THE LOVE OF ZION
Your Investment of Holy Passion
A man should desire Zion as he desires his wife, with great passion, and tenderness, and longing. And a woman should think as though she were Zion herself, longing for her Lord and husband. A man who desires Zion but whose wife is in the world cannot love her fully without losing some of his first love; and a woman who loves Zion, whose husband does not, will never fully subject herself to the Lord.
The Lord is the Husband of Zion, and Zion is His wife. The passion that He has for her is no better illustrated than by the countless references to Israel in Scripture as a wife. Wherever the spirit of the world is, so is Zion ruined. Therefore Zion can only be built upon the foundation of total, unquestioned loyalty and obedience to, and love for, Jesus Christ.
If you are unmarried, see your wife as Zion, or your husband as the Lord of Zion. To be fully one with the Zionic spirit the two must be indistinguishable. A man who is fully in love with Zion will be fully in love with his Lord, in the everlasting sense. And woman who is in love with the Lord Jesus will be fully in love with her husband in the everlasting sense. All other love is but partial or incomplete.
The Inner Cultivation of Zion
You must cultivate Zion, and the Lord of Zion, in your thoughts day and night. This is what the Lord loves the most. Yes, He loves you as an individual far more than you will ever be able to imagine, but He loves the community of Zion a thousand times more.
God is a God of community, holy community. He loves fellowship. Fellowship in Him is the greatest fellowship of all. No marriage is ever complete or satisfying in the eternal sense until a vision of, and a desire for, this celestial fellowship has been obtained. Human marriage and Zionic fellowship were created in the image of each other.
So, why allow yourslf to be attracted to the world, or possible marriage hopes, when they do not love the Lord of Zion? If you sincerely wish to love them in Christ, and minister the Gospel to them, then two other things must first happen: First, you must enter into a spiritual marriage relationship with the Lord; and Second, you must enter into a spiritual marriage relationship with the people of Zion, as one single spiritual Bride.
The Way to Happiness
I promise you, in the Lord's Name, that there is no other way to everlasting happiness. All else is selfishness and leads only to frustration and bitter disappointment in the long term. God has placed powerful attractive forces in our bodies that lead us to search for mates -- husbands and wives -- but what the world has forgotten, through centuries of rebellion against God, that this original impulse to love intensely was for GOD. Because man has turned away from God, he instead seeks to fall in love with the image of God -- God's reflection -- his opposite, whether man or wife.
This is the mystery of falling in love, a mystery that has taken me the better part of 20 years to discover. Today I give this to you as a revelation from God. And this is why God is restoring Zion, so that we can enter into a love relationship with Him, and be truly satisfied both within ourselves, with our spouses, and with the fellowship of the Saints.
We stand at the border of a unique opportunity to live in the full, bursting passion of divine love -- not the passion of the flesh, but the passion of the Lord God Almighty. May we not let this opportunity slip through our fingers this time. Amen._
Little Kadesh, 20 August 1995
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Last updated on 1 June 1998
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