How We Can Be the Man-Child

And she brought forth a son, a man-child, who is to shepherd all the nations with an iron rod

Rev. 12:5
Not Separate From the Woman But Somewhat Particular

If you would be part of the man-child, you must eat more, grow more, and become stronger. To put it into practical terms, you must pray more, spend more time with the Lord, eat more of the Word, experience the Lord more, grow in life more, and have more dealings with the negative things.

If others would gossip, you would not gossip. If others would not pray, you would pray more. Although you should not be separate from the woman, you should be somewhat different from others. The woman is too general.

Those who are part of the man-child are somewhat particular. Many of the dear ones in the Lord’s recovery are indifferent. They have little appetite and do not like to eat very much. But if you would be in the man-child, you should not be indifferent. You must be particular, sober, and serious.

You must have a good appetite and have a personal, direct moment by moment dealing with the Lord. If you are like this, then it is possible that you will be the stronger part in the Lord’s recovery, the stronger part within the woman.

Whether or not you will be in the man-child depends upon how you react to God’s desire, God’s move, and God’s eternal economy. If, day and night, you cannot go on until you have given yourself wholly and thoroughly to God’s economy, then it is likely that you are a part of the man-child.

Not Only Part of the Woman, but Also Part of the Man-Child Within the Woman

Firstly, the Lord’s economy is with His people represented by the woman. But the Lord’s economy cannot be carried out merely by the woman. There is the need of the strong ones. This is always the principle. We must be absolute and strong.

If we would take this way, we would take it absolutely. But if we would not take it, then we would forget about it. We must not only be part of the woman, but also part of the man-child within the woman.

It is not adequate simply to be in the Lord’s recovery. We have to be among that part in the Lord’s recovery which is strong. Whatever tests and trials may come, we would stand against them.

The Lord’s Recovery Depends Upon the Hungry Ones

Mothers know that if a child does not have a good appetite, he will not grow and be strong. If you do not eat, you cannot grow, and if you do not grow, you will not be strong. The Lord’s recovery depends upon the hungry ones. Whether or not you are part of the man-child depends upon how hungry and thirsty you are.

If you are truly thirsty, you will hate gossip and nonsensical talk. You will say, “I am here to be trained, strengthened, nourished, and built up. I have neither the heart nor the time for gossip. I have no appetite for idle conversation.” If you are like this, it is a proof that with you there is the possibility of being part of the man-child.

All quotations in this post, unless otherwise noted, are from Life-Study Of Revelation, message 36 by Witness Lee. Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA, U.S.A. 1984. Source:

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