to God on His terms, and not ours.
    What do we bring to God? Our nothingness before Him, because ‘apart from Him, we are nothing’. May God use your blog to exalt Himself, His Son and His gospel, that this gospel will indeed be preached in its fullness, before the end comes.

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  5. Steve Oh says:

    The Bride of Christ indeed- unblemished, unashamed and undying in our love of Christ and being changed into his image until that Day when we are glorified. To know Christ and to make him known is our great challenge today and the opportunities have never been greater.

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