This seems quite appropriate to share now after my dream the other night. It’s also quite a good Christmas-time message, if you think about it. Bless you. — D
“That is, the mystery which has been hidden from the past ages and generations; but has now been made manifested to His saints, to whom God willed to make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles, which is Christ in you the hope of glory.” (Colossians 1:26-27)
“A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars; and she was with child; and she cried out, being in labor and in pain to give birth.” (Revelation 12:1-2)
If we look at the above scriptures carefully, we should be able to see that one passage describes a “mystery,” which is Christ conceived within a people, and the other passage reveals a later stage of that very same thing, the stage where the Church has come to full term in the end of the age and is about to bring forth “The Mystery” for all of the world to see.
Beloved, we should all be well aware that childbirth is most painful at the time when the child is being brought forth from the womb, and so it will be in the birthing of the “Manchild” described above – God’s glory brought forth in the form of a corporate Son – a “Manchild,” upon whom will be the full authority and power of Christ. I don’t feel led to share here on the “Manchild” specifically, but more on the “birth-pains” that we must bear in order to bring this Manchild forth. Jesus often described these “birth-pains” as “tribulation” and “suffering,” which is really God’s loving and disciplinary provision to form this Manchild within us.
It is important that we distinguish this “tribulation” and “suffering” from God’s “wrath,” which is His judgment delivered on an unbelieving and unrepentant world. The apostle Paul wrote about this in his letters to the Thessalonians. This is where Paul said that the saints ARE destined for affliction and tribulation (1 Thessalonians 3:3), but ARE NOT destined for God’s wrath (1 Thessalonians 5:9). Paul also explains in those letters that it is through trials, tribulations, persecutions, and afflictions that we are made worthy for the Kingdom of God (2 Thessalonians 1:5). Think about that, beloved. Paul wrote…
“Grace to you and peace from God the Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. We ought always to give thanks to God for you, brethren, as is only fitting, because your faith is greatly enlarged, and the love of each one of you toward one another grows ever greater; therefore, we ourselves speak proudly of you among the churches of God for your perseverance and faith in the midst of all your persecutions and afflictions which you endure. This is a plain indication of God’s righteous judgment so that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which indeed you are suffering.” (2 Thessalonians 1:2-5).
Dear ones, though many Christians may not want to believe it, it is through suffering that we are made perfect (mature) in Christ and considered as worthy of the Kingdom of God. Even the Author of our salvation (Jesus Christ) the Son of God Himself was made perfect through sufferings (Hebrews 2:10). Should we be surprised then that “Sons” in His likeness are to be brought unto glory in the very same way?
We need to prepare our hearts for what is ahead, dear saints. I say this now because I know that the pains of tribulation will be greatly increasing for us all very soon. This must be, for the time of the birthing of the “Manchild” is drawing near, and that ancient dragon is standing before the church with the hope that he might devour this child as it comes forth. Satan has succeeded for a long season in causing many Christians to abort the Manchild, but the day is nigh and at hand for the church to bring forth those who shall actually OVERCOME him. Yes, Satan IS TO BE CRUSHED under the feet of Christ’s church (Romans 16:20), and this will be done through a remnant brought to the fullness of their salvation, and this by way of suffering.
Those brought to this place of great authority in Christ will not be all those justified by faith in the blood of the Lamb alone though, but rather, they will be those who actually OVERCOME by the blood of the Lamb, OVERCOME by the word of their testimony, and OVERCOME by not loving their lives unto death (Revelation 12:10-11). These, beloved, are the “him who overcomes” spoken of by Jesus in Revelation chapter 2 and chapter 3.
I share these things today so that we might have some vision for the things that we must soon suffer. This suffering that I write about is the price that we must pay in order to bring forth the Manchild and overcome Satan. I hope that this bears witness with you, so that you can then let go of all of the religious lies that say that Jesus paid the price for us so that we don’t have to suffer. The truth is that Jesus paid the price for us so that WE CAN SUFFER, and do that in demonstration of THE WISDOM OF THE CROSS to the rulers and the authorities in heavenly places. This is all part of God’s eternal purposes in Christ for His church, in that they might suffer in demonstration of the wisdom of the cross, and in so doing, be brought to the full power, glory, and authority of the Manchild caught up to the very throne of God.
Friends, were we not asked by the Lord at the very beginning of our relationship with Him to count the cost of our discipleship? Many, if not most “Christians” have not really done that though, counted the cost that is, and so we have this form of godliness without power that is called “Christianity” today. But God has a plan to manifest true disciples, disciples who are not afraid to take up their crosses. If, by some chance, you are someone who is still fearful of what you might suffer in order to be counted worthy to reign with Christ in His Kingdom, then please, let the following words of Jesus comfort and encourage you along the path which you MUST TREAD in order to attain to the fullness of resurrection life …
“Most assuredly, I say to you that you will weep and lament, but the world will rejoice; and you will be sorrowful, but your sorrow will be turned into joy. A woman, when she is in labor, has sorrow because her hour has come; but as soon as she has given birth to the child, she no longer remembers the anguish, for joy that A CHILD has been born into the world.” (John 16:20-21)
Dear ones, like a woman in the travail of childbirth, or like Jesus on His way to the cross, it is for THE JOY SET BEFORE US that we can endure the things that we must suffer in the days ahead. Whatever the things are that we must suffer, I assure you, they shall be as nothing when compared to the glory that is going to be revealed in us. The birth-pains described above and by Jesus in Matthew 24:8 are surely going to increase in frequency and intensity until a spiritual birth takes place. This will be the birth of the corporate Manchild, which is the manifestation of the Sons of the Father for which all of groaning creation awaits.
I pray that God will bless you with understanding of these things, beloved, and that He will give you grace as you follow Jesus all the way down the path of suffering, all the way unto the glory of the birth of the Manchild.