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    Section 6

    Revelation on the Lord's Supper
    and Women's Head Coverings


    One of the very first revelations to the nascent New Covenant Church concerned the true order of the Lord's Supper and the symbolic appropriateness of women having long hair and covering their heads during worship services. Traditionally Christian Churches have a Communion Service in which a token amount of bread and wine is administered to communicants in a public meeting. In the revelation that follows, the Communion Service is portrayed as private and only for those who have judged themselves worthy by the full confession of their sins. The Lord Himself promises to physically grace the Communion Service from time to time; in the same way that Jewish families leave a seat for Elijah the prophet in certain ceremonies, so New Covenant Christians leave a seat for the Lord Jesus at the communion table. Another important principle stated from the very beginning of the New Covenant Church is the correct relationship between men and women, and between Christians and Christ. Wives are to be in subjection to their husbands as the Church is to be in subjection to her Lord, as symbolically depicted by a woman covering her head at certain times and in certain places [Oxford, England].


    1. On the evening of 16 November 1986 whilst reading the eleventh chapter of Paul's first letter to the Corinthians, I was overcome by the Spirit and began to understand the true meaning of what the apostle had written.

    Women and Head Coverings

    2. In reading the first sixteen verses I reflected on what I had been taught in the churches, viz. that the practice of women covering their heads during public wor-ship was a local custom and not applic- able to our day.

    3. As I read the last verse of this section, which reads: "If anyone is disposed to be contentious, we recommend no other practice, nor to the churches {local Colonies} of God" (1 Cor.11:16, RSV), the Spirit bore affirmative witness to me that what Paul had said was true not only for this time, but for all times, and that man ought not to ignore the Word of God.

    3. As I pondered on these matters further I realised that what Paul was in fact talking about was an eternal pattern concerning the relationship of Christ to God the Father, of man to Christ, and of woman to man.

    4. As I prayerfully meditated on what the sisters should do respecting head covering, the Spirit bore unmistakable testi- mony to me that they should obey the counsel of Paul as follows:

    5. In public meetings the married women should cover their heads with a scarf or shawl in token of their sub- mission and obedience to their husbands in the Lord, as a witness both to Christ and men that they are obedient servants of God.

    When Praying and Prophesying

    6. This is not required of unmarried women save when they are praying and prophesying, to symbolise their submission and obedience to God.

    Women and Long Hair

    7. A woman should not cut her hair short in such a way as to resemble a man, for thus she dishonours her Head.

    8. In the Temple of the Lord, women shall be veiled at all times, save where otherwise directed, whether married or single.

    9. And all this is to be done to honour God and His precepts, recognising that in such symbols or ordinances lie the mystery of Godliness and holiness.

    10. Similarly men should not have long hair.

    11. Having thus been enlightened by the Spirit of the Lord I was about to close my Bible and retire to bed when the Spirit constrained me to read on.

    The Agapé Meal

    12. As I read verses 17-33 of 1 Corinthians 11 I was immediately made aware of the fact that most of the churches were not following the true pattern of the Agapé meal that Jesus had instituted at His last Passover in mortality which we have come to know as the Lord's Supper, Holy Communion, Sacra- ment or Eucharist.

    13. My mind was cast back to what I had been taught about the early Christian "love (apapé) feasts" -- that these had been meals and not simply the passing of tokens in a worship service.

    Vision of Christ and the Eucharist

    14. As I was thus meditating, a beautiful vision opened up to me.

    15. I saw a long table around which were seated about a dozen saints in reverent expectation.

    16. The room was small and slightly darkened and appeared to be an antechamber of some chapel or meeting house. All was quiet.

    17. On the table lay a loaf of bread, and before each person a simple wooden bowl.

    18. By the loaf stood a jug filled with red unfermented wine.

    19. I then saw myself standing at the end of the table about to read the sacramental prayers.

    20. In an instant I was consumed with joy as the Holy Spirit rested upon me, for as I turned, there stood the Saviour in all His glory, shining brightly as the noon day sun.

    21. He was adorned in resplendent long flowing white robes and was girt by a sache, the colour of which I could not see because the light was so intense, though I believe it may have been red.

    22. His face was radiant with love and peace as He walked forward to the head of the table. I stepped aside.

    23. He picked up the loaf and breaking it, said to us: "Take, eat; this in remem- brance of My body which I gave a ransom for you."

    24. He then picked up the jug of wine and began pouring it into the bowls of the saints as they handed them to Him, and, having thanked His Father, said:

    25. "Drink ye all of it. For this is in remembrance of the [blood of the] New Covenant, which is shed for as many as shall believe on My name, for the remission of their sins."

    26. And when the saints had eaten and drunk, He disappeared.

    A Closed, Private Communion

    27. I was overwhelmed by a feeling of love and peace as the vision closed, and the tears trickled down my cheeks.

    28. I had seen a true communion service -- not a re-enactment of the Lord's Supper in Jerusalem, but an ordinance for us in our day.

    29. As I pondered what I had seen I realised that not only had there been no non-members there but that those members who had not made their peace with the Lord were not there either.

    30. It was not a public ordinance but a private one for the saints alone.

    31. The Spirit then told me that prior to the saints moving into the Communion Room, it was the duty of the Presiding Elder at the Sabbath Worship Service to challenge the saints to examine themselves before entering the sacrament chamber, and that if any had ought {anything} against any member or the church as a whole, (s)he should either take the person aside whom (s)he had offended (or been offended by) and make confession, or make a public confession before the church in a matter affecting the church as a whole;

    32. That the saints should do this even before the Worship Services had begun in order not to detract from the solemnity of the occasion nor cause unnecessary delays.

    33. Once those who had made their peace with their fellow man had entered the Communion Room, the Presiding Officer (usually the Pastor or Bishop) was to again challenge those seated at the Lord's Table to examine themselves, and that if any had any ill feelings towards any man, (s)he was to withdraw immediately in order not to be an obstacle to the outpouring of the Spirit to the Body of communicants.

    Regularity of Communion Services

    34. Upon enquiring of the Lord whether the communion should be held monthly or weekly, I was reminded that He had already spoken [to me] on the matter but that in addition it would be up to the Pastorate of a particular local Colony to choose how regularly they partook of the sacrament.

    35. I understood that as the saints grew more worthy and pure, they would desire to take the communion more regularly, and would be justified in doing so.

    36. I also understood that special communion services should be held as thePastor of a group is moved upon by the Spirit to do so.

    37. Upon further enquiring whether communion should be served in the Temple, I was told that this would be revealed at a future date once direction for a European Temple had been received.

    38. Words cannot describe the happi- ness and contentment I felt as I saw the vision.

    Vision of the Earth

    39. Shortly after this vision, and after I had enquired about the matters related above, a second vision was opened to me.

    40. I saw the earth from space only it did not look like the earth as we know it, for the entire surface was covered with water so that no land masses could be seen.

    41. It was a rich blue all over and as I found myself being drawn closer to the surface, I could hear and see the waves of the sea.

    42. The vision then closed. I presumed that I was seeing the world as it was during the Great Flood but did not understand the connection between this and the vision I had seen of the Lord's Supper, for experience has taught me that sequential visions are invariably about the same subject.

    43. I understood this second vision to represent a "baptism" (removal) of the old forms of Communion which have emerged in various Christian traditions, prior to the establishment of purer communion patterns that would open the way to greater outpourings of the Spirit in the future,

    44. And with perhaps the promise that Jesus Himself would occasionally grace the Communion Table of those saints who had purified their lives sufficiently and were partaking of the bread and wine inthe manner ordained by the Godhead. Amen.


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