The Spirit of Power and the Bride
The Spirit and the Power of the Bride — Jay Zinn
And this gospel (good news) of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness (marturion) to all the nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14). —NKJV
Jesus made the bold claim that the gospel of the kingdom would reach every nation before his return. He didn’t say every person would be saved or delivered by the end of the age, but that the gospel would be preached in “all” nations. His proclamation appears in the context of what the end of days will look like “while” the gospel is being preached at that time (see Matthew 24:4-14).
Let’s shift now to Revelation 8’s depiction of that same period Jesus spoke about and focus briefly on the events unleashed during the sounding of the first four trumpets. Here’s some of what the future holds before Jesus returns.
1) Hail and fire mixed with blood will burn one-third of the trees and grass on earth (vs. 7).
2) A blazing asteroid will hit the ocean and turn 1/3rd of the sea into blood, killing one-third of the sea creatures and destroys one-third of all the ships (vs. 8-9).
3) A second blazing asteroid will fall from the sky and turn bitter one-third of the rivers and freshwater, killing everyone who drinks it (vs. 10-11).
4) One-third of the sun, moon, and stars will turn dark so that one-third of the day and night (8 hours) will be without light from any celestial body (vs 12).
These judgments are severer than the coronavirus plague. Let your imagine visualize for a moment what these trumpets will do to the global economy, to technology, to our electrical grids, to world trade, to food supplies and resources, to grocery stores and every business on the planet. Today, the cries for aid and assistance rise from every corner of the earth through social media, from those who have lost their jobs, are lacking food, need medical attention, and need their economy to return sooner than later if they’re going to survive. How much more in the future?
In my mind, the church will need to become incredibly more compelling than mere human resolve, strength, and effort to achieve what Jesus said would happen at the end of the age. The church “as is” won’t be capable of preaching the gospel to every nation under the aftermath of the global earthquake (sixth seal) and the first four trumpets. If the current pandemic can shudder the doors of the church and make outlaws of those who attend, what will happen under the trumpets? There’s no other solution to this glaring future problem unless something supernatural takes place beyond anything we’ve ever imagined. What could that be? What could make the church powerful enough to respond to the cries of desperation in what still lies ahead? The key to unlocking that question resides in the word “witness” of Matthew 24:14.
The Greek word for “witness” is marturion, which means: something evidential, or with “evidence” given. The gospel preached as a “witness” is another way of saying, “with irrefutable evidence that Jesus rose from the dead.” The proof of the resurrection of Jesus in the early church came with signs, wonders, and miracles done by the apostles and saints, not just by anointed preaching and teaching. The good news (gospel) of the kingdom in the early church wasn’t in word only, but in the demonstration and power of the Holy Spirit through miracles (1 Corinthians 2:4). Paul wrote that he had fully preached the gospel of Christ through mighty signs and wonders, by the power (dunamis) of the Holy Spirit (Romans 5:19). This type of fully preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God is what Jesus says will happen in the end times (Matthew 24:14). Let’s dig a little deeper into two more verses.
But you shall receive power (dunamis) when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses (marturion) to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth (Acts 1:8) —NKJV
And with great power (dunamis) the apostles gave witness (marturion) to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus (Acts 4:33) —NKJV.
In the original language, the Greek word for “power” is dunamis, which means: enormous ability, as in performing mighty miracles. In Acts 1:8, Jesus told the disciples they would receive power to perform miracles that testified as “evidence” to the resurrection power of Jesus. How so? The Jews saw the apostles perform the same miracles Jesus did when he was among them. Signs and wonders are the evidence (witness). What the apostles did in Acts 4:33 (above) fulfilled the promise Jesus gave them before the day of Pentecost. Operating with signs and wonders was the typical witness for them, and a return to that normal will be on display at the end of days before Christ returns.
Good preaching, teaching, worship, and filling the pews in our churches today won’t meet the needs of the state of our planet in the last days. Only a powerful church, a victorious church, a bride who keeps watching, remains prepared and has made herself ready (Matthew 25:1-13; Revelation 19:7) will be able to take on the challenges of the first four trumpets.
Based on your efforts to be a robust, mature disciple—and the condition of the Western church today—do you believe we’re prepared enough to match the miraculous power Jesus said we would have to reach every nation in the last days? If we’ve run with the footmen during this coronavirus—and that wearies us—how can we run with the horsemen during the trumpets (Jeremiah 12:5)?
Many are comforted by their belief in a “rapture” before the seven trumpets occur. It may or may not be true that we’re all whisked away from it. But where does that leave the rest of the world? How will Matthew 24:14 take place if the saints are all gone, and their “light” has vanished? If there’s ever a time for a “powerful” church to perform miraculous signs and wonders as the “evidence” of the gospel, it will be during the sounding of the first four trumpets—when the glorious bride of Christ comes out of her bridal chamber to meet it head-on. The saints of the bride company won’t be looking to escape those days; instead, she’ll embrace them as her calling to fulfill the promise of Matthew 24:14. But for that to happen, a supernatural event must occur in her so unbelievable, so incredible, it will surpass the miracles done in the early church and usher in the greatest harvest of souls in church history!
The Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” —Revelation 22:17
Grace and Peace to you all!
Jay Zinn Ministries
Author/Founder of The Discipleship Group