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FROM THE CANDLESTICK TO THE THRONE
THE WOMAN AND THE MANCHILD
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 (Rev. 12:5).
As we read these
words of truth, surely we must realize that the woman
No matter what we encounter in life work, science, medicine, economics everyone deals with these things at some level. For example, economics you have to pay your bills. You have to earn money. Thats economics. Big corporations and the government do it on a much higher level, but you do it on a daily level. You dont use complex economic formulas to figure out your economic structures, because you dont work with that level of the knowledge. What about science? You know enough about science to know that if you take a plug and stick it into the receptacle in the wall, there will be electricity there; but you dont necessarily know all the science that was necessary to bring that current there. Why? Because youre not working with that science at a high level, you are dealing with that science at its lowest level of daily application you just plug it in! But someone else works that science at a higher level and creates the systems that generate the electricity and bring it to the plug-in.
What about medicine? Have you ever taken an aspirin? You take an aspirin based upon a certain level of medical knowledge. You know that if you take that medicine according to what youve been told by a higher authority it will relieve your headache. And you know enough about medicine to do that. You wouldnt go and purchase many drugs that are on the market without gaining a higher knowledge of them, nor would you try to perform surgery on someone. So you see you can work with knowledge at many levels. The church world today is working with the knowledge of God at the plug level and the aspirin level! They know enough to take the plug and plug it into the receptacle on the wall and get a little bit of power. They know enough to take the word of God and relieve some of the pains of daily living. But God is raising up a people that is not content to work at the plug level or the aspirin level they are motivated by the Holy Spirit to work with the knowledge of God at higher levels, even at the governmental level and at the creative level!
God is calling a
people to know and experience Him in higher dimensions, to enter into the mysteries of the
Jesus was the first son to be made in the likeness of God, to be perfected in the image of God, then to ascend, to be lifted up and exalted to sit on the throne of God, and given dominion, as a man, over all the works of His hands. It was not God who was so exalted; it was the man Christ Jesus! God has highly exalted Him, placed Him at His own right hand, and put all things under His feet. He has been given the dominion God made man to have! In Him, through Him, and by Him we shall all ascend until we are also seated on the throne and receive the dominion Gods man has been created for. Jesus has led the way! On that blessed resurrection morning Jesus was transformed from mortal to immortal, from physical to spiritual, and it was done in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye. Is it too incredible to believe that the very Spirit of God who has quickened and transformed us in our souls will also, at His appointed time, change our vile body that it may be fashioned like unto His body of glory? And now He has ascended, He is seated on the throne of God: and because He is there, it is our blessed assurance that we also will be there, for did He not pray, Father, I would that they be with me where I am, that they may behold my glory and the glory Thou hast given me I have given unto them, that they may be one in us.
Sonship is the hope of creation! Rather than getting all involved in superficial, carnal, worldly methods of trying to solve the worlds problems, let us cry out mightily to God to work His mighty work in us! Now since such awesome responsibility and power are in store for the sons of God, can any man longer question why our all-wise heavenly Father should take such pains to bring His sons to perfection? None knows better than He exactly what is needed to transform His sons from corrupt and carnal creatures of the dust to beings of divine understanding and heavenly glory and dominion. I have often said that I have strong confidence in the ability of my heavenly Father to bring me to perfection and maturity as a son of God. My Father is a great son-raiser. He was a phenomenal success with His firstborn! Anyone who can raise a son like Jesus knows exactly what he is doing and can surely handle you and me, my precious brother and sister. we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honor; that He by the grace of God should taste death for every man. For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the Captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings wherefore God also hath highly exalted Him, and given Him a name which is above every name: that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of things in heaven, and things in earth, and things under the earth (Heb. 2:9-10; Phil. 2:9-10).
Beholding the glory of Jesus Christ we can understand why the Lord takes such infinite care to bring all His sons to perfection. Would you dare to imagine that any of the presidents, prime ministers, senators, or parliamentarians of this present world system would be found fit candidates to straighten out the mess this world is in, bringing an end to crime, poverty, ignorance, immorality, fear, deceit, greed, war, broken homes and hearts, sickness, pain, and death, restoring all into the purity and love of God again? Ah the ages to come will be given into the hands of Gods choicest sons saints fully developed, perfected through suffering, matured through trial, proven through testing, transformed in mind, heart, and nature, far beyond the reach of corruption and decay, far above the realm of greed and selfishness, or any such thing.
The manchild is caught up unto God, and to His throne. God is not a limited physical being that can sit on a tangible throne in one restricted locality out beyond the blue. God is spirit and God is everywhere and thus His throne is a spiritual throne and is everywhere! The one great truth that all theologians agree on is that God is omnipresent spirit who not only created, but upholds and fills the whole universe and all things! You cannot put a God who is that great and everywhere present and bottle Him up on a physical throne in one confined spot. Oh, no! He is everywhere and His throne is everywhere. The throne of the God who is omniscient, omnipotent, and omnipresent spirit is not a material one but bespeaks the REALM OF HIS SUPREME AND UNIVERSAL AUTHORITY AND RULERSHIP; and our Lord Jesus Christ, the firstborn son of God, has been exalted to the glory of that rulership. The throne of God is a sphere of power and authority, a position of eminence, a condition and state of being. The reign of Gods Christ is the assumption of the almighty power and universal dominion of the Father. It is the dispensing of HIS POSITIVE ENERGY FORCE into His creation in specific ways.
If heaven were a place out beyond the galaxies somewhere, can you imagine how long it would take for God to hear a prayer, how long it would take to get to heaven were we to travel there, how long it would have taken Jesus to get from heaven to earth when He descended to dwell among us? Why, bless your heart, after two thousand years Jesus would still be on His way up to the throne even if He traveled at the speed of light! And He would need billions of more years to get there! The angel Gabriel was dispatched from heaven while Daniel was praying and was able to reach the prophet Daniel while he was yet in his prayer (Dan. 9:20-23). Real distance is measured not in miles or light years, but rather in time required to reach a destination. Heaven, therefore, is not far away!
There is no need to go anywhere physically to relate to Gods throne. The journey is a spiritual one! The throne is all around you, within you, and present equally everywhere within the realm of Spirit in which God exists and dwells. You can either experience or ascend that throne within yourself through union with Christ and the release of His power. All authority in heaven and in earth is given unto me, Jesus said. The ascension of Jesus was the supreme event of world history. He ascended not to a place, but disappeared into the spirit realm that is all about us and was caught up into an office in and by the Spirit. He departed from the arena of humiliation and limitation to enter into His glory. He, in one instant, vaulted from the status of despised Galilean teacher to the cosmic King of the universe, rising over the heads of Pilate, Herod, and Caesar Augustus. The ascension catapulted Jesus to the right hand of God where He was enthroned as King of kings and Lord of lords. The implication of this event for every son of God and for the world is staggering. He has invited us to share that throne! He has beckoned all who have received the call to sonship to ascend in Him to that place in the Spirit where all authority and power are accessed. That is the destiny of every manifest son of God! That authority is present everywhere by His Spirit! But it must become appropriated, embodied, and expressed through a people who attain to the FULLNESS OF CHRIST!
The Greek word thronos means the place and seat of authority
and refers to all executive authority that is committed into the hands of Gods
Christ, Head and body. Understand that the
throne is here now; here is infinity; here is eternity; here is omnipotence, waiting for
you to enter into your heritage in God! Again
and again in the Psalms and in the Prophets David and others make this beautiful and
significant assertion: The Lord reigneth
The Lord reigneth over the heathen, the
Lord reigneth over the nations, the Lord reigneth in
The Hebrew word
translated reigneth is malak and
means to reign, that is, to ascend the throne, to
What does it
mean when the manchild is caught up unto God, and to His throne? The fact that a people is raised up to His throne
signifies an expanded manifestation and administration of His dominion. God is ready to deal in a brand new way with things
not dealt with before! It
Oh, how blessed
the prospect! Truly we have come to that time! May the Holy Spirit reveal to all His elect the
power and authority of His kingdom that is now to be revealed through the sons of God! May all Gods called ones understand that God
now determines to change things in the earth! As
we hear His call to come up into the throne zone,
we know that He is coming to reign in our lives to redeem us fully and completely in
spirit, soul, and body. And He shall reign in us until His throne is fully
established in us, and then we shall subdue all things unto Him until the knowledge of the
glory of the Lord covers the earth as the waters cover the sea!
promised us to sit down with Him in His throne. Not
another little throne beside His throne! Just
as there are saints who are stones in the wall of the heavenly temple, or pillars in the
temple, so there are those who become a throne
people. As we ascend in spirit to that
heavenly realm of throneship we then realize this is where we really belong. The yearning deep within our hearts by the Holy
Spirit, to bless the world, right the wrongs, heal the wounds, assuage the suffering,
abolish evil, and set creation free from its long night of bondage to sin, sorrow,
limitation, and death, is the divine indication that we are destined for throneship. Others are praying for revival, or hoping to get
whisked away to a mansion in the sky. But not
the sons! Everything in the realm of the
Spirit makes us feel at home with God and His Christ.
As we consciously ascend higher and higher into the realm of the Spirit we
see that One who is all glorious, arrayed in the Light that no
SHEPHERDING THE NATIONS
And she brought forth a man child who was to rule all nations with a rod of iron (Rev. 12:5).
In a mystery
novel the author leaves clues for the careful observer.
These clues allow a pattern to emerge, and the reader begins to catch on to
the meaning of what has happened in the story and often can predict the outcome. In a somewhat similar way, God announced certain
clues which were to be
In like manner
the Lord has given us clues as to the identity of the manchild! Not least among these clues is the fact that this
manchild ascends up to sit upon the throne of the
Lord. Now we know that Jesus Christ sits
upon the throne. Yet Jesus is the Head
of the body of Christ, of which we are members in particular. Would you not agree that where the Head is, there
the body must be also? Is not this exactly the
first clue given us in the Revelation concerning the identity of the manchild? To
him that overcometh will I grant to sit with me in my throne, even as I also overcame,
and am set down with my Father in His throne (Rev. 3:21). Of whom does the Lord Jesus speak when He says, He that overcometh,
and keepeth my works unto the end, to him will
I give power over the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron (Rev.
2:26-27). Ah, the overcomer out of the church realm rules all
nations with a rod of iron, and so does the manchild!
The overcomer sits with Christ
upon His throne, and so does the manchild! These
clues provide the evidence that those out of the church age who are called
The prophet Daniel has provided us with another clue concerning the identity of this manchild who is caught up to the throne of God. And I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before Him. And there was given him dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. And I beheld, and the same horn made war with the saints, and prevailed against them; until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given to the saints of the most High; and the time came that the saints possessed the kingdom. And the kingdom and dominion, and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heaven, shall be GIVEN TO THE PEOPLE (OUT OF) THE SAINTS OF THE MOST HIGH, whose kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all dominions shall serve and obey Him. Hitherto is the end of the matter (Dan. 7:13-14, 21-22, 27-28). Pay close attention to the wording of the latter part of the above passage and you will see that it is a people out of a people that is given the kingdom and the dominion. It is not given to all saints, but to the people of the saints, that is, a company out of the saints of the most High. TRULY THIS IS THE MANCHILD BIRTHED OUT OF THE WOMAN! The clues are there if you can read them!
The entire scene
of the book of Revelation through chapter twelve concerns the work of God wthin His elect. It
is all an internal work designed ultimately to consummate with the birth of the manchild. This manchild is caught up unto God, and to His
throne, and rules all nations with a rod of
iron! Every word of God is freighted with
significance. I would draw your attention to
the term all nations. From this
point forward the work of God is no longer restricted to His internal
are not limited to the nations of unregenerate people represented at the United Nation
Long millenniums ago the anointed Psalmist penned these prophetic words: Yet have I set my king upon my holy hill of Zion ask of me, and I will give thee the nations for thine inheritance, and the uttermost parts of the earth for thy possession. Thou shalt BREAK them with a rod of iron; thou shalt dash them in pieces like a potters vessel (Ps. 2:6-9). This particular verse is quoted three times in the New Testament, and all three are in the book of Revelation! Of the overcomer it says, And he shall RULE them (the nations) with a rod of iron; as the vessels of a potter shall they be broken to shivers: even as I received of my Father (Rev. 2:27). And of the manchild it is written, And she brought forth a man child, who was to RULE all nations with a rod of iron (Rev. 12:5). Then, finally, And out of His mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations; and he shall rule them with a rod of iron (Rev. 19:15).
premillennialists understand this to mean that in the future world power
helpless, hopeless, and inadequate when we are drawn to explain the deep truths of God in
the Spirit. What is this
One would ask
the question, Why not translate this Greek word feed in these three Revelation
passages, since that is its meaning and it is so translated elsewhere in the New
Testament? The answer is that it would not
make sense to translate it feed them with a rod of iron, so the translators
reached the conclusion that the word rule would serve the purpose. Thayers Lexicon gives the meaning of this
particular Greek word to feed, to tend a
flock, to keep sheep. W. E. Vine, a
militant dispensationalist in his volume Expository
Dictionary of New Testament Words, gives the meaning of this word: to act as a shepherd, tend flock. Jamison, Fausset and Brown Commentary, a
dispensationalist commentary, translates the three passages in the Revelation thus: to rule as a shepherd (Rev. 2:27); and
in both Revelation 12:5 and 19:15, tend as a
Shepherd. Hence, the true meaning of
He shall SHEPHERD the nations what a wonderful and sublime thought!
words by brother
it mean to rule and to reign in the kingdom? All
who are called to this high calling will shepherd the
people into the
The nature and power of this shepherds rod
is uniquely revealed in the experience of Moses at the burning bush. Moses was hesitant and anxious about going to
In 1775 the
It is our
heavenly Father who selects the few good men of that elect company. You
have not chosen me, I have chosen you, and ordained you
I didnt pick my father. I didnt pick my mother. I didnt pick my country. I didnt pick my community where I was raised. I didnt pick my classmates.. I didnt pick my teacher. I didnt even choose my wife! God gave her to me.
I noticed her. I loved her. I asked her to marry me. But the whole arrangement was supernaturally
orchestrated and was the ordering of the Lord! You
say, Why would God choose me? Gods
word to you today is the same word that it is to me, Ive chosen you. I
picked you. It is not an accident that the word of the kingdom came
to you! Its not an accident that God
brought precious brethren across your path! Its
not even an accident that you are reading this very message!
There is a destiny. There came a
time when God looked down on this spinning planet with its sea of sin, crime, corruption,
hate, sickness, sorrow, and death and He said, Enough is enough! I shall redeem the world! I will raise up a light for all mankind! I will reveal my love! I will
Robert Schuler told the story of the Chinese Emperor. He was a very insecure man. Insecure people will almost always develop a superiority complex, or become very narcissistic. In this case, he did both. He had a meditation gazebo in the garden. He hung a mirror. Every day he would rise in the morning, go to the gazebo, look in the mirror, primp and admire himself, and tell himself how handsome he was. He said, I dont want anybody to disturb me with bad news. Unscrupulous, duplicitous colleagues took advantage of the weak ruler and robbed the treasury. They stopped giving the food to the poor and they plundered the country. One loyal subject felt this could not go on. One night, the loyal subject took the mirror out of the frame and replaced it with clear glass. The next morning the Emperor got up and went through his usual narcissistic ritual. He approached the mirror to primp and admire himself. This time, however, when he looked out, instead of seeing himself, he saw the people in the streets huddled masses, hungry, famine-starved. He was distraught. He called his colleague and said, What is happening to my people? The colleague told him. The Emperor righted the matter and became a saviour to his people.
I do not hesitate to tell you that there are no armchair sons standing upon mount Zion! There are no Country Club elite sons of God! There are no playboy sons! There are no honorary sons! There are no theoretical, self-styled sons! We have not been called to glory in our selection as members of the manchild company, to exult in how great and beautiful and select and special we are! We have not been chosen to flit about polishing our halos and adjusting our crowns; we are called and chosen and ordained to be saviours unto all mankind! Sonship is compassion. Sonship is sacrifice. Sonship is blessing. Sonship is love, divine love. Sonship is reconciliation. Sonship is healing. Sonship is restoration. Sonship is tenderness, sympathy, concern, and the power of HIS LIFE to change things!
Have you seen
the cartoon? As I recall it, two citizens of
the heavenly kingdom are standing atop a cloud, harps slung over their shoulders, newly
won angel wings hanging at the ready. But
the two seem bored. As they peer off into the
limitless beyond that stretches before them, one complains to the other, I
God is preparing
a new order and it wont be any order that we have been through. It wont be the order of Passover and it wont
be the order of Pentecost. It wont be
the order of the outer court and it wont be the order of the holy place. Many years ago, at the middle of the twentieth
century, the Lord came to us as the rain, as the Latter Rain upon the earth. It was a glorious outpouring of Himself! The ascended Christ came to us in power and gave
gifts unto men, gifts of apostles, prophets, evangelists,
I do not hesitate to tell you that God is preparing
a new order and it wont be the order we
have known and cherished. It wont be any
order we have ever heard of, witnessed, or experienced.
Oh, no! It wont be the New
Testament order of the Former Rain, nor will it be the new order of the Latter Rain. There is coming a manifestation of God that will be
both sovereign and spontaneous. This will be
the order of the MANCHILD! It will be
the expression, power, and glory of the
In the former
revival there were great
Today I tell you
by the word of the Lord that the thing God is after in the manifestation of sons is to
raise up in the midst of the earth a sonship ministry that is not subject to
clocks, calendars, campaign managers, finance committees, organization, tents, trucks,
musicians, sound equipment, plans or promotions of any kind.
God is teaching us the ways of His kingdom and is preparing our hearts for
true sonship ministry. Ah, my beloved, you can
forget meetings as we have known them! The
order of the
With Jesus, when
the meeting broke up, He just walked on down the street and the meeting followed Him! He entered into a home and a meeting started. He stepped into the courts of the temple and a
meeting was generated. Thats kingdom
meetings! And that is the spontaneous,
unstructured, sovereign, divine order of the
As the firstborn
Son ministered, so will His many brethren. Only
this manifestation of sonship will be even greater, marked by the greater works
Jesus promised, because of the power of His resurrection.
Walking down the street, entering a home, flying on a plane, sitting in a
restaurant, walking into a store, a factory, a church, a school, or passing undetected
into the chambers of congress, the office of a president, prime minister, government
official, or a business tycoon any place at any time, unannounced the mighty
works of God will be manifest! The secrets of
mens hearts will be revealed. When the
glorified sons of God appear even to one individual, be that individual a bag lady, street
drunk, store clerk, drug lord, college professor, corporate CEO, or the president or prime
minister of a nation, as the word is spoken to men
I am thoroughly
convinced in my spirit, and I believe I have the Spirit of God, that just as God saved
Mighty signs and
wonders will be wrought, sick healed, quaduiplegics walk, limbs grow out, blind see, deaf
hear, dead raised even the dead in their caskets who have been embalmed at the
mortuary will arise and walk and be seen by the multitudes.
Lives will be spontaneously, sovereignly, and irreversibly transformed. The
There are no
precedents for the thing God is doing in this day. It
is Gods new thing, Gods new day of His kingdom smiting the image of human
government and filling the whole earth. It is
the MANCHILD upon the throne! All the isms
will be smashed and demolished by the overflow of Gods invincible, omnipotent word,
The sons of God
will not minister out of talent, natural ability, personality, charisma, nor out of
theological training or organizational skills, but out of the power of resurrection life. This sonship ministry will begin in the Spirit and
it will end in the Spirit. It will not parade
across a stage with theatrics and showmanship. Flesh
can have no part in this Day! I say to you by
the word of the Lord its coming, and its going to be powerful! There shall be a glorious showdown, this sonship
ministry will show forth the glory of the living, exalted Christ in the face of every
power on earth. The sons of God will actually
accomplish more for the
manifestation of the sons of God will
Ah, my brother,
my sister, do not sell creation short! Do not
settle for less than Gods best! All
creation is standing on tiptoe, waiting and counting on you.
If you love
THIS IS THE MANCHILD UPON THE THRONE!
To be continued J. PRESTON EBY
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