The verse “The Spirit and the Bride say ‘Come’” is familiar to the church and yet as a whole is not seen as something that requires any particular response or application today, but rather as seen as a statement of what will be when Jesus returns. After all, how can the Bride call “Come” if she is not yet ready? Can the Bride only pray this prayer once she is fully dressed? Or have we missed something which has major significance and implications for the church today? In Greek Come is the word “erchomai” meaning ‘the coming of someone; to come from one place to another, and used of persons arriving and those returning; to appear; make one’s appearance; or to come before the public.’ This is the word used in Revelation 22:17. But in total the word “erchomai” is actually written seven times within this final chapter. Biblically, the number seven is accepted as a number of perfection and completeness. It is written three times when Jesus says He is coming quickly in verses 7,12 and 20. Then it is also written three times in verse 17, that reads “And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him who hears say, Come. And let him who is thirsty come.” So that is a total of six times so far, and then the closing prayer and benediction of all scripture is made by John who responds to Jesus saying He is coming “Amen, Come Lord Jesus”. Our Bibles close with this call for Jesus to come, the word “erchomai” now written seven times! But on closing inspection, even though “erchomai” is written seven times, it is actually used eight times and the number eight is also significant as it is the number of new beginnings. So how can it be written seven times but used eight? Well amongst the recitations of Come, on one occasion it is a joint prayer of agreement. In Rev 22:17 it says the “Spirit and the Bride say ‘Come’!”, so it is written once but used by both the Holy Spirit and the Bride. This is the ultimate prayer of agreement, that when the Bride calls ‘Come’ she is agreeing with the Spirit who has always been saying ‘Come’ and it is like a portal opened between heaven and earth, because there has been a wonderful alignment between the two realms, a convergence, a unification of heart. We should need no further rationale when we realise that this is the written record, the closing prayer of scripture. The call to come is not therefore an option for the Bride, she is compelled, for she is responding from a heart that has been quickened by the Spirit within her calling come. John closes with this call. Let him who has ears to hear, let him call come. If we listen deep inside our spirit, we will hear this cry, let it therefore be released and let us join together to ask the Lord to Come.
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