“And there shall come forth a rod out of the stem of Jesse, and a Branch shall grow out of his roots.” (Is. 11:1)
Years ago, I was shown a brown tree with many brown branches. Suddenly, a large white branch appeared from above and touched one of the branches. As soon as that happened, the branch on the tree began to turn white. End of Vision.
I did not understand the vision when it was shown because I had very little knowledge of the Holy Bible. It was only after undertaking a scriptural study of the Word, that the meaning and identity of the Branch was clearly understood.
In order to identify the white Branch, it is important to understand it first from a genealogical perspective. Prophets Jeremiah and Zechariah prophesied about a particular Branch that would be born, as an offshoot through Jesse, in King David’s lineage. They further described the Branch as one who would be a servant, a king, a messiah and a man of righteousness. Importantly, Isaiah 4:2 further described this descendant or Branch as the Son of God. The identity of the Branch foretold by these Old Testament Prophets would be revealed, hundreds of years later, as Jesus the Christ, throughout the New Testament.
Back to the vision and the white Branch. White is biblically synonymous with righteousness and holiness. Consider that this prophetic genealogical Branch was also symbolically affiliated with righteousness by Prophet Jeremiah thousands of years ago:
“Behold, the days come, saith the LORD, that I will perform that good thing which I have promised unto the house of Israel and to the house of Judah. In those days, and at that time, will I cause the Branch of righteousness to grow up unto David; and he shall execute judgment and righteousness in the land. In those days shall Judah be saved, and Jerusalem shall dwell safely: and this is the name wherewith he shall be called, The LORD our righteousness.” (Jer. 33:14-16)
Within the context of this vision, the white Branch that descended from above, is the prophesied resurrected Branch of Righteousness, Jesus Christ. The only One empowered through the ultimate sacrifice, to whiten Israel’s branches, to remove iniquity and execute judgment and righteousness. Subsequent to the ultimate Sacrifice, it is a divine design that no longer applies solely to the House of Israel. Because of Israel’s unbelief, it now includes the whitening and grafting together of both Jews and Gentiles until the time of fulfillment, as brought to Light by Apostle Paul. (Eph 3:4-10; Rom.11).
This vision is yet another confirmation in support of Daniel’s prophecies; that many would be made white – made righteous – during the latter days and is yet again another marker of where we are approximately situated on GOD’s timetable. The quickening touch of the Resurrected Branch sparks an inner work of sanctification through the Holy Spirit and the Word, that will further yield an abundance of fruit in this godly-pruned tree. Healing fruit, of the likes, which we have yet to fully comprehend with our finite human minds.
If you are an unbeliever in the House of Israel, you are encouraged to come to a better understanding and blessings of the merciful gift of redemption accorded to you through the Branch of Righteousness, Jesus Christ. If you are an unbelieving Gentile or a lukewarm Believer, you are also encouraged to understand that you can be made white and righteous through the same Branch and heir in this holy genealogical tree.
“For if the firstfruit be holy (Jesus Christ) the lump is also holy (Jesus Christ) and if the root be holy (Jesus Christ) so are the branches (those who abide in Him; accept Him as Lord of Righteousness and sanctifying Savior). “(Rom. 11:16)
“I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, and the Bright and Morning Star.” (Rev. 22:16)
Keep the Faith in His finished works!