and Female Principle
NCW 80, July-December 2003, pp.24-26
The Book of Zechariah has long been one of those biblical books that has supplied me with much inspiration and guidance in the ministry. In so many ways its subject material is relevant to our own day. It is a rebuke to Judah, an encouragement to rebuild the temple, and a call to purity, revival and spiritual renewal. It is very much a book about the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit) and Her operations. In eight visions to the prophet, Judah is promised that if she returns home to Yahweh that He in His turn will return to Her.
The fifth chapter of the book begins with a vision of a giant scroll on which is written the curse which is going over Judah unless steps are taken to purge the nation. This is the seventh of eight visions. One side is concerned with thievery and the other with false witnesses. The curse, which has been sent from the very presence of Yahweh, will linger in every house which harbours thieves and those who bear false witness until that house is utterly destroyed, "both its timbers and its stones" (Zec.5:4, NIV).
This sobering warning reminds us that Yahweh's grace does not extend into the indefinite future where wilful rebellion against the commandments persists. Violation of two of the ten commandments is here highlighted. Judah, like the northern Kingdom of Israel before her, and New Covenant Israel today (us), are covenant nations. Adherence to the terms of the covenant (commandments, Torah) brings blessings, and disobedience brings cursings. The only solution is repentance or banishment.
There then follows an interesting vision involving three women:
"Then the angel who talked with me came out and said to me, "Lift your eyes now, and see what this is that goes forth." So I asked, "What is it?" And he said, "It is a basket that is going forth." He also said, "This is their resemblance throughout the earth: Here is a lead disc lifted up, and this is a woman sitting inside the basket"; then he said, "This is Wickedness!" And he thrust her down into the basket, and threw the lead cover over its mouth. Then I raised my eyes and looked, and there were two women, coming with the wind in their wings; for they had wings like the wings of a stork, and they lifted up the basket between earth and heaven. So I said to the angel who talked with me, "Where are they carrying the basket?" And he said to me, "To build a house for it in the land of Shinar; when it is ready, the basket will be set there on its base" (Zech.5:5-11, NKJV).
The extirpation of wickedness is here represented by the spirit of that sin which is represented symbolically as a woman. We are at once reminded of the spirit of Babylon which is depicted as a harlot (Rev.17:1-6). In the divine Hebrew language, the Hebrew word for 'wickedness' (rishah) is feminine. This is an anonym of righteousness (Prov.13:6; Ex.33:12) and denotes moral, religious and civil evil. For Judah to live, just like the Body of Christ, it has to be completely cut out like a cancer, and destroyed. Were there any other way, Yahweh would surely employ it. But as it is, we are clearly told that evil must be surgically removed and the whole rotten system wiped out (2 Thes.2:6-8). This is true of demons as much as it is of unrepentant believers. If the unbelieving and unrepentant branches of Judah were cut from the vine of Israel in Yah'shua's (Jesus') time then why do people suppose that the unbelieving and unrepentant branches should not be cut off from the vine today? We are especially commanded to excommunicate the sexually immoral who do not repent and have nothing to do with the same who are outside the fellowship. Yahweh demands proper separation.
The seventh vision of Yahweh graphically depicts how Yahweh deals with wickedness. She is pushed (against her will) in a large basket and covered with a lead disk so she cannot escape! This is not an image of leniency but of final and total judgement. Yahweh is strict about such matters unlike the modern Church which not only tolerates abominations but actually promotes them. Should we be surprised, then, that there will be a judgement of fire at the end of the dispensation? Are we surprised to read about the judgement earlier pronounced over the whole earth when a global flood was sent to wash away the abominations of men from Yahweh's sight?
Behind every principle of wickedness is a spirit or demon. Many of these wicked spirits are female, or demonesses. We have written much about some of these which are present in great power in the last days, such as Hecate and Choronzon. There are others too.
Who is called to remove this demoness in the basket? Two female angels! They are described as "two women with wind in their wings". The Hebrew for wind is ruach, also a female noun, which is the gender of the spiritual principle and of the sevenfold Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). Since only Yahweh can Himself remove wickedness these two women must be His instruments and therefore divinely chosen (Ps.104:3-4).
This wickedness was literally to be exported from Judah to Babylonia. Babylonia is literally the refuse pit of the world. It was to Babylon that the Jews were exiled because of the demonic refuse in them. Babylon - then as today - was a land of idolatry and therefore an appropriate depository for wickedness. Israel was the land designated as the place of purity and holiness and if the people insisted on defiling it then they would have to accompany their wickedness to jail - to the refuse pit. This is particularly interesting in the light of recent events and the war recently fought in Iraq.
Babylon is today the whole planet - it is the world system - because the cesspit has expanded in all directions. She is female, like wickedness herself, and her purging is done by female principle - female angels in the power of the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit). When we as people are cleansed of sin it is by the Ruach (Spirit) dwelling in us as the agent of Yahweh through Yah'shua (Jesus). The nation and the whole planet are female, Zion often being personified in Scripture as the Ruach haQodesh (Holy Spirit).
I should add here that the four spirits sent from heaven in Chapter 6 (v.4) are male angels and not the Ruach (Spirit) because they are angels of judgement, which is male principle.
The seven most powerful demons that operate in our world - after Satan himself - are demonesses and exercise great power and control in the nations. You'll hear more of these in my writings in the times ahead as we identify them and expose their works. Lilith and Choronzon we have already written about (see NCW 78:51-64). Others to watch out for are, Eisheth (Isheth) Zenunim (demoness of whoredom and prostitution), Naamah (demoness of seduction), Agrat bat Mahlah (also a demoness of prostitution), Astarte (demoness queen of the spirits of the dead), and Prosperine (demoness destroyer). These are the seven brides of Sammael (Satan) and are the mirror opposites of the sevenfold Ruach Elohim (Spirit of God).
The rôle of women ministers, in their appointed places, is a part of the end-time restoration of all things. Their ministry is parallel to that of the men, though not the same, and is both acknowledged and blessed in heaven as well as on earth. When operating alone, their authority to minister is to women and children alone, as Paul indicates when he speaks of Eldresses (female Elders) attending to the spiritual education of the younger female believers. When operating together with men (principally their husbands) or in larger prayer and intercessory groups (for example), then they serve as assistants or helpmeets to the male ministers and may minister to both sexes. They are in particular increasingly playing an important rôle in deliverance ministry in these end-times.
The New Covenant Church of God (B'rit Chadashah Assembly of Yahweh) recognises and encourages women ministers, teaching them to discover and magnify their gifts and callings within the Body. If you would like to know more, write in to the Apostolate or speak with your local NCCG Pastor.
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