Which Vine

Revelation 14:18-19 English Standard Version (ESV) And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.” So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

Which vine or vines are we seeing here? Given what I declared yesterday to be the essential truth that not all vines are rooted in truth, nor in agape love, then what fruit is being produced that is the grapes of wrath? Where are their roots? There has to be a common thread that identifies these vine types in the world.

Isaiah 40:20 English Standard Version (ESV) He who is too impoverished for an offering chooses wood[a] that will not rot; he seeks out a skillful craftsman to set up an idol that will not move. Footnotes: a. Isaiah 40:20 Or He chooses valuable wood

Those who find value in earthly things are of a multitude of beliefs.  The impoverished soul in them has no respect or fear of God. They do not know Him because their roots are not in Him. I will not name those organizations because it is for each of us to search our souls to determine the roots of our vine.

Mistaken Identity

Psalm 80:8-9 English Standard Version (ESV)

You brought a vine out of Egypt;
    you drove out the nations and planted it.
You cleared the ground for it;
    it took deep root and filled the land.

We Christians are so familiar with John 15:4-5 that we mistake some passages within scripture about the vine to be about Christendom. This vine in Israel. If you read Psalm 80 in its entirety it will be easier to see. The end of that psalm makes it plain where Christ stands.

Psalm 80:17-19 King James Version (KJV)

17 Let thy hand be upon the man of thy right hand, upon the son of man whom thou madest strong for thyself.

18 So will not we go back from thee: quicken us, and we will call upon thy name.

19 Turn us again, O Lord God of hosts, cause thy face to shine; and we shall be saved.

John 15:1 English Standard Version (ESV)“I am the true vine, and my Father is the vinedresser.

What is the significance between Jesus the true vine and any other vine? His roots dig deep into the truth. His Father makes sure that anything produced by His Vine bears the fruit of truth. The vine of Israel dug deep into its inheritance and took root in the land.

How do I know? I read Psalm 80.

Psalm 80:12-13 English Standard Version (ESV)

12 Why then have you broken down its walls,
    so that all who pass along the way pluck its fruit?
13 The boar from the forest ravages it,
    and all that move in the field feed on it.

God removed the hedge of protection because that vine did not produce the fruit of truth. Their fruit was a yield of the earth and the earthly things took their harvest.

When we read of a vine in scriptures be sure which vine is being addressed and see if truth is in the fruit produced.

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