The Woman and the Manchild:
Key to Understanding the Church Age
Conclusion: A Prisoner of Two Genes
In our letter on Double-Barreled Sonship, we noted how Jesus was not always manifest as a son. For the majority of His earthly time, He had to develop sonship within the confines of subjection to His mother Mary. So, while He was continually growing in His focus toward the Father, He was required to do so through subjection to interaction with His mother.
There is a deep and profound lesson for all those who would aspire to the glory of the Manchild. Until we come to that place of birth and release into unsubjected glory, we must learn how to successfully negotiate our development toward the Father within the confines of our own femininity, our own “X” gene, both personally and corporately.
What does this mean? It means that receiving the word of the Father is not enough. We must continue receiving of the Spirit. We must continue working out our devotion to the Father over the Spirit's call to respond to our human needs and desires.
To perfect access to the Father, we must also go on to receive of all the Spirit's work and anointing being restored to the Church. This means we must continue working out devotion to the Father’s will through subjection to relationship with the gathered Church. Though we become primary prisoner to the “Y” gene of the Father, we remain indirectly prisoner to the “X” gene ministered by the Spirit from God. We are a prisoner of two genes, not one.
While those who never progress past the “X” word of the Spirit remain bound to their soul-based spiritual perception, those who press into the further “Y” realm of the Father often come under the mistaken thought that they are no longer subject to the Spirit's perfection of them through spiritual gifts, or to the Spirit's dealings with them through their own humanity or through the remaining body of God's people.
These fall into the trap of isolating themselves from others and shutting out the Spirit's anointings. They also try to shut out their own humanity through a sort of "Christian stoicism."
But the word of the Father testifies to us that we are still subject to the Spirit, to our humanity, and to our "Mother." The Father testifies to us that we are still prisoner to Him through our Mother as well as directly to Him. We cannot use our direct heavenly devotion to the Father to evade all relationship to Him through human relationship and responsibility.
While still approaching the Father through these mortal bodies, we can never come to the place where we can find Him without the Spirit's gifts, without the nourishment through the Church, and without interfacing with Him over our humanity's deepest needs and desires. Though His word gives us direct access to Him, we can only grow in that access through the conduit of life's feminine issues and spiritual realities.
For this cause we must listen to His voice with care. To become true sons, we must know when to separate from the unbelieving feminine body (ie, "leave a Church"), and when to re-subject ourselves to Him through the confines of that femininity (ie, "join a Church").
We must know when to separate ourselves out from our own sense of needs, desires, and earthly obligations (ie, "negative self denial"); and when to come to Him over the taking up of our needs, desires, and new earth-based obligations (ie, "positive self-denial"). Jesus said, "I have power to lay my life down, and I have power to take it up again" (Jn. 10:17-18.) So must we.
The challenge of the hour to those who have embraced the word of the Father is to remember: We are a prisoner of two genes, not one.
And the challenge to those of the Woman who have never received the word of the Father is this: We are to become a prisoner of two genes, not just one.
By this admonition the middle wall of partition is broken down between earthly and heavenly. The Kingdom of God is brought to earth.
The Father’s Closing Exhortation to the Woman
How is such an overwhelming letter as this concluded? Where do we stand? The Father would have the Woman know that underneath everything—
"everything you are, everything you do; underneath your place in your generation; underneath whatever ministry you may have, even a ministry of miracles and glory full of the Spirit's earthquake, wind, and fire; underneath all your understanding of the kingdom and the teaching of all your revelation—there is only one thing that lasts, one thing that counts, one thing that matters and that you had better have when you appear before Him—one thing that gives any meaning to all the rest and without it, you might as well hang it up now—and that is the word of the Father."
To the Woman He would say,
"My Manchild has spent his years trying to instruct you in one thing—you need My Father-word. You need to surrender to that word to become complete, to begin the road to permanent maturity, to experience the abode and unswerving reign of My presence and the knowledge of God and of Eternal Life in your heart no matter what you may face.
“He has spent what seems to him a lifetime of trying to persuade you to receive and live by My Father-word, whether by prophetic unction and action, or by silent example while in your midst. Sometimes, his soul has groaned under the weight of that silence you have enforced upon him by your refusal and unwillingness to hear. As a woman loathe of her offspring you have contended with him through your unbelief, leaving him to the isolated fellowship of the desert. And now that you have received him again into your womb in spite of yourself, you still do not see him nor believe in him.
“What more therefore does he have to say to you? Is there any more to be said to which you might listen at this final hour? If so, he has no evidence of it. You are blinded and made drunk by your own glory in the Spirit. This is your sleep in the face of My appearance when I take My Manchild once and for all from within your womb up to glory. Even now you are in agony and in the throes of birth pangs, but do not know why—like a mother who knows not she is pregnant til suddenly her child is born.
“What more then could he possibly say to you after all these years? The time of his struggle with you is over. His contention with you over your submission to the Father-word is now a mute point. He has been made silent that he might be born from within you. Now therefore, there is no more for him to say to you. I have drawn My lines. I know them that are Mine. And in the glory I have bestowed upon you in grace unto your drunkenness, I have already poured upon you unto a judgment, sealing your inability to be fully converted and enter the greater glory of the heavenly kingdom until after the sons are manifest. He fears then that you will hear no further until that final day your child is born, and you see him go, and they are taken from you.
Do not misunderstand him, Mother. He still loves you, and he is still here for you if I know you may yet hear and receive My word with him. But you have made your choice and he has made his. And though your focuses can never meet (for they are in opposite directions and dimensions) he leaves you in peace, and with his blessing. He has also forgiven you for your treatment of him and his generations before him. For what you meant for his evil through your unbelief, I meant for his glory. He is nevertheless grateful for you—for by you he has drunk of the glory of your spirit. You have nourished him and brought him forth to birth. And without you, he could not have come forth to this place. He thanks you for having been his Mother, his secret protector, in spite of yourself, even though you did not know who he was to you.
Soon—he will see you again—after you have given birth to him. And in that day of his glory, you will recognize him for who he truly was within you all along. And in that day, he will lead you through your desert time and will feed you as you fed him. He will also protect you from the fury of the dragon. And then, when you are ready and have been changed, you will rejoice together. For then you will both have been harvested unto Me.
But for now, he leaves you in peace. The time for him to persuade you is at an end. The door for your generation is now shut. But he will see you again at the next call.
written from Merrimack, New Hampshire
First Love Ministry
- a ministry of Anglemar Fellowship
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