The rise of women during the Revival
First posted: August 29, 2004
If you have been reading our recent articles, you will have noticed that we have been studying on what the Lord says about the coming spiritual Revival through Isaiah chapters 31 and 32. As opposed to the previous articles, this article will discuss what a passage of Isaiah 32 (verses 9 through 12) does not mean. We will then post a follow-up article explaining what that passage really means.
In Isaiah 32, the Lord declares the following:
"9 Rise up, ye women that are at ease; hear my voice, ye careless daughters; give ear unto my speech. 10 Many days and years shall ye be troubled, ye careless women: for the vintage shall fail, the gathering shall not come. 11 Tremble, ye women that are at ease; be troubled, ye careless ones: strip you, and make you bare, and gird sackcloth upon your loins. 12 They shall lament for the teats, for the pleasant fields, for the fruitful vine." (Isaiah 32:9-12)
What does this word mean? Could it be speaking about literal women? If this was the case, we would also have to conclude that, in verse 11 above, God is calling women to organize a "strip" show where they are to wear nothing but sackcloth around their loins. There are two obvious problems with that. First, God calls women to dress properly (1 Timothy 2:9-10). Second, the word translated as "loins" in verse 11 is the Hebrew word chalats, which appears 10 times in the Old Testament. In the 9 times that chalats appears outside of Isaiah 32:11, it is referring specifically to the "loins" of men, as can be seen in the following examples:
"If his loins have not blessed me, and if he were not warmed with the fleece of my sheep;" (Job 31:20)
"Gird up now thy loins like a man; for I will demand of thee, and answer thou me." (Job 38:3)
"And righteousness shall be the girdle of his loins, and faithfulness the girdle of his reins." (Isaiah 11:5)
[The word translated as "loins" is actually the Hebrew word mothen. The word that was translated from chalats is the word "reins". Despite the King James translators' laudable effort and good intentions, it is still amazing to me how they could at times be so inconsistent in their translations of the same Hebrew word in different verses, and sometimes within the same verse, as we saw in a previous article. At times, their inconsistency even seems deliberate.]
If the Lord is not referring to literal women in Isaiah 32:9-12, who is He referring to? To answer this question, we must first make a long parenthesis to understand what God says about the role of literal women in the latter-day Revival.
In Mark chapter 5:21-43, the Lord intertwines two stories: the healing of a woman with an issue of blood and the resurrection of Jairus's young daughter:
"21 And when Jesus was passed over again by ship unto the other side, much people gathered unto him: and he was nigh unto the sea. 22 And, behold, there cometh one of the rulers of the synagogue, Jairus by name; and when he saw him, he fell at his feet, 23 And besought him greatly, saying, My little daughter lieth at the point of death: I pray thee, come and lay thy hands on her, that she may be healed; and she shall live. 24 And Jesus went with him; and much people followed him, and thronged him. 25 And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years, 26 And had suffered many things of many physicians, and had spent all that she had, and was nothing bettered, but rather grew worse" (Mark 5:21-26)
The reason why God intertwined these two stories is to prompt us to ask Him how they are related. To understand their interrelation, we must study each story individually, and we must begin with the woman with the issue of blood.
As you must obviously know, the "issue of blood" is an "issue" (so to speak) that affects the "feminine" half of the human population. Many years ago, I was puzzled by the following passage in Scripture which addresses this "issue":
"19 And if a woman have an issue, and her issue in her flesh be blood, she shall be put apart seven days: and whosoever toucheth her shall be unclean until the even. 20 And every thing that she lieth upon in her separation shall be unclean: every thing also that she sitteth upon shall be unclean. 21 And whosoever toucheth her bed shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 22 And whosoever toucheth any thing that she sat upon shall wash his clothes, and bathe himself in water, and be unclean until the even. 23 And if it be on her bed, or on any thing whereon she sitteth, when he toucheth it, he shall be unclean until the even. 24 And if any man lie with her at all, and her flowers be upon him, he shall be unclean seven days; and all the bed whereon he lieth shall be unclean." (Leviticus 15:19-24)
I used to ask God, "Why, Lord, was a woman considered 'unclean' if she had an issue of blood? It is not as if she can help herself. She has her period, whether she likes it or not, and, most of the time, it seems like she does not like it." Many years went by before the Lord began to make the answer clear in my heart and mind, and it all began with a true understanding of the following passage:
"13 For Adam was first formed, then Eve. 14 And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived was in the transgression." (1 Timothy 2:13-14)
This means that, in the garden of Eden, Eve really thought that she was getting in on a "good business deal" when she followed the serpent's advice. On the other hand, when Adam ate of the forbidden fruit, he knew what he was getting himself into. He really did know that the serpent was shelling out big fat lies and that things were not going to go as "hunky dory" as Eve thought they would go. Why, then, did Adam eat of the fruit? There are two reasons why.
One reason why Adam knowingly ate of the forbidden fruit is because he was "in love" with Eve. He was placed in the garden before Eve was formed, and he knew what it felt like to be "alone". When God "extracted" the woman out of him, he was overjoyed to finally have a soul mate to share life with. He had walked around the garden, and he realized that he could not have an up-close and intimate conversation with the female giraffe, for example, because she was just too "stuck-up"; he could not have a decent and insightful conversation with the mare because she kept "horsing around"; and he could not have a respectable dinner date with the female hog. Why? Because ... well ... she was a pig!
In essence, Adam grew emotionally attached to his soul mate Eve, and he knew that, if only Eve ate from the forbidden tree, a rift would be created between him and her, because he would still be righteous before God, and Eve would have been unrighteous, and Adam knew that righteousness and unrighteousness are like oil and water; they just don't mix. He could not bear being separated from the love of his life, so, when he had to choose between righteousness and Eve, he willingly and deliberately chose Eve. It is sad (and angering) to me to see this story played out time and time again in the lives of so many young believers who deliberately throw their spiritual calling out the window so that they can marry "sisters" who are more focused on earthly things than on the will of God for their own lives or the lives of their husbands. Young man, no woman is worth your calling! If you have to choose between God's will and a woman, don't be foolish! Choose life! Choose God! His reward is glorious and eternal. If you marry that woman, hell on earth awaits you, and I mean that in a spiritual sense.
The second reason why Adam decided to eat of the forbidden fruit was because he knew what it would take to get her back. As we said above, Adam understood that a rift would be created between him and Eve now that Eve had eaten of the fruit, and he knew that the price to close that rift would be death:
"16 And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 17 But of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, thou shalt not eat of it: for in the day that thou eatest thereof thou shalt surely die." (Genesis 2:16-17)
[In Hebrew, the word translated as "man" here literally says "Adam". This passage appears right before Adam is put to sleep in order to "extract" the woman out of him]
Adam loved Eve, but he did not love her enough to die for her. Adam knew that the redemptive price to restore Eve from her fall would involve his death, just as Jesus, the "second Adam" (1 Corinthians 15:45), understood that the price to redeem His beloved Church would involve His sacrificial death. Adam loved Eve at the mental level (he must have thought she was the most gorgeous sight on Earth), and he loved Eve at the emotional level (he felt a strong emotional attachment to her), but he did not really love Eve with his heart, because those who love with the heart are willing to suffer and pay a price for the other person:
"For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote unto you with many tears; not that ye should be grieved, but that ye might know the love which I have more abundantly unto you" (2 Corinthians 2:4)
As we have said so many times before, Scripture declares that the soul is made up of 3 components: the mind, the emotions, and the heart , and, as we also said before, each soul component is associated with a type of love: mental-love becomes eros love; emotional-love becomes philos love, and heart-love is what Scripture calls agape love. Adam was not willing to love Eve at the true agape level. When we love at that level, we are willing to do anything God asks us to do for the sake of the other person. Remember that God calls us to love Him with all of our hearts (Matthew 22:37), meaning that 100% of the agape love that we are capable of producing belongs to Him and to no other being in this universe (or any other "parallel universe"). As we have shared before, this does not mean that we cannot give agape love to others. Instead, it means that all of our agape love towards others must flow out of our agape love to God. When we do this, we become channels of God's love towards the other person, meaning that all our agape love towards that person will flow out of God's will for him or her, not ours. If God has cast someone aside because of the hardness of his or her heart, we cannot abide in God's agape love if we are not willing to accept God's rejection of that person:
"And the LORD said unto Samuel, How long wilt thou mourn for Saul, seeing I have rejected him from reigning over Israel? fill thine horn with oil, and go, I will send thee to Jesse the Bethlehemite: for I have provided me a king among his sons." (1 Samuel 16:1)
"I want you, I need you
But there ain't no way that Iím ever gonna love you
But donít be sad
ĎCause two out of three ainít bad"
Adam's love for Eve was a "two out of three" type of love. He loved her mentally and emotionally, but not with his heart. He was willing to throw his spiritual calling out the window but he was not willing to die in sacrificial love for her. Giving up his spiritual calling meant giving up something he could not see while remaining physically alive (notice that Adam did not "die" physically when he ate of the fruit). Truly loving Eve with his heart meant dying physically so that both he and Eve would be able to resurrect spiritually, but that was just too much effort and sacrifice in Adam's eyes. Adam cowardly took the easy way out.
Now that we know why Adam knowingly fell, how can we relate this to the original question of why women became "unclean" in the Old Testament during their periods? As 1 Timothy 2:13-14 (quoted above) declares, Eve did not knowingly fall. She was deceived into falling, and she became the instrument through which Adam would become spiritually contaminated. As we saw above, Adam fell because of his mental and emotional love for Eve, and she used that mental and emotional "hold" over Adam to induce his fall. The connection between this fact and a woman's menstrual periods can be seen through the following passage:
"For the life of the flesh is in the blood: and I have given it to you upon the altar to make an atonement for your souls: for it is the blood that maketh an atonement for the soul" (Leviticus 17:11)
Since blood is a figure of "life", we can safely say that a menstrual period represents an overflow of emotions, since, as we shared in a previous article, a person feels "alive" when he or she has a strong rush of emotions. The menstrual period, therefore, points to the overflow of Canaanite passions in carnal man.
God has called us to shed our "blood" (i.e.- our life) as a living sacrifice, but, when we shed that life on earthly things, it is equivalent to blood being shed on clothing and becoming entrapped in it. As we have shared before, Girgashites are people who live self-centered lives and who drown like the pigs of Matthew 8:32, dying with their blood still inside their bodies and without shedding it in sacrifice for others. The menstrual period, therefore, also points to the effort of Girgashite man to retain his ever-fading life without dying completely to his will, in the same way that a woman sheds her blood and is forced to have that irrecoverable blood trapped inside of her. God has made women to shed their blood involuntarily as a sign that carnal man refuses to accept his call to die in loving sacrifice, and is therefore forcibly stripped of his life.
We can now see how a woman's menstrual period is related to both the influence of Canaanite and Girgashite spirits in mankind. As we have studied in two previous articles, Canaanite spirits are very strong on pastors who stray from God's perfect will, and Girgashite spirits are very strong on teachers who stray from God's perfect will. As we have studied before, the pastoral and teaching ministries are ministries with a "female functionality", since they are "nurturing" in their nature, as opposed to the apostolic, prophetic, and evangelistic ministries, which have a "male functionality", since they are ministries of outward projection. While "female" ministries minister to the soul, the "male" ministries minister to the spirit. As we have said so many times before, "man" in Scripture is a figure of the spirit, while "woman" is a figure of the soul.
Before giving a final conclusion on the spiritual meaning of a woman's menstrual period, we must ask ourselves one final question. Why was Adam contaminated? The answer is --- because he chose to obey the woman instead of obeying God:
"And unto Adam he said, Because thou hast hearkened unto the voice of thy wife, and hast eaten of the tree, of which I commanded thee, saying, Thou shalt not eat of it: cursed is the ground for thy sake; in sorrow shalt thou eat of it all the days of thy life" (Genesis 3:17)
Putting all of this together, we can safely reach the following conclusion:
A woman's menstrual period represents the spiritual contamination that invaded mankind when he chose to obey the voice of the soul over the voice of the spirit. It represents man's conscious decision to allow the pastoral and teaching ministries, which are "female" ministries, to dominate over the Church, establishing a pastoral matriarchy that has allowed the infiltration of Canaanite and Girgashite spirits that have stymied the manifestation of the true apostolic, prophetic, and evangelistic anointings in the Body of Christ.
Obviously, the Church has been dominated by "literal men" for centuries, but, it has really been dominated by "spiritual women". Why? Because the so-called "men" who act as the "leaders" of the Church have allowed their souls to dictate things, instead of allowing the Spirit to establish His Lordship:
"As for my people, children are their oppressors, and women rule over them. O my people, they which lead thee cause thee to err, and destroy the way of thy paths." (Isaiah 3:12)
When a male pastor stands up at a pulpit and begins to speak from his soul, and not from his spirit, he sounds to God like a non-submissive and rebellious woman who should better shut up. On the contrary, when a female preacher stands up at a pulpit and begins to speak in the Spirit, she sounds to God like a "man" with authority over principalities and powers, because, in the Anointing, both men and women can flow in the power and authority of the Spirit of God:
"27 For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ. 28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus." (Galatians 3:27-28)
[The word "Christ" means "The Anointed One" in Greek, so being "in Christ" refers to being in His Anointing. Whenever the Lord is referred to as "Christ", a direct reference to His Anointing and to His pre-existence is being made; when He is referred to as "Jesus", a direct reference to His manifestation as a human being in the flesh (Hebrews 5:7) is being made; in other words, it is a reference to His weak, human nature (notice, for example, that Mary is never referred to as "the mother of Christ" but rather as "the mother of Jesus"). This means that the phrase "in Christ Jesus" in verse 28 above refers to the manifestation of His Anointing in us, even while still residing in our weak, human nature.]
The Church has been under a pastoral matriarchy for centuries, and this matriarchy is represented by the woman with the issue of blood in Mark 5:21-34. The Church has been reeking of "spiritual menstruation" for centuries, doing works in the flesh rather than works in the Spirit, presenting her blood-stained clothes to God as if they were sparkling-white clothes of righteousness:
[The word "filthy" is another bad King James translation; the original word in Hebrew is ed, which literally means "menstruation". The word "rags" is a poor translation of the Hebrew word beged, which literally means "garment". This means that the phrase "filthy rags" above should really say "clothes with menstruation"]
The reference to us "fading as a leaf" in the passage above speaks of our temporal nature, and, therefore points to the influence of Girgashite spirits of temporality in the Church. The reference to "our iniquities" speaks of the pastors' Canaanite desire to please people by releasing dynamis power that heals temporary symptoms, shunning away from logos word of judgment that attacks the root of sin in people's lives; this is what the Bible calls "works of iniquity". Again, we see how menstruation is related to the domination of Canaanite pastors and Girgashite teachers over the Church.
Now that we have taken a brief look at the spiritual meaning of the woman with the issue of blood, let us see what Jairus's daughter represents.
The name "Jairus" is a Greek version of the Hebrew name "Jair", which means "whom God enlightens". This relates Jairus to the "prophetic spirit". Why? Because the word "prophet" comes from the Greek word prophetes, which is derived from the words pro, meaning, "before, in front", and phos, meaning "light". In other words, a "prophet" is a person through whom God's light shines, pointing others towards God's vision for their lives.
Jairus's young daughter represents the ministry of women in the Body of Christ, which for centuries has not been able to grow and mature. The fact that she represents the ministry of women is reinforced by the woman with the issue of blood who appears while Jesus is on his way to Jairus's house. The fact that Jairus represents the prophetic spirit means that the only ones who really care about the manifestation of the ministry in women are those who have prophetic ears to hear what God wants to do with women in the latter days. Those who understand the Scriptures with a Girgashite (i.e.- literal) mind will never understand the true spiritual meaning of passages such as the following:
"11 Let the woman learn in silence with all subjection. 12 But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to usurp authority over the man, but to be in silence." (1 Timothy 2:11-12)
The word for "woman" in this passage was translated from the Greek word gune, which in the King James Version is always translated either as "woman" or "wife". Why? Because, in the Greek, there was no special word for "wife". To say, "Jairus's wife", for example, you would have to say, "Jairus's woman". In a similar way, the word translated as "man" in the passage above is the Greek word aner, which is the same word that the King James Version translates as "husband" in many verses. Why? Because, in the Greek, there was no special word for "husband". To say, "Mary's husband", for example, you would have to say "Mary's man". This means that 1 Timothy 2:11-12 is referring to the relationship between a husband and his wife, not between men and women in generally. This is reinforced by the fact that the words "woman" and "man" appear in the singular in this passage, contrasting with the two previous verses (1 Timothy 2:9-10), where Paul speaks of "women" in the plural when referring to how they should dress with decorum.
The fact that 1 Timothy 2:11-12 is referring specifically to a wife and her husband is also reinforced by the following passage, written by the same apostle Paul:
"Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord." (Ephesians 5:22)
[As we said above, the word "wives" here is translated from the Greek word gune, which literally means "woman", and the word "husbands" is translated from aner, which literally means "man"; in other words, this passage says, "women, submit yourselves to your own men"]
Notice that God calls women to submit to their own husbands, not to all husbands out there. I cannot assume that all women must obey everything I order them to do just because they are "women" and I am a "man". That is as stupid as saying that all women are inherently inferior in authority and calling as all men. God does call a woman to take an attitude of submission to her husband, which is a figure of how a soul (i.e.- the "woman") is called to be submissive to the voice of the Spirit (i.e.- the "man"). A woman has to understand that, within the context of her marriage, she has a role of submission to play. This does not mean, however, that she must obey everything and anything her husband orders her to do, because, as Ephesians 5:22 declares, she must submit herself to her husband "as unto the Lord", meaning that, if her husband orders her to do something contrary to God's will, she has the responsibility not to obey, since her unconditional loyalty belongs to God and to God alone.
At times, God calls women to speak word of authority to confront the men who happen to be their husbands, as the next passage shows:
"9 And Sarah saw the son of Hagar the Egyptian, which she had born unto Abraham, mocking. 10 Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac. 11 And the thing was very grievous in Abrahamís sight because of his son. 12 And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called. 13 And also of the son of the bondwoman will I make a nation, because he is thy seed." (Genesis 21:9-13)
It is interesting to consider that God condemned Adam in Genesis 3:17 for "hearkening unto the voice" of his wife, and, here, God is telling Abraham to "hearken unto the voice" of Sarah (v12). Why? Because, when Sarah told Abraham to cast out Hagar, she was speaking as a spirit in the authority of the Lord, and she was speaking God's will for Abraham's life. She was not speaking as a matriarchal, soul-oriented person trying to impose herself over the will of the spirit.
When "men" try to interpret passages as 1 Timothy 2:11-12 with their souls and without the prophetic anointing of the Holy Spirit, they act as "stupid little women" who would do better if they just shut up and allowed the male voice of the Spirit of God to speak to their prophetic ears:
"19 We have also a more sure word of prophecy; whereunto ye do well that ye take heed, as unto a light that shineth in a dark place, until the day dawn, and the day star arise in your hearts: 20 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. 21 For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost." (2 Peter 1:19-21)
[Notice how this passage relates the prophetic word to the concept of "light", which points once again to Jairus as a figure of those with a prophetic anointing to interpret God's Word]
The fact that 1:Timothy 2:11-12 speaks of women "learning in silence" also has a powerful prophetic meaning. The word for "blood" used in Hebrew when speaking of the woman's "issue of blood" in Leviticus 15:19 is the word dam, which, interestingly enough, is derived from the word damam meaning, "to be silent". This means that "blood", which is a figure of our natural lives, has a calling from God to shut up in submission when the Spirit of God speaks:
"19 Woe unto him that saith to the wood, Awake; to the dumb stone, Arise, it shall teach! Behold, it is laid over with gold and silver, and there is no breath at all in the midst of it. 20 But the LORD is in his holy temple: let all the earth keep silence before him." (Habakkuk 2:19-20)
"Keep silence before me, O islands; and let the people renew their strength: let them come near; then let them speak: let us come near together to judgment." (Isaiah 41:1)
"13 Submit yourselves to every ordinance of man for the Lordís sake: whether it be to the king, as supreme; 14 Or unto governors, as unto them that are sent by him for the punishment of evildoers, and for the praise of them that do well. 15 For so is the will of God, that with well doing ye may put to silence the ignorance of foolish men" (1 Peter 2:13-15)
In the passage above, notice that God calls us to maintain an attitude of meekness and submission, and this commandment applies to both women and men. This passage must be taken in its proper context, however. Remember that they were written by the same man who, under the anointing of the Spirit, said the following things to the human authorities of Jerusalem:
"19 But Peter and John answered and said unto them, Whether it be right in the sight of God to hearken unto you more than unto God, judge ye. 20 For we cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard." (Acts 4:19-20)
Notice also, that 1 Peter 2:13-15 is spoken in the literal context of secular authority. This does not mean that the spiritual principle behind it does not apply to authority in general. However, it shows that Peter's emphasis was not on "religious" or "pastoral" authority, as most pastors seem to perceive. Notice also that it speaks of governors as people sent by God to "punish evildoers" (v14). This means that an "authority" that condones evil and punishes those who are good does not fit the definition of what the Bible calls a true "authority" (see Romans 13:3-4). A Caligula who murdered and terrorized Christians, for example, does not fit God's definition of a true "authority", even if he held the official title of "emperor". A bearded dictator like fidel castro (cursed be him) who is an oppressor and a liar, does not fit God's definition of an "authority", and should not be obeyed. An evangelical pastor who tolerates scoundrels in the choir and who persecutes those who speak in the true prophetic anointing does not fit God's definition of an "authority", and should not be obeyed when he or she is speaking "in the soul" and not in the spirit.
We are called to live a life of total submission unto God and unto the prophetic voice of the Spirit. In the context of that submission, He will call us to obey others when He gives us testimony in our hearts that they are speaking in His authority, and we must be sensitive enough to realize that God is speaking, no matter whom He is speaking through (even if He speaks through an ass, as was the case with Balaam in Numbers 22:28) . However, the only one who deserves our unconditional submission is God. It is totally pointless for a believer to be submissive to a pastor if his soul is not sensitive and submissive to the voice of the Spirit.
When Jesus entered Jairus's house, the Word declares the following:
"37 And he suffered no man to follow him, save Peter, and James, and John the brother of James. 38 And he cometh to the house of the ruler of the synagogue, and seeth the tumult, and them that wept and wailed greatly. 39 And when he was come in, he saith unto them, Why make ye this ado, and weep? the damsel is not dead, but sleepeth. 40 And they laughed him to scorn. But when he had put them all out, he taketh the father and the mother of the damsel, and them that were with him, and entereth in where the damsel was lying." (Mark 5:37-40)
The phrase "why make ye this ado" in verse 39 above was translated from the Greek word thorubeo which means "to make a noise or uproar", and the word "weep" was translated from the word klaio, which means "to weep audibly, like a child". Both words refer to loud noises, meaning that Jesus was ordering the souls in that place to shut up, since, as we have seen before, the fact that Jesus was speaking to a multitude means that He was speaking to a group of souls. When He confronted their "uproar" (thorubeo), He was questioning their Girgashite mental arguments, and when He confronted their "loud weeping" (klaio), He was questioning their Canaanite emotionalism. Based on what we shared above on the menstrual period, we can say that Jesus was saying to the people there: "you are all unclean women in your period". This is why He cast them all out before resurrecting Jairus's daughter. They were all spiritually unclean and served as a hindrance to the spiritual operation that was about to take place.
God gave them an opportunity to repent when He confronted them in verse 39, but, instead of repenting, they simply "laughed Him to scorn" (v40); in the same way, God is giving pastors out there an opportunity to repent, but most of them simply refuse to listen. The crowd of Mark chapter 5 thought that Jesus' words were the mere words of a man; in the same way, the crowd of today's arrogant pastors thinks that the prophetic remnant voice is the dismissible voice of man. Jesus cast out the crowd of Mark 5 that was spiritually hindering the resurrection of Jairus's daughter; in the same way, God will cast out the arrogant breed of pastors that have prevented the manifestation of the ministry of women. God's judgments will fall on all those who get in His way.
Even though you might already have noticed a few "connections" between the woman with the issue of blood and Jairus's daughter from what we have shared so far, there is another powerful connection that can be seen when we compare the following verses:
"And a certain woman, which had an issue of blood twelve years" (Mark 5:25)
"And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years" (Mark 5:42)
Notice that the woman's issue of blood was as old as Jairus's daughter. Why? To answer this, we have to return to the beginning of the passage:
The fact that the entire episode begins with Jesus "passing over to the other side" is a prophetic figure of when the people of Israel "passed over" the Red Sea, going from slavery under Pharaoh into the freedom to take their inheritance, the Promised Land. In the same way, the Lord Jesus, upon dying on the cross, redeemed us from the slavery of the Old Covenant and allowed us the freedom, as a people, to take our spiritual inheritance:
"13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree: 14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith. 15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a manís covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto. 16 Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ. 17 And this I say, that the covenant, that was confirmed before of God in Christ, the law, which was four hundred and thirty years after, cannot disannul, that it should make the promise of none effect. 18 For if the inheritance be of the law, it is no more of promise: but God gave it to Abraham by promise" (Galatians 3:13-18)
[Notice that verse 16 speaks of One seed, and denies the existence of multiple seeds, and that One seed is Christ. This means that, when we are in Christ (i.e.- in the Anointing), we share in Christ's nature. There is not a Christ seed for men and a separate Christ seed for women.]
"1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father. 3 Even so we, when we were children, were in bondage under the elements of the world: 4 But when the fulness of the time was come, God sent forth his Son, made of a woman, made under the law, 5 To redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. 6 And because ye are sons, God hath sent forth the Spirit of his Son into your hearts, crying, Abba, Father. 7 Wherefore thou art no more a servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir of God through Christ." (Galatians 4:1-7)
[Notice how verse 4 emphasizes that the Son of God was made of "a woman". If a woman is inherently inferior to man, how can a "woman" bring forth the Son of God?]
"21 Tell me, ye that desire to be under the law, do ye not hear the law? 22 For it is written, that Abraham had two sons, the one by a bondmaid, the other by a freewoman. 23 But he who was of the bondwoman was born after the flesh; but he of the freewoman was by promise. 24 Which things are an allegory: for these are the two covenants; the one from the mount Sinai, which gendereth to bondage, which is Agar. 25 For this Agar is mount Sinai in Arabia, and answereth to Jerusalem which now is, and is in bondage with her children. 26 But Jerusalem which is above is free, which is the mother of us all." (Galatians 4:21-25)
The Old Covenant operated through "ministerial intermediaries" who stood in the way between the people and God. According to Jeremiah 31:31-34, the New Covenant operates on a direct One-To-one relationship between each believer and God, and cursed be any man or woman who dares to reestablish the barriers that God already tore down:
"6 I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: 7 Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. 8 But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed. 9 As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed." (Galatians 1:6-9)
The fact that the woman with the issue of blood began with her disease around the time that Jairus's daughter was born means that the potential for the free manifestation of women's ministries in the Body of Christ began ever since the Lord Jesus died on the cross, tearing the veil that separated us from the Holy of Holies (Luke 23:45, Hebrews 10:20). However, because of the Church's menstruation (i.e.- the pastoral matriarchy), God has not allowed the full-blown manifestation of women's ministries. If the literal men have been behaving like spiritual women, imagine how the literal women will behave, if they already are women!
Before the full-blown rise of women's ministries, the Church must be healed of its spiritual menstruation. This is why the woman with the issue had to be healed before Jairus's daughter could be resurrected. The fact that the young lady died before Jesus arrived means that women must be exposed to the word of justice and judgment that acts as a sword that kills (Hebrews 4:12). A Church that does not believe in judgments will not see the full-blown manifestation of women's ministries. Judgments are hated precisely by those contaminated by "female" (i.e.- "soulish") emotionalism that values feelings over unbiased judgments. I once heard a song by a female artist that said, "How can something be wrong when it feels so right?". This has been the problem with the Church. Both men and women have been basing their judgments on gooey feelings of "kindness" and human mercy, and have abhorred God's words of justice and judgment. When the covenant was changed, the main thing that changed was our accessibility to God, not God's Holy Nature.
It is God's word of judgment that shapes us and transforms us. Jesus allowed Jairus's daughter to die, because only those who die have access to new resurrection nature. The reason why God used Kathryn Kuhlman so much was because she accepted God's call for her to die. As many of you may know, she was madly in love with a man who was hindering her growth in the Spirit, and God told her to leave that man and follow Him. One day, Kathryn Kuhlman finally gave up, and said to God, "Take me, I die to myself. I die to all my desires and dreams. Take me in Your Hands. Here is nothing, but I know that, in Your Hands, nothing is everything". There are many women like Kathryn Kuhlman out there who are on the verge of being used, and the litmus test will be their desire to accept God's words of judgment. If they shun away from judgment and settle for a "gospel" of "gooey love", "blessings", and "iniquity-condoning reconciliation" (U.N. style), they will be left by the wayside to die in the desert like all the other males who have preceded them. If they accept the God of Consuming Fire, the God of Justice and Judgment, they will be used, and God's Glory will shine through them.
"41 And he took the damsel by the hand, and said unto her, Talitha cumi; which is, being interpreted, Damsel, I say unto thee, arise. 42 And straightway the damsel arose, and walked; for she was of the age of twelve years. And they were astonished with a great astonishment. 43 And he charged them straitly that no man should know it; and commanded that something should be given her to eat." (Mark 5:41-43)
To those who accept God's judgments, God will say "Talitha Cumi", and a mighty army of women will arise that will shake the spiritual foundations of the Earth. Notice that, after He resurrected the young lady, Jesus ordered the people there to serve her and to give her to eat. In Scripture, "eating" is associated with the feeding of the spirit, while "drinking" is associated with the blessing of the soul. Therefore, this means that God will order the Church to start serving and feeding the spirit of women throughout the Body of Christ. God will raise up men and women who will feed women with apostolic, prophetic, and evangelistic word that will help them to grow stronger spiritually so that they may live out the spiritual potential God has placed in them. The reason why Jesus only allowed Peter, James, and John the brother of James, to follow Him to Jairus's house (Mark 5:37) is because their presence brought an impartation of all 3 male ministries. Peter was an evangelist (Luke 5:11), so he brought an evangelistic anointing; James was an apostle, so he brought an apostolic anointing, and John, his brother was a prophet (as the book of Revelation and John clearly bear out), so he brought a prophetic anointing to Jairus's house. God will feed the spirit of women with these 3 anointings so that their spirits may grow in strength and manifest God's Glory on Earth.
The reason why the young lady was 12 years old was because that age represents an age of "partial independence" in Scripture. Remember that Jesus was 12 when He broke off from His "earthly" parents and went to the temple:
"41 Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the passover. 42 And when he was twelve years old, they went up to Jerusalem after the custom of the feast. 43 And when they had fulfilled the days, as they returned, the child Jesus tarried behind in Jerusalem; and Joseph and his mother knew not of it. 44 But they, supposing him to have been in the company, went a dayís journey; and they sought him among their kinsfolk and acquaintance. 45 And when they found him not, they turned back again to Jerusalem, seeking him. 46 And it came to pass, that after three days they found him in the temple, sitting in the midst of the doctors, both hearing them, and asking them questions. 47 And all that heard him were astonished at his understanding and answers. 48 And when they saw him, they were amazed: and his mother said unto him, Son, why hast thou thus dealt with us? behold, thy father and I have sought thee sorrowing. 49 And he said unto them, How is it that ye sought me? wist ye not that I must be about my Fatherís business? 50 And they understood not the saying which he spake unto them." (Luke 2:41-50)
Notice that the passage above speaks of the "feast of Passover", which is related to what we shared on Jesus "passing over" to the other side in Mark 5:21. Notice also that His preliminary manifestation in Jerusalem at the age of 12 produced "astonishment" (v47), in the same way that the young lady's rise produced astonishment in all (Mark 5:42). When Jesus broke off from His earthly parents at age 12, He was reminding them that He had a direct relationship with Almighty God, and that they served as temporary guardians until the Father's time arrived. In the same way, God is about to remind many temporary guardians that the women under their care also have a direct relationship with the Father:
"1 Now I say, That the heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; 2 But is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the father" (Galatians 4:1-2)
"17 Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, 18 And will be a Father unto you, and ye shall be my sons and daughters, saith the Lord Almighty." (2 Corinthians 6:17-18)
Notice that the passage above first speaks of separation from unclean things, which points to being cleansed from the Church's "spiritual menstruation" that we discussed above. Then it speaks of God manifesting Himself as Father of sons and daughters.
Everything that we have shared in this article applies not only to women in a literal sense, but to "women" in a different, deeper sense. The word "woman" in Scripture has a connotation of frailty and weakness, and can refer at times to those who do not seem to be strong or important in the eyes of men. God will raise up a mighty remnant that seems weak and irrelevant in the eyes of the arrogant men (and women) who have made themselves lords over the Church, in the same way that God raised David out of "nowhere" to be king of Israel, because He had a heart that was bent on doing God's will.
"6 And it came to pass, when they were come, that he looked on Eliab, and said, Surely the LORDíS anointed is before him. 7 But the LORD said unto Samuel, Look not on his countenance, or on the height of his stature; because I have refused him: for the LORD seeth not as man seeth; for man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on the heart." (1 Samuel 16:6-7)
If you have a heart bent on doing God's will and if you humble yourself before Him, He will use you, and others will see the Glory of God through you. If you refuse to humble yourself and are bent on doing your own will, God will cast you off, and your calling will be no more. It is your choice, my friend, and I hope and pray that you choose to love and obey God, no matter what the price.
"28 And it shall come to pass afterward, that I will pour out my spirit upon all flesh; and your sons and your daughters shall prophesy, your old men shall dream dreams, your young men shall see visions: 29 And also upon the servants and upon the handmaids in those days will I pour out my spirit. 30 And I will shew wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars of smoke. 31 The sun shall be turned into darkness, and the moon into blood, before the great and the terrible day of the LORD come. 32 And it shall come to pass, that whosoever shall call on the name of the LORD shall be delivered: for in mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance, as the LORD hath said, and in the remnant whom the LORD shall call." (Joel 2:28-32)