Ecclesiastes 7:25-29, "I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness: And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her."

"Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher, counting one by one, to find out the account: Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not: one man among a thousand have I found; but a woman among all those (in my harem) have I not found. Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man upright; but they have sought out many inventions [for evil]".

Now Solomon was a man who certainly knew what he was talking about. This king is reputed to have had one thousand wives. And he was married to all of them at the SAME time.

Solomon was originally bright, keen-witted, and wise, yet in his old age, he went to pieces by the wiles of the women with whom he had filled his harem. Partly by his extravagance in his polygamous life, and partly in attempt to build temples in distant places for the religions represented by his many wives, he bankrupted his nation (I Kings 11:1- 43).

Biblical Polygamy is in reality "POLYGNY"—a many-wived man. The correlative term "POLYANDRY" describes the condition of a woman who has many men as husband with herself. But the latter was from ancient time known among all peoples as adultery.

Polygamy, or correctly, polygny, was permitted AFTER the human race fell from the Covenant God had established with Adam. As father and representative of his whole race he received a law as he had recently received a nature, for himself and his seed.

Genesis 2:16-17, "And the LORD God commanded the man, saying, "Of every tree of the Garden you may freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shalt not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof you shall surely die."

On the one side was God, and on the other was Adam, who in his own person represented the whole human race. The word covenant means to fetter or bind in a solemn mutual agreement of an obligation voluntarily assumed and not imposed—but binding by an oath. And there was also a curse upon disregard of the agreement.

Amongst men the covenant was primarily a blood-brotherhood in which two men became brothers by drinking each other's blood. It made them kinsmen and gave them life-fellowship. We see the same idea in Moses sprinkling the blood of the covenant upon the vessels and upon the people (Exodus 24:1-8), and in the Lord's Supper where the wine represents the blood of Christ (Matthew 26:28-29). And Christians are the blood of Christ by the baptism of the Holy Ghost, for the life is in the blood—(Christ is the Mystery of God Revealed, p. 63:1).

In the case of the Covenant between God and man, God being the superior, always takes the initiative with the promises conditional on human obedience. Signs and pledges on God's part, and promises for human obedience and penalties for disobedience.

There was NO sin in the beginning. "God saw everything that He had made, and behold, it was VERY GOOD" (Genesis 1:31). On the seventh day, God FORMED (Heb. 'yatsar' or squeezed into shape) Adam, placed him in the paradise of Eden, and made a solemn Covenant with him. Next, Adam named the animals, as God 'squeezed them into shape.' But after all of the creatures had been formed, two by two, male and female, although God had declared "It is NOT GOOD that the man should be alone," there was STILL not an help suitable for man. Yet creation was FINISHED. So God put Adam to sleep and took from his side a rib from which he made (Heb. 'banah' to re-build or extend) the woman.

Unlike Adam and the rest of God's creatures, woman is NOT a spoken Word of God. She was NOT in the original creation, but is a by-product taken from man. In the rest of nature, the male is most the beautiful; but in the human race, it's the woman that's beautiful, not the man. No female animal that can be immoral; only the woman. Animals have sex only for reproduction. But a woman is designed for any time she desires. She is MADE so she CAN deceive and BE deceived. God placed her on free moral agency so she can be the most exalted creation ruling with Jesus Christ throughout eternity as His Bride. Or she can be the great Harlot and her protestant daughters, and cast into the Lake of Fire.

God is looking for the beauty of a character reflecting HIMSELF. That is why man is made in the image of God and for His glory, whilst woman is made for the glory of the man. She is to reflect her husband's character and hence she is to learn from him, NOT to teach him. The woman is to be submissive, not authoritative. Do you see the perfect type of Christ and His Bride? Saint Paul saw it clearly (Ephesians 5:22-33).

Satan knew there was no way he could deceive Adam, because he was the son of God. His only son, and made in His image. As the manifested Word of God he could NOT be deceived on the Word of God. "But the woman being deceived was in the transgression" (I Timothy 2:14). She was DECEIVED, by pride in her lust for secret knowledge from the tree that was "full of wisdom and perfect in beauty," standing right beside Christ, the Tree of Life, in the Garden of Eden. She pictured herself initiating God's command to "be fruitful, and multiply, and fill the earth," giving birth to Jesus, Who would be "the beginning of the creation of God" INDEPENDENT of Adam, then TEACHING him the Devil's wisdom. Eve brought forth DEATH by Satan's wisdom, NOT Life by God's Word.

Satan's been working on her for six thousand years. He's busy now at the Beijing Women's conference in China. EVERY single one of those women an unregenerate sinner, for the prophet said, "How can two meet together except they be agreed on the Word." That little Scripture from Amos goes to prove the UN is NOT of God and WITHOUT knowing the parties behind its establishment, or that it's Charter is nothing but stage two of the plan for world socialism presented at the Communist Internationale and Joseph Stalin's 1936 Constitution for Soviet Russia—we KNOW it is CONTRARY to God's Word.

One woman can send more souls to hell by lust and unclean living, than all the pubs in the country. But God has placed her on the basis of free moral agency. Both the spiritual woman, the church, (those who are or claim to be Christians), and the natural woman, is given a sacred trust—to bring forth life. It's her choice whether she realizes or falls short of God's exalted plan for her.

God's Covenant with Adam was one of obedience by works, which, providing man was in harmony with the mind of God, was quite possible. However, at the fall, Adam surrendered man's dominion over the earth to Satan, who became the god of this evil age. Every child born of woman is born to die, born with the nature of this world and a desire for the things of this world which is now ruled by Satan and contrary to God.

After the fall, God introduced polygamy in both man and beast. Speaking on the matter of divorce, Jesus told the Pharisees, "From the beginning it was NOT so" (Matthew 19:7-8). Now there's one covenant for the man, and one for the woman. He is to care and provide for her by the sweat of his brow and she is to serve and obey him who is now to be her ruler.

Romans 5:12, "Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world, and death is the result of sin; and so death passed upon all men; none being able to avoid it because all have sinned".

Sin entered the world by the action of one man, Adam, in redeeming his wife, Eve, who should have been burnt along with the evil monster in her womb, as saith the Law (Leviticus 21:9; Psalm 119:89). In taking Eve quickly to himself, Adam did not put an end to sin. When he crossed from eternity into time, he forfeited his dominion to Satan, and death spread to all creatures.

Let's read I Corinthians 15:21-22, "For since by a man came death, by a man came also the resurrection of the dead. For through our natural union in Adam all die, even so through our Spiritual union in Christ, or new birth, shall the elect be made alive".

All of Adam's seed must die like Adam died, because we were all were IN Adam, and are limited by his nature. Likewise all of Christ's Seed died in Christ on Calvary because He was the Fullness of the Word (or Logos) manifest in flesh, and the members of the Bride are attributes of the Word. We came out of Christ in the Form of the Holy Ghost after He died. Therefore we were judged in Christ on Calvary, and when God raised Jesus He was raised for OUR justification. We are the sinless, blood-washed Bride of Christ and can never die or come to the Judgment, for it is given unto a man once to die and then the judgment. We've already paid for our sins in Christ. Now are we already seated in heavenly places, elect, precious, predestinated. And who can lay anything to the charge of God's elect? It is God who has already justified us and brought us into agreement with Him.

Romans 5:13, "For until [or before] the Law or Covenant with Israel, sin was in the world: but sin is not imputed when there is no Law." Because where there is no Law or Covenant, there can be no penalty for breach of a Covenant which does not exist (Romans 4:15).

Romans 5:14, "Nevertheless death reigned from Adam to Moses [the Lawgiver], even over them that had not personally transgressed a Covenant or Law of God as Adam did [when as a type of Christ, he bore Eve's sin upon his own shoulders and paid its awful penalty that she might be saved when God redeemed him]. He was the figure of Him that was to come".

Adam was a type of Christ. But whereas Adam's self-sacrifice brought DEATH upon all creation, Christ's sacrifice brought LIFE.

Adam did NOT sin. "He that is born of God cannot sin" (I John 3:9). Taking Eve unto himself, he took her responsibility and caused the whole world to come under sin's curse—death when he crossed the time-line and the Life-line to redeem his wife. How could Adam fall when he was in God's image?

Eve sinned when she broke God's covenant of works by UNBELIEF in His Word. Adam did NOT sin (or disbelieve the Word) and broke the Covenant by faith. He knew He was a Son of God and could no more be lost than God could be lost, and therefore God MUST redeem Him. If he joined Eve in time, God would redeem her with him. By the marriage union, the two were one flesh. However Adam took the "permissive," and not the perfect will of God.

Eve, and later Adam, crossed over the Word into time in conjunction with a sexual experience. Eve through adultery, Adam through compassion for his wife. Whereas prior to the knowledge Eve received from the incarnate serpent they were naked and were not ashamed. Now they were conscious of the physiological difference and functions of their bodies, they were ashamed of their nakedness, and knew they had fallen short of the glory and Covenant of God.

Once they transgressed the Covenant, they lost their innocence through carnal knowledge, and Adam surrendered his dominion to Satan. Until it's regenerated to a new heavens and new earth, the world comes under his dominion. Henceforth, woman would bear children in pain and sorrow to death according to Satan's knowledge, and by lust instead by the Word of God and faith. We're born Spiritually dead, shaped in sin and conceived in iniquity, the nature of the world of which we are a part rules the desires of our mortal spirit and flesh. If God can get us to sit still long enough under the revealed Word for OUR day, He will even quicken our soul in a second birth.

Without a union with the quickening spirit in our Soul, we tend to serve our carnal senses. So God introduced the polygamy law for males. Now we learned last week, "If they cannot contain their passions, and to avoid fornication, it is better for the unmarried and widows to marry than to burn with lust," (I Corinthians 7:2, 9). This is not speaking of polygamy, but this Scripture illustrates why God permitted men to have many wives under the Old Covenant. Their unregenerate souls could not always bring their body and spirit subject. But no woman could have more than one living husband.

Some without a knowledge of the Bible or understanding by the Spirit may flush with moral outrage at the thought of God introducing polygamy in all nature following the Fall. So let's repair to His unchanging Word as our authority, rather than our carnal passions.

Abraham's father Terah had two wives. Abraham married his step sister. And the law that no woman could ever have more than one living husband was universal for when Abimalech discovered Sarah was Abraham's wife as well as his sister he knew he could not marry her. Abraham, the father of faith, had several concubines (Genesis 25:6; I Chronicles 1:32). And Jacob bore the Patriarchs by his two wives, Rachel and Leah, and their concubines, Bilhah and Zilah.

Gideon the judge, had many wives and at least one concubine who bore him over seventy sons, and presumably many daughters (Judges 8:30-31). There was a Levite who had a concubine (Judges 20:10). Elkanah, the father of Samuel the prophet had two wives (I Samuel 1:1-2), and Saul a concubine (II Samuel, 3:7). We find David, a man after God's Own heart, with five hundred wives, and Solomon, a type of Christ, with 1,000 wives.

Now the prophet Paul instructs us that all of the Law and the history in the Old Testament section of our Bibles are shadows and types of things to come under the New Testament. The NATURAL types the spiritual. So the natural polygamy before Pentecost was a TYPE to establish a pattern for the Spiritual Marriage Union between Christ (ONE) and His Bride (MANY). If there were no polygamy, there could be no election and no new birth.

Likewise, were there no NATURAL divorce, there could be no remission for past sins, and JUSTIFICATION by grace through faith, according to Acts 2:38. You see, we were born in fornication with the nature of Satan. Not by our choice but as a consequence of the Fall. We had to CONFESS our Spiritual UNCLEANLINESS before accepting Christ's proposal. Our espousal is justification by grace through faith.

Following justification, the second stage in our Christian walk, or our Spiritual romance with the heavenly Bridegroom is called SANCTIFICATION. Sanctification is a further step of revelation wherein we become aware of our shortcomings as we begin to compare our life to God's Word by faith, and separate from the things of the world.

The natural types the Spiritual. As an espoused maid seeks to identify with her man so she may please him, separating herself from anything or anyone which would not meet with his approval, so Christians cleanse themselves from habits and desires and thoughts and associations that do not please her Lord.

Finally, comes the marriage. The union is consummated and Christ and His Bride are united by God through faith in the Living Word, or the PRESENT Truth manifesting through her. She is a written epistle of the Word God promised to fulfill in her day. She and the Word are one, and she cannot be deceived on the revealed Word for her day. Like the marriage of a man and woman in the natural—if they're truly joined together by God, and not some backslidden preacher or half-drunk magistrate, nothing can take them apart.

Now, Christians—those truly born-again by the Word for THEIR day are united by their NEW Husband, Christ, through a New Covenant of Grace. By faith alone, and not works. A Covenant which cannot be disannulled. In the New Testament, Jesus reaffirmed the indissolubility of the family and monogamy. But the shadows of the old Order are still present.

Man and woman are still under separate Covenants. She can only have one living husband. He can put her away for unconfessed fornication any time and marry another. However, men who are Christians no longer need several wives. By the grace of God and the Holy Spirit in our heart we are able to bring our passions under due bounds.

Of course, if a man has several wives and is subsequently born-again, and they are also born-again, or pleased to dwell with him, he is not to put them away. However he would be disqualified from the (lay) office of Deacon or Bishop.

I Timothy 3:1-3, "This is a true saying, If a man desire the office of a bishop, he desireth a good work. A bishop then must be blameless, NOT A POLYGAMIST, vigilant, sober, of good behavior, given to hospitality, apt to teach;"

I Timothy 3:12, "Let the deacons be the husbands of one wife, (i.e. NOT a polygamist) ruling their children and their own houses well".

Titus 1:5-6, "For this cause left I thee in Crete, that thou shouldest set in order the things that are wanting, and ordain elders in every city, as I had appointed thee: If any be blameless, the husband of one wife, [or NOT a POLYGAMIST] having faithful children not accused of riot or unruly".

Yet in this day of grace, we see the shadow of the old polygamy covenant in the (many-membered) Bride of (one) Lord Jesus Christ. Its evident in the separate covenants wherein God deals with the man and the woman. And in the matter of marriage and divorce.

If anyone doubts that God established separate covenants with man and woman following the Fall, ask yourself these three questions. Does the serpent still move upon his belly? Must man still toil against nature to produce his daily bread? And does woman still conceive in sorrow? If the answer to these questions is yes, then man and woman are NOT co-equal in nature as it was in the beginning, and she serves God as she obeys her husband.

God Bless you Brethren, we live in the LAST times. Don't become involved in any of these unscriptural movements seeking equality for women. Seek to know the mind of Christ that His will may be seen to manifest through your life. And once you have a revelation of this Message, PASS it on. bb950906.htm

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