The Heart of Bride
THE TABERNACLE AND THE WORSHIP ALTAR
This paper is not intended to identify who the Bride of Christ is; that is another study, and neither is it my intention to unpack the Biblical ideals of marriage. This study is intended to explore the character and nature of the Bride of Christ and the condition of her heart as she prepares to meet her Bridegroom.
In this study we will look at her procession and consecration through the pattern of the Tabernacle, and how she learns through her change, to become an acceptable and sweet aroma to her God. As she stands outside the door of her soon to be house, she has gone through the trials of the age. Having been chosen since before the foundation of the world, and been marked by the blood of Christ, she now comes to the ﬁnal stage. She has been washed, puriﬁed and perfected and now wears the wedding gown of righteousness. She is about to become One with her Bridegroom. Placing herself upon the worship altar, she is the culmination of the praises of God through the ages. She is the uniﬁcation of the glorious illumination of every lamp that has been set alight by the saints of Christ.
As we endeavour to look into the heart of the Bride we will discover mystery as we are allowed a glimpse into the intimacy between the divine couple.
The age is drawing to an end, and we can hasten the glorious return of the Bridegroom and the heavenly feast of the marriage supper. Together with our own consecration, we reﬂect her heart upon the worship altar and can prepare the Bride for His return.
The Vision for the
Whole House of YHVH
( Excerpt from 'The Heart of the Bride, the Tabernacle and Worship Altar.
by Grant Marshall)
'Suddenly, I was taken above the building and was able to look down upon it. The building was the shape of a ﬁsh, similar to that which was used by the early church, to identify places of worship. The tail of the ﬁsh, the two ﬁns, were the entrances to the building, and believers came from all over the world. The middle section were areas of fellowship and learning, rooms of discipling. The head was for worship. Each level was a high level of attainment. Worship came from the head of the ﬁsh, day and night.'
This dream was given to me twenty-six years ago, and only now I have come to realise its true meaning. In the days to come this building will be built.'
In the diagram, I have tried to illustrate the vision of the blue print for this centre of worship and discipleship. The vision remains as fresh today in my mind as it was first given to me.
Isaiah 27 is given to me. It reads:
12 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of Israel.
13 And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem.KJV
'A bold calling goes out! Help build the House of the Lord. the time for the regathering is upon us'. '
the Salvation of Israel is near!
YHVH asked Moses to tell the people to build Him a tabernacle and that the people must give in accordance to how their hearts desired. Exodus 25:1 -24:18
I believe that the heart of the Bride seeks to build her beloved such a place.
Zechariah 14:16 And it shall come to pass, that every one that is left of all the nations which came against Jerusalem shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to keep the feast of tabernacles.
the heart of the seeks to dwell with her beloved and cries over how things have become; she sees the fallen tabernacle and how the hearts of the people have been removed from her God. the people have gone after other gods and have leaned upon mans wisdom. they have become ignorant and they perish, living without hope.
But YHVH has a plan to restore His people. this passage in Haggai tells us how the attention of the people has been focused upon themselves instead of being upon the Lord's house.
“Is it time for you yourselves to live in your [expensive] paneled houses while this house [of the Lord] lies in ruins?”
Can you see the vision and are you being called to rebuild YHVH's house?
the time time to seek the Lord over the matter is upon all who see the vision.
please pray and ask the Lord how you can be involved in this great work.
Please read 'The Heart of the Bride, the Tabernacle and the Worship Altar.'
BE PART OF THE HEART OF THE BRIDE WORSHIP ALTAR
The good news is that the music ministry is being reshaped. Our heart to continue in writing new music and finding new sounds moves on. We want to bless YHVH and His family with this work. It is our hope that we will be able to dedicate more time in this work and to travel to the many rooms the Lord has within His great house.
Since Tabernacles 2022, the Lord has renewed a vision He gave me 26 years ago. The last few months have been quite an intense time of seeking and reshaping, and the Lord is energizing me into preparing what we now call the ‘The Worship Altar’.
The Worship Altar will encompass new aspects of worship and sounds of instruments that will draw the heart of the Bride into the sacred place and also new level of dedication.
At this time, the Lord, through His Holy Spirit, is drawing us to a deeper level of intimacy with Him. This is being felt by many now. The level demands a different cost. If we are to seek His presence, and the dwelling - Shekinah of God with us, then the heart has to be clean before we enter the most Holy Place.
This is such an amazing and wonderful period within the history of the people of God, and in the preparation of the Bride. Her heart must call and cry out to her Bridegroom.
This will hasten His coming.
There is a place that is called the sacred place, in the tabernacle this is called the Holy Place.
It is a place of consecration and holiness.
As we move forward as a ministry, we hope that many will join this wonderful calling.
Our music and all the technical aspects of it need resources too.
I pray that if you are reading this then you might consider being part of the work. Please consider how you want to do this. We need your prayer, and the resources to purchase the instruments for the music, to create the new songs and dedicate time to producing and doing all that God asks of us. Pray for the places we will be sent to, for the musicians God has set apart and for the heart of the people to pursue and reflect the heart of the Bride.
The Bible tells us that King David created the worshipping aspect of temple worship for God. He created ranks of priests and musicians and singers. 1 Chronicles 22 -25.
1 Chronicles - The Musicians
25:1 David, together with the commanders of the army, set apart some of the sons of Asaph, Heman and Jeduthun for the ministry of prophesying, accompanied by harps, lyres and cymbals. Here is the list of the men who performed this service:
2 From the sons of Asaph:
Zakkur, Joseph, Nethaniah and Asarelah. The sons of Asaph were under the supervision of Asaph, who prophesied under the king’s supervision.
3 As for Jeduthun, from his sons:
Gedaliah, Zeri, Jeshaiah, Shimei, Hashabiah and Mattithiah, six in all, under the supervision of their father Jeduthun, who prophesied, using the harp in thanking and praising the Lord.
4 As for Heman, from his sons:
Bukkiah, Mattaniah, Uzziel, Shubael and Jerimoth; Hananiah, Hanani, Eliathah, Giddalti and Romamti-Ezer; Joshbekashah, Mallothi, Hothir and Mahazioth. 5 (All these were sons of Heman the king’s seer. They were given him through the promises of God to exalt him. God gave Heman fourteen sons and three daughters.)
6 All these men were under the supervision of their father for the music of the temple of the Lord, with cymbals, lyres and harps, for the ministry at the house of God.
Asaph, Jeduthun and Heman were under the supervision of the king. 7 Along with their relatives—all of them trained and skilled in music for the Lord—they numbered 288. 8 Young and old alike, teacher as well as student, cast lots for their duties.
In this amazing story, King Jehoshaphat, who was another good king of Judah, praises the Lord with priest and musicians after the battle between the Ammonites and Moabites was won. Remember, that God honoured Jeshoshaphat, because of his heart. He knew how important the praises of God were. The battle was the Lord’s, and Jehoshaphat glorified God because his life was saved, and not one Israelite life was lost.
Let us read.
2 Chronicles 20:15 He said: “Listen, King Jehoshaphat and all who live in Judah and Jerusalem! This is what the Lord says to you: ‘Do not be afraid or discouraged because of this vast army. For the battle is not yours, but God’s. 16 Tomorrow march down against them. They will be climbing up by the Pass of Ziz, and you will find them at the end of the gorge in the Desert of Jeruel. 17 You will not have to fight this battle. Take up your positions; stand firm and see the deliverance the Lord will give you, Judah and Jerusalem. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged. Go out to face them tomorrow, and the Lord will be with you.’”
18 Jehoshaphat bowed down with his face to the ground, and all the people of Judah and Jerusalem fell down in worship before the Lord. 19 Then some Levites from the Kohathites and Korahites stood up and praised the Lord, the God of Israel, with a very loud voice.
20 Early in the morning they left for the Desert of Tekoa. As they set out, Jehoshaphat stood and said, “Listen to me, Judah and people of Jerusalem! Have faith in the Lord your God and you will be upheld; have faith in his prophets and you will be successful.” 21 After consulting the people, Jehoshaphat appointed men to sing to the Lord and to praise him for the splendour of his holiness as they went out at the head of the army, saying:
“Give thanks to the Lord,
for His love endures forever.”
22 As they began to sing and praise, the Lord set ambushes against the men of Ammon and Moab and Mount Seir who were invading Judah, and they were defeated. 23 The Ammonites and Moabites rose up against the men from Mount Seir to destroy and annihilate them. After they finished slaughtering the men from Seir, they helped to destroy one another.
24 When the men of Judah came to the place that overlooks the desert and looked toward the vast army, they saw only dead bodies lying on the ground; no one had escaped. 25 So Jehoshaphat and his men went to carry off their plunder, and they found among them a great amount of equipment and clothing[d] and also articles of value—more than they could take away. There was so much plunder that it took three days to collect it. 26 On the fourth day they assembled in the Valley of Berakah, where they praised the Lord. This is why it is called the Valley of Berakah to this day.
27 Then, led by Jehoshaphat, all the men of Judah and Jerusalem returned joyfully to Jerusalem, for the Lord had given them cause to rejoice over their enemies. 28 They entered Jerusalem and went to the temple of the Lord with harps and lyres and trumpets.
At the dedication of Nehemiah’s wall, Nehemiah employed the musicians and reinstituted their position among the temple worship.
Nehemiah 12:27 At the dedication of the wall of Jerusalem, the Levites were sought out from where they lived and were brought to Jerusalem to celebrate joyfully the dedication with songs of thanksgiving and with the music of cymbals, harps and lyres. 28 The musicians also were brought together from the region around Jerusalem—from the villages of the Netophathites, 29 from Beth Gilgal, and from the area of Geba and Azmaveth, for the musicians had built villages for themselves around Jerusalem.
30 When the priests and Levites had purified themselves ceremonially, they purified the people, the gates and the wall.
31 I had the leaders of Judah go up on top of the wall. I also assigned two large choirs to give thanks. One was to proceed on top ofthe wall to the right, toward the Dung Gate. 32 Hoshaiah and half the leaders of Judah followed them, 33 along with Azariah, Ezra, Meshullam, 34 Judah, Benjamin, Shemaiah, Jeremiah, 35 as well as some priests with trumpets, and also Zechariah son of Jonathan, the son of Shemaiah, the son of Mattaniah, the son of Micaiah, the son of Zakkur, the son of Asaph, 36 and his associates—Shemaiah, Azarel, Milalai, Gilalai, Maai, Nethanel, Judah and Hanani—with musical instruments prescribed by David the man of God. Ezra the teacher of the Law led the procession. 37 At the Fountain Gate they continued directly up the steps of the City of David on the ascent to the wall and passed above the site of David’s palace to the Water Gate on the east.
38 The second choir proceeded in the opposite direction. I followed them on top of[g] the wall, together with half the people—past the Tower of the Ovens to the Broad Wall, 39 over the Gate of Ephraim, the Jeshanah Gate, the Fish Gate, the Tower of Hananel and the Tower of the Hundred, as far as the Sheep Gate. At the Gate of the Guard they stopped.
40 The two choirs that gave thanks then took their places in the house of God; so did I, together with half the officials, 41 as well as the priests—Eliakim, Maaseiah, Miniamin, Micaiah, Elioenai, Zechariah and Hananiah with their trumpets— 42 and also Maaseiah, Shemaiah, Eleazar, Uzzi, Jehohanan, Malkijah, Elam and Ezer. The choirs sang under the direction of Jezrahiah. 43 And on that day they offered great sacrifices, rejoicing because God had given them great joy. The women and children also rejoiced. The sound of rejoicing in Jerusalem could be heard far away.
I’m asking in faith and in boldness for your help. Some of the instruments we need to purchase for the music have been created in modern forms, but some are still available today and really have not changed all that much. Middle eastern flutes and drums and the sound of the chimes and bells, sound beautiful when they have been made well. We would like to purchase these quality instruments in an endeavour to make the beautiful sounds of worship that the Lord is giving us.
That is only part of our work. We want to seeing musicians and singers find a place in this choir of song. Please consider how you may want to help us.
We believe that the Lord is pouring out a new song cry from the heart of the Bride. We want His house to be full of her songs and we want most of all, for Him to inhabit the praises of His people and that He will find pleasure in the sweet smelling aroma. Please read ‘The Heart of the Bride’ which is attached to this page.
Prayer is the most important thing, so may you be led by the Holy Spirit to pray and intercede for the music and the messages the Lord will have us bring to the gatherings of the people.
May the Lord bless you abundantly in wisdom and in all that you seek, for His glory.