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Recently this man was in the home of a man and his friend, both of whom had been pastors for several years but were called out of Christianity. There was one point that seemed to continually press upon our visit – the woman in Revelation 12 who was “clothed with the sun, and the moon (was) under her feet, and on her head (was) a crown of twelve stars.” We presented some types of who she was, but none of the types were satisfying. The reason was that we had not gotten to the true foundation of who or what she represented. It was not until one of the two men, Carroll, made a critical observation that we more fully understood – she was the soul! When this was said, everything else began to fall into place, including what you read in the first section. As addressed in the opening of this writing, once we had true understanding, knowledge became easy.
Though there are undoubtedly many fulfillments of this woman, as patterns are replicable at different levels, the basic understanding of her that leads to these various fulfillments is that she is the soul work of man!
Look at her. How many areas of the soul are there? In the last writing, Return of the Raven, we saw that there are specifically twelve areas of the soul. So, how many stars are in the crown of this soul woman? Of course, twelve!
And where is it her feet rest? Are they not on the lesser light, the moon that rules the night, even a testimony of the feminine per Joseph’s mother (Genesis 37:9-10)? And is not the soul the lesser light, while the spirit is the greater light? And is it not the earth, which she is so much a part of, that takes the wrath that comes from Satan, even as it is written – “Cursed is the ground for the sake of you” (Genesis 3:17). Or in like truth, Paul wrote – “For the creation was subjected to futility, not of its own will, but because of Him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself also will be set free from its slavery to corruption into the freedom of the glory of the children of God. For we know that the whole creation groans and suffers the pains of childbirth together until now” (Romans 8:20-22). Once again we see per the earth here, that it is cursed for the sake of the soul creation, for the sake of man.
You may ask who the male child is. It all depends on the soul work that is being fulfilled per the woman. There are many soul works that give birth to a male child. The first Remnant is an obvious fulfillment of this, which was equally followed by the wilderness period of Christianity, into which the woman went. And the male child would certainly be Yahshua, who was caught up to heaven and will rule the earth. This is probably the most relevant fulfillment of this picture. But the matter to note here is that she is a soul work, a work of man who “became a living soul.”
The wonder of this work is likewise evidenced in the throne in heaven. In Return of the Raven, page 2, we saw that the twenty-four elders around the throne were clearly pictured in the twenty-four ribs of man around the heart and the lungs. The twenty-four ribs are the twenty-four elders. The heart is the Son of God. And quite confirmingly, the heart has on it a set of arteries that are called the coronary arteries. The word “coronary” comes from the Latin word, “corona,” which means “crown.” These arteries are called such because they look like a crown on the heart. Thus we see the science of anatomy further confirming in type that the heart is Yahshua, who wears the “corona,” the crown!
Before the throne are “the seven Spirits of God,” or in this type and shadow, the lungs. This is of course the Holy Spirit, the “pneuma,” or breath. But, because it is seven Spirits, it can also speak of the seven churches that are “not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit” (Zechariah 4). Thus we see the twenty-four elders around Yahshua and the Spirit.
So what are we seeing here? Is it not that which is declared in Jeremiah 31:22 – “For Yahweh has created a new thing in the earth – a woman will encompass a man.” The ribs, the twenty-four elders, around the throne are a feminine work, a soul work, that encompasses a spirit work, a male work. This is a tabernacle that is built with human stones, a soul work, and looks to the establishment of a work that is formed of the feminine side of creation – man. And such is man. He is a soul that encompasses his spirit, a transposed mirror image of God, a pattern that is fulfilled in heaven as well.
And what is the hope of this soul man? The same hope we saw for the old man in Return of the Raven, page 4 – Yahweh’s glory coming upon us. This is the glory man lost in the garden that must be restored. It is the glory that is revealed by the woman being “clothed with the sun”! With the greater light of the sun, God, the spirit, must therewith cloth the soul work. Soul man must have the glory of Yahweh restored upon him so as to obtain all that was lost at the garden, and more – a double portion! This is the glory seen on Moses and Elijah, the two-part Remnant, on the mount of transfiguration.
And when is this to take place? Peter tells us that there is a period to come in which men would experience “as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls” (1 Peter 1:9). When was that to take place? Twice, in 1 Peter 1:7 and 13, he said that this salvation was to come specifically at “the revelation of Jesus Christ,” and in verse 5 – “in the last time.” Thus the salvation of the soul could not take place any time before now, not until today, at this time of the revelation of Yahshua. Now is the hope of this coming glory and the resulting salvation of the soul, the clothing of the soul with the sun.
And is this not the same testimony we see affirmed in Mary when the Holy Spirit overshadowed her (Luke 1:35)? Mary became in like regard the sun-clothed woman. And of course, what was the result? The like testimony – she gave birth to a male child. Mary clearly represents the soul work of the Bride that is clothed in the sun and brings forth the Son of God, the Son of man. Soul man will give birth to Yahshua, even as He gave birth to us – the flip-flop that makes one!
This is the salvation of the soul spoken of in Isaiah 61:10:
I will rejoice greatly in Yahweh,
My soul will exult in my God;
For He has clothed me with garments of salvation,
He has wrapped me with a robe of righteousness,
As a bridegroom decks himself with a garland,
And as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
As much as I appreciated the influence of Watchman Nee at a time in this man’s life, his book on the latent power of the soul is not for the Bride, but is relegated to Christianity. Insomuch that the old man is relegated to death in Christianity, Nee mistakenly says - “God, though, never works with man's soul power, for it is unusable to Him. … He has no desire to use soul power.”
This is a tragic error! If God cannot work with man’s soul power, which He made, then He cannot have a Bride, and there will be no throne in heaven surrounded by twenty-four elders, and the new thing will never come about, and the fact is, there will never be any offspring. If there is no soul work, then there will never be a marriage, or a marriage supper of the Lamb, which you are actually eating from right now. If man’s soul is unusable, then why does the woman have twelve stars in her crown, and why does Peter speak of the salvation of your soul? If Yahweh cannot use our soul, then why have a mind, or a will, or emotions? No, these are all things that Yahweh needs and will fulfill, and now is the time in which these events can legally take place. Yahweh will empower man, cloth him in glory, and bring much needed salvation to the soul.
Yahweh has got to place His glory, His favor, the sun, on a soul work. He did not place it on Christianity, any more than He accepted the offerings of the prophets of Baal. He will not place it on masculine Christianity, the body of Christ, any more than He gave the man the long hair, but He will place His long hair glory on the feminine Bride.
Does this in any way mean we are to let our soul dictate or even lead our actions? Absolutely not! This is what being clothed in His spirit is all about. We are to be led by the Spirit and walk by the Spirit, and do only the will of the Father; and we do look to Yahweh to equip, empower, and establish our souls to do His work and His will. By His enabling, our soul can be saved and glorified.
The purpose of our soul is always to be a helpmate to our spirit, to call our spirit lord, even as Sarah called Abraham lord (1 Peter 3:6). The glory on our soul is to likewise equip us, our soul, to do the will of the Father. Our soul needs to be empowered, to be enabled, in order to enter into the first resurrection.
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