“They shall dwell each under his vine and under his fig tree with no one to make them afraid, for the mouth of Yehovah of Hosts has spoken.”
The prophet Micah speaks of the last days when the house of Yehovah was established in the top of the mountain, exalted above the hill, for in those days the people flow unto the venerated tabernacle. This was the time when the old heaven and earth were passed away as all tings written were fulfilled in the ministry of the Anointed of God. He came forth in the fullness of time and abolished the handwriting of ordinances as He fulfilled the Law in righteousness. He did not come to fulfill the types and foreshadows for these were the pattern of heavenly things. He did not come to begin something for there is nothing new under the sun and He did not come to make a provision available to who-so-ever wanted a way of deliverance. He came to save His people from their sin and to manifest that which was finished from before the foundation of the world.
This was the time in history when both ways came together in Him (the type in conclusion and the fulfillment in manifestation) and the distinctions that were set forth in the creation were openly declared unto all the nations. God had created all things separate from the beginning. He separated the light from the darkness, the dry land from the seas and the day from the night and when He brought forth His creatures upon the face of the earth, each was distinct according to the seed within. Thus each brought forth after his kind and never shall any amount of creativity on the part of man result in the joining of that which the Almighty has made separate.
From the beginning, God established a mystery which He hid from all man-kind, especially the prophets of old who diligently searched for it (Col.1:26). This mystery was nothing new for that would constitute a change in the operations of God who works all things after the counsel of His will. If there can be a change in the operations then there must have been a change in the will, purpose and plan of God to facilitate the change in operations. But our Yehovah God is the same yesterday, today and forever, He does not change (Heb. 13:8).
This mystery was that the nations should all be partakers in the glad tidings of great joy, which should be to all men, the salvation from their sin in Adam and partakers of the same Spirit of God (Col. 1:27). It is not that all men in ever nation should be universally delivered by the blood of the Lamb of God but it is that men of every nation, every kindred, every tribe and every tongue are the redeemed of the Lord, the elect according to grace. If this be true, then these are of that incorruptible seed which is born from above and although they were not of the natural lineage of the nation of Israel, yet are they the Israel of out God. They have been and always shall be kin to the first-born of many brethren, heirs of God and joint heirs with Messiah of the glory of the Godhead in unity and simplicity. Though they be of the so called, ‘pagan’ society and cultures of the world, yet are they “elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through the sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and the sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ” (I Pt. 1:2).
“And for me, that utterance may be given unto me that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel” (Eph. 6:19).
The Apostle was given to know this mystery of the will of God by the revelation of Jesus Christ. He was given to know and to proclaim the Word of God as spoken to the prophets of old as they boldly spoke of the fact that the nation of Israel was not the true Israel. The prophesies repeatedly set forth that God would reveal Himself to the world and all nations, those of Jacob and those not of Jacob, would know that He is God and that the place wherein it was said; ‘these are not the children of God’ there it shall be revealed the people of Yehovah. They shall be His people and He shall be their God. But now, in the fullness of time, when the daily sacrifices had ceased and the death of the Testator had come to pass, the mystery of God was manifested as completed. The seventh messenger had sounded, the mystery was finished and the kingdoms of this world were manifested as the Kingdom of our God (Rev. 10:7 &11:15). God who had spoken by the prophets in the days of old has spoken to His people by His Son, in these last days, that the nations may know that He is Yehovah God.
“...He shall teach us His ways and we will walk in His paths for the Law shall go forth of Zion” (4:2)
These last days are the time when the Spirit of God is poured out upon all people (Joel 2:28), the fury of His anger was poured out (Ez. 7:8) and His truth is revealed from faith to faith in the glad tidings of the deliverance of His people. No more is man directed and taught to know God by rituals and ceremonies which are weak in the flesh. Man is not made righteous by the conduct of the arm of Adam and he is not taught by the superstitions and exercises of disciplines in the observance of days, daily and diverse washings, dietary restrictions or business procedures. They that are His have been His seed for all eternity and now, having been made manifest, walk according to His faith and live by the faith of the Son of God who loved them and gave Himself for them.
This is the house, tabernacle and dwelling place of God wherein He dwells with His people (Rev.21:3). It is now present as the City of our God for it has been established upon the mountain of God. He dwells in His people and they in Him. They are One as He is One. This Holy habitation is fitly framed together and is higher than any hill of this world for it is not of this world. This is His ‘called out assembly’ that has been cleansed of all their sin in Adam by His blood. They are no more taught of man to know the Lord for the Spirit of God teaches every one of them His ways. Man does not know the ways of God for they are higher than the heavens are above the earth (Is. 55:9).
Man cannot receive the things of the Spirit, neither can he know them for they are spiritually discerned, therefore the walk, the path, the teaching and the Law cannot be of man. It did not come from the imaginations of man or the customs of the people of the land. It is not based upon appearances, rhetoric or obediences and it is not a respecter of any who would presume to be righteous accordingly. This Law is come forth out of Zion, that parched high place where only the redeemed of the Lord may dwell because they have been sealed in their foreheads with the name of their Father and God. Let the scholars of the world chase after the sands of Palestine and the dust of the earth, Zion is established from above and unto Her it has been granted to awake, stand up and shake off the dust of the earth and She is seated with Her Husband and Lord (Is. 52:1).
“And He shall judge among many people and rebuke strong nations afar off” (4:3)
The judgment of God has come. He came forth upon that white horse with the Word proceeding from His mouth and He has judged the world in righteousness. He has abolished the ministration of condemnation and death for His people as He bore their sins and shed His blood. But He has also judged all unrighteousness and condemned it by the standard of the perfect Law of God. Accordingly, His people, from every nation, kindred, tribe and tongue shall no more make war with each other. The hatred and animosities of national bias has been replaced with the love of the brethren. Just as Ruth had love in her heart for Naomi and her God and as Boaz was given love for this Moabites widow woman so the people of God, in fulfilling His Law, have love one for another. The sword of adversity and prejudice has been beaten into a plow for working in the fields of the Master. No more shall those who thought themselves righteous because they had Jacob as their father turn up the nose of arrogance to the one who is born of Cain or Ishmael.
Those who think themselves righteous according to the deeds of the law are rebuked when God reveals the corruption of sin and the condemnation of the flesh. Those who think themselves sufficient by the power of the flesh or the superiority of intellect are made as babes, helpless and ignorant and those who have confidence in the wealth of this world are made poor for the glory of God. Heritage, strength and wisdom are found to be as dung and the child of grace is revealed subjected to the vanity of the world and the corruption of the flesh, Therefore they cry out to their Father for deliverance.
“They dwell, each, under his vine and under his fig tree”
The sheep of the fold of God dwell under Him for He is the vine and they are the branches. They have been planted in a prepared good ground (a vessel afore prepared unto glory) and they grow and mature by the hand of their loving and caring husbandman. They bring forth the fruit of the Spirit, the peaceable fruit of righteousness because they are of the True Vine. They are the sons of God and are seated together with Him in the heavenlies. They also dwell under the shadow of His wing until the time of habitation is over and the manifestation of the sons of God is come. No man can pluck them from the Father’s hand, He has lost none and they will not hear anothers voice or follow him.
These also dwell in Beth-phage, that city of the green fig. They are the fruit of the tree that comes forth in proper season as a manifestation of the life and vitality of the trees of the Lord. These are they who are planted by the rivers of waters that bring forth their fruit in his season. His delight is in the law of God and in that Law do these meditate day and night (Ps. 1:2f).
The goats of this world sit under the vine that has brought forth wild grapes and has been abandoned by the husbandman. This vineyard has been left to the beasts of the field and the fowl of the air. This is as a seed as the size of the grain of mustard which a man took and sowed in his field. This has grown up to be the greatest among the herbs and as a magnificent tree wherein the wicked one dwells as the fowl of the air (Matt. 13:31f). Under this tree dwell the beasts of the field, those brute beasts made to be taken out and destroyed and they feast on the wild fruit of this wicked vine. These are evil figs and corrupt grapes which appear like unto the good but contained therein is death and destruction.
“...with none to make them afraid…”
The flesh is constantly afraid of even those things which he thinks he knows. The reality is that he knows nothing and has no control over anything that comes to pass. Though he may assert that he knows how events shall unfold, or how one may answer a question or respond to a situation, the truth is that man knows not his next breath nor if it should be. The confidants of this world boast in their presumed ability to be like the most high God and forecast the times and events before they come to pass. They receive great esteem and notoriety from their fellow fools in both natural and religious matters as the prognosticate the weather, the news and the prophetic signs of the time.
The confidence of the child of grace is that His Father in heaven is seated upon His throne and ruling over all the universe perfectly. Not one speck of dust, not one thought, intention or deed and no event comes to pass but it has been ordained from before anything was created. He has declared the things that have not yet come to pass as thought they had already been, as a testimony that He is God and there is no other. Because He is the supreme ruler over all and none can approach Him or stay His hand, there is no one that can make His children afraid.
Man may rattle his saber, speak with great swelling words or threaten with anathemas and aspersions yet he has no power but what the King has put in his hand to do. Adam has not thoughts that can turn the mind of God and with all of his ‘so called’ discoveries, inventions and technology, he still cannot find out the work that God has made from the beginning. He has no control over life, he knows not how the bones are formed in the womb or the time of bringing forth. He does not know the time of death or the manner in which it shall come to pass and he cannot control the steps that man walks. He cannot make the earth yield her fruit, bring the rain and snow when needed or control the times and seasons.
The wicked one may be the god of this world and the prince of the power of the air but he has been overcome by the blood of the Lamb. He, as the accuser of the brethren, has been cast out and he answers to the throne of God for all things (Job 1:6). He is the servant of the Most High who is led about with hooks in his jaws, he has no will of his own and his power is delegated to him to fulfill the will of God in all things. Who then shall make the sons of God afraid?
“the mouth of Yehovah has spoken”
The Word of God is sure and true. He is not a man that He should lie and every word given unto the prophets of old have come to pass. Since there is none greater than He, He has sworn by Himself, that by two immutable things, the promise and the oath are sure. His Word became flesh and dwelt among us and even one dwells in the sons of God. Since there is none greater than He and all power, strength and wisdom are in and of Him, what may come to pass but what is not completely according to His will. And if all things come to pass according to the good pleasure of His will shall not all be for good to them that love Him, the called according to His purpose?
Everyone in this world shall walk in the name of their god. The wicked shall walk according to the spirit that now works in the children of disobedience. They shall do homage to the unknown god or claim that there is no god, relieving themselves of conscience, but all shall walk in the name of their gods. God Himself has given them over to a reprobate mind so that they cannot find him. He has blinded their eyes and made their ears dull of hearing. He has restrained the truth of the preaching of the gospel to them that perish and will never give faith to those who are of the seed of the serpent.
But the children of the King shall always walk in the light of the Lord. They sit under their vine and their fig tree for He is God. They accomplish the work they have been created unto and walk according to the path assigned to them because they are led by the Spirit of God who causes them to walk in the light of the Lord. This is all accomplished because;
“...THE LORD GOD OMNIPOTENT REIGNS” forever and ever, Amen.
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
October 6, 2013