Never in the history of mankind has it been more crucial than it is now for the Bride of Christ to be awake! Time is rapidly marching forward on God's timetable and there is much yet to be accomplished before Jesus comes for His Bride. We are exhorted in Romans: 13:11, 12: "Besides this you know what [a critical] hour this is, how it is high time now for you to wake up out of your sleep - rouse to reality. For salvation (final deliverance) is nearer to us now than when first believed - adhered to, trusted in and relied on Christ, the Messiah. The night is far gone [and] the day is almost here." This is certainly not the time to be asleep! Yet, it appears many in the Church are in a state of spiritual slumber, having been lulled to sleep with the affairs and weights of this life coupled with the riches and pleasures of this present age. In her slumbering state, the church has very little comprehension of the incredible destiny God has ordained for her to fulfill - a destiny hidden in His heart before the foundation of time.
Several years ago I was deeply stirred concerning the sleeping Church and felt led to launch a website addressed to the sleeping Bride of Christ. Since that time, many have awakened from their sleep and are arising to fulfill their destiny of becoming a Glorious Bride. However, there is still a large portion of the Church asleep, and therefore I feel an urgency to once again address this issue of the sleeping Church. Therefore, I am posting an updated version of my article titled: "Wake Up Sleeping Beauty".
I see the story of Sleeping Beauty to be a prophetic picture of the slumbering Bride of Christ. Similar to this tale, the Bride of Christ is about to be awakened by her Prince. On the theater of mind, I visualize the Bride of Christ in her glorious wedding gown lying on a bed - asleep. I then observe as her Heavenly Prince enters the room, kneels down beside her, and gently kisses her. She awakens, captivated with the Lover of her soul. He speaks lovingly to her and says, "Wake up Sleeping Beauty. Awaken to your true identity and the glorious beauty you possess. Awaken to the incredible role that I have for you to fulfill. My treasured Bride, arise and shine with Heaven's glory!"
I believe the awakening of the Bride of Christ will be far greater in scope and impact than the Great Awakenings that took place in America between the early eighteenth century and the twentieth century - awakenings which spawned mighty revivals and brought about considerable transformation in the Church. Once revived and transformed, the Church had an enormous impact on society. All that God accomplished through the Great Awakenings will pale in comparison to that which God is about to bring to pass through His awakened Church.
A divine invasion of the glory of God is about to inundate our planet. We are on the brink of our natural world being invaded by the eternal, supernatural realm of God. The magnitude of that which we are about to experience cannot be measured by anything that has previously taken place. We will stand in awe as we behold the miraculous unfold as God's magnificent glory fills and floods our world! Nothing or no one can stop this inevitable reality for God has declared, "As surly as I live, My glory shall fill the earth" (Numbers 14:21).
As we approach the end of this age, Almighty God is getting ready to display His glory in astounding and awesome demonstrations.He will make Himself known in such a way that every man, woman, and child will see His glory. Although God Himself will release mighty signs and wonders in the earth, we as His people must not lose sight of the fact that God has chosen to reveal His glory in and through the Church (His Bride). It is written, "Jesus is coming to be glorified in His saints and on that day, His glory will be reflected in all who believe" (2 Thessalonians 1:10). Jesus Himself will partner with His Bride, and together they will bring forth great manifestations and demonstrations of Glory.
It is essential for the Bride of Christ to be mindful that she is not here at this time in history by chance or accident, but rather by Divine appointment. As Esther, we have come to the Kingdom for such a time as this. Each of us have a vital role to fulfill. Our contribution to and participation in God's magnificent plan is vitally important. Bear in mind that we were redeemed with purpose: not to merely escape hell and live eternally in heaven, but our redemption includes the mandate to be transformed into the likeness of Christ. This transformation will render a temple that is capable of containing a measure of the glory of God that no other generation has "housed". As such, the Bride of Christ will rise up mighty in God and display for the entire world to see the overwhelming power of the plan of redemption as the glory of God manifests itself in human flesh (us). We will experience that which is spoken of in Ephesians 3:19: "We will be filled through all our being with the fullness of God - becoming a body wholly filled and flooded with God Himself."
Today the world is not impressed with the Church. We are considered weak and powerless, having little influence upon society. An age-changing transition is transpiring. "Sleeping Beauty" (The Bride of Christ) is awakening! As she awakens, she is becoming keenly aware of her true identity and the magnificent beauty she possesses. She is grasping how passionately she is loved by her Beloved, even in the midst of her flaws, failures, and weaknesses. Out of this revelation, the Bride of Christ will arise a glorious, victorious, triumphant Church. Glorious Bride, your greatest days lie before you!