The Mystery of Spiritual Gender
[Ed. Note: The letter you are about to read was a proposal from an incoming prophet “fresh from the desert” to a large suburban church leadership body, seeking union with that church according to the Lord’s direction. Although somewhat personal, the character of this original letter has been preserved for effect.
Though the letter is focused on the relationship of one specific individual to an entire church, it is not meant to suggest that only one “desert prophet” or “son” is meant to “marry” back into a single church—as was taught or implied in certain early Latter Rain teaching sonship relative to body ministry. The restoration described in this letter is far broader and more corporate than the idea of one man to one church.]
August 9, 1990
This is the most important letter I have ever written [to date] with respect to my understanding of spiritual things. It comes as a result of earnest waiting regarding what my relationship is to be to your church. Because you [the church leaders] and I come from intrinsically different perspectives, I am trusting God to translate everything I say from my perspective into the language of your perspective.
Attached is an addendum of scripture verses. These verses set the tone for this letter, forming the basis for the understanding I will impart through it. I encourage you to meditate over these passages first, sensing the theme of direction indicated by them. (Based on these scriptures, this letter could as easily be entitled “The Record of John,” or perhaps, “I Show You a Mystery.”)
I. God the Reconciler
The key to understanding this teaching is in understanding that God is the Great Reconciler. Everything He does in nature, in creation, in salvation, and in restoration is accomplished through the reconciling of things with opposing natures. There is a natural polarity God has built into the universe. If you study the story of Creation in Genesis 1, you will see that everything the Lord created, He did so as a pair of opposites that must be balanced in order for Creation to function properly. Consider these:
Day and Night
Upper firmament and Lower firmament
Earth and Sea
Vegetation and Trees
Sun (greater light) and Moon (lesser light)
Water Creatures (fish, etc.) and Air Creatures (birds)
Mammals and Man
>> Man: Male and Female
Creation pictures heavenly realities. This tells us that spiritual realities also function through the merging of opposites into one unit. That word merge is important. We’re not just talking about “balancing” opposites here. We’re talking about bringing together to make one new reality.
Look again at the Creation story. All the non-living things created on days 1-4 function by balancing only. But all the living things made on days, 3, 5 and 6 function by merging two into one. This is where the concept of gender (“sexuality”) begins.
When it comes to spiritual realities then, we are talking about living realities, therefore we are talking about a constant merging or “marriage” in which God takes two oppositely natured life-forms and reconciles them into one new form. According to Paul, this heavenly reconciling process will continue until—
“in the—fullness of times, God might gather together in one all things in Christ, both which are in heaven, and which are on earth; even in Him.” Eph. 1:10
II. Living Reconciliation: Marriage, and the Mystery of Spirit-Gender
When God made man, He made man with two sexes—after His (“our”) image and likeness (Gen. 1:26.) Of all God’s creatures, only man was specifically made in God’s image. Since man is the closest representation of God we have in nature, we learn two monumentally significant things about God through his existence:
A. God’s nature has a dual aspect
God holds within His being a duality of nature perfectly unified into one. One aspect of his nature is displayed through certain traits which we on earth identify by the word “masculine.” The other part is displayed through qualities we call “feminine.” I will discuss this more at length shortly.
B. Marriage is the strongest portrayal possible of the heavenly process of reconciliation
In establishing human marriage at creation, God gave us a picture that became for all time the best illustration of His process of reconciliation between spiritual realities of opposing nature. This includes God’s plan of salvation as it is played out through the human race. It also includes God’s plan of restoration as it is played out through the body of His People. For this reason, the Bible is filled with illustrations of marriage as the type by which these processes are described.
The Bible starts with marriage (Gen, 1-2) and ends with marriage! (Rev. 21-22.) Marriage is the mainstay illustration of not only the Old Testament prophets, but also of the New Testament apostles (consider Eph. 5 for example)—in describing the developing process of God’s union with His People.
III. Spiritual Marriage in the Restoration of the Church: A Mystery Unveiled
“For as a young man marries a virgin, so shall your sons marry you…” Isa. 62:5
All of us have a fair understanding already of how God relates to His People according to the idea of spiritual gender and marriage. According to this understanding, God fulfils the place of masculinity while His People fulfil the role of femininity. But what is becoming unveiled in this hour, and what I wish to impart to you is this: The reality of spiritual gender is not limited to the distinction between God and the church, but is one that has been planted into the Body itself.
Accordingly, God has planted within a majority of His People His feminine Spirit, while to a minority He has committed His masculine Spirit. These two aspects of His Spirit are opposite in nature though they are of the same Lord. They are in fact two polarized manifestations of the same Spirit. One Spirit—but two aspects of nature: one masculine, the other feminine. God has committed these sovereignly as He wills, to each man his appointed gender of Spirit.
Because of the oppositeness of these two aspects, there has been an age long conflict and division in the body of Christ, even extending back to the original body of ancient Israel. This conflict has been between those of God’s People possessed of His “feminine” Spirit versus those possessed of His “masculine” Spirit. And now, according to God’s heavenly plan of reconciliation, I am giving you to understand that the fullness of time is at hand in which God is now ready after the centuries to marry His masculine-Spirit People to His feminine-Spirit People.
At hand is the fulfilment of Isaiah 62:5, a prophecy never yet fulfilled to this time in which the sons of God and of the prophets are able to come in from their deserts in the earth to marry the established feminine bodies (daughters) of God’s People from which they have been outcast. At hand is the fulfilment of Ps. 147:2, “gathering together the outcasts of Israel.” In my personal estimation, this is the greatest revelation of reconciliation since the apostle Paul was given to understand that Jews and Gentiles were being reconciled into one body.
IV. Understanding Spiritual Gender in the Body of Christ
Although I have described the reconciliation and restoration at hand, I have not adequately described the distinctiveness of the nature-aspects I’m talking about, though I think your spirit will pick up on what I’m saying. Let me begin by pointing out that you and I are of such different natures as I am talking about. That is why I have asked the Lord to translate what I am saying into a language your spirits can hear and receive.
The truth is that I am chiefly infused with the Masculine-Aspect of God’s Spirit, while to you has been chiefly imparted the Feminine-Aspect. Since the beginning of Israel, God’s sons have never been able to communicate their vision to the body of God’s daughters, and vice versa. There has been a perpetual enmity between the two throughout the last two ages.
For this cause, the “sons of the prophets” have been perpetually outcast by the “daughter of my people.” They have been forced to live apart from the bodies—scattered, hidden away in the deserts of the earth. Being myself a “son” who has lived in the desert of ostracism, and having recently come in from the desert to approach your body, you understand why I ask the Lord then to translate what I am saying to you and give you the revelation of it.
I believe the revelation transcends both our natures. After life-long rejection of what I’ve had to say to bodies, I have the grace to believe that this time, a feminine-Spirit leadership will have hearts to hear what God is saying through a masculine “son.”
- Getting Down to Distinctives
The distinctives of spiritual gender are not hard to see. They simply parallel the traits of natural sexuality, beginning with an egg and sperm cell. A female egg is an enclosed cell that makes up a “body.” The cell stays housed in the mother, finding its meaning and purpose defined by its dependence.
A male cell however is independent. It is also “aggressive,” and contains its own built in propulsion for forward motion. A male cell “travels,” while a female egg remains in place. (Note: it is also the male cell which must make the approach to the egg if there is to be a union. It has to leave its first environment [Gen. 2:24])
When we project these distinctives out through the full human personality, the picture expands. A woman is an “at home” person. She is maternal in instinct, protective of her children, and one who needs security. She is a “dweller.” She is also characterized by the qualities of life known for their softness, gentleness and delicacy. She is deeply empathetic in feeling for others and intuitive. She is known for her compassion and mercy and love.
A man however is characterized differently. He is known for his adherence to truth, sound impartial judgment, and clear, rational thinking. He takes the lead and initiative in forward direction and purpose pertaining to all matters. He is explorative, bold and adventuresome, functioning in relationship to a goal to be achieved. He lives by and in turn ministers a standard for life, setting empathies aside that deter from the standard. Thus he sets a standard for order and discipline.
When we see these natural distinctives clearly, seeing the spiritual realities only follows. Those of feminine-Spirit believe primarily in the importance of the visible local body of Christ. Those of the body draw their security and affirmation through one another.
Because the cohesiveness of the body is its life, division of any sort is intolerable. Independence of any sort is out of character, and conformity to an understanding by consensus is the guiding principle. There is a strong mothering nature in the leadership of the feminine body, a strong protectiveness of the cells, and a deep compassion over the wounds and hurts of the children. The great emphasis is on love and unity in the body.
By contrast, those who are born-again of the masculine nature believe primarily in developing pure, distinctive individual identity according to the purpose of Christ for their own lives. Their sense of conformity is only to what they perceive as consistent with the life of Christ. They do not draw their affirmation for direction from others in the body. They carry their own internal propulsion for forward motion in the Lord. They have a strong emphasis on truth, purity and holiness, and personally tend to exemplify highly disciplined lives.
Masculine people of God are scattered, hidden and fairly individualistic. They hate spiritual compromise with unrighteousness, are bold in their declarations and are unafraid of the opinion of men, including bodies of Christians.
V. The Difficulty of Marriage
I don’t know if anyone has ever said marriage was easy. Anything I’ve ever heard said about it is that it takes real work [Ed. note: I was not married at this the time of this writing]. When I consider the distinctives of natural marriage, I don’t see how it could be otherwise. If so in the natural, how much more in the spiritual? For centuries the established daughter of God’s People and the uncompromising sons of God have been unable to marry.
Instead, the sons of God have wound up cast out in the deserts—the bodies continue on in corruption, and the sons of God develop into an isolationism—lonely, frustrated deep within for the rest of their lives. The bodies will not receive the sons back unless the sons are willing to recant their identity as sons and become body cells. And the sons will not approach the bodies in their retained corruption, and rather expect daughter cells to defect with them and join them in the desert.
Meanwhile, the bodies continue on, mired in their place, groping aimlessly for vision which only the sons can provide; while the desert sons unsuccessfully try to forge their own bodies in the desert, and fail—dying of starvation, and for lack of love, security, and mothering which only a feminine body can provide.
Sons and daughters grow to stereotype each other. Sons call the bodies “harlots” and bodies call the sons “heretics” and “lone rangers.” Each finds it extremely difficult to believe that the other could be walking in the light of God. Their perceived faults in the other blind them to that possibility of consideration.
Each simply continues to champion the things in scripture they see according to the nature God gave them. The bodies dwell on those writings which outline the importance of the body. The sons dwell on the outcast heroes of their faith—Elijah, the Prophets, John the Baptist, and Jesus in his “single” state, and Paul.
Yet despite these opposed natures, I believe God is now ready to reconcile the “sexes.” I believe He is ready to work that union and marriage between male and female at the end of the “sixth day” of world history that will bring to pass the true fruitfulness and multiplication of the next age. Not only that, but I believe that this marriage is vital to the Return of the Lord. In some ways, it is a “pre-marriage” that will prepare the way for the ultimate marriage of the Lord to His People, and the “Marriage Supper of the Lamb.”
VI. Preparing the Lord’s Return through Pre-Marriage of the Sons to the Body
You will note the attached addendum of scriptures. I ask you to read that before reading this section, as it will help you understand what I’m about to say.
Malachi prophesied that before the Lord returned, God would send a messenger to prepare His way. This is because the Lord’s Return would be sudden and blindingly brilliant. It would take someone to prepare the eyes of the People through holiness so that when the Lord came, they might be able to withstand the sight of Him.
We know that the first fulfilment of this was John the Baptist. John’s father prophesied over him that he would give light to Israel. This would in turn give Israel the ability to see the Lord Himself who would shine much brighter—like when one wakes up in the middle of the night. First he turns on a low level night-light. Then, he can turn on the regular light without pain of brightness. This was John’s job.
What we have to notice about John is this: “And the child grew, and waxed strong in spirit, and was in the deserts til the day of his showing unto Israel.” In other words, John was a man of the masculine spirit and light of God. He was a desert son to whom was committed “son-light revelation” to be administered to the feminine body of Israel. And he was “strong in spirit.”
What am I saying? I’m saying that it is to desert sons that is committed a certain light that the body does not have. That light resonates to the frequency of Jesus Himself, and is given to sons only who are to give it to the body so they will not be blinded at the Lord’s Return.
Even as John first fulfilled this reality, so now God is starting to bring in His sons from the desert, sons to whom He has committed a revelational light that the body does not have, a light that vibrates to the frequency of Jesus Himself, a light that will prepare the body to withstand the sight of the Lord’s Return in all its brilliance. Without that light, the body will not be able to stand before the Lord.
That is why this pre-marriage must take place first. Right now the Body has “moon light” (the lesser light), but not the “sunlight” that only the desert sons can provide. That is why it is imperative that desert sons humble themselves to come in from the desert to “propose marriage” to the bodies that once rejected them, and for the bodies to humble themselves to receive the desert sons with their light and to “accept” their proposals of marriage.
Otherwise both will die—the sons because of isolation, and the bodies because of the blinding judgment of the Lord for which they were unready (Right now the bodies sing, “Shine, Jesus, Shine.” They know now what they ask!)
VII. Relating Spiritual Gender to Other Offices and Moves of God
We know through other prophets that God has other restorations occurring. We also know of the other offices in the Church. Particularly we know that the apostolic office is in restoration now. The question arises: How does this marriage of spiritual genders fit with what else God is restoring? Can this, for example, be equated with the restoration of the apostles in which the apostles are the “sons” come in from the desert?
Answer: while this may be partly true, the marriage of the spiritual genders actually transcends and runs far deeper than the restoration of any one particular office. Spiritual gender is not confined to a particular office, but cuts across all offices and other positions. You see, there are “body apostles,” and there are “desert apostles.” Peter, for example, was a “body apostle.” Paul however was a “desert apostle.”
Likewise, there are “body prophets” and “desert prophets.” Right now for instance, most of the focus of prophetic restoration is on “body prophets.” There is little or no acknowledgment of “desert prophets” (who are still being tagged as “lone rangers” by body people.) There are body teachers, pastors, evangelists, elders; and there are desert teachers, pastors, evangelists, and elders.
Because all this is so, we are talking about something much greater than offices when referring to this union of spiritual gender. We are talking about the union of two totally opposite breeds of spiritual people. It’s easiest then to distinguish them the way the Old Testament does, between the “daughter of My People” and the “sons of the prophets.”
VIII. A Prophet’s Proposal to a Church
[Ed note: the following is the actual text of a bold “marriage proposal” this prophetic writer made to a church leadership body based upon the truth outlined above. This proposal was cautiously accepted after some further time of proving and mutual compromise and pruning within the will of God. It led to a fruitful relationship for a period of years between the writer and the pastoral leadership—and not without its ups and downs. The original church has since passed away.
This type of proposal is only fore typical of what will come to pass in tougher times ahead when the church as a whole is truly ready to receive the prepared sons. The proposal is bold but was made in faith. If given or received prematurely or through the wrong spirit it would be summarily categorized as presumptuous without further hearing. In days of desperation to come however, when the full inadequacy of pastor-led churches becomes apparent and the truly matured “desert sons” are ready to be released, the sense of presumption associated with such proposals will give way to the spirit of faith.]
Last week, I offered you certain proposals as to how I could serve your ministry in a full-time way. In reality, I was offering myself in “marriage” as a desert son to a feminine body and leadership. But because of the distinction of our spiritual gender, there is at present an unspoken barrier between us.
You’re not really sure what to make of me or what to do with me or whether or not I really fit with you. You are used to relationship only in the context of “feminine” spirit where everyone begins with the same basic corporate identity (affirmed through membership classes) before they offer themselves. But I have offered myself without affirming that identity, which creates an oddity.
Nevertheless, true to what I have said already, I believe it has been incumbent on me as the “son” to make the proposal, to step forward in faith according to my understanding of what God is doing. I say “in faith” because, as a desert son, all my experiences with bodies has taught me to distrust you.
That is a distrust I have to overcome within myself to come to you the way I have. Likewise, I’m sure all your experience with people like me has taught you to distrust desert sons. After all, they’ve never done anything but produce division for you.
No one can force a work of God before its time. It was “in the fullness of time” that John the Baptist was shown to Israel, and the Son of God came, and Jew and Gentile were united. No one could make these things happen earlier just because they may have had the vision for them.
So I realize that neither of us can make a marriage between us if it is not time. But what if it is time for the wall to come down and we just don’t see it yet? Suppose it is a wall God is ready to remove, but the enemy is doing his best to retain?
Since we do not know, I have no alternative according to the boldness of my nature and knock on your door the way I have, leaving to God to prove whether the remaining wall between us is still justifiable.
IX. View from This Side of the Fence
Whether or not this is the right time for us to come together, or whether we are even the right “couple” for each other, let me say the following things from where I stand.
First, whether or not you are the “woman” for me, God has shown me that my time in the desert is over, and He does have the right woman and body for me. This “woman” will recognize me for who I am without seeking to submit me to her own identity, ie, without trying to change my spiritual gender. Rather than make certain demands of me, she will recognize the work God has done in me already. Seeing the authority in that work in me, she will accede to it—
She will appreciate my commitment to her through recognizing my unsolicited service to her, seeing the proof of my love through what I do for her.
She will see herself as needy for what I have to offer her and will overcome any residual pride she might have because I don’t come to her through her own channels of verification, even as I have overcome my pride to come to her.
She will receive the cleansing and light God has given me for her to prepare her for his Return. Though her heart goes out to her children, she will not balk when her husband has to spank them on occasion through a clear, direct word.
She will admire the order, direction and authority in the areas God has given it to me for her—not shun it.
And so, what I’m saying is, if you are not that woman who will take me in to herself, then God has the woman for me somewhere who will. He has not called me to go back to the desert, nor to go back to the old ways I have trodden before of self-support as an independent. He’s told me, “It’s time for you to get married.”
Likewise, from the other side, here’s what I see concerning you. Whether or not I am the “son” for you, here is what I see concerning you. When I look at this church, I see a beautiful woman with many children. This woman has done the best job she can with her children, but because she has no man, she’s gone as far as she can to bring order to their lives.
As a woman, she does not have the willpower to give them the direction and constructive discipline they need. It hurts her too much to bring offense to any one of them no matter how necessary. So she is essentially paralyzed from taking them any further.
As a fellowship, you are in need of the light of a desert son that can prepare you for the return of the Lord—whoever that son may be. The Lord also shows me there is a great blockage on the spirit of the people that prevents the true bonding of intimate relationship from developing.
That blockage is a spirit of self-reliance and personal invulnerability that surrounds each person, a wall of protection that prevents them from becoming real through confession. That spirit of self-reliance is a natural spirit in the people—and is then carried into the church after the people are saved.
The church is indeed living, but right now they are of the life of plants rather than animals. Plants have immobile cells connected by thick walls. But animals have moving cells, unprotected by walls, and therefore able to flow as through blood with great freedom and vigor. God wants to change the life at the church from plant cells to animal cells.
Furthermore, the Lord needs to do a work of deep genuine repentance in which the people will become opened to being disciplined. The people are not open to corrective and directive authority.
But know that the great prophecies of striking change to come will not happen without internal confrontation and popular turnover. It remains for leadership however to make the commitment to accept the changes of God no matter what if they expect to taste of the glory of God prophesied to come.
These are my observations, dear pastors. I pray that God is somehow able to translate them for you as body leaders that will enable you to hear them, and then take action on what is made clear to your heart. As for me, I am in the Lord’s hands and will follow Him to the place that opens its heart to me for who I am in Him as I am.
Thank you for having listened. Whatever happens, let us remain open to whatever “marriages” the Lord has for each of us.
II Cor. 5:18-19
written from Merrimack, New Hampshire
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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