God’s Pruning Time
“Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up: Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruninghooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong” – (Joel 3:9,10).
“I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman. Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit” – (Jn.15:1,2).
God’s pruning time is coming soon for
The words prune and purge are synonyms – they have the same meaning. Both eliminate unnecessary matter. Prune is used with plants and trees and purge is used of people, but the effect is the same… to give more fruitful growth. When God prunes us it’s because He’s the husbandman and He wants us to produce more prunes – amen. God purges our lives for more fruitful growth. For instance, when the money fails and God hits Christians in the wallet like He did in the great depression, they will be purged from following the world and becoming covetousness and greedy and realize – “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth” – (Lk.12:15).
Pruning and purging are a lot like
chastening, it hurts the flesh but produces Godly fruit inwardly – “Now no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous: nevertheless afterward
it yieldeth the peaceable fruit of righteousness unto them that which are exercised thereby” – (Heb.12:11). Yes, pruning time is
coming soon for the worldly saints, especially here in covetous
Yes, pruning and purging are the same. Purge means (to cause evacuation from, as the bowels). One of the best natural purgatives for the body is prune juice. So when you’re purged, you’re actually pruned – amen. God purges and prunes us inwardly: not in our physical bowels, but in our ‘spiritual bowels’; which our King James Bible uses for the seat of pity, compassion, mercy, and kindness – “But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him?” – (I Jn.3:17). God in His love, prunes and purge us in our spiritual bowels so that we can produce more fruit of the Spirit. “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, meekness, temperance” – (Gal.5:22,23).
When we are born again into the family of God, God becomes our Father, and He is also our husbandman who desires us to be fruitful in our lives and He will prune us in our spiritual bowels so that we will put away evil things in our lives and become more Godly and loving.
Bowels in our King James Bible also speaks of begetting children and the reproductive system. God told Abraham – “… but he that shall come forth out of thine own bowels shall be thine heir” – (Gen.15:4). Again – “The offspring of thy bowels…” – (Is.48:19). Again – “From the bowels of my mother…” – (Is.49:1). That’s where children come from, from the bowels of their mother and father, from their parents bellies. So that we must be born again in our spiritual bowels by God’s Holy Spirit so that we can produce holiness and righteousness and the fruits of the spirit in our lives. We become a new tree producing spiritual fruit when we go to the treecross of God’s beloved Son and get saved and become a new creature in Christ. “Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit… Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them – (Mt.7:17,20). Adam and Eve became corrupt and sinful when they ate the fruit of the evil tree.
Our Father desires much spiritual fruit from
His children. We are His vineyard and He is the husbandman and He desires a
good harvest of godly, human fruit. That’s why Adam and Eve were placed in the
Garden of Eden, because they also were the beginning of God’s human fruit and
human crop. And so the Bible speaks of the “fruit
of the womb.” And
especially of Christ, by whom we are saved and become new trees producing godly
fruit. Yes, our Creator, has the right to
demand a certain amount of fruit from us. He has the right to purge us and
prune us with His pruninghook – amen. And I’m afraid
Certainly God doesn’t expect a hundredfold from every saved person, but some will bring forth good fruit, sixtyfold and some thirtyfold – (Mt.13:8). But what should God do if His born again trees only produce twofold or threefold? He takes them away to heaven before their time – “Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away…” – (Jn.15:2). He will cut the tree down and it dies. This born again tree will still go to heaven, but he is a useless tree in God’s earthly garden and he will lose heavenly rewards.
But he will not burn in hell like the unsaved trees who don’t abide in Christ – “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” – (Jn.15:6). “And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire” – (Rev.20:15).
Our Father loves us and as the husbandman of the whole earth, He desires that His saved trees in Christ produce much fruit. And so He prunes us so that we can produce more godly fruit. “That ye might walk worthy of the Lord unto all pleasing, being fruitful in every good work…” – (Col.1:10). Again – “…but I desire fruit that may abound to your account” – (Philip.4:17). God keeps account of every single good fruit we produce during our lives after we’re saved. It has been marked down to our credit in heaven in God’s account books and when we die at the end of our pilgrim journey our rewards will be waiting.
We are initially purged from our sins and cleansed when the blood of Christ washed our sins away and we were saved and born again – “How much more shall the blood of Christ… purge your conscience…” – (Heb.9:14). Again – “… and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins” – (2 Pet.1:9). But we continually need to be purged after we’re saved, from sins that we commit – “If a man therefore purge himself from these, he shall be a vessel unto honour…” – (2 Tim.2:21). “If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness” – (I Jn.1:9). We need purging and pruning during our Christian lives after we’re saved, to get rid of more sins and produce more fruit.
But the greatest time of pruning and purging is coming soon during the Tribulation. “And now 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. Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” – (Mt.3:10,12). The floor is the threshing floor and the fan is the winnowing fan used to separate the wheat from the chaff. The wheat was stored for food and the chaff is burned. The word ‘tribulation’ means a ‘threshing floor’ and points to the great time of purging when God harvests His human crop during the great tribulation. God’s purging will separate the wheat from the chaff – the fruit from the chaff – the saved from the lost – those who refuse the mark of the Beast from those who receive it.
(Rev.14:14-20) shows the Lord Jesus coming back with a sharp sickle to reap the earth, “Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap: for the harvest of the earth is ripe” – (Rev.14:15). Are you a wheat or are you a chaff? Are you destined for God’s garner or God’s hell? Are you saved and born again and baptized with the Holy Spirit into the body of Christ? God’s human harvest is soon to come.
At the end of the Tribulation pruning time
comes the battle of Armageddon. The Gentile armies shall “beat their pruninghooks
into spears” and come against
Daniel tells us of this Tribulation purging also – “And some of them of understanding shall fall, to try them, and to purge, and to make them white, even to the time of the end…” – (Dan.11:35 and 12:10). This is Antichrit’s persecution of the Tribulation saints – (Rev.13:7).
That’s why Christ died on the tree-cross, so
we could be purged from our sins and produce godly fruit. Sin started on a tree
Repent of your sins and believe on Christ in your heart by faith and you will be saved from your sins and a fiery hell and destined for eternal life in heaven. You can have eternal life instead of eternal death in the lake of fire. God, in His great love and grace, gave His only begotten Son as the Savior on the cross. O do not spurn God’s great grace by rejecting His Son. “He that believeth 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). Be saved and abide in Christ and the wrath of God will no longer abide on you. You have the burnt offering sacrifice for your sins, you will not burn in hell. “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life” – (Jn.3:16). Do not spurn God’s great love in His dear Son.
Be purged from your sins by Christ today.
Pastor Mike Storti
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