Visions of the Bridegroom
Holy greetings to the precious Saints of the Lord Jesus Christ at O’Fallon Apostolic. I sincerely trust that you are all well as we move further into the year of 2024.
I am sure that many will agree that time is fleeting. We are going into the third month of what is still a new year. Before you know it, we will be in June and will be celebrating the Annual Visions Conference for our church. The Visions Conference has for the last twenty plus years been a staple for the spiritual community in our region. The Lord has blessed us with great
ministry in the powerful presence of God. We have experienced spiritual rejuvenation and celebration in the presence of God and His people. But this year feels different. There is a spirit of expectation that feels different. It is not merely the expectation of the Conference and the great time it has historically delivered. It is about expecting Him. Could this be the year?
The theme for this year’s conference is “The Visions of the Bridegroom.” It is the envisioning of the return of the God called Jesus. It is a palatable, practical reception of our Lord coming back in the rapture of the church. Can you see Him in your mind’s eye? Can you see Him breaking through the clouds? Think on this until you can feel it.
When one reads the scripture in Matthew 25:1-13, we read our Lord’s description of His return in the rapture. He uses the analogy of the Jewish wedding. In this view, after a betrothal (that may last for years) the scripture says, Matthew 25:6, “And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.” Five of the bridesmaids were prepared and the remaining five were not prepared. Preparation in the text is defined in terms of having vessels filled with oil at the coming of “The Bridegroom.” In short, the wise bridesmaids make certain that they have enough oil to sustain them until, “The Bridegroom” comes. So, this conference exhorts us all to carry ourselves like our Lord is coming today. We are to keep our lives filled with the oil of the Holy Spirit. Let’s allow the anticipation and expectation motivate and inspire us to do great things today, because we see Him! We have a “Vision of the Bridegroom.”
Bishop Wells, Sr., D.D.