ISAIAH 64:4 For since the beginning of the world men have not heard, nor perceived by the ear, neither hath the eye seen, O God, beside thee, what He hath prepared for him that waiteth for Him. KJV
Prepared – Prepare -d) to make ready or suitable, to make receptive; dispose, to equip or furnish; fit out, to put together, to make things or oneself ready.
Wait d) – to stay in a place or remain inactive until something expected takes place. to be ready: as dinner is waiting for us.
Isaiah 64 is about the Lord coming back and His people not being ready. But when He does return there will be a remnant who will be ready and waiting. These are the wise virgins in Matthew 25 who had extra oil for their lamps that did not go out. These are those in Isaiah 60 whom the glory of the Lord has risen upon. These shall lift up their voices from the sea (Is.24:14).
These have been washed and purged by the spirit of judgment and by the spirit of burning (Is.4:2-6). These are they who have come out of the great tribulation and have washed their robes and made them white by the blood of the Lamb. They serve Him day and night in His temple and sing a new song.
They follow the Lamb wherever He goes. They are blameless and spotless before the throne. They did not love or cling to life when faced with death.
When the Lord returns, He shall roar out of Zion, and utter His voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the Lord will be the hope of His people, and the strength of the children of Israel. Joel 3:16
He will have a people sold out to Him alone who are willing to be nothing so that He will be everything. He will fill them up with His Spirit and they will overflow with His words. The outpouring will flow as at Pentecost when Peter fearlessly spoke to all about how they crucified Jesus but He arose and now they can only be saved through Him. What an unpopular thing to say to those in that day.
He is speaking about the bride in Isaiah 64:4. Who is waiting for the Bridegroom but the Wise virgins? The disciples were called children of the bridechamber in Matt.9:15. In John 3:29 John the Baptist calls himself the groomsman, who stands by and listens to Jesus. These are very definitely the redeemed of the Lord, but they are not the bride.
The bride is waiting. She has to be continually ready with her hair fixed and her bag packed. Her nails have to be perfect, her jewels close by to put on quickly when she hears that shout or summons for her to come. There is no time to get any stains or spots out of her beautiful white garment that she has been permitted to wear. She must always be ready, for she does not know when her beloved will come.
What does He have prepared for them that waiteth? It is UNSPEAKABLE!