The Unattended Vineyard
George Kirkpatrick
 


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Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of God's Kingdom


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As we study the Word of God for what it truly says, it becomes evident how God uses the simple things of this life to reveal the profound. God refers to His people as sheep and those He has ordained to watch over His flock as shepherds.

As we understand this relationship between the sheep and the shepherd, it becomes clear how God expects His church to operate. The shepherd is to care for the sheep, to watch over them, to protect them, to be with them in times of trouble, and rejoice when the flock rejoices. Somehow or another this has gotten completely turned around to where the sheep have been made responsible for all the needs of the shepherd. His housing is provided, he has his vacation plan, retirement plan, investment plan, and every need is provided for by the flock. This is not God's plan for His flock or His shepherds.

The shepherd even refers to the congregation as his flock. The sheep do not belong to the shepherd, he is only set over the flock as caretaker. The flock belongs to the Father. What the flock is fed must come from the direction of the Father. Many shepherds get what they feed the Father's flock from the religious book store or through the mail, where 52 well-prepared sermons are available to tickle the ears of those who hear.

Many of God's Old Testament prophets spoke of the modern pastors who have learned what they know about God from seminaries, not in their prayer closet where God directs His true shepherds. The food and water the flock eats and drinks must be the purest available. The prophet Ezekiel warns of these pastors God has not ordained:

"And as for my flock, they eat that which ye have trodden with your feet; and they drink that which ye have fouled with your feet." Ezekiel 34:19 

Ezekiel speaks of the feet. Feet represent our walk before God. Many pastors have trampled under foot what God wants His flock fed. They have fouled the pure water of the Word with their way of life. The prophet Jeremiah wrote of many of today's pastors:

"For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the Lord: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered." Jeremiah 10:21

The organized church is wondering why their numbers are going down. They need to return to the Word of God and preach and teach it as their founding Fathers did. These men were given a vision, but today's leaders vision has been lost. Because of this the people are perishing.

The seminary-trained pastors are brutish. The word brutish means "stupid, dull-hearted, and unreceptive". The main job of seminary-trained pastors is to maintain numbers, keep proper records, and be able to give a good report to headquarters. These constantly look for promotion from their headquarters to the bigger and better church, more money, more people, and more recognition.

Jeremiah also informs us they have not sought the Lord. They look at their pastoral ship simply as a job they are to fill until a better job comes along. Jesus spoke of these modern shepherds:

"But he that is an hireling, and not the shepherd, whose own the sheep are not, seeth the wolf coming, and leaveth the sheep, and fleeth: and the wolf catcheth them, nand scattereth the sheep. The hireling fleeth, because he is an hireling, and careth not for the sheep." John 10:12-13

Jesus knew what was to become of the church, and He warned the people to beware of the hireling system. Yet most are content to let the hierarchy of their denomination decide when it is time to send in a new hireling and promote or demote the one they now have. This system is a stink in the nostrils of God. The denominational system has truly scattered God's flock, and much of God's flock has been destroyed and refuse to return to any church because they have been so badly wounded. But God has given us hope through the prophet Jeremiah:

"And I will give you pastors according to Mine heart, which shall feed you with knowledge and understanding." Jeremiah 3:15

When God ordains pastors, He chooses those who have a pastor's heart. God's pastors will feed His flock with knowledge and understanding. They will be there for the flock when trouble comes upon the earth. They will not flee the flock. They will be there to comfort all who mourn. God's true shepherds will show His people the way when they have lost their way. God's shepherds are seeking the Lord on a daily basis as to how to care for God's flock.

God has spoken many times in simple, agricultural terms. He not only calls His people His flock, He also calls them His vineyard. Individually, God's people are called His vine or His branches. Again, as we understand how a vineyard is pruned and cared for, we can understand how God is going to deal with His people. 

Jesus spoke many things to us in Parables. When His disciples asked Him why He spoke in parables, Jesus answered:

"Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given." Matthew 13:11

As we understand the parables, we can understand the mysteries of the kingdom of God. Jesus spoke a parable about a man who planted a vineyard:

"Then began He to speak to the people this parable; A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time." Luke 20:9

As we seek the mystery of the kingdom revealed in this parable, it becomes clear the man who planted the vineyard is God, Himself. The husbandmen He put in charge of the care of the vineyard is His anointed leadership. 

Paul refers to God's leadership as gifts. These gifts God gave to the church are apostles, prophets, evangelists, pastors, and teachers, Ephesians 4:11.

After Jesus planted His vineyard, He went into a far country for a long time. The far country is what most call heaven. In reality it is the Spiritual realm. Jesus left the physical realm and returned to the Spiritual realm of God. When He left the earth realm, He intended to be gone a long time. Upon His return He would partake of the fruit of His vineyard. The prophet Isaiah prophesied about the vineyard the Lord had planted in the earth:

"Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching His vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill:" Isaiah 5:1

The beloved referred to is the "Beloved of the Father, Jesus Christ". Jesus planted His vineyard in a very fruitful hill. The fruitful hill is the Word of God. God has given us His Word so we may be nourished directly from His Word. He expects us to know, learn, and understand His way, His will, and His life directly from His fruitful hill, the Word of God.

"And He fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and He looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes." Isaiah 5:2

The Father fenced in His vineyard. He put a Spiritual hedge around it. We learn from the book of Job when satan appeared before the Father, He asked satan, Have you considered my servant Job?"

"Then satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought? Hast not Thou made an hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? Thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land." Job 1:9-10

The Father placed a Spiritual hedge around Job and everything he owned. Satan could not touch Job unless the Father gave His permission. God has promised this same protection to all who walk according to His Word. The Psalmist revealed:

"For Thou, Lord, wilt bless the righteous; with favour wilt Thou compass him as with a shield." Psalm 5:12

God has compassed His people about as with a shield, a hedge of protection. The Psalmist also revealed:

"The angel of the Lord encampeth round about them that fear Him, and delivereth them." Psalm 34:7

God also encompasses His people with His army of angels to deliver them from any attack of the enemy forces. The Apostle Peter was inspired to inform God's people:

"Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time." I Peter 1:5

We are kept by the power of God through faith. God's salvation plan is being totally revealed in this last hour of time. [see "Three-Fold Salvation" by George Kirkpatrick].

The beloved John spoke of this protection we have when we come into the Father's care:

"And I give unto them eternal life; and they shall never perish, neither shall any man pluck them out of My hand.

My Father, which gave them Me, is greater than all; and no man is able to pluck them out of My Father's hand." John 10:28-29

When we are in the Father's hand, we have come totally into the Father's care and protection. The prophet Isaiah continued to state how God had prepared for His vineyard:

". . . He gathered out the stones thereof . . ." Isaiah 5:2

The stones in our life are the stumbling stones. Our walk in God is strewn with stumbling stones. Stumbling stones are the things that offend. Stumbling stones cause us to fall. God has gathered out the stumbling stones in our walk. The question may be asked, "Why do people stumble in their walk in God?" The prophet Jeremiah showed us the reason why so many stumble:

"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 paths, in a way not cast up;" Jeremiah 18:15

God's people have left the ancient paths. They are trying to please God with their modern religious plan, and because of this they are walking in a way God did not cast up. The phrase cast up means "to exalt". When man tries to walk in a way God has not cast up or exalted, then his way is strewn with stumbling stones.

God has removed the stones from the path He has chosen for man to walk. When man chooses a way God has not exalted or cast up, his way becomes hard because of the hardships he has caused in his own walk.

Jeremiah also stated they have burned incense to vanity. The phrase burned incense means "to worship". God's peoples' worship has become vanity and worthless because they have forsaken the ancient way.

The Apostle Peter who was given the keys to the kingdom, continues to speak of the stone of stumbling:

"A stone of stumbling, and a rock of offence, even to them which stumble at the Word, being disobedient: whereunto also they were appointed." I Peter 2:8

Those who stumble at the Word become disobedient because they will not walk in the Word as it is written. The ancient ways are foreign to them. They are more interested in being accepted by the world then being accepted by God. God truly has gathered all the stones out of His vineyard. It is man who has strewn his path with stumbling stones because he has forsaken the ancient way.

Isaiah continued:

". . . God planted His vineyard with the choicest vines..." Isaiah 5:2

The choicest vines are those who were ordained unto salvation from the foundation of the world. These are spoken of many times in the Bible. When Paul was in Antioch, and was addressing the Jews, the Jews turned against his words. It was then the Gentiles came unto Paul to be taught:

"And when the Gentiles heard this, they were glad, and glorified the Word of the Lord: and as many as were ordained to eternal life believed." Acts 13:48

Only those who were ordained to eternal life believed. God has His choice vines, those He has ordained from the beginning of time to make up His vineyard. Paul related this same revelation to the church at Ephesus:

"According as He hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before Him in love:" Ephesians 1:4

The choicest vines were those who were chosen in God before the foundation of the world. God has had His chosen vines in every generation. [see "God's Plan and Purpose in Predestination" by George Kirkpatrick]

Isaiah continued:

". . . God built a tower in the midst of it..." Isaiah 5:2

The word tower is the Hebrew word MIGDOL and means "power". One of the uses of the word MIGDOL is "pulpit". God set the pulpit in the midst of His people as a place of power. In his letter to the Corinthians, Paul made this fact very plain:

"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

Paul's words demonstrated God's Spirit and power. Paul did not come to God's people with enticing words, yet today enticing words are all that comes from most pulpits. The pastors fear the people will leave if they do not keep the message watered down so it won't offend.

"For our gospel came not unto you in word only, but also in power, and in the Holy Ghost, and in much assurance; as ye know what manner of men we were among you for your sake." I Thessalonians 1:5

Paul wrote this same message to the Thessalonians. The word Paul brought was in power and the Holy Ghost. Paul revealed to the church at Corinth:

"For the kingdom of God is not in word, but in power." I Corinthians 4:20

The kingdom of God is power, the power of the Holy Spirit working in His people. God has built a tower in the midst of His people, a place of power and authority, a tower with the anointing to bring God's people into a place of maturity.

Isaiah continued to explain what God did for His vineyard:

". . . He also made a winepress therein . . ." Isaiah 5:2

Jesus revealed the winepress to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"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 winepress is the judgment of God upon the sin in the midst of His people. The Apostle Paul discloses those upon whom God would pour out His judgment.

"In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ." II Thessalonians 1:8

God's wrath will be poured out upon those who know not God. This is the world, those who have refused God's saving grace. God's wrath will also be poured out on those who obey not the gospel. [see "Those Who Obey Not the Gospel" by George Kirkpatrick]

Those who do not obey the gospel are those who have accepted God's saving grace, but have not allowed the gospel to change their lives. These refuse to come into the image and likeness of the Father. These go their own way, do their own thing, never spending time with their God or in His Word. God has promised He will come upon them in flaming fire to take His vengeance, because they do not obey His gospel.

In ancient times farmers had two basic instruments of harvest: the winepress and the threshing floor. The winepress was for the grape and olive harvest. The threshing floor was for the grain harvest. God's Word applies both of these instruments of harvest Spiritually.

The threshing floor is where God separates all the chaff and unripe grain from His body. Both Jesus and John the Baptist made this revelation to the people who come to hear the gospel of the kingdom.

"Whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." Matthew 3:12

When the cloven tongues of fire came on the Day of Pentecost, it came to bring God's chosen to the threshing floor where all unrighteousness, all immaturity, all uncleanness can be dealt with in our lives. Those who refuse their threshing floor experience will go through the winepress of God's judgment. Isaiah continued:

". . . and He looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes..." Isaiah 5:2

God looked for good fruit from His choicest vines. He looked for fruit fit for the Master's table. But what kind of fruit has God's choicest vines produced? They have brought forth wild grapes. The word translated wild grapes is the Hebrew word BEUSHIYM and means "worthless or stinking". The proper translation would be "stinkberries". God's choicest vines have brought forth fruit that is a stink in His nostrils.

What is the fruit God looks for from His choicest vines? He looks for the fruits of the Spirit which are love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, etc. God has looked for good fruit, instead His fruit shows no love. Their joy is based on the things of this life. Their peace is hindered by their lust, greed, and unbelief. Longsuffering is in no way acceptable in their modern way of life, and the list goes on.

The Father asks:

"What could have been done more to My vineyard, that I have not done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?" Isaiah 5:4

Isaiah asked, "What more could God have done for His vineyard?" Luke recorded the parable Jesus spoke to the people concerning His vineyard. As stated before, the parables Jesus used were not actual happenings, but Spiritual revelations of God, mysteries of the Kingdom. 

God's Kingdom Age is about to begin. The parable of the certain man who planted a vineyard reveals the condition of the Lord's vineyard just before His Kingdom begins. But let us take a closer look at the man who planted the vineyard, and God's revelation of His Kingdom message in this parable.

" . . . A certain man planted a vineyard, and let it forth to husbandmen, and went into a far country for a long time." Luke 20:9

As the Revelation of this parable unfolds, it becomes clear that Jesus was the man who planted His vineyard, the true church. Jesus went into a far country for a long time. It was Christ Jesus who started the church. The church began on the Day of Pentecost when the risen, glorified Christ came upon the people as the Holy Spirit of promise. It is He who ordained the husbandmen to watch over His flock.

The word husbandman means "one who cares for, or takes care of ". Christ Jesus' husbandmen are His leadership He has set over the church.

"And at the season He sent a servant to the husbandmen, that they should give Him of the fruit of the vineyard: but the husbandmen beat Him, and sent Him away empty." Luke 20:10

God sent His servant to partake of the fruit of the vineyard. The fruit His vineyard is to bring forth is the fruit of the Spirit. When God's servant desired the fruit of the Spirit, the husbandman beat him and sent him away empty. This happens every Sunday morning in the religious church system. The people are beat out of their money to support big works, big buildings, big salaries, and man's big ideas of what looks good in the eyes of the world. 

Because God's servants have been taught good works to try to be pleasing in the sight of God, they have brought forth wild grapes. God desires the fruit of the Spirit to come forth in His peoples' lives. Instead, the fruit God's choicest vines has produced is a stink in His nostrils. Sunday after Sunday, God's servants are sent away empty. Paul spoke of the organized church system in his second letter to Timothy:

"Having a form of godliness, but denying the power thereof: from such turn away." II Timothy 3:5

Paul warns God's servants who are sent away empty to get away from those husbandmen who are beating the people. Turn away from those who have a form of godliness, yet deny the power of change in their lives. 

Jesus continued His dissertation on the parable of the vineyard:

"And again He sent another servant: and they beat him also, and entreated him shamefully, and sent him away empty." Luke 20:11

Again, Christ Jesus, sent another servant. This time they not only beat him and sent him away empty, they entreated him shamefully. The word shamefully means "to treat with contempt, to dishonor, and insult". God's servants are treated shamefully when they know there is more to the gospel then they are getting. When the servants want to see change in the church and more of God in the services, they are treated with contempt, and are called troublemakers. They are told they are uneducated in the things and ways of God, and are insulted and spoken against.

These husbandmen cannot be questioned. They will lift up their seminary training and being held in high esteem by their denominational headquarters as their security. They esteem themselves as being above the flock, and untouchable.

"And again He sent a third: and they wounded him also, and cast him out." Luke 20:12

In the third reference Jesus gave concerning His servant, they wounded His servant and cast him out. There have been more people wounded in the organized church system than any other place on earth. The people are wounded because of the way they dress, the way they talk, what part of town they live in, their social standing, the color of their skin, their nationality, their financial status, the way they cut their hair, or do not cut their hair, if they shave or do not shave. Women who don't wear skirts are ostracized as unfit to be a part of God's vineyard. They may be one of God's choicest vines, but they are none the less rejected. 

One of the greatest woundings in the church is upon divorced people. Narrow-minded, unspiritual, and unscriptural churches have treated divorce as the unpardonable and unforgivable sin. These same churches allow the unmarried who are living together to sit in their midst without a word. How hypocritical that which is called "church" has become! Those who do not fit their standards are sent away empty. They are cast out with no regard for their walk or their eternal salvation.

"Then said the Lord of the vineyard, What shall I do? I will send my beloved son: it may be they will reverence him when they see him." Luke 20:13

Who is the son the Lord is going to send into His vineyard? The Lord has a "son company" He is going to anoint to be His ministers in the last hour of time. The Bible speaks of two groups of sons. Paul revealed the first group of sons in his letter to the church at Rome:

"For the earnest expectation of the creature waiteth for the manifestation of the sons of God." Romans 8:19

The word manifestation means "the appearing, the coming, or to reveal". The manifested sons are those who were sons from the beginning. God is going to manifest His sons whom He has foreknown and predestined to stand in this last hour of time.

The beloved John recorded Jesus' words concerning the second group of sons:

"But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name:" John 1:12

". . . all who received Him . . ." The word received means "to take or to grab hold of". Those who seize upon the life of Christ will receive power to become the sons. The Power is the Holy Spirit anointing. When we allow the Holy Spirit to do His perfect work, He will bring us into a sonship relationship with the Father. Those who believe on His name will become sons of God. Many come short of this goal because they do not understand the Word. The act of believing is more than just a mental ascent, it means "to commit one's life, to be committed to, and to trust completely". When we commit our lives totally and trust completely, then we can say we believe on His name. [see "The Other Son" by G. Kirkpatrick]

The writer of Hebrews informed all who would read and understand the main reason Jesus came to the earth:

"For it became Him, for whom are all things, and by whom are all things, in bringing many sons unto glory, to make the captain of their salvation perfect through sufferings." Hebrews 2:10

Jesus came to bring many sons into glory. The sons He brings into His glory will have come into the image and likeness of Jesus their example. Many believe they only receive glory after they die. The glory to be revealed is the living glory God is going to bring upon His "sonship company". 

When God brings forth His "son company", He will expect His vineyard to reverence His sons. But those who have charge of God's vineyard will reject the "sonship message".

"But when the husbandmen saw him, they reasoned among themselves, saying, This is the heir: come, let us kill him, that the inheritance may be ours." Luke 20:14

The husbandmen recognized the son as the heir. Who are the Lord's heirs?

"He that overcometh shall inherit all things; and I will be his God, and he shall be my son." Revelation 21:7

The husbandmen are not the heirs. The overcomers are the heirs of God. These are His sons. Paul related this truth to the church at Rome:

"And if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; if so be that we suffer with Him, that we may be also glorified together." Romans 8:17

God's children who will suffer with Him are His sons He will bring into His glory. Paul related to the church at Colosse:

"To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" Colossians 1:27

The riches of God's glory that has remained a mystery is now being revealed. Paul revealed this mystery to the church at Philippi:

"My little children, of whom I travail in birth again until Christ be formed in you," Galatians 4:19

Paul related he would travail until Christ the anointing was formed in God's people. When Christ is birthed in us, He will consume our whole being. Then everything we say and do will exalt His glory in the earth, our earth. This is our hope, our only hope of glory. 

God's glory will be revealed in His overcoming saints. Luke relates God's overcoming saints will not be accepted by the church system. 

"So they cast him out of the vineyard, and killed him. What therefore shall the Lord of the vineyard do unto them?" Luke 20:15

The husbandmen cast the heir who has the "son message" out of their vineyard. The sonship, overcoming message is not allowed in their churches. When you kill the message, you kill the son. Today the only message in the denominational system is what has been cut in stone. It alone is the acceptable truth. Anything else is cast out of their midst as unacceptable and untrue. These husbandmen have refused to hear what the Spirit is saying unto the churches in this last hour of time. 

Our Lord asks, "What therefore shall the Lord of the vineyard do unto them?"

"He shall come and destroy these husbandmen, and shall give the vineyard to others. And when they heard it, they said, God forbid." Luke 20:16

God has promised to destroy the husbandmen who have robbed His people of their inheritance in Him. He will give the care of His vineyard to others. God spoke through the prophet Isaiah concerning what He will do to His vineyard.

"What could have been done more to My vineyard, that I have not done in it? Wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes?" Isaiah 5:4

The Lord asked, "What more could He have done for His vineyard?" But it still did not bring forth fruit fit for the Master's table.

"And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to My vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down." Isaiah 5:5

What will God do to His vineyard? He will take away the Spiritual hedge He has placed around His vineyard and it shall be eaten up. The phrase eaten up means "to devour or consume by fire". The writer of Hebrews gave us insight when He wrote:

"For our God is a consuming fire." Hebrews 12:29

Our God truly is a consuming fire. The fire of God will consume those who seek Him with their whole being. This process is necessary to destroy the old man nature so the new man created in righteousness and true holiness may come forth in all its glory. Those who are exercising their religious rights and do not obey the gospel of God will be consumed in the fire of His wrath. 

God has also promised He would tear down His wall of protection and allow His vineyard to be trodden down. The phrase trodden down means "to be trampled under foot". This has been the experience of the organized church system. Those who do not even know God have come into places of authority. False doctrines, false teachings, and false teachers have been allowed to stand in the pulpits. Because of this God's people have lost their vision, their hope, and their trust in God. These have truly been trampled under foot, put down, robbed, and left for the enemy to devour at will.

Isaiah continued with his revelation of what God will do to His vineyard:

"I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it." Isaiah 5:6

God is going to lay His vineyard waste. It shall not be pruned nor digged. We need to understand that at the end of the grape harvest, every vine is pruned back and only the two healthiest branches are allowed to produce fruit for the next harvest. The weak vines are not pruned. They are allowed to die, and new vines are planted in their place. Jesus spoke of this pruning process to His disciples:

"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 15:2

The word purgeth means "to prune, to cut away all the unproductive things" in our lives, so the true vine can bring forth more fruit of the Spirit.

The word digged means "to cultivate, to aerate the soil" so it can receive the rain that cometh upon the earth. We cultivate to get rid of the weeds. Weeds are unwanted plants. Weeds do not produce fruit in our lives. The Lord warned if His vineyard was not digged or cultivated, thorns and thistles would come up. [see "Thorns and Thistles" by George Kirkpatrick]

In His sermon on the Mount, Jesus asked the multitude . . .

"... Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles?" Matthew 7:16

We are known by our fruits. Thorns and thistles do not produce the fruit of the Spirit in our lives. The writer of Hebrews declared:

"But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned." Hebrews 6:8

What can the unattended vineyard expect? Only one thing, judgment, God's judgment. Peter stated this very clearly to all who would hear:

"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

Peter stated that judgment must first begin at the house of God. Our God is a just and righteous judge. He cannot bring judgment upon the sin in the world, until He judges the sin in the church. Peter continues: 

"What shall be the end of those who obey not the gospel?" 

What is the sin in the church? They have forsaken the Living Word and followed their religious doctrines and ideas. Is God going to accept this neglect and compromise? Our God has declared: 

". . .I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it", Isaiah 5:6. 

Clouds represent the glory of God. The rain is the outpouring of the Holy Spirit. God has promised He will withhold His Spirit from those who do not obey the gospel. Those who do not obey the gospel will not walk in His glory when it is revealed, I Peter 4:13.

Many ask, "What happened to the anointing that was once upon the church?" God has not only withheld His anointing, He has withheld His glory. God's judgment truly has come upon His unattended vineyard. Isaiah continued his revelation of God's unattended vineyard:

"For the vineyard of the Lord of hosts is the house of Israel, and the men of Judah His pleasant plant: and He looked for judgment, but behold oppression; for righteousness, but behold a cry." Isaiah 5:7

God's vineyard is the house of Israel. The house of Israel is made up of natural and Spiritual Israel. Natural Israel are the descendants of Jacob who have received Jesus Christ as their personal Savior and are walking in the Holy Spirit anointing. Spiritual Israel are the Gentile nations who have received Jesus as their personal Savior and are walking in the anointing that came on the Day of Pentecost. Isaiah revealed the men of Judah are God's pleasant plants. The name Judah means "people of praise". The men of Judah are God's praising people, those who are rejoicing in the joy of their salvation.

Isaiah stated, "God looked for judgment." Our God expected the church to bring judgment upon the sin in His peoples' lives. When judgment comes, the people are convicted of their sin. The result of conviction should be repentance. The church has not brought judgment in peoples' lives, but oppression. God's people are trapped in denominational settings. The organized church system has become oppressive, depressive, and obsessive. A religious spirit has prevailed, and the Spirit of God has been excluded in every activity.

The prophet Jeremiah spoke on the unattended vineyard. By the direction of the Holy Spirit, he recorded:

"Therefore thus saith the Lord God of Israel against the pastors that feed My people; Ye have scattered My flock, and driven them away, and have not visited them: behold, I will visit upon you the evil of your doings, saith the Lord.

And I will gather the remnant of My flock out of all countries whither I have driven them, and will bring them again to their folds; and they shall be fruitful and increase.

And I will set up shepherds over them which shall feed them: and they shall fear no more, nor be dismayed, neither shall they be lacking, saith the Lord." Jeremiah 23:2-4

God will meet those who are truly seeking Him. God is going to set up shepherds over His unattended vineyard which will feed them with the true Word of God, not the watered down, warmed over messages coming from the pulpits of the modern, organized churches of today.

Isaiah continued...

". . .Our Lord looked for righteousness in His people, and behold a cry." Isaiah 5:7

God's people are mourning, crying out to be told and taught the ways of God. All they are getting is programs and causes. God is going to deliver His people from these worthless husbandmen who have taken His people captive. The prophet Jeremiah revealed the cry that is coming forth from God's people:

"Many pastors have destroyed My vineyard, they have trodden my portion under foot, they have made My pleasant portion a desolate wilderness.

They have made it desolate, and being desolate it mourneth unto Me; the whole land is made desolate, because no man layeth it to heart." Jeremiah 12:10-11

God is hearing the cry coming from His unattended vineyard, and His judgment is about to fall upon the house of God to free His people from the unfruitful husbandmen who have eaten the fruit of the vineyard, and have given no fruit back fit for the Father's use. God will free His people and set up shepherds who will feed His flock and prune His vineyard. 

All is not lost for the lifeless, self-exalted church. God is going to act, and act quickly. Isaiah spoke of God's intentions for His choicest vines:

"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 revealed the new wine, the anointed Word of God, is found in the cluster. The cluster is the full-ripe mature fruit fit for the Master's use. Jesus revealed the two sickles to John on the Isle of Patmos:

"And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle

And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in Thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for Thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

And He that sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped." Revelation 14:14-16

The first sickle was to reap the whole earth. All the fruit belonging to God was reaped, the full, ripe fruit and those who had not come to maturity.

"And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having sharp sickle." Revelation 14:17

These are the two sickles: one in the hand of the Son of man and one in the hand of the angel.

"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 first sickle cuts the clusters, the full, ripe fruits that have come to maturity, the fruit that is fit for the Masters' table. 

The second angel who had a sickle also had a purpose:

"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

This angel gathered the vine of the earth. This vine had not separated itself from the earth. They were in the world and had remained part of it. The angel used the second sickle to cast God's unattended vine into the wrath of God.

"And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs." Revelation 14:20

The blood coming out of the winepress is Christian blood. God informed the prophet Isaiah that He had set a winepress in the midst of His vineyard. The winepress is for those who have not come to maturity and obey not the gospel.

We must remember these are still God's choicest vines, selected from the foundation of the earth.

". . .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

We realize this is not the message coming forth from the organized church system. They choose to teach the Rapture, Once saved - always saved, and God's judgment only for the unsaved. Because they have cut what they believe in stone, there can be no leeway in their understanding. They can only see black and white. God must fit in the box their denominational order has made for Him. They have overlooked the fact God is God, and He can do as He desires. God informs us through the pen of Isaiah:

"For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, saith the Lord.

For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways, and My thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9

Even though God has informed His people His thoughts and ways are not our thoughts and ways, the denominational system still insists God do things their way to fit their doctrine and creed. The Apostle Peter penned God's words:

"The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance." II Peter 3:9

Our God is longsuffering to His choicest vines. He is not willing any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. We know by His Word all will not come to repentance, but our God will give them every opportunity. 

Paul wrote to the Corinthians of those whose works will be burned up, yet they will be saved as by fire, 

"If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." I Corinthians 3:15. 

Those who will not come to repentance now will be cast into the winepress of the wrath of God which He set in His vineyard. God's mercy is poured out when He declares there is still a blessing for Him in His servants, the vine. His promise is He will not destroy them all. Jesus revealed these servant saints to John on the Isle of Patmos. 

"After this I beheld, 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

The great multitude was the vine, the servant saints, who were cast into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

"And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." Revelation 7:10

All these could cry was "Salvation". These did not have the new wine in their life. All they could proclaim was, "We are saved". Then...

". . .one of the elders answered, saying unto me, What are these which are arrayed in white robes? and whence came they?

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 7:13-14

These who stood before the throne of God, whose only testimony was they were saved, had come out of great tribulation. They had gone through the winepress of the wrath of God. They had made their robes white by the blood of the Lamb. They were made righteous and had overcome in the wrath of God.

"Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them." Revelation 7:15

These are before the throne of God, but they serve Him day and night in His temple. These are God's servant saints. As Isaiah spoke, there was still a blessing for God in the vine. God still has a blessing in these servant saints. 

Servant saints are not the ruling and reigning saints who are the full, ripe clusters taken into God's protection. They are God's choicest vines who have had to endure the wrath because they allowed the unfaithful husbandmen to steal their rightful inheritance in God.

God is calling His own unto Himself in this last hour of time. If you are called, then you can be chosen. It is time for God's people to separate themselves from the unfaithful, unrighteous, and self-exalted husbandmen, and seek God with their whole being. God's call is going forth we need to listen if we are to hear His still, small voice.

God's unattended vineyard needs to seek God's protection in their lives. As the Apostle Paul advised in his second letter to the Corinthians:

"Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you." II Corinthians 6:17


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Questions


1. Explain how man has reversed God's plan for His shepherds and His sheep. 
2.God has written to us in parables that we might understand the and the of God. 
3. God has built an anointed tower of to bring His people to . 
4.What is the fruit God looks for from His choicest vines? 
5.God's warning to His beaten servants is to . 
6.How are God's servants being treated shamefully? 
7.How are God's servants being wounded? 
8.What is God going to do to unfaithful husbandmen? 
9.What is God going to do to His vineyard? 
10.Why must all God's people be consumed by His fire? 
11.Because of 1: ________________ 2:______________ 3: ________________today stand in the pulpit, God's people have lost their 4:                          , 5: ______________  _________________ ,  . 
12.Where must judgment begin?
13.Today's churches have brought in people's lives, instead of . 
14.Instead of the Spirit of God being active in every aspect of the church, as has prevailed. 
15.God desires His true shepherds to feed His flock with the of , not the .
16.God's winepress will be for whom?

Part Two

The parable of the man who planted a vineyard reveals the condition of the Lord's vineyard just before His Kingdom begins. Give the Spiritual application for each of the following examples in this parable:

a. The vineyard is 
b. The far country is 
c. The fruitful hill is 
d. The Father's fence is 
e. The beloved of the Father is 
f. The stones are 
g. The choice vine is 
h. The tower is 
I. The winepress is 
j. The threshing floor is 
k. The wild grapes are 
l. The fruit of the vineyard is 
m. The beaten servants are 
n. The Beloved Sons are 
o. The heirs are 
p. The clouds are 
q. The rain is 
r. Natural Israel is 
s. Spiritual Israel is 
t. Judah is
u. The new wine is 
v. The clusters are 
w. The vine the second sickle cut is 


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