Jean Stepnoski (18 Jan 2012)
"Our Times: Luke 23: 29-31: When the Tree is Dry"

Dear Redeemed,
      There is a mysterious passage in The Scriptures said by Messiah/Christ to the women of Jerusalem as He traveled to Golgotha to be executed. The following is a translation from the English Standard Version. "Then they will begin to say to the mountains, 'Fall on us,' and to the hills, Cover us.' For if they do these things when the wood is green, what will they do when it is dry?" The period concerns the end times, not when Jerusalem was destroyed by the Romans in 70 A.D. because there would not be mountains or hills nearby to collapse on the residents of Jerusalem, women or children or men. Rather, we can look to a time when the rich and powerful will be buried alive in caves. As of early 2012, this has not happened. See Hosea 10:8 and Revelation 6: 15-17 about the events of the opening of the sixth seal. Barren women, childless women will be blessed as the rich and powerful yearn for death. The barren women being blessed in a world when "the tree is dry" will have had no children who will die in terror. None of their children will exist, to be murdered or have dreadful deaths from the powers of natural disasters, plagues, pestilences, famine, and so on.
      Christ lived in a time when The Torah, was like a Living Green Tree of Life, in the understanding and acceptance of the commandments (mitzvoh) in the Torah. The Torah Tree of Life was not dry, it was not dead or dying. The greatest ethical imperatives were the Ten Commandments, part of the total of 613 commandments. It was well understood what murder meant. Murder was prohibited, a "Thou Shall Not" and grave sin. We are told in Revelation that a murderer without repentance will not inherit the kingdom. Are there women today who are considered blessed for being childless? Will there be in the few years ahead after The Blessed Hope and before The Second Coming? Yes. There will be barren women blessed for being childless. What are some reasons for being barren childless? It can mean a woman has never conceived, given birth, and nursed. It can mean a woman who has had a miscarriage or a stillbirth. It can mean a woman who has had an abortion or several of them. It does not imply a woman who has had her child or children die some time after their births. How strange to think of abortion as being considered a cause of the" blessed" state of a woman being barren childless in the few years ahead. What if the years ahead will be a period of enforced global abortions, mandatory, unless one is on an approved shot list? This would be more than what has happened in China, one child per mother only, one child per family. Since Roe v. Wade was decided and declared on 1-22-1973, women in America and then all over the world, have been able to CHOOSE for abortion or birth. Can a period be imagined when all choices for birth are gone, except for the rare few on the approved short list? We may have some clues we have never considered from Matthew 24:38 and Luke 17:28 about the days of Noah and the days of Lot which will seem to be revisited, be relived. What are the people doing? There is mention of eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, buying and selling, planting and building. There is one thing conspicuous in its absence. It is the presence, the birth of children! No mention is made of the BIRTHS and PRESENCE of CHILDREN. Were the times of Noah and Lot when the nephrites and other adults murdered off their children through abortion, or burnt offerings, or slaying at birth? In normal heterosexual families it is not just marrying and giving in marriage which matter. It has been customary for brides and grooms, the wives and husbands, look forward to the conceptions and births of their children of the next generation! Were the husbands and wives of the times of Noah and Lot deficient in these expectations? Would they have blessed the barren childless women?
      I believe that the next anniversary of the decision of Roe versus Wade on 1-22-2012, anniversary year forty beginning, is very important to Abba Father, Messiah, Christ, and the Spirit of Truth. Is it spiritually momentous? It may be a final and vital symbolic clue for humankind before The Day of The Blessed Hope! The date of 1-22-2012 shall be a Solemn Day to Remember Those Absent and Gone From Us. The Defenseless. The Green Tree or the Dry Tree. Come quickly, Lord...
With Love and Shalom,