Isaiah 42:9 Behold, the former things are come to pass, and new things do I declare: before they spring forth I tell you of them.
Isaiah 66:8-9 Who hath heard such a thing? who hath seen such things? Shall the earth be made to bring forth in one day? or shall a nation be born at once? for as soon as Zion travailed, she brought forth her children. Shall I bring to the birth, and not cause to bring forth? saith the LORD: shall I cause to bring forth, and shut the womb? saith thy God.
I used to farm some in my younger days. I would prepare the soil, plant the seed, then I would watch over it hoping the seed I planted would take root and grow (much like our Father does when He plants His Seed, Jesus Christ, in us). It was always a wonderful sight to see the crop pop their heads up and begin to grow. It always amazed me how quickly the weeds would appear. Some fields were worse than others. I would spend all summer fighting those pests that seemed to pop up overnight. It was like an enemy of mine would come at night when I was sleeping and put those pests in my field... and the weeds would try to take over the field.
Spiritually speaking, by way of application, I know there may be a few farmers out there still, that are doing the best they know how with the knowledge they have. Most are not interested in what kind of plant is growing in their field. They are only interested in how many plants they can get. They are only interested in numbers. They have made a living at using Jesus' name as a piece of merchandise. They go forth making disciples... not to bring them to know Jesus... or to be His disciple... but creating disciples unto themselves. They do not know what the winepress is for, nor the Tower the Lord placed in the field.
David said, "The Lord is my High Tower and my Refuge." There is a big difference between the Lord in us ... and we in Him.
Have you ever thought what it would be like to be a wheat or barley stock? Having not known any other life than this one. Suddenly you begin to hear the sound of a combine coming in at the gate. The Lord Himself will be at the controls... and He will bring forth His fruit. His fan is in His hand and He will thoroughly purge His floor. He will gather His wheat and barley into the garner. He will also burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire. A harvester comes to pick the grape from the mother plants. The vine is cut and the grape heads for the winepress. The Word is given, "Hurt not the oil and the wine."
Soon the Lord will begin His work to reveal Himself. It's called the Revelation of Jesus Christ.
The Day comes... when many are going to experience the same thing that Paul experienced. You will say the same thing that he said, "When it pleased the Lord to deliver me from my mothers womb and reveal Jesus Christ to me." He was not talking about his mom and dad. He was talking about the religious society the Lord just delivered him out of.
The people have built houses... made with hands... they call them the house of God.
Soon a Door will be revealed in heaven... and a voice will be heard saying, "Come up here and I will show you what must be hereafter." The Door will be to the true HOUSE OF GOD, made without hands, and your feet will still be upon the earth.
Zephaniah 2:2 Before the decree bring forth, before the day pass as the chaff, before the fierce anger of the LORD come upon you, before the day of the LORD's anger come upon you. Seek ye the LORD, all ye meek of the earth, which have wrought his judgment; seek righteousness, seek meekness: it may be ye shall be hid in the day of the LORD's anger.
Revelation 3:7-13 And to the angel of the church in Philadelphia write; These things saith he that is holy, he that is true, he that hath the key of David, he that openeth, and no man shutteth; and shutteth, and no man openeth; I know thy works: behold, I have set before thee an open door, and no man can shut it: for thou hast a little strength, and hast kept my word, and hast not denied my name. Behold, I will make them of the synagogue of Satan, which say they are Jews, and are not, but do lie; behold, I will make them to come and worship before thy feet, and to know that I have loved thee. Because thou hast kept the word of my patience, I also will keep thee from the hour of temptation, which shall come upon all the world, to try them that dwell upon the earth. Behold, I come quickly: hold that fast which thou hast, that no man take thy crown. Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name. He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.