…my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty. Isaiah 1:5b
During worship at the Friday evening service, May 23rd at the Lakeland Civic Center, I saw a vision of the Bridegroom.
He was wearing a beautiful, ornate, filigree crown. He was also wearing an ornate coronation mantle that completely covered Him. The collar stood tall around the sides of his face, obscuring it from sight.
In the vision, He was so huge, His head was near the arena’s ceiling. His mantle and train were covering about two-thirds of the congregation on the ground-floor level. His train rested on and brushed the tops of the people’s heads as He slowly moved forward.
I longed to be there among them, although my vantage point allowed me to take in this magnificent sight.
I couldn’t see His face, hands, or feet. The collar, crown, and mantle completely covered Him.
The ornate decoration was more than I could have imagined. Most of the mantle was gold embroidery. Diamonds, rubies (red stones), and sapphires (blue stones) were attached in decorative patterns.
The outer edge was the most heavily decorated with a design in the center of the back. Even though I only saw the mantle from the side, I could somehow see the entire design.
The words from the Isaiah 6 came to mind:
In the same year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord sitting on a grand throne way up high with a flowing cape that filled the whole temple. Bright flaming creatures waited on Him. Each had six wings: two covering its face, two covering its feet, and two for flying. Like some fiery choir, they would call back and forth continually.
Flaming Creatures: Holy, holy, holy is the Eternal, the Commander of heavenly armies!
The earth is filled with His glorious presence!
They were so loud that the door-frames shook, and the holy house kept filling with smoke.
Isaiah: I am in so much trouble! I’m ruined!
I’m just a human being—fallible and stammering.
I fell to my knees weeping. Soon after, Roy Fields began to sing:
On Bended Knee I Come
With a humble heart I come
Bowing down before your holy throne
Lifting holy hands to you
As I pledge my life anew.
I worship You in spirit
Lord, I worship You in truth
Make my life a holy praise unto You.
I wondered, “where is the throne?” Seemingly in answer to my question, I heard the word bridegroom.
Jesus was adorned for His bride, the church. The purity and passion of the first love we experienced during worship is the church He loves and is coming back to claim.
We celebrated our groom while wearing our garments of praise.
For the first time, I could imagine worshiping for eternity.
The Spirit and the Bride say come.
Update: In a meeting, someone mentioned the significance of a royal train’s length.
In ancient times, the long train represented the king’s ability to provide for his people. The longer the train, the greater his ability to provide.
I wondered why in the vision, the train was extremely long. Now I understand, in part.
We have a provider who is more than able. We are under His protection.
I love the way revelations continue to unfold over time. It’s so important to write them down.