THE UNVEILING OF JESUS
By Dan Luehrs
“And later the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, lord, open up for us.' "But he answered and said, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you” (Matthew 25:11-12 NAS).
The Lord has been speaking to some of us in our home group about the coming of Jesus and how most people in the church will not be prepared to meet Him when He comes. The Bible is very clear on this; many will not be ready when He comes to receive His bride to Himself. Because they were not having daily intimacy with Him waiting in His presence to know that the time was drawing near.
Recently I was seeking the Lord about the body of Christ and the coming of the Lord; I then received a vision of the body of Christ being unveiled before me. What I saw was the Lord standing before a tan curtain like a shower curtain that I could see through slightly. I could see faintly a fully formed body behind the curtain that had no clothes on (I will explain more on this later) the Lord was standing in front of it with His hand on top of the curtain just beginning to move the veil back so she could be clearly seen.
I want to share with you a dream my wife had of the coming of the Lord and another open vision that a lady had one day before I was to speak on His coming. My wife Marilyn’s dream went as follows:
“I was in an auditorium type church seating probably one thousand people, when a large light beam came down through the ceiling, in this light beam was an image of a person. When people saw it they were saying “What is this?” Then the people took off running afraid of it because they did not know what it was. But Dan & I took off running to it and into it because we knew it was God! When I went into the light beam the image went into me and the Lord said to me, “I AM IN YOU!” At that time I began to manifest the presence of God very strongly in my body. I could not speak and was shaking terribly and I couldn’t move, for it was like the sun light was shining through me, like I lit up like the sun. A lady came to me and said to others around us, “Call an ambulance!” She then started to name some people and to have them come to me. I looked at her and said, “DON’T BE SO FOOLISH, I DO NOT NEED AN AMBULANCE, THIS IS GOD!” I then went back to not being able to speak. A man came up to me who I knew to be a Spanish pastor, not sure how or why, I just knew this, he looked at me and started to say, “Are you ok?” He then said, “Oh yes, you are, this is God!”
Jesus is coming in an unexpected way and many will run from Him and His presence because they do not know Him and will miss out on what He desires to do in and through them. I believe that Jesus will come into you and me this very way, even as in this dream, but I believe I was being shown what is to soon come to the church. A very strong presence of the Lord accompanied this experience to solidify it’s reality to me. With the lady wanting to call the ambulance, it was because she did not know Him intimately, as to where she could recognize that this was even God. This was an encouragement to me to hear the Lord say “I am in you!” (End of quote).
CHRIST’S BODY REVEALED ON THE CROSS
“When the soldiers crucified Jesus, they took his clothes, dividing them into four shares, one for each of them, with the undergarment remaining. This garment was seamless, woven in one piece from top to bottom. "Let's not tear it," they said to one another. "Let's decide by lot who will get it"(John 19:23-24 NIV).
One simple truth of Jesus dying on the cross is that He hung there naked. We do not want to think of our Lord dying in such a way of shame; in fact, I have never seen one picture, figurine, movie, or sculpture of Him on the cross naked. Why did He have to die such a miserable shameful death anyway? One reason is because the Father wanted to show us how terrible sin is and how it shames, kills, and destroys our life. Jesus took this all on the cross for us.
are many other great New Testament truths that come to mind when I think of Him
hanging on the cross naked. One is transparency; He had nothing to hide, no
sin, no guile, nothing! He had finished the will of the Father and was now
going back to Him and to the glory that He had once before. God wants us, the
church to be naked (figuratively speaking) with one another in transparency
rather than hiding who we really are from one another. Right now the garments
that the church has on are beautiful and fascinating, but they are to hide in and not die in! Listen to what Paul said of
the church of his day, “We are fools for
Christ's sake, but you are wise in Christ! We are weak, but you are strong! You
are distinguished, but we are dishonored! To the present hour we both
hunger and thirst, and we are poorly clothed, and beaten, and homeless” (1
As I saw the body of Christ in my vision, she too was naked and transparent; this tells me that she has gone through a time of great stripping by her enemies. For it was the enemies of Christ that stripped Him naked, it was not His friends or His mother that did it, God the Father left that up to His enemies. Thank God for our enemies because they will do for us that which we will not do to ourselves, nor will our friends do it for us. That’s why we have enemies! Once a man asked the Lord to stop his enemies from speaking evil against him and the Lord responded to him and said, “I can do that if you want, but who would you like me to rise up in his place?” We need our enemies to make us into the image of Christ, thank God for them!
There is another great truth that I would like to leave with you about hanging naked on the cross. That is where the whole body of Christ was only seen by others. Please understand this great truth, the cross that we carry everyday by following the Lord will strip us naked of everything that is not of Him. Must Jesus be the only one to hang on the cross in the shame of nakedness? No! God is allowing our trials and tribulations in our life to strip us of all that is not of Him so that we can be further clothed with His likeness and glory. “I advise you to buy from Me gold refined by fire, that you may become rich, and white garments, that you may clothe yourself, and that the shame of your nakedness may not be revealed; and eye salve to anoint your eyes, that you may see” (Revelation 3:18 NAS). Jesus wants us, His body to be clothed with His garment, which is His likeness and character, but this can only happen when we are first stripped naked of our grave clothes as Jesus was! Before Jesus could put on the new garments of glory He first had to be stripped of His old as we must also. If we desire to keep them on He will let us, but as we willingly yield all that we are to Him, He will strip us of everything that is not of Himself from our lives.
A ROBE TO HIS FEET
“And I turned to see the voice that was speaking with me. And having turned I saw seven golden lampstands; and in the middle of the lampstands one like a son of man, clothed in a robe reaching to the feet, and girded across His breast with a golden girdle” (Revelation 1:12-13 NAS).
I have seen the robe of the Lord several times in a dream and vision and have come to understand that the robe is covering His body, the overcoming saints. I will quote Luther Cronrath who had an excellent revelation about the robe that Jesus was wearing when He was in the middle of the seven churches.
“John saw the Son of Man clothed in a robe that reached to His feet, and was tied across with a golden band (girdle). The word used for “robe” simply means a long garment that covers everything from the neck to the top of the shoes. Everything is covered except the head and the feet. There is a special significance to this.
In the account of
Jesus is the head of the Body. He has risen from the dead. There was no longer any need for the head to be in grave clothes, and so the napkin that was over His head was very neatly folded up and laid aside by itself, but the rest of the grave clothes that had covered the body were just laying there, like an empty cocoon.
The Body of Christ will shed its grave clothes, but has not yet done so, as it has not yet risen. We can walk “in newness of life” but it is Jesus who has risen. The garment that covered His face is folded up and put neatly away, but the rest of it is still there, as though a body is still there. Thus, His body is still under this robe, which covers Jesus from His neck down to the soles of His feet.
This robe is symbolic of the fact that His body is not yet changed into an immortal body, but as a physical body is still covered with the mortality of this world. Since the Body of Christ is still under this robe, that which it is becoming is still hidden from the world. But all creation is groaning for it to be revealed.
A girdle is nothing more than a belt. In that day, belts were worn around the chest in a way that crisscrossed and held in the chest area and then were tied around the middle. Part of the armor of God was a girdle. The meaning of these words is “to bind oneself with obligation to someone else.”
Thus, the golden girdle that Jesus has around Him is binding Him to that part of His Body, the Church, which has not yet been raised from the dead, but is soon to be transformed. He put on this golden girdle to hold the Church to Himself. We are bound under this girdle, ready to be committed to the useful obligations that Jesus intends for His Church.” (End of quote).
THROUGH HIS BODY
Death to self should be our hope and prayer so that we are clothed with the garments of Christ, which is His likeness and character being revealed through us. Jesus is about to be revealed in and through His church with great glory and power. Are you ready?
Nancilee Restivo had a wonderful vision of the Lord coming through
“In January of 1999, the Lord gave me a series of visions, which lasted over a period of two weeks. What I saw and heard completely changed my life.
Today, I will share one of my visions. It is the one that affected me the most. The Lord opened my eyes to see new heights and depths that He was calling me to. May it also do the same for you.
This vision began by my seeing myself standing in a doorway, watching Jesus as He ministered to a crowd of people. I watched as He reached out to touch someone and they would be instantly healed. Then He would speak a word of encouragement to another, put His arms around one who felt unloved, or turn to cast a demon out of someone who was being tormented.
Suddenly, something changed. I was there too, with Jesus, but we looked like a double negative, the two of us together, one superimposed on top of the other. We literally moved as one entity!
“The one who joins himself to the Lord is one spirit with Him.” I Corinthians 6:17
When Jesus stretched out His hand, my hand moved with Him, perfectly as one. When Jesus spoke, the words flowed from my mouth. When He took a step, it was with my foot, and when He looked at a person, it was through my eyes.
Then I knew. It was, “Christ in me, the hope of glory” (Colossians 1:27). Only He was not hiding in me. I was hiding in Him!
“For you have died and your life is hidden
with Christ in God.”
I watched Jesus as an onlooker, curious and full of awe, anxious to see every move He made. It was thrilling to be so up close and personal, watching Him do the same wonders that He did when He walked this earth.
I became very aware that the people were not looking at me. They were looking at Him! He was “manifesting” Himself in fullness for all to see, in all His power and glory! The people knew they were looking at Jesus, and they were totally caught up with the wonder of Him!
I suddenly understood that I was living during a time when the “only” acceptable focus must be on Jesus, wholly, completely, and without distraction! “Nothing” was about me, or about anything that I could do. It was only about my being an empty vessel that Jesus could fill “with the fullness of Himself.” A vessel He could live in, and through whom He could do as He pleases, in anyway that He desired. This understanding filled me with overflowing joy.
“That you may be filled up to all the
fullness of God.”
At the end of my vision the Lord beautifully and sovereignly led me to the following verse to confirm what I was experiencing.
“Always carrying about in the body the dying of Jesus, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our body. For we who live are constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus' sake, so that the life of Jesus also may be manifested in our mortal flesh.” II Corinthians 4:10-11
Many Theologians have turned this portion of scripture into something palatable to the natural mind, easy to understand and explain. But, the Lord is about to do something “exceedingly, abundantly, beyond” all that we have understood in the past, or are able to grasp with our natural mind.
Consider the meaning of the word “manifested,” according to Thayer's Greek Lexicon:
“To make manifest, or visible, or known, what has been hidden or unknown, to manifest, whether by words, or deeds, or in any other way.
a) to make actual and visible, realized
b) to make known by teaching
c) to become manifest, to be made known
d) used of a person; to expose to view, to make manifest, to show oneself, to appear
e) to become known, to be plainly recognized, thoroughly understood who and what one is.”
See, and absorb what God is saying!
This is exactly what happened with Jesus in my vision. He was making Himself visible, manifest, known, and plainly recognized. He was appearing to those around Him, and they saw Him!
This is exactly what Jesus is about to do through those of us who belong wholly to Him.
I do not fully understand how the Lord will do this, but one thing I do know, people will know that Jesus is manifesting Himself in their midst, and He will captivate their total attention.
In the above verse, (II Corinthians 4:10), there is a reference to the “dying of Jesus.” This not only refers to His death on the cross, but also to the death in which He died daily to His own will and to His own life. He did nothing of His own initiative. Jesus had one motivation; to “display” or manifest His Father's will and purpose on earth.
The connection to us is made when we are told that we are “constantly being delivered over to death for Jesus sake” (verse 11). It is the only way that the life of Jesus can be fully “manifested” in our mortal flesh. Each time our flesh dies to some area of self, Jesus is able to take full dominion in that area. The more we die, the more He is able to live through us.
Before Jesus can come forth in this kind of power and display, we must be willing to get completely out of the way. With a sincere heart we must echo the cry of John the Baptist when he said, “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30).
Only to the degree that we willingly die to every area of self, only to that degree, will the Lord Jesus have the freedom to fully manifest Himself through human flesh!
He is saying, “Follow Me,” and then, “Walk you in it.” (End of quote).
“That the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you a spirit of wisdom and of revelation in the knowledge of Him. I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened, so that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Eph 1:17-18 NAS).
Above all things we must have the revelation that He is really coming, and then we must see ourselves as we are in Him and as He is in us. We must ask God to reveal any area’s in our life that are not favorable to His likeness, and then cry out to Him for change. These verses in Ephesians must be our daily bread in prayer from the heart so that we may spiritually understand all things that He is about to do or we will be left out of His great plan of the ages. In the times that we live in we must have spiritual wisdom and the spirit of revelation in the knowledge of Jesus as to His soon return in His people. When He came to earth as a baby most of the Jewish nation was unprepared even with the powerful preaching of the ministry of John the Baptist. Why were they unprepared? Because they did not know Him intimately in His presence, they spent no time in worship and prayer daily. Jesus must become our daily life and bread or we will not be prepared for His soon coming!
I will finish this chapter with an open vision that Ines, who is a part of our home group had; she had this vision on the night before I was to speak on the coming of the Lord. She was unprepared for His entrance into her home, but quickly turned to the presence of the Lord when He did come.
“My friend and I were watching a video at home and within a moment, I felt the presence of God and I saw something around my head. I then told my sister Carmen, “God is here!” All of a sudden I jumped up and started to dance in the spirit and talking in tongues, in my mind I thought, “What is this?” I got on my knees in front of the couch and just started to speak in tongues and I began to understand what I was saying. I then began to have a vision of the third heaven. I saw a white throne and rock was falling off it and begun to roll down, and as it was rolling it was getting bigger like a snowball. It then rolled to the second heaven; there I saw demons and their authorities. When the rock reached the second heaven the demons and their authorities stood still like soldiers and stepped to the side, some on the right and some on the left. As the rock stood still there, I saw behind the rock an army of soldiers on white horses; so many that I could not see them all.
God then said, “Ines, look at My hands and He opened the first heaven and I saw a lot of people and they began to scream, some were saying, “No, no, no! Some would then say, “It can't be, it can't be” as they were holding on to their heads. But to the people of the world it did not disturb them at all; I then recognized the voices of brothers and sisters in the church who were unprepared. I cried out to the Lord, “You are merciful, look at these people!” God then said me, “Yes, but I’ve made my decision,” I said, “But Lord Your word says that You are merciful!” God said, “Yes Ines, but I've made my decision I am going to accomplish what I promised, I will come for my church.” I again said Lord, “You are a merciful, God then said, “Yes I come with wisdom, power and authority, My church is not ready, not one will be saved that is unprepared.” I was crying and God said, “The decision is made, they think that I am not coming Ines, but I am, I and coming and My church is unprepared.”
The presence of God stayed around my head, and the next morning He said to me, “Ines the church worries about everything, but they don't seek for me. I want my church to have the same mind and body in unity and love. If one cries, they all cry, if one laughs they all laugh, if someone lacks something and someone has it to give, they will give it. Tell this to my church, I asked Him “What church?” He told me start where you are at, that’s what I did and now I am telling everyone that I know.” (End of Quote).
“And while they were going away to make the purchase, the bridegroom came, and those who were ready went in with him to the wedding feast; and the door was shut. "And later the other virgins also came, saying, 'Lord, lord, open up for us.' "But he answered and said, 'Truly I say to you, I do not know you.' "Be on the alert then, for you do not know the day nor the hour” (Matt 25:10-13 NAS).
Ines saw the Rock coming from the throne, it is Jesus Christ that is coming to crush the kingdoms of the world that Daniel saw thousands of years ago and is now coming to fulfill the prophecies spoken of His kingdom to come in the last days. Are you on alert looking for the Bridegroom to come? If we are the true bride of Christ we will be like two lovers that cannot wait to be together in one another’s arms to embrace each other until their wedding day. Does this classify your life right now with Jesus? If not you will be unprepared for His coming! Please by the mercy and grace of God, draw near unto Him and He will draw near to you and prepare you for the great wedding day.