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"And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness
"AS AN EAGLE stirreth up HER nest, fluttereth over
"And there appeared a great wonder IN HEAVEN,
Copyright, June, 1981
Lois I. Roden
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Eagles belong to the genus, Aquila, and are one of the largest, most powerful birds of prey in the world, with a wing span up to seven feet. They are known for their ability to see their prey from thousands of feet in the air. They have long been symbols of courage and power and are fierce and courageous hunters, usually hunting in pairs. They mate for life, and both guard the nest and feed their young.
The golden eagle reaches a height of three feet, and three feet from tip of bill to tail (3' x 3'). They build two nests and use one every other year, hunting in the daytime, and laying as many as five eggs, but usually only two.
The females are always larger of the 48 known species in the world. Each pair of eagles range over a 20 mile territory and have been known to live as long as 46 years, even in captivity. Unlike other birds, they molt only every two years.
The golden eagle is known as the war eagle, their feathers prized by the Indians for their war bonnets. These majestic birds weigh up to 13 pounds, but average 6 to 7 pounds, especially when hunting conditions demand great swiftness.
Their symbol in the heavens is the northern constellation, Aquila.
Eagle: Hebrew–Nesher; Aramaic–Neshar.
"A WORK similar to that of AN EAGLE STIRRING UP HER NEST NEEDS TO BE DONE." –Selected.
"In HER endeavors to reach HER HOME, the eagle is often beaten down by the tempest to the narrow defiles of the mountains. The clouds, in black, angry masses sweep between HER and the sunny heights where SHE secures HER NEST. For a while SHE seems bewildered, and dashes this way and that, beating HER strong WINGS as if to sweep back the dense clouds. SHE awakens the DOVES of the mountains (Ezek. 7:16; Hosea 11:11) with HER wild cry in HER vain endeavors to find a way out of HER prison. At last SHE dashes upward into the blackness, and gives a shrill scream of triumph as SHE emerges, a moment later, in the calm sunshine above. The darkness and tempest are all below HER, and the light of heaven is shining about HER. SHE reaches HER loved HOME in the lofty crag, and is satisfied. It was through darkness that SHE reached the light. It cost HER an effort to do this, but SHE is rewarded in gaining the object which SHE sought....
"Faith is the hand that takes hold of infinite help....This is the only course we can pursue....We must exercise that LIVING FAITH, which will penetrate the clouds that, like a thick wall, separate us from HEAVEN'S LIGHT. We have heights of faith to reach, where all is PEACE and JOY IN THE HOLY SPIRIT....
"We have before us a warfare,–a LIFELONG conflict with Satan and his seductive temptations. The enemy will use every argument, every deception, to entangle the soul; and in order to win the CROWN OF LIFE, we must put forth earnest, persevering effort. We must not lay off the armor or leave the battlefield until we have gained the victory, and can triumph in our Redeemer. AS LONG AS WE CONTINUE TO KEEP OUR EYES FIXED UPON THE AUTHOR AND FINISHER OF OUR FAITH, WE SHALL BE SAFE. But our affections must be placed upon things ABOVE, NOT ON THINGS OF THE EARTH. By faith we must rise higher and still higher in the attainment of the graces of Christ [and the Holy Spirit]. By daily contemplating [Their] His matchless charms, we must grow more and more unto [Their] His GLORIOUS IMAGE. While we thus live in communion with Heaven, Satan will lay his nets for us in vain." –Selected.
“In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. And the earth was without form, and void; and darkness was upon the face of the deep, AND THE SPIRIT OF GOD MOVED ["hovered" or "fluttered"] UPON THE FACE OF THE WATERS." Gen. 1:1,2.
"THE SPIRIT OF GOD. The mysterious, unseen, and irresistible PRESENCE OF THE DIVINE BEING.
"HOVERED ["moved" or "fluttered"]. The [same] Heb. word occurs again ONLY in Deut. 32:11 where it is descriptive of THE EAGLE HOVERING OVER HER YOUNG TO CARE FOR THEM AND PROTECT THEM....The Spirit of Mercies from before the Lord breathed upon the face of the waters." – Pentateuch and Haftorahs, p. 2, Edited by Dr. J.H. Hertz.
Besides, the Hebrew term for Spirit is in the feminine gender in Genesis 1:2.
"As an eagle stirreth up HER nest, fluttereth over HER young, spreadeth abroad HER wings, taketh them, beareth them on HER wings." Deut. 32:11.
"11. AS AN EAGLE. God's loving care for Israel is likened to the tender affection that is shown by the eagle towards its young when it teaches them to fly.
"STIRRETH UP HER NEST. When the time comes for the young to leave the nest, the mother–bird does not rouse them suddenly, but strikes her wings against the surrounding branches. Having thus gently awakened them, she 'stirs up' the nest, and allures them to imitate her fluttering in flight.
"HOVERETH OVER HER YOUNG. She hovers over them in loving solicitude, and has her wings in readiness to catch them, should they become exhausted.
"SPREADETH ABROAD HER WINGS, TAKETH THEM. If the young are too weak or too timid to fly, the eagle takes them upon her outspread wings and carries them–a picture of the fostering care, the discipline and training to independence, that Israel received at the Divine hands.
The thought is:
"13-14. Israel would enjoy all the luxuries of a pastoral people in abundance.
"13. RIDE ON THE HIGH PLACES. A figure of speech denoting the TRIUMPHANT and UNDISPUTED POSSESSION OF THE LAND, even of its high mountain fastnesses, which the Prophet–poet foresees as an accomplished fact." – Pentateuch Haftorahs, p. 898, Edited by Dr. J. H. Hertz.
In comparing Genesis 1:2 and Deuteronomy 32:11, the seeker of Truth can readily see the "Mother Image" of the Spirit of God depicted as a FEMALE eagle brooding over HER creation (HER young)–which proceedeth from HER.
"When the most High divided to the nations their inheritance, when he separated the sons of Adam, he set the bounds of the people according to the number of the children of Israel." Deut. 32:8.
CONCLUSION: THE LORD'S SPIRIT IS DEPICTED AS A "MOTHER" EAGLE IN HER LOVING CARE FOR ISRAEL.
THE SPIRIT OF THE LORD
"Who hath directed the Spirit of the Lord....To whom then will ye liken God?....To whom then will ye liken me, or shall I be equal? saith the Holy One." Isa. 40:13,18.
"Hast thou not known? hast thou not heard, that the everlasting God, the Lord, the Creator of the ends of the earth, fainteth not, neither is weary? there is no searching of his understanding. He giveth power to the faint; and to them that have no might he increaseth strength....But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with WINGS AS EAGLES; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." Isa. 40:28, 29, 31.
"And he will lift up an ensign to the nations from far, and will hiss unto them from the end of the earth: and, behold, they shall come with speed swiftly: none shall be weary nor stumble among them; none shall slumber nor sleep; neither shall the girdle of their loins be loosed, nor the latchet of their shoes be broken." Isa. 5:26, 27.
CONCLUSION: GOD'S ELECT ARE DEPICTED AS EAGLES.
THE WOMAN WITH EAGLE WINGS
THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH
Revelation 12:1, 14
"And there appeared a great wonder in HEAVEN, a WOMAN clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars....And to the WOMAN were given TWO WINGS OF A GREAT EAGLE,
that she might fly into the wilderness, INTO HER PLACE, where she is nourished for a time, and times, and half a time, from the face of the serpent." Rev. 12:1, 14.
In discerning the meaning of this symbolism one can understand the existence of the Old Testament church (woman) and the New Testament church (woman); the former symbolized by Hagar and the latter by Sarah–earthly women with literal names (Gal. 4:22-31). Take special note of verse 26 which gives the key as to Who our REAL Mother is–This Heavenly WOMAN Jerusalem, which is ABOVE and FREE.
As wings come in pairs the Old Testament woman was not shown with wings. Only when the New Testament woman came into existence, could both periods be shown by TWO GREAT EAGLE WINGS–two great periods of church history–Truth.
This WOMAN and HER EAGLE WINGS must comprehend the history of God's True Church (woman) from Eden, to Eden restored, with an antitypical restored Eve to help effect the establishment of the Kingdom church on earth "as Eden."
"And they shall say, This LAND THAT WAS DESOLATE is become like the GARDEN of EDEN; and the waste and desolate and ruined cities are become fenced, and are inhabited." Ezek. 36:35.
The eagle is termed "King of birds," as the Lion is King of beasts, and indicates Kingly authority as shown by Her twelve star crown, Her glory, first in Heaven, then on earth, when Her Kingdom is restored.
The four beasts of Revelation 4:8 represent four periods of the church's history and the SIX wings indicate the seal in which Her judgment takes place. The last of the four beasts mentioned is like a FLYING EAGLE representing the LAST PERIOD of the church–the time of harvest in which the church (woman), the LIVING SAINTS ARE TRANSLATED WITHOUT SEEING DEATH. See Revelation 12:14–The Woman with eagle wings flying into the wilderness to escape the flood cast out of Satan's mouth to drown her. But the "earth" helps the woman and swallows up the flood.
The symbol of the "earth" denotes a place that helps the church–woman, and her "eagle wings" indicate a nation whose symbol is the "Eagle" where she is protected while in the wilderness, away from the vineyard–Palestine.
The United States has long been recognized as a refuge for the persecuted peoples of the world and millions have come to her shores in search of freedom from tyranny and oppression.
The Statue of Liberty at the entrance of the New York Harbor is a symbol of GOD'S WOMAN (nation) TODAY and Her Eagle Wings protect the oppressed peoples of the whole world who come under Her care. Thus, it would not be strange to think of the Headquarters of God's remnant church as being located
in the United States of America. It is only natural, then, that God's remnant church in the United States of America would have a knowledge of the spiritual significance of the Heavenly, as well as the earthly WOMAN, and have an inspired leader (woman?) to reveal the LATTER significance of the prophecies concerning HER.
Just such a message of truth arose in the United States of America in the autumn of 1977, concerning the Holy Spirit, "Our Mother Who art in Heaven" (Gal. 4:26). Literature on the subject has been sent all over the world to thousands who have never known of their "Heavenly Mother," and who are now rejoicing in this revelation of Divinity.
Eve was the first representative on earth of God's pure church–a "copy" of the pure church, the WOMAN, in Heaven, the Holy Spirit Mother.
Conclusively, then, the "woman clothed with the sun" and Her Eagle Wings being of HEAVENLY ORIGIN denote God's True Church in one continuous line, first, in Heaven, then, on earth; and her child represents Her Heavenly Son Who took upon Himself our flesh as a sacrifice for sin (Heb. 10:5).
The "woman" could not represent the Christian church for it was not established until many years after Jesus' birth. In the earth, she could only represent God's church, the Jewish who was to bring forth Her Messiah, since the promise was made to Israel.
IN THE EARTHLY SANCTUARY,
AS IT IS IN HEAVEN
However, this woman was seen by John in vision, IN HEAVEN, and, in the primary application, he refers to the CHURCH OF THE FIRST BORN and only secondarily, to God's church (woman) on earth, the Jewish. "But ye are come unto mount Sion, and unto the city of the living God, the HEAVENLY Jerusalem, and to an innumerable company of angels, to the GENERAL ASSEMBLY and CHURCH OF THE FIRSTBORN, which are WRITTEN IN HEAVEN, and to God the Judge of all, and to the SPIRITS OF JUST MEN MADE PERFECT." Heb. 12:22, 23.
"Above the mercy seat was the Shekinah, the manifestation of the Divine Presence; and from between the cherubim, God made known His will." – Selected. The Shekinah is the FEMININE manifestation of God.
The Holy Spirit took the form of a DOVE and the Shekinah had wings. Thus, they who acknowledge God take refuge under the "wings of the Shekinah," the essence of God as manifested in a "DISTINCT form" or symbol.
"...the Shekinah is the battleground between the divine powers of good and evil; because of HER FEMINITY and closeness to the created world, She is the FIRST and the main target of the Satanic power...and HER battle against the evil powers is reflected in the status of Israel in the earthly world." –Encyclopedia Judaica, vol. 14, p. 1354.
THE "WOMAN" IN HEAVEN SYMBOL OF GOD'S CHURCH
The preponderance of Biblical evidence continues to mount in proof of a FEMININE IMAGE in the Godhead by various symbols, parables, and prophecies. The next clearest prophetic picture is found in the twelfth chapter of Revelation, verses 1 to 6.
"And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a crown of twelve stars: and she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be delivered. And there appeared another wonder in heaven; and behold a great red dragon, having seven heads and ten horns, and seven crowns upon his heads. And his tail drew the third part of the stars of heaven, and did cast them to the earth: and the dragon stood before the woman which was ready to be delivered, for to devour her child as soon as it was born. And SHE brought forth a MAN CHILD, who was to RULE ALL NATIONS WITH A ROD OF IRON: and her child was caught up unto God, and to his throne. And the woman fled into the wilderness, where she hath a place prepared of God, that they should feed her there a thousand two hundred and threescore days."
The woman and the dragon in conflict were first seen in Heaven NOT ON EARTH. Whatever these symbols represent, they are of HEAVENLY ORIGIN. Therefore, the woman does NOT represent Mary, the earthly Mother of the Messiah, but the HOLY SPIRIT MOTHER IN HEAVEN Who was to reveal Her Son as the Redeemer of Heaven and earth, after which Lucifer fell, and resulted in his being cast into the earth. "And when the dragon saw that he was cast unto the earth, he persecuted the woman which brought forth the man child." Rev. 12:13. Logically, then, the history of this WOMAN BEGINS IN HEAVEN and extends to earth as Her image was reproduced in the creation of Eve–the FEMININE IMAGE of God (Gen. 1:26, 27).
THE EVER–LIVING CHURCH—WOMAN AND HER ENEMY
It is clear from Revelation 12:1-6 that the Woman was clothed with the sun and attacked by the dragon while IN HEAVEN BEFORE the creation of Adam or Eve, thus, she could not represent the New Testament church as some claim.
The term "clothed with the sun" is symbolic of God's ever–living Church (woman) clothed with the Bible (Ps. 119:105).
The moon under Her feet reflected the light from Heaven in the darkness caused by the original sin of Lucifer, the son of the morning (Isa. 14:12).
Being clothed with the sun and the moon under Her feet and with the promise of a Redeemer, she represented the True Church with a sanctuary made up of two Divine Laws–moral and ceremonial. Thus the "woman" represents "the church" that keeps the commandments of God and has the living Spirit of Prophecy in HER midst–her only hope, strength, and deliverance. She is admonished to: "Awake, awake; put on thy strength, O ZION; put on thy beautiful garments, O JERUSALEM, the HOLY CITY: for henceforth there shall no more come into thee the uncircumcised and the unclean." Isa. 52:1.
The woman is saved from Satan's wrath by being translated to Mt. Zion, but Satan makes war with her remnant in the lands of the Gentiles, who are
called out of Babylon the Great (Rev. 18:1-4).
The fundamental belief that the prophecies of the sixth seal (Rev. 6:12) began to be fulfilled at the great Lisbon earthquake of 1755, the great dark day of May 19, 1780, and the falling of the stars in 1833 (Matt. 24:29) is held by many. These events, however, were only forecasts of the great and dreadful day of the Lord (Mal. 4:5)–the day in which those who have not clad themselves in the wedding garment are cast out. During the sixth seal the judgment of the dead closes and the preparations for the judgment of the living begins–a dreadful day for the wicked! But a great one for the righteous!
THE RESTITUTION OF ALL THINGS
Though lost through sin, ALL THINGS created in the beginning will be restored in the "times of restitution of all things, which God hath spoken by the mouth of all His holy prophets since the world began" (Acts 3:21).
"After this I will return, and will build again the tabernacle [sanctuary–WOMAN restored] of David, which is fallen down; and I will build again the ruins thereof, and I will set it up." Acts 15:16.
"ELIAS TRULY SHALL FIRST COME, AND RESTORE ALL THINGS." Matt. 17:11.
Eve was the first Image on earth of the WOMAN in HEAVEN (Rev. 12:1), and was a symbol of the "ever–living church" (Heb. 12:22, 23), the Heavenly Jerusalem, the MOTHER of us all (Gal. 4:26).
The very FIRST thing lost (corrupted) on earth shall be the very first restored on earth; i.e., the "image" of "woman."
Biblical records show that Satan was and is WROTH with the WOMAN (Rev. 12:1, 14), and makes war with the remnant of HER seed; that is, with the LAST WOMAN who is to restore the true Image of God in the earth, male and FEMALE. To accomplish his purpose and drown the woman, Satan casts out of his mouth water, as a flood, after her. A flood of private interpreters aspire to erase HER IMAGE from the earth in the minds of those born of the flesh (earthly) so they cannot be re-born "of the Spirit" (HEAVENLY) and replace the angels captivated by Lucifer who left Heaven to continue his warfare and blasphemy against the Holy Ghost on earth.
"And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a FLOOD AFTER THE WOMAN, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth. And the dragon was WROTH with the WOMAN, and went to MAKE WAR with the REMNANT OF HER SEED, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ." Rev. 12:15-17.
THE PROMISE OF RESCUE IN THE LAND OF THE GENTILES
The "earth" opens up Her mouth; literally, the flood of unconverted who are now in the midst of the church of God are to be slain and buried, and the converted taken to the Kingdom–Eden restored. Then will the dragon be "wroth with the WOMAN," and make war with the remnant of HER seed who keep the commandments of God and HAVE the Testimony of Jesus, which is the Spirit of Prophecy–in their midst (Rev. 19:10). DOING AWAY WITH SATAN'S FLOOD IS THE ONLY MEANS OF PURIFYING THE CHURCH. The purification enables the church as a body to keep the commandments of God–moral law–and have the Testimony of Jesus–the ceremonial "law, or the plan of salvation REVEALED in the light of the Spirit of Prophecy (Rev. 12:17).
Her Glory, the twelve star crown, symbolizes her earthly authority to engage in deadly combat with Her enemy.
When the Spirit of God prompts reproof it reveals sin and rebukes the sinner THROUGH HIS CHURCH, the Woman.
To escape the dragon, she was given TWO WINGS of A GREAT EAGLE which symbolizes two great periods from the first Adam to the second Adam, and from the second Adam (1 Cor. 15:45) to the end of the world, denoting only ONE TRUE CHURCH IN ALL AGES. Her eagle's wings as well as her crown of twelve stars and her sun clothing of light and glory indicate royalty as the EAGLE is termed King of birds.
"God means what He says; 'I desire a change here.' The Lord wants His Spirit to enter. He wants His Holy Spirit [Heavenly Mother] to be KING." –Selected.
A MOTHER EAGLE
THE PROPHECY AND ITS LATTER DAY FULFILLMENT
PROPHECY: "Doth the eagle mount up at thy command, and make HER nest on high? SHE dwelleth and abideth on the rock, upon the crag of the rock, and the strong place. From thence SHE seeketh the prey, and HER eyes behold afar off. HER YOUNG ONES ALSO suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is SHE." Job. 39:27-30.
"Awake, O sword, against my shepherd, and against the MAN that is my fellow, saith the Lord of hosts: smite the shepherd, and the sheep shall be scattered: and I WILL TURN MINE HAND UPON THE LITTLE [YOUNG] ONES." Zech. 13:7.
In the first application, the prophecy applies to the shepherd; in the second, to the "MAN" that is "my fellow." After that, the Lord of Hosts, the Holy Spirit, gathers the "little ones"–those who receive the Kingdom as a little child (Mark 10:15; Matt. 18:3-7, 10, 19, 20).
FULFILLMENT: "For wheresoever the CARCASE is, there will the eagles be gathered together." Matt. 24:28.
In Genesis 1:2 the Spirit of God is pictured as a Mother Eagle hovering (or, brooding) over HER nest; likewise, in Job. The Spirit in Her creative works is depicted as a Mother Eagle. Just as the mother eagle maketh her nest on high (Job 39:27), so does the Spirit abide in the light of God's Throne in Heaven. As the eagle beholds the prey afar off (Job 39:29), so the "eyes of the Lord" run to and fro in the earth (Zech. 4:10).
As "HER young ones ALSO suck up blood: and where the slain are, there is SHE," (Job 39:30), so, likewise, does God's Spirit–filled church gather together to celebrate the Lord's Supper at the appointed TIMES (of the kill–
sacrifice) to "renew their strength...as eagles" (Isa. 40:31), for the Lord "satisfieth thy mouth with good things; so that thy youth is RENEWED LIKE THE EAGLE'S" (Ps. 103:5).
Matthew 24, verse 28, refers to the identity of God's church as a body who are symbolized by EAGLES GATHERED TO FEED UPON THE "CARCASS."
"CARCASS – (b) a LIVE or dead human body. (c) The human body OR a dead corpse." – World Book Dictionary.
To those who partake of the Lord's Supper, discerning His body, ("For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body" 1 Cor. 11:29), it is both a symbol of DEATH and LIFE. Therefore, they eat the bread–carcass–(representing the Lord's broken body, His death), and drink the wine–blood (Job 39:30)–mixed with water as is symbolized by the blood and water which gushed forth from our Lord's side on the cross. The water symbolized the cleansing by the Holy Spirit, a higher cleansing as demonstrated by the ordinance of washing the feet instituted before His death.
"For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect....Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, he is in the desert; go not forth: behold, he is in the secret chambers [cannot be found] ; believe it not.
"For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcass is, there will the eagles be gathered together." Matt. 24:24, 26-28.The Lord comes to translate the living church on earth, so THERE IS WHERE THE LORD IS TO BE FOUND. That is, wherever The Mother Eagle, The Holy Spirit, GATHERS HER eaglets (young ones in the Truth) together to observe the Lord's Supper at the times pointed out in the symbolic service of the earthly Sanctuary, THERE you may, WITHOUT BEING DECEIVED, find your Lord and come in and sup with THEM (Elohim, Hebrew noun, PLURAL).
The invitation is TO ALL, "Come, and dine." Come and CELEBRATE The Lord's Supper on TIME, the right Time!
"Where, Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together." Luke 17:37.
"ORIGINAL SIN"—AGAINST THE WOMAN
Lucifer, the first created son of God in Heaven, rebelled against the crowning of the Eternal Son of God in Whose Image he was made. This high and exalted angel of light was next in honor and position to God's Eternal Son Who was One with the Father and the Holy Spirit before the angels were created.
When the great Creators, the Father and the Holy Spirit, made known to the hosts of Heaven the authority of Their Son, Lucifer could not bear the thought of being second in command. His rebellion was directed against the Holy Spirit, the One Who crowned HER Son with all power and authority in Heaven and earth (Song of Solomon 3:11). He first sinned against the Holy One in Heaven ("whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven him" Malt 12:32), and brought irreparable misery upon himself and the angels who joined him; thus, he had no more sacrifice for sin by the One Who blots out the transgressions against God's Government in Heaven and earth. Envy and jealousy in the Heavenly realm disqualified him from taking any part in the earthly realm when God created Their Images–male and female–in Adam and Eve.
Consequently, when the creation was completed, it was only natural for him to attack Eve, the Image of the Holy Spirit, against Whose authority he originally rebelled. It was SHE Who crowned (glorified) Her Son with all power and authority in Heaven and earth. "She shall give to thine head an ornament of grace: A CROWN OF GLORY SHALL SHE DELIVER TO THEE." Prov. 4:9. "Go forth, O ye daughters of Zion, and behold king Solomon with the CROWN wherewith his MOTHER CROWNED HIM in the day of his espousals, and in the day of the gladness of his heart." Song of Solomon 3:11.
Eve was Adam's glory whom Satan sought to destroy. "For a man indeed ought not to cover his head, forasmuch as he is the image and glory of God: but the woman is the GLORY ["crown" Prov. 4:9] OF THE MAN." 1 Cor. 11:7. To her was given the power to reproduce God's Image in Adam on earth. It was Adam who was made in the Image of God's Son in Heaven, and whom Lucifer hated, and determined to destroy, and thus remove BOTH of the true IMAGES of God in the earth, male and FEMALE, both Adam and Eve.
His two-fold grudge against God is manifested against the Holy Spirit for crowning Her Son and against the Son for being crowned. They were One with the Father: first, as ONE Person; then, as TWO separate Persons; then, as THREE Persons–The Father, The Spirit Mother, and The Son in Heaven.
THE DRAMA IN HEAVEN REPEATED ON EARTH
The drama of the "original sin" in Heaven was to be re-enacted upon earth with one peculiar difference. As the number of heavenly beings was complete and entirely perfect, there was no reason for carrying the creation of the Heavenly Adam, Lucifer, further than God's Image–male and female
in ONE heavenly body. However, by the time God was ready to create Their Image in the earth, there had been a vacancy in Heaven of nearly one-half of the heavenly host, angels, who defected in rebellion with Lucifer.
God designed the vacancy to be filled with earthly beings created in the Godly Image: Adam and Eve, male and female as ONE (Gen. 2:7); then, as TWO distinct persons, male and female (Gen. 1:26, 27), with the promise of a third person (Gen. 3:15) to reproduce God's Image and REPOPULATE Heaven.
These two Images of God in Adam and Eve were duplicates of the heavenly, come down to earth in the glory and majesty of perfection. So, again, Satan's wrath was unequaled and redoubled against the true manifestation of God's power and authority on earth, as it was in Heaven. He did not want the Images of God to replace him on earth, in position and authority, as had been done in Heaven in the beginning, by the Son and the Holy Spirit.
To accomplish the purpose of God's covenant to replenish Heaven, They first commanded Adam and Eve to have DOMINION over all THEIR EARTHLY CREATION, even as the Son and the Holy Spirit were given all power over the Heavenly creation (and earth) by God the Father.
This, Satan could not tolerate on earth, any more than he could in Heaven from whence he first fell. In both instances, "original sin" was instigated by the Father of Lies (John 8:44) in Heaven by sinning against the Holy Ghost, and on earth, by his attack upon Eve, the woman who has from the beginning borne upon her shoulders the responsibility for the sins of the whole world. Lucifer has also deceived the elect in the church about the true Images of God on earth, male and FEMALE.
THE MAN OF SIN
But now, "the MAN of sin" (original) is to be revealed by an antitypical Eve, a restored, recreated daughter of her MOTHER the HOLY SPIRIT in Heaven. "Thou art beautiful, O my love, as Tirzah, comely as Jerusalem, terrible as an army with banners....My DOVE, my undefiled is but one; SHE is the only one of her MOTHER, she is the choice one of her that bare her. The daughters saw her, and blessed her; yea, the queens and the concubines, and they praised her. Who is SHE that looketh forth as the morning, fair as the moon, clear as the sun, and terrible as an army with banners?" Song of Solomon 6:4, 9, 10. This dove (Ezek. 7:16) hears the voice of the Holy Spirit (Eagle).
God's original purpose for His created beings on earth is to be accomplished in the revelation of the "prophetic" aspect, for our time, of the seven days of creation week which covers the whole of human history for 6000 years on earth. Then God's creation is restored to Eternal perfection and rest from sin as symbolized by the seventh day (1000 years).
The creation allegory bespeaks of a "restored Eden" (Gen. 3:15), freed of the blight of "original sin" (Joel 2:3; Eze. 36:35) brought by one man's sin against God in Heaven. "Son of man, say unto the prince of Tyrus, Thus saith the Lord God; Because thine heart is lifted up, and thou hast said, I am a God, I sit in the seat of God, in the midst of the seas; yet thou art a MAN, and not God, though thou set thine heart as the heart of God....Wilt thou say before him that slayeth thee, I am God? but thou shalt be a MAN, and no God, in the hand of him that slayeth thee." Eze. 28:2, 9.
THE FIRST SINNER
Let it ever be remembered that it was Lucifer, the first created angel in the IMAGE of God–male and female in ONE body like Adam–(an HEAVENLY Adam), who was the ORIGINATOR of sin. The result: war in Heaven in which he was cast out!
THE WOMAN'S IMAGE RESTORED
To remedy the havoc created in Heaven by the loss of Satan and the angels, God created Adam and Eve to have dominion and fill the earth with righteous children to take their place. In his fury Satan destroyed the pure Image of God, the Holy Spirit, in Eve. But the prophecy of Genesis 3:15 reveals a Deliverer, a SECOND Adam (1 Cor. 15:45) Who would come in the flesh and die to restore the Image of God, lost in Eve. "Wherefore when he cometh into the world, he saith, Sacrifice and offering thou wouldest not, but a body hast thou prepared me....But this man, after he had offered one sacrifice for sins for ever, sat down on the right hand of God....For by one offering he hath perfected for ever them that are sanctified." Heb. 10:5, 12, 14. It was this man, the second Adam, Who restored women to their rightful place in His ministry (Gal. 3:28): Mary, His Mother, and Mary Magdalene.
It was He Who prophesied of "another ONE" to come "AFTER" Him, in His name (John 14:26) WHO would lead His followers into all Truth about His and the Holy Spirit's work to restore THEIR Image in Their lost creation and take them, with their earthly leaders, to the Paradise of God to replace Lucifer and his angels.
"These are the generations of the heavens and of the earth when they were created, in the day that the Lord God made the earth and the heavens, and every plant of the field before it was in the earth, and every herb of the field before it grew: for the Lord God had not caused it to rain upon the earth, and THERE WAS NOT A MAN TO TILL THE GROUND. But there went up a mist from the earth, and watered the whole face of the ground. And the Lord God formed
MAN OF THE DUST OF THE GROUND, and BREATHED INTO HIS NOSTRILS THE BREATH OF LIFE; and man BECAME A LIVING SOUL. And the Lord God planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there he put the man whom he had formed....And the Lord God took the man, and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it and to keep it. And the Lord God commanded the man, saying, Of every tree of the garden thou mayest freely eat: 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." Gen. 2:4-8, 15-17.
And the Lord God said, It is not good that the man should be alone; I WILL MAKE HIM AN HELP MEET FOR HIM….And the Lord God caused a deep sleep to fall upon Adam, and he slept: and he took one of his RIBS [a white bone], and closed up the flesh instead thereof. And the rib, which the Lord God had taken from man, MADE HE A WOMAN, and brought her unto the man. And Adam said, This is now bone of my bones, and flesh of my flesh: she shall be called Wo–man, because she was taken out of Man. Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and THEY SHALL BE ONE FLESH." Gen. 2:18, 21-24.
STEPS IN THE CREATION
Several points stand out in bold relief in this review of creation of Man and Woman.
Verse 5: "There was not a man to till the ground."
Verse 7: "The Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground [earth]," a dead soul, until "the breath of life [Spirit] " was breathed "into his nostrils."
Adam (earthling) was created OUTSIDE the garden of paradise.
Verse 8: "God planted a garden eastward" in a land called Eden. There He put man AFTER he was formed.
Verse 15: The "Lord God took the man [Adam], and put him into the garden of Eden to dress it."
Verse 16: Man was commanded to eat of every tree of the garden.
Verse 17: EXCEPT the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. If he should eat of it he would surely die.
Verse 18: The Lord God determined to make an "helpmeet" for Adam, after They had prepared him a home in the Garden of Eden, and put him in the EARTHLY paradise.
Verse 21: Adam was put to sleep and, by an operation of God, Eve was separated from his side ("For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any twoedged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit" Heb. 4:12). Unlike Adam, Eve was made of "living" flesh and bone in the Image of the "Mother of all living," The Holy Spirit in Heaven.
The "rib," a bow (White) was a symbol of the Eternal Light–a rainBOW encircling the Throne of God, and was more durable than the "dust of the ground" from which Adam was formed.
"Male and female created he them; and blessed them, and called THEIR name Adam, in the day when they were created." Gen. 5:2.
"THEIR" name "Adam"–TWO, a male and a female Image of God. Eve was the second Adam, the "Bride" who was a likeness of the Holy Spirit, the "Bride" in Heaven. In Aramaic, Romans 8:26 is translated, "The Holy Spirit SHE prays." So, it is the "Mother" Who pleads with the Father for mercy on the children to restore them to their home.
As the "Bride" sends out the wedding invitations to the guests at the wedding supper, so does the Holy Spirit send out invitations to the marriage supper of the Lamb through Her servants the prophets who are blessed with the "Living" Spirit of Prophecy–Inspiration.
"By the marriage is represented the union of HUMANITY with DIVINITY" (Selected); and the supper is illustrated by the Gospel invitation, first, to the Jewish people, and then to the Gentiles. "By the wedding garment...is represented the pure, spotless character" which the righteous must possess. "The white robe of innocence was worn by our first parents when they were placed by God in holy Eden....A beautiful soft light, THE LIGHT OF GOD, enshrouded the holy pair. This ROBE OF LIGHT was a symbol of their spiritual garments of heavenly innocence. Had they remained true to God it would ever have continued to enshroud them. But WHEN SIN ENTERED, they severed their connection with God, and THE LIGHT that had encircled them DEPARTED....they tried to supply the place of the heavenly garments by sewing together fig leaves for a covering.
"This is what the transgressors of God's law have done ever since the day of Adam and Eve's disobedience." – Selected.
But, the "robe, woven in the loom of heaven...[without] one thread of human devising" is the only accepted garment. "When we submit ourselves to Christ [and the Holy Spirit], the heart is united with His [Their] heart, the will is merged with His [Their] will, the mind becomes one with His [Their] mind,
the thoughts are brought into captivity to Him [Them]." – Selected. This is being clothed with the garment of righteousness restored to the ORIGINAL IMAGE of God, male and FEMALE.
The Creation Story illustrated the SECOND Adam's coming to earth (outside of Paradise, the Heavenly Eden) in the flesh as did the first Adam (created outside earthly Eden). He was "the express image of his [Father's] person (Heb. 1:3), male and female in one body, representing His Father and Mother, the Holy Spirit, on earth. In giving the prophecy about the coming of "another" Comforter (John 14:16), He was revealing the Holy Spirit as a separate PERSON from the Father in Heaven, Who should come to earth (Rev. 18:1) AFTER He went back to Heaven. This prophecy is clearly recorded in Scripture, and is certain to be revealed in all its fullness–even now!
Thus shall the Kingdom come on earth "as it is in Heaven"!
THINK IT THROUGH
THE GENERAL EPISTLE OF JUDE
Jude, the servant of Jesus Christ, and brother of James, to them that are sanctified by God the Father, and preserved in Jesus Christ, and called: mercy unto you, and peace, and love, be multiplied. Beloved, when I gave all diligence to write unto you OF THE COMMON SALVATION, it was needful for me to write unto you, and exhort you that ye should earnestly CONTEND for the FAITH which was ONCE DELIVERED UNTO THE SAINTS.
"For there are certain MEN crept in unawares, who were before of old ORDAINED TO THIS CONDEMNATION, ungodly men, TURNING THE GRACE OF OUR GOD INTO LASCIVIOUSNESS, and DENYING THE ONLY LORD GOD, and our Lord Jesus Christ [read all 2 Pet. 2]. I will therefore put you in REMEMBRANCE, though ye ONCE KNEW THIS, how that the Lord, having saved the people out of the land of Egypt, AFTERWARD DESTROYED THEM THAT BELIEVED NOT. And THE ANGELS which kept not their FIRST ESTATE, but left their own habitation, HE HATH RESERVED in everlasting chains under darkness UNTO THE JUDGMENT OF THE GREAT DAY.
"EVEN AS SODOM AND GOMORRHA, and the cities about them IN LIKE MANNER, giving themselves over to fornication, and GOING AFTER STRANGE FLESH, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of ETERNAL FIRE. Likewise also these FILTHY DREAMERS DEFILE THE FLESH, despise dominion, and speak evil of dignities. Yet Michael the archangel, when contending with the devil he disputed about the body of Moses, durst not bring against him a railing accusation, but said, The Lord rebuke thee.
"But these SPEAK EVIL of those THINGS WHICH THEY KNOW NOT
but what they know naturally, as brute beasts, IN THOSE THINGS THEY CORRUPT THEMSELVES. WOE UNTO THEM! for they have gone in the way of Cain, and ran greedily after the error of Balaam for reward, and perished in the gainsaying of Core. These are SPOTS IN YOUR FEASTS of charity, when THEY feast with you, feeding themselves without fear: CLOUDS THEY ARE WITHOUT WATER, carried ABOUT OF WINDS; TREES WHOSE FRUIT WITHERETH, WITHOUT FRUIT, TWICE DEAD, PLUCKED UP BY THE ROOTS; raging WAVES OF THE SEA, FOAMING OUT THEIR OWN SHAME; wandering STARS, to WHOM is reserved the BLACKNESS OF DARKNESS for ever.
"And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, PROPHESIED OF THESE, saying, Behold, THE LORD COMETH WITH TEN THOUSANDS OF HIS SAINTS, TO EXECUTE JUDGMENT UPON ALL, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches WHICH UNGODLY SINNERS HAVE SPOKEN AGAINST HIM. THESE ARE MURMURERS, COMPLAINERS, WALKING AFTER THEIR OWN LUSTS; AND THEIR MOUTH SPEAKETH GREAT SWELLING WORDS, HAVING MEN'S PERSONS IN ADMIRATION BECAUSE OF ADVANTAGE.
"But, beloved, REMEMBER ye the WORDS which were SPOKEN BEFORE of the apostles of our Lord Jesus Christ; how that they told you there should be MOCKERS IN THE LAST TIME, WHO SHOULD WALK AFTER THEIR OWN UNGODLY LUSTS. These be they WHO SEPARATE THEMSELVES, SENSUAL, HAVING NOT THE SPIRIT. But YE, beloved, BUILDING UP yourselves on your MOST HOLY FAITH, PRAYING IN THE HOLY GHOST, KEEP YOURSELVES in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.
"And of SOME COMPASSION, making a difference: and OTHERS SAVE with fear, pulling THEM OUT OF THE FIRE; hating even the garment spotted by the flesh. Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the PRESENCE OF HIS GLORY WITH EXCEEDING JOY, TO THE ONLY WISE GOD OUR SAVIOUR, be glory and majesty, dominion and power, both now and ever. Amen."