The Dry, Withered Fig
By George Kirkpatrick
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As we study God's Word, we discover a close relationship between the Old Testament and the New Testament. In the Old Testament, we have Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob. In the New Testament, we have the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
Abraham's original name was Abram. Abram's name was changed to Abraham. The name Abram means "father is exalted." The name Abraham means "father of a great multitude."
Abraham had two sons. His firstborn son's name was Ishmael. Ishmael was born to Sarah's Egyptian servant, whose name was Hagar, because Sarah was barren. But God opened Sarah's womb, and she bare Abraham a son in her old age, whom she called Isaac.
God promised Abraham he would be the father of many nations and peoples. Ishmael's offspring became the Arab nations. These nations serve Allah, not the God of Abraham. Today there are twenty-two Arab nations. All the Arab nations call Abraham, father.
Although Ishmael was Abraham's first born son, it is related throughout the Bible, that Isaac was the promised seed of Abraham. Abraham loved both his sons, but there came a time when Ishmael had to be separated from the promised seed. Sarah told Abraham to send Ishmael and his mother away. This broke Abraham's heart, but God comforted Abraham concerning his son, Ishmael, saying:
"And God said unto Abraham, Let it not be grievous in thy sight because of the lad, and because of thy bondwoman; in all that Sarah hath said unto thee, hearken unto her voice; for in Isaac shall thy seed be called." Genesis 21:12
Abraham's seed would not come through Ishmael, but through Isaac. This same message was related to the church at Rome, by Paul:
"Neither, because they are the seed of Abraham, are they all children: but, in Isaac shall thy seed be called." Romans 9:7
So, from the beginning, we witness the separation between the seed of the promise and the seed of the flesh. We know this by the words of Sarah:
"Wherefore she said unto Abraham, Cast out this bondwoman and her son: for the son of this bondwoman shall not be heir with my son, even with Isaac." Genesis 21:10
We know this is true for our day, also. The seed of the bondwoman will not be heir with the seed of promise.
"And Abraham gave all that he had unto Isaac." Genesis 25:5
Abraham is called the father of faith. All Christians look to Abraham as their father. And as the Word states, Abraham's seed would be through Isaac, not Ishmael. Who, then, are Abraham's seed?
"Now to Abraham and his seed were the promises made. He saith not, And to seeds, as of many; but as of one, And to thy seed, which is Christ." Galatians 3:16
Abraham only had one seed, and that seed was Christ (the anointing or the Holy Spirit). From the time of Abraham, then, we see the separation God has made between the fleshly and the Spiritual. Not much is written about Isaac, but one thing should be noted is:
"Then Isaac sowed in that land, and received in the same year an hundredfold: and the Lord blessed him." Genesis 26:12
The Lord's blessings always come in an hundredfold measure. Abraham gave all he owned to Isaac.
When Isaac married Rebekah, she, too, was barren. But God opened her womb, and she bare twin sons: Esau, the eldest; and Jacob, the younger. So, again here, we see two sons: one of the flesh and the other of the Spirit.
The name Esau means "shaggy or unkept." The name Jacob means "supplanter, or one who takes the place of another."
Esau was the oldest, and therefore had the birthright. This meant Esau was to receive a double portion of his father's inheritance. But Esau sold his birthright to Jacob, because it meant nothing to him.
Again, we see a separation between Esau and Jacob. Esau sold his birthright (a fleshly act). In his letter to the Hebrews, Paul explained the type of person Esau was:
"Lest there be any fornicator, or profane person, as Esau, who for one morsel of meat sold his birthright.
For we know how that afterward, when he would have inherited the blessing, he was rejected: for he found no place of repentance, though he sought it carefully with tears." Hebrews 12:16-17
Esau was like many today who have sold their birthright in God. These, too, will weep bitterly as Esau, when they finally realize what they have lost.
Paul quoted Malachi when he wrote to the church at Rome:
"As it is written, Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated." Romans 9:13
Jacob who took the place of another, received the double portion inheritance and the blessing of his father, not Esau.
There came a time when Jacob was returning from the house of Laban, where he had married Laban's two daughters, Leah and Rachel. The name Leah means "weary." Leah bear Jacob six sons and one daughter.
The name Rachel means "ewe lamb." Rachel was also barren, but God opened Rachel's womb and she brought forth Joseph, whose name means "another son will be added" and Benjamin, whose name means "son of His right hand." Therefore, Rachel brought forth the Spiritual promise made to Jacob.
Jacob had five other sons by Leah's and Rachel's handmaidens, which makes a total of twelve sons.
On Jacob's trip home from Laban's, he came to Peniel where he wrestled with a man all night. When the man asked him what his name was, Jacob said, "My name is Jacob:"
"And he said, Thy name shall be called no more Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince hast thou power with God and with men, and hast prevailed." Genesis 32:28
The man Jacob wrestled with at Peniel was the man, Christ Jesus. It was at this time that Jacob's name was changed to Israel which means "God prevails, or prince of God."
We see here a separation between Jacob and Israel. This separation is clear, when we study the Old Testament Scriptures which contain both Jacob's and Israel's names in the same verse. A few examples of these are:
"For Jacob my servant's sake, and Israel mine elect, I have even called thee by thy name: I have surnamed thee, though thou hast not known me." Isaiah 45:4
"And hath confirmed the same to Jacob for a law, and to Israel for an everlasting covenant," I Chronicles 16:17
"For the Lord hath chosen Jacob unto Himself, and Israel for His peculiar treasure." Psalm 135:4
"Yet now hear, O Jacob my servant; and Israel, whom I have chosen." Isaiah 44:1
So, with Jacob and Israel, we again see the separation between the fleshly man and the Spiritual man. God's promises were not to Jacob, but to Israel.
From Jacob came the twelve tribes of Israel. In these twelve tribes came another separation. Ten of the tribes were born to Leah, and Rachel and Leah's handmaidens through the flesh. But two of the tribes came from Rachel, and these two tribes represent the Spiritual promise, those who will inherit.
The people from that day forward were called Israelites. All the kings of Israel were Israelites. King David was the most popular king in Israel. At David's death, Solomon, his son, became king of Israel.
We see another example of separation at the time of Solomon's death. This brought a separation to the nation, Israel. Jeroboam became king of the ten northern tribes which was called Israel. And Rehoboam, Solomon's son, and rightful heir to the throne, was left only the tribe of Judah and the half tribe of Benjamin. These were referred to as Judah.
In 721 B.C., the ten northern tribes were taken captive. In 586 B.C., Judah was taken captive, and carried into Babylon. When Judah came out of their Babylonian captivity, they brought the Babylonian Talmud which became their book to live by. This group began a religion, they called Judaism, and they called themselves `Jews." This is the foundation of the Jewish religion. Paul spoke of this religion in his letter to the churches in Galatia:
"For ye have heard of my conversation in time past in the Jews' religion, how that beyond measure I persecuted the church of God, and wasted it: And profited in the Jews' religion above many my equals in mine own nation, being more exceedingly zealous of the traditions of my fathers." Galatians 1:13-14
The Jews also call Abraham their father, and they only use the Old Testament and the traditions it teaches. Many of the Israelites joined this religion.
We need to understand the Jews are not a race of people, they are only a religion which anyone can join if they go through their rituals, and subscribe to their beliefs and doctrines.
In summary, we have looked in depth at Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob which brought forth the fleshly sons, and the Spiritual promise.
When we come to the New Testament, we are introduced to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost.
As we look for types in the Old Testament, we discover Abraham was a type of God, the Father.
Abraham was the father of many nations, as God is the Father of all nations.
Isaac was a type of Jesus, the Son.
God's Word states, "In Isaac will thy seed be called."
Abraham's only seed was Christ, and all God's seed is called in Jesus. Jesus declared:
"No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw him: and I will raise him up at the last day." John 6:44
The word draw means "to drag by and inward power." The inward power that draws us to repentance is the Holy Spirit of promise.
Therefore, we have Abraham, as a type of the Father - - -
Isaac, as a type of the Son (Jesus)
And Jacob whose name was changed to Israel, as a type of the Holy Ghost.
When the twelve tribes went into captivity, they were scattered all over the world. And after Jesus was resurrected from the dead, He appeared to His disciples in His resurrected (Spiritual) body, and spoke to them:
" . . . Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature. He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned." Mark 16:15-16
So, it was God's plan that the Gospel of the Kingdom would be declared to all the world. This included the twelve, scattered tribes.
Notice, again, we see the separation between the believer and the unbeliever. In this separation, we see Jacob (natural Israel). These are those who believe in Jesus, but go no further with their belief.
Then we see Spiritual Israel, those who believe on Him that would come after Jesus, that is, on Christ Jesus. [see the book "Christ Jesus" by George Kirkpatrick]
Those who go no further than their belief in Jesus and water baptism will miss God's promise to the elect. Paul explains this in Acts 19:4:
"Then said Paul, John verily baptized with the baptism of repentance, saying unto the people that should believe on Him which should come after Him, that is, on Christ Jesus." Acts 19:4
Jesus received John's baptism, but God's Israel are to believe on Him who came after Jesus, and that is Christ Jesus: the risen, glorified Christ.
As we study God's Word and seek for understanding of Spiritual truths, then we must come to the conclusion that God has two Israels.
He has Jacob or natural Israel - - - and Isaac, spiritual Israel.
Jacob (natural Israel) consists of those who have no anointing. These operate strictly in the flesh through emotion. This group includes God's ancient people who were kept under the law, and had no anointing. These were accepted by God, as long as they kept His law.
This group also includes the old-line church system who have shunned the anointing, and only follow the precepts and doctrines of men.
But let's take a close look at God's spiritual Israel. These are all those who have come into a spiritual relationship with their God. These seek God daily through His Word, and operate their lives by the Holy Spirit's direction.
The more we study God's Word, and seek for understanding of Spiritual truths, then we begin to see and understand the separation between the righteous and the unrighteous. God uses many examples of this separation. Jesus used the vine to show this separation. He spoke to His disciples:
"I am the true vine, and My Father is the husbandman. Every branch in Me that beareth not fruit, He taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, He purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit." John 15:1-2
God takes His true vine that is bearing fruit, and purges or prunes it so it will bear more fruit. This is His righteous seed.
"Now ye are clean through the Word which I have spoken to you." John 15:3
God's righteous seed has been thoroughly cleansed by the washing of water by His Word.
"Abide in Me, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit of itself, except it abide in the vine; no more can ye, except ye abide in Me." John 15:4
The fruit bearers can only bear fruit as long as they abide in Him.
"I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in Me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without Me ye can do nothing." John 15:5
Only those who abide in Him can bear fruit. What is this fruit the righteous will bear? Paul listed nine of these fruits in his letter to the churches at Galatia:
"But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance: against such there is no law." Galatians 5:22-23
There are three more fruit Paul lists in other epistles. These are righteousness, patience, and lowliness, Ephesians 5:9; I Timothy 6:11; and Ephesians 4:2. [see the book "God's Progressive Gift" by George Kirkpatrick]
John continues to record Jesus' words:
"If a man abide not in Me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned." John 15:6
Paul added another statement in his letter to the Galatians:
"And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lust." Galatians 5:24
The righteous have crucified the lust of the flesh, because as Paul had earlier explained:
"For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would." Galatians 5:17
Those who have crucified the flesh, and have overcome the old man nature can do the things God expects of him or her. God will prune these righteous ones, taking away all those things that are not pleasing to Him. Through all their trials and temptations, they will continue to grow up into the head which is Christ.
In contrast, the unrighteous do not abide in Him. Their branch is cast forth, and becomes withered, and will be cast into the fire to be burned.
These two groups - - -the fleshly and the Spiritual - - - are also represented as the fig tree and the olive tree in the Bible. In ancient Israel, the farmers had two main trees, the fig tree and the olive tree. The fig tree differs from the olive tree because the fig tree puts on its fruit before the leaves come on.
Jesus used the fig tree to show what He will do to the church system who refuse the anointing and God's cleansing work in their lives. The fig tree represents those who operate strictly in the flesh. These operate on emotion and call it "a move in the Spirit."
In contrast, the olive tree represents the anointing, or the anointed. These are obedient to the Holy Spirit, and do nothing unless they are guided and directed of the Father.
The fig tree puts on fruit before the leaves appear. Jesus used the fig tree to reveal to us those who have no anointing. Jesus relates the following:
"Now in the morning as He returned into the city, He hungered. And when He saw a fig tree in the way, He came to it, and found nothing thereon, but leaves only, and said unto it, Let no fruit grow on thee henceforward for ever. And presently the fig tree withered away." Matthew 21:18-19
When Jesus came to the fig tree, He expected it to have fruit on it because He saw the leaves. But when He saw no fruit, He declared no fruit would ever grow on the fig tree for ever.
This is how God sees the church system. When He comes to the church system, He sees all their pomp and glory, with their stained glass windows, their padded pews, their paved parking lots, and their grand buildings. But He finds no fruit. They have all the leaves, and they look good, but they have no fruit because they have no Spirit. These look good on the outside, but we know by the Scriptures that God does not look on the outward appearance. He looks upon the heart. He is not impressed by big buildings, paved parking lots, or padded pews. This makes them look good in the eyes of the world, but how do they look to our God?
We know when God looks at us He does not see our fine clothes, our big cars, or our fine houses. He does not judge us as the world see us. He judges us by His standard - - - and that standard is righteousness.
God does not look at the preachers' fancy robes and expensive suits. Instead, God looks at their hearts to see if they have love, joy, peace, longsuffering, or any of the other eight fruit of the Spirit. If He does not see these fruits, He has no choice but to curse what He sees. He does not look at all their pomp and opulence. He looks upon their hearts. Mark also recorded this instance:
"And in the morning, as they passed by, they saw the fig tree dried up from the roots. And Peter calling to remembrance saith unto Him, Master, behold, the fig tree which thou cursedst is withered away." Mark 11:20-21
This fig tree dried up from the roots. This is not normal. When a tree dies, it dies from the top down. But God did not curse the tree, He cursed the roots of the tree.
What does this mean to us? God is not going to curse the church, but the roots of the church system. God is going to curse the very roots of their seminary directed movements who teach their false doctrines, bondages, and lukewarmness. We see this taking place before our eyes as we watch the church system withering away. Many churches cannot keep enough members to keep the lights burning.
One may ask, "Why do they not change?" The main reason is because they have been lulled to sleep, and they have convinced themselves they are OK with God - - - when in reality, they have become a stink in His nostrils.
Luke recorded another instance concerning the fig tree:
"He spake also this parable; A certain man had a fig tree planted in his vineyard; and he came and sought fruit thereon, and found none." Luke 13:6
This, again, is a parable Jesus spoke concerning the end time church system. The husbandman came to the fig tree, looking for fruit. Again the fig tree had leaves, and it stood there in all its pomp and glory, just like the end time church. Their church buildings are beautiful. The leaders are dressed in their finery. Their luxurious car sits in its special parking space. But this is not what the Father is looking for in His leaders. He is looking for fruit.
When God found no fruit, He then spoke to the vine dresser of the vineyard. The vine dresser is the one who has the responsibility of cutting off the unfruitful vines and casting them into the fire. The owner of the vineyard (Christ Jesus) told the vine dresser:
"Then said He unto the dresser of His vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground?" Luke 13:7
The fig tree was standing in God's vineyard, and was under the care of the vine dresser. It was the vine dresser's job to cut off the dead wood that produced no fruit and cast it into the fire. Wood represents flesh. Both the branches that were cut off, and the fig tree which produced no fruit represent Jacob or natural Israel which have no anointing.
The owner of the vineyard told the vine dresser he had come three years seeking fruit on his fig tree. What does the third year represent? It is the third day from the time Jesus came to the earth. Or, He is speaking of the third day.
(The third day is the same as the seventh day.
It is the seventh day from creation,
and the third day from the time Jesus came to the earth.
This day is on the horizon.)
We are just about to enter the third day, and God is looking for fruit from the fig tree. If He finds none, He is going to give the vine dresser orders to cut it down and cast it into the fire because it cumbereth the ground.
The word cumbereth means "to be idle, unemployed, inactive, and inoperative." In other words, the church system has not done its job. We need to ask what does God expect of His church? When the Pharisees came to Jesus and told Him that Herod was going to kill Him, Jesus replied:
"And He said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected. Nevertheless I must walk to day, and to morrow, and the day following: for it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem." Luke 13:32-33
Jesus told the Pharisees to tell Herod the fox, "Today and tomorrow I cast out devils and do cures (healings), and on the third day I shall be perfected." The word perfected means "to make perfect or mature."
When we see miracles of deliverance and healings, who is it that is doing the work? It is God working through His church, His called out ones. This was the job Jesus gave the church to do. But, this, the church system has failed to do. They do not believe in the healing power of God, and many have nothing to do with deliverance.
Jesus told the Pharisees He would walk today and tomorrow and the day following, or the third day. For it cannot be that a prophet perish out of Jerusalem. So who does God consider His true prophets?
Quote: . . . a prophet is one who is moved by the Spirit of God, and hence His organ or spokesman, solemnly declares to men what he has received by inspiration, especially concerning future events, and in particular such as relate to the cause and Kingdom of God and to human salvation . . . of men filled with the Spirit of God, who by God's authority and command in words of weight pleads the cause of God and urges salvation of men. . ." Strong's Concordance 4396 G
God has had such men down through the ages who move by His Spirit in everything they do and say. These are true prophets whom God has not allowed to perish out of Jerusalem (the true place of worship).
Looking again at the fig tree, we find the vine dresser pleaded with the owner of the vineyard:
"And he answering said unto Him, Lord, let it alone this year also, till I shall dig about it, and dung it: And if it bear fruit, well: and if not, then after that Thou shalt cut it down." Luke 13:8-9
The vine dresser requested the Master of the vineyard that he be permitted to dig about the fig tree and fertilize it to see if he could renew life to the fig tree. God agreed to give the fig tree one last chance to produce fruit, but if it failed this time, then He would demand that it be cut down and destroyed. In other words, if the fig tree does not produce fruit, He is going to remove the hedge of protection around it, and allow the enemy to come in and destroy it.
The fig tree church system has become dry and withered, and produces no fruit. When Jesus was on His way to the cross to be crucified, He compared this dry, withered fig tree to the green olive tree - - - He, Himself representing the green olive tree.
"For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?" Luke 23:31
These were Jesus' last words of warning before He was crucified.
"(On His way to the cross) there followed Him a great company of people, and of women, which also bewailed and lamented Him. But Jesus turning unto them said, Daughters of Jerusalem, weep not for Me, but weep for yourselves, and for your children." Luke 23:27-28
All the people who were lamenting what was happening to Jesus were made aware of the days that lay directly ahead of us. Jesus told the women not to weep for Him, but weep for themselves and for their children. Jesus continued:
"For, behold, the days are coming, in the which they shall say, Blessed are the barren, and the wombs that never bare, and the paps which never gave suck." Luke 23:29
The days are coming when they will declare the barrren women will be blessed when they cannot have children, and who will never nurse their offspring. When are these happenings going to take place? God was faithful to reveal His time frame when this would happen. Luke recorded Jesus' words:
"Then shall they begin to say to the mountains, Fall on us; and to the hills, Cover us." Luke 23:30
When Jesus appeared to John on the isle of Patmos, He spoke of this time when man is going to pray for the mountains and hills to fall on them to bring forth their death?
"And I beheld when He had opened the sixth seal, and, lo, there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood;" Revelation 6:12
When God opened the sixth seal, this was the time of the great earthquake. At this time the sun will be blotted out by the debris in the air, and the moon will look like blood.
"And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; and said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of Him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of His wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand?" Revelation 6:15-17
Jesus knew what was coming upon the earth, and this is why He told the women not to weep for Him, but to weep for themselves and their children.
So, what time frame was Jesus speaking of? It should be plain to all who read this, that He was speaking of His coming wrath. This will be a time like no other time on earth. The suffering and torment man will suffer will be beyond belief. [see the book "Day of Fire" by George Kirkpatrick]
Jesus related to John about this time:
"And in those days shall men seek death, and shall not find it; and shall desire to die, and death shall flee from them." Revelation 9:6
Yes, man's misery will be so bad, he will want to die, but death will flee from him. While the people were lamenting Jesus death, He related:
"For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry?" Luke 23:31
We must remember it wasn't the Romans who sentenced Jesus to death, it was the religious system of His day who cried out, "Crucify Him!" So who are the enemies of God's green tree in our day? It will also be the religious system.
Jesus referred to Himself as the green tree. Green is the color of life and vitality. Who are God's green trees today? It is those who walk and live by the Spirit of God. So, then, who are the dry trees? The prophet Isaiah reveals:
"Therefore My people are gone into captivity, because they have no knowledge: and their honourable men are famished, and their multitude dried up with thirst." Isaiah 5:13
The dry trees are gone into captivity. Why? It is because they have no knowledge. Knowledge of what? They have no knowledge of the Word of God. The honourable men and the multitude are dried up with thirst. What are they thirsty for? They are thirsty for the pure water of God's Word. The prophet Amos spoke of our day:
"Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the Words of the Lord:" Amos 8:11
This famine is in the earth today. The church system has famished the people from hearing the Word of God. The hirelings stand in the pulpits mouthing the messages they receive in the mail, or which they buy from the local Christian book store. These leaders have robbed the people of their eternal inheritance. The people, as Isaiah proclaimed, are dried up with thirst. The prophet Joel spoke about this same multitude:
"Multitudes! Multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." Joel 3:14
As the day of the Lord approaches, the multitudes are still trying to decide if they will walk with God, or run with the world. These dry trees are the ones Jesus told the women to weep and lament for. The multitudes who are in the valley of decision are depending on their initial salvation without going any further to obtain the Kingdom promised by God from the beginning. Jesus showed John this great multitude:
"After this I behold, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;" Revelation 7:9
Those who depend upon their initial salvation, yet never go any further with their relationship with God are those who make up the dry tree. These are those who stand before the throne, and only have one thing to say:
"And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." Revelation 7:10
All the multitude could cry was "Salvation!" Or, they proclaimed, "We are saved!" Today, when one of these dry trees are asked what their relationship with God is, all they can cry out is, "We are saved!" Saints, we need to realize being saved is only the beginning, only the first step.
These are babies who remain in the Outer Court where the brazen altar and the laver are. The brazen altar represents our coming to repentance, and the laver represents our water baptism. This is as far as the dry tree has gone. This is why they can only cry, "Salvation" before the throne.
When John inquired who this great multitude was, Jesus answered:
"And I said unto Him, Sir, Thou knowest. And He said to me, These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb." Revelation 7:14
The dry tree represents the multitudes who will have to go through the great tribulation to have their robes of righteousness purified to stand before the God of the whole earth.
This is the same group who will pray for the mountains and the rocks to fall upon them, and hide them from the wrath of God. God has warned all those who will hear of His coming wrath He is going to pour out on all sin. The prophet Joel speaks of the day that lies directly ahead of us:
"The field is wasted, the land mourneth; for the corn is wasted: the new wine is dried up, the oil languisheth.
The vine is dried up, and the fig tree languisheth; even all the trees of the field, are withered: because joy is withered away from the sons of men.
Gird yourselves, and lament, ye priests;; howl, ye ministers of my God: for the meat offering and the drink offering is withholden from the house of your God." Joel 1: 10, 12 & 13
The day is coming very soon when the pastors who have robbed the people of their eternal inheritance will weep and mourn because they will have missed their kingdom calling.
But God has a people which are the green olive trees. The separation between the withered fig tree, the dried up vine, and the olive tree is becoming more and more apparent. Paul wrote to the Galatians:
"And they that are Christ's have crucified the flesh with the affections and lusts." Galatians 5:24
Those who are Christs are daily crucifying the flesh with the affections and lusts. These are the Christs, the anointed ones in the earth today. In his letter to the Romans, Paul displays the difference between Jacob Israel and Spiritual Israel.
"And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, wert graffed in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree;" Romans 11:17
The natural branches were broken off, and the wild olive tree, or the Gentile nations were grafted in to the root, which is Christ Jesus. Paul explains why the natural branches were cut off.
"Well; because of unbelief they were broken off, and thou standest by faith. Be not highminded, but fear:" Romans 11:20
Those who stand by faith have taken the place of those who were broken off because of unbelief. But God gives us a warning through the pen of Paul:
"For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest He also spare not thee." Romans 11:21
There is an overcoming process all who are going to be part of God's coming Kingdom age must go through. We are not to be high minded. We are to fear lest we, too, are cut off as the natural branches were.
The day of God's judgment is close at hand, and God is going to separate the wheat from the tares. We need to strive to be His wheat that He will take into His granary.
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