The Feminine Holy Spirit
More than any one person, Messiah—the Anointed—came in waves through forty-two generations of great women and men of God by the power of the Holy Spirit. Opening the way before Messiah, the Holy Spirit prepared Mary to conceive its emanation in her virgin womb. Opening the way before Messiah, the Holy Spirit rent heavens to light upon Yeshua in Jordan River waters. Opening the way before Messiah, the Holy Spirit rushed into the upper room as a violent wind to light holy fire upon the apostles’ heads. In his most detailed teachings of this Holy Spirit, Yeshua Messiah explains, Do not be astonished that I said to you, “You must be born from above.” The wind blows where it chooses, and you hear the sound of it, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit (John 3:7-8). His maternal, birthing images of the Holy Spirit, combined with the traditional, Jewish understanding of her feminine aspect of God, offer a timely perspective of the Second Coming as the revelation of Mother and Bride.
The World That Is Coming
We center the culmination of the First Coming where the Second Coming begins, when Magdalene—the Holy Bride—first beheld the Risen Savior: Sir, if you have carried him away, tell me where you have laid him, and I will take him away.’ Jesus said to her, ‘Mary!’ She turned and said to him in Hebrew, ‘My Beloved Teacher!’ (John 20:15-16). Being the first to receive the fullness of the Risen Savior, Magdalene completed the First Coming. As his first herald, the Apostle of Apostles, she inaugurated the Second Coming. We know and experience the gnostic light transmission of the Risen Savior through Magdalene. She is the perpetual fire of Pentecost (Acts 2:3).
As Messiah awakened Yeshua, so Messiah is awakening us: This is the arc of the First and Second Coming. We are living in the time of the Second Coming. This is not the return of the historical Jesus, but the gnosis of Messiah dawning within ourselves. As Messiah exceeded the Jewish expectation of a crowned and conquering warrior-king, so Messiah will exceed the Christian expectation of the return of the historical Jesus. Instead, Messiah is with and in all of us who cleave inwardly and embody faith in and gnosis of Messiah. For us, the Second Coming is the gnostic experience of the gospel: higher states of consciousness and intelligence, an opening of consciousness to inner, metaphysical dimensions, and direct spiritual and mystical experience of Messiah and Holy One, the fruition of which is conscious union.
Revelation of the Mother and Bride
Tau Malachi teaches that, “The First Coming [...] is the season of the revelation of the Father and Son, and it is the Second Coming that is the season of the revelation of the Mother and Daughter, the full reception of the Holy Bride.” This revelation of Mother and Daughter pervade many of the deepest images of the Second Coming. Consider: For the creation waits with eager longing for the revealing of the children of God (Romans 8:19). How shall this spiritual realization come about? By birth, as when A great portent appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars. She was pregnant and was crying out in birth pangs, in the agony of giving birth (Revelation 12:1-2). By way of labor pains (Matthew 24:8, Romans 8:22, John 16:21) the Holy Spirit anoints us in Messiah. As we come to remember and embody that we are all children of God (John 1:12), even divine beings (John 10:34), Messiah in us will do greater works (John 14:12). As women and men working together co-equally, the Mother and Bride personify divine immanence through involvement, unity in multiplicity, and the anointing of whole communities. To fully receive the Bride—New Jerusalem—is to be and become the Second Coming of Messiah.