From the below scripture text, Israel is compared to a garden, or a vineyard, that was given all the necessary care to bloom with some very good grapes. Instead, it brought forth wild grapes! The Living God did everything possible to give Israel every opportunity to blossom as a Nation that God intended. The Living God would set them apart from all the other nations that were involved in human sacrifices, immorality, idolatry, and every imaginable vice that cause the consequences of a wild nature, a sinful nature. The Law of Moses, the Prophets, and the giving of His Son Jesus Christ on the Cross include three very significant offerings that God extended to Israel. As Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
The Ten Commandments, the Prophets, and the Cross of Christ are like a wall, or a hedge, that were meant to set Israel apart from the rest of the world. What more could God have done? And yet they rebel against the Divine Gardener. For that rebellion, the Living God said that He would take away the hedge, and the nation would not to be fit for gardening, but rather thorns and bristles would grow with no rain forth coming. After all, everything necessary to give spiritual fruitfulness was rejected, consequently the nation grew wild. Just imagine a nation rebelling against the Ten Commandments, against those speaking the Word of God, and against what Christ did for us on the Cross. When the wall, or hedge, of those three things are taken away….A NATION BECOMES VERY WILD!
The Kingdom of God is very much different than the kingdom of this world. The kingdom of this world is very much like a vineyard that very much involves His Son Jesus Christ! As Christ Jesus Himself said, “I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” Accepting what Christ did for us on the Cross makes the kingdom of this world a very fruitful hill. The nourishing rains of the Holy Ghost flow from the Cross of Christ! In Christ, we are fenced in with a hedge protecting us from Satan, demons, and all the powers of darkness. What Christ did by shedding his blood on the Cross was to defeat the power that Satan has over us through sin. By abiding in Christ, our sin is rendered inactive, becomes dormant, and is made to do nothing….Satan, his demons, and all the powers of darkness are neutralized. The Living God, through His Son Jesus Christ, gathers out the stones and plants the choicest vine into our soul, spirit, mind, and body. The rain is sent from the Kingdom of God through the Cross of Jesus Christ. In Christ Jesus we bring forth much fruitfulness. That fruit includes the fruit of repentance and the fruit of the Holy Ghost which the Spirit of the Living God delights in.
The Cross of Christ Jesus is like a tower that all the world can see in the midst of the vineyard, a vineyard in this wilderness we call Earth. With the tower of the Cross is also a winepress in order to make juice from the good grapes. A juice that represents the Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ for the remission of sin. That should be enough to cause the spirit, soul, mind, and body to flourish with the fruit that is given to us from the Kingdom of God. Howbeit, the kingdom of this world increasingly grows wild, out of control, violent, ungodly, and blatantly rejects not only the Ten Commandments, but also rejects the Word of God, and also rejects what Christ has done for the world on the Cross. A rebellious world rejects the Living God, opposes the Cross of Christ, and fights against the indwelling of the Holy Ghost. What more could the Living God had done for us? He sent His Son as an Atonement for sin, puts our sin in remission, causes the Holy Ghost to dwell in us, resurrects our spirit, will resurrect our body, and will give us a glorified body in the New Jerusalem. Jesus said it Himself, “I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
As the Living God looks upon the kingdom of this world He would expect it to bring forth grapes, but it brings forth wild grapes! Those wild grapes will usher in the Great Tribulation! Those wild grapes reject the wall, the hedge, that set them apart from the chaos and nonsense of this world. The Living God will remove that hedge! They reject the existence of the Living God, reject the remission of sin through the Cross of Christ, and they oppose the presence of the Holy Ghost. When that happens, there is nothing left to protect the kingdom of this world from Satan and the anti-Christ.
The fruitfulness of the soul and spirit will be eaten up and people will not have any consciousness of the Kingdom of God. They will not see the Cross of Christ towering in the world and the Blood of Christ will not be available for the remission of sin! The kingdom of this world will be trodden down and laid waste (As in the Battle of Armageddon). It will not be fit for gardening within the soul and spirit because their hearts and minds will be like thorns and bristles. In that day, the Living God will not send them the nourishing rains that flow from what Christ did for us on the Cross. What Christ Jesus did for us on the Cross is our only hope, and Jesus said, “I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.”
“Now will I sing to my well-beloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My well-beloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill: And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes. And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem, and men of Judah, judge, I pray you, between me and my vineyard. What could have been done more to my vineyard, that I have not done in it? wherefore, when I looked that it should bring forth grapes, brought it forth wild grapes? And now go to; I will tell you what I will do to my vineyard: I will take away the hedge thereof, and it shall be eaten up; and break down the wall thereof, and it shall be trodden down: And I will lay it waste: it shall not be pruned, nor digged; but there shall come up briers and thorns: I will also command the clouds that they rain no rain upon it.”
“I am the vine, you are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me ye can do nothing.” John 15:5