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Friday, May 11, 2018

5-11-2018   What does a fig tree have to do with dry bones?

                 The Fig leaf                                                  Valley of Dry Bones

Matt. 24:32-34

Learn the parable of the fig tree.  While the branch is tender and still putting forth leaves, know that summer is near.

Likewise when you see these things (v 3-31), the time is near, even at the doors.
And I tell you that this generation shall not pass until all these things are fulfilled.

Ezek. 37:1-14

The Lord took Ezekiel to a valley full of dry bones and had him walk in, around and amongst them.

            Son of man, can these bones live?  You know, O Lord.

Tell these bones to listen to the Word of the Lord – I will cause breath to enter you and you shall live.  I will lay sinews upon you, flesh and cover you with skin.  I will breathe into you and you shall live and you will know that I am the Lord.

So I prophesied as I was commanded and there behold, there was a noise, a shaking and those bones came together, bone on bone.  And I watched as sinews came upon them and flesh (muscle) covered with skin, but there was no life in them.

Then the Lord said prophecy to the wind, son of man, and tell it, thus says the Lord God, come breath, from the four winds and breathe upon these slain that they may live.
So I did and breath came into them and they stood up on their feet, an exceedingly great army. 

Son of man, these bones are the whole house of Israel and look, they cry our bones are dry, our hope is lost and we are cut off for our parts.

Prophecy to them Thus says the Lord God, behold, my people, I will open up your graves and cause you to come up out of those graves and bring you into the land of Israel.  And you will know that I am the Lord, when I have opened your graves and brought you up out of them.  And I shall put My Spirit in you and you shall live and I will place you in your own land and you shall know that I the Lord have said it and done it.

The fig tree represents Israel, but it also represents today’s church.  God promises Israel to bring them back to their rightful place in the scope of things.

The dry bones represent Israel and it also represents today’s church.  God tells Israel that He will reestablish them as a nation.  Father promises that today’s church will return to full operation (and more) as the early church experienced, (after Jesus’ ascension) taking its right place in the scope of current things.

The fig tree and today’s church.

Jesus explained that the fig tree is, of course, Israel.  In May 1948, Israel declared its statehood (as a country) under a United Nations resolution.  The fig tree was planted for end times as fulfilment of the gospel of Matthew.  But as Israel continues to struggle with full reunification (all of Jerusalem is not Israel), it is still budding.  Even today.

This budding also has spiritual implications for the church of the “New Covenant”, today’s church.  The rise of those who follow Jesus Christ. Christianity, living in the fullness of God’s love.  Buds eventually become blooms.  This blooming is the full operation of the Holy Spirit, as it was 2,000 years ago.  Contrary to general belief, Christianity is still budding for even though blooms have come and gone, the wind has blown them away, the mature fruit is still pending.  The church flourished at first, then settled down, even in its own strength, even becoming complacent, until the Protestant Reformation.  The Reformation caused a radical change, to even suggesting the common man can know God on a personal level.

Paul tells us not to trust in the flesh, for he says he counted everything he gained in the flesh as a loss for Christ.  Our faith is in Jesus and all that He means to us, but we should continually be striving towards Jesus (Phil. 3:1-16). The fruit will never be fully ripe until we are living, literally, in the presence of our Lord Jesus when ALL things will then be revealed and victory will be complete over sickness and death (Rev. 22”1-21). 

The things the apostles and early disciples experienced with the original church are available to us today.  The bible tells us that the state of the latter house is greater than the first (Haggai 2:9).  For the New Covenant church this means that as the believers can do all that Jesus did and more (John 14:12), but as Haggai suggests, the latter believers will do even greater works than what the early believers did.  In magnifying and glorifying Father and in demonstration of His love towards mankind.  After all, we are the only example the world sees of Jesus as we keep His commandments (John 15:8-10)

For the past 100 years Father has been rebuilding the New Covenant church with a greater infilling of the Holy Ghost.  He’s preparing for a “big” move of His Spirit within the body.  And those “rumblings’ are already evident.

Many say that there is a major revival coming, even at our doorstep.  I say that there is a massive spiritual explosion pending, greater than just a revival, and it is getting ready to kick the door down. 
The rumblings are already in place.  Now it’s just a matter of Father getting His “cast” into place.  The men and women who will become His foot soldiers igniting the ‘fuse’.  Is the ‘church’ listening?  Will the church be obedient?

The valley of dry bones

The ”valley of dry bones”, as well as to Israel, also relates to the body of Christ which coincides with the past six seasons (600 years) of rebuilding.  Father has been preparing the bride of Christ, for this time (Isaiah 61:10).   

This rebuilding also coincides with the dry bones in Ezekiel.  Father has been realigning the body of Christ.  He has been and will continue to gather those scattered, dry bones, placing them in their proper places, until there are no more dry bones to gather or until He decides it is time to bring us (His church) home.  He has been rebuilding that body through a ‘reformation’ and several ‘awakenings’ as He continues to reconnect those bones.  Not only has He connected those bones so they won’t become scattered again, He has been covering the church with the ability to function as it is should be, as we learn how to apply His Word into our lives.  And He is covering all of that with ‘skin’, the reflection of His image.  His image of love.  As we learn to allow that love to pour out from our being.  He has even given us His Spirit so we can walk in His power and yet the church cries out “Our bones are dry, our hope is lost and we are separated.”  Denominational differences and dogma prevent the church from – not being – but performing in unity.  They still argue over the ‘differences’ between the denominations. The church not yet ‘Spiritually’ unified.  All the church does not yet walk in the fullness of His power. 

Even though the church (as a whole) does a lot of what it is supposed to be doing, we are still lacking.  For we have yet to allow God to fully pull us up out of our graves.  We are still learning how to totally yield to Him.  Because until we (the church) learn to actually sup with Him, walk hand in hand with Him, we have not yet fully matured (spiritually).  We have not yet fully come up out of our graves.  Our body is not yet fully complete (mature).

All this also correlates with the preparation of the bride of Christ, as the bride prepares herself for her groom (Rev. 19:7-8).  Not that Jesus is coming back tomorrow, but He wants His bride ready for when He does come.  The five wise virgins (of the ten) were in a constant state of preparation awaiting the bridegroom which gives us indication of how we should be, always ready (Matt. 25:1-13).

God has been rebuilding the body of Christ for six seasons.  Since the time He encouraged ‘man’ to bring the bible to the ‘common man’ (think John Wycliffe and Martin Luther), everyone should be able to read the bible for himself.  Only the high priest could enter the Holy of Holies (Heb. 9:3-7), before Christ.  The veil between the “sanctuary” and the “Holy of Holies” was torn in two through the cross (Matt. 27:51).  We are a royal priesthood, aren’t we (1 Peter 2:9)?  We ae become the “High Priest”.  We now have direct access to the Father through Jesus (Eph. 2:13-19). 

No other ‘man’ could open my heart up to Jesus.  I had to do that, with the prompting and direction of the Holy Ghost.  I had to acknowledge, confess, repent and believe thereby opening the door for Him to come in (Psalms 32:5, 1 John 1:9, Rom. 10:9, Rev. 3:20).  Yes I had to hear the word to believe (Rom. 10:17) and I had to be obedient to the prompting of the Holy Ghost, but it was my decision, my choice to agree with Him.  Agreeing with our heavenly Father means living with Him, in Him and for Him – always (John 15:1-12).

Have you noticed how much crazier thing in the world have gotten?  Wars and rumors of wars, natural catastrophes in places where they didn’t used to occur?  To greater magnitudes!  The world is going totally bonkers (Matt. 24:1-31).  Things aren’t just happening.  They are happening more frequently, more intensely and becoming more widespread.  

Am I saying that the end of the world is around the corner?  Absolutely not!  It might be.  But the point is that Father is preparing His church, the body of Christ, so that we are ready when the time does come.  The end of the world could end when Christ returns for His church or for an individual, it could end tomorrow.  Tomorrow is not ours (James 4:13-14).  We have it by the grace of God.  As an individual, we don’t know when “our” time is up nor the day nor hour of Christ’s return.

Now is the time for increased worshipping of God for the testimony of Jesus is the Spirit of prophecy (Rev.19:10).  A time of encouragement into the Kingdom of God.  Now is the time to make sure we are abiding in His love.  Now is the time for people to be able to see the fruit of the Spirit operating in our lives – love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness and temperance (Gal. 5:22-23), and then reaching out from our hearts.

Now is the time to seek and receive the “gift” (whatever it may be) God has given each of us fulfilling our place in His grand scheme so we can be effective ambassadors of His kingdom in this world.

Father knows that not everyone will receive Him, but His heart’s desire is that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9).  No matter how far we are or have moved away from His love, He will receive any and all who truly repent.     With open, forgiving and loving arms He will receive any and all who desire to come into His fellowship, receiving us into His family.  We can’t change ourselves.  We come to God as we are, but He can transform us (in this world) through the Holy Ghost drawing us closer and closer into His love, molding us into His image.

What does a fig tree have to do with dry bones?  Father is preparing all, who will, to come home.  The fig tree says time is nigh.  Father has been revitalizing those dry bones and is now in the process of re-infilling those dead bones, those lifeless bodies, with His Holy Spirit so all that receive Him might truly live.

We need to open our hearts, allowing the Holy Ghost unlimited operation in our lives, not just testifying of Jesus, but praising God with all our heart, mind, soul & spirit, yielding completely to Him as we come into the holy of holies to sup with Him (Rev. 3:20). 

Because we keep His commandments, we are His friends (John 15:14-15).  Because as we are learning to and pursuing the living in His love we await the time we can hear the words we desire to hear “Well done good and faithful servant” (Matt. 25:23).  Because we have made our election sure, we enter into the everlasting kingdom of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:10-11).  And because we live in His love and in His will we know that our eternal home is secure (1 John 5:13).
The fig tree and the dry bones are God’s call to His body to come home and abide in Him.


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