Be patient, then, brothers, until the Lord's coming. See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains. 8 You too, be patient and stand firm, because the Lord's coming is near. James 5:7-8The Farmer patiently waits for the land to yield its most valuable crop - the Barley Bride. She will be harvested at his soon coming, so be patient and stand firm!
Listen, O heavens, and I will speak; hear, O earth, the words of my mouth. 2 Let my teaching fall like rain and my words descend like dew, like showers on new grass, like abundant rain on tender plants. Deuteronomy 32:1-2The May flowers brought by these April showers symbolize the Bride. The Bride is brought to a state of readiness to meet her Bridegroom through the latter rain washing of water by the word.
They waited for me as for showers and drank in my words as the spring rain. Job 29:23
Husbands, love your wives, 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. Ephesians 5:25-27The radiant church Christ will marry is frequently referred to in the Bible as a flower. In specific, she is a lily. This is a spring flower, associated with the celebration of the resurrection of the Lord Y'shua. The traditional lily is white, the color symbolic of righteousness and righteous acts. According to The Meaning of Flowers web page it means "LILY, White - Virginity; Purity; Majesty; It's Heavenly to Be With You." It's a very showy flower, a flower that "exhibits glory" and a flower that blossoms after the spring rains. Most of the traditions surrounding the pagan Gentile Spring fertility festival can be discarded as useless, but decorating the altar by surrounding it with lilies seems quite appropriate as a symbol of the righteous ones gathering around the throne of God to worship him in spirit and in truth. The most popular lily in my mind is called the Easter Lily, notably a trumpet shaped flower, reminding me of the sounding of the trumpet that the Bride is called to do and the last trumpet of the Spring Feast at which the dead will be raised.
For the director of music. To [the tune of] "Lilies." Of the Sons of Korah. A maskil. A wedding song.You should see the beautiful pair of white lilies on my wedding invitations. My bride and I had agreed that that was the perfect choice when we picked them out.
Consider how the lilies grow. They do not labor or spin. Yet I tell you, not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.28 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today, and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! Luke 12:27-28These lilies are said to be clothed with a splendor and glory beyond that of the most gloriously arrayed of all in the manner of this fleshy realm - Solomon, drawing our attention to the song of Solomon Bridegroom in his wedding clothes. I believe that passage speaks of the Pesach Wedding Feast because after the Bride Theft, the grass of the field will be thrown into the great fiery furnace of the time of great tribulation.
Hezekiah sent word to all Israel and Judah and also wrote letters to Ephraim and Manasseh, inviting them to come to the temple of the LORD in Jerusalem and celebrate the Passover to the LORD, the God of Israel. 2 The king and his officials and the whole assembly in Jerusalem decided to celebrate the Passover in the second month. 3 They had not been able to celebrate it at the regular time because not enough priests had consecrated themselves and the people had not assembled in Jerusalem. 4 The plan seemed right both to the king and to the whole assembly. 2 Chronicles 30:1-4Now, at the time when "April showers bring May flowers" came to my mind, I was considering how that the latter rains had come, and how the hoped-for harvest on the Yom Tov of Pesach had not yet come. I considered the state of readiness of the Bride, and it seemed to me that the Bride had perhaps not been taken because she was not yet ready, according to the above mentioned reasons for a delayed Pesach. Perhaps we shall see the anticipated signal events in the upcoming weeks. I have observed another cycle of preparation on a very fundamental level, a shaking of the foundation, testing, refining and purifying. It is another time of separation. Who will bear up to this round of purifying the gold, melting down and removing the dross? Perhaps this is the final refining fire we are beginning passage through.
But ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, an holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of him who hath called you out of darkness into his marvellous light; 10 Which in time past were not a people, but are now the people of God: which had not obtained mercy, but now have obtained mercy. 11 Dearly beloved, I beseech you as strangers and pilgrims, abstain from fleshly lusts, which war against the soul; 12 Having your conversation honest among the Gentiles: that, whereas they speak against you as evildoers, they may by your good works, which they shall behold, glorify God in the day of visitation 1 Peter 2:9-12 (KJV)I am hopeful that what we watchers observed and learned in April as we prepared to meet the Groom will bring forth a May Bride, and then a June Shavuot harvest as well for those who miss the boat. (the Mayflower boat) God does work with the physical and natural things to teach us about the spiritual. Do you think all this allegory business is just silliness? Do April showers bring May Flowers? Perhaps. Perhaps not. Watch and Pray! Hey, you know, that ship could have been named anything at all, but it just happens to have been called the Mayflower! And it could have brought another class of people. But it was how it was. And the Lord is sovereign. And he is coming soon! Glory!
you also, like living stones, are being built into a spiritual house to be a holy priesthood, offering spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ. 1 Peter 2:5 (from the same passage quoted earlier)The nave is the central part of a church, flanked by aisles. The word ''nave'' comes from the Medieval Latin word for ''ship.'' This would be where the Separatists wor-ship-ped in spirit and in truth, in the ship - The Mayflower - the ark of salvation - where those who crossed over into the new world gathered on their pilgrimage journey. The buried foundations speaks to me of the solid truth of Jesus Christ taught by the Apostles and Prophets, buried to this day but known and valued by those who dig out the treasure.
Consequently, you are no longer foreigners and aliens, (pilgrims) but fellow citizens with God's people and members of God's household, 20 built on the foundation of the apostles and prophets, with Christ Jesus himself as the chief cornerstone. 21 In him the whole building is joined together and rises to become a holy temple in the Lord. 22 And in him you too are being built together to become a dwelling in which God lives by his Spirit. Ephesians 2:19-22The city which has foundations that the Pilgrim Father Abraham looked to for his reward is associated with the Bride of which his fellow Pilgrim wife Sarah is a type. Here is a description of that glorious Bride city.
By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9 By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10 For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11 Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 12 Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13 These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. Hebrews 11:8-13 (KJV)
I saw the Holy City, the new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride beautifully dressed for her husband.An excerpt from the AP article relates one man's view of the importance of this story of pilgrimage. '''The flight of the Mayflower Pilgrims to Leiden and their subsequent journey across the Atlantic is one of the foundational epics of American history -- an event that still shapes U.S. politics, culture and religion,'' said the Rev. John H. Thomas, president of the church group, praising Leiden's decision''. (to reconsider destroying the church remains) Hey, is his name actually two of the Apostles names?
14 The wall of the city had twelve foundations, and on them were the names of the twelve apostles of the Lamb. 15 The angel who talked with me had a measuring rod of gold to measure the city, its gates and its walls. 16 The city was laid out like a square, as long as it was wide. He measured the city with the rod and found it to be 12,000 stadia in length, and as wide and high as it is long. 17 He measured its wall and it was 144 cubits thick, by man's measurement, which the angel was using. 18 The wall was made of jasper, and the city of pure gold, as pure as glass. 19 The foundations of the city walls were decorated with every kind of precious stone. The first foundation was jasper, the second sapphire, the third chalcedony, the fourth emerald, 20 the fifth sardonyx, the sixth carnelian, the seventh chrysolite, the eighth beryl, the ninth topaz, the tenth chrysoprase, the eleventh jacinth, and the twelfth amethyst. Revelation 21:2, 14-19