By George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
God uses many things to explain His many wonders in the earth, but sometimes we take these things for granted, and because of this we do not experience the wonderment and amazement of God's creative hand in everything that affects planet earth and those who dwell on it.
Most of the time we are so busy looking for the profound, we miss the simple things. But generally we find the simple things to be the most profound. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul explains:
"But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty;" I Corinthians 1:27
God has chosen the foolish things of this life to confound the wise. The word confound means "to disgrace, put to shame, and to dishonor." The wise ones of every generation are put to shame by the next generation of wise ones; case in point: in 1909 science stated if a man rode in a car that went over forty miles an hour, he would suffocate. Certainly the wisdom of 1909 has been proven faulty. We live in the Age of Technology. What used to take a room full of computers to do a job, can now be accomplished by a hand held computer.
The list of profound concepts are now made simple. Certainly, when we look at the Wright brothers' invention of the airplane, that was indeed profound. But when we look at modern day jets, the Wright brothers' attempt to fly was very simple. The wisdom and knowledge God placed in man has brought us to our modern times, for without God their can be no creative accomplishments.
God has also chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty. The phrase weak things means "sick, infirmed, feeble, without strength." Today with all the advances that have been made in the medical field, doctors are still amazed when one of the terminally ill they have given up on is miraculously healed by the hand of God, or by the use of His herbs He has given for the healing of mankind.
We also witness many deaths in doctors' offices and hospitals when the wrong prescriptions, or too strong dosages, are prescribed. When this happens, the mighty men of medicine are confounded (brought to shame).
Anytime there is a move of the Spirit, it truly confounds the wise of this world. Even those who were part of a former move of God are confounded (brought to shame) when they speak against the new move of the Spirit. David experienced God's power and victory when he listened to God about the moving of the Spirit:
"Therefore David inquired again of God; and God said unto him, Go not up after them; turn away from them, and come upon them over against the mulberry trees. And it shall be, when thou shalt hear a sound of going in the tops of the mulberry trees, that then thou shalt go out to battle: for God is gone forth before thee to smite the host of the Philistines." I Chronicles 14:14-15
David was not to confront the enemy head on. He was to circle behind the enemy and station his troops by a grove of mulberry trees; and when the wind was moving in the tops of the mulberry trees, David was to move against his enemy, the Philistines.
Do we believe only mulberry trees were there? Probably all kinds of trees were there, but the wind (the Spirit) would only move in the tops of the mulberry trees. God gave David specific orders; and those orders may have seemed very simple to some, but when God directs us to do something, He will give us specific orders also - - - which to us may seem too simple. But if we follow His orders we will be successful. Those who go their own way will fail in that which God has planned and purposed for their life.
David was not to attack until there was a movement in the tops of the mulberry trees. What would make the tops of the mulberry trees move? It was the wind of the Spirit. God uses the wind many times to describe the move of the Spirit. On the Day of Pentecost we read:
"And when the Day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place. And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting." Acts 2:1-2
Again, as it was in the time of David, the one hundred and twenty in the upper room heard the sound of a rushing, mighty wind. This sound came out of heaven, the Spiritual realm of God. It was the Spirit that came as cloven tongues of fire and sat upon those in the upper room. John gives us another example of the wind:
"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." John 3:8
The wind blows where it listeth (desires). We hear the sound of the wind, but we know not where it comes from, or where it is going. This is all in God's hand, and as John reveals to us, "So is everyone who is born of the Spirit." This is one miracle no man has seen. We can only take God's Word on this, and await the day when He is going to bring this into reality in every person's life who wholly follow His every direction. God gives us many insights as to how He uses the wind through out His Word:
"When He uttereth His voice, there is a multitude of waters in the heavens, and He causeth the vapours to ascend from the ends of the earth; He maketh lightnings with rain, and bringeth forth the wind out of His treasures." Jeremiah 10:13
God brings forth the wind out of His treasures. The word treasures means "storehouse, or a magizine of weapons." Job speaks of other treasure houses:
"Hast thou entered into the treasures of the snow? Or hast thou seen the treasures of the hail." Job 38:22
So God has His storehouse of weapons He uses as He wills. He is the God of the wind, the God of the snow, and the God of the hail. He calls these His treasures, and He uses these treasures as He needs them. The wind brings the storm clouds that bring the needed rain to grow our food. The snow is God's winter storehouse for the spring runoff that keeps our streams and rivers flowing.
But many times, God uses His treasures to bring judgment where needed. The winds can come as a gentle breeze, or as a hurricane, tornado, or cyclone. Wind can be a blessing. The wind can also cause great damage. This is also true of God's treasure house of snow. Snow can come to give the earth a clean coat in the barren winter, or it can come as a blizzard, felling trees, power lines, and causing great havoc. This is also true of God's treasure house of hail. Hail can destroy crops and cause much damage. The book of Revelation speaks of hailstones weighing one hundred pounds each.
The Bible speaks much about wind. Jesus speaks of a time immediately after the coming tribulation upon the earth when God comes to gather His elect:
"And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." Matthew 24:30-31
The Bible speaks of four winds: the east wind, the west wind, the north wind, and the south wind. Matthew tells us God is going to gather His elect from every corner of the earth. Jesus revealed to John when this gathering is going to take place:
"And after these things I saw four angels standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree.
And I saw another angel ascending from the east, having the seal of the living God: and He cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given to hurt the earth and the sea, saying, Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed the servants of our God in their foreheads. And I heard the number of them which were sealed: and there were sealed an hundred and forty and four thousand of all the tribes of the children of Israel." Revelation 7:1-4
The gathering of God's elect is not going to take place until God has sealed His one hundred and forty-four thousand. This is His Firstfruit Company who have followed the Lamb whithersoever He goeth. These have not been defiled by women (the church system), Revelation 14:4. Once God's elect have been sealed, then the angels holding back the four winds will loose The four winds to blow upon the earth.
The East Wind
The east wind always brings the judgment of God. The first mention of the east wind was in the dream Pharaoh had, and of which Joseph gave the interpretation:
"And the seven thin and ill favoured kine that came up after them are seven years; and the seven empty ears blasted with the east wind shall be seven years of famine." Genesis 41:27
It was the east wind that brought judgment upon Egypt. The east wind blasted the thin ears. The word blasted means "to scorch or to blight." Both these meanings have to do with drought. Drought and famine are instruments used to bring judgment upon a wicked, godless nation. Right now, over 50% of the United States is in drought. What does this tell us? Judgment is near! Can food shortages and unaffordable food prices be far behind? Again, God used the east wind to bring judgment upon Egypt:
"And Moses stretched forth his rod over the land of Egypt, and the Lord brought an east wind upon the land all that day, and all that night; and when it was morning, the east wind brought the locusts." Exodus 10:13
We need to note here, the east wind brought the locusts. Locusts are part of God's judgment on wickedness also.
"For they covered the face of the whole earth, so that the land was darkened; and they did eat every herb of the land, and all the fruit of the trees which the hail had left: and there remained not any green thing in the trees, or in the herbs of the field, through all the land of Egypt." Exodus 10:15
The locusts ruined all the crops: the fruit trees, the standing grain crops, everything green in the land. If God sent the locusts upon the United States, men with all their poison sprays, could not stop them. Because of the devastation of the locusts, famine hit the whole land of Egypt.
God sent ten plagues upon Egypt so Pharaoh would free His people Israel. When Pharaoh finally freed Israel to leave his cursed land, Pharaoh changed his mind and pursued after Israel. Israel was then trapped between the Red Sea and Pharaoh's army.
"And Moses stretched out his hand over the sea; and the Lord caused the sea to go back by a strong east wind all that night, and made the sea dry land, and the waters were divided." Exodus 14:21
Praise the Lord, we discover the east wind also brings deliverance to God's people. But again, it also brought judgment upon Pharaoh and his whole army.
The sons of Korah give us insight as to how God uses the east wind to bring judgment:
"Thou breakest the ships of Tarshish with an east wind." Psalm 48:7
The name Tarshish means "she will bring poverty, she will scatter." The wind has always been a plague to shipping; from the earliest days of sailing ships to today's modern tankers. The name Tarshish in the Bible always refers to "a place of trials and testings." As the Psalmist wrote, it was the east wind that broke the ships of Tarshish. Job asks the question:
"Should a wise man utter vain knowledge, and fill his belly with the east wind?" Job 15:2
We need to look closely at what Job was saying. Job related, ". . . when a wise man (a shrewed, crafty, cunning person) speaks with vain (empty, worthless) knowledge, he fills his belly with the east wind (the wind of judgment).
The prophet Hosea speaks about Ephraim. The tribe of Ephraim was eliminated by God. When God sealed the one hundred and forty-four thousand, there was no tribe of Ephraim sealed. Hosea reveals why:
"Ephraim feedeth on wind, and followeth after the east wind: he daily increaseth lies and desolation; and they do make a covenant with the Assyrians, and oil is carried into Egypt." Hosea 12:1
Ephraim fed on the wind (worthless things) and followed after the east wind - - - or, their ways dictated God's east wind of judgment upon them. They increased lies and desolation (violence, destruction, and havoc). They made a covenant with the Assyrians (Syrians) (false religions) and they carried away the oil (the anointing) into Egypt (the world).
The United States has done exactly that. Lies have increased. They are responsible for destruction, havoc, and violence all over the earth. They deal with false religions such as the Moslem and other false religions. The anointing of God that was once on this nation is lost because of their worldly, godless attitudes. Hosea continues:
"Though he (Ephraim) be fruitful among his brethren, an east wind shall come, the wind of the Lord shall come up from the wilderness, and his spring shall become dry, and his fountain shall be dried up: he shall spoil the treasure of all pleasant vessels." Hosea 13:15
Though Ephraim was fruitful among his brethren, an east wind came from the Lord, and his springs became dry, and his fountains (wells) dried up. This is happening now in the United States. In some parts of the country, water is already being rationed. Lakes and streams are drying up. Large cities are on the verge of severe water shortages. Truly God's east wind is blowing on the United States.
Hosea states, God will spoil (rob) the treasures (storehouses) of all pleasant (desirable) vessels (implements of hunting and war). The United States storehouse of weapons have been depleted, worn out, and obsolete. God's east wind of judgment has blown upon them, and the country is vulnerable to attack.
With Spiritual eyes, we can see the east wind Hosea prophesied about has also blown upon the church system. The fountains and springs of living water (God's Word) have dried up. The prophet Amos prophesied 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
There is a great famine of hearing the words of the Lord in the church system today. How sad it is, that we only hear stories of mighty exploits and words of prosperity in today's church system. They have truly carried the oil (God's anointing) back into Egypt (the world). But God's east wind is blowing. Right now it is a small gale, but the mighty wind is coming. As the Apostle Peter proclaimed:
"For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God." I Peter 4:17
God's east wind of judgment is going to blow especially hard on those pastors who do not obey the gospel, those who do not teach God's people His ways. Hosea proclaimed God's fountains shall be dried up. The prophet Jeremiah also spoke of the modern church system when, by the Holy Spirit anointing, he declared:
"For My people have committed two evils; they have forsaken me the fountain of living waters, and hewed them out cisterns, broken cisterns, that can hold no water." Jeremiah 2:13
God's people have committed two evils. They have forsaken the fountain of living waters. The Spirit of God is the fountain of living waters. Many in the church systems today have forsaken the Spirit of God. This is why Hosea proclaimed, ". . . they carried the oil (anoiting) back to Egypt. . ." They have done this by adopting the world's attitudes and way of life.
Jeremiah proclaimed they have hewn out cisterns which can hold no water (the water of the Word of God). Many in the church systems today no longer teach or live by the Word of God. They drink from their broken cisterns which are man's religions, precepts, doctrines, and denominational teachings.
God has held back His east wind until He seals His overcomers who, as John related, will inherit all things, Revelation 21:7. The east wind always blows from the new day. The new day cannot come until God's judgment is complete.
The West Wind
The next wind the angel is holding back is the west wind. West is the direction of the setting sun. It represents the end of the day, the end of an era, or the end or climax of time. This west wind will blow when God's judgment is complete. The west wind is only mentioned once in the Bible:
"And the Lord turned a mighty strong west wind, which took away the locusts, and cast them into the Red Sea; there remained not one locust in all the coasts of Egypt." Exodus 10:19
As we witnessed before, the east wind brought the locust, and the west wind took them away. The west wind blows at the end of the day of the Lord, before the new day begins. The new day is the beginning of God's one thousand year day when His elect which He gathers from the four winds will rule and reign with Him for His one thousand year day.
Many times we feel the east wind blowing, but we will not feel the west wind until God's judgment and His deliverance is complete. We are all looking forward to that wonderful day when God's manifested sons are revealed, and His deliverance is complete.
The South Wind
The next wind is the south wind. The south wind brings a time of refreshment and quietness to the earth. All God's creation is going to need a time of refreshment and quietness after God's judgment is complete. Job spoke of the south wind:
"How thy garments are warm, when He quieteth the earth by the south wind." Job 37:17
The south wind will quiet the earth. When God's judgment is complete, the earth will be reeling, nothing will be the same. Peter, who was given the keys of the Kingdom, spoke of God's day of judgment:
"But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.
Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness, looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?
Nevertheless we, according to His promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness." II Peter 3:10-13
The word dissolved means "to demolish, destroy completely." When everything man holds dear is dissolved, then they will need the gentle, south wind to know their hope is in the new heavens and earth God is going to create. The Psalmist Asaph gives us God's assurance:
"He caused an east wind to blow in the heaven: and by His power He brought in the south wind." Psalm 78:26
We know the east wind of God's judgment is going to blow upon the earth, but we also have His promise that when God's judgment is complete, He is going to bring the south wind of refreshment and quietness on the earth by His power.
Paul was a prisoner on a ship headed toward Rome to go to trial. The ship came into a place called "The Fair Haven." Many today are residing in their "fair haven." They think their money, their position, and their walk with God will take them through the storms God is going to bring upon the earth:
"And because the haven was not commodious to winter in, the more part advised to depart thence also, if by any means they might attain to Phenice, and there to winter; which is an haven of Crete, and lieth toward the south west and north west." Acts 27:12
Many are going to find their fair haven is not commodious to winter in. The word commodious means "not fit, not convenient, and not safe." Paul made the suggestion they try to make Phenice, the haven on the south coast of Crete:
"And when the south wind blew softly, supposing that they had obtained their purpose, loosing thence, they sailed close by Crete." Acts 27:13
Those who stay in their fair haven will feel the east wind of judgment, but those who go on to seek their safe place in God will feel the refreshing south wind. Paul witnessed the refreshing south wind again as he continued on his trip to Rome:
"And from thence we fetched a compass, and came to Rhegium: and after one day the south wind blew, and we came the next day to Puteoli:" Acts 28:13
The south wind brought them to Puteoli, a place of mineral springs. To get there, Paul relied on a compass. Today, many are at the crossroads in their life, and they do not know which way to go. They need direction. The only place where we can get that direction is in the Word of God. It is our only compass to show us the path we need to walk in.
The south wind brought Paul's ship to the mineral springs of Puteoli. This was not just a spring of water, but a mineral spring - - - a spring with life-giving water which contains everything needed to sustain life. Jesus called His Word "life-giving water." It is this life-giving water that will flow from our innermost being when the south wind begins to blow after the east wind of God's judgments are complete.
The North Wind
The last of the four winds that will begin to flow is the north wind. The north wind is going to gather God's people. The north wind blows from the throne of God. The all-wise Solomon speaks of the north wind:
"Awake, o north wind; and come, thou south; blow upon my garden, that the spices thereof may flow out. Let my beloved come into his garden, and eat his pleasant fruit." Song of Solomon 4:16
The north wind blows south upon God's garden so that the spices may flow out. Man's beginning was in the garden of God. God created man perfect, for His pleasure, and He has never changed His mind. God's elect make up His garden today, and man will again come into His perfection (maturity). Those who are mature will come into a oneness with God.
Those who become part of God's garden can and will partake of His pleasant fruit. The pleasant fruit God speaks of is His fruit of the Spirit. Solomon said the spices will flow out of those whom the north wind will awaken. Spices give off pleasant fragrances. Paul speaks of God's desire to become part of our life:
"For we are unto God a sweet savour of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish:" II Corinthians 2:15
We are to become a sweet savour of Christ, not only to those who are saved, but also to them who will perish. The word savour means "fragrance, a pleasing odor." Those who are perishing will be drawn to the sweet, pleasant fragrance of Christ in our life.
This certainly does not mean we will physically smell different, but when the Christ in us is displayed by His fruit, then those around us will witness something different than what they are used to.
Solomon wrote about fully, ripe fruit. Fully ripe fruit puts forth the most pleasant fragrance. God's fully, ripe fruit is the firstfruit to God and to the Lamb, Revelation 14:4. The firstfruit will be gathered by the first sickle, before the second sickle gathers the vine and casts it into the great winepress of the wrath of God, Revelation 14:18-19. Solomon again speaks of the north wind:
"The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits." Ecclesiastes 1:6
The all-wise Solomon gives us insight as to the work of the north wind. The north wind brings the Spirit of encouragement from the throne of God to His people. It is a continual circuit, blowing south to refresh God's people.
The north wind is the purifying wind which brings God's people into perfection. We witness the north wind bringing this encouragement and refreshment on the Day of Pentecost:
"And suddenly there came a sound from heaven (the throne of God) as of a rushing might wind (the north wind), and it filled all the house where they were sitting. And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them." Acts 2:2-3
As stated before, the north wind blows from the throne of God. Luke recorded, ". . . there came a sound from heaven." Heaven is the Spiritual realm of God. This sound was as a rushing mighty wind. God's wind of enlightment and refreshment brought the cloven tongues of fire to cleanse (purify) all those who were in the upper room. God was preparing those present in the upper room to spread the gospel to all corners of the earth.
Solomon informed us that the north wind makes a continual circuit, coming from the north, going to the south, and back to the throne of God. This circuit continues until God's elect come into complete perfection. God sends the north wind out of His treasure, and it continues to do its work until what the beloved John relates is fulfilled:
"The wind bloweth where it listeth, and thou hearest the sound thereof, but canst not tell whence it cometh, and whither it goeth: so is every one that is born of the Spirit." John 3:8
As John relates, we cannot tell from whence the wind comes or where it is going. The north wind brings the Kingdom of God within, and it comes without observation. The wind blows wherever it listeth. The word listeth means "where God determines." We can hear the sound of the wind. We can feel the move of the north wind (the Spiritual wind), but we do not know where it comes from and where it is taking us. All we need to know is that we need to become part of the north wind God is blowing upon the earth today.
Multitudes claim to be born again, but have they become part of the wind? Are they willing to be blown wherever God directs them, or do they resist the wind and oppose the working of the Spirit (the north wind) in their life?
Many times God uses the wind to explain His power. Jesus was with His disciples in a boat, when a great wind arose. Jesus was in the back of the boat, asleep:
"And His disciples came to Him, and awoke Him, saying Lord, save us; we perish. And He saith unto them, Why are ye fearful, O ye of little faith? Then He arose, and rebuked the winds and the sea; and there was a great calm. But the men marvelled, saying, What manner of man is this, that even the winds and the sea obey Him!" Matthew 8:25-27
We need to ask ourselves, what is our attitude when the storms of life begin to rock our boat? Will we be able to sleep through the storms, or will we be as the disciples and act in our lack of faith? Will our faith be enough to calm the storm, or will the storm prove our lack of faith?
Many today are perishing because they do not even have enough faith to overcome the gentle breezes that are beginning to blow. What will they do when the full-fledged storm of God's judgment hits the earth? Paul had to face these violent storms when he sailed to Rome. The south wind had brought contentment in Paul's life, but Euroclydon was about to hit:
"But not long after there arose against it a tempestuous wind, called Euroclydon." Acts 27:14
Today we would call this a `noreaster." God is about to cause another Euroclydon to hit planet earth. It will be a devastating `noreaster'. Violent wind will blow out of the north, mixed with God's east wind of judgment. All those who are caught in this wind will feel God's judgment wind. Paul knew there was no need to try to fight against the wind:
"And when the ship was caught, and could not bear up into the wind, we let her drive." Acts 27:15
Those who are caught up in this wind will have no control of their ship of life. They will have to go wherever the wind blows them.
"And the third day we cast out with our own hands the tackling of the ship." Acts 27:19
Paul spoke of the third day. This is the time God's people, who survive the wind, will let go of everything they have held dear. Everything they thought they needed in this life will become of no value. Their only possession will be their life God preserved in the storm.
Jesus tells us of another time He used the wind to display His authority over the elements:
"And when even was come, the ship was in the midst of the sea, and He alone on the land. And He saw them toiling in rowing; for the wind was contrary unto them: and about the fourth watch of the night He cometh unto them, walking upon the sea, and would have passed by them." Mark 6:47-48
God keeps His eyes upon His people, and when he sees us toiling because the wind is contrary to us, He then comes to us where we are. His disciples had rowed all night. When Jesus came to them, walking on the water, He would have passed by them. But His disciples cried out to Him. Many times when the wind is contrary to us, we continue to struggle with our task until we are worn out, before we call out to God for His help. We can cry out to God when the wind begins to blow in our face instead of our back. How long we toil with our problems is determined by when we cry out to God, or by how long we continue toiling against the wind.
We must always remember our God is the God of the wind. His wind can come as a breeze or as a `noreaster.' Whatever the size of the wind, God is in control.
God is going to gather His people from the four winds. The east wind will bring God's judgment. But those who are feeling the north wind circling about in their life to bring God's refreshment will not be part of the `noreaster' that will blow upon the earth.
When the east wind has done its work, then the west wind of deliverance will blow upon those who, by faith, have overcome all effects of the east wind.
God told David to wait until he heard the movement in the tops of the mulberry trees. We need to ask ourselves, "Are we obedient to stand by the mulberry trees, so when God's Spirit moves, we will move with His wind because we have become part of the wind?" Or will we be elsewhere, wondering why God is not moving in our life?
Will we be part of the wind or part of God's wrath? This is the day we must make our decisions. Time is too short to be disobedient, rebellious, and out of the perfect will of God.
As Joshua spoke to the people, "Choose you this day who you will serve." Our answer should be, "As for me and my house, we will serve the Lord."