In a vision a few mornings ago, I was shown a stormy winter scene with snow and wind blowing. The emphasis was on an evergreen tree. The scene largely zoomed on a particular branch in which nestled a cluster of beautiful, large and deep plum-colored grapes. The color contrasted with the crystal clear frost and white snow that had settled in some places on the grapes. Then the scene changes – the grapes had thawed and looked fresh. Next, I saw someone putting a grape to their mouth and the following Word of Knowledge was spoken: “Witnesses”
An evergreen tree never loses its leaves but neither does it produce large grapes; it follows that the vision is pointing to a deeper symbolic meaning. In brief, this tree represents those biblical Trees of Righteousness whose leaves never die and who keep producing fruit despite life’s stormy conditions. One would think by natural account that their fruit would be lost in the frost – but no! Despite the harshness of the season, the cold and the frost, they have been preserved and thawed by Christ our Daystar whose radiating Love, warmth and truth has re-arisen in and re-awakened their dormant hearts and minds! It follows that this is the fruit of their labors which has become nourishing, sustaining and imperishable blessings for them. And because they have not folded in defeat but instead have been strengthened by the storms they confronted, they have become worthy of their calling as tried, tested and true “Witnesses” of GOD’S Word and promises. It follows that their imperishable leaves and fruit are also for the benefit and healing of the nations during a difficult and stormy end-time harvest. Indeed, the fields are white to harvest! (snow)
This vision is reminiscent of Moses who sent twelve spies to investigate the land of Canaan and who brought back a branch bearing grapes so large that they had to be carried by two men. “Then they came to the Valley of Eshcol, and there cut down a branch with one cluster of grapes; they carried it between two of them on a pole…” (Num. 13:23). Although the land was fertile, ten spies brought back a negative report of intimidating enemy giants who lived in the promised land. But two particular witnesses, Joshua and Caleb, trusted GOD to bring them to victory. Tragically and to their own demise, the Israelites distrusted GOD, Moses including the two witnesses and opted to return to Egypt rather than faithfully confront the storms of battling the enemy. Ironically, they all died in the wilderness except for a chosen younger generation. So it is that many Believers, in an attempt to avoid the storms that must be faithfully endured and battles that must be courageously fought, will backslide back into Egypt (the world). But there is a new remnant, a new planting, a particular latter-day generation of persevering overcomers and Witnesses destined to enter the promises of GOD. These faithful and trusting ones are skillful in battling the giants that block their way to and in the promised land because they are fortified by faith and are blessed and strengthened by GOD. And these chosen ones will bring a good report; the gospel of the good news to those who will hear them!
“But blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose confidence is in Him. He is like a tree planted by the waters that sends out its roots toward the stream. It does not fear when the heat comes, and its leaves are always green. It does not worry in a year of drought, nor does it cease to produce fruit.” (Jer. 8:17-18)
“Blessed is the man that walketh not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor standeth in the way of sinners, nor sitteth in the seat of the scornful.But his delight is in the Law of the LORD, and on His law he meditates day and night. He is like a tree planted by streams of water (the water of life, The Lord working through the Word and Holy Spirit) yielding its fruit in season, whose leaf does not wither, and who prospers in all he does. Not so the wicked! For they are like chaff driven off by the wind.” (Ps. 1:2-4)
“And by the river upon the bank thereof, on this side and on that side, shall grow all trees for meat, whose leaf shall not fade, neither shall the fruit thereof be consumed: it shall bring forth new fruit according to his months, because their waters they issued out of the sanctuary (the inner sanctuary, 1 Cor. 3:16) and the fruit thereof shall be for meat, and the leaf thereof for medicine.” (Eze. 47:12)
“Blessed is every one that feareth the LORD; that walketh in his ways. For thou shalt eat the labour of thine hands: happy shalt thou be, and it shall be well with thee.” (Ps. 128:1-2)
Praise GOD and thank you Jesus Christ.
Keep the Faith,