The Woman and the Manchild:
Key to Understanding the Church Age
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven, a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: And she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered... And she brought forth a manchild who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron: and her child was caught up unto God, and to His throne. Rev. 12:1-5 ff.
[revised October, 2016]
The greatest event in church history since the resurrection of Christ is about to occur. For as Christ rose again to become the "firstborn from among the dead", even so the Church is about to give birth to a “Manchild,” i.e., a company of saints from within her midst who will leave the soulish realm of spiritual development subject to physical death. They will be totally born out of the water of the soul realm, and into the complete life of the Spirit manifested through deathless and glorified bodies.
This event is referred to in Romans 8:19-23 as the "manifestation of the sons of God." The birthing of a people into this dimension coincides with the "birth pangs" of the end times spoken by Jesus (Mt 24:8. The Gk. word here for "sorrows" [odin] means birth pangs. See also I Th. 5:3). The convulsions of the earth through geologic and political turmoil parallel the convulsing of the Church as this hidden company struggles within Zion's womb to be brought forth (Is. 66:7-8 with Is 13:6-11; Mic 4:8-10;5:3).
The supreme picture of this event is given to us in Revelation 12. A woman clothed in the glory of the sun having the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars is in pains of childbirth. At last, she gives birth to a manchild who is immediately caught up into the heavenly realms and endued with worldwide authority.
On the first order of understanding, this is usually thought to picture Israel giving birth to Christ who then ascends to heaven to assume His authority. But in context of John's vision which is of "things which must be hereafter" (Rev. 4:1, ie, of things after John's time), it actually applies to the Church who gives birth to that "Manchild company" of saints, of whom Christ was the firstborn and forerunner (Rom 8:29).
These are the many sons whom Christ brings to glory and who are found reigning with Christ from Mount Zion (Heb 2:9; Rev 14:1 with Mic. 4:7). As Christ came forth from the tomb, so these come forth from the Church's womb at the end of this age, itself a "death" experience unto life signified by the words "they loved not their lives unto death" (Rev. 12:11).
(Immediately after this, the woman is taken into the wilderness for 3 1/2 years (Rev. 12:6), commonly understood as the end time period of tribulation.)
Are All Believers Identically Equal?
So who are these people of the Manchild? Where do they come from? What distinguishes them from those who make up the Woman with twelve stars? "I thought that everyone in the church occupies the same station. We are all alike. There are no further distinctions among us."
But here we see this is not the case. Yes, we are all one in that we come from the divine substance of the same Lord (Eph 4:4-7). But within that oneness a differentiation exists of mature and immature, more faithful and less faithful, as well as a host of varying attributes that differentiate our kingdom functions, capabilities and proclivities.
Out of the sum of these differentiations arises an overarching distinction between two streams of people in Christ. One is a larger overwhelming majority body pictured by the Woman. The other is a smaller fetal body with a distinct personhood of its own. This smaller body is hidden within the larger body, not having come into recognition for its visible, distinct autonomy. It is still dependent for development on its Mother as it approaches birth.
The picture of Revelation 12 is the key that unlocks a mystery concerning the people of God, explaining a certain difference among us all that has always been with us, but to this time has remained hidden from understanding. Because we are now so close to the birthing out of this distinct sub-body of saints from within the Church, God is releasing the understanding of this mystery to His prophets and apostles of the end time.
This writer has taken great pains in previous letters to reveal and explain the mystery of spiritual gender. As time passes, the Lord is confirming, detailing, and expanding this understanding. Now we shall see how the mystery of Revelation 12 is critical to understanding what is now happening in the church between "feminine" and "masculine" saints.
We will better understand the apparent conflict between their natures and also resolve remaining questions as to what determines a saint's overriding spiritual femininity or masculinity. We will also resolve questions over conflicting messages for these end times coming from each type, as well as age-long conflicts over foundational doctrines.
In earlier letters (see The Mystery of Spiritual Gender and The Dawning Restoration of Masculine Spiritual Authority) we revealed God's plan to move the church from feminine spiritual authority to masculine spiritual authority unto glorification/translation of the saints. We also described the differences in nature between these saints as well as their need for one another. But now, using the picture of Revelation 12, we shall see even deeper into the difference between these natures and what causes them.
Please remember, you are about to read a prophetic explanation of a prophetic picture from Scripture. As the original picture was given by revelation without elaboration, so this explanation of the picture is given by revelation without further logical proof. You must therefore test what you are about to read by the spirit of prophetic understanding, not by human reason based on appeal to an isolated scripture here or there.
You must submit this to the Lord for testing. This writer is fully persuaded of the truth of what he is saying. It is the product of years of waiting on the Lord over his own experiences in and out of church bodies. So—"to him with ears to hear, let him hear, ponder, and understand the word of the Lord for our time."
[Note: This introduction would not be complete without giving credit to the West Coast prophet Leland Earls for his foundational revelations pertaining to the Woman and Manchild. His revelations are the basis from which the "house" of this further revelation is built. In this writer's opinion, the revelations of Prophet Earls are the most sound expositions of the end times ever published, continuing to withstand the test of time after almost 30 years.]
Giving Birth: A Picture of Spiritual Progression
In the economy of God, when one entity gives birth to another, it represents a progression from something good to something better. For instance, the age of Law gave birth to the age of Grace when Jesus was born by Mary into the world (Gal 4:4-5), and then by the Spirit out from among the dead (Rom. 8:11; Col 1:18).
The Law was good, but the New Covenant is better! The Law was oriented toward the earthly. The New Covenant is of the Spirit, oriented toward the heavenly. Christ's earthly body from Mary made under the Law was good. But His resurrection body is superb!
The very same type of progression is represented by the picture of the Woman and the Manchild. The Woman represents the overall visible body of Christ as it has been nurtured and ruled throughout this age by the feminine qualities associated with God's Spirit as the “Comforter” or “Helper” (Jn. 14:26) and as El Shaddai (Eng., “Almighty”), i.e., the “breasted one” (see Gen. 49:25).
The Manchild represents that smaller, hidden portion of saints that has been nurtured and ruled by the masculine qualities of Father God. In past letters we have detailed those distinctions, and will touch on them some more here.
But now we also see that, in the economy of God, not only are these qualities distinct unto the existence of two streams of believers, but the feminine is intended to give birth and yield to the authority of the masculine, in keeping with what we outlined previously. Such a transition is secretly underway now as the Church is about to give birth to a Manchild within her, a Manchild she does not even recognize she is carrying.
But who are the "Manchild saints"? What distinguishes them from the "Woman saints" in origin? Where did the difference between these two bodies begin?
written from Merrimack, New Hampshire
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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