Then I saw heaven opened, and a white horse was standing there. And the one sitting on the horse was named Faithful and True. For he judges fairly and then goes to war. – Revelation 19:11


Jesus shines through the ends of both the Old and New Testaments. John saw Him in His glorious, visible return. Zechariah prophesied of the reaction of the Jewish people at the Lord’s return:

“They will look on me whom they have pierced and mourn for him as for an only son. They will grieve bitterly for him as for a firstborn son who has died” (Zechariah 12:10).

Zechariah saw the Jewish nation returning to God through the covenant blood that was shed for all humankind. “On that day a fountain will be opened for the dynasty of David and for the people of Jerusalem, a fountain to cleanse them from all their sins and defilement”

(13:1). He saw the spirit of repentance poured out on Israel as they asked the Lord Jesus, “Then what are those scars on your chest?” (v. 6). He will reply, “I was wounded at the home of friends!” (v. 6).

Christ, the marvelous Redeemer, will return one day, and every eye will see Him. Are you ready for that return?


And I saw the holy city, the new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven like a beautiful bride prepared for her husband. – Revelation 21:2

The bride spoken of in Revelation 21:2 provides us with an appropriate description of the city of the New Jerusalem, filled with the faithful believers in Christ. All history closes with a description of the marriage of Christ to His Church, an eternal romance in which believers will be in covenant with Him forever.

This description of the Bride of Christ is, in fact, a picture of a godly marriage. It symbolizes a covenant of faithfulness and commitment so that all the world may see how Christ will care for His Church. For this reason, God declared his hatred of divorce (Malachi 2:16), as it destroys the beautiful picture of covenant faithfulness.

Proverbs 31:10-24 describes “a virtuous and capable wife.” Her beauty, grace, wisdom, and faithfulness, as well as her relationship with her offspring and husband, all portray the qualities of the Bride of Christ. All that God is working in your life is designed to prepare you to be married to Christ forever. One day, the Holy Spirit will usher the Church to the gate of heaven and then march her down the main street of the New Jerusalem to be married to Christ.

Get ready, Bride of Christ. Your greatest day is approaching!

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