MARRIED UNTO INCREASE

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MARRIED UNTO INCREASE

JOHN THE BAPTIST WAS THE FORERUNNER

Mark 7:9 says that we make the Word of God of no effect by our traditions. We must believe every Word of God just like it is written there. Believe that it is God that is speaking when you read the Bible. God has promised us things and we must come to a place where we can get what God has planned for us.

Jesus had a forerunner, named John the Baptist, who was the voice that cried in the wilderness and said that straight ways must be made for the LORD. He cried prepare the way of the LORD. John said that One was coming after him. We must get an understanding of a forerunner. Jesus died and left an inheritance. We do not have to die to get our inheritance! Tradition told us that we will get our inheritance when we get to heaven, but what are we then living for? Jesus came to the earth to give us life and give it more abundantly. Jesus died on the earth and shed His Blood on the earth to give us something on the earth. His Holy Spirit was poured out on the earth. Religious ideas told us that someday when we get to heaven, we would get the blessings. Jesus died to leave us the blessings. John the Baptist was the forerunner.

John 3:26,27 (Amplified) So they came to John and reported to him, Rabbi, the Man Who was with you on the other side of the Jordan [at the Jordan crossing]—and to Whom you yourself have borne testimony—notice, here He is baptizing too, and everybody is flocking to Him! John answered, A man can receive nothing [he can claim nothing, he can take unto himself nothing] except as it has been GRANTED TO HIM FROM HEAVEN. [A man must be content to receive the gift, which is given him from heaven; there is no other source.]

John was telling them that what he did and have, he got it from heaven. He was just a forerunner. He told the people that what Jesus had and what He was doing, was also from heaven.

John 3:28 (Amplified) You yourselves are my witnesses [you personally bear me out] that I stated, I AM NOT THE CHRIST…

John told them that he was not claiming to be that Christ and that he told it to them before.

John 3:28 (Amplified) You yourselves are my witnesses [you personally bear me out] that I stated, I am not the Christ (the Anointed One, the Messiah), but I have [only] been SENT BEFORE HIM [in advance of Him, to be His appointed forerunner, His messenger, HIS ANNOUNCER].

John said to them that he told them before that he is not the Christ, but that he was running before Him to announce that He was coming. He was the announcer and the forerunner. Now he explains what it means to be the forerunner.

John 3:29,30 (Amplified) He who has the bride is the bridegroom; but the GROOMSMAN who stands by and listens to him rejoices greatly and heartily on account of the bridegroom’s voice. This then is my pleasure and joy, and it is NOW COMPLETE. [Song of Solomon 5:1]. He must increase, but I must decrease. [He must grow more prominent; I must grow less so.]

The forerunner or the announcer is the groomsman and he is standing by the bridegroom. Now that the Bridegroom is making more disciples and baptizing more people, he rejoiced that he was the announcer. He announced that the Bridegroom has come and it was completed now. He did not have to announce any more or run before, because the Bridegroom’s voice was now sounding and He was increasing.

In Bible days the groomsman was running ahead of the party and told the people that the bridegroom was coming. Everybody had to take his or her places and then the bridegroom came in with the announcer. He took all the attention and not the bride. All the people talked about him and made a fuzz about him and not about the bride. John was just the announcer that announced that the Bridegroom came and he was happy about it, because his work was now complete. He announced that the Bridegroom came and was ready to get Himself a bride.

People get confused because they know that Jesus is the Bridegroom, but they still wait for a marriage feast. They postponed their blessings and inheritance for one day when they die. They also postponed the marriage feast for the day they die. People say that they will marry Christ, the day that they die. There are teachings that tell the people that they will go to the marriage feast of the Lamb when they die. Doctrines told people that the bride must get herself ready. The great majority of the church believes that, but what does the Bible says?

THROUGH OUT THE OLD WINE

Luke 5:30 (Amplified) Now the Pharisees and their scribes were grumbling against Jesus’ disciples, saying, Why are you EATING AND DRINKING with tax collectors and [preeminently] sinful people?

The Pharisees and scribes were the people of the Law and they worried about the eating and the drinking, which sounded like a feast.

Luke 5:31-39 (Amplified) And Jesus replied to them, It is not those who are healthy who need a physician, but those who are sick. I have not come to arouse and invite and call the righteous, but the erring ones (those not free from sin) to repentance [to change their minds for the better and heartily to amend their ways, with abhorrence of their past sins]. Then they said to Him, The disciples of John practice fasting often and offer up prayers of [special] petition, and so do [the disciples] of the Pharisees also, but Yours eat and drink. And Jesus said to them: “Can you make the WEDDING GUESTS fast as long as the BRIDEGROOM IS WITH THEM?” But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken from them; and then they will fast in those days. He told them a proverb also: No one puts a patch from a NEW garment on an OLD garment; if he does, he will both tear the new one, and the patch from the new [one] will not match the old [garment]. And no one pours NEW wine into OLD wineskins; if he does, the fresh wine will burst the skins and it will be spilled and the skins will be ruined (destroyed). But new wine must be put into fresh wineskins. And no one after drinking old wine immediately desires new wine, for he says, The old is good or better.

The people of the Law came and stood up against the One that brought the Spirit. They wanted to stick to the old, to the Law, but Jesus came and brought the new or the Spirit. People believed that you would only have the blessings one-day in heaven. That is the old. When they hear they can have it now, they want to stick to the old. Jesus said that you must put the new wine into new wineskins otherwise you’ll loose both. The people want to have the new, but do not want to through away the old or keep some of the old stuff.

The understanding of the marriage supper of the Bridegroom to the bride will bring you out of the old into the new. You will have fresh wine that is poured into new wineskins and have all that God has promised you.

MARRIED TO CHRIST AND DEAD TO THE LAW

Romans 7:1-4 (Amplified) Do you not know, brethren—for I am speaking to men who are acquainted with THE LAW—that legal claims HAVE POWER OVER A PERSON only for AS LONG AS HE IS ALIVE? For [instance] a MARRIED WOMAN IS BOUND by law TO HER HUSBAND AS LONG AS HE LIVES; but if her husband DIES, SHE IS LOOSED and discharged from the law concerning her husband. Accordingly, she will be held an ADULTERESS if she unites herself to another man while her husband lives. But if her husband dies, the marriage law no longer is binding on her [she is free from that law]; and if she unites herself to another man, she is not an adulteress. Likewise, my brethren, you have undergone DEATH AS TO THE LAW through the [crucified] body of Christ, so that now you may BELONG TO ANOTHER, TO HIM WHO WAS RAISED FROM THE DEAD in order that we may bear fruit for God.

The Law binds you to a man and a woman. When you break the marriage before the other one is dead, you become and adulterer or adulteress. If you stay in the Law and want to unite with Christ, you become an adulterer. If you die to the Law and the Law is dead to you, you are free to marry another.

Romans 7:4,5 (Amplified) Likewise, my brethren, you have undergone DEATH AS TO THE LAW through the [crucified] body of Christ, so that now you may belong to Another, to Him Who was raised from the dead in order that we may bear fruit for God. When we were LIVING IN THE FLESH (mere physical lives), the sinful passions that were awakened and aroused up by [what] THE LAW [MAKES SIN] were constantly operating in our natural powers (in our bodily organs, in the sensitive appetites and wills of the flesh), so that we bore fruit for death.

People commit fleshly sins, because of the Law that tells them that it is sin. The Law gives power to sin. We must know that we are dead to the Law through Christ. The church tries its best to get rid of sin instead of being filled with the Spirit. The Word says that when you walk in the Spirit, you shall not fulfill the lusts of the flesh (Galatians5:16) and not when you leave sin. Romans 8 say that the walking in the Spirit mortifies the works of the flesh. The more you are in the Spirit, the less you do the works of the flesh. People do not realize what marriage is, either with the Law or with Christ. Our physical members still rule in a sinful way, because we still cling to the Law and do not realize that we are dead to the Law. We are not adulterers because we are married to Christ and dead to the Law. People are confused because they do not realize that they are already married to Christ and therefor living in spiritual fornication and adultery.

Romans 7:6 (Amplified) But now we are DISCHARGED FROM THE LAW and have terminated all INTERCOURSE with it, having died to what once restrained and held us captive. So now we serve not under [obedience to] the OLD CODE of written regulations, but [under obedience to the prompting] of the SPIRIT IN NEWNESS [of LIFE].

The word intercourse means a sexual relationship to what was in the Law. When we realize that we are married to another and not living under the old code, we will not commit fornication and adultery, which means sin in the flesh. We are under a total new code, which is the Spirit. We got it when Christ was crucified and was raised from the dead. John the Baptist said that the Bridegroom finally came and when we realize that He died, but rose again from the dead so that we can be married to Him, we take a Spiritual connection with God where we are married to Him. We died to the Law and are alive to a new life in the Spirit and then there is no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus and not walk after the dictates of the flesh, but by the prompting of the Spirit. The law of life in Christ Jesus set us free from the Law of sin and death. It was not possible for the Law, but God made it possible by sending His Son in sinful flesh to die for us on the cross.(Romans8:1-3)

2 Corinthians 11:1-3 (Amplified) I wish you would bear with me while I indulge in a little [so-called] foolishness. Do bear with me! For I am jealous for you with a godly eagerness and a divine jealousy, for I HAVE BETROTTED YOU TO ONE HUSBAND, to present you as a chaste virgin TO CHRIST. [Hosea 2:19, 20]. But [now] I am fearful, lest that even as the serpent beguiled Eve by his cunning, so your minds may be corrupted and seduced from wholehearted and sincere and pure DEVOTION TO CHRIST.

When you are married, your sincere and pure devotion is to your spouse. Paul says that he married them to Christ, but as the serpent beguiled Eve, the serpent will try to beguile them with the Law. That will make them to not be totally devoted to their Husband, Christ Jesus.

CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH

Ephesians 5:23 (Amplified) For the HUSBAND IN THE HEAD OF THE WIFE as CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF THE CHURCH, Himself the Savior of [His] body.

The husband is the head of his wife and the same way Christ is the Head of the church. Therefore Christ is the husband and the church is the wife. The church is subject to Christ.

Ephesians 5:32 (Amplified) This MYSTERY is very great, but I speak concerning [the relation of] CHRIST AND THE CHURCH.

The marriage thing is not about the husband and wife, but about Christ and the church. Paul told them to realize this fact and become faithful and devoted. Sin creeps in when this fact is not realized. The Law gives power to sin and that causes spiritual fornication and adultery. When you are devoted to the Husband, Who is Christ, you will not sin, because you want to be faithful to Him.

1 Corinthians 11:3 (Amplified) But I want you to know and realize that CHRIST IS THE HEAD OF EVERY MAN, the HEAD OF THE WOMAN IS HER HUSBAND, and the HEAD OF CHRIST IS GOD.

God is the Head and under Him is Christ. Under Christ is man and then the woman. There is no degrading.

1 Corinthians 11: 4 (Amplified) Any man who prays or prophesies (teaches, refutes, reproves, admonishes, and comforts) with his HEAD COVERED DISHONORS HIS HEAD (CHRIST).

Christ is the Head of the man as the man is the head of his wife. If the man prophesies with his head covered, it is a disgrace to his Head. God told Moses to tell Aaron to always put a covering on his head when he prophesies or prays. The men had to have a covering on their heads when they went into the temple to do ministry. The man was not allowed to pray without a covering on his head. Paul was talking about the Covering, Who is Christ. The man had to reveal Christ and not cover Him. He had to lift Christ up and not promote himself. Christ must be everything and upon everything. When you make as if you are everything and the boss, you are covering Christ and dishonor Him. If Christ is not the center, you are covering Christ and you are not a prophet.

1 Corinthians 11:5 (Amplified) And any WOMAN who [publicly] prays or prophesies (teaches, refutes, reproves, admonishes, or comforts) when she is BAREHEADED DISHONORS HER HEAD (HER HUSBAND); it is the same as [if her head were] shaved.

Women slander their husbands and they are not covering their head or their husband’s. They are not allowed to speak in the church. The woman must win the husband with a quiet mouth and a humble and a meek spirit that is precious before God (1 Peter 3:1-4). If a woman opens her mouth about her husband and then speaks or prophesies in the church, she is a hypocrite and a false prophetess. Man that gives a word and does not honor Christ in that word; it is a disgrace to his Head, which is Christ. The word then cannot be accepted, because it is all about who you are and what the other can have and Christ is not the center. The church was in bondage for years about this scripture because they said that the angels cannot appear because woman does not have coverings on their heads, but they wore mantillas and hats and still the angels didn’t appear. It was an honor for woman to have long hair, but if she didn’t honor her husband, she had to shave her hair. In the Bible days the shaving of the hair showed her to be a prostitute. If you submit to your husband, you can have long hair or short hair. It does not matter. If you speak about your husband and dishonor him and not cover him, you must shut up in the church. Men have to uncover their Head, which means that they must reveal Christ and let Him be the center.

KNOW YOU ARE MARRIED AND BE FREE

The marriage feast is not an end time teaching. The forerunner came and announced the Bridegroom has come. Two thousand years ago it was written for the house of Israel, because they did not realize that the Bridegroom came. Five were wise and five foolish, and the same way some accepted Him and some didn’t. He already came and married the church. Paul says that he married them to One Husband, but if they stick to the Law, they committed spiritual fornication. When Christ died you died with Him and now you are dead to the Law and you are free to marry Christ. When you marry Christ, your responsibility is to be devoted to Him. When you go back to rituals and Laws and still waiting for things to be fulfilled, you are committing adultery because you are not fully devoted to Him.

Galatians 4:19-31 (Amplified) My little children, for whom I am again suffering birth pangs until Christ is completely and permanently formed (molded) within you, Would that I were with you now and could coax you vocally, for I am fearful and perplexed about you! Tell me, you who are bent on being under the Law, will you listen to what the Law [really] says? For it is written that Abraham had two sons, one by the bondmaid and one by the free woman. [Genesis 16:15; 21:2, 9]. But whereas the child of the slave woman was born according to the flesh and had an ordinary birth, the son of the free woman was born in fulfillment of the promise. Now all this is an allegory; these [two women] represent two covenants. One covenant originated from Mount Sinai [where the Law was given] and bears [children destined] for slavery; this is Hagar. Now Hagar is (stands for) Mount Sinai in Arabia and she corresponds to and belongs in the same category with the present Jerusalem, for she is in bondage together with her children. But the JERUSALEM ABOVE (the Messianic kingdom of Christ) is FREE, and she is our mother. For it is written in the Scriptures, Rejoice, O barren woman, who has not given birth to children; break forth into a joyful shout, you who are not feeling birth pangs, for the desolate woman has many more children than she who has a husband. [Isaiah 54:1]. But we, brethren, are children [not by physical descent, as was Ishmael, but] like Isaac, born in virtue of promise. Yet [just] as at that time the child [of ordinary birth] born according to the flesh despised and persecuted him [who was born remarkably] according to [the promise and the working of] the [Holy] Spirit, so it is now also. [Genesis 21:9]. But what does the Scripture say? Cast out and send away the slave woman and her son, for never shall the son of the slave woman be heir and share the inheritance with the son of the free woman. [Genesis 21:10]. So, brethren, we [who are born again] are not children of a slave woman [the natural], but of the FREE [the SUPERNATURAL].

When you want to have the old, you’ll miss the new. The Jerusalem in the East is in bondage. Spiritual Jerusalem is free! Children of the free woman are supernatural and not natural. You can struggle to get victory over sin or be faithful to a Husband, Who freed you from sin. You can be devoted to Christ or waiting for a marriage to take place.

Isaiah 54:1 (KJV) Sing, O BARREN, thou that did not bear; break forth into singing, and cry aloud, thou that did not travail with child: for more are the children of the DESOLATE than the children of the married wife, says the LORD.

The barren and desolate are those who are not Jews from birth in bloodline. Everyone that is born outside of Israel that becomes part of Christ by accepting the price that was paid on the cross, is the barren ones. The born again children of God is the biggest group on the face of the earth.

INCREASE AND ABUNDANCE

Isaiah 54:2-8 (KJV) ENLARGE the place of thy tent, and let them stretch forth the curtains of thy habitations: spare not, lengthen thy cords, and strengthen thy stakes. For thou shall BREAK FORTH on the right hand and on the left; and thy seed shall inherit the Gentiles, and make the desolate cities to be INHABITED. Fear not; for thou shall NOT BE ASHAMED: neither be thou confounded; for thou shall not be put to shame: for thou shall forget the shame of thy youth, and shall not remember the reproach of thy widowhood any more. For THY MAKER IS THY HUSBAND; the LORD of hosts is his name; and thy Redeemer the Holy One of Israel; The God of the whole earth shall he be called. For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou was refused, says thy God. For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee. In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, says the LORD thy Redeemer.

Isaiah 58 and Psalm 2 says that we shall rebuild cities and have nations as our inheritance. When the Holy Spirit was poured out, they increased in numbers and in favor. The Word increased. All the shame and reproach will disappear when you realize that you are married. It is when you do not know it, you sin and fornicate and become ashamed. The Law gives the sin power. The gentiles were the widows because they were dead to the Law, but not yet married to Christ.

Your Maker is your Husband and not going to be. The righteous ones are the ones that are inheriting the earth. We are still one the earth in a time like this and it is time to do something for Christ. The church must wake up to who they are and become the rulers and ambassadors for the Kingdom of heaven. Do not get upset when you hear good news of blessings that are yours right now.

Isaiah 54:11,12 (KJV) O thou afflicted, tossed with tempest, and not comforted, behold, I will lay thy STONES with fair colors, and lay thy foundations with sapphires. And I will make thy windows of agates, and thy gates of carbuncles, and all thy borders of pleasant stones.

Revelation 21 says that he will show him the bride, the Lamb’s wife and not the bride to be. Then he showed him the city that came down from heaven, the New Jerusalem. In the city were all the precious stones. Matthew 5:14 says that we are the light of the world, a city set on a hill.

Isaiah 5:13,14 (KJV) And all thy children shall be taught of the LORD; and great shall be the PEACE of thy children. In righteousness shall thou be established: thou shall be FAR FROM OPPRESSION; for thou SHALL NOT FEAR: and FROM TERROR; for it shall NOT COME NEAR THEE.

The spiritual Jerusalem is the ones that shall not fear and shall be far from terror. The natural Jerusalem is Israel in the East and they are still fighting all the time. The ones that realized that they are married to Christ, are the ones that have peace and they are called the wife and the city. They are the Jerusalem from heaven.

Isaiah 54:15-17 (KJV) Behold, they shall surely gather together, but not by me: whosoever shall gather together against thee shall fall for thy sake. Behold, I have created the smith that blows the coals in the fire, and that brings forth an instrument for his work; and I have created the waster to destroy. No weapon that is formed against thee shall prosper; and every tongue that shall rise against thee in judgment thou shall condemn. This is the HERITAGE of the servants of the LORD, and their righteousness is of me, says the LORD.

CHRIST GETS THE HONOR

When you were led to Christ, you got married and if you go back to the old, you are an adulterer. If you are devoted to Christ, you will not sin. Why do people struggle with sin? They mix the old and the new. Make a quality decision that you are the New Jerusalem. You are Zion and you are a Christian when you accept Christ. There are not Zulu-Christians, Twana-Christians or a Christian-Jew. There is not a thing like a Messianic Jew. There is only one new man in Christ. The honor goes to Christ, Who is the Head of His church and not the to Jew or the gentile. It is all about Christ. It is not about who the bride is, but who is the Groom.

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