And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her “Fear not; thou shalt have this son also.
Just as Rachael was in hard, intense labor and needed someone to speak into her life, we as the body of Messiah need that now. Midwives who have been commissioned for this hour to speak strength and boldness in the midst of hard labour are coming on the scene. They are not here to say the tribulation is going to stop, but not to fear the loss of promise in the midst of it. Rachael is prophetic picture of the body of Messiah in travail to give birth to Benjamin whose name means “son of the right hand”. Sons who are seated at the right hand of power are coming forth, but the labor pains are intense to bring about much needed change.
The word for “hard” is the word “qashah” which means hard severe and grievous. This is also the same word used to describe Pharoah’s hard heart (qashah) (Exodus 7:3) and the stiff-necked people whose hearts have not be circumcised (Deuteronomy 10:16)! When God is bringing us into something new, the battle and intensity will be great when a new mindset is being formed while we are still stuck in old thought patterns.
There is so much more to be said on this subject, but I will leave you with this: as Rachael’s soul was leaving her body in verse 18 she called the name of the baby Benoni which means “son of my sorrow” but the father named him Benjamin “son of the right hand”! Apostolic fathers are about to speak with clarity and truth that the hard labour was not bring you sorrow, but to bring you into truth, power and holiness. It was meant to bring us into kingdom reality and not leave us without our full inheritance. Rachel’s name means “ewe or a sheep” meaning this tribulation is meant to make us a sacrifice which will bring us into a place of fruitfulness and now bareness. It’s a season of giving birth to fruitfulness as we come through the narrow way.