Here from Jeremiah 8.19 it says â€œIs not the Lord in Zion? Is not her King in Her?â€ Â Is this fact or fiction? Maybe an event in the future?
Luke 33Â Then they said to Jesus, â€œWhy doÂ the disciples of John fast often and make prayers, and likewise those of the Pharisees, but Yours eat and drink?â€
34Â And He said to them,Â â€œCan you make the friends of the bridegroom fast while the bridegroom is with them?Â 35Â But the days will come when the bridegroom will be taken away from them; then they will fast in those days.â€
36Â Then He spoke a parable to them:Â â€œNo one puts a piece from a new garment on an old one;Â otherwise the new makes a tear, and also the piece that wasÂ takenout of the new does not match the old.Â 37Â And no one puts new wine into old wineskins; or else the new wine will burst the wineskins and be spilled, and the wineskins will be ruined.Â 38Â But new wine must be put into new wineskins, and both are preserved.Â 39Â And no one, having drunk oldÂ wine,Â immediatelyÂ desires new; for he says, â€˜The old is better.
The parable of the new wine and skins from the synoptic gospels is associated with fasting and the Bridegroom. That while the Bridegroom is present they do not fast. When He is taken then they fast. This is like when Christ indicates in the book of John â€œit is imperative that I go away, if I do not go I will not send the helper, His counter part â€œanother helperâ€ like Himself but not Himself but another. The bridegroom, meaning Christ, has the bride (John 3.29) And if there is no Bride now, there is no groom but today there are many who think that the bride is later, that she is not but will be, that she is being made.
A Bridegroom without a Bride is like a King without a city or without a kingdom. He makes himself a liar. But we know Him who is the King of kings. All other kings show faint likenesses of that King. So too is the City of cities. There is but one New City. And â€œthe Bridegroom has the Brideâ€ would not be said in present term if it were not an established fact, an eternal truth.
â€œHe who has the Bride is the Groom. If you take one away the other ceases to exist. Like a driver without a car or a jockey without a horse. A doctor without a degree or a visionary without a plan.
The Bride is half of the two that make the one. â€œHe made man in His image, male and female made He themâ€. The Greek word for bride is â€œnumpheeâ€ which means â€œto veilâ€. She is the One hidden behind the veil. The veil is our carnal understanding. Like Thomas said of the resurrected Christ â€œunless I see Him and put my fingers in the holes of His hands I will not believe. We too do not want believe unless we see the Heavenly City, so we have developed a whole theology based around this seeing that speaks of another day. A place where time and matter intersect.
This is why the topic of the Bridegroom is spoken of with wine skins in the scriptures. We need new wine skins to receive new wine and what is a new skin? It is our mind. A new way of looking at things. We must be â€œrenewed in the spirit of our mindâ€ for â€œthe carnal mind is enmity against Godâ€. Him who gives life to the dead and calls those things that donâ€™t exist as though they do. They exist, She exists. If I do not go I will not send Her. The man Jesus had to be transfigured. There are some standing here who will not taste death until they see the son of man coming in great power and gloryâ€, A concept others call the second coming was experienced back then. Christ had to be transformed. But He who is â€œthe same yesterday today and forever did not have to become something He was not, at least not for Himself but for our understanding. So when we are instructed by Him to â€œfollow Me that where I am you may be alsoâ€, He became a man for our sake so that we would receive the gift, our inheritance. So He did not renew Himself but all that He did was done to renew our understanding, our way of thinking to an eternal mindset. â€œBe ye renewed in the spirit of your (Greek word nous= knows = thinking) knowing. Christ in His eternal original state is not a man, not of flesh and bone, but spirit. And that the Bride is â€œflesh of His flesh, bone of His boneâ€. They are of the same spiritual, eternal makeup. Pre-existent, outside of time and matter, just beyond the veil of our understanding and perception. Outside of human experience of the carnal man.
This is the New Wine Skins, a new understanding to contain and understand eternal truths. Or as Thomas we can say, nope I am not going to believe until I see it.
If you do not have a renewed mind, a new wine skin, the Bride is a veiled topic. â€œWhom the world cannot see or know, but you know Her for She shall be in youâ€. If you think of Jesus as a man you see the â€œkingdom at handâ€ as a future earthly reality then you see the promises for another day. You have another gospel, a different Jesus. He was bone and flesh but â€œhenceforth know we Him like that no more. If any man be in Christ he is a new creationâ€ II Corinthians 5.16+17. And if we are â€œin Christâ€ we are this new creation and like the Bride and Groom it is not for the old. Outside is for muderers adulterers and whoever loveth a lie.
As Nicodemus aked â€œwhat is truth?â€. It is what remains after the dust of time and matter are gone. â€œEverything that can be shaken will be shaken so that what is eternal may remainâ€. It was and is and is to come. It is the same yesterday, today, and forever. In each generation. Do you receive this now or later like Thomas?
This is why the book of the Revelation of Jesus Christ, the revelation means the unveiling, is the unveiling of The City, The Bride. The words that are â€œfaithful and trueâ€ is because they are pre-existent eternal timeless realities un-faltered by time and matter. They are what remains. This is the truth.
Most of Christianity is waiting for a visual event to happen on earth to get on with eternal life. They are waiting for another day, but â€œToday! if you will hear His voice harden not your heartsâ€ Receive the invitation of the Bride and Groom, â€œThe spirit and the Bride say comeâ€. As John the baptist said, â€œHe who has the Bride IS the Bridegroom, and the friend of the Bridegroom who stands and hears Him rejoices greatly because of the Bridegrooms voice. That is why he said, â€œmy joy is fullâ€. And from the Greek word â€œekeinos meaning theyâ€ Ekeinos who comes from above is above all, he who is of the earth is earthly and speaks of the earth. The one from heaven is above all. He who has received this testimony has certified that God is trueâ€. Do you now believe?
This is the new wine skin. It is our thinking being Â continually renewed by the Holy Spirit in things pertaining to the ever present, always ready Kingdom of God.
His Kingdom is â€œAt Handâ€ Today!