Dream and message received 4/7/18
I dreamed that a baby was getting married. She was actually a toddler–able to walk around but unaware of the etiquette of a wedding. She had a large number of attendants who were also unruly and disrespectful. They entered the wedding by filling the choir loft, not the usual place that faced the bridegroom.
Note: I understand this to mean that the church is not mature; though she is the chosen bride of Christ, she acts like an infant. Her attendants, also representative of the church, focus themselves on outward performance and carnally-induced worship through their music (they filled the choir loft, not facing themselves toward the groom, Jesus Christ). Their presence at the wedding shows that they give outward attendance to Jesus, but in their hearts, He is not their focus.
1 Corinthians 3:1: “Brothers and sisters, I could not address you as people who live by the Spirit but as people who are still worldly–mere infants in Christ” (NIV).
The bride had to be carried to her place by her mother who was feeling out of place because she was not part of the wedding party. She had to stay up front holding the bride in her place. She was wearing her finest apparel.
I understand the mother to be representative of Christ. We know from Scripture that He takes many roles in the church. He feels “out of place” in the wedding because He should be the groom, not the one who is still trying to teach His bride how to be a bride. He is wearing His best apparel because He has already conquered sin and death and has been exalted to the right hand of God.
Isaiah 49:15: “Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you.”
Philippians 2:5-11: “Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. And being found in human form, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Therefore God has highly exalted him and bestowed on him the name that is above every name, so that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”
The bride was wearing an elaborate and colorful piece of jewelry that seemed to take away from the beauty of the white wedding dress. She was insistent on not removing it.
I understand this to mean that the church wants to impose on the Holy Spirit what she thinks is beautiful, when Jesus has already provided for her His white robe of righteousness and when He has already made clear to us in His Word and by the wisdom of the Spirit what His will is for us.
1 Peter 3:3-4: “Do not let your adorning be external—the braiding of hair and the putting on of gold jewelry, or the clothing you wear— but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.”
No sooner had all the parties assembled for the wedding than something disrupted it–someone wanted to pray but was adamant that everyone gather around, not remain in their places.
I understand this to mean that in the process of trying to seek God, the church has become “religious” in its form, following the demands of the religious leaders rather than those of Christ Jesus.
1 Corinthians 1:10-13, 20-25: “I appeal to you, brothers, by the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree, and that there be no divisions among you, but that you be united in the same mind and the same judgment. For it has been reported to me by Chloe’s people that there is quarreling among you, my brothers. What I mean is that each one of you says, “I follow Paul,” or “I follow Apollos,” or “I follow Cephas,” or “I follow Christ.” Is Christ divided? Was Paul crucified for you? Or were you baptized in the name of Paul?… Where is the one who is wise? Where is the scribe? Where is the debater of this age? Has not God made foolish the wisdom of the world? For since, in the wisdom of God, the world did not know God through wisdom, it pleased God through the folly of what we preach to save those who believe. For Jews demand signs and Greeks seek wisdom, but we preach Christ crucified, a stumbling block to Jews and folly to Gentiles, but to those who are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men, and the weakness of God is stronger than men.
After that, it seems the whole wedding was disrupted and everyone was in a different room. The room had large windows overlooking a marsh of grasses and little rivers. The mother looked down and saw the baby–in her wedding dress–paddling down one of the rivers in a canoe. When she took another glance toward the water, the baby had tipped. The mother rushed down along with someone else. The boat and baby had disappeared under the water. The other person searched under the water but in the wrong places. Then the mother, in her fine dress, dove into the right place and found the baby. She began to try to resuscitate the baby by hitting her back intensely and breathing into her mouth. Finally, the baby revived.
The Bride of Christ, the church, has been trying to do all the wrong things to be ready for her wedding! She has followed the desires of her flesh rather than fixing her agenda on her groom! This has resulted in her near death! People in the church have tried to find the problem—why she is failing in her evangelism, why she is deaf to the Holy Spirit, etc.—but they are looking in the wrong places. Only Jesus himself finds the bride where she is at, pulls her from that in which she is drowning, and does whatever it takes to bring her back to himself. After I awoke from the dream, I heard the following in my spirit:
I will revive you, my beloved bride because I have set my affection on you. It does not matter that I have to dirty myself to do it or how hard I have to hit you to do it. I will use my own mouth and my own breath to revive you because you would be dead without me and you are just a little child. Yet I love you with an everlasting love, oh my beloved bride. I will yet have my wedding! And soon!
-Rachel, daughter of the King
Note: All Scripture is in the ESV unless otherwise noted.