exalting Jesus and preparing his Bride for his return

exalting Jesus and preparing his Bride for his return

Crossing the Red Sea

Crossing the Red Sea

I’m sure we can all remember a time when we have faced what seems like an insurmountable problem. No matter how we look at the situation we cannot see a way out. Well it doesn’t get much more difficult than it did for the people as they fled from Egypt. Huge sea on one side, massive army on the other, and probably around 2 million people!!!

The Challenge of the Red Sea

The Challenge of the Red Sea

Continuing with my focus on what happened to Moses and the company that came out of Egypt, as they journeyed through the wilderness to their appointment with Yahweh on the mountain, we have now come to the Red Sea. This is probably one of the most well known parts of the story. The people facing a vast expanse of water, the Egyptians thundering down upon them, Moses raising his staff, the people escaping and the Egyptians drowned.

Going into the wilderness

Going into the wilderness

I don’t know about you, but during the early days of this virus wreaking havoc in the earth, my inbox and Facebook page were awash with prophetic voices declaring what God was doing. There was so much noise!!!! And yet, I felt that God was saying this was a time for being at rest with Him in the stillness and hearing what He had to say.

Lockdown

Lockdown

From the moment it became clear that we were going to go into “lockdown” in the UK I felt God remind me of the phrase “coming up out of the wilderness leaning on her beloved”. As many of us know this comes from Song of Solomon Chapter 8. It speaks of the mature bride having learnt to trust her bridegroom and being ready to serve Him without trusting in her own strength but fully strengthened in her assurance of his love for her.
Yeshua

Yeshua

Christ, by highest heaven adored; Christ the everlasting Lord;
Late in time behold Him come, Offspring of the virgin’s womb.
Veiled in flesh, the Godhead see; Hail the incarnate Deity
Pleased as man with man to dwell, Jesus, our Emmanuel

Miriam (Mary)

Miriam (Mary)

“In the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Yosef, of the house of David. And the virgin's name was Miriam.”
(Luke 1:26-27)

Yosef (Joseph)

Yosef (Joseph)

Genealogies – don’t you just love them! When Matthew sat down to write his gospel, he understood how important it was to grab the reader’s attention with the first few paragraphs. So what did he do? He chose to use the first 17 verses to trace the ancestry of Yeshua back to Abraham, 41 generations in all!

Ruach Ha'kodesh (Holy Spirit)

Ruach Ha'kodesh (Holy Spirit)

Holy Spirit? Surely that has more to do with Pentecost doesn’t it? Most people when thinking of the Christmas story completely miss the point when it comes to Holy Spirit. But he (yes, Ruach Ha’kodesh is a he, not an it) played a vital role in our story, and without him, there would have been no virgin birth.

Melchior

Melchior

“We three kings of Orient are, bearing gifts we traverse afar”… so goes the popular carol depicting the journey of the “wise men”, written by an Episcopalian deacon in New York in 1857. The carol was written for an elaborate holiday pageant, and the “kings” were given names: Melchior, Caspar and Balthasar.

The Shepherds

The Shepherds

“And in the same region there were shepherds out in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.” (Luke 2: 8)

Herod

Herod

Much of Herod’s life has been recorded by Josephus Flavius, a 1st century historian, based on the writings of Nicholas of Damascus, Herod’s personal secretary. As there is a lot of material about Herod’s life to be found on Wikipedia, I have not felt it necessary to go into great detail about his life; I feel it would be more helpful to try and discover the kind of man he was and why he turned out the way he did.

Gabriel

Gabriel

Apart from Michael the archangel, the only other angel in Scripture who is specifically named is Gabri’el. His name means "God is my strength," or "mighty one." Though he is never specifically referred to as an archangel, he is a high-ranking angel. He stands in the presence of God and to him are given messages of the highest importance in relation to the kingdom of God.

A forerunner generation raising up day and night prayer in the spirit of the Tabernacle of David

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