The Two "Trees" of Judah

The Judah Church

"The United Kingdom of Israel during the reign of Saul, David, and Solomon was divided after Solomon died. The two resulting nations were called Israel and Judah. The northern tribes retained the name Israel, because they included Ephraim and Manasseh, the sons of Joseph, to whom Jacob had given this name, along with the birthright (Gen. 48:16).

Because Judah did not have the right to this name, except when united with the birthright holding tribes, they had to settle for the name Judah. From that time in history, the prophets speak of Israel and Judah as distinct nations having distinct prophetic destinies.

But the prophet Jeremiah later received a revelation where God made a distinction between people within the nation of Judah itself. This was necessary, because Judah was about to go into divine judgment to Babylon, yet not all the people had rebellious hearts. All of them had to suffer the consequences of national sin, but the righteous were to suffer less than the wicked. (Note: when God judges America, all of us will suffer to some degree - emphasis mine).

In Jeremiah 23 we hear the prophet saying, "Woe to the shepherds," the religious and political leaders of Judah, for leading the people astray (vs. 1, 13). These leaders were teaching the people that God was on their side, and "calamity will not come upon you" (vs. 17). They were, after all, God's chosen. The temple of God was there, and surely God would not allow Babylonian idolators to destroy His house.

Thus, the people were given a religious motive to defend themselves against God's judgments upon Jerusalem and the temple that had been pronounced earlier in Jer. 7:1-16. In refusing to submit to those judgments, they violated the law in Deut. 17:9-12. It was contempt of Court to refuse to submit to the decision of the judges. This was the death penalty.

But God did not want to impose the death penalty upon those citizens who believed Jeremiah and who had decided to submit to Babylon. Thus, He divided Judah into two sections, pictured as two fig trees. This is seen in Jer. 24,

" (1) . . . behold, two baskets of figs set before the temple of the Lord! (2) One basket had very good figs, like the first-ripe figs; and the other basket had very bad figs, which could not be eaten, due to rottenness."

These were figs brought to the temple to fulfill the law in Deut. 26: 1, 2, which says,

" (1) Then it shall be, when you enter the land which the Lord your God gives you as an inheritance, and you possess it and live in it, (2) that you shall take some of the fruit of all the produce of the ground which you shall bring in from your land that the Lord your God gives you, and you shall put it in a basket and go to the place where the Lord your God chooses to establish His name."

The people were then to ask for God's blessing on the basis of their obedience to God. This is what had happened when Jeremiah went to the temple that day. Two different people had each brought a basket of figs as a first-fruits offering to God. One basket had excellent figs, the other rotten figs. Each reflected the condition of the giver's heart. About the good figs, God said in Jer. 24:5 and 7,

" (5) Thus says the Lord God of Israel, Like these good figs, so I will regard as good the captives of Judah whom I have sent out of this place into the land of the Chaldeans. . . (7) And I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart.

About the evil figs, God said,

" (8) But like the bad figs which cannot be eaten due to rottenness. . . so I will abandon Zedekiah king of Judah and his officials, and the remnant of Jerusalem who remain in this land, and the ones who dwell in the land of Egypt, (9) and I will make them a terror and an evil for all the kingdoms of the earth, as a reproach and a proverb, a taunt and a curse in all places where I shall scatter them. (10) And I will send the sword, the famine, and the pestilence upon them until they are destroyed from the land which I gave to them and their forefathers."

Such is the difference between the good figs and the evil figs. God had told Jeremiah in 7:11 that the primary reason He was bringing judgment upon them was this:

"Has this house, which is called by My name, become a den of robbers in your sight?"

The answer is YES. A "den of robbers" is a thieves' hideout, where they had taken refuge from the law. The priests were making God's temple a place where the people could take refuge from having to be obedient to the law (vs. 9, 10). (Note: Like the rotten bad figs, the modern church is taking refuge from the Word of God in their churches to do whatever pleases them such as condoning homosexuality and lewd conduct -dressing, speaking and acting like the world - emphasis mine).

This is why God raised up "Nebuchadnezzar king of Babylon, My servant" (Jer. 27:6) to execute judgment upon Jerusalem and the temple of Solomon. Six hundred years later, God did the same with Jerusalem and the second temple, this time using the Romans to execute judgment. For the same reason, when Jesus cast out the money-changers (bankers) from the temple, He said in Matt. 21:13, (Note: Has God raised up ISIS as well as China and Russia to execute judgment upon America? - emphasis mine)

"It is written, My house shall be called a house of prayer; but you are making it a robbers' den."

In Jesus' day the good figs were those who believed in Him. They did not try to fight the Romans, but left town before the final siege began and went to Pella across the Jordan River. In fact, shortly after the crucifixion, most of the Christians were sent into the Roman world because of religious persecution (Acts 8:1). This was God's way of sending them into the Roman Empire, even as God had sent the good figs into the Babylonian Empire 600 years earlier.

Thus, the same Scripture in Jeremiah 24:7 applies to the Christian believers,

"And I will give them a heart to know Me, for I am the Lord; and they will be My people, and I will be their God, for they will return to Me with their whole heart."

These good figs of Judah in Judea, Benjamin in Galilee, along with "a great many of the priests" (Acts 6:7) formed the basis of the early Church. They were the basket of good figs. They were God's people, and God was their God.

It was not so with the rest of the people of the land who not only rejected Jesus (as Jeremiah had been rejected earlier), but also who later fought against Rome. They could not believe that God would allow His temple and His city to be destroyed. Some people never learn, because they do not believe what is written in Scripture.

To the good figs of Judah were added many proselytes among the nations who accepted Christ as Messiah and King. They came to be known as Christians, and soon it was forgotten that the Church was actually the true tribe of Judah, the basket of good figs.

Later, it was thought that the Church had replaced Judah, and so "Replacement Theology" was born. Yet we know that the good figs did not replace the evil figs, for all of them were figs (Judah). God simply recognized the good figs as being His people, while He made the evil figs a curse to all nations, as He had told Jeremiah.

And so in the latter days we find the same situation emerging for a third time. The evil figs of Judah again have made themselves a curse to all nations. The shepherds once again have prophesied to them that "calamity will not come upon you" (Jer. 23:17). God would never allow Jerusalem or His (expected) temple to be destroyed. (Note: Right here is where modern day evangelical Christians blindly support the evil bad figs of modern day Israel thinking they are the chosen people and can do no wrong; the good figs, which are the Judah Church - saved Jews and Gentiles are the chosen people of God - emphasis mine).

" (18) But who has stood in the council of the Lord, that he should see and hear His word?"

Source: God's Kingdom Ministries - Dr. Stephen Jones

Note: Sometime around the year 2000, I stumbled upon Dr. Stephen Jones ministry and was amazed at the revelations he had received from the Holy Spirit that cut across the barriers of traditional religion. Ironically as he says in his testimony, the Lord placed him in a spiritual wilderness that lasted for 10 years during which time he received the revelations that compose many of this books. At the time I was also in a spiritual wilderness that lasted for 10 years - 1992-2002 in which the Holy Spirit showed me that much of what I had believed and taught about prophecy, etc. were not according to Sola Scriptura, particularly about the traditional Church. The true Church is the Judah Church that Dr. Jones shares in this article. It is not a denominational, non-denominational or Charismatic entity but the true ecclesia of God - the called out ones that represent the spiritual body of Christ. The majority of Christians do not understand what is the true Church - that it is of the spiritual tribe of Judah, which has never replaced anything such as the teaching about replacement theology. It has been in the earth since Jesus founded it based upon his life, death, burial, resurrection, ascension, and coming of the Holy Spirit. The world and Christians view the big mega churches, the Catholic church, the traditional denominational and Charismatic churches as the "real" church, but they are often more religious than the real body of Christ. Are they genuine Christians in these traditional churches? Yes, but one day they are going to have to make a choice of coming out of religious Babylon:

Revelation 18: 1-8 NKJV

1 After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. 2 And he cried mightily[a] with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! 3 For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.”

4 And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. 5 For her sins have reached to heaven, and God has remembered her iniquities. 6 Render to her just as she rendered to you, and repay her double according to her works; in the cup which she has mixed, mix double for her. 7 In the measure that she glorified herself and lived luxuriously, in the same measure give her torment and sorrow; for she says in her heart, ‘I sit as queen, and am no widow, and will not see sorrow.’ 8 Therefore her plagues will come in one day—death and mourning and famine. And she will be utterly burned with fire, for strong is the Lord God who judges her.

Many so-called churches have become the dwelling place of demons and a prison house of every foul spirit and a cage for unclean and hated bird. Unrepentant homosexuals coming into the church, the body of Christ and the habitation of the Holy Spirit partially fulfill this passage, but it will get worse.