In a recent dream, I heard a Voice say, “The bride is sleeping.” After I had woken up from the dream, I heard repeatedly in the Spirit, The bride is sleeping.
This is where the church was before the Lord; and while the issue didn’t appear entirely hopeless in the dream, it wasn’t positive either – His bride had to be woken up! I find this confirmed in Paul’s epistles, that because we are children of the light and day, we should not sleep but be sober and watch (1 Thess. 5:5-7); and if sleeping then to “awake” and “arise from the dead” that we may be He “give [us] light” (Eph. 5:14). Spiritual slumber (being unaware, not keeping watch) is entirely against God’s will for us.
Watch therefore, for you do not know when the master of the house is coming—in the evening, at midnight, at the crowing of the rooster, or in the morning— lest, coming suddenly, he find you sleeping. And what I say to you, I say to all: Watch!” Mark 13:35-37
The bride is to watch for her Bridegroom’s return, and with joy! The very aura that surrounds those who make up His true bride is an exciting expectation to be with Him – they know Him, they seek Him, they feel Him, and they sense His approaching footsteps; the words that are always found on these saints lips are, “Come!” (Rev. 22:17).
But no one who sleeps can do this.
According to my dream, it seemed there were two explanations for the church’s sleep. Now no, not everyone Christ’s body was sleeping (we’ll get to this in a later post), but it’s imperative for us all to understand the reason for those who are. Not only will it bring greater passion to those who currently watch for Him, but hopefully, awaken those who aren’t.
1. She Thinks He Delays
The church has been told by evil ministers that the Lord has delayed in His coming!
Holy Spirit revealed that there are wolves in the sheepfold (Matt. 7:15) – shepherds in particular – who are leading the Lord’s people (His bride!) astray with these words: “He’s not coming yet!”
This statement could not be farther from the truth. The very last words Jesus delivered to His whole body were: “Surely I come quickly” (Rev. 20:22). That means that no matter what time we think it is, Jesus’ return is always imminent. Beloved, to say that Jesus is not coming back soon is a lie! Jesus not only warned about this false statement, but He called those who believed His return wasn’t quick evil: “But if that evil servant says in his heart, ‘My master is delaying his coming,’” (Matt. 24:48).
This is one of the reasons why the bride is sleeping – she’s accepted a lie that He delays!
But while the bridegroom was delayed, they all slumbered and slept. Matt. 25:5
2. She is Confused by Speculations
Another reason the bride sleeps is because of the speculations that have been made about the Lord’s return .
Many teachers of the day have attempted to put dates on biblical events. Great controversies in the church have stemmed from those who’ve openly declared a date and time for the day of the Lord and rapture.
While the Bible clearly tells of signs and times that would reveal to us how near we were to the Lord’s coming, Jesus clearly said no one would know the date.
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. Matt. 24:36
These false teachers have not only caused quarrels and divisions amongst God’s people, but have made many to err from truth (2 Tim. 2:16-18). The bride has turned away from expecting Jesus out of confusions from these evil presumptions! One says this, and another that, and now much of the body of Christ has divided opinions about His coming, yet none being of truth, much less obedience. For not only are there many who’ve continued in this false doctrine, coming away from the sound faith and love in Christ, but much of His church has turned from believing in His return altogether, refusing to entertain the slightest reference of eschatology for fear of being deceived by it.
Notice the two lies that have put the church to sleep both concern belief in the Lord’s coming. The results that come from accepting these lies is the deception itself as they both forbid a Christian to watch for Jesus (the very thing He charged us to do!). Yet something that I keep questioning is, what gave the Lord’s bride the ability to believe something contrary to His word to her? It seems bizarre, rather uncomely for those who claim to be His to even accept what is untrue about Him! For I believe that those so devoted to Jesus Christ, serving Him without reserve, will entirely refuse anything that opposes their beloved King’s word to them. They have their eyes fixed on His face and give no room for anything outside of His life and promise to them.
This is why I believe the church’s capacity to accept a lie (which brought her to the place of slumber) stemmed from a deeper issue in her heart. You see, Jesus’ exhortations and warnings to the disciples were purposely revealed beforehand so that the possibility of His church being deceived in the last days might be obliterated. The lies and false prophets would be out there, yes, but what He told us and our obedience to take heed to what He said wouldn’t permit us to fall prey to them (Matt.24:4-5, 24-25).
But unfortunately, those who’ve fallen asleep have fallen prey to lies and I think it’s because in their hearts, they weren’t actively taking heed to Him in the first place. For if taking heed eliminates the possibility of being deceived by lies about His return, then the converse is equally true: not to take heed means we are exposed and prone to believe anything false about Him.
Though I’ve explained the two reasons that put the bride to sleep, it’s her ability to come into that slumber that reveals her heart hadn’t been in rightful position previously to it. A true bride won’t receive a lie, and won’t fall asleep on her Lover; she’s too in love with Him to do anything but be focused on Him! In reference to the other parts of my dream (coming in another post), I think we could conclude that part of the Lord’s bride accepted these lies and went to sleep because they hadn’t been passionate about Him.