The Bridegroom’s Basecamp

(DAY 155)


WE WERE AGAIN observing one of the tent camps, the same one from which the bridegroom had begun his journey to the bride.

“You asked me what the bride does in the time of her separation,” said the teacher, “but you never asked me what the bridegroom does.”

“What does the bridegroom do in the time of their separation?”

“This is his camp, his home. This is the place he returns to after entering into the covenant with his bride. The time of their separation is for the purpose of preparing. Do you remember what the bride does to prepare?”

“She readies herself for her future life with the bridegroom. She prepares to leave her home and everything else behind. She prepares herself.”

“That’s right,” he said, “and the bridegroom prepares as well. But his preparation is different. He prepares a place, a place for the bride, their future home, a place to spend their lives together . . . And this is the mystery . . . The Bridegroom is God. The visit of the Bridegroom is the visitation of God to this world. But as the Bridegroom must depart from the house of the bride, so the Bridegroom must then depart from this world. According to the mystery, He must then prepare a place for the bride. And so it is recorded that before He left this world, He said, ‘I go to prepare a place for you.’”

“So then now is the time of the separation.”

“Yes,” said the teacher, “now is time of the preparation. We prepare ourselves for Him, and He prepares a place for us. Think about it . . . the bride is born into the first house. But the second house is built for her. It’s built of the bridegroom’s love for her. In the same way, we were born into the first house, this world. But the second house, the new creation, is being made especially for us, out of the Bridegroom’s love, out of God’s love . . . for you. So Messiah said, ‘If I go to prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you to Myself, that where I am, you may be also.’”

“What is it like, the second house, the place He’s preparing?”

“It’s beyond our fathoming. Whatever you think it is . . . it’s better than that.”

“It’s heaven,” I said. “The house built in His love for the bride . . . for us . . . is heaven.”

The Mission: Dwell on the blessings of the place being prepared for you. Meditate on the house of the Bridegroom. Dwell in the heavenlies.

John 14:2–3; 1 Corinthians 2:9

The Great Preparation…

Excerpt From: Jonathan Cahn. “The Book of Mysteries.” iBooks.

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