The Loaf of Barley, The Bride of Christ


How is Ruth 3:3 a pattern for the Bride of Christ to follow?

Posted by lora Guthrie on February 4, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Rth 3:3           Wash thyself therefore, and anoint thee, and put thy raiment upon thee, and get thee down to the floor: [but] make not thyself known unto the man, until he shall have done eating and drinking.

Washing, anointing, putting on of raiment, and getting thee ready for the threshing floor!

Ruth 3:3  is a loaded verse, within this little verse holds a frame work for bridal preparation. Ruth is the barley bride, which is a type of bride of Christ. The bride of Christ will be and should be in constant preparation for his return. Many belong to HIM, but few take the time or make the preparation for meeting him face to face. The bride will be the bride because she will be making herself ready.

The preparation process is described above. The first is to wash thyself. THis is a spiritual cleansing and bathing by staying in the word of God, staying repentant, walking in humility and forgiveness. Before God came down on Mt Sinai, he told Moses for Israel to make themselves ready for a period of three days.

God required this of the people of Israel-


9And the LORD said unto Moses, Lo, I come unto thee in a thick cloud, that the people may hear when I speak with thee, and believe thee for ever. And Moses told the words of the people unto the LORD.10And the LORD said unto Moses, Go unto the people, and sanctify them to day and to morrow, and let them wash their clothes.11And be ready against the third day: for the third day the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.

We can see that God DOES expect preparation before he comes down and meets with him, this gives us a glimpse of our own preparation for his return. Ruth 3:3 again confirms the washing and preparation process.


The second step in Ruth's preparation was to anoint herself. This clearly is a type of being filled with the Holy Spirit, and is a type of a wise virgin, having oil in their lamp.

The first time we see anoint mentioned in the Bible is in reference to concentration for a priestly office, this is a process of sanctification, and is required in order to be able to minister to God in the office of a priest.

Exd 28:41     And thou shalt put them upon Aaron thy brother, and his sons with him; and shalt anoint them, and consecrate them, and sanctify them, that they may minister unto me in the priest's office.

We are told that the overcomer will be made Kings and priest,

Rev 1:6   And hath made us kings and priests unto God and his Father; to him [be] glory and dominion for ever and ever. Amen

The overcomer would have overcome by the preparation of washing, renewing oneself, and then allowing the Holy Spirit to fill them, to annoit them with HIM! In doing so the Bride will  have made herself ready and prepared for the meeting of her groom, in the case of Israel at Mt Sinai to meet God, and for the priest to minister to God in the office of priest, anointing was required. SO must it be with the bride of Christ!

The third preparation process of Ruth was to "put thy raiment upon thee".

The first time the word raiment is used in the Bible is when the servant ( a type of the Holy Spirit) of Issac brought raiment for Rebekah .

Gen 24:53  And the servant brought forth jewels of silver, and jewels of gold, and raiment, and gave [them] to Rebekah: he gave also to her brother and to her mother precious things.

Here the servant was preparing Rebekah for a marriage, it was his masters, Abrahams, gift to her for agreeing to marry his son. And so it is with the raiment we put on. It was given to us by the Holy Spirit from the father, for the marriage of his son. We are to PUT ON the raiment that our father has given us through the Holy Spirit, in preparation to meet his son! Wow what treasures His word has for us, as his bridal stories unfold before our eyes!

The fourth step in preparations is Ruth putting herself in the place of vulnerability and availability "get thee down to the floor:" Ruth has made herself ready and now she is placing herself in position to become the bride of her kinsmen. This process requires, transparency, vulnerability, and is risky. The bride of Christ will too have had to make herself available to the lord, and in doing so, she has become vulnerable, and transparent, and available to her lord... despite the cost.

The threshing floor that night was where Boaz was, and he was winnowing Barley that night. This is a clue and a type of Ruth the barley bride. Barley is winnowed by throwing up into the air, a type of rapture. The barley hull easily falls away from the barley and the wind ( a type of Holy Spirit)  removes the hull from the barley grain.  Wheat however is winnowed by a board, that crushes the wheat, this board is called a tribulum board, it is where we get the word Tribulation from. Jesus was the firstfruits from the barley harvest, he arose on the Feast of Firstfruits, which represents the firstfruits from the barley harvest. Ruth represents the gentile barley bride, a type of the Church age, bride of Christ. Jesus is coming for a barley bride, He will be winnowing barley on the night he comes for HIS bride. The bride must be washed, anointed, having put on the raiment given to him from his father , and in waiting for the time of the harvest, staying available for her kinsmen redeemer!!


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Reply Barbara Ann
2:04 AM on February 14, 2011 
let the wheat be changed to barley
I want to be the Bride
please change me into an overcomer Dear LORD
and thank you Holy God for Lora Shipley
this is awesome Lora
Reply Joseph
9:41 PM on April 7, 2011 
The difference between the wheat and barley is that the wheat had a harder shell that needed to be beaten off. However the barley only requires the wind and threshing instrument. The wheat will have to endure greater persecution while the barley (firstfruits) will be made ready by the wind of the Holy Ghost and the threshing instrument the Word of God. It is the barley that is seperated from the chaff first. This seperation is done by the wind and the threshing instrument only. You see the Church which is the wheat will have to endure greater persecution because the Church went to sleep and became defiled with the world. What determines wether you are barley or wheat is how quickly you recieve the Truth. This is why it is vital to never supress the Truth. Most cannot be taught in this hour simply because the want to teach instead of being taught. However the Church will be humbled and become teachable in the wildrerness during the first part of the tribulation hour. It is in the wildrerness where the Church will be fed and prepared to meet the bride and groom in the air at the rapture. YOu must understand that the bride and groom are returning from the wedding at the time of the rapture. Please read Luke 12 and Rev 12 to understand this hidden Truth. There are many many more Scriptures to support this school of thought but that's a good place to start.