Mary And The Prophetic Pregnancy

There is a spiritual quality of Mary, which should serve us as a model for spiritual pregnancy. When the angel Gabriel came to her and announced that she would conceive a son whom she should call Jesus, she did not reject this announcement but was grateful (see Luke 1:26-38).
Luke 1:26-38:
26 In the sixth month of Elizabeth’s pregnancy, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, 27 to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary.
28 The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
29 Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be.
30 But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; you have found favor with God.
31 You will conceive and give birth to a son, and you are to call him Jesus.
32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, 33 and he will reign over Jacob’s descendants forever; his kingdom will never end.”
34 “How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God.
36 Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be unable to conceive is in her sixth month.
37 For no word from God will ever fail.”
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Nazareth – The Place Of Offspring
Mary was located in the place that was connected with the “new offspring”, which is what the name “Nazareth” reveals.
The name “Nazareth” is derived from the Hebrew “nezer”, which means “young shoot” and “nezar”, which means “guarding”.
In this context, it is no coincidence that the prophet Isaiah spoke of Jesus in chapter 11 as the “young shoot”, which was closely connected with the Holy Spirit in His “sevenfold nature” and is still so today, since the Lamb of God has seven horns and seven eyes (see Isaiah 11:1-2 i.c.w. Revelation 5:6).
Isaiah 11:1-2:
1 A shoot will come up from the stump of Jesse; from his roots a Branch will bear fruit.
2 The Spirit of the Lord will rest on him – the Spirit of wisdom and of understanding, the Spirit of counsel and of might, the Spirit of the knowledge and fear of the Lord – …
Revelation 5:6:
6 Then I saw a Lamb, looking as if it had been slain, standing at the center of the throne, encircled by the four living creatures and the elders. The Lamb had seven horns and seven eyes, which are the seven spirits of God sent out into all the earth.
The Young Mary And Her Conception
Mary was at the age of the “young blossom” and received in her state of maturity in a supernatural way her “sprouting seed”.
She was familiar with the fertile presence of the Holy Spirit, because, according to the angel's message, her words were filled with faith and expectation of receiving the “impossible” (see Luke 1:35.38 i.c.w. Wisdom 7:22-28).
Luke 1:35.38:
35 The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come on you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. …
38 “I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May your word to me be fulfilled.” Then the angel left her.
Wisdom 7:22-28:
… 22 for wisdom, the fashioner of all things, taught me.
There is in her a spirit that is intelligent, holy, unique, manifold, subtle, mobile, clear, unpolluted, distinct, invulnerable, loving the good, keen, irresistible, 23 beneficent, humane, steadfast, sure, free from anxiety, all-powerful, overseeing all, and penetrating through all spirits that are intelligent, pure, and altogether subtle.
24 For wisdom is more mobile than any motion; because of her pureness she pervades and penetrates all things. 25 For she is a breath of the power of God, and a pure emanation of the glory of the Almighty; therefore nothing defiled gains entrance into her.
26 For she is a reflection of eternal light, a spotless mirror of the working of God, and an image of his goodness.
27 Although she is but one, she can do all things, and while remaining in herself, she renews all things; in every generation she passes into holy souls and makes them friends of God, and prophets; 28 for God loves nothing so much as the person who lives with wisdom.
The Atmosphere Of Boldness And Glory
The spiritual atmosphere that surrounded Mary was filled with boldness and the glory of God's throne room, because Gabriel – “hero of God” is one of the angels who is empowered to see the face of God (see Luke 1:19).
Luke 1:19:
19 The angel said to him, “I am Gabriel. I stand in the presence of God, and I have been sent to speak to you and to tell you this good news.
This kind of angel is also closely connected with the children, since their angels always see the face of God (see Matthew 18:10).
Matthew 18:10:
10-11 “See that you do not despise one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven. …”
Dealing With The Message Of Spiritual Conception
Like Mary, every individual of God's people also receives from God a promise in his/her life at God's appointed times, which must be received by faith in order to carry it for a certain period of time so that it can mature in us and unfold later before our eyes.
And this process of spiritual conception involves four stages:
1. the decree of a prophecy
2. getting pregnant with prophecy
3. the shaking after a decreed prophecy
4. the prophetic birth pains.
The Prophetic Process And The Parable Of Birth
When a prophetic word leaves God's mouth, it is received in the spirit of the prophet (see Romans 8:16).
Romans 8:16:
16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children (note: sons).
That which leaves God's mouth is brooded and matured in the same way as the development of an embryo which becomes a fetus and the fetus at last is born as a baby.
Here is one of the main reasons why much of what God speaks to and through His prophets is equal to a fertilization, a pregnancy, birth pains and the birth.
The invisible process of the fulfilling Word of God is just like the visible process of conceiving and bearing a child (see Isaiah 55:11; Isaiah 61:11).
Isaiah 55:11:
… 11 so is my word that goes out from my mouth: It will not return to me empty, but will accomplish what I desire and achieve the purpose for which I sent it.
Isaiah 61:11:
11 For as the soil makes the sprout come up and a garden causes seeds to grow, so the Sovereign Lord will make righteousness and praise spring up before all nations.
When a prophetic word is received, two time zones of God are touched.
God, who is eternal, releases His word from the time zone of eternity through the prophets into the temporal timezone of mankind. This approach is similar to the process of a pregnancy. As long as the child is not in the world, it is not subject to the direct time zone of the earth.
The decree of a prophetic word does not mean that it comes into existence immediately after the saying. It can take years or decades to understand a complete thought of God.
For example, a prophetic word may have been decreed by the Lord in January, which someone needs to follow in a certain time.
This is because of how men interpret the spiritual language, which can take a while up from earth, as the way of the Word of God from heaven down.
The Decree Of Prophecy
Prophecy is brought into time on earth through the utterance of a human being. While angels sometimes do this, prophecy must be delivered by a human voice (see Ezekiel 37:1-14).
Through their utterance, prophets activate their word implantation in the life or sphere of the listeners' lives.
Spoken prophecy is a carving instrument of God, which forms the plan of God in the invisible realm until it comes into existence in the visible world.
Prophecies are ignited by the mouth of God's prophets. It is therefore very important to listen to what they say. Occasionally, their statements are confirmed by signs and wonders from God before or after the decree to confirm their authenticity (see 1 Samuel 10:1-8).
The prophets' sayings serve to prepare men for the coming things, as did Noah with the ark (see Genesis 6:13-17).
Genesis 6:13-17:
13 So God said to Noah, “I am going to put an end to all people, for the earth is filled with violence because of them. I am surely going to destroy both them and the earth. 14 So make yourself an ark of cypress wood; make rooms in it and coat it with pitch inside and out.
15 This is how you are to build it: The ark is to be three hundred cubits long, fifty cubits wide and thirty cubits high.
16 Make a roof for it, leaving below the roof an opening one cubit high all around. Put a door in the side of the ark and make lower, middle and upper decks.
17 I am going to bring floodwaters on the earth to destroy all life under the heavens, every creature that has the breath of life in it. Everything on earth will perish
The Comprehension Of Prophets
Prophets know how to grasp God's thoughts and are more attentive than other people.
They are trained to help people to comprehend what God thinks, says and wants for their lives from His perspective.
Also with the Holy Spirit in us, our busy lives, difficulties and crises can cause us to misunderstand God in different times. This is one of the reasons why we still need the ministry of the prophet in the Body of Christ today.
The Beginning Shaking After A Released Prophecy
Most Christians do not know that the utterance of a prophecy sets in motion a lot of forces and events that will stir up a person's life before it arrives. The stirring happens in the person's life at the time of manifestation that the word of the Lord has promised through the prophet's mouth.
Resisting forces, misconceptions and wrongs beliefs, as well as the presence of dominant relationships and attitudes in a person's sphere of life, can often lead to delays in the manifestation of God's words.
There are several understandable reasons for this.
God's spiritual zeal goes into action as soon as the word of the Lord goes out to clear the way for His manifestation. Sometimes this can be very upsetting or painful for the listener of the word. In addition, counter forces have awakened that seek to maintain the condition they have had for a long time in the listener's life. These forces form invisible obstacles in a spontaneous reaction to stop the flow of spiritual resources that the listener needs to strengthen his faith, so that he has enough faith to see the prophecy come into the visible.
These forces are not passive forces. They are aggressive, energetic and malignant forces that seek to maintain their position with the listener.
Before the listener starts acting in faith, these powers are silent.
Only when the hearer of the prophecy becomes one with God's plan in faith do these evil forces enter into action to stop the person in questioning the purpose or to tell the listener by lies that he/she is out of the place where God's promises can be fulfilled or come into existence.
When the recipient has received the word of the prophet/messenger in his spirit, he goes “pregnant with prophecy”.
Going Pregnant With Prophecy
=> The “going pregnant” with prophecy involves carrying the prophecies in the spirit of the recipient that have been passed over him/her in the past.
It also means to wage war with prophecy, which is followed by immediate and regular prayer as well as a changing life which is necessary for the fulfillment.
The advice of Paul to Timothy is such an example of this process (see 1 Timothy 1:18-19; 1 Timothy 4:14-16).
If the prophetic word comes from the past into the time frame of its fulfillment, such warlike, prophetic pregnancy is necessary. <= (Excerpt of the “Prophet's Dictionary” by Paula A. Price, Ph. D.; page 496; page 576)
In connection with such a pregnancy, it is not without reason that so-called “pains of promise” or “prophetic pains” arise.
Prophetic Pains
=> A) They are prophetic burdens.
B) Agonizing but typical, sensations that accompany the growth (note: spiritual pregnancy) of a maturing, prophetic word that is about to break out.
The prophetic word to be released may have been received in a vision or dream, so that it may be incubated in the spirit of the recipient until the Lord is ready to bring it into the world.
Prayer and intercession can cause birth pain of prophecy in order to produce the utterance. God can also suddenly bring it by a burden of prayer upon the recipient.
The spiritual feelings of prophetic childbirth often show the discomfort of natural birth pain and include severe feelings in the abdominal region. In some cases, it can also be chest pain or heart problems.
In other times, as in the times of Jeremiah, it can also be numbness or weight in the limbs (see Jeremiah 20:9).
All these spiritual events are connected with the release of prophecy.
They are not true symptoms of real sickness which should always be tested to ensure that prophetic transmission is really the cause.
High praise, music or intense worship can ease such burdens.
Such physical reactions are related to natural pregnancy and show that it is normal for a prophetic burden to be nourished. <= (Excerpt of the “Prophet's Dictionary” by Paula A. Price, Ph. D.; page 371)
May the promise of the Father in Jesus Christ will break through from within us to the outside!
Amen and Amen.
In His Wisdom,
Daniel Glimm