Dear Bruce -
Love your stuff and
your conclusions, but Joseph was married before the
seven years of plenty, NOT just before
the seven years of famine.
taught a parable which is a warning about being
caught without enough of the Holy Spirit at His
coming to take the church into Heaven. It is
known as the parable of the foolish virgins.
You might want to
re-visit that. Jesus is not coming to marry the
"ten virgins", nor does he, at the end of the day, wind
up with just five. Nor will He ever say to anyone
within the Bride, "Assuredly,
I say to you, I do not know you."
Jesus gathers his
WHOLE bride, takes her to the huppah for joy and
consummation, and then returns. The bridesmaids
are not the bride.
I don't believe the
Holy Spirit is given by measure. One either has
received the Holy Spirit, or one has not.
friends of the bride, and it is their function to
prepare the bride for her wedding. I believe it
will be revealed that many of those people who we
thought were friends of the bride were not, and that
their efforts did NOT prepare the bride, and may have
been counter-productive. Would it surprise you to
find out that many "church leaders" who are presumably
preparing the church for the return of Christ are NOT
saved? Are NOT friends of Christ or even
acquainted with Him? Are NOT Spirit-filled?