Realization of Prophetic Visions

By Philip Mark Ames

God's Woman

The twelfth chapter of the Revelation opens with John's vision of a great heavenly display. John was in spirit and so capable of observing both spiritual and physical realities. What he saw was a woman arrayed with sunlight. Beneath her feet, John saw the moon. Who is this woman? She is God's wife. She is seen by John somewhere within the second heaven; and her position between sun and moon locates her at the earth.

This woman is the spiritual, or fifth-dimension, manifestation of human submissiveness to God, Had Adam and Eve and their descendants willingly obeyed God, living in harmony with His standards of righteousness, all mankind would have become the wife of God. The thought- patterns of the whole world would have appeared in the third heaven as a beautiful, perfect woman. This, in fact, was God's purpose in creating the earth; it was to be the ideal home for His wife. He had created the angels to be servants, ministering to the needs of mankind; but only mankind was created to become the mother of His children.

After Adam sinned, God's purpose did not change. However, only those persons who love righteousness could become members of God's wife; only their thought-patterns would appear to God as the woman of His choice. The eleventh chapter of Hebrews tells of some of the men and women who were faithful to God in ancient times: their faith in God made them part of His woman.

After Abraham and his wife Sarah had been married for many years, they were still without child. Sarah was barren. Likewise, after millenniums of marriage to God, the faithful of mankind had still not produced a child for God; there had not yet been born an immortal spirit being like God himself. At Sarah's suggestion, Abraham took Sarah's slave-girl, Hagar, as a secondary wife; she bore a son who, being a slave, would never inherit Abraham's estate. Similarly, God took the nation of Israel as His secondary wife. She, being under the Mosaic Law, was a slave. Her children would also be slaves, sons of the law. (Gen. 16; Exodus 19:3-9)

When Hagar's son was fifteen years old, 90-year-old Sarah bore a son to 100-year-old Abraham. This was the fulfillment of a promise God had made to Abraham and Sarah. This child, Isaac, born of a free woman, was the rightful heir to all that Abraham possessed. (Gen. 21:1-12) This was a picture of what was to take place for God's free woman, the thought-creation of those faithful persons who are willingly submissive to God.

The fifty-fourth chapter of Isaiah is addressed to this woman. Here, God promises that though she had long been barren, she would some day give birth to many children. The Apostle Paul quotes from this prophecy in his letter to the Galatian Christians. Therein he identifies the woman as "Jerusalem above... our mother." (Gal. 4) The woman does not exist apart from those of whom she is the thought-pattern; she encompasses them. She can act only through those persons whose minds and hearts are obedient to God, those who subject their will to Him and His Word, even as Sarah subjected herself to her husband Abraham. (I Pet. 3:1-6)

John saw a crown of twelve stars on the woman's head. These stars are the twelve Apostles (including Matthias, not Judas Iscariot). They are a crown of glory to God's faithful ones.

The point in time where this scenario begins is just before the death of Jesus Christ. John reports that the woman was pregnant, and crying out in her pains and in her agony to give birth.

The significance of the birth pangs was explained by Jesus himself to his disciples. Foretelling his death and resurrection, he said: "Amen, amen, I am saying to you that you will weep and you will wail, but the world will rejoice; you will be grieved, but your grief will transform into joy. The woman, whenever she may give birth, is having grief because her hour came; but whenever she brings forth the child, she is no longer remembering the tribulation because of the joy that a man was born into the world. And therefore you are now indeed having grief; but I shall see you again and your heart will rejoice, and no one will take away your joy from you." (John 16:20-22.)

Shortly after telling them that, Jesus was arrested, brought to trial, and killed. These events caused great agony and pain for Jesus and his disciples. This mental anguish, translated into the fifth dimension, meant birth pangs for God's woman. Then came the first birth into immortality. Thus, in the Revelation, John saw the resurrection of Jesus Christ as the birth of a male child. But before seeing this happy event, John saw another exhibit in heaven.

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Written by: Philip Mark Ames - - - 1975 Philip Mark Ames. All rights reserved.