The Dawning Restoration of Masculine
VI. Restoration of the Prophetic/Apostolic Offices and Entrance to the Third Dimension
Since the mid to late 1980’s, a restoration of the masculine offices of prophet and apostle has been underway. The restoration of these offices hails the dawn of the entire Church’s entrance into the third dimension and the marriage of the two primary spiritual streams. When the apostolic office is fully restored, the Church will be completely inside the third dimension. The masculine stream will be fully "out of the closet" and joined to the visible feminine stream.
The prophetic restoration has already made its mark on both the feminine and masculine streams in preparation for their joining together. First, the feminine Church has seen a birthing of the prophetic in its own midst. This feminine prophetic movement is of course yet governed by the attributes of the feminine stream. It is softer and more positive in its approach than its counterpart in the masculine stream.
Nevertheless, in comparison to what has til now characterized the feminine Church, it is more masculine than anything before it since the Reformation. Body prophets are now calling forth a new righteousness and holiness not heard for centuries in the visible Church, albeit these calls are issued in very positive ways that promote a minimum of controversy.
At the same time, prophets from the masculine stream have begun emerging from the subsoil to cross pollinate with the feminine Church. For instance, prophets like Allen Arrowood and Kelly Varner who once could only be found ministering to isolated “desert” churches and “sonship” communities have now begun finding an acceptable ministry in the visible Church. Though their natures are primarily masculine, enough of a perfecting work has been wrought enabling them to recognize the true place of the visible feminine stream and to begin working with it. In his recent book (1988), The More Excellent Ministry, Kelly Varner writes:
I remember in 1969 when I began to see the third dimension, a realm beyond Pentecost. We were told in that small gathering behind closed doors, “Now don’t tell anyone about these truths. This revelation is too deep for the folks to understand.” –There was then, and in many places no vision for evangelism. Just a heaping up of knowledge, which is power. If I know something that you don’t know, I have an edge on you. But times have changed. Everybody is going to hear about it now….
I prophesy that the truths and concepts of the third dimension will begin to infiltrate the major streams of the Body of Christ this year. This thing is going down Main Street. His prophets are now praying for an open door of utterance into the Pentecostal, Charismatic, and Faith circles….This ministry is not limited to one stream of the Body of Christ. (pp. 41-42)
I remember a time in my own life and ministry when I knew about Sonship but had not the Spirit of the Son, —I was proud, and harsh, and critical. God has been working a real breaking in my spirit these last nine years. Little by little, and line upon line, He is changing me. He has revolutionized my thinking and is continually renewing my mind.
When I began to preach, I was so full of legalism and exclusivism, and was especially hard on my brethren in the ministry. Having picked up that critical attitude form older ministries, I supposed it to be the norm until the Lord smote my heart. I have always been able to roar like a lion. But bold preaching and bold living must be tempered with the nature of the Slain Lamb. It is time for the lion and the lamb to lie down in one nature—This is the spirit of the more excellent ministry. (p. 43).
But the day of apostolic union with the pastoral is at hand. When this day fully breaks in upon the Church, those masculine apostles who have been perfected among their desert communities will come forth, able to mate with the feminine Church. Together with the disciples who can hear their new strange word, they will leave the deserts en masse. They will be embraced by that perfected remnant of feminine pastor-led churches who will willingly yield up to them final authority for church direction.
As the feminine Church experiences a birthing of the prophetic in its midst, and the masculine prophetic begins seeping out of the ground to be joined to it, we are seeing the beginnings of the marriage of the feminine and masculine Churches. The restoration of the prophetic is the forerunner of the complete marriage to manifest when the masculine stream Church is restored to visible authority and the third dimension is fully entered.
This complete restoration will come through the restoration of the apostolic office to the church. The apostle is the foundational and totally masculine office in the Body. Like the prophetic, the stirrings of apostolic restoration are already underway. The emerging prophetic movement in the feminine Church (as seen in Bill Hamon) is already hailing the onset of apostolic restoration.
Meanwhile, foundational masculine apostles who have served as the backbone of the desert Church are now finding themselves inexplicably removed from that stream and quietly planted back in the mainstream feminine Church. This planting is only possible because of the preparatory prophetic work that has gone before them in the churches, and because of their own extreme submissive sensitivity to the voice of God contrary to all He has previously taught them.
- Identifying the Time of Complete Restoration
When will we be able to identify the time of actual marriage between the two streams and complete entrance into the third dimension? This will be signaled only at that point when the eyes and heart of the feminine Church are opened to recognize and submit to the authority of the masculine saints. When the scepter of Church authority actually passes from the pastors to the apostles will you know that the Church has fully crossed into the third dimension.
This requires a spiritual hearing which the feminine Church does not have at this time. Neither is it being addressed by the preparatory prophetic movement or its body apostles. Right now, a fundamental denial of masculine authority still exists in the feminine Church and in the prophetic and preliminary apostolic moves it is embracing. A veil remains over the eyes of the frontline prophetic churches as body apostles and prophets downplay all direct, divisive masculine words as "not from God" or "of the flesh."
The reason for the veil is that the feminine Church, including its prophets and apostles, continues to recognize the pastor as the final seat of Church authority. All present prophetic and apostolic activity in the feminine stream is still ultimately defined and shaped by the pastoral office and nature. The activity of prophetic and pre-apostolic ministry is defined by feminine parameters. There are strict limits on what can be ministered and to whom. There are severe limits as to how much offense through masculine truth may be ministered.
Not until the prophetic and apostolic break out of this motherly womb of pastoral authority will the Church be fully in the third dimension. The Church, you see, has two authorities -- the feminine and the masculine, the mothering and the fathering authority.
But for generations since the first apostles fell asleep, the mainstream Church has known only mothering pastoral authority. All fathering masculine authority has been driven underground for centuries. This lack of husbanding authority is why the Church has suffered under 1900 years of spiritual pollution, harlotry, and jezebellic control.
So it is to this day, the earthbound Church still labors under the veil of supremacy of pastoral authority. Many yet mistakenly refer to pastoral ministry as "fathering ministry," a mistake made because of the complete absence of true masculine spiritual authority as seen in the apostle.
Both feminine and masculine saints will be remnants of their respective streams. As is true of all unfolding movements, not all are able to make the transition into a new move. The marriage of apostolic and pastoral authority will be the most challenging move of Church restoration to be entered by overcomers.
There will be much opposition and persecution from within both visible and desert churches—even by those who have been part of the preparatory prophetic moves toward this marriage. There will be body prophets and apostles unable to make that final ascession to masculine apostolic authority. Likewise there will be desert prophets and apostles unopen to the possibility of marriage with the feminine stream and who will remain in the desert of self-righteousness.
Nevertheless, the glory and power unleashed through this third dimensional marriage will also be unparalleled in history. The union of pastoral and apostolic authority will prove to be a significant fulfilment of the Two Witnesses of Revelation 11. Their marriage will bring the last generation Church to final perfection for translation. It will produce a quality of spiritual life in newborn believers never seen before, and will lay the foundational standard for spiritual life during the Millennium.
All of this final perfecting will take place within the context of great world tribulation. Remember that it is during periods of world tribulation that masculine spiritual authority flourishes. So this time of trouble will itself be another indicator that the third dimension has fully come. Just like the Reformation/Puritan Era, we will see masculine authority come into ascendancy because of the intense persecution that will be against the Church everywhere.
Without masculine leadership, the Church would be unable to survive these times to come. Yet together with the new married Church authority, the fires of world tribulation will be instrumental in bringing an entire generational sainthood into that perfect spiritual gender that will qualify them for translation. This translation of the saints will be the apex manifestation of the third dimension.