People Trees


“For wickedness burneth as the fire: it shall devour the briers and thorns, and shall kindle in the thickets of the forest, and they shall mount up like the lifting up of smoke. Through the wrath of the Lord of hosts is the land darkened, and the people shall be as the fuel of the fire” – (Is.9:18,19).

“…that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified” – (Is.61:3).

“And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: Therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire” – (Mt.3:10).

“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing. If a man abide not in me, he is cast forth as a branch, and is withered; and men gather them, and cast them into the fire, and they are burned. Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples – (Jn.15:5-8).


   All though the Bible God likens people to trees bringing forth either good fruit or evil fruit. The first sin on earth was when Adam and Eve ate of the forbidden tree of the garden and their punishment was hard labor and then death. Sin started on a tree and so the Lord Jesus died and shed His blood on the tree-cross for forgiveness of sins – “Who his own self bare our sins in his own body on the tree, that we; being dead to sins, should live unto righteousness…” – (I Pet.2:24). You must be born again of the Holy Spirit by going to the tree cross and repenting of sin and become a new creature in Christ producing new holy fruit – the fruits of righteousness. A new tree as it were.


   On October 8, 1871 – the same night as the great Chicago Fire – the lumber town of Peshtigo, Wisconsin was struck with a five-mile-wide wall of flames, born of tornado-force winds of 100 mph that tore across more than 2,400 sq. miles of land, obliterating the town in less than one hour and killing 1500 people. The fire scorched 1.2 million acres and also burned 16 other towns, but the damage in Peshtigo was the worst. People trying to flee burst into flames. Men, women and cattle staggered and then fell down burning brightly, like so many pieces of pitch pine. Yes, “the people shall be as the fuel of the fire.”


   National Fire Prevention Week is held each year during the week of October 8. It was established by President Wilson in 1920 to commemorate the great Chicago and Peshtigo fire of October 8 – 1871. I believe this great Day of fire in America was not only His judgment upon wicked Chicago and wicked Peshtigo with its drunken lumberjacks and whores, but is also a warning to U.S. of the great Day of Judgment soon to come during the great tribulation and Armageddon. “But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word, are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men. But the day of the Lord will come as thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up” – (2 Pet.3,7,10).


   When the Lord Jesus comes back it will be the end of the world for the second time. The first time the world ended was by water during the days of Noah and next time by fire.


God gave Noah the rainbow sign

No more water, the fire next time.


   The axe of God’s judgment will be laid to the root of the people trees, not just the forests. Every unsaved tree which bringeth not forth good fruit will be cut down and cast into the fire of a worldwide nuclear holocaust and then into the lake of fire, which is the second death – (Rev.20:15). They will literally be “fuel of the fire” – cast into the fire of God’s wrath. If they are not fit for holy fruit, they are fit for fuel. They would not receive God’s Son and His mercy, and love and grace on the cross and be saved, so they receive the wrath of God – “He that beliveth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” – (Jn.3:36).


   God speaks of Jerusalem that was once a Godly vine tree, abounding with the fruits of righteousness to the glory of God, but now is producing wicked fruit and so God’s judgment falls upon them by fire – “Therefore thus sayeth 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” – (Ezk.15:6). And God speaks of the Gentiles “And I will pour out mine indignation upon thee, I will blow against thee in the fire of my wrath… Thou shalt be for fuel to the fire…” – (Ezk.21:31,32). God blew against Peshtigo in the fire of His wrath, a firestorm, a tornado of fire, and they became fuel to the fire.


   The whole earth will receive the fiery judgment of a righteous and holy God. The big cities like Chicago and the little cities like Peshtigo and all the forests. In just one judgment alone – “the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up” – (Rev.8:7).


   And Chicago, especially the University of Chicago, was the birthplace of the first nuclear chain reaction by Enrico Fermi in December 1942. And this led to the first A-bomb at Los Alamos in 1945. Los Alamos is Spanish for ‘cottonwood trees.’ Surely God was pointing to unsaved people trees and the nuclear holocaust at the end of the world when billions of people become “fuel of the fire” of God’s wrath. The wrath of God, incurred by sin, shall consume the sinners, who have made themselves briars and thorns and wood, combustible matter, which the Lord will burn up like a giant burnt offering sacrifice. The burnt people mount up as the smoke of sacrifices, being made victims of divine justice. They rejected God’s perfect, supreme, one time sacrifice of His beloved Son on the tree-cross and now the wrath of God abideth upon them. “Much more then, being now justified by his blood, we shall be saved from wrath through him” – (Rom.5:19). “… shall thy wrath burn like fire?” – (Ps.89:46). The cross of Christ is the tree of death or the tree of life depending on whether you’re saved or not. Yes, October 8, 1871, is America’s warning of God’s great day of fiery judgment upon U.S. and the world .


   The U.S.A. is Babylon of (Rev.18) – Babylon U.S.A. We have conquered Babylon of old (Babylon Iraq) in fulfillment of the prophecy in (Dan.2). We are the feet of iron and clay in the image dream of Nebuchadnezzar. And the last world empire before the true emperor, the Lord Jesus comes back. Our nation loves the abominable sin of sodomy and is practicing it and flaunting it to the world, and we will suffer the same fate – “Even as Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities about them in like manner, giving themselves over to fornication, and going after strange flesh, are set forth for an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal life” – (Jude 7). We refuse to heed the example of Sodom. And Babylon-USA falls by fire in one hour exactly as Peshtigo did – (Rev.18:10).


   Remember Elijah and his contest upon Mt. Carmel with the 800 false prophets of God Baal - as to who was the true God. “And the God that answereth by fire, let him be God” – (I Kings 18:24). “Then the fire of the Lord fell, and consumed the burnt sacrifice, and the wood, and the stones, and the dust, and licked up the water that was in the trench” – (I Kings 18:38). The burnt sacrifice simply pictured the fiery wrath of God upon sin. If you’re saved by Christ, God’s perfect sacrifice, then you won’t have to go to hell and you won’t suffer the great tribulation wrath of God either. Mt. Carmel overlooks the plain where the battle of Armageddon takes place which ignites a nuclear holocaust worldwide. Holocaust means – (whole burnt sacrifice) – amen and amen.


   God is looking for people to be “trees of righteousness” so they can glorify Him – (Is.61:3). You become a righteous tree by being saved and born again by Christ. God gets down to the root of the matter, sin in the human heart. You need to have forgiveness of sins through Christ and a new spirit and a new heart and become a new creature producing holy fruit – “But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life” – (Rom.6:22). “(For the fruit of the Spirit is in all goodness and righteousness and truth)” – (Eph.5:9). “Being fruitful in every good work” – (Col.1:10). “Being filled with the fruits of righteousness, which are by Jesus Christ, unto the glory and praise of God” – (Philip.1:11).


   All of God’s born again trees of righteousness will have the right to eat of the fruits of the tree of life – (Rev.2:7-22:2). “The fruit of the righteous is a tree of life; and he that winneth souls is wise” – (Prov.11:30). Go to the cross of Christ, the tree of death for sin, and repent of your sins and by faith believe on Christ in your heart for forgiveness of sin and you will be saved and become a new creature in Christ. Born again describes what happens to you when you’re truly saved. Do not perish in a nuclear holocaust upon the earth or in the lake of fire in the center of the earth. Receive Christ as your fire escape. “How shall we escape, if we neglect so great salvation…” – (Heb.2:3). “How can ye escape the damnation of hell” – (Mt.23:33). Without being saved by Christ you shall not escape the fire of God’s judgment.


   The tree cross that Christ died on is the only tree in the universe that produces Holy Scriptural fruit for everyone that is truly saved. There is no other tree like it in the universe and it’s the tree that the heavenly Father loves the most.


   O do not spurn the marvelous grace and love of God through His only begotten Son on the cross. Choose everlasting life in heaven instead of eternal death in the lake of fire which is the second death. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever beliveth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” – (Jn.3:16). Be saved today.


Become a new tree in Christ producing Holy Spirit fruit.


Pastor Mike Storti

5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76

Tucson, AZ  85705



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