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May 31, 2000

My Bride and Her Gown

Stephen Hanson

May 30, 2000

".....just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her 26. to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word, 27. and to present her to himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. 32. This is a profound mystery--but I am talking about Christ and the church. Eph. 5

"I AM coming back for a church without spot or blemish; but look at her wedding garments, they are soiled and dirty, would say the Lord. Look in the crevices and in the fabric; it is ripped and torn.

"My bride is not ready for Me....she dresses herself in the clothes of this world."

(The Lord showed me one of the bride's shoes, and although it seemed at first to be beautiful, it proved to be otherwise. It was of a creme color and had high heels, but upon looking at it closer, it was tattered and worn, and would not have proved to be very useful in walking with.)

and then He said: "She has not shod her feet with the gospel of peace."

"Her veil which should be of the most beautiful fabric, has become worn and tattered, but I will give her clothes which are most beautiful to dress herself in."

(Here the Lord was holding in his hand a most beautiful brocade of gold fabric in his hands, just waiting to give it to his bride to wear.)

"But the wife walked away and said, "I have no need of these clothes." For I can array myself in the clothes of my own choosing."

(Here the Lord showed me a door and He was slowly opening it up to see what was behind it, as if to show me something. Here I saw all kinds of clothes strewn around a closet on the floor. There were various types of fabrics, perhaps of a cotton blend, all wrinkled and disheveled. a handkerchief, work gloves, all messed-up in a pile, scattered throughout this closet on the floor.)

"But these clothes are not the ones that I've chosen for you. From since before the world began I longed to give the fruits of my making. Why would my children want to dress themselves in their own fruits? (The Lord showed me the most beautiful gold ring that had an incredible gem on it.)

"Behold I have a beautiful ring to give unto my bride. This is the ring that I long to give to complete my marriage with her. For she has been chosen to wear it with Me as her husband. Oh my beautiful bride do not look at a stranger, or long for her embraces. Buy from Me gold and silver which has been tried in the furnace. As the wedding day advances, gather your groomsmen and bridesmaids. Gather together for the feast of the ages. Gather together for the marriage supper of the Lamb. Invite all who would come to this marriage feast."

(The Lord showed me a lady who was leafing though an address book, looking at the various names that were there within this book.)

"Do not just invite your friends, but invite the poor as well."

"Come my bride."

(Here at the last, I saw the most beautiful bride, and exquisite face, looking upwards as if to her husband, the Lord. Her hair was adorned as a garland, with flowers of a pale yellow. Her veil was crepe-like and sheer, and flowed from her head unto her back; and light radiated from her.)


A Word through Ching Co, The Philippines
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Yesterday morning, my husband and myself brought our eldest son to the airport as he was on his way to Munich, Germany to start work in that country. All day long I felt like something inside me was being cut-away and there was a void in my heart. I initially thought that I was just missing our son but the feeling continue to linger on even up to this point.

While I was praying about this, I can picture in my mind a hospital scene. It was like I was in an operating table and somebody was operating on me. I can see the hands of the surgeon and he seem to be cutting away so many things from me. I felt uncomfortable but at the same time, there was like feeling of relief sweeping over me. That relief comes from my full confidence in the wisdom and ability of the surgeon working with me. I know that he knows what He is doing and that all these is for my own benefits.


This morning, during my quiet time. I was reminded about Jesus while He was hanging on the cross and He said these words. " IT IS FINISHED." (John 19:30) After that, I felt led to read these words from Philippians 3:12-16 which says, " Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do; FORGETTING WHAT IS BEHIND AND STRAINING TOWARD WHAT IS AHEAD, I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. All of us who are mature should take such a view of things. And if on some point you think differently, that too God will make clear to you. Only LET US LIVE UP TO WHAT WE HAVE ALREADY ATTAINED."


Out of these events and verses, the Lord began to weave a beautiful message to me. And as I was basking in them, I felt the leading to share these for I felt that these are not exclusively for me but is meant for some in the body of Christ who are finding themselves in the same place that I'm standing in today.


Following in the footsteps of our wonderful Savior. Many of God's wonderful children has been walking in roads filled with dying to self. Difficult events, overwhelming circumstances and acts of obedience to the Father's leading has marked the path that we have walked and so many of us today are feeling just like Jesus hanging on the cross and saying to the Father, " It is finished." We are at that point where we have already given it our all and there seem to be nothing else that we can do or give at this point.


We may not see it, but great things are happening in the Heavenlies. I felt led to read from the account of the gospel of Matthew about this event and these were some of the impressions that I got.

"And when Jesus had cried out again in a loud voice, He gave up His spirit. At that moment the curtain of the temple was torn in two from top to bottom. The earth shook and the rocks split." (Matthew 27:50-51)

This very moment as we too shout our last to the Father. He too is shaking the earth on our behalf. He is breaking loose the last thread that prevent His blessings from being poured out on His people. The enemy is trying desperately to make us believe that things are getting worse instead of getting better and THIS IS A LIE.

The shaking in the Heavenlies is parallel to what we felt in our body and heart as the Great Heavenly Surgeon is also cutting away from us the last barriers that holds us back from entering into the glorious inheritance that He has prepared for us.


God is saying to us. " My Precious children. A little more time. Don't panic and fear not. It is Me creating the void inside of you. For I'm preparing to fill you up with more of Me. This is the final surgery that I'm doing in you. Please bear with Me. Trust Me for I know what I'm taking away from you. My scalpel will not hurt you but when you come out of My table, you will be more beautiful than ever. Let me finished what I've started in you."


Cheryl McGrath, Great South Land Ministries

For thus says the High and Lofty One who inhabits eternity, whose name is Holy: "I dwell in the high and holy place, with him who has a contrite and humble spirit, to revive the spirit of the humble, to revive the heart of the contrite ones."

Isaiah 57:15

I remember clearly the first time I heard the term "revival" used in a Christian context, back in the mid-seventies. A travelling evangelist had set up a huge tent in the town I lived in, with the words "Revival Meetings" written in large letters right across it. I had no idea what he meant by "revival", but one of the senior ladies in the Pentecostal church I had recently joined tried to explain it to me. I still had no real concept of what she was trying to convey, but the tone of her voice and the "far away" look of longing on her face spoke volumes. I was impressed. REVIVAL! It was obviously something I, as a newly Spirit-filled Christian, and so hungry to learn, needed to take very seriously.

Over the years since that day more than twenty five years ago, I've heard the word many times. I heard it reverberate through the Christian world loudly and clearly when the "Father's blessing" broke out in Toronto. A few years later, "revival" became the catchcry once again for the Brownsville outpouring, and since then for a number of other spiritual "hotspots" where the Spirit of God was known to be moving in power, healing, and salvations. I've seen the word plastered in big letters alongside indisputable (?) numbers on the billboards of large city churches. (You know the ones I mean: "Now in our umpteenth week of revival!"). I've heard it whispered, shouted, pleaded, commanded, claimed, and groaned, in countless prayer meetings and intercessors' conferences. I've read just about every "hot off the printing press, must have" book on it. I've poured through volumes on the history of revivals and the lives of revivalists from Edwards to Roberts. And I've listened dutifully to the varied opinions of "authoritative voices" on the subject, from local church pastors to international prophets.

And just lately I've come to the painful conclusion that while we're all talking about it , writing about it, reading about it, praying for it , seeking it and chasing it, there don't seem to be a great many of us actually HAVING it!

So what is this elusive thing we all think we want; Revival? And do we really want it, or do we just need it? Some seem to think revival is just the church awakening, dying to "dead works" and coming alive to a living relationship with Jesus. Others would say you know revival has come when there are signs, wonders, miracles and healings being manifested. Still others will tell you it's not a revival until there are multitudes of souls being added to the Kingdom. I don't dispute any of these views, in fact I suspect revival includes all of them. But are any of these a revival, or are they the fruits of revival?

If we turn to the scriptures for more insight on the matter we find that all the recorded instances of revival in the Bible, were preceded by some common elements. Revivals took place under the reigns of Hezekiah (2 Chronicles 29, 30, 31) and Josiah (2 Chronicles 34 & 35); revival came in the days of Ezra (Ezra 9 & 10); and again in the times of John the Baptist (Matthew 3:1-6) and the early church (Acts 2:37-47). A closer examination of each of these will reveal that God revived His people when He saw a combination of four things:


Forsaking of all forms of idolatry;

Separation from the surrounding world;

A turning back to the His Word.

Have you ever heard the old saying "familiarity breeds contempt?" It seems the church of God has become so familiar with terms like "renewal", "repentance" and "revival" that we're fast losing the significance and integrity of those words. I've heard it stated that we've had our fill of "repentance", that it's time to celebrate. Surely the question is not whether we, the church, are satisfied with our repentance, but whether the God is satisfied. And surely He alone is able to judge when we've borne the "fruit worthy of repentance."

The word "repent" in the Old Testament ("shuwb") conveyed the idea of withdrawing, reversing or turning back from a position, (e.g. Ezekiel 14:6.) In the New Testament, the Greek word for repent ("metaneo" ) means to think differently, to reconsider, and comes from a root word meaning to consider and exercise the mind, or to change one's mind or purpose. It signifies not just regret, but a turning point. In the New Testament, repentance was preached first by John the Baptist, (Matthew 3:2), taken up by Jesus after John's imprisonment (Matthew 4:17), and later by the disciples (Mark 6:12). In scripture, revival was preceded by repentance.

However, if we look deeper we will discover another significant aspect of scriptural revival, and that is that before revival was granted on a corporate scale, it first took place in the spirit, mind and will of an individual. Both Hezekiah and Josiah, Kings of Israel, experienced revival in themselves before it manifested in their nation. It is said of Josiah that he began to "seek the God of His father, David" (2 Chr. 34:3). Ezra the priest was drawn into deep and humble repentance for the sins of the Israelites which led in turn to the corporate repentance and revival of the people. When John and Jesus preached "Repent. For the Kingdom of Heaven is at hand" it was individuals who responded. They came one by one to be baptised, one by one to hear the words of the Kingdom, one by one to follow Jesus. Yes, there were crowds, but crowds are made up of many different individuals, not all who are of the same mind. Often crowds become a remnant when things become harder than expected. (See John 6:48-66)

The point I am making is that revivals start with the convicting power and quickening of the Holy Spirit in one yielded vessel. And when revival flares up in one, it cannot be contained. It spreads like wildfire to those around, until as in Hezekiah's day "the thing is done suddenly" (2 Chr. 29:36).

So many of us seem to be sitting around waiting for "the revival to come" as if some mighty rushing wind is going to bombard through the doors and windows at any moment, knocking us off our feet and transforming us all into "Supersaint" in an instant. And I won't for a minute say it can't happen that way. We know it has and can. God is sovereign and if He chooses to move on His church in that manner, so be it.

But consider this: Maybe there's a revival already starting in some of us. Maybe it's not coming, maybe it's here. And maybe He's just waiting for us to truly yield to everything He wants to do in us as individuals, before He brings it all out in the open and lets the world know about the treasure He's been hiding in His earthen vessels.

And to stretch the idea even further - maybe revival isn't the boisterous, happy, party time we've anticipated. Maybe revival is having everything comfortable and familiar in our lives stripped away; maybe it's having to let go of relationships, habits, or dreams we've held for years, in fact forsaking anything and everything that's exalted itself above the knowledge of the Lord; maybe its calling sin sin instead of "weakness" or "personality" or "culture"; maybe it's discovering we're wretched, miserable, poor, blind and naked before our Creator, rather than the "have need of nothing" people we thought we were; maybe its being confronted with the ugliness and utter hopelessness of our flesh in such clarity that all we can do is cry out for mercy. Yes, maybe it's uncomfortable, and maybe it's learning that repentance isn't just saying sorry, but wilfully turning (2 Corinthians 7:9, 10).

Is that where you are right now? Well, if it is, welcome to revival my friend. This is it. If you're being dealt with by the Holy Spirit in a way you've never known before; if every day brings new revelation of the depth of your need and complete dependence on God's grace; if all of your dearly held doctrines are being questioned, stretched and even dismantled by Him; if your obedience is being tested to the utmost; if you are being driven to the Word out of sheer desperation for the truth; if you thought you knew at least a little and now find you know nothing; if everything you believed you had learned long ago is being re-examined and sifted; if what you had perceived as your God-given duty, ministry, calling or career is being exposed to you as nothing short of idolatry; in short, if you're not even sure who you are any more - well, there's a good chance you have what you've been asking for - REVIVAL!

One who experienced revival in a unique and powerful manner was Lazarus (John 11). Our English word "revive" means to "come or bring back to life" and comes from the Latin "vivere" - to live. So if we are to take the word "revival" at face value, what can we learn from the story of Lazarus, as one who was dead and lived again? Perhaps one of the greatest hindrances to the Holy Spirit's work of revival in our individual lives, is our fear of death. Not just physical death, but death to our everyday lives as we have known them. Three times in John 11 it was said of Jesus that if He had only come earlier, Lazarus "would not have died" ! Jesus, however, was fully aware of this. In fact, He had purposely delayed His journey to Bethany so that at the time of His arrival Lazarus had already been in his tomb for four days. Jesus did not view death in the same way as Martha, Mary and Lazarus did, and He does not view it in the same way as we do. How can He, when He is the resurrection and life? Lazarus' death was, to Jesus, no less than a means to bring forth life.

So it is with our flesh. The purpose of its death is that we may live. We have thought we have been alive, but we have not known life "abundantly" which is the supernatural life Jesus came to give us. Our English translation of His words "more abundantly" in John 10:10 fall far short of the original meaning of the Greek word used in that verse ("perissos"). This word literally translates as "exceedingly abundantly above, beyond measure, excessive, superfluous and vehement" - LIFE! In the light of the life Jesus came to bring us, we have indeed been dead.

When Jesus cried out the words "Lazarus, come forth!" Lazarus responded. Think of him in the blackness and dampness of that cave for four days, wrapped in his grave clothes. The Voice of Jesus suddenly breaks through every unseen barrier, commanding wholeness and life. At the sound of His Voice, death retreats full speed into the darkness, and Lazarus awakes. Jesus cried out the command, but it was Lazarus who "came forth". It was Lazarus who yielded, body, soul and spirit.. It was Lazarus from whom the grave clothes were removed and whose eyes were uncovered to behold the face of His Lord. It was Lazarus who was revived

Jesus is beginning to revive His Bride. He's starting with individuals. It starts with me, it starts with you. And it means a death must take place - ours. But He will not leave His Bride in the cold, dark cave. When the refining has taken place He will call her forth to life abundant.

So let me ask you - revival, who needs it? May God grant us a revelation of the desperation of our need and the humility to yield to His purifying fire as He revives us - that we may live!

"Come, and let us return to the Lord, For He has torn, but He will heal, He has stricken but He will bind us up. After two days He will revive us ; on the third day He will raise us up, that we may live in His sight. Let us know, let us pursue the knowledge of the Lord, His going forth is established as the morning. He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth." (Hosea 6:1)

(C) Cheryl McGrath, and Great South Land Ministries, 2000
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And the inhabitant shall not say I am sick.

Isa. 33:24

I believe that this verse is speaking of a time in the church where there will be no sicknss or disease just like when Israel came up out of Egypt in Ps. 105:37 and none were feeble. Think about it, more than three million people! Kathryn Kuhlman prophesied in her day that there would be a day in the church where the church would say I am not sick. Many others have prophesied a great healing revival including John G Lake who through his ministry it was reported that Portland was the healthiest city where over 100,000 healings and miracles were documented. God has shown me many things into the coming healing revival in Canada and the North American church. I want to share with you today four aspects of what I believe will happen in this revival.


1. Repentance: In the beginning in the garden of Eden there was no sin, sickness, disease or death. When sin entered the world then came sickness, disease and death. Sin opens the door for sickness and disease. Much sickness today is rooted in control, bitterness, envy, jealousy and unforgiveness in a person's life. Two things that I see happening is as people who are in bondage to sickness and disease repent of their willful sin, they will be healed. I've also seen that as the church repents of its corruption and worldly ways that healing would take place supernaturally without the laying on of hands. As repentance and the revival of righteousness sweeps through the church so will healings and miracles.


2. Saints revival: God is going to do away with a clergy/layman "mentality" and raise up the saints in great works of his power. Not just the leaders, the anointed man, pastor or evangelist but the saints will begin to preach the gospel and heal the sick. Acts 6:1-7 reports that the Apostles called out seven men full of good reputation and the Holy Spirit. They laid their hands on them then vse. 7 reports the number of the disciples increased greatly. We all know Stephen full of faith and power doing signs but who were the rest (vs.5) we never hear of them again or their works of power. I believe they flowed in an anointing just like stephen. God is going to use the church deacons, business men, cashiers and housewives including children to work his great power. Nobodies as it were, people we don't know just like those chosen by the Apostles, people like Stephen.


3. Children s ministry: I have seen a great move of healings and miracles by the hands of children. I had a vision of an 8 year old boy with a bible in his hand preaching with fire and boldness to thousands. Through the word of the Lord he preached and the sick were recovering in there seats. I see children being used by the spoken word and faith to grow limbs and I see them working creative miracles. Jesus said in Matt. 19:14 Let the Little children come to me do not forbid them, for of such is the Kingdom of heaven. We know that the kingdom isn't in word only but in power and Jesus driving out spirits by the spirit of God said the kingdom is upon you. Children are going to move in the power of the kingdom driving out spirits, healing the sick because the kingdom is theirs.


4. Last Day Anointing: I have seen a glimpse of the anointing that will be on the last day church. We think the book of acts was glorious but the glory of the latter house will be greater than the former. We are going out with a bigger bang than we came in. Rev. 11:1-6 describes the two witnesses moving in great power like Elijah and Moses. I believe that this is not two people but the end time church operating in the spirit and power of Elijah and Moses.


Rev 11:4 says the two witnesses are the two lampstands. Where was Jesus standing in Rev. 1 but in the midst of the seven lampstands which were the church. Luke 1 prophesies John the baptist in the spirit and power of Elijah at the first coming of Jesus. Some even thought he was Elijah. Matt. 17 on the mount of transfiguration the Father used Moses and Elijah as a sign of the law and the prophets to show that Jesus was who he said he was and I believe as we near the second coming God will again confirm the church as His voice by bringing the spirit and power of Moses and Elijah upon His army. I have seen the army of God moving in creative anointing through the spoken word, like at the word of Elijah the heavens were opened (1Kings 17:1).


Joshua spoke and the sun stood still, Moses turned water to blood and I see the church having the same power over the natural elements even as Jesus had the winds and the sea obey him. This also will happen to us, we will move into a wonder ministry fulfilling the rest of Joel 2.


Through the church God will show wonders in the heavens and the earth. We will speak to limbs like Jesus did when he said stretch forth your hand and it will happen. The wonders we will do will be like in the day of Elijah and Moses to stop the world from its busyness to see the glory of God. I don't just see healings and miracles, but signs and wonders of great proportion stopping the busyness of life as the glory cloud literally comes down upon the church like with Moses. The end of Rev 11:6 concerning the two witnesses says they could do their signs as often as they desired, that's power. Pray it in. Let's believe God to confirm His word and trust us with the last day anointing we'll need for last day harvest. The God of Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses our forefathers will once again begin to show up in the church like he visited in old testament times when he visited his people. Think about it.

God bless you all.

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My Power

My power is all compassing. There is nothing to difficult for Me. I laid the foundations of the earth by the power of My words. I was able to conquer sin and death by My resurrection power. My power resides with in you, use it, operate in it, and you will see great things happen.

But first I must tell you, your power with in you will only be as effective and powerful as you walk in My love. For you see it is My love for you that I created all for you to enjoy. It is My love for you that I desire for you to trample on snakes and scorpions and over all the power of the enemy.

Don't forget about the power of your tongue, it has blessing and cursing as well. And you choose what fruit you want to bear in your life by the power of your words. So as you walk in My love, My power will be more powerfully resident in your life. And then you will truly see how I am able to do exceedingly, abundantly, above all that you could ask or hope for according to the power working with in you. How can this power be working with in you? Release My love and blessings to others through the power of your spoken words and thoughts.

Genesis 1:3
I Corinthians 13
Luke 10:19 Proverbs 18:21
Ephesians 3:20
Philippians 3:10


"Father, we surrender everything to you. All that we've been trying to hold on to whether negative or positive. Cut them from us, empty us completely of everything that is human and fill us completely with the new oil which you have prepared for us. The pure oil of Your anointing. Let them flow unto our deepest being. We longed for You O Lord, so much that our hearts just feel like bursting forth. Thank you for the beautiful reconstruction work that you are doing in us. We rest in You this day. Help us not to fret but teach us how to be still in You. We love you Father. Thank you dear Lord Jesus for showing us the way. We know that resurrection will come after this dying. We are looking forward to rising gloriously. We know that when we come forth from our burial caves, we too will be changed. Precious Holy Spirit, continue to hover over us. Be like a canopy and cover the places where we are now. Cover everything too that concerns us, whether family, ministry, business and everything that matters to us. Blow your gentle winds upon our way. Refresh our soul as we wait for that new glorious day. Amen!"

May all to whom these words are meant received them and may your hearts rejoice as mine is rejoicing right now.


Ching Co
Cebu City



Homer Owen

"My sheep hear My voice, and I know them, and they follow Me; and I give them eternal life, and they shall never perish; and no one shall snatch them out of My hand. My Father, who has given them to me, is greater than all; and no one is able to snatch them out of the Father's hand. I and the Father are one." (John 10: 27-30) Jesus is plainly telling us in this passage that we hear His voice. He doesn't say that we should or might or that He wants us to, but He says that we do.

Sometimes we might have a little pride or ego problem when it comes to hearing the Lord speak to us. We can kinda pat ourselves on the back and think that we have really come up with some great knowledge when in fact it just might have been a word from God. I know that too much spicy food late at night might cause us to have wild dreams and visions, but we are still going to hear the voice of Jesus speak to us and we need to learn to listen and give place in our lives to His voice which is designed to guide and direct us on our path here on the earth.

Case in point: The other day I began to think about the relationship that Jesus and the Father had while the Lord was here on the earth. I quickly realized that the Lord was trying to show me something and I pricked up my ears to listen. The Lord began to minister to me out of John 17 and to encourage me that the heart of the Father and Jesus is to have us bound together in love. "I do not ask in behalf of these alone, but for those also who believe in Me through their word; that they may all be one; even as Thou, Father, art in Me, and I in Thee, that they also may be in Us; that the world may believe that Thou didst send Me." (John 17:20-21)

Jesus is talking about the great mystery of Christ being in us and we being in Christ. This must be our testimony to the world if we expect to see the world around us change. There is such a need for true family relationship and as we see that we are part of the family of God and not as kinfolk, but son's and daughters and that our brother Jesus and our heavenly Father wants us to enjoy this relationship to the up most. Again, this is the heart of Jesus in this whole 17th chapter of John.

We are to enjoy the glory that has been given to us by Jesus. The same glory that He had from the foundation of the world. "And the glory which Thou has given Me I have given to them; that they may be one, just as We are one; I in them, and Thou in Me, that they may be perfected in unity, that the world may know that Thou didst send Me, and didst love them, even as Thou didst love me." (John 17:22-23)

Bind us together Lord, bind us in cords of love that cannot be broken. Cause us to know who we are in You in a greater measure today. We grateful hearts we give you praise for who You are and give you thanks for so great a salvation.

This is coming to you from Homer Owen in Waco, Texas. My home page is:


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