The Corn, The Wine, And The
By George Kirkpatrick
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As we study the Word of God, we discover many things are different in our modern way of life. So when we try to compare our lives to the lives of the ancients in their ancient times, it brings confusion and doubt as to the validity of the Word of God. But, as the Spirit moves upon His Word, then we can have complete understanding of what God is revealing to His people.
One example of this is the use of the word diamond. Diamonds are mentioned four times in the Old Testament. The diamond was mentioned as part of the priestly garments. The diamond was one of the jewels set on the breastplate. We do not know what the stone was that was called a diamond and it was probably just a very hard stone. But diamonds, as we know them today, were not known to the ancients.
Another misnomer is the word corn. In the Bible, corn generally means wheat or barley or some other cereal grain. Corn, as we know it today, did not exist in Bible lands. Corn, as we know it today, was discovered in Cuba by Columbus, and was taken back to Europe on his first or second return trip. When the Europeans came to what is called the United States, the Native American Indians were growing a crop called maize. It was a primitive form of the corn as we know it today.
In the Bible, the word corn is used in connection with wine and oil. The prophet Moses declared:
". . . I will give you the rain of your land in His due season, the first rain and the latter rain, that thou mayest gather in thy corn, and thy wine, and thine oil." Deuteronomy 11:14
What a promise God has made to His people. But His promise came with a stipulation:
"And it shall come to pass, if ye shall hearken diligently unto My commandments which I command you this day, to love the Lord your God, and to serve Him with all your heart and with all your soul," Deuteronomy 11:13
As God has promised, this gathering will only come to pass if we hearken diligently unto the Lord our God, and serve Him with all our heart and soul.
When Moses recorded God's Word, he spoke of the early and latter rain. As we search the Scriptures for the meaning of the early and latter rain and the time God is speaking of, we must turn our attention to the writings of Hosea. By the Spirit, Hosea declared:
"After two days will He revive us: in the third day He will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight." Hosea 6:2
The two days mentioned in this verse are the two days of the church age since Jesus returned to the right hand of the Father. The apostle Peter informs us:
"But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day." II Peter 3:8
The two days Hosea spoke about are two thousand years, and it will be on the third day that God will raise us up, and we shall live in His sight. Hosea continues:
"Then shall we know, if we follow on to know the Lord: His going forth is prepared as the morning; and He shall come unto us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth." Hosea 6:3
Beloved, there is a following on we all must do if we are to know the Lord. He has prepared the way for us to follow. As the morning sun, He will light our path when we walk in righteousness. When we follow on to know Him with our whole heart, He will come unto us as the rain - - - the former and latter rain upon our earth. Praise the Lord!
This early or former rain came upon our fathers in the upper room as cloven tongues of fire. The latter rain came in the early part of the twentieth century. God has given us hope through the pen of Joel:
"Be glad then, ye children of Zion, and rejoice in the Lord your God: for He hath given you the former rain moderately, and He will cause to come down for you the rain, the former rain, and the latter rain in the first month." Joel 2:23
This is written to the children of Zion, those who will make up God's Holy City. God has given us the former rain moderately. Paul wrote to the church at Rome about the former rain we have received moderately.
"And not only they, but ourselves also, which have the firstfruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting for the adoption, to wit, the redemption of our body." Romans 8:23
The firstfruits of the Spirit is the former rain God has poured out moderately. But God's true church is groaning within themselves because they know God has planned another anointing on the day of redemption. This is when He will pour out the early and latter rain together. This is when we will receive the Double Portion anointing. The apostle James encourages us to be patient:
`Be patient therefore, brethren unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth, and hath long patience for it, until He receive the early and latter rain." James 5:7
We are assured if we are patient, then we will receive the early and latter rain together. This is the time Moses spoke of in Deuteronomy when he stated this will be the time we will gather in the corn, the wine, and the oil. By the Spirit of God, Moses declared God will give us rain in His due season so we can gather in His corn, His wine, and His oil.
The word gather means "to take unto one's self, or the harvest." In Jesus' parable of the sower, He explains to us the time of the harvest:
"The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels." Matthew 13:39
The time of harvest is the end of the world. The word Matthew used for world is the Greek word AION and means "age" - - - or the harvest is at the end of the age. What age? It is at the end of the Age of Grace, and that age is about over. The time of harvest is close at hand. The harvest time is when we are to gather the corn, the wine, and the oil.
For those who are looking at the days ahead, their eyes should not be on this present time, but on the coming Kingdom. As we look at the corn, the wine, and the oil we discover they represent three things in God's coming Kingdom Age:
Corn represents the increase and blessings of the harvest
Wine represents the revelation of God's Spirit filled Word
Oil represents the anointing of the Holy Spirit upon God's Word
These are the things we are to gather unto ourselves, so that we may be ready to enter into God's Kingdom Age. When we realize our coming into God's Kingdom is the same as Israel entering into their promised land, we discover that Joshua informs us:
"And they did eat of the old corn of the land on the morrow after the passover, unleavened cakes, and parched corn in the selfsame day. And the manna ceased on the morrow after they had eaten of the old corn of the land; neither had the children of Israel manna any more; but they did eat of the fruit of the land of Canaan that year." Joshua 5:11-12
When Israel entered into their promise land, they began to eat the old corn of the land. The manna they had lived on in the wilderness ceased to be supplied by God.
The old corn represents that which has matured in the heat of the summer. As we walk into God's Kingdom Age, we too, are going to begin to eat of the old corn - - - the mature nourishment God has planned for His people. We are going to partake of that which has been proven by the heat of the summer.
When God brings us into a mature walk with Him, the wilderness manna will no longer suffice, and our present understanding will no longer satisfy. As we begin our walk into the Kingdom, we will no longer seek a modern God peddled by today's apostate church system. Instead we will return to the God of our antiquity.
The God who spoke to the ancient people who gave us the Old Testament is the same God who speaks to us today. The prophet Jeremiah was one of these prophets, and he recorded God's words as he received them:
"Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein." Jeremiah 6:16
God spoke through Jeremiah that we are to stand and witness His ways, and seek the old paths. The old or ancient paths are the good paths. If we walk in these ancient paths, we will find rest for our souls.
Ancient Israel refused to walk this way, and God rejected them. Paul spoke about ancient Israel being cut away from the root of the olive tree:
"Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:" Romans 11:20
Israel could not, nor did they walk, in God's commandments. Because of this, God cut them off. But they still have a chance to return through Christ Jesus. Paul also exclaimed:
"For if the casting away of them be the reconciling of the world, what shall the receiving of them be, but life from the dead?" Romans 11:15
God laid out our Kingdom walk through His Word to the Israelites, but those who only know Jesus as their Savior, have missed the ancient paths. John recorded Jesus' words:
"If ye had known me, ye should have known My Father also: and from henceforth ye know Him, and have seen Him." John 14:7
Those who only know Jesus as the Son have not seen the Father. The Father is Christ Jesus, and we can only see Him through Spiritual eyes. Those who only see Jesus as the Son are subsisting on the manna in their wilderness experience. But when we begin to see Jesus as Christ Jesus the Father, we will begin to eat of the old corn, the mature corn of God's Kingdom. Jeremiah warns:
"Because My people hath forgotten Me, they have burned incense to vanity, and they have caused them to stumble in their ways from the ancient paths, to walk in a way not cast up." Jeremiah 18:15
Today the modern church system only looks at the Old Testament as a group of stories. But when Jesus appeared to two of His disciples on the road to Emmaus, He explained:
"And beginning at Moses and all the prophets, He expounded unto them in all the Scriptures the things concerning Himself." Luke 24:27
Those who refuse to walk in the old paths miss so much about the one they call Savior. Those partaking of the watered down Word of God in this present hour are refusing to eat of the old, mature corn of the land. This is why they stumble in their way. They continue to walk in paths God has not ordained.
God has an highway for His People to walk in. He does not desire His people to continually gravel around in the dust of the earth in their fleshly existence. Isaiah showed us this highway:
"And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The Way of Holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it, but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err therein." Isaiah 35:8
Only the righteous are going to walk on this road. The wayfaring men are those who are on the strait and narrow path. Matthew recorded Jesus' words:
"Then said He unto them, Therefore every scribe which is instructed unto the Kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which bringeth forth out of His treasure things new and old." Matthew 13:52
As we look at this Scripture, there are many aspects to consider. First, Jesus speaks about the scribe. A scribe is one who is learned in God's law, or His Bible. The scribe learned in God's law is an householder, or one who is master of his own house. Those who are masters of their own house have treasures laid up they can draw on.
What treasures does God have that we can draw from? It is the treasure of being learned in His Word. We need to become adults, partaking of the old, mature corn - - - the corn that is ready for harvest.
Jesus tells us those who are masters of their own house can bring forth treasure of the new and old. There are treasures to be found, both in the Old Testament and in the New Testament. The householders search for these treasures God has put in His total Word.
There are great treasures hidden in what God did to ancient Israel in the Old Testament that explain what God is going to do with Spiritual Israel today. The modern church system only looks at the New Testament, and perhaps Psalms and Proverbs. These only want to believe the New Testament. In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul informs us:
"For every one that useth milk is unskillful in the Word of righteousness: for he is a babe. But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil." Hebrews 5:13-14
Can those who are unskilled babes in the Word partake of the old corn or the strong meat? No! To eat of the old, mature corn, we must go beyond the milk of the Word.
The next thing we are to take unto ourselves is the wine. The new wine represents the revelation of God's Spirit-filled Word. The first miracle Jesus did was turning the water into wine. In order for God to do this in our lives, we must remember the words of Jesus' mother to the servants:
"And when they wanted wine, the mother of Jesus saith unto Him, They have no wine. His mother saith unto the servants, Whatsoever He saith unto you, do it." John 2:3 & 5
If we desire to partake the of the new wine, then we must be willing to obey every commandment Jesus gives us in His Word. We must not murmur and complain and say it is too hard and too inconvenient.
"And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece." John 2:6
These were stone water pots. Most of the water pots in Jesus' day were made of fired clay, but these were made of stone. Notice, there were six stone water pots. Six is the number of man. These stone water pots were the living stone water pots spoken of by Peter:
"Ye also, as lively stones, are built up a spiritual house, an holy priesthood, to offer up spiritual sacrifices, acceptable to God by Jesus Christ." I Peter 2:5
The word lively should have been translated alive or living stones. These living stones were built up into a Spiritual house, the body of Christ. Jesus told His servants:
"Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim." John 2:7
God's stone waterpots are to be filled to the brim with the life-giving water of God's Word. It is only then God will turn the water into new wine. Or, this is when the revelation of God's Spiritual Word will be revealed in our lives.
"And He saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it." John 2:8
The governor of the feast is Christ Jesus, the Father.
"And when the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that had made wine, and knew not whence it was: but the servants which drew the water knew; the governor of the feast called the bridegroom, and saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now." John 2:9-10
God has kept His new wine ministry until the end of the age. And this new wine ministry will minister with all the revelation God has anointed them to give. This new wine will be put into God's new wine bottles. Three of the four gospel writers referred to this parable. Jesus spoke to the scribes and Pharisees:
"And no man putteth new wine into old bottles; else the new wine will burst the bottles, and be spilled, and the bottles shall perish." Luke 5:37
The old bottles are those who, through their tradition and doctrines of men, will not change. They are set in their ways, unable to receive the new wine. There is no resilience in their walk. They have become hard and unuseable, like an old wine skin.
If you were to put new wine into these old wineskins, then the wineskin would burst, and the new wine would be wasted. The new wine would simply run out, giving no refreshment because it was rejected in the old wineskin. This is a picture of the old, church system who desire no Kingdom teaching. They only desire the milk of the Word. Timothy gives us insight to these old wineskins:
"For the time shall come when they will not endure sound doctrine: but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears." II Timothy 4:3
These old wineskins only want teachers (preachers) who will tickle their ears. Before they will hire one of these hirelings, they must be tried out in the pulpit. If they tickle the ears of the listeners, then they are hired. As long as they do not step on anyone's toes, they have a job. But if they want to proclaim the true Word of God, then they will be dismissed, and the process starts all over again. This is why the new wine can only be put in new wineskins - - - the new creation man who is created in righteousness and true holiness. This new man is the one who has allowed the Kingdom to come within, without observation. Jesus also relates to us:
"No man putteth a piece of new cloth unto an old garment, for that which is put in to fill it up taketh from the garment, and the rent is made worse." Matthew 9:16
This Scripture has the same meaning. If we try to patch up our old beliefs with a new belief, then the tear becomes worse. We need to throw away the old garment of flesh and put on the new robe of righteousness. We cannot patch up the old.
The apostle Paul had all the religious credentials, but as he related:
"Though I might also have confidence in the flesh. If any other man thinketh that he hath whereof he might trust in the flesh, I more: Circumcised the eighth day, of the stock of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, an Hebrew of the Hebrews: as touching the law, a Pharisee;" Philippians 3:4-5
Paul followed the law of Moses to the letter. He was a Benjamite, an Hebrew of the Hebrews. But Paul counted all these fleshly benefits as dung, so that he might answer the call of Christ in his life. After Paul met Jesus on the road to Damascus, he could profoundly state:
"Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended: but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before," Philippians 3:13
When Paul met Jesus, he forgot all his religious affiliations, and never looked back at those who were still relying on their associations in the past. This same thing has happened to the few, the little flock, God has called out of the church system. As Jesus related, "Many are called, few are chosen."
God cannot use us if we are glued to our religious pews. We cannot remain in the old wineskins, while we are trying to patch our old religious beliefs.
Change does not happen overnight. It is very hard to reteach many in the church system, because it is hard for them to change how they think and believe. Jesus knew this. He dealt much with the old, religious system. When Luke recorded about putting new wine in old wineskins, he added Jesus' words:
"No man also having drunk old wine straightway desireth new: for he saith, the old is better." Luke 5:39
Most have some kind of ingrained teaching from the old church system, which includes false man made teachings such as the rapture, once-saved, always-saved, eternal security, ultimate reconciliation, and a multitude of other false doctrines. These are all easy beliefs which lull a Laodicean church to sleep, teaching no change and no overcoming is needed.
When we have these old beliefs, it is easy to say the old wine is better. All this about overcoming the old man and putting on the new man doesn't fit their taste. They say, "Give me the old wine, it is better." These are still singing, "Give me that old time religion."
These are still relying on the old wine, but if they truly want to walk into the Kingdom, they must begin to desire the new wine. It may indeed be bitter, but it is necessary. Judgment must begin at the house of God. We must become as Paul, who cried out:
"That I may know Him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of His sufferings, being made conformable unto His death." Philippians 3:10
Our hearts cry should be that we know Him and the power of His resurrection, and be willing to suffer. The suffering realm is His Holy Place in the tabernacle. The Holy Place is just before the veil. When we enter through the veil, then we come into God's very presence, where He will meet with us above the Mercy Seat. Paul described this to us in his letter to the Hebrews:
"Having therefore, brethren, boldness to enter into the holiest by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way, which He hath consecrated for us, through the veil, that is to say His flesh;" Hebrews 10:19-20
If we are to go through the veil, we must go by the new and living way. How do we do this? Looking again at the words of Paul in his letter to the Philippians, we find we must be conformable unto His death. In other words, we must die to the old man, his old ways, his old thoughts, and his old ideas.
Then we need to know who Jesus is today. We need to know Him as Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified Christ. We must go beyond His fleshly existence, and know Him as He is today, sitting on the right hand of the Father in His new, glorified body. Just as Jesus shed His fleshly existence on the earth, we, too, must shed our fleshly existence in the earth. God makes many promises to those who are striving to know Him as He is. The prophet Amos declared:
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord, that the plowman shall overtake the reaper, and the treader of grapes him that soweth seed; and the mountains shall drop sweet wine, and the hills shall melt." Amos 9:13
Everything Amos prophesied is coming to pass. Agriculture has come to the place where they never allow the land to rest. God's direction to the farmer was to let the land lay fallow every seven years. But the farmers are so in debt, they think they have to grow crops very year, with out any rest for the soil.
Amos declared, the hills shall melt. The word melt means "to dissolve, or to flow." What does this sound like? This represents global warming where the ice caps are melting. Amos again spoke about this melting:
"And the Lord God of hosts is He that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt." Amos 9:5
It is God who is causing the global warming. This phenomena is part of His judgment hand. As Amos discloses, "It shall rise up wholly as a flood." This is what the scientists are warning us about. When the ice caps melt, their waters will flood every costal city and every low place, and the people will drown. God is, indeed, bringing judgment on the land, and the mountains of ice are melting. An unknown Psalmist warns us of the same event:
"The hills melted like wax at the presence of the Lord, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth." Psalm 97:5
The ice is melting like wax before the flame. And the presence of the Lord is being felt throughout the whole earth.
As the Lord revealed through Amos, the mountains shall drop sweet wine. The sweet wine is unfermented grape juice. This is the wine the old church system desires, because it will not break their old wine skins. As long as they drink the sweet wine, they will not have to change.
There is a new day coming when the mountains shall drop down new wine. This new wine is coming. No one can stop it. It is coming down the mountain side with force, with power, and with authority. And it will be placed in new wine skins, those who are ready in the harvest. Praise the Lord!
Then God makes us a wonderful promise:
"And I will bring again the captivity of My people of Israel, and they shall build the waste cities, and inhabit them: and they shall plant vineyards, and drink the wine thereof; they shall also make gardens, and eat the fruit of them." Amos 9:14
When God says He will bring again the captivity of His people Israel, it does not mean He will bring them into captivity. What He means is He is about to free them from the captivity they are now in - - - whether it is religion, government, debt, or whatever.
Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego were given us as an example. When Nebuchadnezzar had the three Hebrew children put in the furnace, they were bound hand and foot. But the fire only destroyed their bondage, just as the coming day of fire is going to free God's people from their bondage.
Fire denotes judgment. God's judgment is about to be poured out on all unrighteousness, and this judgment must first begin with the house of God. You may ask, "Why are we not seeing the power of God manifest in the church?" Haggai tells us:
"And I called for a drought upon the land, and upon the mountains, and upon the corn, and upon the new wine, and upon the oil, and upon that which the ground bringeth forth, and upon men, and upon cattle, and upon all the labour of the hands." Haggai 1:11
Haggai says God has brought a drought upon the land, a drought upon the corn, a drought upon the wine, a drought upon the oil, and a drought upon the ground and all the labor of mens' hands. Do you feel as if you have been in a drought? Are you thirsty for the life-giving, effervescent water of God's Word? The prophet Joel also spoke of our day:
"The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth." Joel 1:10
The harvest of the mature corn is devastated. There is no maturity in God's people. The new wine is dried up. There is no refreshing in the Word. It has become a dry morsel in many lives. The oil languisheth. To languish means to be weak or feeble or to droop. The anointing of the Holy Spirit has lost its overcoming power in many lives. But God gives us hope in Joel:
"And it shall come to pass in that day, that the mountains shall drop down new wine, and the hills shall flow with milk, and all the rivers of Judah shall flow with waters, and a fountain shall come forth of the house of the Lord, and shall water the valley of Shittim." Joel 3:18
Shittim was Israel's last camp site before entering their promised land. We are camped at Shittim, waiting to enter into our promised land, the Kingdom of God. What a promise! There is a day of refreshing coming when the new wine, the mature corn, and the double portion anointing of the Holy Spirit will be restored in God's people. Isaiah promised:
"Thus saith the Lord, As the new wine is found in the cluster, and one saith, Destroy it not; for a blessing is in it: so will I do for My servants' sakes, that I may not destroy them all." Isaiah 65:8
Isaiah tells us the new wine will be found in the clusters. What are the clusters? Jesus explained the clusters to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to Him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in Thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe." Revelation 14:18
The full, ripe, mature grapes will be taken. Those who are fit for the Master's table will be taken into the Master's presence. But what will happen to those who are not fit for the Master's use, and have not come to maturity?
"And the angel thrust in His sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God." Revelation 14:19
The vine of the earth will be cast into the wrath of God. Everything that offends will be burned off those who only desire the old wine in the fire of God's wrath.
The prophet Joel spoke of these who have known the Lord, and yet have not gone on into a mature walk in Him. Joel declared:
"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." Joel 3:14
The multitude of believers are still in the valley of decision. They do not know if they want to walk with God, or run with the world. These are the vine who will be cast into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
The next thing we are to take unto ourselves is the oil. The oil is the anointing God will bring upon His Word. God will anoint them who have filled themselves with His Word. He will not only anoint the ones who are full of the Word, He will also anoint the Word itself. So when they speak the Word, it will come forth in power. Paul understood the power he had in his anointing:
"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power:" I Corinthians 2:4
God has made many wonderful promises to those who are led by the Spirit of God. By the anointing, John wrote of those who have been anointed mightily by God:
"But the anointing which ye have received of Him abideth in you, and ye need not that any man teach you: but as the same anointing teacheth you of all things, and is truth, and is no lie, and even as it hath taught you, ye shall abide in Him." I John 2:27
Those who have received the anointing need not that any man teach them. And as they are taught of God, no man can gainsay or resist their words because they are abiding in God, and only speak as He gives them utterance.
The prophet Joel also spoke of these mature saints who have gathered the corn, the wine, and the oil unto themselves.
"Yea, the Lord will answer and say unto His people, Behold, I will send you corn, and wine, and oil, and ye shall be satisfied therewith: and I will no more make you a reproach among the heathen." Joel 2:19
Those who are seeking God's corn, wine, and oil shall be satisfied. The word satisfied means"to be filled." These will no longer be a reproach among the heathen. The word reproach means "to be a scorn or a shame." An unknown Psalmist informs the wicked:
"Saying, Touch not Mine anointed, and do My prophets no harm." Psalm 105:15
If we have on the whole armor of God, nothing can touch us. The armor of God only protects our front. God, Himself, protects our rereward, (Isaiah 58:8) or rear guard. As David, the Psalmist, declared:
"The Lord is their strength, and He is the saving strength of His anointed." Psalm 28:8
We see two different groups of people described here. The first group we see are those who know their God, but have not gone any further then their initial relationship with Him. The Lord is their physical and material strength.
The second group of people described here are God's anointed. These are not only strengthened physically, but they are also strengthened by the Spirit in the inner man. The Lord is their saving strength. The phrase saving strength means "deliverance and stronghold." These have entered into a personal relationship with their God. They no longer know Him as Jesus Christ their Savior, but they know Him as Christ Jesus, the risen, glorified Christ, the anointing.
The prophet Ezekiel gives us further insight to what God will do for His people:
"Now when I passed by thee, and looked upon thee, behold, thy time was the time of love; and I spread my skirt over thee, and covered thy nakedness: yea, I sware unto thee, and entered into a covenant with thee, saith the Lord God, and thou becamest Mine.
Then washed I thee with water; yea, I throughly washed away thy blood from thee, and I anointed thee with oil."
I clothed thee also with embroidered work, and shod thee with badgers' skin, and I girded thee about with fine linen, and I covered thee with silk. I decked thee also with ornaments, and I put bracelets upon thy hands, and a chain on thy neck. And I put a jewel on thy forehead, and earrings in thine ears, and a beautiful crown upon thine head.
Thus wast thou decked with gold and silver; and thy raiment was of fine linen, and silk, and broidered work; thou didst eat fine flour, and honey, and oil: and thou wast exceeding beautiful, and thou didst prosper into a kingdom" Ezekiel 16:8-13
Who are these Ezekiel is revealing? Jesus showed these to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to Him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and His wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints."" Revelation 19:7-8
These who are clothed in fine linen are those who are invited to the Marriage Supper of the Lamb, whose clothing is the righteousness of the saints.
All these great and wonderful promises we can have if we follow on to know our God. Our going forth will be as the morning. Then we will receive the early and latter rain anointing.
I know many are mourning because they are desiring the deeper things God has to offer. The prophet Isaiah gives us hope:
"To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified." Isaiah 61:3
We need to be patient, but not idle. We need to be constantly gathering in the corn, the wine, and the oil so we are prepared to enter into God's Kingdom age.
Isaiah gives further assurance to those who are waiting patiently for the coming of the Lord:
"I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for He hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, He hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels." Isaiah 61:10
God is preparing a people who will rule and reign with Him during His millennial reign on earth. Those who are prepared will enter His promise land, the Kingdom of God that He has prepared for those who love Him and follow Him wherever He goes.
Those who have gathered unto themselves the corn, the wine, and the oil will be part of this ruling and reigning force God is raising up in the earth.
God is about to thrust in His sickle to gather His full, ripe grapes. Will you be part of that gathering, or will you be the vine which is cast into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
Praise God for His mercy!
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