Wednesday, 15 June 2016

THE SEED OF THE WOMAN


THE SEED OF THE WOMAN.  [Genesis 3:15]

In this blog I shall endeavour to throw light on:-

1.       Why there is an unprecedented number of abortions in this day and age.

2.       Who is the ‘Seed of the Woman’ who will crush the Serpent’s head.

These two subjects may seem to have nothing in common; yet there is a very definite link.

The ‘right’ to abortion is accepted as part of our modern day ‘civilized’ society. A lot of people don’t like it; Christians fight it; proponents consider it ‘progressive’ to allow a woman to have control over her reproductive system all in the interests of ‘choice.’

An unplanned pregnancy can be devastating to some women who may need a lot of support to continue with the pregnancy and may be tempted to think of abortion as the easy way out. Most are unprepared for the life time after effects that abortion can bring. Some States allow for late term abortion, which is just too horrible to describe.

There is choice in these days when contraception is readily available. Those who grieve over a miscarriage or a regretted abortion may find comfort in knowing that that little life is not lost to God. Many accounts of experiences in the afterlife reveal that the baby is cared for and brought up in heaven and will be reunited to family.

The grief of bereaved mothers is captured in a prophecy by Jeremiah

A voice was heard in Ramah,
Rachel weeping for her children
Lamentation, weeping, and great mourning,                                                                           
Rachel weeping for her children,
Refusing to be comforted,
Because they were no more.” Jeremiah 31:15.

This Scripture is quoted in Matthew and refers there to what is called ‘The slaughter of the innocents’ about the time of the birth of Jesus.  Roman soldiers were ordered by King Herod to kill all the male children in and around Bethlehem when he heard that a new king was about to be born there. Matthew 2:16,17. This event has an Old Testament counterpart in Exodus 1. About the time when Moses the Deliverer of Israel was to be born there was another ‘slaughter of the innocents’ as there is in this day at the end of this Age.

The Serpent has never forgotten that there is a Child to be born – a Deliverer, who is destined to crush his head. He knows when such a deliverer is about to be born and moves to slaughter the innocents and thus put off his demise.  Since the event known as ‘The Fall,’ he has been ‘the god of this age’ [2 Cor. 4:4] and the whole world lies under his influence. [1 John 5:19]. He is jealous over his control of this world and its inhabitants; no potential Deliverer can be allowed to live. He knows that another Child is about to be born destined to end his rule, - the Child of Revelation 12, The Seed of the Woman, and so he moves to slaughter the innocents again.

In Revelation 12 we see the woman travailing to give birth with the Dragon waiting to devour the Child, as he always has been. But isn’t this Child Jesus?  you will no doubt ask. This is what has always been taught. Actually it is not the complete answer. It is certainly true that without Jesus there is no redemption possible. Without Him we are eternally lost. It is also true that ‘the whole world [still] lies under the sway of the wicked one.’ 1 John 5:19. We shall have to look further for the full answer as to the identity of the Child. It is undoubtedly is the Seed of the Woman promised in Genesis 3:15.                                                                         

The promised Seed was to come through Abraham. Abraham had physical Seed through Isaac and spiritual Seed through Jesus. Israel, the physical Seed, God calls ‘My son, My firstborn’. [Exodus 4:22]. This many-membered nation, all who were born of Isaac, were considered to be the Son of God. They were redeemed from bondage in Egypt under Pharaoh, to bring down the enemy and possess the Land of their inheritance – the Promised Land. It remained for one generation of this Son, a generation of Overcomers under Joshua, to come out of the wilderness and conquer the enemy.  Likewise, the spiritual Seed -  Jesus and His Church- are considered to be One Seed.,

Now to Abraham and his Seed were the promises made. He does not say, ‘And to seeds,’ as of many, bur as of one, ‘And to your Seed,’ who is Christ Jesus. Galatians 3:16

And if you are Christ’s then you are Abraham’s Seed and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3:29

Note, the Seed is One though many. This Seed is the Son of God. Christ and His Church cannot be separated.

ABRAHAM

     Physical Seed                                                         Spiritual Seed

           ISAAC                                                                      JESUS
   The Nation of Israel                                                 The   Church

 
As in Israel, one generation of Abraham’s Seed finally came out of the wilderness and conquered the enemy; even so one generation of the Church is destined to break the enemy’s hold on planet Earth –a generation of Overcomers under Jesus. This end time generation enters into all that the Cross has achieved. This is the Child of Revelation 12. Since the Fall, the ‘Woman’ – the people of faith of all ages, has been travailing to bring forth the promised Seed. Sarah is a type of this Woman. She was made beautiful and fruitful in her old age. After many years of waiting, when it all seemed impossible, she brought forth the promised Seed. Likewise the coming great revival will renew the Church and enable her to produce the Overcomers.

Israel brought forth Messiah Who accomplished all the work of Redemption and Commissioned His Church to make all the Nations His disciples.  It remains for this redemption to be manifested in the Earth. All of creation is waiting for this. [Romans 8:19-21]

Back to Revelation 12. The Child is ‘caught up to the throne;’ - the Overcomers rise up in Kingdom authority. Thus begins a war in the heavenlies or spiritual realm. The Old Testament type of this is Joshua and the army of Israel with the hosts of heaven at Jericho[Joshua 6]. The war in the heavenlies results in satan being cast down from the place of authority which he has been occupying illegally since the Cross. He has kept his position only through deceit and accusation. [Note, it is a ‘they’ who overcomes the Dragon -One but many] The Child is the end time Overcomers – the long awaited Seed. That is why the devil is conducting an end time slaughter of innocents, endeavouring to avoid the battle. However, the Seed of the Woman. backed by the hosts of Heaven. is victorious and the cry goes up –

Now salvation, and strength, and the kingdom of our God, and the power of His Christ have come, for the accuser of the brethren, who accused them before our God day and night, has been cast down.

And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony, and they did not love their lives to the death.”  Revelation 12:10,11

“…the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations but now has been revealed….which is CHRIST IN YOU, THE HOPE OF GLORY.” Colossians 1:26,27