A WOMAN’S PLACE IN THE CHURCH

What does the Bible say about it?  For the most part, the Bible does not directly address what the male, macho hierarchists have normally done to women in the congregation.

I am going to show you, from the Bible, that Jesus Christ does not expect (and will not accept) for the women to be crushed under the brutal heels of the hierarchist DICTATORS!  Jesus Christ makes no distinction in doing the work in general between male and female.

There are several things that ladies have to do because they are spelled out and written in the books—we’ll look at those first:

Genesis 2:20 And Adam gave names to all cattle, and to the fowl of the air, and to every beast of the field; but for Adam there was not found an help meet for him.

“Help” is Strong’s #5828: “aid-help.”  Therefore, the woman is the aid, or helper, in the marriage.  A less than diligent husband should not force her into the leadership. They will sacrifice a certain amount of happiness if this does happen, for whatever reason.

Titus 2:5 To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed.

Titus 2 gives instructions to men and women in marriage and we are happy to whatever degree we diligently apply these.  Notice the phrase “keepers at home” in verse 5.  This is Strong’s #3626: “a stayer at home, i.e. domestically inclined (a good housekeeper)…”

Now, how do we rightly divide the word of truth?  Does this mean that the wife of a newly married couple, with no kids, should stay at home seven days a week, when most of her housework could be done in two or three hours a day?  I certainly do not think God would require that.  She should work and help save money to buy the house, pay the rent, make a car payment, etc.  However, the Bible is clear that her first priority is to help her husband, not to hinder.  If she lets her job overpower her responsibility at home, God will not smile on the situation at all.  Satan will set up many situations to cause problems here.

For example, what if the husband works with his hands, burning several thousand calories a day?  Should he have to come home and cook his own meal or eat out as he did before marriage?  God will not take lightly the woman of the house neglecting her job as helper, possibly putting her own career first under the pretense of helping the family income.  This would be in defiance of God’s clear instructions.  But here is where faith comes in, and Hebrews 11:6 means what it says:

Hebrews 11:6 But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.

Are we spiritually naïve enough to think that God couldn’t, and wouldn’t, work out a situation where the lady of the house could do both?  James 4:2-3 means what it says:

 

James 4:2 Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. 3 Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts.

In the end-time scenario, the young homemakers and the older homemakers will have plenty of God’s work to do.  We will see how much work God gives the ladies.

I have a hard time understanding how a true Christian couple could farm out a baby to a daycare while the wife works.  Babies should be planned and the husband should be able to provide for the family, allowing the wife to nurture the baby.  God can and will make this possible if we do our part—Hebrews 11:6 and James 4:2-3 do apply.

Psalms 84:11 For the LORD God is a sun and shield: the LORD will give grace and glory: no good thing will he withhold from them that walk uprightly.

In the end-time scenario, a young homemaker with kids can do a great work for God in addition to taking care of her family.  In Psalms 84:11, God holds out a challenge to you and me.  If we walk uprightly, no good thing will be withheld from us—no good thing by God’s definition.  A new Cadillac is not necessarily a good thing if you cannot afford it and an old Chevy would do.  The point being that an old Chevy will get you there and back, although not in the style of a Cadillac.  A “good thing” in God’s sight is having the money to buy the necessities in life, to meet all our genuine needs.

If we are doing our part as end-time Christians, God is bound by His word to meet our needs.  There is no doubt that “our part” will need a lot of fine-tuning as we wake up from the end-time spiritual sleep that we’ve all been in:

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept.

The whole question is: will we let God’s word be the dictating force in our lives?  Will we allow the Holy Spirit to lead us?  The Holy Spirit will not drive us.

Let us return to the main point of this paper, since this is not a paper on husband and wife relations.  The topic is a woman’s place in the end-time work (church).  We will see what God’s word says about this and we will see how the end-time women have been ruled over with force and cruelty, as described in Ezekiel 34:4.  Many of us male lay-members are guilty of this along with the hierarchist ministers of this despicable system that God hates:

Ezekiel 34:4 The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

Revelation 2:6 But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate.

Revelation 2:15 So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitans, which thing I hate.

In turn, some of us men have used force and cruelty (in God’s sight) to continue this rule in our families.  How disgusting this must be in God’s sight!  This will not be the case in the true end-time church as the true Philadelphians wake up when the cry at midnight comes to them.  They will see that God makes no gender distinction in who does this end-time work.  The women will have as much freedom and leeway as the men.

The only time that God muzzles the woman is in an actual, formal church setting:

1 Corinthians 14:34 Let your women keep silence in the churches: for it is not permitted unto them to speak; but they are commanded to be under obedience, as also saith the law.

Much, or most, of 1 Corinthians 14 is devoted to church etiquette.  Notice that verse 37 tells us we should consider this a commandment of the Lord:

1 Corinthians 14:37 If any man think himself to be a prophet, or spiritual, let him acknowledge that the things that I write unto you are the commandments of the Lord.

Isn’t the point of Paul’s instruction here to nip confusion in the bud and not let a church service become a source of confusion?  Read verses 33 and 40:

1 Corinthians 14:33 For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace, as in all churches of the saints.

1 Corinthians 14:40 Let all things be done decently and in order.

So, it is very clear that a woman is not to teach in a formal church service, but that certainly leaves a lot of time during the rest of the week for her to teach and talk about God’s word.

Let us look at some verses that are quite important.  We need to add this knowledge to our storehouse—Philippians 2:5 is a commandment also.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

How about Daniel 12:3?

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Where is there a distinction in gender here?  Does it say that only men can be wise?  Does it say that only men can turn many to righteousness?  Oh, but you male hierarchists who take God’s tithe money, illegally, to spend for the women are supposedly turning many to righteousness.

OK, you male “Christian” chauvinists, let’s look at what the Bible says.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

“Examples” is Strong’s #5179: “a die (as struck) i.e. (by impl.) a stamp, or scar, by analogy a shape, i.e. a statue, fig. style or resemblance, spec. a sampler (type, i.e. a model for imitation).”

Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says of “example”: “type, as a constituent element of a parable or model of some reality which was yet to appear, a prototype of that which was yet to be developed and evolved…” and the definition continues for about 35 sentences.

“Admonition” is Strong’s #3559: “calling attention to, i.e. (by impl) mild rebuke or warning.”

So, we have a warning from God, who had these “prototypes” written for us.  The warning is that we had better go by them or else.  These prototypes are spelled out in many other places in the Bible.

So how could a true Philadelphian go through the door in Revelation 3:8, and turn many to righteousness in Daniel 12:3, without doing some sort of teaching?

Revelation 3:7 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; 8 I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. 9 Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee.

Daniel 12:3 And they that be wise shall shine as the brightness of the firmament; and they that turn many to righteousness as the stars for ever and ever.

Notice there is no gender mentioned in Revelation 3:7.  The church is not men only.  The whole church —both men and women—has works and these works are turning many to righteousness. We will examine this “little strength” shortly.

You die-hard male chauvinist “Christians” will continue to insist that the ladies give God’s tithe money to your organization so that you can do a “work.”  In Zechariah 4:6, how does God tell us the end-time work will be done?

Zechariah 4:6 Then he answered and spake unto me, saying, This is the word of the LORD unto Zerubbabel, saying, Not by might, nor by power, but by my spirit, saith the LORD of hosts.

“Power” is Strong’s #3581: “from an unused root meaning to be firm, vigor, lit. (force, in a good or bad sense)…

“Might” is Strong’s #2428: “a force, whether of men, means or other resources, an army, wealth, virtue, valor, strength…”  Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study Old Testament adds, “It means might, strength, power, able, valiant, virtuous, valor, army, host forces, riches, substance, wealth…”  The main meanings of the word are strength, army and wealth.

Romans 9:27 Esaias also crieth concerning Israel, Though the number of the children of Israel be as the sand of the sea, a remnant shall be saved: 28 For he will finish the work, and cut it short in righteousness: because a short work will the Lord make upon the earth. 29 And as Esaias said before, Except the Lord of Sabaoth had left us a seed, we had been as Sodoma, and been made like unto Gomorrha.

Isn’t it interesting that God says, “Hey, my Spirit is going to do the end-time work, by you Philadelphians who have a little strength (Revelation 3:8) and who will turn many to righteousness (Daniel 12:3).”  Review the definition above.

As I mentioned before, there is more to this “little strength,” from Christ’s own mouth, in red letters in the King James Version.

For you people, men and women, who think God demands that you send His tithes to a corporate organization, tell me where the Bible instructs you to do this.  Put it in writing for me, please.

Now let us look at Malachi 3:10:

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it.

Hey, corporate leaders, here is a good verse for you to use to continually trick God’s people out of tithe money.  The word “storehouse” is Strong’s #1004 (house) and #214 (store).  #1004 means, “a house in the greatest variety of applications, especially family…” #214 means, “depository—armory, cellar, garner, storehouse…”

Here again, does it say that some corporate group is the depository? Absolutely not!  We will come back to depository later.

Let’s look at what Jesus Christ actually said about tithing.  Turn to Matthew 25:14-27.  Notice in verse 14 that “servants” are called.

Matthew 25:14 For the kingdom of heaven is as a man travelling into a far country, who called his own servants, and delivered unto them his goods.

“Servants” includes women, and they are “called.”  “Servants” is not male-only.  Notice, also, when they were called (men and women), they had goods delivered unto them.  What are these goods?  Verse 15 tells us that the goods are “talents.”

Matthew 25:15 And unto one he gave five talents, to another two, and to another one; to every man according to his several ability; and straightway took his journey.

“Talents” is Strong’s #5007: “a balance (as supporting weights) i.e. (by impl.) a certain weight (and thence a coin or rather a sum of money.)…”

Oh, what is this sum of money that Christ gave you when you were called?  It’s His tithes.  What could this “goods” of Christ be other than His money?  He does not make a direct claim on our physical things other than His tithes that we are commanded to pay.

The “little strength” mentioned earlier (Revelation 3:8) is God’s tithes and we are to go through the doors that God opens.  It varies with individuals as to how much “little strength” we have.  Notice in the parable that He gave five talents to one servant.  He had a greater income than the servants who received two and one talent each.  So the amount of God’s money that we have to work with is based on our incomes, our abilities to produce on the job.  This increases as we obey God’s instructions in Malachi 3:10-11.

Malachi 3:10 Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in mine house, and prove me now herewith, saith the LORD of hosts, if I will not open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it. 11 And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes, and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast her fruit before the time in the field, saith the LORD of hosts.

Again, I ask the question, where is gender mentioned in this parable?  It doesn’t say “men only.”  As we continue, we will see that we have an individual responsibility.  These “goods” are tithe money God gives us.  Are you willing to accept 1 Corinthians 10:11? Review page three.  Will you accept the mind of Christ (Philippians 2:5) as we study the subject of God’s tithe money?  If not, you will not be in the Kingdom.

1 Corinthians 10:11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.

Philippians 2:5 Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus:

Now notice verse 16 of the parable of the talents:

Matthew 25:16 Then he that had received the five talents went and traded with the same, and made them other five talents.

This person with five talents traded.  “Traded” is Strong’s #2038: “to toil (as a task occupation, etc.) (by impl.) effect.  Be engaged in or with etc., commit, do labor for, minister about, trade by work.”

So this guy got busy and went through the doors of Revelation 3:8, turning many to righteousness (Daniel 12:3).  God gives us a format on how to do this, as we will see later in Haggai 1:14.

Verses 17 and 18 tell us what the other two servants did:

Matthew 25:17 And likewise he that had received two, he also gained other two. 18 But he that had received one went and digged in the earth, and hid his lord’s money.

Verse 19 shows Christ’s return (remember 1 Corinthians 10:11):

Matthew 25:19 After a long time the lord of those servants cometh, and reckoneth with them.

In verse 20, judgment is upon these servants:

Matthew 25:20 And so he that had received five talents came and brought other five talents, saying, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me five talents: behold, I have gained beside them five talents more.

Notice that this man with the five talents tells Christ, “I HAVE GAINED FIVE TALENTS MORE.”  Notice it does not say, “I, and my corporate group who spends God’s tithe money for me, have gained five talents more.”  This statement leaves you in hot water if you insist on giving God’s money to someone else to spend for you.  I repeat, the verse reads, “I have gained five others,” not, “I and some corporate group.”

Matthew 25:22 He also that had received two talents came and said, Lord, thou deliveredst unto me two talents: behold, I have gained two other talents beside them.

Verse 22 says, “I have gained two others,” not, “I and some leader of a corporate group who takes and spends God’s money as he sees fit…”

There is always a man or a corporate group of men in charge.  You women are brushed aside.  Pay and pray—that is your job, according to these hierarchists.  Anyone who refuses to accept what Jesus Christ says is in big trouble with the Father and Christ.  If you apply gender to this parable, you are standing in defiance of God’s word.

Notice the judgment continues in verses 24-28:

Matthew 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine. 26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury. 28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

The spiritual wimp who would not believe Christ, who insisted on doing things his own way, lost it all.  He knew that Christ was a hard man.  “Hard” is Strong’s #4642: “dry, i.e. hard or tough, (fig. harsh, severe)—fierce, hard.”

Who told this man that Christ was hard, fierce and severe?  Was it the end-time Elijah and his deputies?  We will look at Elijah’s deputies later.

The spiritual wimp, the foolish virgin, pleads his case in verse 25.  In verse 26, Christ dresses him down.  Now, what are Christ’s instructions to us in verse 27? This is the mind of Christ, in red letters in the King James Version. (Philippians 2:5). They are the words that we are to live by (Matthew 4:4).

This man was told, “Why didn’t you put my money in the bank?”  “Exchangers” is Strong’s #5133: “a money broker, a banker…”  Notice that verse 25 identifies this as end-time.  Christ says, “at my coming…”  Are you willing to believe 1 Corinthians 10:11?  This is the “depository” mentioned in Malachi 3:10, the word “storehouse.” Review the definition.

Here again, I ask, where is gender mentioned?  Where is the permission to give Christ’s goods (money) to someone else to spend for you?  The instruction to the foolish servant is clear: “If you weren’t going to use my money wisely and go through the open doors to the Philadelphian Church (Revelation 3:8) and turn many to righteousness (Daniel 12:3), then you could at least have put my money in the bank.”  Notice in Daniel 12:1-2 that this is an end-time setting also:

Daniel 12:1 And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great prince which standeth for the children of thy people: and there shall be a time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that shall be found written in the book. 2 And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting contempt.

This foolish servant was told to put Christ’s money in the bank so that at Christ’s return He could have at least received His money with interest.  Luke 19:12-27 says basically the same thing as the parable of the talents, only smaller amounts of money are involved.  Are the servants or slaves male only?  Both genders are called:

Luke 19:13 And he called his ten servants, and delivered them ten pounds, and said unto them, Occupy till I come. 14 But his citizens hated him, and sent a message after him, saying, We will not have this man to reign over us.

The people hated Him, meaning that we won’t obey Him.  They (we) would not allow God’s word to reign over them:

1 John 5:3 For this is the love of God, that we keep his commandments: and his commandments are not grievous.

Verse 15 denotes an end-time setting.

Luke 19:15 And it came to pass, that when he was returned, having received the kingdom, then he commanded these servants to be called unto him, to whom he had given the money, that he might know how much every man had gained by trading.

Notice the word “man” is Strong’s #5100 and should be translated as “each” or “each one” because it is an indefinite pronoun.  Strong’s says, “some or any person or object—a (kind of) any (man) thing, thing at all.”  Six of the eight translations that I checked translate this word as “servants” or “slaves,” not “man.”  Here again, there is no gender.  God makes no distinction.  The rest of the parable goes through the events after Christ returns.  Are we willing to believe God’s word?  If not, Luke 19:27 is our destiny.

Luke 19:27 But those mine enemies, which would not that I should reign over them, bring hither, and slay them before me.

By now, if you are a wise virgin and are willing to let God’s word rule supreme in your life, the questions are, no doubt, raging in your mind, “How do I gain 10 pounds?  How do I gain 5 talents?  How do I go though the door in Revelation 3:8?  How do I turn many to righteousness?”  God fully intends to give the women who believe 1 Corinthians 10:11 the opportunity to participate fully in the end-time work, as Elijah wakes us up.  These women know that these things in the Bible are written for us and that God’s word contains many prototypes for the end-time Christians.

See, up until Passover 1999, there has been no end-time work unless, at some place on earth, God has awakened the end-time Elijah (a.k.a. Joshua, Zerubbabel, Moses) and he has some fledgling work going on that is strictly by God’s rules.  How could there have been an end-time work, since we are all asleep?  Is Matthew 25:5 true or not?  Is there a famine of the word (Amos 8:11)?  If these two verses are not true, we have no salvation anyway.

God spells out very clearly just how we (both women and men) have to do things in the end time.  Let’s study Haggai 1:14.  I have covered this verse in many papers, but we will look at it again, since it is crucial to our salvation.

Haggai 1:14 And the LORD stirred up the spirit of Zerubbabel the son of Shealtiel, governor of Judah, and the spirit of Joshua the son of Josedech, the high priest, and the spirit of all the remnant of the people; and they came and did work in the house of the LORD of hosts, their God,

“Stirred up” is Strong’s #5782: “through the idea of opening the eyes, to wake, (lit. or fig.). (a)wake(n) up…”

This is when the cry at midnight comes to us (Matthew 25:6), to end the famine of the word:

Matthew 25:6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him.

Amos 8:11 Behold, the days come, saith the Lord GOD, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD: 12 And they shall wander from sea to sea, and from the north even to the east, they shall run to and fro to seek the word of the LORD, and shall not find it.

These verses clearly describe what is going on in the end-time splinter groups of the Worldwide Church of God (WCG).  In Haggai 1:14, “remnant” is Strong’s #7611: “a remainder or residue (surviving final) portion that escaped…” Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study Old Testament adds: “a remainder, a remnant, a residue, survivors (especially after a slaughter)…”

I ask, has there been a slaughter in the WCG since the death of its leader, Herbert W. Armstrong?  In reality, the WCG was the Sardis Church of Revelation 3.  (See my article “Sardis“)  Only a few of the Sardis people make it into the Kingdom:

Revelation 3:4 Thou hast a few names even in Sardis which have not defiled their garments; and they shall walk with me in white: for they are worthy.

In Haggai 1:14, “work” is Strong’s #4399: “deputyship, i.e. ministry…”  Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study Old Testament adds, “the principal meaning of this word is deputyship.”

“House” is Strong’s #1004 meaning, “a house in the greatest variety of applications, especially family…”  God describes this house (family) in Revelation 7:1-4, 9 and 14.  Deputies of Elijah (a.k.a. Joshua, Zerubbabel) work in this house.  The tribulation must be held up so that the people can be sealed:

Revelation 7:1 And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. 2 And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, 3 Saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. 4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands……..14….And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

Matthew 25:5 While the bridegroom tarried, they all slumbered and slept. 6 And at midnight there was a cry made, Behold, the bridegroom cometh; go ye out to meet him. 7 Then all those virgins arose, and trimmed their lamps.

This is the scenario that you ladies will be involved in.  We are ALL asleep prior to the cry at midnight (Matthew 25:5).  Once it comes to us, we wake up and put our spiritual houses in order.  In Matthew 25:7, “trimmed” is Strong’s #2885 meaning, “to put in proper order.”

We will recognize this man who wakes us up for who he is.  We are spiritually asleep and have to be spiritually awakened—God must do this.  Refer back to “stirred up” in Haggai 1:14.  The Bible will truly come alive to us.  Then, as we begin to grasp the true meaning of 1 Corinthians 10:11, we will start to see these examples (prototypes) all throughout the pages of the Old and New Testaments.

We will start to understand this “deputyship” of Haggai 1:14, the definition of the word “work.”  We will begin to recognize the doors of Revelation 3:8 and start to understand how Daniel 12:3 works in turning many to righteousness. When we grasp the full impact of being a deputy of Elijah and begin to see how Christ himself is doing the end-time work, our jaws will drop in amazement.  We will blush with embarrassment when we see how Satan was able to put us to sleep.

According to Webster’s Dictionary, “deputy” means, “(1) one designated or empowered to act for another.  (2) an assistant exercising full authority in the absence of his or her superior and equal authority in emergencies. (3) a representative in a legislative body, in certain countries.”

One thought needs to be put in here.  In one sense, Elijah is a one-man show.  In Luke 1:17, he is the only one who can make ready a people prepared for the Lord; in Matthew 17:11, he is to restore all things; in Acts 3:22, God puts His words in this man’s mouth (a quote from Deuteronomy 18:18):

Luke 1:17 And he shall go before him in the spirit and power of Elias, to turn the hearts of the fathers to the children, and the disobedient to the wisdom of the just; to make ready a people prepared for the Lord.

Matthew 17:11 And Jesus answered and said unto them, Elias truly shall first come, and restore all things.

Acts 3:22 For Moses truly said unto the fathers, A prophet shall the Lord your God raise up unto you of your brethren, like unto me; him shall ye hear in all things whatsoever he shall say unto you.

Deu 18:18  I will raise them up a Prophet from among their brethren, like unto thee, and will put my words in his mouth; and he shall speak unto them all that I shall command him.

The end-time family of God, where we must work as deputies of Elijah, is scattered all over the earth:

Revelation 7:4 And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel.

Revelation 7:9 After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;

Revelation 7:14 And I said unto him, Sir, thou knowest. And he said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

In verse 4, Israel is scattered all over the earth.  In verse 9, the great multitude comes from ALL NATIONS.  In verse 14, they come “out of great tribulation,” giving this an end-time setting.  Is it realistic to think that Elijah can go one-on-one with all these people who are scattered all over the earth?  No, hence the need for deputies.  What an incredible, great God we serve!  He planned all this thousands of years ahead of time, wrote it down piece-meal, and is now revealing it to us in the end time.

We end-time deputies of Elijah will be furthering his message by forwarding his tapes and articles, financed by our personal tithes and offerings.  I can find no restriction against the women actually teaching, except in a formal church setting.  The door will be wide open for you to explain the truth that Elijah has shown you—the truth that wakes you from your spiritual sleep.  We will have to be very careful not to change the thoughts, principles and truths by injecting our own human reasoning.

Study Acts 8:1-4:

Acts 8:1 And Saul was consenting unto his death. And at that time there was a great persecution against the church which was at Jerusalem; and they were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judaea and Samaria, except the apostles. 2 And devout men carried Stephen to his burial, and made great lamentation over him. 3 As for Saul, he made havock of the church, entering into every house, and haling men and women committed them to prison. 4 Therefore they that were scattered abroad went everywhere preaching the word.

Is there a gender difference?  In verse 4, why didn’t Christ say, “they were scattered abroad and the men went everywhere preaching the word?”

“Preaching” is Strong’s #2097: “to announce good news, (evangelize) espec. the gospel—declare, bring (declare, show) glad (good) tidings, preach (the gospel).”  Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study New Testament says, “to evangelize, proclaim the good news, almost always concerning the Son of God as declared in the Gospel…”

You chauvinistic, macho, male “Christians,” show me the gender distinction in Acts 8:4.  You guys had better wake up!  Jesus Christ will not have you ruling His lady Christians with brutality and cruelty anymore as described in Ezekiel 34:4.  Acts 8:4 above makes it very clear that women have the same opportunity as the men in doing the end-time work.

Eze 34:4  The diseased have ye not strengthened, neither have ye healed that which was sick, neither have ye bound up that which was broken, neither have ye brought again that which was driven away, neither have ye sought that which was lost; but with force and with cruelty have ye ruled them.

Are we willing to believe and apply 1 Corinthians 10:11 to this example (prototype) of how the original Church spread the gospel?  This is written for us—the end-time Christians.  Any man who will deny a woman’s God-given right is standing in defiance of Almighty God and His Son, who inhabit eternity.  And God will deal harshly with anyone who offends one of His little ones:

Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

In Ephesians 6:11-17, is this men-only who put on the whole armour of God?

Ephesians 6:11 Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. 12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. 13 Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand.

14  Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; 15  And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace;

16  Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. 17  And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God:

Won’t the women have to defend the faith as we fight against spiritual wickedness in the high places?  Can women defend the faith without teaching or without opening their mouths?  What garbage!  Satan would have us deceived into believing, “Oh, you women can’t teach!  You have to go to your deacon, your local elder, your minister—they are the teachers.”  What spiritual insanity!  What spiritual garbage!

Ephesians 6:11-17 does not say, “Men-only, put on the whole armour of God.”  There is no gender distinction here.  You true Philadelphian women will be going toe-to-toe, nose-to-nose, and eyeball-to-eyeball as you take on the rulers of darkness, the spiritual wickedness in high places.  This evil will be inspired by Satan and his demons, but will be expressed through other humans, men and women who may appear to be just like us.  These people will be used by Satan to work against us.  The sword of the Spirit (Ephesians 6:11-17) will be our weapon.

Remember in 1 Corinthians 10:11 that “examples” is Strong’s #5179, which means “prototype.”  Let’s look at a prototype in the Old Testament, written for us, the end-time Christians.

Joshua 11:1 And it came to pass, when Jabin king of Hazor had heard those things, that he sent to Jobab king of Madon, and to the king of Shimron, and to the king of Achshaph, 2 And to the kings that were on the north of the mountains, and of the plains south of Chinneroth, and in the valley, and in the borders of Dor on the west, 3 And to the Canaanite on the east and on the west, and to the Amorite, and the Hittite, and the Perizzite, and the Jebusite in the mountains, and to the Hivite under Hermon in the land of Mizpeh.

4 And they went out, they and all their hosts with them, much people, even as the sand that is upon the sea shore in multitude, with horses and chariots very many. 5 And when all these kings were met together, they came and pitched together at the waters of Merom, to fight against Israel.

A coalition is formed against the Israelites on our way into the Promised Land.  This coalition will be made up of splinter groups of the WCG and possibly other groups led by Satan.  Notice the encouragement given to Joshua in verse 6:

Joshua 11:6 And the LORD said unto Joshua, Be not afraid because of them: for to morrow about this time will I deliver them up all slain before Israel: thou shalt hough their horses, and burn their chariots with fire. 7 So Joshua came, and all the people of war with him, against them by the waters of Merom suddenly; and they fell upon them.

In verse 7, Joshua mounts the attack with all the people of war—not men only.  Where is the gender distinction here?  The end-time Christian men and women alike do the spiritual fighting.  A Christian warrior can’t fight without opening her mouth and teaching as she wields the sword of the Spirit.

“People” is Strong’s #5971: “a people (as a congregated unit), spec. as a tribe (as those of Israel)…”  Zodhiates’ Complete Word Study Old Testament says, “a people (as a congregated unit), a nation or tribe…”

You male chauvinist “Christians” had better wake up!  You hierarchists who would keep every man and woman under your heel will not rule women with force and cruelty (Ezekiel 34:4).  How do you react when a lowly church member confronts you with a point of truth that you do not want to accept?  You kick him or her out of the church, just as John Ritenbaugh kicked me out, along with several others.  I could name names, but I will not do it here.

What about it, John Ritenbaugh?  What if this mighty God who inhabits eternity sends a DEBORAH to take you on?  What if she slashes you with her spiritual Sword of the Spirit?  You will not be able to stand before her, because she will be one of Elijah’s deputies, as explained earlier.

How many Deborah’s will arise in the end-time work?  Jesus Christ is no respecter of persons, and you ladies will be used mightily by Him if you will believe and submit to His word.

Published April, 1999

© Edgar Y. Bennett
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