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Bill Stockham |

“…Thus says the LORD of hosts, “Behold, the man whose name is the Branch: for he shall branch out from his place, and he shall build the temple of the LORD.” (Zech. 6:12) [THE BRANCH SHALL GROW UP OUT OF HIS PLACE, out of Bethlehem the city of David, the place appointed for his birth; though His earthly family be a root in a dry ground, yet this branch shall spring out just like in the spring, when the sun returns, the flowers spring out of the roots, in which they lay buried out of sight and out of mind, for just the right time!] “From the fig tree learn its lesson: AS SOON AS ITS BRANCH BECOMES TENDER and puts out its leaves, you know that summer is near. So also, when you see all these things, you know that he is near, at the very gates.” (Matt. 24:32-33) [The fig-trees that are budding and blossoming are a sign of summer; for the trees of the field, know their appointed time. Thus when God begins to fulfil prophecies, he will make an end to them as well!] “I am THE TRUE VINE, and my Father is the vinedresser. Every branch in me that does not bear fruit he takes away, and every branch that does bear fruit he prunes, that it may bear more fruit. I am the vine; YOU ARE THE BRANCHES. Whoever abides in me and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for APART FROM ME YOU CAN DO NOTHING.” (John 15:1-2, 5) [Now, we are the branches; for what purpose? To bear fruit!] “ABIDE IN ME, and I in you. As the branch cannot bear fruit by itself, unless it abides in the vine, neither can you, unless you abide in me.” (John 15:4) [To ABIDE: the Greek word meno?: a state of relation with anticipation. I am going to continue with Jesus, knowing He is going to do something with me!] “No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I HAVE MADE KNOWN TO YOU. You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that YOUR FRUIT SHOULD ABIDE, so that WHATEVER YOU ASK the Father in my name, HE MAY GIVE IT TO YOU.” (John 15:15-16)

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