The Woman and the Manchild:
Key to Understanding the Church Age
Where We Are Now
Before the still small voice came causing Elijah to tremble, there was a great earthquake, wind, and fire. The Lord was not in these, yet their display prepared Elijah to hear and receive the still, small voice.
This is precisely where we stand on the eve of the birth of the Manchild. There is an exceeding stepped up activity of earthquake, fire, and wind ministry in the Church now. This ministry answers to the glory of the Woman in Revelation 12.
The Lord is not “in” any of this ministry(!) Yet He is the one performing it. This earthquake ministry is preparatory to the birth and revelation of the Manchild ministry—the ministry of the still, small voice bearing the true identity and authority of the Lord.
Alert Menchildren are now heeding the voice of the Lord within them to return to this ministry even though they know He is not in it. They return because the Spirit testifies to them that it is the prelude to their own coming forth. And daughters of Zion from within the Woman have begun to be quietly joined to them underneath this glory.
Though the Lord is not in any of this "great" bombastic ministry, it is still providing the final nourishment to the elect, chosen saints of the Father Word—like as a placenta provides final nourishment for a fetus, or a blade and stalk provide nourishment for the ripened corn at harvest.
We repeat, this earthquake-placenta-stalk ministry is living, but there is no identity of the Lord in any of it. The Lord is in the Manchild, and in the ear, and in the still small voice.
- The Prophetic Woman
The focus of this earthquake ministry is now in what is called the "Prophetic Movement." The word of the Spirit has been released in an unprecedented way on the earth-based, soul-centered Church through the prophetic gift and office. Again, this is earthquake ministry. The Lord is not in it, but He is doing it.
The Lord is speaking. If you listen carefully to the nature of the spirit and direction of focus behind this prophetic movement, you will see the tell-tale signs of Woman-based, soul-centered ministry:
- Prophecy that focuses on the promises of the acts, ministries, and fulfilled desires toward earthly destinies that saints will accomplish,
- Prophecy whose greatness is measured by the extrinsic scope and breadth of the promises, not the intrinsic coming forth of developed identity into Jesus Christ,
- Prophecy whose concept of the end-time harvest focuses on the outward gathering of numbers of peoples and nations into the Church,
- Prophecy whose focus of influence on the world is the changing of outward circumstances of life and outwardly manifest powers of government and economics,
- Prophecy whose focus for prosperity is the fulfilment of outward needs through improved finances, health, etc.
At the same time, those in the forefront of promoting and manifesting this new prophetic release measure their ministry success in terms of
- outwardly perceivable sizes of congregations being added to their network,
- numbers of buildings, acres, and dollars being added to their possessions,
- numbers of sub-ministries and networks being developed under their oversight, numbers of college degrees being awarded to their students, etc., etc.
Yes. All of these things the Lord is doing. But the Lord can only be found in the place of the still, small voice—a place nourished by the preparatory earthquake ministry, but a place in which none of these external ministries ultimately count for anything or hold any final value in the heart.
Only those who have received the “Y” gene of the Father are permanently helped by this “X” gene ministry or are able to discern the difference. For those who have not entered into that word, this ministry only provides a shadow of what God would truly desire to do in their inward man.
(For those in the Woman's outermost courts who are not even obedient to the Word of the Spirit, this earthquake ministry is also "quail ministry," ie, ministry sent to judge lust [Num. 11:16-20,31-34.] This is because earthquake ministry can tell us what we want to hear without necessarily telling us what we need to hear. In the case of the prophetic movement, great prophetic promises can be made to disobedient people that will ultimately ruin them.)
As is the case with ministry speaking only to the soul but not to the inner man, a certain flesh factor mixed in to the prophecy exists, luring prophets to sometimes speak out of their own mind. Currently, some in the prophetic movement are so intent on vision for earthly harvest that they are prophesying some things which flatly contradict the unbreakable scriptural prophecies regarding conditions in the last days (some mock the thought of an "antichrist" or "beast system" as taught in Revelation 13.)
Other things prophesied through "swelling greatness" will frankly not happen because they are simply not of the Lord, but from an "over-souled” spirit. Still other things are from the Lord, but will not come to pass in any way, shape, or context that fulfills the imagination of them because the context of that imagination is flesh even though the prophecy is from the Lord.
Still other of these swelling prophecies will not come to pass because the people to whom they are prophesied are simply not spiritually equal to receiving them or to enduring the outworking process that will enable their fulfillment to come to pass.
These are the limitations of earthquake ministry, specifically corporate prophetic ministry. It can only grow and increase in outward dimensions, promising greater and greater soul promises that can't even be grasped, yet never speaking to the intimate authoritative soul-purging Word of the Father.
The Coming Spiritual Blowout
Where does all this lead? It ultimately leads to a spiritual blow-out of the vessels to and through whom this ministry is coming.
Earthquake ministry eventually becomes quail ministry to those who do not go on to receive it in context of the Father word. It is because of this very limitation of earthquake ministry that Jesus said about it, "Rejoice not that the demons are subject to you, but that your names are written in heaven" (Lk 10:20.)
Jesus tells us to rejoice—not in the “X” word of the Spirit, but in the “Y” word of the Father, i.e, in our identity in Him. For this is where the knowledge of God and eternal life are secured and experienced.
Likewise Jeremiah says, "Let him that glories glory in this, that He understands and knows me" (Jer 9:24.) Our glory is not in the word of the Spirit through prophecies of coming greatness upon us. Such glory is short lived. Yet this is the only glorying that those who have not received the word of the Father can know. This is the glory of the Revelation 12 Woman. It is the "glory of the placenta."
As we said, the Woman’s increasing glory through the acts of the Spirit in the prophetic movement is headed for a blowout. One description of this is found in the recent Father word prophecy given by Rick Joyner. It describes a "wave" coming that will destroy the puny surfboard ministries of the expectant surfer (ie, the Church) waiting eagerly for the wave. This wave also answers to the “wave and wind” of the Spirit that blows upon the “house of the Lord” that is not built upon the “Rock” of the Word of the Father, destroying it (Mt. 7:24-27).
Lesson from Ai
Another description for this coming blowout can be found through the prophetic movement's own illustration of the Promised Land. One main branch of the movement teaches that the frontline church has now left the wilderness of the charismatic movement, has “crossed over Jordan,” and has now entered the Promised Land of warfare victory, "taking the land" for God.
If we follow this picture through, we will also learn that the prophetic movement is headed for a major humiliating defeat. That defeat is symbolized by Israel's defeat at Ai. The reason Israel was defeated was because of hidden sin in the camp—specifically a "babylonian garment" and a "gold wedge."
The garment and gold symbolize the remaining hidden babylonian (earthly) ways and trust in earthly economics that yet clothe the glorious prophetic Woman. Because She has failed to receive the word of the Father, Her thinking is still blinded by soul attachments to this life.
The glory the Woman now experiences through the prophetic is not touching that blindness and cannot deliver her from it. It will take a major defeat that strips the Church of Her mixed trust in God via remaining alignment with human society and economics before She is forced to acknowledge the reality and superiority of the “Y” Word.
Underneath the entire earthquake ministry is another kind of quake and blowout that has already begun. This is none other than the labor pains and birthing of the Manchild into open manifestation and authority. In a sense, the two earthquakes are one. They are parallel.
A Nuclear Reaction Underway….
As the glory increases on the Woman to the place she can no longer contain it (like a nuclear reaction), so also is that glory feeding the Manchild fetus to the point She can no longer hold him back in Her womb. He will break forth.
This breaking forth will happen commensurately with the collapse of the Woman's ability to stand under Her own glory. At the same time God's glory exposes the inadequacy of Her soul-based salvation, God will bring forth those who have come to maturity of sonship in the knowing of the Father through the nourishment of that glory.
Right now there are Manchild stirrings within the prophetic Church. Here and there, a word of the Father comes forth from a hidden prophet within the Church amidst the glory of all the other earth-based prophesying. It is a word of challenge, rebuke, fear of the Lord, correction, calling for the removing of our eyes from this world's affairs to the imminence of Christ's appearance and our readiness for Him.
The rate of these words is increasing like labor contractions sandwiched amidst all the other "glorious" words—And the Woman nods in stuporous approval, not having even heard the truth behind what she just agreed to. Her glory has blinded her—a blindness that works to the protection of the Manchild who shall be born in God's time.
So it is, the birthing has begun. We are even at the doors. The entire glorious prophetic Church is about to undergo a major dual cataclysm as it glories in God's acts. And only those with hearts predisposed to hear the Father's still small voice can perceive this, and will be unmoved by the final glory quake which brings them to manifestation while it collapses the soul structure of the Woman Church.
Once the Manchild is born and caught up to heavenly authority, the serpent will be cast down to earth where he will vent his unmitigated fury toward the Woman. It is here that the Woman will pass through the death experience She must endure in order for all the glorious prophecies she has received to come to pass.
(Before we can rule over the earth, we must die to relationship with the earth. This is the lesson the Woman has repeatedly failed to learn throughout this age and is what most characterizes Her for who She remains without the “Y” gene.)
At that time the Church's eyes will be opened to her abysmal spiritual inadequacy through failure to receive the Father word throughout the age just passed. She will see her age-long superficiality for what it has been, along with the hollowness of her recent prophetic gloryings, and the glibness with which she professed desire for God to purify her with "all consuming fire." Through this revelation she will undergo a deep repentance, bringing many more to receive the word of the Father and enter into their estate as sons.
Meanwhile the Sons who have been born into glorification will now become the Church's authority. Out in the wilderness, separated from all Her previous delights in the natural world, the Woman will be fed by the new complete Father glory of the ones who til late had been fed by Her glory in the womb.
The Father glory of the Sons will feed and protect the Woman, far exceeding the glory by which they were fed and protected. This will occur at the same time of great persecution under world government prophesied by the apostle John in Rev 13-18. This persecution will make the Woman ready for the final, complete return of the Lord.
In this age, those who bear the genetic word of the Father are forbidden to speak it by those who do not have it. And those who do have it are unable to carry forth its unction because of the limitations of their own remaining earthly nature.
But all this is because the word of the Father was never meant to be ultimately manifested through mortal bodies. It was destined to be released through the voices and deeds of immortals.
For this cause, the Father is preparing in silence that people who have received His word to come forth at the last hour into immortality and glorification, to come out from their own remaining earthly nature as well as that of the mothering body surrounding them.
written from Merrimack, New Hampshire
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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