Men As Trees

MEN AS TREES

Last night I came across an interesting passage in the book of Judges, it was an allegory put forth about, Abimelech ruling. Who was not exactly the best King to have. In fact, he became a great example of man’s wickedness, as he introduced idolatry to a people who had once know the love of God. The allegory compared Abimelech to a Bramble, which, for those who don’t know what a bramble is, it is a tangle of thorny underbrush, which can indeed hurt you if you try to pass through it. Here it is below, please read it.

Judges 9
8 The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the olive tree, Reign thou over us.
9 But the olive tree said unto them, Should I leave my fatness, wherewith by me they honour God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
10 And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us.
11 But the fig tree said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the trees?
12 Then said the trees unto the vine, Come thou, and reign over us.
13 And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?
14 Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come thou, and reign over us.
15 And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, then come and put your trust in my shadow: and if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the cedars of Lebanon.

Now this is a wonderful parable because notice all the “TREES” that did NOT want to RULE over all the other trees. They were trees that had something wonderful and pleasant to offer. The Olive Tree,The Fig tree, The Grape Vine, these all understood that what they produce would be corrupted if they were to begin judging and ruling over others. They knew their role. Their purpose was to serve, to give, to bring joy, and sustenance. BUT NOT THAT BRAMBLE! That thorny, prickly bramble, was ready to go! It had nothing pleasant to offer, it only had pain to offer those who came near, and YET IT WAS THE BRAMBLE that said I WILL BE KING! And notice what it says next… put your trust in my SHADOW, meaning this Bramble wants the other trees to trust in how IT, the thorny, prickly bramble block out the LIGHT, the very LIGHT that all trees NEED TO LIVE! The Bramble offers nothing but death as King, and if you don’t trust in that death, it will BURN YOU and DEVOUR YOU!

Now doesn’t that sound a lot like the worldly and religious leaders we know. “my way or the high way”. You see the TREES that has goodness to offer, they don’t want to rule, they simply want to be who they are, and bless the world because of it.

Now as wonderful as this allegory is, and as relevant as it for us all to read today. There is another mention of TREES that I want to share with you today. It is the parable of the BLIND MAN who receives his sight and sees MEN AS TREES.

But what I learned from this simple parable, was something that was a big old check to my heart. It put me in my place and taught me, how much I still have to learn.

So let’s start with those passages in the Gospel of Mark, where the Blind Man is given his sight, and first sees men as trees. Why is this is significant? The reason of course is, this blind man, like every other man and woman in scripture is an allegory of you and me. And when the verses are opened up, a new story is revealed that will blow you away.

It starts in Mark 8:22


22And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.

Let’s take this piece by piece, because not everything is as it seems in scripture. The bible is a like a book that God has sealed, only to be revealed by God to those he chooses, not of their doing “lest they should boast”. But revealed by the spirit of God, not flesh (carnal reasoning) and bone.

First we come across the word “cometh” – which is a metaphoric word that literally translates into the following: to come into being, arise, come forth, show itself, find place or influence

Now Jesus said he is the “way, truth, and light” – If we take that “he/Jesus” is a physical representation of “the Truth/Way/Light” and the word “come” means “arises, comes into being” – Then we would find a very different story unfolding before our eyes.

The question then becomes, why Bethsaida? Well the answer to that lies in what “Bethsaida” literally means… HOUSE OF FISH.

Matthew 4:19
And he saith unto them, Follow me, and I will make you fishers of men

FISH is a wonderful representation of mankind in their ignorant state. Abiding in the very SEA of DEATH (vain imagination)

Revelation 20:13
And the sea gave up the DEAD which were in it

Yes, that’s right. That is why Jesus walked ABOVE the sea. It is a place of death (carnality). And the SEA OF IGNORANT HUMANITY is where Jesus said we must cast our nets. To deliver those dead there. The FISH are continually compared to ignorant people. People who are not delivered from the bondage of the sea (ignorance).

Ecclesiastes 9:12
For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them

You may remember Jonah, when he refused the way of God, where did he end up? In the belly of a great Fish. Which he called HELL, for that is what HELL truly is, the grave, ignorance, suffering, a prison.

Jonah 2:2
And said, I cried by reason of mine affliction unto the LORD, and he heard me; out of the belly of HELL cried I, and thou heardest my voice.

The FISH Jonah was trapped in was his own carnality, his own ignorance. He refused to believe God was in control, thought he could chart his own course, do what HE wanted to do, but God’s will cannot be thwarted and he works all things together for the good of his will/creation.

The Fish is yet another symbol of mankind in its ignorant state, in hell. Which is why, when Jesus was asked to pay that temple tribute, he said…

Matthew 17
25He saith, Yes. And when he was come into the house, Jesus prevented him, saying, What thinkest thou, Simon? of whom do the kings of the earth take custom or tribute? of their own children, or of strangers?

So much for paying tribute to Churches, Temples, Mosques, etc… no, you see the Children of the King do not pay tribute… but you know who does, on a weekly basis? FISH! That’s right.

26Peter saith unto him, Of strangers. Jesus saith unto him, Then are the children free.
27Notwithstanding, lest we should offend them, go thou to the sea, and cast an hook, and take up the fish that first cometh up; and when thou hast opened his mouth, thou shalt find a piece of money: that take, and give unto them for me and thee.

Peter got a clue, he understood ONLY STRANGERS to the King. Meaning people who do NOT KNOW THE KING, pay tribute to man-made kingdoms/churches/temples/mosques/etc. So Jesus said, go to the STRANGER, find a fish to pay, because those ignorant FISH believe they must. And in their mouth you will always find MONEY, because that is what FISH (Ignorant Human Beings) treasure the most, what ignorant human beings put their trust in.

So, hopefully you get the idea. So back to this wonderful Parable of the Blind man. We found out that the words “come”, and “Bethsaida” mean, and we know Jesus is a symbol of the risen TRUTH revealed in mankind.


22And he cometh to Bethsaida; and they bring a blind man unto him, and besought him to touch him.

Now the next part, by now, I hope and pray you understand the symbolism of someone who CANNOT SEE. As a literal BLIND PERSON cannot SEE something, unless someone reveals it to their other senses. So too a spiritually blind person cannot see THE TRUTH, unless it is revealed to him or her.

So now with all of that being said, let me un-veil that passage for you, and interpret it SPIRITUALLY. Remember the literal interpretation KILLS, the SPIRIT of the story GIVES LIFE (WISDOM).

Let me quick translate a few words in this verse from the Greek as well, Besought = called for, summon, TOUCH = to fasten one’s self to, adhere to, join, become one with

22 And THE TRUTH was REVEALED to the HOUSE OF FISH (Ignorant people trapped in hellish thinking) and the TRUTH was brought before the Person who could not SEE the TRUTH, and the ignorant person called for the TRUTH to Become ONE WITH IT!

Do you see how wonderful and vast that one single verse opens up to, when you SEE it for what it really means. This is not a story of a literal blind man, it is the story of you and me, first ignorant of God’s Truth and Wisdom, Blind Spiritually, until the Word of God is revealed to us, THEN WE CALL FOR IT, WE BEG FOR IT to become ONE WITH US, so we can know, so we can finally SEE, and never return to the IGNORANCE of that HOUSE OF FISH (HELL) again.

23And he took the blind man by the hand, and led him out of the town; and when he had spit on his eyes, and put his hands upon him, he asked him if he saw ought.

Notice what happens ONCE THE TRUTH is revealed to us, IT LEADS US OUT OF THAT TOWN OF IGNORANCE! the Blind man’s eyes (understanding) was a curse to him, it was THOSE EYES (that understanding) that kept the man from SEEING (UNDERSTANDING) the TRUTH.

Now many tell the story about Jesus literally spitting in the man’s eyes, but if you read every other instance in scripture when one is SPAT on, it is not a sign of love and encouragement, but of disapproval and disgust.

This is exactly what the TRUTH does, it hits us smack dab in the face with the FACT that what we once believed is no longer acceptable. We are disgusted by the lies we once believed. In fact, unless we come to a place where we are sickened by anything but God’s truth, which is LOVE, we won’t be able to see a thing. BUT THE INSTANT we are humbled by the revelation of how deceived we have been, the (HAND OF TRUTH) God’s AUTHORITY and GUIDANCE takes hold of us, is laid upon us, and we SEE!

And what do we see at FIRST?

24And he looked up, and said, I see men as trees, walking.

Now this is significant, because once the TRUTH OF GOD’S LOVE and everything that goes along with it (do unto others as unto yourself, love all, reap what you sow), once we understand this we see EVERYONE as one would see a TREE… And how do we judge a TREE?

Matthew 7:16
Ye shall know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes of thorns, or figs of thistles

Once we are enlightened to the TRUTH, we make the first mistake of JUDGEMENT. We see men as Trees. We see some as Good, and some as Bad. Now this is a necessary step to our spiritual progression, and we all have come to a place where we see people by their fruit…

BUT if that is what God wanted us to see, then why lay the hands (authority/guidance) of his Truth on us again?

The reason is, God wants us no longer to look to the OUTWARD MAN. God wants us to NO LONGER see people as TREES walking around, judging which tress we are to love and which trees to avoid… God wants us to look past the OUTWARD APPEARANCE, past the TREES FRUIT, and see all MANKIND as simply being where they are meant to be, loving them for who they are, regardless of fruit.

25 After that he put his hands again upon his eyes, and made him look up: and he was restored, and saw every man clearly.

Now I for one will say, I have not yet reached this point. As I still see the fruit of people, and as Jesus spit on the blind eyes, I want to spit on the ignorance that is keeping people blind, prejudiced, and hateful too. Yet, now as I write this paper I see there is more than seeing people by their actions and their deeds, I need to see them clearly. To see them as a Father sees a child who knows no better, knowing that the child will one day learn it is better to not touch a hot stove or put his finger in a socket. For truly, one day all men will come to the knowledge of the truth and they will learn it is better to love than hate, better to build than tear down, better to accept and heal, then condemn and destroy. One day, not only will you and I see this clearly and be completely restored, everyone will.

This is why, the very next verse, Jesus makes a very strange demand….

26And he sent him away to his house, saying, Neither go into the town, nor tell it to any in the town.

Once the TRUTH of God is revealed to us, we immediately understand from now on, we only need to turn within (our house/temple of God) to dwell. We are to dwell WITHIN, we learn we no longer must go into the TOWN where we were BLIND, we are NOT to return to those religious places that stole our hearts, and love away. We are not to return to worldly thinking where the cares strangle the TRUTH from our hearts. We are to AVOID AT ALL COST returning to the place that blinded us to begin with.

For many that is an easy task, for others not so easy, but ultimately it does not matter, because each man in his order. So stop seeing men as trees, LIVE AND LOVE, AND SEE CLEARLY ALREADY WILL YA?

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FAITH HEALING?

FAITH HEALING?

“My People Perish for their Lack of Understanding.” Today, so many people are being taken advantage of by greedy men and women who claim to have the power of God. The internet has been flooded recently with all of these “revival” claims, minister after minister stating that people are being healed in their services. They claim the blind, deaf, lame, diseased, and even the dead are brought back to perfect health at their “churches” or “crusades”. But the days of these Charlatans are coming to an end. People will see that they are empty, vain, fear mongering, biased, prejudice, thieves that care very little for your TRUE HEALING, which is the Healing of the Heart. Watching so many people fall victim to the lies of these so-called profits has truly saddened me. This video is not to claim that miracles do not exist. I myself know God can heal, but I also know that illness has a part to play in our salvation as well. Faith comes by hearing, not by sight. God cares more for the healing of the inward man (Christ/You) then he does for the outward man (the Flesh/Carnal body). Being miraculously healed does not save you, knowing the TRUTH, which is CHRIST, which your is your LIFE does. Please test the spirits (words) to see if they are of God or not, if the focus is on the OUTWARD MAN then it is not the TRUTH. If the focus is on the INWARD MAN, and the works of the Spirit, and love, then you know Christ IS COME (revealed) in the Flesh.

SIGN and WONDERS – POEM/ESSAY


  SIGNS AND WONDERS CRUSADES – A POEM/ESSAY


“Step right up, one and all. Step right up, just enter in, be pushed over and fall. Get your ticket for the latest show, Signs and Wonders, don’t you know? They say God is here, don’t you feel it too? Your miracle is right this way I just need twenty eight dollars as a love gift from you. Sign and Wonders yes indeed, look over there, my how they have increased. These Signs and Wonders are just for you, believe, receive, step right up who cares if it isn’t really true. We’ll knock you down, sing songs and pray for you. We’ll anoint you will oil, speak in tongues, dance, kick, and push until you believe in what we say we do. So step right up for the Signs and Wonders crusade, even though these Signs and Wonders are strictly man made!”

Luke 11:29
As the crowds increased, Jesus said, “This is a wicked generation. It asks for a miraculous sign, but none will be given it except the sign of Jonah.

So what is a wicked generation, what have they done so terribly wrong? Is it more than believing the lies of the world just to fit in and belong? I mean really, how many of us have asked God for a sign? If I were to say I haven’t in the past than I too would be lying.

The wicked are those who do not believe, and yes some persecute, some lie, cheat and decieve. In scripture they are always pictured, when it comes to God’s truth, as people who don’t percieve. They are also called God’s sword, you see God uses all things to bring us closer to his Word. But I pray today, that I will keep God’s ways, and show all of you why we should stay away from these so-called signs and wonders crusades.

Psalm 18:21
For I have kept the ways of the LORD, and have not wickedly departed from my God.

Today people come out in droves for the “Signs” they promise to show. Scores of people looking for “Signs and Wonders” but they will never find any proof and have nothing Godly or substantial to show. We hear these “Sign” stories in all divisions of Christianity and other Religions and faiths today, I must say. Religious leaders promising great things, sight to the blind, hearing to deaf, legs to the lame, it’s always the same.

They preach with arms reached, “Ask for a sign, expect the miraculous, and force God to give it to you.” Even though these religious leaders words aren’t at all true.

We hear about big name evangelists rising people from the grave, months go by and then we hear how they truly behave. Drugs, prostitution, adultery, and more, then after a couple of months the blind congregations come together and demand that they be restored. For people said God healed through them without ever seeing proof, but all they really cared for was the rumors, big talk, and theatrics, all dressed up in a fancy suit.

At these crusades many respected reporters have done exposes and turned up nothing, nada, zilch! I have met many of these so-called prophets and healers and I have to tell you most of them are pills. They have pushed on my belly to “cure” my Crohn’s disease, never once thinking that perhaps my Crohn’s was God given, to heal me SPIRITUALLY!

They feed the multitude lie upon lie. So much so, it should make all of us cry. For you’ll find no physical or financial healing at a crusade, but in the back room you’ll find the thousands of your hard earned dollars being counted at a table they made, selling lies is their trade.

However, we can’t fault these Profits and Dealers for doing so. After all, God did send the spirit of lies in the mouths many of these profits, this many of us don’t know.

19And the LORD said, Who shall entice Ahab king of Israel…20Then there came out a spirit, and stood before the LORD, and said, I will entice him…. 21  He said, I will go out, and be a LYING SPIRIT in the mouth of all his prophets. And the Lord said, Thou shalt entice him, and thou shalt also prevail: go out, and do even so.  

When Elijah cried Lord, Lord, they have torn down your altars and now all they preach are lies. This is how God replies, “I have reserved seven thousand that have not bowed down to Baal.”  –  These seven thousand are a symbol for a complete remnant freshly released from this carnal jail. God’s truth no longer held captive by fear in their mouth. This is the time to release the WISDOM that enticed the Queen of the South… Let me be a herald of sorts, in poem I’ll speak of how we shouldn’t believe these lies in their mouths.

Today I see the crowd increased to get their “healing, their kids off drugs, to find some peace.” But Jesus said, a Wicked generation asks for a sign. But what, and who, are the wicked, but those when it comes to God’s truth is ignorantly blind.


Proverbs 4:19
The way of the wicked is as darkness: they know not at what they stumble.

This is why the WICKED stamp their feet and come together in hundreds and thousands to meet. They come from miles around, because they heard the Miracle healer gave the deaf man his first sound. But many of these so called religious men and women never have doctrine, never truth, only private jets, million dollar mansions, and thousand dollar suits, and yet people keep going to them placing their bets.

Then you have the others, who aren’t quiet as big or well known. So they shout from the rooftops they too heal so they make bold claims and try to get their name out like a telemarketer pestering you at home.

Matthew 12:39 But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

Adultery is a symbol of mankind leaving God’s truth for Man’s carnal thinking and ways. Yes many have gone astray. What we see in the physical is a wonderful symbol of mankind and how he worships God today. This is why adultery is used in such an allegorical way. For as a Wife cheats on a Husband, or Husband cheats on a wife. This is what adultery means when we follow after man’s carnal teachings and leave the Truth for an ignorant life.


Jeremiah 23:14
I have seen also in the prophets of Jerusalem an horrible thing: they commit adultery, and walk in lies:

So, why do people believe in these Signs and Wonders crusades. In the Gospel’s it is plain as the big nose on my face. “NO SIGN SHALL BE GIVEN” and those that promote such should be ashamed.

So, one must ask, why buy a ticket to such a show. When it is the TRUTH of God, which is CHRIST WITHIN, it is WISDOM we should ONLY want to know. And this TRUTH cannot be sold. It is within, so pray for faith and grab hold. Because these signs and wonders are getting old.

Many come for jibber jabber, or some gold dust outpouring. But for me, their preaching is sour, lacking and completely boring. Others come to get drunk in the spirit, they slur their words, can’t you hear it? They come to get prayed for, to get the sign of a miracle healing. Whether it is someone walking on water or a painting crying tears of blood from its eyes on the ceiling. Whether statues dripping with oil, or hundreds “SLAIN IN THE SPIRIT” in all the aisles… Regardless remember, God has clearly said, to this IGNORANT GENERATION to you I will give ONLY ONE SIGN!

THE SIGN OF JONAH, is what I am hear to show you. Not that God will have us swallowed by a great fish. It is the SYMBOLISM of this I don’t want any of you to miss.

Now did this literally happen? Was it an allegory, could it be both? You see, none of this matters to me if some reluctant prophet is literally swallowed by a fish after being thrown from a boat… What matters is the story hidden between the lines, what matters is the revelation of Jonah’s story to those that have become God blind.

We shouldn’t put our faith in that which is seen. The world around you is an illusion, it will turn to dust is what I mean. We are to have faith and hope in the infinite and the unseen, not to put our hope in Signs and Wonders crusades, which is simply putting your faith in carnal temporal things and carnals ways.


2 Corinthians 4:18
While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.

You see the LITERAL doesn’t matter at all, this is perhaps the reason for Mankinds fall. In fact, believing the Letter will kill you dead, that is at least what the Apostle Paul said. For if we hope in things we hear, smell, touch, taste, or see, there truly is no hope for you and me… And if, Christ is the HOPE OF GLORY as well it should and must be. Let’s not get hung up on if Jonah’s story is literal or allegory.

Luke 11: 30 For as Jonah was a sign to the Ninevites, so also will the Son of Man be to this generation.

So this is ONLY SIGN to come, now let’s break down the book of Jonah and have some good old fashion, mother goose type of fun.

Matthew 12:40
For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the great fish’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the HEART OF THE EARTH.

For those who want me to sum it up quick, I’ll do my best to interpret it. I’ll then go on to explain the parable of the reluctant prophet his journey into belly Hell and what it all means.

So here are the CLIFF NOTES Folks… Let’s start with how long he was in that Fish, for being so terribly wrong. God said go to Ninevah and tell them to repent, I can hear Jonah’s voice screaming in my head.

“Jacob, don’t do it, they’ll kill you, they call you a false prophet, a liar, and do everything to publically embarrass you. Those Ninevites are EVIL they’ll even hate you for your name, because let’s face Jacob, you’re Christian you’re not even a jew!”

Yes, like Jonah, I too feel like God has said “go and tell the world to repent”. But before today, I was always scared of what they’d say, and besides my job has to pay the rent. But now even this reluctant prophet (although I will never claim this to be) will spread the word of how bogus these people are who sell their “signs and Wonders” crusades.

Back to Jonah and his three days… Isn’t something how the number three is mentioned in such a way. The reason is simple, and yes like everything else its a symbol, and a great picture of how long it takes to give birth. You see, every pregnant woman suffers a tri-mester and the closer her delivery the more it hurts.

These 3 days and nights we hear about are a symbol of a spiritual birth that takes place WITHIN not WITHOUT. Jonah is a picture of CHRIST, the Truth that has been cast away by men and swallowed up in carnality and sin. For we are the GREAT FISH, this Fish is mankind, the belly Christ is trapped in is our carnality and all the lusts within it you find.

This is the story of how CHRIST is delivered from the pit, or you can call it our ignorant soul, hell, and yes even the belly of the fish. It is the story of how after we suffer the pangs of birth and deliver things finally get better not worse.

We learn to turn away from the lies that cause our hearts and souls to burn. But THREE days and nights, is not the only symbolic number for birth in this long poem you’ll learn.

Forty less one lashes before the cross. Forty days and Forty nights. a time of testing, trials, a time to be lost. But after these FORTY DAYS, WEEKS, MONTHS, OR YEARS, our promise land we enter, which is God’s truth finally made clear. Yes these are all symbols of Christ’s Birth within us I want you all to hear.

For forty weeks a child grows in the womb, the SIGN OF JONAH is Christ being birth after the symbolic 3 days and 3 night in our ignorant soulish tomb.

Tis the season when man gives birth to Jesus again. But let’s remember the parable of how his birth was not allowed in the INN. For that is a SYMBOL of prideful men and women. In those that are FULL, and believe they know it all, Christ will not be allowed to resurrect until they stumble and fall. And why is the INN so full you may ask, it is because the whole world is following after “Sign and Wonders” like a carrot dangled in front of a dumb ass.

Matthew 12:39
But he answered and said unto them, An evil and adulterous generation seeketh after a sign; and there shall no sign be given to it, but the sign of the prophet Jonas:

I will end tonight with something that may cause some of you to receive TRUE SIGHT, and for others perhaps anger and fright. When Jesus healed, the blind, deaf, dumb and diseased, these were all allegorical pictures of the spiritual sickness keeping us from knowing his peace.

It is understanding, wisdom and revelation God wants known, he doesn’t care if the literal blind man can literally find his literal way home.

These are the only healings God wants us to get. I hope soon more can “see” which means to (percieve or understand) all of that.

The Flesh profits nothing, the outward man perishes day by day, but it is the inward man that is infinite and here to stay. So for now, I will leave you with this true thought. Soon, I will finish my study on Jonah, the one I pray the Holy Spirit taught.

There is NO SIGN GIVEN but that of JONAH. This is what I want to show you. There is only ONE SIGN we are going to get and the story of Jonah is a symbol of our journey and how within us, CHRIST RESURRECTS!

— More to come. Peace Jacob.