Lora Shipley (23 Apr 2011)
"Ruth 3:3 a pattern for the Bride of Christ to follow- A Process of Preparation!"


 Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

I cannot tell you how the LORD has been impressing into me, and sending people my way to hear from me the message of preparation, I have never had so many people come to me or call me about the Lord giving them the message  "clean house and prepare". The bride of Christ should always be  in preparation, but there is within HIS word many examples of how he has man/women preparing themselves for HIS visitation. I cannot stress this enough, in fact just an hour ago, the LORD gave me a dream, in this dream, the LORD was emphasizing to me to not hold back in proclaiming HIS word and the preparation for HIS return, which is very soon. I have the fear of God in me about making sure one does everything to make oneself ready for HIM, everyday, yes, but especially looking toward HIS appointed Feast Days, this is what the Feast of Unleavened Bread is all about, making sure that no leaven (sin) is found in your house! Do not be seen with it, do not partake in it, do not consume it, is the message, no leaven, no sin! These Feast days are not only divine appointments with God and man, but also "dress rehearsals" for things  to come. There is a reason why we are to be found without leaven (sin) during this time..... one day, during Passover, another divine appointment will occur for his bride, and we must have been washed, found with oil (anointed) and with fresh clean raiment on!
Here is a little study on Ruth on this process of preparation.

 ~ Blessings to you as you continue to make ready for HIS return, Lora

 Ruth 3:3 a pattern for the Bride of Christ to follow

Rth 3:3  Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: [but] make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.

Washing, anointing, putting on of raiment, and getting thee ready for the threshing floor! Ruth 3:3  is a loaded verse, within this little verse holds a frame work for bridal preparation. Ruth is the barley bride, which is a type of bride of Christ. The bride of Christ will be and should be in constant preparation for his return. Many belong to HIM, but few take the time or make the preparation for meeting him face to face. The bride will be the bride because she will be making herself ready.

The preparation process is described above. The first is to wash thyself. This is a spiritual cleansing and bathing by staying in the word of God, staying repentant, walking in humility and forgiveness. Before God came down on Mt Sinai, he told Moses for Israel to make themselves ready for a period of three days.

God required this of the people of Israel as they came out of Egypt and were before HIM at Mt Sinai.

WASHING AND MAKING READY a THREE DAY PREPARATION! Exodus 19:9-119And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD.10And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes.11And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.

Jesus, also commanded the disciples to go to Jerusalem and wait for the promise and baptism of the Holy Spirit, Water  BAPTISM  was a type of  cleansing and washing away the old nature, a preparation for the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, also accompanied with prayer and waiting for the promise of the Holy Spirit!  Act 1:4  And, being assembled together with [them], commanded them that they should not depart from Jerusalem, but wait for the promise of the Father, which, [saith he], ye have heard of me.  Act 1:5   For John truly baptized with water; but ye shall be baptized with the Holy Ghost not many days hence

We can see that God DOES expect preparation before he comes down and meets with HIS children, this gives us a glimpse of our own preparation for his return. Ruth 3:3 again confirms the washing and preparation process!

The second step in Ruth's preparation was to anoint herself. This clearly is a type of being filled with the Holy Spirit, and is a type of a wise virgin, having oil in their lamp.

The first time we see anoint mentioned in the Bible is in reference to concentration for a priestly office, this is a process of sanctification, and is required in order to be able to minister to God in the office of a priest.Exd 28:41  And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office.

We are told that the overcomer will be made Kings and priest, Rev 1:6   And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen

The overcomer would have overcome by the preparation of washing, renewing oneself, and then allowing the Holy Spirit to fill them, to anoint them with HIM! In doing so the Bride will  have made herself ready and prepared for the meeting of her groom, in the case of Israel at Mt Sinai to meet God, and for the priest to minister to God in the office of priest, anointing was required. SO must it be with the bride of Christ!

The third preparation process of Ruth was to "put thy raiment upon thee". The first time the word raiment is used in the Bible is when the servant ( a type of the Holy Spirit) of Issac brought raiment for Rebekah. Gen 24:53  And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave [them] to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.

Here the servant was preparing Rebekah for a marriage, it was his masters, Abraham, gift to her for agreeing to marry his son. And so it is with the raiment we put on, It was given to us by the Holy Spirit from the father, for the marriage of his son. We are to PUT ON the raiment that our father has given us through the Holy Spirit, in preparation to meet his son! Wow what treasures His word has for us, as his bridal stories unfold before our eyes!

The fourth step in preparations is Ruth putting herself in the place of vulnerability and availability "get thee down to the floor:" Ruth has made herself ready and now she is placing herself in position to become the bride of her kinsmen. This process requires, transparency, vulnerability, and is risky. The bride of Christ will too have had to make herself available to the lord, and in doing so, she has become vulnerable, and transparent, and available to her lord... despite the cost.

The threshing floor that night was where Boaz was, and he was winnowing Barley that night. This is a clue and a type of Ruth the barley bride. Barley is winnowed by throwing up into the air, a type of rapture. The barley hull easily falls away from the barley and the wind (a type of Holy Spirit)  removes the hull from the barley grain.  Wheat however is winnowed by a board, that crushes the wheat, this board is called a tribulum board, it is where we get the word tribulation from. Jesus was the firstfruits from the barley harvest, he arose on the Feast of Firstfruits, which represents the firstfruits from the barley harvest. Ruth represents the gentile barley bride, a type of the Church age, bride of Christ. Jesus is coming for a barley bride, He will be winnowing barley on the night he comes for HIS bride. The bride must be washed, anointed, having put on the raiment given to him from his father , and in waiting for the time of the harvest, staying available for her kinsmen redeemer!!

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Lora Shipley

 Mercy  unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied.- Jude 1:2