A New Way of Companionship
This entire teaching makes a point that there is a vast difference between “a virgin and her lord“ and “a woman and her man.” This truth becomes crucial in the end generation when marriage becomes prohibited (1 Tim. 4:3). Even now, in the West, marriage is a completely broken institution, legally and civilly. It is no longer a system supporting the one man and one woman family unit but entirely counter to it if not outright destructive toward it. Untold numbers of youth are being sent through this meat-grinder of the new-age laws that end up leaving both parties worse off than if they hadn’t married. Extreme disillusionment is running rampant, and the Church keeps shoving the kids down into it. Most people are entirely ignorant of how the civil laws for marriage have changed and the profoundly negative effect they have had on this generation and its families. The fact that it can be very unwise to get married should be no surprise to us today and many have already awoken to this reality while the Church continues to sleep, binding men and women hand and foot to bad civil laws
they were eating, they were drinking, they were marrying, they were being given in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and the flood came and destroyed them all. Luke 17:27 NASB
The virgin and her lord are those humble people who have separated themselves from the world (2 Cor. 6:17). Though they are as “the feet” of the Body now, they will soon be revealed as the “neck” of the Body, that is, the ruling class. The last will be first. They are the government of the Kingdom. They are the princes and princesses. They are the Kings and Queens. A couple of chapters later Paul adds to all this,
have we not authority [In the NT, 1849 /eksousía (“delegated power”) refers to the authority God gives to His saints – authorizing them to act to the extent they are guided by faith] a sister — a woman– to lead about [περιάγειν – to lead around, to go about], as also the other apostles, and the brethren of the Lord, and Cephas? 1 Cor. 9:5
The set-apart men, the apostles, the brothers of the Lord, the sons of the Most High, have a divine exousia authority to lead about a sister. The call to sisters to be “keepers at home” was, once again, a prophetic word. It was never intended to be a rule for earthly conduct. A bethulah is a keeper of her House which is now the entire Chosen Family, the Household of Faith.
And, behold, there met him a woman with the attire of an harlot, and subtle of heart. She is loud and stubborn; her feet abide not in her house Prov. 7:10-11 KJV
It is the harlot woman that neglects her House and strays after the world. Note that the word “woman” does not appear in Paul’s following instructions:
elders [presbytidas– feminine plural, long-time believing women], in like manner, in behavior as is comely of reverent ones [hieroprepeis – feminine plural], not false accusers, not enslaved to much wine [pleasures of the world], teachers [kalodidaskalous – teachers of goodness, a.k.a. hesed] of goodness, that they may make sober/admonish [σωφρονίζω – restore one to his/her senses] the young [neas – feminine plural: youth, new, fresh, a.k.a. newly believing] to be men-loving [5362 phílandros (from 5384 /phílos, “loving friend” and aner “man”)], to be child-loving [5388 philoteknos – lovers of children/offspring], sober [4998 sóphrón – sound, sensible, safe], pure [hagnos – undefiled (see 2 Cor. 6:17)], keepers of the House [oikourgous – house worker/keeper] good [agathos – intrinsically kind, good-natured], subject to their own men, that the word of God may not be evil spoken of [blasphémeó – blasphemed].
Titus 2:4-5 Literal
Philadelphia (brotherly love), philandros (men-loving), and philoteknos (child-loving) are three big words that appear in the New Testament and are adjectives. This passage couldn’t be more emphasized in a time when women are being trained to hate and despise men and children. I am constantly assailed upon by the Church to love strangers—where is brotherly love in all this? The guarding of sisters?
Sisters are those who stick by their own Family. Brothers guard it. Thus the brothers of the Lord choose sisters because women of the world are mixed with the world, unclean, enslaved. Paul had just spoken regarding spouses who are mixed (a.k.a unbelieving) in 1 Cor. 7:14. Not only do we want sisters, but we want sisters “beyond the bloom of youth”. This is one point where centuries of inability (God did seal certain revelation for the End) to see spiritually really comes through. Did Paul just give license to possess a young girl not past youth? Of course not. We who search the Law and Prophets understand this perfectly. This refers to their being spiritually mature sisters. They are past that stage of ignorant Christianity and being confused about themselves, they are free from enslavement to the Egyptian maidservant. They are familiar with the Scriptures, and what it means to be a daughter of Sarah (1 Pet. 3:6).
Abraham and Sarah set forth the distinction between those who are of Heaven (Sarah) and those of Earth (Hagar). Abraham and Sarah are the only people in Scripture specifically referred to as lord and sarah (princess). No other woman in Scripture is named Sarah. They both are also brother and sister (Gen. 20:2) and therefore the model of companionship to the Elect, especially in these last days. The idea of companionship over “marriage” is after the prophetic passage,
yet is she thy Companion [ חֲבֶרֶת – definite article, Associate, Companion, Consort], and the Woman of thy Covenant. Malachi 2:14 Literal
The passage is a rebuke to the men of Judah, the Chosen ones (Isa. 5:7, 65:9),
Dealt treacherously hath Judah…and hath owned [baal] the daughter of a foreign god. Mal. 2:11
And did not he make One? And a remnant of the Spirit is for him. And wherefore The One? A seeking of a seed of God. Mal. 2:15 Literal
They corporately owned a daughter of a foreign God, and by doing so corporately committed treachery (not adultery) against the Wife by their Covenant. In other words, they became priests to the Present Body and neglected the Body of Promise being one with it. The Elect Church is not their wife, but the Wife of their Youth or Youthfulness, the Wife of their Covenant. Being enjoined to the Lord, the brothers have a duty to be faithful, royal priests to that Covenant, their covenant, and produce offspring of God. This is Kingdom exclusivity at its height of beauty: offspring of God, a pure, undefiled Light that bursts forth upon the darkness, which darkness cannot comprehend.
Sisters are such that are not ignorant of the truth and thus recognize the authority, duty, and position of the brothers of the Lord and their need to attend to him undistractedly. These are women who don’t fall for the pretense of feminism or empowerment because they know the whole world, life and death, things present and to come, are already theirs (1 Cor. 3:22).
‘Therefore come out from their midst and be separate, says the Lord, and touch nothing unclean, and I will receive you.’ and ‘I will be for a father to you, and you will be for sons and daughters to Me, says the Lord Almighty.’ 2. Cor. 6:17-18
Are you a son of Abraham by promise? A daughter of Sarah? Have you left everything to follow the Lord? If so, you are a part of our House, and we will take care of you, keep you, and guard you.
The unclean are those in the Church who don’t separate themselves but go astray after the world, idolize it, give themselves to it, and mix with it. A man of Christ will be hard-pressed to lead about or travel around with a woman of the world undistractedly. A sister, a daughter of Sarah, however, will gladly oblige to be led about. She has fixed her mind on the things to come and what will be hers and does not care to make the most of the present life. She does not go to the marketplaces to buy things to cling to. She is not mourning or rejoicing just because everyone else is. She is not afraid of the things to come. She doesn’t need the world now, for it will be all hers later.