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FROM THE CANDLESTICK TO THE THRONE
THE WOMAN AND THE MANCHILD
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman clothed with the
and she being with child cried, travailing in birth, and pained to be
What does it mean for this sun-clad woman to be with child? It means that a child is in the mothers womb,
and the child and the mother are united in one body. When
the mother eats, the child is nourished. What
the mother eats, good or bad, is transferred to the child.
The condition of the mother is the condition of the child. On the other hand, this child is different from
the mother; it is another being. If you say
that they are one, it is the truth, for the child receives its life from the mother. Yet, as far as his future is concerned, he is
different. His future is entirely distinct
from that of his mother. Immediately after he
This is the revelation of Jesus Christ that God be manifested in the
totality of His divine nature,
This woman, the
This child, as we have previously pointed out, is a full-grown male a man! He represents an order we have not experienced
before! This order has not been seen yet, but
shes been carrying it for the symbolical nine
Many who read these lines have been apprehended of God to sonship. Still, we all know that though the sonship life is growing up in us, we have not yet been birthed into manifest sonship. That is why we have not now been given throneship authority and power! We have not been able to go forth and do the greater works Jesus promised! We ourselves, as our mother, are waiting for the birthing! A mans birth is the most important event in his life. It is only by his birth that he comes into the possession of his own separate being. It is only by his birth that he begins to enter upon his proper life. A fetus has no birth certificate and therefore no legal standing. The fetus has no recorded name, no legal identity, no social security number, no right of inheritance. Under the law of Moses if a man attacked a pregnant woman and caused her to miscarry, he was made to pay a fine to both husband and judge. But if the aborted child was old enough to survive and he then killed the child after it came forth from the womb, he was charged with murder and paid with his life (Ex. 21:22-23). All through the scriptures great importance was attached to birth and nearly all things were determined and established from the time of birth.
Hence the birth of this manchild must needs be the chief event of all history
the event on which his separate and proper existence as well as everything in his
future destiny depends. Without this birth he
comes to nothing, and his entire purpose miscarries. It
is the point to which everything of the church age points, and from which the age that
follows dates its beginning. Of what kind is
this birth? It is not literal birth, for the woman is not a literal
woman, but a corporate body and a city. It is
not spiritual birth, or regeneration, for the
persons constituting this child are already born of the Spirit. It is symbolic
birth, yet the symbol stands for a glorious reality!
It is a birth, a resurrection into a new and higher order of relationship, life,
calling, and ministry in the
A birth is a manifestation, a bringing to light, the making visible of what was before invisible. It is the presentation to mankind of the fullness of divine, incorruptible, and immortal life! It is the manifestation of the sons of God! It is Christ, Head and body, coming to light, the many sons brought to glory revealed in all the majesty of their glorious Head, in the power of His resurrection! Here, then, is a most momentous birth! It is the greatest birth of all time. It is a birth experienced only by one Son of God, our Lord Jesus Christ, who is the firstborn from the dead! But it is a birth to be experienced by all who have received the call to sonship!
No saint ever trod where we are treading. Millions
trod in their appointed paths, did their work, triumphed gloriously, and entered heaven. But, although the same spirit, the same faith, and
the same love animates and sustains us, as it did them, our road into the kingdom purposes
of God for this day is a very different one to their road in the first and all succeeding
centuries of the church. They
There are many across the land today who call themselves the manifested sons of God and make much of their exalted position in the kingdom. Of course we must take their word for it, for in many I fail to detect either the holiness of character or the awesome authority and power that attend such a high calling. How sickening it is to hear men who have nothing boasting that they possess all things! Sons do not become sons merely by asserting that they are sons. A great evil among those who would be sons today is that they proclaim their own sonship. How often are they merely self-styled and self-appointed sons! The model Son did not proclaim His own sonship. If I bear witness of myself, He said, my witness is not true. The Father Himself, which hath sent me, HE HATH BORNE WITNESS OF ME (Jn. 5:31,37).
The apostle Peter tells us in words freighted with wonder how the disciples were
convinced of Christs sonship. For we have not followed cunningly devised
fables, when we made known unto you the power and manifest presence of our Lord Jesus
Christ, but were eyewitnesses of His majesty. For
HE RECEIVED FROM GOD THE FATHER HONOR AND GLORY, when there came such a voice to Him from
the excellent glory, THIS IS MY BELOVED SON, in whom I am well pleased. And this voice WHICH CAME FROM HEAVEN WE HEARD,
when we were with Him in the holy mount (II Pet. 1:16-18). When a person does actually come to the
manifestation of sonship he will
What this first Son, Jesus, spoke came to pass.
It was impossible for Him to speak a falsehood or to say anything that would not
come to pass. He made it very plain that what
He was saying to the people was not His own word. But
whatever He did speak to them, they could know and understand that it was the word of the
Father THE SOURCE. It was the Father
speaking through the Son. Jesus made it plain
that He did not come to do His own will, but the will of the Father. He did not speak of Himself or out of his own
imagination, desire, or will. It was entirely
the will and word and work of the Father! THEREFORE
THERE WAS NO POSSIBILITY THAT IT COULD BE WRONG, and therefore the winds and the waves,
the diseases and the devils, the elements and all things
Jesus spoke of other sons who would stand in the same position before the world and
before the Father in which He Himself stood. They
would enjoy the same privileges He enjoyed, but they would also share the same
responsibility that He bore from the Father. They
would speak the same word of authority and do the same works and show forth their glory in
the times when His body would grow up unto the measure of the stature of the fullness of
Christ. When Jesus said, And if I go and
prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto myself; that where I am,
there ye may be also, this most emphatically was not a reference by Jesus to the
so-called second coming or to some golden-streeted city in the sky. Jesus is here telling the apostles, and telling us
through them, that they, and we, will stand before humanity and before God in exactly the
same position in which He Himself stood and stands. Jesus
most definitely spake not of going back to heaven, getting a construction crew together,
and proceeding to build a lot of mansions. He
was telling them, and us, that He is preparing a place in the
Truly we are pregnant with the manchild! However, we must also know that we are not destined to live forever in the womb of expectancy. There is a time for the baby to be born! A woman can conceive; but she will not remain pregnant forever. In due time she must bring forth that which was conceived in her. In due time we must also bring forth that which is conceived in us. Timing is everything! How often have I heard that expression applied to almost every area of life! Timing, for example, is important when it comes to a marriage proposal. You cannot pop the question too soon, in case it might overwhelm the other person. But you cant wait too long either! Timing is also important when you are trying to find a job that fits your training and ability. Having your resume in at just the right time and place can make all the difference in getting a great job or missing out. Timing is also important when it comes to finding and fighting disease. Early treatment can mean the difference between life and death. Often the difference between failure and success is related to timing. By the time Jesus was finally born, God had prepared all the nations and had brought them to the point where they could hear of Him, believe on Him, and receive Him. The world was united under one empire with roads, communication, and commerce unto its farthest extremities, by which the apostles traveled and the gospel spread to the ends of the earth. The conception of Jesus in Marys womb was one small part of the plan. But the timing was perfect! When the fullness of time was come, God sent forth His Son (Gal. 4:4). God has a time for His manchild to come forth and stand up in the earth!
This truth is graphically illustrated by the testimony of a dear brother, Douglas
Clark. He writes, On Friday, June 30th
I drove to
This is what the Lord is doing with each of us
Isaac, the promised son, was the seed of Abraham, but he was conceived by divine intervention. Like Abraham, this is where we get confused. We each feel the heartbeat of the Holy Spirit and the inner knowledge that God wants to manifest Himself in and through His people. It is the waiting for the appointed time that challenges us, and exposes the self life that refuses to be still. Notice that Gods timing always happens in a way that is impossible for man to fulfill. Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year and Sarah will have a son (Gen. 18:14, NIV). Sarah didnt conceive until it was well beyond her time to bear children. The best we can do in our attempt to help God fulfill His purposes is to conceive an Ishmael!
Two opposing moves are unfolding in the earth today, and yet each of these
manifestations will fulfill His purposes. One
will reveal the futility of mans efforts as it seeks to tighten its grip upon
Gods people, refusing to let Gods people go!
The other move will manifest the nature and life of God in His people
independently, completely orchestrated by the Holy Spirit.
The move of futility that even now is revealing itself is very much like what
happened to Saul. He was told to wait in
Gilgal seven days until the appointed time when Samuel would join him. He did wait the seven days, but just when he was so
close to being obedient he rushed ahead, deciding to offer up a burnt offering to God. Then just as he finishes Samuel shows up! He was so close but he failed to wait for the appointed time.
(Thats when Samuel rebuked Saul, saying,
With these thoughts filling our hearts let us approach the heavenly wonder John saw that day when he was caught up in the spirit and witnessed the birth of Gods manchild. We use the term manchild because we are all familiar with it from the King James Bible; of the many key phrases of scripture, however, that fall short of expressing the original thought, this one is notable. Neither man nor child is correct! Of the three Greek words translated man, this one has the least claim to it, for English has an exact equivalent, and that word is male. Though all men are of the male gender, yet the meaning is not precisely the same. John was simply identifying this one birthed as a male in contrast with a female. Then the word child is defective and misleading, for the Greek word huios meaning a mature son shows that, though newly born, this was not a helpless infant by any means!
Nearly all who read these lines are aware that in the scriptures there is a vast
distinction between childhood and sonship, which is practically
obliterated by most Bible translations. Sonship
involves a maturity, a dignity, a position, and responsibility which is not the case with
childhood. All who believe are the children of
God! All have God for their Father. In a broader sense God is the Father of the spirits
of all men. But it is only in the measure that we express the Father in the maturity of His nature, character, mind, will,
is blessing and satisfaction for us in the certainly that we are Gods children. But there is glory and honor, authority and power,
manifest through us when we become mature sons! This
is what is involved in the expression used here. The
way the Greek
The mysterious types, shadows, parables, and allegories of the Bible have always been a source of joy and amazement to me. One of the most remarkable is the birth of Isaac to Abraham and Sarah in which we find a beautiful type of the birth of the manchild in this our day. For the promise that he should be heir of the world was not to Abraham, or to his seed, through the law, but through the righteousness of faith. Therefore it is of faith as it is written, I have made thee a father of many nations, before Him who he believed, even God, who quickeneth the dead, and calleth those things which be not as though they were. Who against hope believed in hope, that he might become the father of many nations; according to that which was spoken, So shall thy seed be. And being not weak in faith, he considered not his own body now dead, when he was about an hundred years old, neither yet the deadness of Sarahs womb: He staggered not at the promised of God through unbelief; but was strong in faith, giving glory to God; and being fully persuaded that, what He had promised, He was able also to perform. And therefore it was imputed unto him for righteousness (Rom. 4:13, 16-22).
Abraham was fully persuaded that what God had promised He was fully able to perform. The reason I speak into Gods people in this hour the word of manifest sonship is because I firmly believe that what God has promised He is fully able to perform and shall do so. I believe Gods word to us is sufficient to bring this manchild to birth. Thats faith! Faith is simply trust in the promise of God! When Abraham believed that God was able to perform His word to him, to give a son, he himself was an old man, as good as dead. His body was probably still producing sperm, but his delivery system was no longer working and there was no Viagra in those days! His wife was an old woman, her womb was dead, in the terminology of that time, and obviously she was no longer ovulating. There was no possible way in the natural that she could have conceived a child, but he didnt let those circumstances speak louder than Gods word to him. He was fully persuaded that what God had spoken, regardless of his physical condition, regardless of Sarahs physical condition, God was able to perform. When Sarah heard that she was going to birth a baby, she laughed! She thought God was making a joke! And God spoke to Abraham and said, Where is Sarah? I heard her laugh! Then Sarah was embarrassed He heard me laugh!
When God speaks His blessed, wonderful promise into our hearts we find it difficult
to believe that such a thing can really come to pass.
That Christ will be birthed out of us as a full-grown Christ how impossible
that seems! That we will be the manifest sons
of God and
My father in the flesh was a Pentecostal minister, and by Gods design, he was
stuck in Pentecost. The Lord moved my wife and
me on into a deeper move of the Spirit, into a
My father died almost fifty years ago, and he passed away in the Pentecostal realm,
just as the Lord had said. Shortly after he
passed away, the Lord gave me a dream. In this
dream I was in the living room of our home and all of my family was there, my father and
mother, my brothers, my wife and our kids were all there sitting in chairs and sofas
around the walls. My dad was sitting on the
end of a sofa and looked exactly the way he did just before he died. Nobody was saying anything, we were just there. Suddenly my dad looked up, gazed intently across the
room into my eyes, and said, P-r-e-a-c-h t-h-e MANCHILD! Immediately I awoke out of that dream and in that
very instant I knew two things by the Spirit. I
knew that now my dad knew something that he did not know here in the flesh. But I also knew that he represented a cry that comes from the very realm of
death itself, the cry of the groaning creation, that is groaning for the manifestation of
His Life. It is the cry of creation for the
manifestation of the sons of God who shall
Would you like to meet Jesus hear Him speaking, see Him in action, know His personality? Dont just depend of a religious system or on what other people say. Come and see for yourself! Go to a house where Jesus is having dinner. Hop into a boat with Jesus and His disciples. Sit on a grassy hillside and listen to Jesus tell stories. Walk with Him down the dusty roads and see how He relates to people. Notice who likes Him, and why. Notice who hates Him, and why. Come and see! How can you do that? Do you need a time machine to take you? No, you just need to come into the presence of those in whom Christ is being formed! When you see the life of one truly called to sonship you will behold Jesus in whatever measure He is developed in that life. Oh, how creation groans, and how we groan within ourselves to SEE JESUS IN ALL HIS GLORIOUS AND ETERNAL FULLNESS REVEALED IN THE SONS OF GOD!
That is what the Transfiguration showed, that within the body of that carpenter was the fullness of the glory of God. On that mountain it shone out through Him until His face became brighter than the noonday sun. The glory of God radiated everything! That is what we are coming to: The glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ shining in our hearts and radiating out to enlighten and transform all mankind. On that mountain the glory was so bright that you could not see the physical man. After it was all over they saw no man but Jesus only, but in that hour all that could be manifested was the glory of the Father, the radiance of His life and power, and the Father witnessed of the One through whom the glory shone, This is my beloved SON, hear ye HIM!
We are moving into the hour when the glory of Christ shall so fill the sons of God that no longer will we be living by the works of the Lord, but we live only by the Father Himself dwelling in us. In this state we will no longer rejoice in what God has done for us and is doing for us, but there is a rejoicing in the Father Himself, for He is the total reality of our being. The hour will come when we will not ask the Lord to do anything more for us, for the Father will be manifested, expressed, revealed in all His fullness in His sons. A son of God is not a spiritual baby that has to ask and beg for things, be cared for, watched over, provided for and corrected. The heir, as long as he is a child, differeth nothing from a servant, though he be lord of all; but is under tutors and governors until the time appointed of the Father (Gal. 4:1-2). When you become of age no tutor can tell you, Get down there and do your homework. No governor can tell you, Its time to go to bed. From now on, what Christ is, becomes the expression. If at this hour we still need God to do for us rather than for Christ to become in us, then we are not ready for any revelation or unveiling. When God sends His sons forth, He sends them forth as those in whom Christ is so fully formed that it is not a matter of needing God to do anything more, for Christ has become in us!
Does there need to be more light? Yes,
but no longer light coming to us, but more light radiating out from us. Does there need to be a greater expression of
grace? Of course, for wherever sin
abounds, grace shall much more abound. God
is raising up sons in whom Grace Himself will be fully manifest. Does there need to be love? God Himself will be with them, and be their
God and God within will be love. It will
be love in expression rather than love in reception.
The love of God shall be shed abroad, no longer will we get something
out of it. In the sons everything is turned
around! Sonship is the unveiling and
expression of the Father so that when there is more grace needed, or more love, or more
life, or more
This is what our heavenly Father is bringing us to! May Christ be so revealed in all of us is my prayer and my deepest desire. May there no longer be the cry in our heart, Oh God, do something more for me, for that leaves me with myself on my hands. The secret of Jesus was that for three and a half years He did not need to be more consecrated, He did not have to be more dedicated, He did not have to learn any more lessons, He did not need any more re-fillings, He did not have to be more victorious, all He had to do was let the Father live out through Him. Ah, let it be so in us! May Christ be so fully formed in us that the work He is doing in us will finally come to an end, and Christ will be all-in-all! This will mean the birth of the manchild!
NOW HEAR THE WORD OF THE LORD! When
Gods spiritual work in the mind, heart,
nature, and character is finished in each of His sons, the sign that
the hour for the manifestation of the sons of God has arrived will be given throughout the
whole earth. On a day much like today, those
who have been fully awakened within and transformed into His likeness in spirit and soul,
will step into another dimension. Suddenly,
instantaneously, and simultaneously every
sickness and disease in each and every body of all the sons of God will be totally and
permanently healed. This will be the most
miracle of the ages! A
shuttering will run through their bodies. In
an instant these sons will burst into the resplendence of the shimmering glory of God
brighter than the noonday sun! Incorruptible
life will surge forth from within, quickening their mortal bodies with vibrant,
self-perpetuating life! It will be as it was
in the garden tomb on that heaven-blest morning when the Lord Jesus suddenly came back to
life, shook off the shackles of mortality, and arose triumphant from the realm of death! Their minds will at the same time be expanded with
THIS IS THE BIRTH OF THE MANCHILD!
Tuesday morning, January 28, 1986, at 8:30 in the morning, the Challenger exploded.
The manifestation of the sons of God has not yet taken place. There are the normal workings of God
as if anything God does could be considered normal! But there are the on-going, day to day activities
of the Holy Spirit all of them supernatural happenings, but all of them that which
we are accustomed to experiencing. The ongoing
salvation of souls, the continual manifestation of gifts and ministries in the church,
blessings of healing and
In Luke 2:13, of the birth of Jesus, we read, and suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host. The annunciation of the Incarnation was a divine intervention. Heres a great one: And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them. And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance (Acts 2:1-4). There in that upper room, united in their faith in Christ and in their holy mood of expectancy, these humble disciples received their marching orders and were empowered to carry them out. They had had a long period of teaching and preparation; they had spent many hours in prayer and holy waiting. The great day came for them on Pentecost, and they were ready to march. March they did, right into the heart of the pagan world! The Holy Spirit guided them step by step. He told them where to go, what to say, what to do. He walked in them and worked with them, confirming their word with mighty signs, wonders, and miracles. Armed with the word of God, the love of God, and the power of God, they were unconquerable and turned the world upside down and changed the course of history!
Then there was poor Saul of Tarsus, who ran headlong into a blinding suddenly: It
came to pass, that, as I made my journey, and was come nigh to
We stand in an hour not unlike the days preceding the day of Pentecost. The next great feast, the feast of Tabernacles, is
about to fully come. The Christ is
among us in a fresh manifestation of His presence, there is a new message going forth, a
declaration concerning the next step and phase of the
no man deceive you! Manifest sonship is not
yet a reality in the earth! The revelation of
it has come, the hope has been conceived in our hearts, the preparations are in progress. But most of those who currently proclaim sonship
are still walking in the old order of Pentecost with their church meetings, praise
service, preaching, gifts of the Spirit, etc. Others
who have been separated by the Lord even from this are alone with the Lord waiting
but they have not been birthed into the new order, either. A new revelation
has come to Gods called and chosen saints, but not a new order. Nor
even a new state of being. You may not agree with me, my brother, my
THIS IS THE BIRTH OF THE MANCHILD!
To be continued J. PRESTON EBY
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