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The Vine Destroyed

Daily Devotions: by Christina Farris

Ezekiel 15:1-8 KJV
(1) And the word of the LORD came unto me, saying,
(2) Son of man, What is the vine tree more than any tree, or than a branch which is among the trees of the forest?
(3) Shall wood be taken thereof to do any work? or will men take a pin of it to hang any vessel thereon?
(4) Behold, it is cast into the fire for fuel; the fire devoureth both the ends of it, and the midst of it is burned. Is it meet for any work?
(5) Behold, when it was whole, it was meet for no work: how much less shall it be meet yet for any work, when the fire hath devoured it, and it is burned?
(6) Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; As the vine tree among the trees of the forest, which I have given to the fire for fuel, so will I give the inhabitants of Jerusalem.
(7) And I will set my face against them; they shall go out from one fire, and another fire shall devour them; and ye shall know that I am the LORD, when I set my face against them.
(8) And I will make the land desolate, because they have committed a trespass, saith the Lord GOD.

The consuming fire in Revelation at the resurrection of dead, only leads the false prophets into another fire. Yet also in Revelations the mentioning of the consume vine is spoken about. The angel with the sickle gathers the grapes and the vine for destruction. Grapes being the fruit of the false prophets. Within the walls of Jerusalem were false prophets. Prophets not meet for Godís use. Within Israel and Judah the false prophets came to seek and destroy the faith of Israel through divination, magic, and trickery. God is not the author of these things, though these things will draw a crowd.

Time of Elijah the prophet Baal prophets were challenged. The challenge was for the destruction of the false prophets. Elijah challenge Baal to pray for fire to come down from heaven. Elijah did the same as well as carry water to put around his altar, so it would take an act of God to burnt he sacrifice on the altar. Basically what happened is God lit the sacrifice of Elijah and Baal people whipped and cut themselves around their altar with no act of their God. Then Elijah and his people killed the prophets of Baal. Story found in 2 Kings.

Anyway one has to ask what is God declaring war on the false prophets of our land. God will remove the false prophets of our land, we do not have to do a thing, but pray. False prophets break the laws of our land, seek to destroy the people without care. There is no room for the false prophets of todayís world in our world. Yet these false prophets still exist. Godís will send his death angel to grab those vines and cast them in the pit called hell.

We all have bramble in our life. We all have areas of destruction in our life that needs constant weeding by the word of God. Yet most of us would not qualify necessarily as a false prophet, for our desire is to do the will of God and to enable others with hand up or hand out at times. What interesting there is a line between the persecution of the saints verse the persecution of the false prophets. If the false prophets act like Jesus how can one know the difference? It is the word of God that defines belief and unbelief. That why only God can judge the heart of man. Yet with false prophets they do not obey God or the laws. Usually they mask themselves as godly people and do the work of the devil at other times. These people are only out for themselves. God takes his sickle and does cleaning of the land, he pulls the vine and fruit for destruction.

Jesus is the true vine and we are his branches are we made for destruction. The use of vine in scripture is not always evil. In fact the use of vine can be good or evil. I think of poison oak as being evil. In fact if it can be burned it better then spraying it because of the seeds from the vine cause it to return. I often think of grapevines as being something good. Yet grapes have the ability to stain things you have no desire for it to stain. The stain, be a marker of sin, a symbol of the sin of Israel and Roman killing the Messiah. Yet God is clear in scripture He sent His Son to die and He died at the will of the Father. He died because of sin of the world He paid the price for the sin of the world by sending His Son. God is the caretaker of the vine. He cuts and prunes it for his use. The vine itself having dead branches upon it. If those branches being cut off can be grafted back in, only God knows. Every born again believer knows that we were all condemn to the fire of hell and eternal lake of fire, until one got saved. The ability to be grafted back into the true vine of God through Christ Jesus is possible. We are like sheep at times that go astray but return to the Shepherd of our soul. If God can graft us back into his covenant, then why should we second guess the ability for Him to do it for someone else.

Do not loose faith, but hold on to the hope of faith, not being afraid to repent, but being afraid not to. God love is great. Greater then all we can understand. God sent His Son to be the redeemer of the world. Repent today. Ask Jesus into your heart and receive him as salvation of our soul.

Dear Heavenly Father I ask Jesus to come into my heart, I receive your salvation plan for my life and ask you to forgive me of my sins, In Jesus precious name, Amen.

Continual Scripture Study for Devotion:John 15, also Romans 11, Revelations 20, and Revelation 14:14-20 KJV
(14) And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
(15) And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
(16) And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
(17) And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
(18) And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
(19) And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
(20) And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.


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