I was present at all of my four children’s entrance into the world. I watched over my wife. I held her hand…and she held mine(very tightly at times!) I groaned with her and she travailed in labor pains to bring forth each one of our precious children.
Now Jesus knew that they were desirous to ask him, and said unto them, Do all of you enquire among yourselves of that I said, A little while, and all of you shall not see me: and again, a little while, and all of you shall see me? 20 Verily, verily, I say unto you, That all of you shall weep and lament, but the world shall rejoice: and all of you shall be sorrowful, but your sorrow shall be turned into joy. 21 A woman when she is in travail has sorrow, because her hour has come: but as soon as she is delivered of the child, she remembers no more the anguish, for joy that a man is born into the world. 22 And all of you now therefore have sorrow: but I will see you again, and your heart shall rejoice, and your joy no man takes from you. John 16:19-22
A woman when she is in travail has sorrow
The word sorrow does not really portray the full meaning of what a woman is feeling during childbirth. The Greek word “Lupe” (G3077) means sadness:–grief, grievous, grudgingly,heaviness, sorrow. BUT HER SORROW WILL BE TURNED INTO JOY!!
And this is what this time is all about. We the church are His woman, pregnant with a Man-child. The pressures all about us are pushing the Man-Child in our spiritual womb into the birth canal ready to crown and come forth into the light of Day. A NEW DAY is Dawning in which the Man-Christ Jesus is born unto us. Yes UNTO US A SON IS BORN!!
The world will rejoice for a time as it seems that they have overcome the saints of God. But the Woman–us,, His saints, are bearing down holding our Husbands hand, groaning to bring forth. Our Husband has prepared a place for us to do this. He has hidden us in His chamber and we shall bring forth!! A woman knows that nothing is going to stop the child within from coming forth once the labour pains begin. She must hold on and go with it. She must ride the pain and absorb it. She is made to do this. Don’t you just appreciate women!!? They are simply amazing creatures.
But there is O/one WOMAN that our Saviour is joined with and she will bear Him many sons filled with His glory. These sons and daughters collectively called the Man child–or the sons of God shall be made manifest and ARE being made manifest for this is the time of the UNVEILING. The apocalypse of Jesus Christ. This is CHRIST IN YOU the hope of glory even as Paul said.
Jesus inside you is being unveiled through the pressure that is coming against you. You cannot make it happen. You go with it, you are made for this very thing Church! To bring forth children unto God. Your womb is blessed. No longer shall you be called forsaken, no longer shall you be termed BARREN… for more are the children of the desolate woman. Hephzibah is your name…Beulah is your land. The Lord Jesus is glorified in you…and He is about to be REVEALED in and through His BRIDE.
You are that Bride. You are His woman. You are part of the Woman who brings forth the manchild. Jesus Christ as a corporate body of believers all over the earth.
God is about to bring the final Act in His great unfolding drama to centre stage.
Midwives are needed. Comforters are needed. Helpers are needed. Warriors to guard the Woman are needed.
The enemy is furious and frightened. He knows what I am saying more than I do. He is seeking to throttle the life of the church and to kill the baby before it comes forth. But he shall fail. God prevails. We bring forth a son….
Isa 9:6 For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. 7 Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this.
The travail we are in now will result in the fulfillment of the above passage. The world shall rejoice…but not for long. We shall be filled with JOY as what is internal becomes made known and visible. The Kingdom of God is within us…and we together with Father shall bring it forth. The ZEAL OF THE LORD will perform this. He will and is doing the doing inside of us. SO do not be afraid and alarmed. This will all turn out for glory.
Isaiah 9 is a passage that corresponds directly with Jesus words in John 16:19-22
Isa 9:1 O people walking in darkness, behold a great light: ye that dwell in the region and shadow of death, a light shall shine upon you. 2 The multitude of the people which thou hast brought down in thy joy, they shall even rejoice before thee as they that rejoice in harvest, and as they that divide the spoil. 3 Because the yoke that was laid upon them has been taken away, and the rod that was on their neck: for he has broken the rod of the exactors, as in the day of Midian. 4 For they shall compensate for every garment that has been acquired by deceit, and all raiment with restitution; and they shall be willing, even if they were burned with fire.
The ways of Father are not our ways, but are higher. He brings us down into gloominess and darkness through outward pressures aloud to come upon us. This brings us into the birthing chamber with the Comforter holding our hand and groaning within(Rom 8:18-31). First the gloom and sorrow–Then the Light and glory. TRANSITION–PROCESS.
The rod of the oppressors is being broken off us all through this process happening right NOW IN THE WORLD. God is setting creation free from oppression through our travail at this time. And the result shall be –UNTO US A SON IS BORN….AND for the multitudes of people yet to believe—-unto us a son is given!! They shall receive Jesus with great joy as in HARVEST TIME!!!
5For a child is born to us, and a son is given to us, whose government is upon his shoulder: and his name is called the Messenger of great counsel: for I will bring peace upon the princes, and health to him.
6 His government shall be great, and of his peace there is no end: it shall be upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to establish it, and to support it with judgment and with righteousness, from henceforth and forever. The zeal of the Lord of hosts shall perform this. (Brenton’s Septuagint)
The same things are AMPLIFIED by JESUS through Paul in Romans 8:18-31
For I reckon that the sufferings of this present time are not worthy to be compared with the glory which shall be revealed in us.[Note that folks–glory revealed IN US] 19 For the earnest expectation of the creature waits for the manifestation of the sons of God. 20 For the creature was made subject to vanity,not willingly,(ie Lockdown) but by reason of him who has subjected the same in hope, 21 Because the creature itself also shall be delivered from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God. 22 For we know that the whole creation groans and labors in pain together until now. 23 And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the first-fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to know, the redemption of our body. 24 For we are saved by hope: but hope that is seen is not hope: for what a man sees, why does he yet hope for? 25 But if we hope for that we see not, then do we with patience wait for it.[TRANSITION TO GLORY] 26 Likewise the Spirit also helps our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought: but the Spirit itself makes intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered. 27 And he that searches the hearts knows what is the mind of the Spirit, * because he makes intercession for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that all things work together for good to them that love God, to them who are the called according to his purpose. 29 For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son, that he might be the firstborn among many brethren. 30 Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified. 31 What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us?
So we laugh in the face of difficult times, uncertain times, lockdowns, dictatorships, oppressors etc etc—FOR these very things shall bring to birth the kingdom of God–a kingdom of light and love which has been hidden in US but is now going to REVEALED IN US AND THROUGH US.
Then we can celebrate the biggest Baby shower party ever!! Are you coming?