One Thing You Still Lack
What is the covering over the bride of Yahshua? How does this bride "make herself ready"? This writing addresses these questions, and is the longest writing yet on this site, other than the book, Coverings. Why is this writing so long? There has never been any attempt in any of these writings to control their lengths. And as you will find here, the vastness of evidence and resoluteness of the message has dictated its length. Additionally, as you read you will find many little side issues you should very much enjoy and appreciate that come out in this study. May Yahweh open our blinded eyes to see.
In the writing titled Coverings found on this web site, in the section preceding the brief closing, the following question is raised:
One might ask here - What will this important legal covering be that Yahweh places over the bride? This was a question that became evident when in 1994 I saw the great significance of coverings. To answer this question fully would require far more space than we can give here, opening a whole new subject as to the identity of the bride and the teachings of Yahshua. If you are truly interested in this, you can contact us at the address on the opening page of this book. One can be certain, however, that there will be a very specific legal covering over this bride in order for her to come out of the body. This separate covering is required in Yahwehs own laws.
The purpose of this writing is to address this extraordinarily important and very timely question, as you will see, of what will be this covering over the bride of Yahshua, and why. If the reader has not read Coverings, then you will be at a very real disadvantage to understanding the relevance of this question, how essential it is that the bride be legally covered, and how the law of coverings instituted by Yahweh is inseparable from His actions toward man.
If you have not read Coverings, it is strongly urged that you stop here and at a minimum read Chapter 3 of that writing, equally titled "Coverings." This chapter will provide you an essential understanding of how this law of coverings is in operation in the works of Yahweh and His administration of man. One of the most important and revealing insights is Yahweh's provision and even legal requirement that the bride, or woman, be covered when she goes directly to Yahweh to commune with Him, or upon speaking on His behalf (prayer and prophecy).
The application of this truth for the woman today has been greatly relegated to the convenient wastebasket called "legalism," but despite this careless and blind dismissal, is still most relevant. And such disposal of convenience obviously will not be followed in this writing. Here we will look at the application of this extraordinarily relevant truth per its higher fulfillment in the spiritual "woman" that comes out of the spiritual "man," or in other words the bride that comes out of the body.
The practice of these laws and instructions of Yahweh concerning this covering may or may not be fulfilled by carnal men and women (evidenced by the lack of coverings on the heads of "modern" Christian women); but, this neither nullifies nor changes the relevance of this law, or Yahweh's own fulfillment of it at the higher level of the bride of Yahshua. Even though Christian women today do not wear the covering, as clearly instructed in the Scriptures and as handed down to us by the faithfulness of most generations past, this unfaithfulness of man in no way alters Yahweh's own faithfulness and obligation to His word, His ways, and His commandments.
Based on the ignorance and misguided attitudes of most Christians regarding Yahweh's ways and His commandments, it is necessary at the outset that we point out something. There is a slight amount of groundwork that must be laid before we can get to the main subject of this writing.
In a time of testing and judgment for Israel, Moses requested of Yahweh - "Now therefore, I ask of You, if I have found favor in Your sight, let me know Your ways, that I may know You, so that I may find favor in Your sight" (Exodus 33:13). Yahweh fulfilled Moses' prayer to know His ways so that he might know Him, as we read in Psalm 103:7 - "He (Yahweh) made known His ways to Moses, His acts to the sons of Israel." Yet how did Yahweh show Moses His ways? By revealing His laws, His commandments, His judgments, His statutes, and His ordinances. Repeatedly we read that the ways of Yahweh are revealed in His laws; that His ways are, in truth, inseparable from and even revealed by His statutes, etc. Here are just a few examples of this dynamic union. Notice how His ways are always tied to His commandments.
"...walk in His ways and keep His statutes, His commandments and His ordinances, and listen to His voice" (Deuteronomy 26:17).
"...keep the commandments of Yahweh your God, and walk in His ways" (Deuteronomy 28:9).
"...love Yahweh your God, to walk in His ways and to keep His commandments and His statutes and His judgments" (Deuteronomy 30:16).
"...love Yahweh your God and walk in all His ways and keep His commandments..." (Joshua 22:5).
"For I have kept the ways of Yahweh, and have not acted wickedly against My God. For all His ordinances were before me; and as for His statutes, I did not depart from them" (2 Samuel 22:22-23).
"And keep the charge of Yahweh your God, to walk in His ways, to keep His statutes, His commandments, His ordinances, and His testimonies..." (1 Kings 2:3).
This list of scriptures could go on and on. The point is - if we desire to know the ways of Yahweh, what He is doing and what He will do and why, they are intrinsically inseparable from His commandments and His laws. You must realize that Yahweh does nothing apart from His statutes. Thus, one can never understand the great necessity for a covering over the bride of Yahshua unless one looks at Yahweh's laws. If we expect to know what Yahweh is doing and will do in the near and distant future, in order to know the ways in which He will go and what He will do and why, we will see and understand this by examining His laws. For it is in His laws that we come to know, understand, and anticipate His ways.
But someone might say - "But we are under grace, and not under law." Indeed we are under His grace; but, even grace itself is a merciful provision that comes to us strictly under the statutes of Yahweh's Law. Once again, you can never understand grace unless you understand in some measure His laws. Yahshua came under the Law to provide us the legal right of atonement and forgiveness. Thus grace, as we know it, is nothing less than a legal provision of mercy that comes through the fulfillment and provision of Yahweh's Law. The atonement for our sins is a legal provision through Yahshua, who is our satisfaction and justification under the Law of Yahweh. Yahshua is our perfect sacrifice according to the Law of Yahweh.
This is stated here because Christians are so "grace" oriented that, like the sons of Israel, all the average Christian knows are the "acts" of Yahweh, and not "His ways." But to know and understand the plan of Yahweh in these last days is impossible without knowing His commandments/His laws.
One must remember that Yahweh performs everything according to His laws. They are not laws we are capable of keeping, apart from our deliverance from these carnal bodies and receiving the full measure of the Holy Spirit. But none-the-less, Yahweh deals with us only according to His laws. We are wise to understand this.
Having noted this regarding the legal nature of Yahweh and all His acts, let us get back to the book, Coverings. We will see affirmed here a most important provision that Yahweh's law and way affords regarding the woman's head covering. Keep in mind, Yahweh's law concerning the covering of the woman in no way stops with the natural woman. If His law of coverings necessitates the covering of the woman, it most importantly necessitates a like covering for the bride of Yahshua. Let us now once again read from the second from last section of Coverings.
A particularly thrilling and extremely significant aspect of the womans substitutionary covering, which is separate from her otherwise covering by the man, is its testimony that there is and will be a covering for the bride that is separate from the masculine body. This is very important and you will want to read carefully.
The law of Yahweh on this matter of the womans head covering reveals His plan and provision to bring a bride out of the body. In the natural, when the woman comes out from her husband and goes directly to Yahweh in prayer or to prophesy, a covering has been provided to make this act legally possible - the head covering. Do you see the great prophetic significance of this? This provision of a covering separate from the man is a foreshadowing of the legal covering Yahweh will provide in order for a bride to come out of the body. Under this separate covering, the bride will be free to commune with Christ (pray) and proclaim the words of Yahweh to mankind on the earth (prophecy). What Paul instructed a woman to do - to come under a covering separate from her husband when she prays or prophesies - is clear, affirming, and highly relevant evidence as to the work Yahweh will do in order to obtain a bride for Christ. This bride will in fact be His "spokesperson," if you would, to mankind on earth. Do you see this marvelous truth? Legally, it is highly profound! The instruction Yahweh has given the woman is exactly what He will accomplish for the bride. The separate covering allowance He provides for the woman is exactly what He will provide for Yahshuas bride.
Even as the woman is brought into the headship line when she prays or prophecies, thus necessitating a separate covering, so the bride of Christ will need a covering separate from the body. Thus we see once again that it is extremely significant and important for the woman to wear the cloth head covering on her head when she goes to Yahweh in prayer or speaks on His behalf. Yahweh will provide this equally important "head covering" on His bride.
Herein lies the purpose of this writing - to discover what is that substitutionary covering for the bride of Yahshua that is separate from the legal covering afforded in the masculine body of Yahshua, allowing the bride the right to come out from the masculine covering and go directly to the Father.
Continue to page 2 of One Thing ... for THE BRIDE'S COVERING
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