Plantings of the Lord, # 3 By J. Kirkpatrick
Judgment Must Begin at the House of God By J. Kirkpatrick
Just a Grape: Change
My Wilderness Journey By B. Reveris
The Plantings of the Lord
by J. Kirkpatrick, OH
Series Two, Part Three
"A great eagle with great wings, longwinged, full of feathers, which had divers colours, came unto Lebanon, and took the highest branch of the cedar:
He cropped off the top of his young twigs, and carried it into a land of traffick; he set it in a city of merchants.
He took also of the seed of the land, and planted it in a fruitful field; He placed it by great waters, and set it as a willow tree." Ezekiel 17:3-5
Two plantings have been brought to America on the wings of great eagles. In the last issue we discussed the prideful cedar planting carried in the clutches of one of these great eagles. In this issue we will look at the other planting, the willow tree.
"And it grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward him, and the roots thereof were under him: so it became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs." Ezekiel 17:6
The willow also grew, and became a spreading vine of low stature, whose branches turned toward the great eagle. Its roots were under the great eagle's protection.
"There was also another great eagle with great wings and many feathers: and, behold this vine did bend her roots toward him, and shot forth her branches toward him, that he might water it by the furrows of her plantation.
It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit, that it might be a goodly vine." Ezekiel 17:7-8
This willow became a vine, and brought forth branches, and shot forth sprigs. It was planted in a good soil by great waters, that it might bring forth branches, and that it might bear fruit and become a goodly vine.
Both these seeds have come to fruition in our day: the cedar and the willow tree. Both have matured and are ready for harvest. The willow represents God's people who have been planted in good soil by great waters and have brought forth branches that they might bear fruit and become a goodly vine.
But God asks the question:
"Shall the willow planting prosper?" God's answer was, No! It shall wither in the furrows where it grew. Why would this happen? Through the pen of Ezekiel God unveils His answer:
"Say now to the rebellious house, "Know ye not what these things mean?"
Tell them, "Behold, the king of Babylon is come to Jerusalem, and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them with him to Babylon." Ezekiel 17:12
Why would this seemingly, righteous willow seed be destroyed? God calls this planting a "rebellious house". Behold, (look with Spiritual eyes), the king of Babylon (the ruler of confusion) has come to Jerusalem (the true place of worship), and hath taken the king thereof, and the princes thereof, and led them to Babylon (confusion). The church system today has been led into confusion by following the precepts and doctrines of men. What else did God reveal about this?
"And hath taken of the king's seed, and made a covenant with him, and hath taken an oath of him: he hath also taken the mighty of the land.
That the kingdom might be base, that it might not lift itself up, but that by keeping of his covenant it might stand." Ezekiel 17:13-14
This seemingly, righteous willow seedling has made a covenant with the king of Babylon (the author of confusion). This covenant with the king of confusion has desolated the willow's kingdom, and it has become base (empty and worthless) and cannot stand in righteousness. What will become of this compromising covenant the lowly willow has made with confusion?
"But he rebelled against him in sending his ambassadors into Egypt, that they might give him horses and much people." Ezekiel 17:15
Because of this lowly willow has sent ambassadors into Egypt (the world) and depends on the arm of the flesh, God again asks the question:
"Shall he prosper? Shall he escape that doeth such things? Or shall he break the covenant, and be delivered?
As I live, saith the Lord God, surely in the place where the king dwelleth that made him king, whose oath be despised, and whose covenant he brake, even with him in the midst of Babylon he shall die." Ezekiel 17:15-16
The willow rebelled against the Lord by sending his ambassadors into Egypt (the world) for protection. Shall he prosper? Shall he escape (the wrath) that doeth such things? No! This rebellious house shall die in the midst of Babylon (confusion).
We have discovered there is no hope for the prideful cedar who will not allow itself to be broken. The same is also true of the seemingly, righteous willow planting who makes an oath to come under the protection of Babylon (confusion) and Egypt (the world), instead of trusting in the One True God.
But, be encouraged in the Lord! There is hope for those cedars who will allow themselves to be broken. There is also hope for the righteous willow seedlings, who refuse to become part of the Babylonian system of confusion and the Egyptian chariots of strength and protection. There is hope if we will become tender, young twigs who will allow ourselves to be cropped off from the top and planted upon an high mountain (in the Spiritual realm), in an eminent place (as a righteous light set on a hill for all to see.)
"And all the trees of the field shall know that I the Lord have brought down the high (prideful) tree, have exalted the low tree, have dried up the green tree, and have made the dry tree to flourish. "I the Lord have spoken and have done it," Ezekiel 17:24
Come out of her My People, and Be Free!
Judgement Must Begin at the House of God, Part 2
This is No. 2 of a continuing discussion on the judgment on the house of God.
"And Jesus cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto Him, and besought Him to touch him. And He took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when He had spit on His eyes, and put His hands upon him, He asked him if he saw ought. And he looked up, and said, "I see men as trees, walking." Mark 8:22-24
Jesus went into the city of Bethsaida. Bethsaida means a town surrounded by walls where game is caught by hunters of men. And Jesus took the blind man (who had no vision and was lying down, outstretched, settling back on his lees) by the hand, and led him out of the town (the camp of religious denominations).
Those who build tall enclosures to trap game are as Nimrod, the mighty hunter of men, Genesis 10:8-10. These rebelliously go about seeking whom they may devour, seeking trophies among the unaware that they might bring them into their trapped enclosures to view as spectacles, much as in a zoo. Nimrod was the founder of the kingdom of Babel (confusion) and Babylon (where the hunted are mingled together in confusion and given provender, or collected fodder of dry morsels of hay and straw to eat until they fade away because of being enclosed). Today many in the house of God are dwelling in great confusion of religious denominational systems being fed on dry morsels and collected fodder until they are about to fade away for lack of life-giving substance.
Jesus took the blind man (with no Spiritual vision) by the hand and led him out of this city of confusion into the wilderness, outside the camp, where he could see more clearly. We are shown another example of God opening Spiritual eyes in the Old Testament when Balaam was hired by Balak to curse Israel on their way to their promise land:
"And Balaam lifted up his eyes, and he saw Israel abiding in his tents according to their tribes: and the Spirit of God came upon him. And he took up his parable, and said, Balaam the son of Beor hath said, and the man whose eyes are open hath said:
How goodly are thy tents, O Jacob, and thy tabernacles, O Israel! As the valleys are they spread forth, as gardens by the river's side, as the trees of lign aloes, which the Lord hath planted, and as cedar trees beside the waters." Numbers 24:2-4, 5-6.
After Balaam left off the enchantments (those irresistible, overpowering teachings of delight which are being taught to those desiring to have their ears tickled), and set his face toward the wilderness, without the camp (Outside the religious systems), he was able to see more clearly, and his Spiritual vision became more acute.
God opened Balaam's Spiritual eyes to see the true state of Israel abiding in their tents and tabernacles, enclosed as spectacles of confusion, each in their own entrapped tribes (denominations), labeled for others to gawk and stare at because of their limited vision. As God further opened Balaam's Spiritual eyes, he no longer saw the camp of confusion, but he began to see open fruitful fields abundantly planted with the true plantings of the Lord. He began to see beautiful valleys spread forth with gardens at the river's side with many beautiful Trees of Righteousness possessing fragrances of lign aloes and cedars of strength.
The blind man whom Jesus had shown a Spiritual glimpse of the Trees of Righteousness, also received Spiritual insight to see men as Trees of Righteousness walking in God's will. We need to allow the Lord to take us by the hand and lead us out of the camp of confusion of religious denominational systems, into the wilderness and solitary place, where the Lord promises to open our Spiritual eyes to see His purpose for our lives more plainly.
"For now we see through a glass, darkly; but then face to face:. . . I Corinthians 13:12
Are you hungering and thirsting after righteousness? Come out of your trapped enclosures and be free! Come dwell among the lign aloes and cedars of strength who have allowed themselves to be broken, humbled, and submissive to God's will. Begin to drink from the River of Life that flows from the throne of God.
"For the Lord shall comfort Zion: He will comfort all her waste places: and He will make her wilderness like Eden, (Joel 2:3) and her desert like the garden of the Lord; joy and gladness shall be found therein, thanksgiving, and the voice of melody." Isaiah 41:19
Come out of her My people,
and dwell among the trees of righteousness!
Just a Grape:
Consider how difficult it is to change yourself,
and you will have a much better understanding of your chances
of changing someone else.
A letter from one in the wilderness
and solitary place:
by B. Revira, TX
"When God called my husband to be a pastor, he didn't want to be one. He had a good, self-employed job. He was a contractor. He earned thousands of dollars. We had our home in Harlingen, Texas. My daughter and I were working in a sewing factory and together we earned $ 600 weekly. We were no millionaires, but it was a pretty good life. My husband asked God for a sigh if it really was Him, to close doors for him, and for his job offerings to stop. God did close the doors. There was no work for my husband, nobody would accept his bids. So he went to Port Isabel and began to evangelize. He did this without us. We stayed home working. Soon he started holding services in houses or garages or rented places. He slept in a van or wherever the Lord gave him lodging.
Almost a year passed by, and I saw he was getting sick with back problems. So I asked if he needed me with him. He told me he needed me, but it had to be my decision. You see, in doing this I would have to leave my house and all the comforts of home which I was used to; to come to nothing. It was a very hard decision for me because I had to leave my job and my 20 year old single son, which was very painful.
My husband, my daughter, and I started a new life in Port Isabel with nothing. We took showers in different homes, eating in different places until a pastor gave us a small truck camper, only big enough to sleep in. We lived like that for 2 years until we bought land for the church. I would cook outside, still taking showers and using restroom facilities where we could. Of course I was always complaining, complaining, complaining about where we had to live. Finally, I got used to the small truck camper and bought curtains, bedspread, and decorated it. My husband always was given trailers (big ones) which he gave away to help others. But one day god sent a beautiful couple who saw where we were living and gave us a completely furnished travel trailer, and even paid to have the trailer moved to our lot. See! God was looking out for, and watching over me. He knew what I needed. But like Israel, when they were in the desert, they were always complaining. When I stopped complaining about my little camper, God granted my request.
"I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined unto me, and heard my cry." Psalm 40:1
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