“In a dream, in a vision of the night, When deep sleep falls upon men, While slumbering on their beds, Then He opens the ears of men, And seals their instruction. (Job 33:15-16)
I was awoken in the early morning hours – it was still dark outside – from a deep sleep to hear the following Word of Knowledge very clearly: “Mustard”.
A word is worth a thousand more words, indeed! It was instantaneously understood that this Word of Knowledge pointed to the two parables of the Mustard Plant. Briefly noted, our Beloved Lord used this plant as a parable to symbolize the humble but rapid growth of GOD’S New Kingdom. And in what should be received as knee-dropping instructions, He also explained that the mustard seed was synonymous with faith – a profound and accelerated level of faith that is compatible with the New Kingdom. (Mat. 17:20) (I am hearing twice that it will happen.) Praise be to GOD and thank you Lord Jesus.
The Israelite nation knew that a Kingdom was promised in the Old Testament and that it would be glorious. From start to finish, Jesus explained how the Kingdom would begin and end. Briefly noted, He was referring to GOD seeding His New Kingdom on earth from above through His Son’s finished works and quickening Spirit. From its inception as a seed, Jesus declared this New Kingdom would symbolically grow like a Tree (of Life).
Jesus went on to explain that the outgrowth of this Kingdom would be so glorious that even the birds of the air would comfortably lodge in its branches. Clearly, nothing negative can lodge in GOD’S Kingdom nor come near the Tree of Life that is heavily guarded by powerful angelic sentinels with flaming swords. Symbolically, there is no negative nor evil association with them as some would believe. Instead, these birds are destined to find rest, security and provisions in the shadow thereof. And within this context, they represent the redeemed who are born of the Spirit and who – when resurrected – are symbolically likened as birds or the angels of heaven. (Mk. 12:25)
Our Lord clearly instructed that until the final implementation of GOD’S New Kingdom we could nonetheless, like the birds of the air, reap some of its benefits. Are we not warned that we are like birds whom the fowler attempts to trap and destroy? Did our precious Master and Lord not represent Himself as a motherly fowl who lovingly secures His cherished chicks under the shadow of His mighty Wings? Did Jesus not teach about the importance of partaking of the life-giving fruit of the Spirit which also includes heavenly wisdom, knowledge and understanding only available through the Tree of Life? No earthly kingdom, no other tree, no leader, no man on earth can provide this heavenly sustenance: (I am hearing a confirmation). Praise GOD and thank you Lord.
“The Lord God planted a garden toward the east, in Eden; and there He placed the man (the first Adam in a fallen state became fated to partake of the works of his hands) whom He had formed. Out of the ground the Lord God caused to grow every tree that is pleasing to the sight and good for food; the tree of life (stood prominently and eminently above the other trees – other sons) also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. (the fallen son who although he was created in goodness and beauty became the essence of evil. ) (Gen. 2:8-9)
“Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed (the planting of the Lord’s New Covenant Kingdom) which a man (Jesus as the last Adam seeds the earth with His quickening Word and Spirit) took and sowed in his field (the world He created) which indeed is the least of all the seeds (humble beginnings) but when it is grown it is greater than the herbs and becomes a tree (of Life – bearing healing leaves and fruit) so that the birds of the air (saints born again of the Spirit which includes the faithful who have resurrected) come and nest (find rest, security and provision in the shadow of) its branches (the redeemed twelve tribes of Israel including the grafted glorious Church at the end of the age) ” (Mat. 13:31-32).
Part 2 follows…