A Vision of the Bride’s New Armor”
Danniel Pontious, Sonora, CA
I had an impression the other morning that has taken me some time to understand. I hope and believe that as I share it, it will become clearer.
The Radiant Breastplate
I saw a picture of the Lord. At first glance, it appeared as though He was weaving something together, like a basket of some kind; but upon closer inspection, I realized that it looked more like the breastplate for a suit of armor.
What He had in His hands, at first, looked like strips of bright ribbon with inscriptions upon them. As I continued to watch, I noticed that each one had a name or title printed on it in gold. Many of them were different colors as well, like the bands from a rainbow. But as they were being woven together into what appeared to be this breastplate, the differences between them—the titles and even the colors themselves—disappeared.
It was as if I was looking at what light does when it hits a prism and then separates into the primary colors of a rainbow—only in reverse. Instead of the colors separating, it was as if they were absorbing each other, creating a radiance the likes of which I have never seen before—a bright, white light!
While I was watching Him weave this thing, I began to see the names upon the strips (or ribbons): apostle, prophet, evangelist, pastor, teacher. It was the list of the five offices within the Body that correspond to leadership. (Photo via Freeimageslive)
Once the armor was finished, there was no distinguishing one ribbon (or strip) from the others. It was as if they had merged somehow and become one in this radiant piece of armor. There was no way to see differences between them any more.
A Bride Clothed with the Sun – United as One
The breastplate was then given to a woman who looked as if she had been clothed with the sun.
“And a great sign (wonder)—[warning of future events of ominous significance] appeared in Heaven: a WOMAN CLOTHED WITH THE SUN, with the moon under her feet, and with a crown-like garland (tiara) of twelve stars on her head.” (Revelation 12:1, emphasis mine)
Her raiment was radiant. She appeared as if she was wrapped in the rainbow that I had seen as I watched the Lord weaving the armor together. When He handed this breastplate to her, she put it on; it fit her perfectly, like it was specifically fashioned for her.
As I was meditating upon this, I felt the Lord say that He was joining together certain parts of the leadership of the Body of Christ at this time in history, like never before, to protect His Bride.
Those who were joined together in the breastplate represented the ones who will value righteousness and holiness, because the Holy Spirit will have so transformed their lives into His image that the distinctions between them will disappear from visible view.
Together, they will shine the Lord’s light from His throne as a mirror, and be a protection for the Bride as she is clothed with it. Egos will disappear; agendas will vanish… Together, these ministries will beat with the same heart as Jesus when He prayed and asked that we would be one, even as He and the Father are one.
“That they all may be one, [just] as You, Father, are in Me and I in You, that they also may be one in Us, so that the world may believe and be convinced that You have sent Me.” (John 17:21)
Separated, we were each represented by a color, like in a rainbow; but together, we became white light, as if a reflection of the Father’s throne. The RIGHTEOUSNESS and HOLINESS of the Lord became the emphasis—not because it was the focus, but because it was a natural side effect of the presence of the Holy Spirit. (Photo via Pxhere)
God was protecting the heart of His Bride with this piece of armor, composed of these ministries, which were blended together by His hands and His hands alone. It could not have be done by the hands or efforts of men, but only by the power of the Holy Spirit and the Father’s love itself!
There’s a “coming together” of ministries that is going to change the face of what we have called leadership in the past. God is joining us together and uniting the hearts of those in ministry, which is going to fulfill Jesus’ prayer. For the Father is going to have a Bride without spot or wrinkle, clothed with His glory and united by His Spirit. As they come together, the foundations of society, creation, and the demonic realm will SHAKE under the effects of a united Body in Christ.
Lately, if you have been saying to the Lord, “I DON’T CARE WHAT IT TAKES, LORD; I LAY IT ALL DOWN. ALL I WANT IS YOU,” then He is preparing you for this process. Only when we come to the end of ourselves can He truly join us together as one—one heart, one mind, one spirit, one baptism, one Father and one purpose—AND THAT PURPOSE IS HIS!