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Jesus' Heavenly Fruit

Darren Greenfield

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There are fruit trees that grow in Heaven that we are blessed to have on this earth. Jesus used one of them to teach spiritual lessons. Familiarity with these trees opens our eyes to deeper lessons and truths that Jesus placed in their very design. Our Master Gardener is a faithful teacher; let’s discover together from one of the pages of His lesson book.

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Darren Greenfield

Weimar Farm Manager

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  • January 17, 2020
    10:45 AM
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Loving Father in heaven thank you so much that you have wonderful things to show us in the things you've created and the wonderful experience we have in working with you and growing in observing the characteristics of different plants and different fruits and how they react how they respond to different conditions and please teach us something valuable now Father thank you in Jesus' name we pray I mean. Ok so. The thought of this is heavenly fruit and you'll see why and to fruits and particular figs and pomegranate. So he can use them. So figs and prominent pomegranate a really interesting it was nice to hear. The present alas not talk about figs and pomegranate so I thought that's nice coincidence so they are very very interesting and very different fruit from what we are used to and you'll see as we look at the characteristics they are beautiful plants and beautiful flowers and fruit and so forth but both of these fruits are in heaven and I don't want Soren vision these fruit trees growing just outside the temple I thought that was very very interesting that these 2 was specifically mentioned. In this. Article written in 1461 of her early writings she says Mt Zion was just before us and on the mount set a glorious temple and about it with 7 other mountains on which grow grew roses and lilies and I saw the little ones climb or if they chose use their little wings and fly to the top of the mountains and pluck them they have a fighting flowers they will all kinds of trees around the temple to beautify the place the box the pine the food the oil the myrtle and now the fruit trees the pomegranate and the fig tree they all down with the weight of its timely figs that made the place look all over glorious So there we have it in heaven these 2 fruit trees and then must have been in the same vision she mentions that she said I beheld Jesus as he was before the father a great high priest on the him of his garment was a bell and a pomegranate a bell and a pomegranate so they have the fruit of the pomegranate around the him of his garment and that's really interesting and we'll take a look at that and so. Moses when he got to the age of the Promised Land before he died he was up on the mountain and he was given a panoramic panoramic view of the promised land and noticed what he saw as angels presented to Moses a panoramic view of the land of promise he could take in the whole scene and appreciate it with almost divine cleanness its magnificence it was as a 2nd Eden abounding and fruit trees of almost every variety and very beautiful ornamental trees and flowers they were goodly cities with Brooks and springs of water they were fields of wheat and barley and vineyards and fig trees and pomegranates So there we have it fixed reason pomegranates again and oil all of an honey the Lord said Thou shalt eat bread without scarce snus they are not like anything in it so we see these 2 trees they are in heaven and then they pop up in the promised land and they seem to have some significance that I think is worth looking at this what we're trying to do a little bit today so notice when Jesus was on earth that it mentions those trees again in the lessons that the Divine Teacher gave to those who listen to his discourses he frequently chose a place beautified with flowers or surrounded with nature's varied scenery such as fields well cultivated flourishing God ins and cornfields rich Virgina and fruitful trees green Hage is orange all of and they have it pomegranate and fig trees adorning the hills while in contrast to this flourishing and beautiful scenery would appear the white rocks and barren soil so Jesus was originally in heaven before he came to earth he had those fruit trees there and then they were in the promised land and then when he was teaching he like to be in that setting and Nature's God. 2nd book mix of the Bible and it was aiding him in being able to teach valuable lessons and that quote carries on and says while the birds of the air with the varied music charmed the area as they were sporting in the air or flitting from tree to flower the majesty of heaven used uses these natural saloon MacHugh so we could say living parables in representing the would sign in the human heart he binds up his precious truce with the illustrations of nature that his hearers shall to look upon the objects he has connected with his lessons the heart will be impressed with the great truths he taught them. So after today hopefully you will look at a fig and pomegranates a little different as we look at the characteristics in the spiritual lessons involved spy fig trees or mazing things is many different varieties that we eat and these also many varieties that we don't typically eat that are and root different regions of the world but the Bible refers to the fig tree quite a lot probably more than any other fruit and. We see that Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden used their leaves to cover the naked nests they were in the Promised Land has a cost through was healed through a poultice of figs Jesus could use the barren Figtree. Jesus like in the signs of His return to the budding and leafing out of the fig tree in the spring the parable of fig tree that bore no fruit and then was dug around and fertilized for one last chance before being cut down and Jesus saw in the thing your praying under the fig tree exactly as climbed a figs reach to see Jesus and the stars of heaven were referred to falling like a light fig tree when the wind blows in all its fruit falls to the ground so those a reference is in the Bible about figs and some interesting facts about the figs is that. The want try to pronounce the. That and would therefore them Asian it's an Asian species of flowering plant in the mulberry family and I didn't know this before I researched a little bit for this presentation ovaries kind of a different looking for it. But it's that's what we know is the common figure and it's the 1st known cultivated agricultural crop as I've done archaeology digs and so forth they found that was the 1st crop that main were cultivating. The early Olympic athletes use figs as a training food figs were also presented as laurels to the winners becoming the 1st Olympic medal they were more than 7 more than $700.00 species of figs and for each one it has its own species of wast to pollinate it and most people don't know that pollinate figs except some of the eating varieties that we do we use a self pollinated but there are some that are wasp pollinated. The fruit is actually in wood blooming flower or rather a bundle flowers and its survival to pains on the tiny insect that gives its life in service for the fig. Fakes Figs one harvested according to nature's clock fully ripened and Pashley dried on the tree you can't pick them green and then they ripen up afterwards they have to be fully ripe otherwise they are the tasteless. Figs naturally help hold in the moisture in baked goods keeping them fresh a fig pure I can be used to replace fact and baked goods it's a good fact and I've vegetarian cookers that want to have healthy food. And in California where I live grows many varieties of figs But the the 2 most common the amber colored all the lighter colored ones that are almost green and slightly have a slightly nutty flavor and purple almost black ones quit cold mission. So those are very common California produces 100 percent of the nation's dried figs and 98 percent of the fresh figs. But I know that people grow them in other areas of seen them in Georgia seeing them even to go up in Michigan was growing them in a pot and putting them in as Bond in winter and bring them out so you can grow grow them in other areas. The Spaniards introduced mission figs to California territory in the early 16th century and the Catholic priests brought the black commission in 769 that is very very common. So there are many varieties and. They vary Hoddy some some of the wild varieties can produce as much as a 1000000 figs on one tree and these they're kind of like a vine that climbs up on another tree and ends up smothering the tree and then just spreads itself over and apparently you can cover acres of of land. And in the wild forests they become a major part in trouble some tropical areas and so. Looking at the inside of the fig figs have a unique closed in for a sense coldest. And it contains hundreds of flowers so when you're eating a fig you're eating flowers. And maybe there's a little bit of seed in the years well. They have an inward beauty it's not on the outside it's on the inside and so these are for spiritual listen the Bible says Do not let your dormant be merely outward the arranging of the here the wearing of gold or putting on a fine apparel but rather late it be hidden person of the high with the incorruptible beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit which is very precious in the side of God So figure illustrates that the flowers on the inside. Figs also need a lot of water to be a good tasting fruit if they go through a bit of drought without water the figs basically tasteless and dry and fall off and so you know as of observed growing figs. If I don't faithfully wore them might as well forget about the fruit they just would be and and I good and it really spoke to me that we need the Holy Spirit. Coming into our lives on a very regular basis Tracey. Yeah we need watering on of a very regular basis to in order to bear fruit in our lives as well. The wasp that ain't is the fig to pollinate it this is fascinating. They have an obligate mutual ism with tiny fig pollinating last and every variety of the $700.00 varieties have a unique wast but it's not the same kind of wasp it does every different one they all have one that's specific to the species and. So the dependent on each other the waltz cannot live without the fig and the fig cannot live without the wast can't pitch right I should say and so the female last into is the receptive so I cannae away they pollinate the female flowers and you can see in the picture of the away a little tiny wasp is and it's coming through kind of the end of the fig with it almost looks like a it's not a flowery and but there's a little tiny opening that it can crawl through. The only link the fig cavity has to the outside world is through a tiny break lining opening at the apex of the fig called the s.t.l. and it is by means of this passage that the pollinating fig gains access to the floor it's. There's a male wasp as well the male wasp in and in most cases is. It doesn't. Fly it's got no wings and when it had just after it's been the eggs have been laid by the female wasp it hatches in that figure and often mates with its sisters I guess you would say and it makes a whole out through the wall of the fig where the female the young females which would be these his. Progeny can get out in flaw in they take the pollen from the fig they were born and then fly to another feed into it and pollinate it in. They do the work and basically that their life and their purpose so the female figure lays eggs into some flowers where they live in juice goals and weeks later the waltz offspring emerge from the goals into the psycho name just as the male flowers have matured the Apollo and sex and often the female picks a plant they crawl inside drop some pollen from the birth figure as well as the future babies and then the whole cycle just starts anew and once they enter a fig to lay the eggs they wings and attain a strip just entering into the figs strips the wings off them and. She does who Judy and then she dies and that's basically the waltz. Lifecycle there is a cartoon picture of the Boston course in a much bigger size and some people are thinking do I eat when I eat a fig. Is actually some enzyme that has a basically dissolves the wall spin and you don't see it and it's gone basically by the time and most of the fig varieties not all the figure Audi's that we eat. Pollinated So you're not going to have you know that the I mean the fig go into them in fact when they brought new varieties into California initially the mission figure was self pollinating but there was another variety this Smyrna one. That wouldn't fruit and they couldn't get any They couldn't get it to do its thing and they realised it needed the wasp in so they imported last and then they were able to stop. Reproducing them so one of the object lessons for us what do you think anyone see anything stand out from this. Fig. Yes that's right we need the Bible and we need nature studying together and they help us understand them both without one you come to crazy conclusions like these you're referring to. Ok sorry let me go back to. Of course one of the listen we talked about before the in a beauty that comes from the flower was on the inside of the fig is a spiritual listen another one that kind of stood out to me is that you know in Romans 5 It talks about the trials that we have and how that produces character and patience and so on. It made me think that the waltz you know when we think of waltz that we know is waltz they usually sting and they hurt and they think about something that happens in your life that that causes pain that somebody else has invaded your space and you know if we. Developing characters that produce that in a beauty then instead of it becoming a. Something that we're really respond to and react to an end to the same back a wish to somebody who's. Hurting us we'll have that in a beauty in a state of it bringing out evil it will bring out beauty in stayed and perhaps that will be something that will cause it to reproduce and someone else an example of that is my grandfather on my mother's side. He was a converted man love the Lord my grandmother was not converted and she was not nice to him and she would she was rough with him and he would try to be loving to her and she would not be back and I saw that as a child and thought. To myself I don't I how he takes that. And he would just smile and be loving to her in response and so he had that inward beauty you know that is illustrated in the. Figure he didn't respond and that and his life is I believe a major reason why I'm here today as a Christian because his life shown to me you know what a Christian is really like and so it was reproduced so and then you brought out the listen there about the waltz gives its life to soothe It's so of the fig and we can give our lives also to civil families and others as well so let's go to the pomegranate pomegranates a really unique and beautiful fruit. And it is the more I've learned about it the more I am amazed and I think these are real powerful reason why Jesus has that on his high plea priestly robe sign around the the him of his comment and I've never heard anyone speak about it before but I'll try to stimulate your minds to think about it more inside a pomegranate is there are hundreds of seeds every pomegranate will probably have a different number of seeds but 6 or $800.00 or somewhere around the seeds with fruit covering each little seed and the fruit is nice. The seeds crunchy. So a lot of people don't eat pomegranate because it's got a seed in it which as. Was said last night people get used to eating seedless things because they don't want to want to seed and so not a lot of people eat pomegranates. With pomegranates as I've becoming become friends with them and have been eating them. You'll notice that inside of them they have membranes that actually isolate little. Chambers of clusters of fruit and if you cut the top off you can see with those membrane a and then you can run a knife down where the membrane is and then it will open up without kind of. Spitting everywhere and you'll still get a bit of juice going over you you really don't want to be wearing something that you want to you know to get stain you need an apron or something and it will go on the wall but they are a little bit messy but this minimizes it if you open them that way and I have found the best way to eat them is to eat them with granola and so what I'll do is I'll open a pomegranate I'll put half of it in my ball and I'll put grow all on top of it and the crunchiness is the same texture the seeds you don't notice it and you get the flavor the pomegranate coming through and so I really enjoying them like that. And it's different other ways that you can 11 way that you can if you just want the juice out of it you can put them in a Ziploc bag or separate the seeds put them in a Ziploc bag and then kind of crush them roll them and then the juice will come out. But I think these benefit a lot of benefit in the seeds as well if we eat there. So the Bible refers to the pomegranate As mentioned before it was signed on the ham of the High Priest and Jesus is the high priest had it sign around the him of his garment the 12th spies brought back some from the land of Canaan as evidence of a goodly mind. It's mentioned a few times in the Song of Solomon and a 100 of the pomegranate was sculpted on the capital of Solomon's Temple so they reveal it and look to the. Pomegranate is kind of a symbol of to till a t. in fruitfulness and. The blessing of God actually. Ellen White groove pomegranate and she says my pomegranate trees look beautiful the fruit on these little bushes sit about that sit about 3 months ago is so thick we've had to pick off the largest share of it but they look so handsome. So in here orchard she had them so what do we know about the pomegranate fruit one of the. Major things is that it is 80 inflammatory. And most diseases started with by inflammation is something wrong in the body is trying to heal itself and inflammation. Is the result of of the disease and so pomegranate juice is a powerful anti and planetary because of its high concentration of antioxidants it can help reduce inflammation through out the body and prevent oxidative stress and damage my father. Had an issue of. He his p.s.a. level was going up and he his head brothers and his father had prostate cancer and so it was a consume and so I had just learned from reading something about the pomegranate having this. Flame atory and it was very good for. Prostate issues and so I told him drink a cup of pomegranate juice and you can buy it you know it's expensive but you can get it anywhere. And so he started drinking a cup of it a day in Excel he went to the doctor it was way down low and it was advice sickly it was non existant So it has a really powerful effect. It has many unaccountable benefits in this particular lady here that's on the screen Sally. Was sonnie. Actually Piper compiling all these different research papers that had been researching the health benefits or the healing benefits of pomegranate and if you take note of who name she published in 2018 an article with all the different benefits and I'll just highlight some of them for you. It has been noted through scientific research the healing benefits gastro and taste and all inflammation there was noticeable. Improvement Joint Information respect or information prostate cancer breast cancer colon cancer bladder cancer bacterial and fungal infection virus infection parasitic infection cognitive disorders else Imus they had good results and skin disorders so you can see there's a whole host and there were more I just didn't list them all down and. So pomegranate has amazing healing properties for us. So I believe that Jesus him having pomegranates around it is an appropriate symbol of his healing power and not just as a physical heal about healing us from the disease of sin and the inflammation of sin in our lives and. Of course you know the light said she saw Jesus with pomegranate in a bell and a pomegranate a bell around his the him of his gammoned so. In river 19 in verse 13 Jesus is symbolically seen with his room he was clothed with a robe dipped in blood and his name is called the wood of God and I believe that the pomegranate is symbol of those 2 things when you open a pomegranate juice that spits out is stains like blood I mean it gets on your clothes and it stains its raid and. I think that the juice of the pomegranate is some symbolic of His Blood and full of seed and so the seed is a I think is a symbol of the wood of God And so we are cleanse through His Word in through his blood and we receive his word as promises and healing comes through both his blood and his would. And notice this that in the book of Luke Chapter 8 verses 42 to 45 Jesus says he went but as he went the multitude thronged him now a woman having an issue of blood for 12 years who had spent all her livelihood on physicians and could not be healed by any came from behind and touched waya border and some other gospel books is the name of his garment and immediately her flow of blood stopped and Jesus said who is who touch me because he felt the power go out of him to heal and so here she touches the him of him of his garment Now of course they went pomegranates on the him but this is symbolic of Jesus and how healing flows through him so the symbol of the pomegranate being a healing fruit that has been known for a long time it's been used for. For healing purposes we need to reach out to Jesus that way for healing he is the great physician and he is the one who can heal some of our physical and spiritual diseases. In Mark $653.00 to $56.00 it also says when they crossed over they came to the land of Guinness or it and when the men of that place recognized him they seemed out into all that surrounding region brought to him all who was sick and begged him that they might only touch the him of his garment and as many as touched it were made perfectly well so they are again through the him of his garment as people reaching out to touch symbolically his garment but in reality it was the virtue of Jesus' life his sacrifice his blood and his word that promises us that he will heal and forgive him cleans us of sin. And so the symbolism of the pomegranate pomegranate juice red like blood the seed capsulated by the juicy fruit I believe is a symbol of the wood of God and the word is the seed and once we have tasted the goodness of God the forgiveness of God the renewal of God then we have seed that we can then go in and Shia and let others experience His goodness so. As I was thinking about these little pomegranate seeds that are in capsulated with fruit it made me think in New Zealand where I come from. There is a tree called a Toto tree and this toter tree is quite prolific and it grows everywhere. And especially along faints lines on firearms and it has a little fruit that you can see in the picture of the area and it's not working that you want to bake. But we tried it but it wasn't it wasn't for you yeah Ok And so these little fruit that you see on the they are very similar to a palm granite fruit they they taste a little bit different they sweet they taste like jam like a strawberry a raspberry jam taste and they've got a seed in the same 2 of them and so we have these birds that come and eat the fruit and then they go and fly along and deposit the seed somewhere in the tree grows from the deposit of the seed and of course they like to perch on the faint says and that's why along the fence lines you'll see these rows of tigers growing because they sit there in the polls at the seed so as I was thinking about the pomegranate fruit and the seed and capture it was thinking about this this fruit also and. In thinking about the invitation to taste and see that the Lord is good in New Zealand we also have a beautiful wood pigeon it's about 3 times the size of a regular pigeon they are fat and beautiful looking birds. And when they fly you can hear the wings going well. You know as they're slowly a flexing their wings and flying through the canopy of the trees and these birds eat those berries and go and deposit them and so I was thinking you know that the fruit and the seed and we're invited to taste and see that the Lord is good and these birds do that they taste and see that the Lord is good as it says in the book of Psalms and. Then they fly and they deposit the seed and then another tree grows to produce more seed and thinking about the seed the birds and as they fly off thinking you know they look like little angels flying in and taking the seed taking the seed to deposit to give to someone else and they really look amazing as they fly and sound amazing you hear them before you see them they go to quite a loud flip when I say a flap it's the washing of the of the that is the flapping their wings and I was thinking of how they just look like the 3 angels flying in the midst of heaven giving the everlasting Gospel this see the would of God and I believe that God wants us to taste and see these good he wants us to taste and see that we can be forgiven of arsons that we can be made new clean and then take the see the promises of his word in the end go and share them with the world and. Anyway when I look at the pomegranate and I see those packed full of seed and packed full of juice that represents Jesus' blood I believe that we can learn from that take that seed in the healing benefit that we receive not just physically but spiritually We've got lots of seed to go and she with the world and so I want to praise God for these 2 fruits and. I kind of race through the didn't I And I kind of mean it a little bit shorter than. Then what was playing. But. How many of you here today see that there's something pretty powerful and significant in these 2 fruit trees it originate in heaven and I think that I didn't mention much about the healing benefits of the fig tree but there was one study that I read where they they did a study on pomegranate fade and date in the healing benefits and they actually gave them to the area. Those who they were doing the tasting on and. They measured comparing them with each other and they pomegranate had the most powerful healing and the fig was close but little bit less in the date was less than that so they did a number of tests and. So I don't know why they chose those 3 but. Can you speak just for a few minutes since we have been it's a bit out of the gate. Victories could be just this since you brought this. Up My friend has that but I propagate them. So I'm not an expert but I'll share what I know. One of the beautiful things about fig trees is that they can be propagated very easily with most fruit trees you need some type of rooting hormone whether it's a natural hormone or you know they sell chemical or Mons and such but fig trees you can pretty much take a cutting and put it in the ground it's really amazing and I think that's a great spiritual lesson too so all you have to do to propagate a fig tree is take a cutting off of the tree maybe in the fall when you're doing your pruning you can take a cutting then and you can either preserve the cuttings or at that time you can put the cutting in a pot and get it started and then put it out in the spring after the last frost so it's very simple and they are extremely vigorous in the root stock in fact I believe the deepest root that they've ever found in the tree was from a fig tree not one of the fruiting victories one of the larger classifications of fig trees and so you know when I was propagating fig trees I would do some experiments as to how little a piece I could use to get a tree out of you know because with each node if you look at the cuttings there's little notes were a leaf will come out and then also the fig will come out and so I would sometimes even break off the little sprout that would come out of the node and put it in maybe some perlite or you know you can do a mixture of sand and peat Mohsen you know even some regular soil mixed in there as long as it's not too heavy if it's too heavy you know very Clay you put it in a pot or something like that then the cutting can very easily rot but something like that stays fluffy and those cuttings just thrive. And you can stick them in the ground on e Bay you can get many different types of cuttings it's a great variety and for those who are further north the hardy Chicago is known as the Hardys for ride. You know it. It's Hardy Chicago which you know if it's in Chicago it would die back every year to the ground but you would still survive very likely. Using would have any specific questions. Yeah you can do that or you can put them in the ground either straight up and down or horizontal if you put it horizontal about an inch underneath the ground and sometimes you'll even get to figurines coming up from that one sprout and you can cut it in half and then transplant the other one so it's I really consider to be a poor man's tree because you know I've worked on propagating apple trees and different things like that but it's much easier with a fig tree to where you can start with one tree and the limit is how many you know maybe about 6 inch $4.00 to $6.00 inch sections but you can cut and get in the ground you could start with one tree and have thousands in just a few years. Thank you very much I did I did take some cuttings in I put them in some pots and. I had success with quite a few of them I think it was one brought up in the well. 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