SEPARATION of the BRIDEHOOD SAINTS

By Karen Connell

*All Scripture is from the KJV or NKJV unless otherwise specified—all numbers are from the Strong’s Concordance—CWSD is the abbreviation for the Complete Word Studies Dictionary.

(Num 16:9)
“…the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself…”

This is one of the most important articles that I have ever written. I pray that any
Christian reading this article will truly understand this message, because not
only does your eternal destiny rest upon what I am about to share, but also
what you may or may not experience—concerning many imminent prophesied end time events. The Lord led me through this topical study on the subject of the Bride of Christ—and one important thing God impressed upon me was that it refers to the abiding place of a company of people that are chosen from among Jews and Gentiles, who are united in one body as true spiritual Israelites, in whom there is no guile. This elect group of people are taken out from among the universal body of Christ who are going to be saved from the “second death” that is called “the lake of fire.” This company, who are taken out of or separated from the universal body of Jesus Christ, are especially marked by their Christ-like character. In this article I will refer to this special company as the Bridehood Saints of Jesus Christ.

This company of believers have conformed themselves to Christ more than
the masses of those who are born again. They have answered the call to come out
from among all that defiles, to live a separated and consecrated life of holiness as
God’s true servants. Not all who receive eternal life and God’s salvation from
eternal punishment, go on to become true consecrated servants of God. Yes, they
have the gift of eternal life, but sadly will not be part of this group of chosen ones,
known as the elect of God, who will share in the royal reign of Christ in the future
eternal kingdom that He will establish when He returns to earth.

God’s Examples, Shadows and Patterns

God reveals many of His truths to us through an abundance of examples,
shadows and patterns that we find in the Bible. … (O.T.) priests that offer(ed) gifts
according to the law… serve(d) as the example [1] and shadow [2] of heavenly
things, as Moses was admonished of God when he was about to make the
tabernacle: (God), said see, that you make all things according to the pattern [3]
shown to you in the mount (Heb 8:4-5) . (See footnotes below).


Footnotes:

  1. The word EXAMPLE is Strong’s NT:5262 hupodeigma (hoop-od’-igue-mah) and means: a
    representation for the purpose of instruction.
  2. The word SHADOW is Strong’s (NT:4639) skia (skee’-ah) CWSD: Metaphorically, a
    foreshadowing or indication of a future event.
  3. The word PATTERN is Strong’s NT:5179 tupos (too’-pos); a type (typology) or mode

The Bible tells us that, “many are called but few are chosen” (Matt 22:14).
The few that are chosen are the “Bridehood Saints” of God. In my topical study of
this subject, I found found many Biblical examples, shadows and patterns relating to this company of “Bridehood Saints.” I say this because as we shall see, in order to be part of the Bride of Christ, we must be a saint. The word “saint” is the Greek
word (N.T. #40) hagios (hag’-ee-os); meaning a pure and consecrated person
(i.e. formally dedicated to God’s divine purpose).

Everything that God creates is according to His pattern. A pattern starts with
an original design and is used as a guide or model for future creations. The first
human being was a man named Adam. He is a perfect illustration of a divine
pattern that originated with God. Adam also perfectly foreshadows the second Adam Jesus Christ.

And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul;
the last Adam was made a quickening spirit… The first man is of the earth, earthy:the second
(Adam) man is the Lord from heaven. (1 Cor 15:45, 47) (Parenthesis mine for clarification).

Adam’s body then is a type or representation of the spiritual body of Jesus
Christ. Jesus went down into death, representing the “deep sleep” God put upon
Adam, and out that crucifixion, God sent forth the Holy Spirit to form another body, as He did from the “rib”[4] of Adam. This new “body” from Adam was his “Bride” Eve, whose name means “life Giver.” In the same way the Bridehood (wife) of Jesus Christ is formed by the regenerating and life giving power of the Holy Spirit, and is also separated or taken out from the “body of the second Adam” (Christ’s universal body). Like Eve, those taken out from among the universal body of Christ, are those from the side of Jesus and they are an extension of Him on earth (just as the meaning to the word “rib” describes). This “rib” is also—His helpmeet, the true heavenly Eve of the Second Adam! The Hebrew word for “rib” refers to being an “extension”—which is defined as: a part that is added to something to enlarge it or to be a continuation of what it is added to.


Footnote:

[4] The word RIB (Strong’s OT:6763) tsela` (tsay-law’); an extension from the side of


The Bible says that the body of Christ is made up of “many parts” —the
Bridehood Saints are those parts of the body that have been sanctified, separated
and fully consecrated (dedicated) to God’s purposes now and on into eternity. Thus, they are the extension of Jesus Christ as servants of God, who cause the body of Christ to be enlarged through their life giving ministry and by the continuation of the “greater works” of Jesus here on earth. As Saints they have counted the cost and have paid the price of holiness, by dying daily to their flesh, and by walking in the spirit in a personal living relationship with Jesus Christ, so as to be chosen by God to be Saints in the Bride of Christ.

Their lives are a pure and holy testimony that brings great praise and glory unto God. But you are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that you should show forth the praises of him who has called you out of darkness (all error and defilement) intohis marvelous light. (1 Peter 2:9) (Parenthesis mine).

Separation Anxiety

When God began the separation process in my life back in the early 90’s, it was
something I didn’t fully comprehend at the time. All I knew is that I was no longer a part of what I had once been so involved with. At first, this caused me great anxiety. The churches, the programs, the different ministries all eventually disappeared—not to mention most—if not all of my close relationships also were severed (including many of those in my family). It seemed I wasall alone—with no one to turn to—which is exactly what the Lord wanted. He wanted my full attention and my full consecration to His divine purposes in my life.

During those years in my separation process, I lost all interest in everything around me and I also lost my dependence upon others for fulfilling my needs. I learned to find my complete joy, contentment and provision for my every need, by abiding in God’s presence. By His “presence” I mean—by seeing His “face” (obtaining His perspective) on every person and every circumstance I was facing. This perspective came through my times of studying His Word and our conversations that were the result of what He was showing and teaching me.

In the original Hebrew, the word “face”[5] alludes to God’s presence, and His
attitude towards what He perceives; thus, separation is required if we are to see
God’s “face” or receive His perspective. Many think the “presence” of God is simply a “feeling” or a “soulish” experience, where we enter into some mystical place or receive “Holy Ghost” goose-bumps or some other physical manifestation. The presence of God is when His Holy Spirit is present, to give us inspired revelation from His Word, which brings encouragement, correction or warning to our spirit. When we are weighted down with the cares and the affairs of this natural life and with relationships that distract us or rob us of our peace, then separation from
these things is the only way that allows us to seek God’s face and experience His
presence.

At one point I had all of these things weighing me down, as well as my
own areas of unhealed issues that were a constant feeding ground for demonic
influence that kept me anxious and depressed and feeling accused and condemned and preoccupied with the natural life. Separation from defilement and distractions is what God requires if we are to truly become healed and holy by
seeing His face. The Bible tells us that no one can see God’s face and live… thus we
must experience death to our self life if we want to see God’s face and live in His
presence.


FOOTNOTE:

[5] FACE: Strong’s OT:6440 paniym (paw-neem’) CWSD: it can be a reflection of someone’s mood or attitude or sight; or it can also take on the concept being in the presence of someone.


The Psalmist understood this principle…

Do not hide Your face from me; Do not turn Your servant away in
anger; You have been my help; Do not leave me nor forsake me, O
God of my salvation… When my father and my mother forsake me, Then the LORD will take care of me… Teach me Your way, O LORD,
And lead me in a smooth path, because of my enemies… Do not
deliver me to the will of my adversaries; For false witnesses have
risen against me. (Ps 27:8-12)

The prophet Hosea, was told by God to marry a prostitute, because this foreshadowed the gathering out or separation of a defiled people, who would become the true spiritual Israel. This separated people would be rescued from their defiled life, just as Hosea separated his wife Gomer from her life of defiling prostitution, and liker her, God’s “separated people” would end up having a loving intimate relationship with their God. The Apostle Paul alluded to Hosea’s prophecy, in which he stated: For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused (wed) you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. (2 Cor 11:2)

Hosea said this: “And it shall be, in that day,” Says the LORD, “That you will call Me Ishi—’My Husband,’ And no longer call Me Baali –’My Master,’ … “I will betroth you (to be given in marriage) to Me forever; Yes, I will betroth you to Me In righteousness and justice, In loving-kindness and mercy… I will betroth you to Me in faithfulness, And you shall know the LORD. (Hos 2:16, 19-20)

Both the Apostle Paul and the Prophet Hosea affirm that the Bridehood Saints are God’s chaste and faithful virgins. They like Eve are separated, taken out of or selected from the greater body of Christ, our second Adam. However, being chosen depends upon our willingness to choose God’s best and to meet the condition of being pure. This requires the work of sanctification, in order to hold a royal and ruling position in Jesus Christ’s coming eternal kingdom. Every person that has called upon the name of the Lord to become born again, does not just automatically become a saint. To become a saint we must first “call upon the name of the Lord” and become born again, and secondly, we must go through sanctification, which then qualifies us to be invited to become a saint or part of the Bridehood Company of Saints. Unto the church of God (born again ones) which is at Corinth, to them that are sanctified (& continue to be sanctified)[6] in Christ Jesus, [7] (these are) called (invited) to be saints, among all that in every place call upon the name of Jesus Christ our Lord… (1 Cor 1:2).


FOOTNOTES:

[6] The CWDS states that the Greek verb tense (perfect passive participle) reflects sanctification as a
verbal adjective that also represents an action completed in the past but has continuing results.
[7] In Christ literally means: To have experience a “union” with Jesus Christ that results in taking
on His power, influence and character because of being united to Him.


And when the king came in to see the guests, he saw there a man
which had not on a wedding garment… And he said unto him, Friend,
how came you in here not having a wedding garment ? And he was
speechless… Then said the king to the servants, Bind him hand and
foot, and take him away, and cast him into outer darkness; (not the
Lake of Fire) there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth… For many
are called, but few are chosen. (Matt 22:11-14)

Please notice the person whom the King called a “friend”—tried to be part of
the Bridehood Company of Saints, but did not possess a wedding garment. Notice
also that this “friend” was bound “hand and foot”—representing the fact that he
had no power (which is the literal meaning for the word “hand”)—to walk in what
was promised only to the Bridehood Saints. For only they possess the required
garments—symbolizing they are covered with the sanctifying power of God and
are “pure” because they have allowed the fire of God to try their faith in order to
purify them. In (Psalm 45) we also have a perfect depiction of the “Bridehood
Saints” as a “Royal Queen” who is at the side of her “king”—dressed in gold.

“…upon your right hand (i.e. King Jesus’ right hand) did stand the
queen in gold from Ophir… Hearken, O daughter, and consider,
and incline your ear; forget also your own people, and your
father’s house… So shall the king greatly desire your beauty: for he
is thy Lord; and worship thou him. (Ps 45:9-11)

Notice the Bridehood Saints are willing to “forget” (separate from) their own
people (Culture) and their “father’s house” (their own family) and accept God’s
invitation to become a Bridehood Saint and their royal position along side Jesus.

Baptism of Fire

The name “Ophir” means: (Strong’s #211) “reduced to ashes” and gold
represents being clothed with God’s glory, purity and beauty which is the result of
being refined (sanctified), by allowing Him to take us through His purifying baptism of fire, so our defiling issues are “reduced to ashes.” This baptism of fire
is what qualifies us to receive our “gold” wedding garment, as depicted by the “queen” in (Psalm 45) representing King Jesus’ Queen or Bridehood Saints—who are His “chosen” glorious church: That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish. (Eph 5:27).

There is the universal body of Christ that is not at present “glorious.” All we have to do is look around at the lack of holiness and wholeness that is exhibited in the lives and doctrines of multitudes of Christians to see the way Christianity is so poorly represented. But then we have the “rib” from this second Adam called the Bridehood Saints that are taken out of this disfigured body of Christ that is marred by deception and immaturity. The true spiritual Eve—the true life givers—are the glorious church who live without spot or wrinkle.

The majority of born again Christians are willing to follow Christ into water
baptism, so their sins can be remitted (i.e. all condemnation removed for past confessed and pardoned sin and all future confessed sin )… but they do not go on to receive God’s Holy Spirit’s “dunamis” power (supernatural ability) that enables them to die completely to their flesh (natural life), by enduring God’s baptism of FIRE, which will turn to ashes all that deceives and defiles.

“…he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost and with fire… Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge the floor (i.e. the floor refers to our foundation) (Luke 3:16-17).

Thoroughly purged Bridehood Saints are those
who conform more entirely to the will of God, to the crucifixion of their flesh nature, and to being weaned from the things of this world, because their foundations have been raised up (exposed) and restored by God’s healing and deliverance ministry. It is by this that born again people are transformed into Saints—through the renewing of their minds through the sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit’s baptism of fire. Back in the early 80’s, when I first inquired of the Lord as to what type of ministry He was calling me to, He answered by revealing to me my deliverance and healing ministry, through this portion of Scripture:

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You shall be like a watered garden, And like a spring of water,
whose waters do not fail… Those from among you Shall build the
old waste places; You shall raise up the foundations of many generations; And you shall be called the Repairer of the Breach, The
Restorer of Streets to Dwell In. (Isa 58:11-12)

From that point on in my life, God began to pour into me the revelation from
His Word, that is contained in the Threefold Cord Healing and Deliverance Manual,
which I used first in my own life and then in my counseling ministry. This manual
contains revelation from the Lord that He began giving me for my personal
sanctification back in 1991. By 1998, I had completed the first edition (I had gone
through a seven year period of personal healing and deliverance myself). It has
gone through several revisions since 1998 and I am now finishing the latest (and the last—I think) edition. Very few have ever completely used this manual as God
intends—because so few are willing to go through the “baptism of fire” that this
sanctifying revelation produces.

I have been amazed and bewildered, at how many who began this course of
study, with such anticipation and expectancy to find healing and deliverance from
sin and demonic influence issues their lives—end up experiencing a strong
reluctance (from demonic opposition), convincing them to turn away from God’s purging baptism of fire that would remove the rubbish from their foundation.

Sadly, those who are not fully persuaded of their need for God’s restoration in their foundation, are weak in their determination to endure to the end of the sanctifying process. It more than often is because of pride issues, that they baulk at having their rubbish exposed and thus quit before God can accomplish His deep foundational restoration work in them. Modern Christianity does not preach on sanctification like the churches did during past generations that spawned great
revivals—because this is not a comfortable or fun doctrine. As a result—few are chosen.

Many times I have heard it said, “Oh I’ve gone through all that healing and
deliverance stuff”—but they fail to realize that sanctification takes great effort,
time, determination and most of all great humility and endurance. Only those who
are sanctified will be able to endure to the end and be saved or truly delivered
(Mk 13:13). Again, when pride is given in to, it will not allow the deep sanctifying
work that exposes the “hidden things of darkness” within us and these things will
remain to be a hindrance to our spiritual purity and maturity.

What God has given through this Threefold Cord revelation goes far beyond
and deeper than just casting out demons and receiving relief from emotional pai
or trying to change our ways through behavior modification techniques. I believe in the casting out of demons, and of course emotional healing and changing bad behavior is also important—however, if there is hidden rubbish (ungodly beliefs, causing doubts) within our foundation, this becomes a feeding ground for demons.

Unless the rubbish is removed, we are subject to demonic influence—and worse
yet to an increase in demonic influences. Like flies on garbage, demons, after being cast out, will return with many more demons—if we are not “cleaned out.”

Then he (the cast out demon) says, ‘I will return to my house from
which I came.’ And when he comes… he goes and takes with him
seven other spirits more wicked than himself, and they enter and
dwell there; and the last state of that man is worse than the first.
(Matt 12:44-45)

Jesus taught that in order to try and make a tree (Christian) fruitful or mature,
(which is a qualification for sainthood)—the “tree” must be “digged and dunged.”
The Threeforld Cord revelation does just that… but the majority of God’s people do
not like the uncomfortable or even painful digging and dunging process—so they
won’t go through it. Those who do not go through this process will not be fruitful
and will be eliminated and not be found in the vineyard of God’s Bridehood Saints.

A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came
and sought fruit thereon, and found none… Then said… cut it
down; why let it cumber it the ground? …And he answering said
unto him, Lord, … I shall dig about it, and dung it… And if it bear
fruit (becomes mature), well: and if not, then after that you shall
cut it down. (Luke 13:6-9
Parenthesis mine)

Thus, to be chosen or one of the elect of God—requires the purifying fire of
sanctification. There are many born again Christians who are not part of the chosen Bridehood of Saints but who are involved in many types of ministries. Because they have not gone through their baptism of fire, many of their lives and ministries are not “pure” and as a result both they and their ministries are filled with mixture. The truth is, every Christian will experience the “fire of God”—one way or another.

Those who do not deal with what needs purging in their foundation will experience
the “fire of God” at the judgment seat of Christ, for we cannot escape His Spirit of
burning and judgment…

But if anyone builds upon (their) Foundation,
whether it be with gold, silver, precious
stones, wood, hay, straw, …The work of each
one will become plainly, openly known, shown
for what it is; for the day of Christ will disclose
and declare it, because it will be revealed with
fire, and the fire will test and critically appraise
the character and worth of the work each person has done…

If the work which any person has built on the (their) Foundation, anything produced of hisefforts, whatever survives this (test by fire), he will get his reward…
But if any person’s work is burned up under the test (of fire) , he will
suffer the loss of it all, losing his reward, though he himself will be
saved, but only as one who has passed through fire. (1 Cor 3:13-15)
AMP
(Parenthesis for clarification).

The “virtuous woman” described in (Proverbs 31), is describing the Bridehood
Saints or the glorious church, of which it says: Many daughters have done
virtuously, but you excelled them all. (Prov 31:29 ). As with any parent, God loves
all of His children, but those who are especially loyal, willingly obedient and faithful
children—who grow into strong mature Saints—these are truly the “apple of their
Father’s eye”—these are His special children, with whom the Father knows He can
entrust the rule and reign of His eternal Kingdom. That is why These “chosen” or
“elect” ones, are called the “daughters of Zion.”

When the Lord shall have washed away the filth of the daughters of
Zion, and shall have purged the blood of Jerusalem from the midst
thereof (HOW?) by the spirit of judgment, and by the spirit of
burning… And the LORD will create upon every dwelling place of
mount Zion, and upon her assemblies, a cloud and smoke by day,
and the shining of a flaming fire by night: for upon all the glory shall
be a defense… And there shall be a tabernacle for a shadow in the
daytime from the heat, and for a place of refuge, and for a covert
from storm and from rain. (Isa 4:4-6)

The word “daughter” in Hebrew is (Strong’s #1323) bath (bath); which denotes
a company, and also denotes a special relationship of being the “Apple of the Eye.” This reveals that as the “daughter of Zion”— Bridehood saints are the “apple of God’s eye”—a company in a especially cherished relationship with their God.

The word Zion (OT:6725) tsiyuwn (tsee-yoon’) in one of its forms, literally means “guiding pillar” and is symbolic of the dwelling place of God or the people within whom God dwells as their supernatural guiding pillar. Just as the natural O.T. Israel followed the guiding pillar of cloud by day—this represents when things “heat up” or trouble arises, God has us covered and will guide us by His Spirit of judgment (His spiritual perspective) regarding whatever we may face each day. Likewise, the pillar of fire was their defense at night—representing anything dark or unseen will be exposed and consumed by His Spirit of burning. So it is with the Spiritual Israel—the Bridehood Saints of who wander as pilgrims in this world, being guided and protected by the indwelling presence of their God.

Another important “typological” word is the word “Jerusalem”— this is a
compound Hebrew word consisting of the words yarah (yaw-raw) and shalam
(shaw-lam`). Just as God ordained Jerusalem to be the capital city for His O.T.
People, it is also the “capital” dwelling place for the Bridehood Saints in God’s
eternal kingdom. And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down
from God out of heaven, prepared as a (can also be translated as “for the”) bride
adorned for her husband. (Rev 21:2)

As stated, JERUSALEM is the CAPITAL of the Bridehood Saints. One definition
given for the word “capital”—refers to something that is MOST IMPORTANT. By
looking at the definitions in the Hebrew, we can see why “Jerusalem” is MOST
IMPORTANT to God. These two words reveal not only what is most important to
God for His Bridehood Saints, but they also reveal the most important ministry God has given them. Following are the meanings to these two words for Jerusalem:

Yarah (yaw-raw’) Strong’s OT: 3384; This means: to flow as
water (i.e. living water [the rhema word] flows from the belly of
saints), to shoot arrows (i.e. saints war with the living word), it
also means: to point out by teaching, directing, informing and
instructing (i.e. through the flow of living water this is the saints
ministry and mode of warfare).

Shalam (shaw-lam’) Strong’s OT:7999; This means: to be safe in
mind, body or estate (i.e. safety for our whole being and what
we possess); it also refers to being made complete (mature); to
make amends, bring to an end, restore, reward. (i.e. shalam
then describes the healing and delivering process and power
that saints go through and also minister out of to others).

In the text from (Isa 4:4) above, God reveals the capital ministry for the Bridehood Saints, includes the “purging of blood” (symbolizing the purging of “guilt” and
shame” through all that “Jerusalem” represents—as stated in the definitions just
given for the compound Hebrew words for Jerusalem. However, this work
associated with Jerusalem comes only through the “Spirit of Burning” and the
“Spirit of Judgment.” This means every true saint must be tested in order to have
their faith and character purified. God, however, will not allow anyone to be tested
beyond what they can endure—He knows how much we as individuals can endure
and how much testing is required, because God knows our individual “frame”… No
trial comes on you, but what pertains to men: and God is faithful, who will not
permit you to be tried beyond your ability, but will provide the way of escape,
that ye may be able to sustain it. ( 1 Corinthians 10:13).

To become a fully mature Christian (as a saint and a member of the Bride)
requires then, God’s “baptism of fire” which means we must go through many trials and testings from God. The word “trial” or “temptation” as used in other
translations in the above verse, is the Greek word (String’s NT:3986) peirasmos
(pi-ras-mos’); and it means: to scrutinize, assay, or examine by a putting to proof, by the experiencing of evil, by being disciplined or provoked. CWSD: defines it as: A
Trial, a putting to the test, when God is the agent, it is for the purpose of proving someone. Peirasmos is the work of the God’s Spirit of judgment and burning in our lives.

When this is happening, will we praise
God and learn to wait on Him in a peaceful expectant hope for His “way of escape”—or will be grumble, and take on a victim mentality and try to find a way out of peirasmos—by listening to demonic influences or to the voices of human reasoning from ourselves and others? It isour choice and what we choose will determine how mature we become as a Christian.

The “Mature Man Child Saints”

The Bridehood or mature saints are also pictured in Revelation 12 as the “man
child” (a company of mature saints) that are birthed from the “sun Clothed Woman”—who represents the universal church of God—whom the devil hates and is out to destroy. There is so much I could go on to say about this, but space does not permit me to elaborate at this time, on many of the things concerning this portion of Scripture in Revelation 12.

(Rev 12:1-6)
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the
sun
(i.e. universal body of Christ/kingom of light), with the moon under her feet (i.e. the woman represents Christians who overcome False religion … represented by a crescent “moon”/kingdom of darkness/ false light), and on her head a garland of twelve stars (the garland represents the twelve apostles, which represent the foundation for God’s apostolic authortiy given to the body of Christ/the Universal Church possessing the fullness of God’s authority that Jesus said He gave to us (Lk 10:19) i.e. the -#12 represents authority)… Then being with child, she cried out in labor and in pain to give birth…. And another sign appeared in heaven: behold, a great, fiery red dragon having seven heads and ten horns, and seven diadems on his heads…. His tail drew a third of the stars of heaven and threw them to the earth. And the dragon
stood before the woman who was ready to give birth, to devour her
Child as soon as it was born. She bore a man Child
(i.e. Bridehood
Saints) who rule all nations with a rod of iron (i.e. in the
coming eternal Kingdom). And her Child was caught up to God and
His throne… Then the woman
(i.e. those in need of maturing (healing and deliverance) in the universal church who were not part of the “man child” company) fled into the wilderness, where she has a place prepared by God, that they should feed her there one thousand two hundred and sixty days (the remaining 31/2 years of the tribulation period). (Parenthesis mine for clarification).

The “man child” represents those who have come out from among them (the univeral church still needing purification) refusing to touch any unclean or defiled thing.

2 Cor 6:17-18 “Come out from among them
And be separate, says the Lord.
Do not touch what is unclean,
And I will receive you.”
“I will be a Father to you,
And you shall be My sons and daughters.

The Bridhood Saints are those who have been crucified with Him and have died to the cares and the affairs of this world, their flesh and the devil and will rule and reign with Jesus Christ. This man child company will be among those in the “first resurrection”—who are raptured BEFORE the final SEVEN VIAL judgments of the WRATH of God are poured out during the final 3 1/2 year tribulation period.

Revelation 12:5
And she brought forth a man child, who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne.

Those who are not part of the “man child” company of Bridehood saints but who are part the universal church of the Sun Clothed Woman, will be left to face the wrath of Satan’s persecution for further purification and find some protection in the ongoing tribulation period—the remaining 3 1/2 years of the tribulation. This will be the universal body of Christ’s time of judgment and burning or their baptism of fire—in order to purify them. Following are two texts regarding these things:

(Dan 11:33-35)
And they that understand among the people
(i.e. those who are part
of the universal church who finally become saints—after the man child is
raptured) shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword,
and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days
(these include
the martyred who become Bridehood Saints during the later part of
the tribulation period—as revealed in the following Revelation text).
During these persecutions, little help or protection will arrive, and
many who join them
(i.e. “them” being those who become saints
from the universal church after the man child is resurrected) will not
be sincere. And some of them of understanding
(true saints) shall fall, to
try them, and to purge, and to make them white
,
even to the time
of the end: because it is yet for a time appointed.

Rev 20:4
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them
(i.e. the manchild saints): also I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus (those Christians enduring the tribulation during the time of antichrist), and for the word of God, and which had not
worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his
mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and
reigned with Christ a thousand years.

I is very clear from the Scriptures that there are many Christians in this place and time who have never matured in their faith and consecration to holiness— to the point where they qualify to be part of the Bridehood Saints called “the glorious church.” Many are called to be part of this company, but a few will ultimately be chosen, because the cost is “death to self” … a price few are willing to pay!

Time is short and we are progressing further into the end time tribulation period. Now more than ever is the time to do all that is needed to be part of the Bridehood company of Saints, so we do not have to experience the latter part of the tribulation and go through our baptism of fire at that time. We are now experiencing the “birth pangs” or the “beginning of sorrows” that will culminate in a time of great tribultion…

Matt 24:3-8
Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign of
your coming, and of the end of the world?… And Jesus answered
and said unto them, Take heed that no man deceive you… For many
shall come in my name, saying, I am Christ; and shall deceive
many… And ye shall hear of wars and rumors of wars: see that ye
be not troubled: for all these things must come to pass, but the end
is not yet… For nation shall rise against nation, and kingdom against
kingdom: and there shall be famines, and pestilences, and earthquakes, in divers places… All these are the beginning of sorrows.

Everything that Jesus talked about in the above are beginning of sorrows that
the Bridehood Saints here on earth now are experiencing, but before Satan’s full
blown devastation begins, the man child—the Bridehood Saints are caught up
(raptured) to the throne of God! However, those of the universal church who are
not currently part of the Bridehood Saints company, needing furhter sanctification will remain on earth and go through a further time of sorrow and great tribulation.

I Would like to share what I see on the subject of the “ resurrection of the righteous”— which corresponds to the three O.T. times of harvest (gatherings). These three harvests symbolize the “order” of the “the resurrection” also called the “resurrection of righteous.” Remember there are two resurrections—the first is called the “resurrection of the “righteous” (i.e. born again…water baptised…sanctified Saints of God) and the second resurrection is called the “resurrection of the dead,” which is referred to as the second death—because they are resurrected to face the Great White Throne judgment of God and will be cast into the Lake of Fire, which is called “the second death.”

(Rev 20:4-6)
Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection: on
such the SECOND DEATH hath no power, but they shall be priests of
God and of Christ, and shall reign with him a thousand years… But the rest of the dead lived not again until the thousand years were
finished.

Most Christians do not realize there are three” gatherings of God’s saints that occur at specific times at the end of the age. The Apostle Paul alluded to these “three gatherings” (harvests) when talking about the “first resurrection” that is related to the “three harvest seasons” that O.T. Israel had[8]. These three harvest seasons are typology for the “three gatherings” of God’s Saints who will be part of the New Jerusalem.


Footnote

[8] The “THREE HARVESTS” are: 1st harvest is Pesach, known as Passover; 2nd harvest is Shavuot, also called Pentecost; and 3rd harvest is Sukkot, called Tabernacles


The following verse in (1 Cor 15:20- 24) is a KEY verse concerning the “three harvests (three gathering of Saints) up until the return of Jesus Christ and His second coming to establish His earthly kingdom, in which the Bridehood Saints will rule and reign with Him.

(1 Cor 15:20- 24)
For as in Adam all die, even so
(those who are) IN CHRIST(i.e. in relationship with Him by being born again ) shall all be made alive (be part of “first resurrection” of the righteous dead)
BUT every man IN HIS OWN ORDER
(i.e. harvest season): (the 1st harvest or gathering of thosein Christ are) Christ’s firstfruits (i.e. Passover/spring harvest—also called in the O.T. “first fruits” harvest (Lev 23:9)—those Jesus preached to in hell, who were led to paradise with Him when He ascended i.e. see: Ephesians 4:8); afterward (the 2nd harvest/a gathering of saints) they that are Christ’s at his coming (represented by the summer harvest—the “Last 7th trump” “Man Child” rapture during the end of the first 31/2 years during the tribulation period)…. Then cometh the end, (the 3rd harvest gathering of saints) when he shall have delivered up the kingdom (i.e. his tabernacles/temples of end time saints) to God (the /Sukkot fall harvest—the last gleanings—those (i.e. temples/tabernacles) saved during the millennium and out of Satan’s final rebellion after he is loosed from the pit at the end of the millennial for a short time of final rebellion and finally cast into the Lake of Fire). (Parenthesis mine for clarification)

1 Corinthians 15:52
In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the LAST TRUMP: for the
(7th trumpet/2nd harvest) trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.

Rev 11:15 Then the last angel sounded (THE LAST/7th TRUMPET/2nd havest): And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ,(same as [1 cor 15:24] … also keep in mind Jesus said the “Kingdom of God” dwells within God’s people” i.e. their temple/tabernacle Luke 17:21) and He shall reign forever and ever!”

Daniel 7:13-14
I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him… And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom
(2nd harvest i.e. mentioned in Rev 11:15), that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.

Revelation 18:2, 4
He cried with a mighty voice, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, and she has become a habitation of demons, a prison of every unclean spirit, and a prison of every unclean and hateful bird!And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people,
(the final 3rd Sukkot Harvest, called Tabernacles harvest, at that time saints are taken out of the destruction of antichrist’s NWO) that ye be not partakers of her sins (become saints by repenting of Babylon’s/NWO sins/antichrist’s world system and ways) and that ye receive not of her plagues (gathered/harvested out and not receive i.e. the seven last vial/bowl judgments of God’s wrath) .

Revelation 14:14-16 And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand… And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap (3rd harvest) for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” …Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped

As I have already stated, all saints must experience their baptism of fire. The
Bible says that “to whom much is given—much is required (Lk 12:48). Therefore,
those who have been given much in the way of truth, gifts and grace from God—
will experience a greater degree of testing and purging, because they are
accountable for the “much” that was given to them. I have seen this principle at
work in so many cases—where people who once walked with God, and have
received much truth and grace from God and experienced God’s call upon their life, but fail to accept or use what they have been given.

The Drawing Power of God

People who were born again at one time, and go back into the “pig pen” as prodigals, go through many sever trials in their lives—because it is God’s way of drawing them back to Him, just as with the prodigal son, who almost physically died in his dreadful pig pen of sin.

Therefore, when I pray for those who are backslidden or in a state of deception and sin, I pray for the Father to “draw them” back to Jesus—Because
we are told by Jesus in…

(John 6:44) No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him:
and I will raise him up at the last day.

So when I see things getting worse in the lives of those I am asking the Father to draw back to Jesus, I am encouraged and not discouraged, because I know they are reaching their “last day” or the “day” when they finally have reached the “end” of their rope and rebellion—like the son in the pig pen. I recall that “last day “ in my life, when I finally reached the “end of my rope” and fell totally repentant on my face before the Lord, and He truly “raised me up” when I confessed my sin and declared I wanted to make Him the LORD of my life and serve Him the rest of my days!

SAINTS: Are Spiritual Warriors and Agents of Conversion and Sanctification

Those who are being called to live closer to God, and especially those who have
answered His call to sainthood—will always have conflict with the forces of
darkness in a degree far more severe than those who are just interested in remaining in their comfort zone and are satisfied with thinking they are “saved from hell” and thus live at a greater distance from Christ. Remember, there are just as many degrees in overcoming as there are degrees in God’s grace (His power, gifts and favor). The greater the degree of “FIRE” we are willing to endure, the greater degree of God’s power and favor we will have!

When it comes to these things, God is not interested in equality—as demonstrated in the parable of the talents. Some think it is not “fair” if all things are not “equal” when it comes to God’s dealings with us— God is God and He alone determines the degrees of rewards and fire we receive from Him. In any case, Bridehood Saints understand that their place is in the front of the battle facing their spiritual enemies, because they, like the O.T. Levites, have been chosen from among the whole to be the special servants of God.

(Num 16:9)
“…the God of Israel hath separated you from the congregation of Israel, to bring you near to himself…”

The Levites were the “first fruits” who were to go out in front of the army—blowing the trumpets, shouting and praising and being clothed with the beauty of holiness (2 Chron 20:19-22). Spiritual battles are fought in the minds of people, because the mind controls our desires, decisions and destiny. As such, the Saints as spiritual warriors, fighting battles for the souls of people through their prayers, fastings, and through watching and giving out warnings, in times and places the undiscerning don’t comprehend. There has always been a company of warring saints that have been on the forefront of spiritual warfare in every generation. These are the true overcoming Bridehood Saints who are the true AGENTS OF CHANGE!

These are God’s specially equipped spiritual agents who are used to bring about
the true conversion (transformation) through sanctification (purification) in the
lives of God’s people. True Saints are the most interested in the welfare of the
universal body of Christ and in their being equipped and perfected (matured). In
every church assembly on earth and throughout every generation there has always been a “few” who are more spiritually hungry and discerning than the rest.

They are a small minority, usually considered the least in importance and without worldly power and prestige, and not often highly educated by the world’s standard. But these tried and true Saints are the genuine fathers and mothers of Zion. They are in the truest sense the “elders” in the church of God—elders through the anointing of the Holy Spirit and not considered elders just because someone has appointed them an elder in some local assembly.

True parental Saints, have a rare gift of grace, which is very scarce in many parts
of the universal body of Christ, because they carry the burdens of our Lord for the
deceived, devastated and backslidden among His universal body. They truly cherish all who “name the name of Christ” and desire to see them come to the knowledge of the truth that will bring healing and deliverance so they become mature Saints in the Bridehood Christ.

These Bridehood Saints of the Most high God, have turned their backs on this
world and its ways in order to accept the high calling of God. I pray God’s people in
all places and in all stages of their Christian growth and experience, will understand and receive this message and also accept their invitation to become part of God’s SPECIAL company of BRIDEHOOD SAINTS! †

Revelation 19:7-8
Let us be glad and rejoice,
and give honor to him: for the marriage of the
Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself
ready… And to her was granted
that she should be arrayed in fine linen…

YOU SET MY FEET ON FIRE

THE BRIDEHOOD Saints of God
By Karen Connell
Biblical teaching concerning the subject of the true Saints of God
has been lacking in many quarters of the body of Christ for many
decades and past generations within Christianity. In this series, Karen Connell shares the Scriptural foundation for understanding just who the true Saints of God are and their ministry here and now upon the earth as well as their eternal ministry as those who will rule and reign with Jesus Christ in His eternal kingdom, which He will establish upon the earth at His second coming.

Understanding the difference between the universal body of Christ and the chosen Saints of God, known as the Holy Nation of God is vital in order to discover just who will rule with Jesus in His Kingdom. For Many are called but few are chosen!

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