Friday, January 7, 2022

Male and Female – Part 1

Have you ever noticed that not one of the heavenly beings mentioned in the Bible is depicted as a female? God is a Father. Jesus is the Son of God come down from heaven. Satan is depicted as male, as are the Archangel Michael and the angel Gabriel. Every time an angel is mentioned in the Bible it is in a male form. Isn’t that interesting? Most worldly depictions of angels show them in the female, which is wrong.

Matthew 22:3
At the resurrection people will neither marry nor be given in marriage; they will be like the angels in heaven. (NIV)

Here Jesus indicates to us that in heaven there will be neither male nor female, which stands to reason as propagation is an animal activity, as are eating, breathing and such. None of the angels in heaven were born; they were created, they do not propagate.

Jeremiah 14:17
“Speak this word to them: “ ‘Let my eyes overflow with tears night and day without ceasing; for my virgin daughter—my people—has suffered a grievous wound, a crushing blow. (NIV)

In contrast, we see here that the believing body of man is called a virgin daughter. Jesus the One from Heaven (God) is male and the believing body mankind is collectively called the Bride—female.

John 3:27-30
To this John replied, “A man can receive only what is given him from heaven. 28 You yourselves can testify that I said, ‘I am not the Christ but am sent ahead of him.’ 29 The bride belongs to the bridegroom. The friend who attends the bridegroom waits and listens for him, and is full of joy when he hears the bridegroom’s voice. That joy is mine, and it is now complete. 30 He must become greater; I must become less. (NIV)

Ephesians 5:31-32
“For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh.” 32 This is a profound mystery—but I am talking about Christ and the church. (NIV)

Whenever a symbolic picture of God united to mankind is shown in the Bible, God is always shown in the male and the church or the people of Israel are shown as female. Knowing this is important, as it helps us identify the origins and members of other symbolic signs in the Bible.

Let us look at an example:

Revelation 12:1-2
A great and wondrous sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head. 2 She was pregnant and cried out in pain as she was about to give birth. (NIV)

Does this sign show us a male or a female? Yes, a female—clearly. So, the fact that it is a female tells us that it represents a human person or entity. The fact that she is pregnant is a clue too. Angels don’t give birth.

We see here that the human entity is ‘clothed with the sun.’ Being clothed is a special key coded word. To be naked means that your sin is exposed and you are in trouble with God. To be covered means that your guilt or sin has been covered up by God. The fact that she is clothed with the sun means that God has clothed her. The moon being under her means that she is standing on the Word of God. The crown of twelve stars tells us that she is either under the covenant of Moses or in the Church.

Revelation 12:5
She gave birth to a son, a male child, who will rule all the nations with an iron scepter. And her child was snatched up to God and to his throne. (NIV)

We see here that this sign of a woman gave birth to Jesus. This might lead us to believe that this sign is depicting Mary the mother of Jesus, but this is not so because

Revelation 12:6
The woman fled into the desert to a place prepared for her by God, where she might be taken care of for 1,260 days. (NIV)

This same woman is seen to flee from Satan during the time of the Beast, that is, the Day of the Lord. So, she is there giving birth to Jesus, and still around two thousand years later, running from the Beast. She does not represent Mary the mother of Jesus directly, but Mary is represented by her. She represents the faithful in Israel; all the faithful, not just Mary the mother of Jesus. This woman sign does not represent the Church because the Church will not be on earth needing to run away from the Beast.

The point is, is that female images represent something that is made up out of humans. Male images represent spirit beings, such as God, Jesus, angels, or Satan.

God, the Father, is not really a man. God is neither male nor female. God is a spirit. He represents himself as a male so that we can understand his relationship with us (represented as female). The relationships between husbands and wives in the Bible are symbolic of our relationship with God. In the spirit, males and females are the same. On earth, they should act out the roles that God has assigned so that through this obedience they may gain an understanding of what a relationship with God entails.

Mark Heaney
This is my greatest desire: That the eyes of my heart may be enlightened in order that I may know the hope to which he has called me, the riches of his glorious inheritance in the saints, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. Ephesians 1:18–19


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