On What Ground Are We Sowing?
The rising autumn heralds yet another evanescent summer. Millions will witness creation’s rite of passage as the green leaves of summer fire into bright harvest reds, oranges and yellows before gravity tugs them gently to the ground, painting country lanes with their artistic hues. This marks the time of the fall harvest, a bigger harvest compared to the first fruits harvest of the summer. When a farmer has tilled good ground, and sown his heirloom seed wisely, he reaps the fruit of a bountiful harvest. The seven-day feast of Tabernacles1 marked the time for the children of Israel to rejoice in their fall harvest blessing by our LORD God. This feast has tremendous theological relevance for the House of Israel today for it represents the Millennium, the thousand years of peace culminating in the great resurrection.
There is a driving for force behind all the articles posted on our site as well as with the chapters in the books. That driving force is the love of the truth of the word of God. Our goal is to deliver this knowledge to those who are the good ground, who joyously bear the fruit of sound doctrine. For as Paul wrote to Timothy, “For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; and they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned to fables.” [2 Tim. 4:3. 4].
Two things motivate this driving force: curiosity and the fierce tenacity not to give up until having succeeded. This implies that we are not timid in spirit. We have to be bold in this pursuit, rooting out biased tradition and falsehoods no matter how near and dear to our hearts they may be. We have to be willing to forsake all else until we have grasped the truth in our hands, and then with unwavering resoluteness, never let go.
This means not accepting a “good enough” version of the truth, which in reality is error. It's like the fact that GMO seed is not good enough for our crops to be sustainable and healthy long-term. The truth is 100% flightworthy. It has to answer all legitimate questions put to it. This why we have to prove all things, discarding the error without remorse, as the apostle Paul encouraged us. And while nearly all will claim to have this love of the truth, the truth is many are called, but only a chosen few bring forth fruit worthy of harvesting. [Mat. 22:14].
The telltale “red line” proof of what is driving each of us, lip service or the love of the truth, occurs when we bump up against the truth. Take for example the subject of the 2013 Christmas article, Our Corrupted Compass, which for some reason in the summer of 2014 suddenly became our reader’s favorite. Jeremiah 10 is extremely clear that the Christmas tree, i.e., "genetically modified fruit of the spirit," is considered by Christ to be an abomination to him. We’ve greatly angered Christ by our collective actions with the tree as the House of Israel.
If you read that article, did you rejoice on learning this? Were you happy to have found the truth of the word of God? “I can ditch the tree and all that specious Santa stuff!” However, come December, will this resolve turn into action, or will it have been just a summer tryst with the truth? Alternatively, did you immediately look for justifications, the way around the truth enabling you to walk down the middle of the road, fooling yourself, but not really? “Well, I’ll just put up a little tree, and stick it in a corner. It’s not really for me. I only do it for the kids.”
But as Christ told us “ … and he that loves a son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. And he that takes not his cross, and follows after me, is not worthy of me. He that finds his [natural] life shall lose it [the spiritual]: and he that loses his [natural] life for my sake shall find it [the spiritual] ….” [Mat 10:37-39; see Mat. 6:25-34]. The Greek word for lose here is apollymi. It means to abolish or destroy. It means that when we abolish our old ways of the flesh, we have put on a new man through baptism and the receiving of the Spirit of God, i.e., new wine in new wine skins. Therefore, if the love of the truth of the word of Christ means less to us than partaking in lies and falsehoods with our children, then we aren’t worthy of Christ’s name. [See Luke 21:33]. We are failing our children as well as ourselves.
Even if our knee-jerk reaction was to defend the tradition of the Christmas tree initially, it’s not too late to move to good ground. It’s not too late to get back up, dust off the lies and grab hold of the truth. Do not play lightly with falsehood and deceits. For our adversary is like a roaring lion seeking whom he may devour. And like all herds, the lions seek out the weak to prey upon. [1 Pet. 5:8].
When it comes to the truth of the word of God, we have some strong lessons in faith for us to follow. In Genesis 32, our forefather Jacob began the night as Jacob, but he ended it as Israel. It is an example of the type of tenacity we need as the descendants of Israel in regards to seeking the truth of the word of God.
“And Jacob was left alone; and there wrestled with a man until the breaking of the day. And when he saw that he prevailed not against him [Jacob], he touched the hollow of his thigh, and the hollow of Jacob’s thigh was out of joint as he wrestled with him. And he said, Let me go, for the day breaks. And he said, I will not let you go, except you bless me. And he said to him, What is your name? And he said, Jacob. And he said to him, Your name shall no more be called Jacob, but Israel: for as a prince you have power with God, and with men and have prevailed. [See Rev. 5:10]. And Jacob asked, and said, Tell me, what is your name? And he said, Wherefore is it that you ask after my name? And he blessed him there. And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face and my life is preserved.” [Gen 32:24-30].
As Christians, we wrestle with those who would take the truth from our grasp. Yet we must not let go of the truth of the word of God. Jacob/Israel’s example of tenacity, not letting go until he prevailed is one Paul wrote of to the ekklesia at Ephesus. “For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the ruler of the darkness of this age, against spiritual wickedness in heavenly places … Stand therefore, having fastened on the belt of truth, and having put on the breastplate of righteousness … and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.” [Eph. 6:12, 14, 17].
The parable of the sower is a reminder, too, that we have our daily wrestling matches. “The sower sows the word. And these are by the wayside, where the word is sown; but when they have heard, Satan comes immediately, and takes away the word that was sown in their hearts.
“And these are they likewise which as sown on stony ground, who when they have heard the word, immediately receive it with gladness. And have no root in themselves, and so endure but for a time: afterward when affliction or persecution arises for the word’s sake, immediately they are offended.
“And these are they, which are sown among the thorns; such as hear the word. And the cares of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, and the lusts of other things entering in, choke the word and it becomes unfruitful.
“And these are they which are sown on good ground; such as hear the word, and receive it, and bring forth fruit, some thirty fold, some sixty and some a hundred.” [Mark 4:14-20].
We are heading toward the latter quarter of another calendar year. As Christians, we need to reflect on our personal harvest of the past year that we bring to our Lord. Have we sown the good ground of sound doctrine, the truth of the word of God, and bring 30, 60 or 100 fold increase? Or have we cast our seed poorly succumbing to the deceits and falsehoods, having learned nothing whereby we show up empty handed? The conscious choice is ours to make.
As the palette of autumn leaves becomes resplendent, announcing the fall harvest, we of the House of Israel need to reflect on our lives as Christians, honestly asking ourselves, “Which life are we living? Are we sowing good seed on good ground?" For by the fruit of our labour shall we be known. [Luke 6:43-45].
1 The feast of Tabernacles begins October 4/5-11/12 in 2017 according to the Jewish calendar. However, the feast of Tabernacles will be honored on Earth during the millennium after the second coming of Christ as we read in Zechariah. “And it shall come to pass that everyone that is left of all the nations, which came up against Jerusalem [the sixth beast, Babylon the Great and its followers], shall even go up from year to year to worship the King, the LORD of hosts, and to keep the feast of Tabernacles … the Lord will smite the heathen that come not up to keep the feast of Tabernacles.” [Zech. 14:16-19].
The feast of Tabernacles is all-inclusive of 4 holy days occuring over a three week period. The dates in 2017 are the feast of Trumpets: September 21/22; the Day of Atonement: September 29/30; the feast of Tabernacles/Harvest: Oct. 4/5-12; and The Last Great Day/Great Resurrection: October 12/13. Please keep in mind that the days begin at sunset in the Hebrew-Israel calendar. Thus the evening of the 21st to the 22nd before sunset is the feast of Trumpets.
See the Flow Chart in the Feature article, The Tale Of Two Covenants for their prophetic relevance for the Houses of Israel and Judah.
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