In 1996, while in prayer, I "saw" a woman stepping out of the Garden with bow and arrow. The Lord began to speak to me about the vision. He showed me that the woman I saw was the warrior bride and that all the paintings He asked me to paint and the books I was to write were about her and for her. She represents all the believers who love Jesus who are called " the church", "the army of the Lord", "the bride of Christ "(see Revelation 22:17 - "The Spirit and the bride say, 'Come!'"). As the army of God she must be trained. How? By going into the Garden of Rest and soaking in His love until every fibre of her being knows who she is : the bride of Christ. Notice she is about to shoot an arrow with fire on its tip. The arrow stands for her authority as the representative of God here on earth. The fire is God's love, as in John 3:16, "For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son that who ever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life." She is posed with authority to shoot out God's love to a world that is full of despair and pain and fear of all sorts.
She is in a gown of "incredible lightness" which allows His light and love to shine forth. The fabric is woven of gold and jewels with heavenly designs and patterns, which are the painting-words the Lord give to her. Her arm can bend a bow of bronze (Psalms 18:34), the bow symbolizing her readiness to be sent out to war against darkness. Her feet under her gown have been trained to stand as in Ephesians 6:13, "so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand." Not only to stand, but also to leap upon the mountains, as nimble as a mountain goat. She is indeed a very trained and able warrior, full of power, authority and joy.
Indeed we are entering into a new season when the bride is ready to rise up and shine. The golden drops coming upon her symbolize the glory of the Lord. He is saying to us,"Arise, shine for your light has come, and the glory of the Lord is risen upon you." (Isaiah 60:12).
She is royalty, as we all are, whatever station in life we are in, because we are the bride of Christ. As we are being sent out to war for the poor, the sick, the oppressed, and for God's kingdom of love to come upon the earth as it is in Heaven, the Lord gave this verse in Esther 4:14 for us, "And who knows whether you have not attained royalty for such a time as this?"
note: please read my second book, The Rising Up of the Warrior Bride of Christ, a Prophetic Journey (self-published 2001) which documents the word of the Lord to the bride of Christ through eighteen painting-words.