Isaiah 55:13 “Instead of the thorn shall come up the fir tree, and instead of the briar, shall come up the myrtle tree; and it shall be to the Lord for a name for an everlasting sign that shall not be cut off.” Jeremiah 17:8 “…He shall be as a tree planted by the waters, that spreadeth out her roots by the river, and shall not see when heat cometh, but her leaf shall be green and shall not be careful in the year of drought, neither shall cease from yielding fruit.”
The first Psalm tells us that a righteous man is one like a tree planted by the waters and will not be moved. Now when this Gospel of hail, fire and blood went forth, a third part of the trees were burnt up. These were people that actually had an experience with God, couldn’t take the heat of the messages, couldn’t meet the standards and were burnt out. Who were these? Ananias, Sapphira, Demus, and others. There were many that turned back and followed Him no more. What was wrong? The standard was too high. A third part of the trees were burnt up. It is so today. People start and go along. They like the sound of the Gospel and when you begin to lift the standard and pour on the hail and uncover the false refuges and overflow the hiding places, the people burn out.
GRASS – (ALL FLESH IS GRASS) – BURNT UP
And he said, “all the green grass was burnt up.” Perhaps you know what this is before you are told. Isaiah 40:6-8 “The voice said, Cry. And He said, what shall I cry? All flesh is grass and all the goodliness thereof is as the flower of the field. (7) The grass withereth, the flower fadeth because the spirit of the Lord bloweth upon it.” Surely the people is grass. Why did it fade? Because the Spirit of the Lord blows upon it. If there is one need greater than another it is to have the spirit of the Lord to blow upon the Church. Well, amen! Sometimes we sing, “Let it breathe on me.” All green grass, or the flesh. In 1 Corinthians chapter one, we are told that God chose the things that are not to bring to naught the things that are.” He chose the foolishness of this world to confound the wise. Paul tells us He chose the things that are not to bring to naught the things that are, that no flesh could glory in His presence. Only let us say that when His Word goes forth like hail, with fire, mingled with blood, the green grass is burnt up. That is why many people don’t like the truth. Not long ago, it was our privilege to preach this truth among several ministers who profess to be ministers of the church of God. As the 4th vial began to come from God’s Word they were scorched. The flesh began to suffer. They were stirred as the Jews were under the preaching of Stephen and Paul.
If we sit under the preaching of the eternal word, poured out and anointed by the Holy Spirit, there can be no flesh glory in His presence. An, if Christ is in the midst of the Church, as He ought to be, there will be no glorying in the flesh whatsoever. We will be glorying in the cross of Christ.
We live in an age when men are glorying in their own attainments and what they have been able to acquire. A good solid message from the Holy Spirit will burn the very heart out of such men. That is the reason this great truth is being pushed out of our camps and services at home. People are living after the flesh. Jesus said that as it was in the days of Noah, so it will be in the days of the coming of the son of man. How were they living in the days of Noah? They were living completely after the flesh. They ate, drank, married; just satisfied the flesh. That’s the way people are living today. They say, “I have to have my food, my clothes, and my rest.” We have to have this. We must have that. It appears we’re a bit far from any effort toward sacrifice. A sacrifice is when we’re going beyond what is easy. We must fight living after the flesh. If we don’t fight it, it will take us over. This is an age when the spirit of this world is to satisfy the flesh. Many do what they want, forgetting what Christ wants.
WHY DOES NOT THE CHURCH TODAY HAVE THE EARLY CHURCH GLORY? When Peter finished preaching and pouring out the hail and fire they went out straightway and sold everything they had and brought in the money and laid it at his feet. Men had never heard such a message. Why can’t we have the glory in our midst that the early morning church had? We don’t sell out like they did. We’re not asking any body to sell their property and bring in the money, but we’re going to have to sell out our own life on an altar of prayer, and put it in God’s hands, even as they sold out literally, if we ever have God in our soul as they did.
“All green grass is burnt up.” Psalm 90, verses 5 and 6---Moses prayed the wonderful prayer we’ve read so many times. Verse 5, “Thou carriest them away as with a flood; they are as asleep; in the morning they are like grass (speaking of people) which groweth up. In the morning it flourisheth and groweth up; in the evening it is cut down and withereth.” In the morning they seem to flourish and begin to get somewhere, but alas, they go right on living after the flesh and in the evening of life they are cut down and wither.
THE SOUNDING OF THE 2ND TRUMPET
“And the second angel sounded, and as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea; and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed.” Revelation 8:8-9 [ The End ]