In Isaiah, chapter 53, part of verse 2 reads, “For he shall grow up before him as a tender plant, and as a root out of dry ground…” A lot of this chapter in Isaiah is speaking of the coming Saviour. This “dry ground” is the spiritual environment that Jesus was born into. The priesthood of that day was ruled by a corrupt high priest. The king of the nation was an Idumaean Jew ( that is, not of the tribes of Israel, but of Esau) and he was a murderer. Many of the rulers of the people, both governmental and religious, were not Israelites but were called Jews because of their religion, not their nationality. The people were rebellious, led astray from God by false teachings and doctrines of these ungodly non-Israelite leaders. The rebellious dwell in a dry land (Ps. 68:6). Jesus strove with these false “Jews” until they finally crucified him. Jesus once told these Jews that, Ye are of your father the devil, and the lusts of your father ye will do (Jn. 8:44). So the hearts of the people were dry. This “dry ground” had not been watered by the true word and doctrine of God. I’m sure Jesus read the scriptures with a heart longing for God’s presence in the hearts of Israel just as David did when he wrote, O God, thou art my God, early will I seek thee: my soul thirsteth for thee, my flesh longeth for thee in a dry and thirsty land, where no water is (Ps. 63:1). But Jesus grew up from a “tender plant” into a full grown “green tree” in this spiritual dry earth. And when he spoke the true words of God and manifested the power of God the people received the “rain” from heaven with which God watered their hearts.
HERE WE GO AGAIN
Once again we are confronted with this same situation. Ungodly leaders of government, religion, education and entertainment telling us how to live. This leadership is not by the standards of the word of God, but by their own ungodly standards, as shown by either their words or deeds. Look at the knowledge that is sown into the people today. Most all entertainment, it seems, is what would have been called pornography a few years ago. Homosexuality is to be viewed as a natural thing, abortion is a “choice” not the death of a life, and belief in God is something to be skoffed at. Many leaders of government, religion and education are being caught in sexual scandals. Even churches either don’t rely on the word of God or they use a “modern” bible version that does away with God’s truth. It’s definitely a dry time that we live in. But, just as God did not leave his people without a witness 2000 years ago, he will not leave this generation without a witness either. He will meet the needs of those who seek him. God will always send his messenger to those who thirst after righteousness. For I will pour water upon him that is thirsty, and floods upon the dry ground: I will pour my spirit upon thy seed, and my blessing upon thine offspring (Isa. 44:3). If we will heed the scripture in Hosea 10:12 then we will also reap his blessing, Sow to yourselves in righteousness, reap in mercy: break up your fallow ground: for it is time to seek the Lord, till he come and rain righteousness upon you. He told us in Matthew 5:6 , Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they will be filled. And, in Hebrews 11:6, God is a “…rewarder of those that diligently seek him.” God will give us “rain in due season” if we faint not. But on the whole, this is a time of not only no rain but of famine also. Behold, the days come, saith the Lord God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord (Amos 8:11).
THE TIME OF THE END
This is the last time that God will allow his creation to become so rebellious and unbelieving before the “great and dreadful day of the Lord when God will have his fill of rebellion by his creation. This is the time of the end of this present world system. Apostasy will abound and unbelief will be ramped. This is the time when the Devil will think he has accomplished his victory, but it’s the time of God’s great victory over the forces of evil and Christ will reign for 1000 years. God will raise up an army to spread his holy word through all the earth. This army will bring the rain of God’s word and power upon the earth. Look at these scriptures:
Hosea 6:3, He shall come to us as the rain, as the latter and former rain unto the earth.
Pslams 72:6, He shall come down like the rain upon the mowed grass: as showers that water the earth.
James 5:7, Be patient therefore, brethern, unto the coming of the Lord. Behold, the husbandman waiteth for the precious fruit of the earth and hath long patience for it, until he receive the early and latter rain.
Deuteronomy 32:2, My doctrine shall drop as the rain.
Haggai 2:6, Yet once, it is a little while, I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land.
THE GREEN TREE AND THE DRY
When he was being led away to Calvary by the Romans and Simon the Cyrenain was made to carry his cross, Jesus said some very profound things to the women who were following. Verse 31 of Luke 23 records part of this, he said, For if they do these things in a green tree, what shall be done in the dry? The object of this question is now upon us in these last days. And what will be done in this time? Where will God’s rain come from this last time?
THE WORD AND POWER
In the days of Jesus’ ministry and of the Apostles in the book of Acts, the hearts of the people were dry from the lack of the presence of God and hearing his word. But when the word and power came (the former rain), many hearts soaked up the rain from heaven. The scriptures show in Revelation 14 who will bring the latter rain in the earth, “…a lamb stood on mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand…” (This mount Sion is Mt. Herman in northern Israel where Jesus was transfigured before Peter, James and John. It is not Mt. Zion in Jerusalem, see Deut. 4:48.) This 144,000 will be made of 12,000 from each of the tribes of Judah, Reuben, Gad, Asher, Naphtali, Manasseh, Simeon, Levi, Issachar, Zebulon, Joseph and Benjamin as shown in Rev. 7:4-8. They will preach the “…everlasting gospel…to every nation, kindred, and tongue and people.” (Rev. 14:6) These are the sons of God to be manifested in the last days with great power from God to be his witnesses. God will be fulfilling his promise to Israel and to whomsoever will come. And so all Israel shall be saved: as it is written, there shall come out of Sion the Deliverer, and shall turn away ungodliness from Jacob: For this is my covenant unto them, when I shall take away their sins. (Rom. 11:26-27) And in 2 Peter 3:9, The Lord is not slack concerning his promise, as some men count slackness; but is longsuffering to us-ward, not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance. God’s redeptive promises for Israel through all the prophets will be fulfilled.
So, if they crucified the ‘green tree’, what shall be done in the dry? Two things are for sure. One, the enemies of God will grow strong and deceive many, and two, God will bring a great victory for his kingdom by bringing salvation to multitudes through the manifestion of the sons of God. Then his kingdom will be fully established in the earth and the King will reign.
(See immortalityroad.wordpress.com for much more on who and how the sons of God will be manifested.)