Unpacking the Mystery of the Sun-clothed Woman (Part 1)
Now a great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars… (Rev. 12:1)
The woman clothed with the sun with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head is a picture of what the church of the end times is about to experience. When understood spiritually, as I will describe below, you will see it depicts the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ coming to each individual believer in a personal, tangible way and never leaving. This is the Lord coming to his bride. Rather than multitudes looking up in the sky and seeing the man Jesus far away and impersonal, you will learn that he is coming to you personally as though you were the only person on earth.
I know because I had this experience in February of 1997, after which the Lord instructed me in the Scriptures and had me write about it so that when it happened to many others, they would have something to consult to help them understand what has happened to them and what to expect.
I have said very little about this heretofore because the time has not been right, but I feel the Holy Spirit’s prompting that now is the time. As everything in this world we have relied on and believed in is crumbling under our feet, we who love Jesus are about to enter into his kingdom realm in a tangible way. We are going to know and literally feel God’s touch in a way described by the picture of this woman.
This woman is in a heavenly realm. The moon under her feet indicates she is very high above the physical earth. She has been raised up in Christ and by Christ. She has known by faith that she is seated in heavenly places with Christ Jesus (Ephesians 2:6), but now she can actually feel it in her body. God has come to her, (as he will come to you, faithful ones), and awakened a part of her that was “asleep in the dust of the earth” (Dan 12:2). The dust of the earth represents the physical body (Gen 2:7, 3:19). That part Jesus is coming to awaken is her spiritual body that is attached to her physical body. Her physical body remains on the earth, but she spiritually experiences via her spiritual body being in a heavenly realm with Jesus. It is an experience of being both places at the same time.
I will now describe what happened to me:
On February 11, 1997 a close and very prophetic friend of mine had, in my presence, a vision of Jesus and me together in a lovely meadow. We were sitting on a large rock talking. Jesus reached down and touched my feet and said, “These feet will never touch the earth again.” I had no idea what that meant.
That night as I was lying in bed all relaxed and waiting for sleep to come, I began to feel a very pleasant, rhythmic, tingling sensation in my feet that worked its way up my legs and spread out over my entire body including my arms, hands and fingers in just a few seconds. I immediately related it to the vision earlier that day where Jesus touched my feet and said they would never touch the earth again. (Doesn’t this sound like the woman “with the moon under her feet?”)
Due to the things the Holy Spirit was showing me in his Word, I was aware that I had not only a physical body but also a spiritual body that I would live in when I no longer needed my earthly body (1 Cor 15:44). I knew this spiritual body was with me but was in a dormant state as though asleep. As I felt this gentle, wave-like movement deep inside, I knew I was feeling my spiritual body being awakened. Because it started in my feet, I immediately identified it with my friend’s vision. I knew Jesus had touched me in a distinct and heretofore unknown way. It was a personal and most wonderful experience which is difficult to describe. The feeling of this awakening has never left but has only intensified. Because this is a spiritual experience, it is hard to describe in words. Now I understand why so much of the Bible is written as allegory. There would be no other way to explain spiritual things except by relating them to natural things we understand.
I will attempt to describe the feeling of the spiritual body being awakened by Jesus. It is a very gentle, slow rhythmic feeling almost like a deep massage but it doesn’t touch the skin. It is deep inside and it gives the feeling of being deeply loved. Every fiber of my being feels loved. It is like bobbing up and down on a raft resting upon gentle waves like one would experience in a bay perhaps or one of the Great Lakes. Ocean waves would be too strong. These are gentle waves. They never, ever stop…not for one second. I cannot tell my physical body from my spiritual body because my whole being feels this wonderful sense of God’s love and quickening. It is deeply relaxing and comforting.
I know I am never alone because I am able to feel God’s love at all times. It is a most wonderful and amazing experience and a necessary one as part of our transition from our current world system into the kingdom of God that is coming on earth as it is in heaven. No matter what is going on around us, this knowledge that we are loved and we are not alone never leaves.
It also brings an understanding that we have entered into the realm of the supernatural. Things will never be the same. Part of us has risen above the earthly realm and heaven is very near. This is the realm we will need to live in as our world crumbles around us. We are still here on earth in our physical body, but our spiritual body has been awakened and has risen with Christ.
We know by this event that we are truly in the end times. This is not something experienced by the saints of bygone years. This is a new experience and one reserved by God for this particular time in history. It is part of the events of the return of Jesus for his bride. God never does things the way we think he will. This experience came as a total surprise to me. (Excerpted from my book, This Mortal Puts On Immortality.)
There is a part of us that died or went into a deep sleep at the time of the fall. This is what happened when Adam and Eve were cast out of the garden. They lost their ability to hear and experience God because the spiritual side of them died (in the day that you eat from it, you shall surely die). This explains how they did die on the day they sinned and yet lived for hundreds of years after being cast out of the garden. It was the spiritual body that died but the natural body continued living. It should be evident to all believers that we are indeed in the last of the last days. Cataclysmic events in the form of Covid and the worldwide mandates have adversely affected the lives of humanity all over the earth.
While all this suffering has been going on, God has been fully aware of everything, and will soon begin to move in ways that will astound the world. We will see his magnificent plan for humanity and all creation springing up all over as the weakness of Satan’s power is exposed for what it is and God’s kingdom is manifested in our midst. This kingdom will manifest in our midst the same way it did 2000 years ago with signs, wonders and miracles. We will see multitudes of sick people being healed. We will see dead people raised. We will see the Devil’s kingdoms fall as the kingdom of God arrives in all his mighty power and love to restore all things.
Clothed with the Sun
This woman is clothed with the sun. Once the spiritual body is awakened and the feeling of God’s presence comes to stay forever, a new way of communication has been opened. The presence of God is going to come upon you in warmth that feels like rays of sunlight. This may happen at a time when you are frightened or troubled about something; or it may come at a time when you are experiencing something wonderful. It is one way he has of letting you know he is near and with you in your situation be it bad or good. His nearness is going to be actually felt in your body. In fact, as I was writing this I had the thought that I need to be in bed by 9:00 or 9:30 every night so I have more time to write the next morning. I felt his warmth gently settle over me as confirmation that this is true.
A few days after my friend had the vision of Jesus touching my feet, she had another vision. She saw Jesus touch the top of my head, then my hand, my foot, my knee, etc. Once again I did not know what that meant, but the next day I began to feel a little spot of warmth touch me very briefly in various places on my body. Every few minutes I would become aware of a little warm spot that would last for a few seconds and then fade away. Through this warmth, one experiences more of God’s personality and his love for you. He is incredibly gentle and he is always, without exception, with you and fully aware of your situation and interested in everything in your life—things that many Christians would think are too mundane for God to care about.
For example—buying shoes. I have trouble finding shoes that fit because my feet are very narrow and it seems they stopped making narrow shoes several years ago. I have had the experience of trying on shoes and feeling confused about what to buy, then putting on a certain pair and feeling Jesus’ warmth as confirmation that that was the pair for me. In fact, almost every day I have the experience of thinking about something and feeling God’s warmth as confirmation that what I am thinking is true or it is the direction he wants me to go.
So we can see here that feeling God’s warmth as the rays of the sun opens a new avenue of communication between believers and their Lord. Even more communication opens with the crown of twelve stars.
(The crown of twelve stars will be the subject of the next article.)