12 June 2010 (Shibi'i/Sukkot)|
Day #89, 5934 AM
The Ploughed Field
The End-Time Work of this Ministry
Some of you here today know that I have been busy with my family preparing a large area of rough land on our property into a lawn. We needed an excavator here to move enormous boulders and dig up the roots of once proud pine and birch trees that had been scattered all over it. Some of those boulders are twice the size of a grown man. After the big stuff had been moved the work was not over. The ground was rough and uneven and lay over the winter so the frost and snow could break down the soil more. Come spring we had to hire a tractor to turn the ground again several times and to our surprise brought up an endless stream of rocks and roots. Several men had to comb the land picking up the débris. We are still removing it one stone at a time.
But that was not all that had to be done. The ground was too dry to plant fresh grass seed and while we waited for warmer and wetter weather, the weeds began to spring up and in no time at all the freshly ploughed ground was covered in wild grass and all manner of weeds. The tractor had to come back and till the ground again, making the soil even finer, before finally the seed was sown.
Meanwhile my children and I worked along the borders of this new lawn-to-be digging up boulders with our bare hands and crowbars where the excavator and tractor had missed them. It was hard, back-breaking work. Huge holes had to be filled. We waged war against ferns and other weeds lamouring to colonise this rough area too.
Before long seagulls and other birds gathered for a feast of seed and had to be driven off. Hot weather came, the ground cracked and nothing much sprang up. Every day, for about a couple of hours, we had to hose the large area to give the seeds a chance to spring up. A few did, here and there in patches. With the shortage of groundwater, the hosepipe and sprinkler yielded less and less water making the whole operation impossible. Hardier weeds, already rooted from previous seasons, began to compete for the patches where the grass had not grown, always beating them. The water reduced to a trickle and I just gave up. It looked as though the wilderness would win.
And then, quite suddenly, the weather changed and we got three days of more or less continuous rainfall. With the birds driven away to shelter, the grass seed began to awaken and within 24 hours the land was a carpet of light green grass seedlings. All the patches which the weeds had clamoured for were suddenly occupied by their intended owner. By the third day we had the makings of a lawn! Today is the fourth day and as I look out over that patch of land we have worked so hard on, I feel a sense of satisfaction as well as gratitude that something greater than myself took care of what I could not. We had done out part and 'nature' had taken care of the rest.
This morning my wife had a dream. She dreamed that she was ploughing a field but the soil was very dry. No matter how much she turned it, there was no moisture beneath the surface into which she could sow seed and hope for it to sprout. I was standing nearby, presumably a spectator, and she was very frusrrated indeed. Her whole effort seemed to her to be in vain for what was the point of this great and hard labour if nothing would grow in the soil for lack of water? And that was the end of her dream.
Brethren and sisters, I want you all to remember that Yahweh does not expect us to do what we cannot do. We have to do our part and He will do His, leaving nothing unfinished or incomplete. The bottom line is a truth the apostle Paul taught, and although this had to do with the harvest of souls, the principle remains true in every human endeavour whose object is the Kingdom of God, whether it be evangelism, character development, career, parenthood, or our mission in life generally:
Here you and I are symbolically compared to either a field or a building. Both these symbols are used extensively throughout the Scriptures. You are all familiar with the Parable of the Sower (Mt.13:3-23) in which Yah'shua concludes:
"Who then is Paul, and who is Apollos, but ministers through whom you believed, as Yahweh gave to each one? I planted, Apollos watered, but Elohim (God) gave the increase. So then neither he who plants is anything, nor he who waters, but Elohim who gives the increase. Now he who plants and he who waters are one, and each one will receive his own reward according to his own labour. For we are Elohim's fellow workers; you are Elohim's field, you are Elohim's building" (1 Cor.3:5-9, NKJV).
The good ground or well tilled, fertilised and weeded ground represents the soul whose spiritual heart and ears are open to the emet or truth of the Gospel - he hears the Word, plants it in his being, understands it, and that Word takes root, grows deep roots and a strong stem, flowers and bears fruit many times over. Such a soul becomes a picture of multiplication, of bounty, lusciosuness, and plenty, each soul bringing as much fruit as he has invested into preparing his soul.
"But he who received seed on the good ground is he who hears the word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and produces: some a hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty" (Matt.13:23, NKJV).
Many wrongly believe that all we have to do is 'accept Christ' and that He will do the rest. Paul said that "each one will receive his own reward according to his own labour". Yahweh only gives increase into soul that has been prepared and worked because in every soul there are character flaws, sinful habits, wicked inclinations, carnal addictions, double-mindedness, worldly distractions, and every manner of weed and boulder which will render the field unfit to bring forth the harvest of Elohim. Decisions have to be made to remove these. Covenants have to be made to see the job of purification done until it is completed. And fnally, and most importantly, the will has to be sufficiently surrendered that Yahweh can send in His 'excavators' and 'tractors' to get the work completed. Only then can the seed of the Word be planted and only then can we be fruitful but even still it is only Yahweh who gives the increase. We do not direct a seed's growth. We can only till the soil and water it and drive off birds. Cell multiplication, cell differentiation, cell metabolism and all the other biochemical functions are contriolled by Yahweh, not us.
I told my wife this morning that the moisture was not her responsibility and to trust in Yahweh to provide the rain to enable planting to go ahead. To me, this was a good dream, because it showed how hard she had been working to prepare the ground of her heart for what Yahweh would be using it for in the future. And I thanked her (and Yahweh for giving it to her) for the dream which was the inspiration for this sermon today for struggle though I did yesterday to prepare something for this assembly this morning, I received nothing. I would, as it turned out, have to wait for the inspiration from elsewhere, reminding me that there are times and seasons for everything, to not rush ahead, and to trust Yahweh to provide vital needs in time.
The truth is, I was a bit depressed yesterday. The scale of the opposition seemed so big and so implaccably hostile and unmovable that I despaired that the changes we needed to see in the laws of the land to enable us to raise our children in freedom would ever come to pass. I knew - because it has happened so many times in the past - that Yahweh would in all likelihood act at the last minute, when all seemed to be lost, to test and strengthen my faith. He had already used the lawn we were making as a living example for both me and my children. And only the other day he showed me a prophetic vision of what was going to happened to the remainder of our enemies who have sought the destruction of our lives and of this work. And no matter how 'young' or 'old' we are in the Gospel, it seems we are in need of constant reminding that Yahweh does provide in all situations.
Part of this disciplining is that we are required to work in the wilderness on projects that have no earthly possibility of being completed without His direct intervention so that there can be no doubt in anyone's mind that He ordered it. When Noah built his multideck ocean-going liner far inland in Mesopotamia it was abundantly clear to everyone - believer and unbeliever alike - that only Yahweh could complete the project. Yes, such a ship could have been converted into a museum or a hôtel or some sightseeing 'folly', or even sold as timber, but that is not what it was made for, and only Yahweh could possibly set it afloat and fill it with its passengers. Can you imagine Noah and his family, eight souls in all, scouring the globe for animals? Yahweh took care of that Himself, doing what for man is impossible. And He acts in this way so that all the glory should go to Him, as is proper for the One who provides everything anyway.
We as a little flock have been called to gather in the middle of nowhere, in the wilderness of Scandinavia and plumb in the middle of an Illuminati experiment at population mind-control through gradual change, in order to gather several thousand people from all around the world into twelve places of refuge which will be supernaturally protected so that all of the world with its military and technology cannot touch us (see Isaiah 4).
Now you and I know that we cannot possibly do that. We don't have the money to build anything - we are barely surviving economically by the skin of our teeth, we are afflicted with ill-health, we have been - and are being - persecuted, and we certainly do not have the means to defend ourselves against the political and military might of the world! If anyone believes that we have, they need to register into their nearest psychiatric institution.
We have no special powers. We are not supermen. We are weak and frail as humans go and nothing that could possibly single us out as being anyone special. What we do, I hope, still have is faith and the wisdom that comes from studying, listening and obeying Yahweh over the years. And we have Yahweh's covering so that every attempt to destroy us will not only fail but turn with a vengeance on the perpetrators. We didn't put it there. Yahweh did. All glory to Him.
The colours of our flag - black, white and blue, really tell it all - we have only ever known opposition and scorn (black), we have sought purity, love and holiness (white) and we have been blessed with wisdom (blue). Those colours are set on a white field (the purity, love and holiness of our Messiah Yah'shua) and in the corner of a red cross (the blood of atonement of Yah'shua). That is who we are and that is what our banner, instituted in 1992, represents.
Like Noah, we have been commanded to build not one but twelve arks. They will not with withstanding floods but fire. Believe me, they're going to be needed. And by 'we' I don't necessarily mean just the adults here assembled, but also - and specifically - the children. It is their generation who will complete and inhabit these 'arks', though not them, but Yahweh operating through them. Our generation, like David, provides the materials for the next generation, like Solomon, to build. Moreover, this is not just a physical construction project. Indeed, that is the 'minor' portion of what we have been commanded to build. The greater work is going on now, and has been going on for the last 25 or so years. This construction work is the assembly of Emet or Truth needed not just to gather and protect the remnant in the Great Tribulation but for the work of witnessing here and now. And we have been witnessing now for over two decades.
I am often asked what it is we are 'doing'. This is what we are doing. This is the work I was called to do in 1984 and I have not ceased from my labour ever since. It may be hard for some to understand but it is the truth.
Seed has been scattered in many fields throughout the world in order to raise up the remnant. Yahweh is doing that mostly without our even being aware of it. Every now and then these souls suddenly appear out of nowhere having been taught the same things as we, led in the same things as we, and always receptive and hungry for more Emet. There is no glory in this for us which is why we are largely invisible to the world, and definitely do not seek glory. We are content to work in the background, until needed up front, doing our work.
My family here has been a fantastic support in this. We have suffered much loss along the way but we have not been undaunted. The work continues as each soul ploughs his or her soul in readiness for the heavenly rain that will signal planting time. This is not an easy path, requiring much endurance and patience, but it is absolutely worth it. To me this is an iron pole in the ground of my life, fixed and immovable. Many have tried to rip my hands off it and to get me to do something else but I know my calling and intend to remain firm. Therefore I stand trusting in my Elohim.
Soon we will be launched out again into the world. It's coming presently. There are some upheavals to come first and then nothing will be able to stop this work. To those who have been waiting in the wings wondering whether we are going to arise phoenix-like or simply dissolve into dust and disappear, I say this: watch in readiness and when you have your clear testimony, do not hesitate but come home. We will be waiting for you. Amen.