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her immediate response was “I will go.”   ministrative authority over the nations.
        Two conditions had to be fulfilled before   However, it also has an application to
        she could become Isaac’s bride. She had   “the bride the Lamb’s wife.” Acts 2 pre-
        to be the one whom God had appointed   sents to us the beginning of the Church
        (v14), and she had to be willing to go. The   era. On that day alone about three thou-
        rest is history. In summary, Rebekah was   sand souls were added to the Church. By
        forechosen for Isaac by God (v14), proved   Acts 4:4 that number had swollen to about
        to be a suitable bride (vv18-20), confirmed   five thousand. Since then, the gospel has
        God’s choice by her decision to go (v58),   spread to the four corners of the earth. It
        became Isaac’s wife (v67) and was loved   has been claimed that there are more be-
        by Isaac. In 22:2 we have the first reference   lievers in the world today than at any time
        to love in Genesis, presenting to us the   in history. Revelation 4 and 5 present to us
        Father’s love for the Son. In 24:67 we have   a preview of events in heaven following
        the second reference to love, presenting   the rapture of the Church. In that context,
        the Son’s love for His Bride.         we read the song of the four living crea-
          Ch.22 beautifully pictures for us the   tures and the twenty-four elders, “Thou
        willingness of God the Father to give His   art worthy to take the book, and to open
        beloved Son in order to provide a bride for   its seals; because thou hast been slain, and
        His Son. In ch.24 we see the bride sought   hast redeemed to God, by thy blood, out of
        out and found, and willingly taking the   every tribe, and tongue, and people, and
        long journey to be married to the man she   nation” (Rev 5:9-10 JND). We have no idea
        has never seen. Peter says, “Whom having   how vast a crowd of believers will form
        not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye   the Church in the day of manifestation.
        see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with   Meanwhile, “we must through much
        joy unspeakable and full of glory” (1Pe 1:8   tribulation  enter  into  the  kingdom  of
        KJV). Christ will present His bride to Him-  God” (Act 14:22 KJV). Persecution and
        self “a glorious church, not having spot,   tribulation are the expected lot of believ-
        or wrinkle, or any such thing; but that it   ers. While in North America we know
        should be holy and without blemish” (Eph   little, if any, of such, in other parts of the
        5:27 KJV). What a glorious future awaits   world Christians are suffering for their
        those who have, in effect, said, “I will go.”  faith in Christ. However, Paul tells us “our
          When Rebekah had made her choice,   light affliction, which is but for a moment,
        the family blessed her, saying, “Thou   worketh for us a far more exceeding and
        art our sister; mayest thou become    eternal weight of glory” (2Co 4:17 KJV). In
        thousands of tens of thousands; and   the coming kingdom, we will not have ad-
        may thy seed possess the gate of their   ministrative authority over cities, as will
        enemies!” (v60 JND). Doubtless, this will   Israel, but we will sit with Christ on His
        have a fulfillment in Israel in the coming   throne (Rev 3:21). More importantly, we
        millennial reign of Christ. According to   will be with Him and be like Him forever.
        this blessing, Israel will be blessed with   Two very special events we will never
        fruitfulness and dominion. Then these   forget, and which have brought untold
        words will be fulfilled: “the LORD shall   blessing to us, are the day Christ died for
        make thee the head, and not the tail”   us upon the cross and the day each one of
        (Deu 28:13 KJV). Israel will be given ad-  us said, in effect, “I will go.”

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