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BLESSED ARE YOU AMONG WOMEN
Now, having said all of this regarding the woman, one would ask: Will Yahweh God use women? Absolutely! Women were used by Him throughout the Bible, and are used today.
Elizabeth and Mary were used to bring forth both the foreshadowing Elijah and Yahshua. And what kind of life did those two pursue? Regarding Zacharias and Elizabeth, we read: “They were both righteous in the sight of God, walking blamelessly in all the commandments and requirements of the Lord” (Luke 1:6). Oh, such a quest we should follow. Though advanced in years and in disgrace without child, still Elizabeth’s heart was towards Yahweh. And today, among women, where is this sense of disgrace and unfulfilled purpose for not having a child?
Mary was of a like heart as Elizabeth, and she too had “favor with God” (Luke 1:30). We see as well by her continual response—to the angel who came to her, and to Elizabeth—why she was so favored. To the angel she replied, “Behold, the bondslave of the Lord; may it be done to me according to your word” (vs. 38). And to Elizabeth, who proclaimed to her, “Blessed are you among women,” she likewise humbly replied, “For He has had regard for the humble state of His bondslave; for behold, from this time on all generations will count me blessed” (vs. 48). Oh what an example for women: to be regarded blessed because of their humble state and heart of a bondslave.
Will Yahweh use women? Absolutely! Mary Magdalene was the first to announce Yahshua’s empty tomb, and she did so because she availed herself to such honor by being a servant—going to the tomb early in the morning (John 20). And after the disciples came to the tomb, and then went away to their homes, she remained at the tomb weeping. She was then honored as well to see two angels and spoke with them. And, she was the first to speak with Yahshua after His resurrection, thinking at first He was the gardener (and in fact He truly is). And, she then spoke to the disciples yet a second time that fateful morning, being the first to proclaim that He had resurrected from the dead! All these events were a true honor—having taken the place of a servant.
Yes, Yahweh will indeed use a woman who is a servant, even as He will use a man who is a servant. As it is written, he who humbles himself will be exalted, and he who exalts himself will be humbled (Luke 14:11). The woman is the weaker vessel, but Yahweh’s word says that “when I am weak, then I am strong” (2 Corinthians 12:10); and, that “strength is perfected in weakness,” His grace being sufficient (2 Corinthians 12:9); and, that He has chosen the weak and the foolish to shame the strong and the wise (1 Corinthians 1:27); and, that we are not “adequate in ourselves to consider anything as coming from ourselves, but our adequacy is from God, who [makes] us adequate as servants of a new covenant” (2 Corinthians 3:5-6). Thus, Yahweh reduced Gideon’s army down to a state of weakness, Hebrews 11:32 and 34 noting, they “were made strong out of weakness.”
Acknowledged weakness is the place of total dependence upon and complete hope in one’s Creator. As we have noted, Yahshua Himself, God’s Son, came in weakness in a female role—to be a servant and not to be served (Mark 10:45)—and we, men and women alike, are to do likewise. And, we can have no confidence in the flesh, but our hope is to be in Yahweh and His work. “For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them” (Ephesians 2:10). As Paul equally declared, “Where then is boasting?” There is none.
When the apostles asked Yahshua to increase their faith, His reply was to become a faithful servant. And when we are asked to do more than might otherwise be considered reasonable, He said that we are to do it and reply, “We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done” (Luke 17:5-10). And the one who prepared the way for Yahshua gladly proclaimed: “He must increase, but I must decrease” (John 3:30). How much moreso is this to be our attitude if we are to see His coming today? Our attitude must be as Paul declared: “But even if I am being poured out as a drink offering upon the sacrifice and service of your faith, I rejoice and share my joy with you all” (Philippians 2:17).
Will Yahweh use women? Absolutely! He has given them the attesting sign of His glory—her long hair. For either the man or the woman, He desires the female quality of humility and being a servant. It is when one usurps that role that sin takes place. This is what we see in feminism and seeking to be like the man.
Will Yahweh use women? Absolutely! He is glorified in using the weak. But He uses the woman who does not seek to usurp the man or abandon her place and role—whether it be in society or in the home or in the church. It is written that the meek will inherit the earth (Matthew 5:5).
Timothy was such a man. When Paul called him, he came. He did not exalt his own agenda or place. And the centurion who was a man under authority had great faith (Luke 7:8-9).
And let us recall here the testimony from 1 Peter 3 concerning that which is pleasing to Yahweh regarding women. It is most certainly not outward adornment that is according to the ways of this world, making them His enemy, but that which holy women in former times evidenced. This included the “gentle and quiet spirit, which is of costly value before God,” as well as “being submissive to their own husbands.” Where are these examples today? Most sadly, it must be said here that with the way society is today, the only way for most women to see an example of a holy woman is to indeed look back to the women of old.
One of those women who equally found favor with God was Sarah. She is forever recorded in the Scriptures as an example for all women. And what was that example? She submitted to her husband, Abraham, “calling him lord.” How many women possess that godly attitude today? Herein then is the Scripture’s challenge: “and you have become her children if you do what is right without being frightened by any fear” (1 Peter 3: 6).
Will Yahweh use women? Absolutely! The woman is a type of the Bride. Just as the woman is naturally desirable to the man, so God desires the feminine, even mercy, even the Bride. The woman, even the Bride, is created in order to effect fruitfulness. They are to look to Yahshua as their example, as we have noted. Proverbs 31 speaks of the virtuous woman , whose worth is far above rubies, and the heart of her husband trusts in her. “She does him good and not evil all the days of her life. . . . Charm is deceitful and beauty is vain, but a woman who fears Yahweh, she shall be praised.”
And there is the woman of Song of Solomon as well who is described in many affectionate and desirable ways, and she became in her husband’s eyes as one finding peace. (Notice, she did not become in the world’s eyes as one finding professional or political fulfillment. She was not designed or ordained by the Creator for such place or purpose.) She too speaks of the Bride, and women have the opportunity to attest to that much-desired and effectual Bride. The fact is, we all, male and female, must become in His eyes peace and joy and fulfillment.
Abigail was also a faithful testimony of a godly woman, and most certainly the Bride. She was faithful to her husband, Nabal, delivering him, as well as all the men of that household, from the wrath of David (1 Samuel 25). Though he was in fact a worthless man, nonetheless she interceded for him. In the end, God took his life, and David took Abigail as his wife. She too is a type of the Bride, taken out of the “worthless” Body of Christ. These events took place at Carmel, which means “garden.” It is the kingdom of heaven where the test of Carmel occurs, where the prophets of Baal are killed and Elijah’s offering is taken up to heaven. Abigail attests to the same—being taken up to David.
Many who wrongly and iniquitously desire to exalt women to the authority and place of the man, turn to Deborah as an example (Judges 4:4-5). But, she too was a type of the Bride, and not a justification for women today to violate the Scriptures and the clearly established governmental order of Yahweh God. As a testimony of the Bride, she attested to and was most certainly one under the authority of the male. First, she sat under a palm tree. The Hebrew word for “palm tree” is “tamar,” which literally means “erect.” Thus, Deborah sat under the testimony of the male rod of authority. Furthermore, her husband’s name was Lappidoth, which means “torch.” This is essentially the same Hebrew word used in Genesis 15:17 where a burning torch and a smoking oven passed between the split covenant parts laid out by Abraham (Genesis 15:17). The torch is a rod with a fiery head, and the oven is the female womb. (Watch Thinking Governmentally, Part 2, for a most revealing account regarding this.) Thus, Deborah was a woman under the rod, and her head/husband was a burning rod. She is the Bride. Also, she was a prophetess, and 1 Corinthians 11:5 confirms that a woman may prophesy. But there is one thing Deborah does not do, and that is to justify women today being out of place and exercising the authority of a man—the curse of Genesis 3:16.
And speaking of Deborah and her prophetic role, we read in Judges 4 that because Barak would not go without her to defeat Sisera, then the honor would go to a woman. That woman was Jael, the Kenite. Sisera fled to her tent and she covered him under a rug to hide him. He asked for water and she gave him milk, and he went to sleep. Jael then took a tent peg, and with a hammer drove it into his temple until it went into the ground. So what are we seeing here? It is the second Remnant Bride who provides the second blow to Satan’s head and kills him. To see and understand these two blows to Satan’s head, read here.
And taking this matter even further than we have ever before considered, providing a most interesting and revealing testimony, in Judges 5 we find the song that Deborah and Barak sang. In verse 27, we read a most unusual and obviously prophetic statement regarding Jael and Sisera:
Between her feet he bowed, he fell, he lay; between her feet he bowed, he fell; where he bowed, there he fell dead.
Do you recognize anything in this statement from what has been previously noted? You will recall, it is the phrase, “between her feet,” and in the Hebrew is “beyn regal.” But “regal” is translated both “feet” and “legs.” In Deuteronomy 28:57, we read of “the baby that comes from between her [the woman’s] feet/legs.” In Genesis 49:10 we read: “The rod will not depart from Judah, and the scepter from between his feet/legs . . . .” This phrase, beyn regal, is used in three instances in the Scriptures: these two, as well as Judges 5:27. Quite uniquely, here we now see Sisera prophetically taking the place of an infant, even being given milk, and “Between her feet/legs he bowed, he fell, he lay; between her feet/legs he bowed, he fell; where he bowed, there he fell dead.” What could this mean?
In Revelation 12:4-5, we read a uniquely similar account:
And the dragon stood before the woman who was about to give birth, so that when she gave birth he might devour her child. And she gave birth to a son, a male child, who is to rule all the nations with a rod of iron; and her child was caught up to God and to His throne.
One can assume that the dragon was standing between her feet so as to devour the male child. Clearly, this dragon is Satan, who wanted to devour the Son of God, but instead He was caught up to God, and will come again to rule all the nations. But in the testimony of Sisera, we see the opposite. In fact, it seems to be the principle that you reap what you sow, or as you judge, you will be judged. While the dragon sought to devour Yahshua between the feet of the woman, he failed to do so. And we find testified in Sisera, who fell dead between the feet/legs of Jael, that where Satan sought to take the life of Yahshua while with the first Remnant, he will die with the work of the second Remnant.
This is the like testimony in Revelation 2:10, versus Revelation 3:9. In 2:10, some of those at Smyrna were to be cast into prison by the devil (the synagogue of Satan), and they were to be “faithful until death.” But in 3:9, those at Philadelphia would see the synagogue of Satan “bow down at [their] feet.” These two churches are the two Remnant, the first and the second as noted in Whose Coming Is Through Water and Blood, page 3. And as we see, they are a key part in the death of Sisera Satan. Even as Sisera bowed between the feet of Jael, and the synagogue of Satan bows down at the feet of Philadelphia, so Satan will bow down and die at the feet, the kingdom rights, of the second Remnant.
On June 18, 1994, Yahweh told me that the masculine Body of Christ will not receive Yahweh’s glory, but it will be given to the feminine Bride. As we see testified with Jael, the masculine Barak will not receive the glory, but it will be given to the female Bride. Sisera Satan will bow to the Bride in yielded submission, will fall, and will die between her feet. He stood between a woman’s feet to kill Yahshua, and he will thus bow and die between a woman’s feet—the Bride’s. He will reap what he has sown.
The wonderful thing concerning Bride truth is that it is repeated over and over again throughout the Bible. Thus, what we see testified here, is evidenced in yet another way with Solomon’s temple. Here we must be brief. Just as a child and a rod pass between the feet/legs, so Yahweh designed the passageway into and out of Solomon’s temple to be between two “legs”—two bronze pillars. There is no mistaking that those two bronze pillars evidence two legs.
In The Tale of Two Pillars, we see that those two large bronze pillars are fulfilled by Christianity, taking its place on both sides of the Millennial Reign. Already we have witnessed one of those pillars: the first 2,000 years of the church. There will then be a like 2,000 years after the Millennial Reign.
So again, what is between the two legs? The Millennial Reign of Immanuel with a rod of iron. And, what happens to Sisera Satan during that 1,000 years? He “dies.” He is bound and thrown into the abyss and it is shut and sealed over him (Revelation 20:2-3). So again we see testified that between two “legs,” Sisera Satan bows, he falls, he lays there, he falls “dead”!
In conclusion, there is no question that the woman—both the natural and the Bride—is indeed in the position to have a MOST fulfilling role! But, this fulfillment requires that we, both women and the Bride, must be the Proverbs 31 woman, and the heart of her Husband trust in her and she do Him good, as well as the Song of Solomon woman, and become in His eyes peace and joy and fulfillment. Let us now further see what this requires.
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