We are living in the days when God is restoring to the church all things that were lost as she went into the dark ages. One of those things was the treatment and position of women in the Body of Christ. There is an observation to be made when looking at revival and church history.

When God is truly moving, women are released into a greater ability to express the nature of the Father through the adorning of the meek and quiet spirit. There is only one who is called and held up before us as meek, outside the Lord Jesus Christ. That is the man Moses. That this example can be applied to women is under-girded by Peter's statement in 1 Peter 3:4

1Pe 3:4  But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

It is the hidden man of the heart, not the hidden woman . Although this may give some men problems, there is something that God is communicating to His church. There are dimensions yet to be explored as we journey toward full restoration and beyond.  That  place is not seen by study, or  through theological argument. It is seen by revelation from the Lord Himself. In this hour, only the revelation of Himself and His desire is going to cause God's people to grow.

God made women to mirror some characteristics of His Character and nature that man could not manifest. When we restrict them then we restrict the revelation of the Lord Jesus Christ to the church.

Yes, before you cry foul, the area of women in ministry has had many who have pushed to make it happen, moving outside of the heart of God for women in leadership. but, it is men who have caused that to happen by hanging on to traditions that were not Biblical and repressing those women who had true anointing by misinterpretation of scriptures. These scriptures did not take the actions of God and His use of women down through history into consideration. I am not talking of secular history but  of Biblical History.

Because this is a brief challenge from scripture, and not a place to expound, I am only going to give you one example, and mention a few names for you to follow through. If you really are honest and want to know what He says, then you will search the scriptures to see if these things me so and let it direct your life and change any wrong attitudes you have. This applies not only to men, but women have wrong thinking about it to that may have restricted God from revealing things to them in the past.     

Numerous Women Leaders in Scripture   

-     Miriam, Exo_15:20. Prophetic worshiper 
•     Huldah, 2Ki_22:14, Prophetess
•     Isaiah’s wife –
    –   Isa 8:3  And I went unto the prophetess; and she conceived, and bare a son.
•     Anna the prophetess – Luke 2 :36
•     Acts  21:9 Philip had four daughters who were virgins who did prophesy.

    –   From G4396; to foretell events, divine, speak under inspiration, exercise the prophetic office: - prophesy.

–   One of the meanings in Thayer's - to act as a prophet, discharge the prophetic office

  {Thayer's goes deeper into the original Greek than Strong's concordance}

As we consider the import of this, we see that under both covenants women functioned in ministry. In the light of the Lord who changes not, we must reconsider our stand and application of scriptures so that in the light of the whole of the Word there is a consistency.

After considering the statement above, there is a woman in scripture that stands above the rest as an example of how women should function in authority in the ministry.

In Judges 4 & 5 we find a woman who rules the whole nation of Israel. This is unusual in and of itself. Yet, when she is studied, she is a model for women in ministry. When you study the book of Judges, you realize that all the other judges itinerated. Deborah did not. All of Israel came to her. Even though there were other judges functioning at the time, the most difficult cases were brought to her.

It says that the governors submitted to her willingly. Obviously renown for her wisdom and prophetic ability, a whole nation submitted, not because they had to, but because of her prophetic ability, her wisdom and humility. When someone comes to you, without your precipitating the relationship, and seeks our your counsel, wisdom, and judgment, then God is making way for you.

I believe God would restore this ministry if women in the church. They will not function patterned after the men in ministry but patterned after Deborah of old. When the evidence is in, and scripture is honestly examined, then it is clear that God used women in the early church.

One day in meditation on the 7 churches in Revelation, this question came to my mind. If they did not believe in prophetesses in the early church Jezebel, could not have gotten a foothold in Rev. 2:20. The original language shares that Phillip's daughters were prophetesses, With this in mind, there needs to be a reconsideration of Paul's comments in the light of all of scripture. Forbidding women is not consistent with the scripture from Genesis through to Revelation.

There will be more on this subject later, but this is enough to get us thinking.

Dr. Bill