The Woman and the Manchild:
Key to Understanding the Church Age
Historic Development of Relationship between the Woman and Manchild
A. Historical Deficiencies
The vision of the Woman pregnant with the Manchild tells the story of the church age. It has been an age in which it was destined that the overwhelming majority body of saints should be the half-converted, conditionally saved, Spirit-activated, society-interactive ("visible") Church. It was also destined that within the midst of this Church there would be a hidden minority (remnant) of believers.
This remnant has been ordained to go on to receive the word of the Father in the inner man, yielding a complete identity conception unto secret growth toward eventual perfection. The ultimate manifestation of this perfection is to be manifested through physical rebirth into the glorified state. Indeed, we are now living in the time of the fullness of fulfilment of this picture. The publicly recognizable feminine Church is coming into great glory while the Manchild within Her is ever nearing in readiness to be born.
1. “The Harlot”
But it has not always been this way. The picture has been obscured throughout church history. Certain factors have kept the Woman under bondage to exceeding corruption. Meanwhile the seed of the Manchild has been kept in complete isolation outside the Woman where he could not develop within her womb toward birth.
For the great majority of time since the church was founded, the visible soul-based Church has not been marked by glory, nor even by the half-converted identity of the Spirit word, but rather by spiritual pollution and adultery. Most of what has been called the "Church" throughout this age has in actuality fulfilled the picture of the harlot in Revelation 17.
Though it may have had some semblance of Holy Spirit salvation in its midst, the publicly recognized Church has been primarily identified by spiritual corruption, idolatry, and fornication with the political powers, economic systems, and cultural traditions of this world.
In turn, under the spirit of harlotry, the Woman has rejected any appearance of the Manchild within her midst, aborting him, persecuting him, eating him, sacrificing him to her false gods. Prophetic saints who have received the word of the Father and stood up to challenge the jezebellic control of false human authority have been relentlessly hunted down and savagely exterminated. This is the woman in whom is found the blood of the martyrs (Rev. 17:6; 18:24).
Today's glorious “evangelical charismatic” Woman has taken many generations to be brought forth out of the shadows of the harlot. This has happened through the Lord’s increased washing of the water of the Spirit word (Eph 5:26) since before the time of Reformation. The strength of the word of the Spirit in the Woman, though not fertilized, marks her clearly and distinctly from the harlot generation.
Today's vibrant evangelical and charismatic Churches preaching the soul-based gospel are a far cry from the apostate catholic, orthodox, and mainline denominational Churches founded long ago.
Nevertheless, because She does not have the word of the Father, the glorious Church is still subject to those subtle forces that seek to draw her back into harlotry and hold her in bondage to the practices of men. Shades of adulterous traits are still visible to those with the Father's eyes: dependences on finances, government laws, buildings, etc.
Yet we can praise God. His purpose to bring forth a pure Woman is proceeding unthwartably!
2. The Motherless (Desert) Fetus
The Manchild as he exists today hidden within the developing glorious Church has also not always been thus and still has a long way to go. For until now, He has not had a pure enough Woman within whom he could develop. Instead, the Manchild saints have been forced to flee the spirit of the harlot still present in the Woman’s midst.
Receiving the word of the Father in consecrated faithfulness, these have escaped to the spiritual caves and deserts of the earth to avoid persecution and the pollutions of that spirit. This has left them to live as scattered sperm cells with no body in which to grow.
Without a true mothering body for so many generations, the Manchild fetus has thus been left in the wilderness to the impossibility of bringing Himself to birth out of nothing.
As a result, Manchild saints have repeatedly come to the erroneous conclusion that they alone held all the truth of God and that no true Mother ever existed or ever would or could exist in this age. To them, the true church could only be found as scattered groups of isolates and individuals characterized by their experiences and lifestyle.
One would think that because of their deeper entrance into the life of God through their reception of the Father's word, these desert saints would have had a greater discernment and vision for their true place relative to the outlying feminine body of Christ. Unfortunately this has not been so.
Manchild believers have been consigned to the desert, not only because of the jezebel spirit, but also because of their own inability to conceive of the larger picture outside themselves and the nature into which they have entered.
The age-long persecutions suffered by the Manchild people have conditioned them into a mindset that has tended to block their ability to receive the revelation of the glorious Woman and their remaining need for the soul-based work of the Spirit. Throughout history, these have tended to remain in a "reactive" mode, reaching for extremes in understanding that have prohibited the mothering word of the Spirit from doing a complete work in them.
Through the combination of persecution experiences and knowledge of the inadequacy of earth-focused ministry, Manchild saints have developed teachings that in the extreme deny all soul-based ministry of the Spirit both individually and corporately. Consider some of these:
a) A believer is not saved at all unless he has received the word of the Father unto a full discipleship commitment to the Lord (sometimes called “lordship salvation”—“Lord of all or not at all”).
- Some extend this to apply to the crisis experience of the Spirit's baptism upon that word such that one is not saved at all unless he undergoes this experience.
- Others apply this teaching to certain practices characteristic of discipleship so as to say one is not saved at all unless he is practicing a particular evidence of discipleship (eg, giving away all earthly goods).
- Still others say one must be part of a particular group practicing that particular evidence to be saved. (In turn, this group defines themselves as being the “only true church” in the earth.)
b) The soul (the mind, will, and emotions with its desires) is basically evil and is to be suppressed and denied all expression. No distinction is made between the work of God in the soul and the law of sin operating in the soul (ie, "the flesh").
Therefore, God does not minister to or through the soul’s earthly needs or desires, nor is any teaching pertaining to the fulfilling of earthly needs and desires from God.
All expressions of the soul are considered to be "flesh" and are to be denied and eradicated. Self denial is equated with soul denial. (This is the root of all ascetic, stoic, and buddhist teaching.)
c) The Spirit of God ministers only to the identity nature through the Father word. Therefore, all manifestations of the Spirit through the gifts that do not specifically speak to the word of the Father’s identity nature are "of the flesh." This includes all teachings on and based on the operations of those gifts.
Hence, all prophecies, healing, faith ministries and their teachings on the operations of these ministries are of the flesh. Some deny the existence of all gifts (including tongues) because they show no bearing to the "crisis work" of the Father upon the soul.
God never intended the Manchild to be brought to birth by Himself without the Mother. The Manchild company cannot come to completion without the gifted soul ministry of the corporate word of the Spirit found in the Mother. Neither can any individual saint ever come to manifestation without allowing the Spirit’s mothering word to do a complete work through his earth-based soul.
Without this work, the Father’s identity nature withers and shrivels up, losing all impetus for further development. Consequently, the lives of isolated saints and groups who have received the Father word become like prunes. There is no joy or power of the Spirit in them—only a quiet subduction and repression of emotion.
Though this has been the historic situation concerning the Manchild, this too is changing. For even as a remnant generation of the Woman is coming forth unto glory, even so is a remnant generation of Manchild saints awakening to their own deficiency apart from their Mother's womb. They are realizing they cannot be brought forth to birth in the desert by themselves under a rock somewhere.
God is calling this Manchild remnant back into the bowels of the glorifying Woman where they can develop identity of soul properly to come to a complete manifesting at the end of this age and unto the Isaiah 62:5 marriage of which we have spoken much before.
Today's Woman and Manchild bodies are the product of this age-long work of development out of their mutual exclusions due to corruption and isolation. Praise God for the inscrutability of this divine work being revealed at this hour!
written from Merrimack, New Hampshire
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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