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The True Vine and the False Vine

Jesus said in John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.” Jesus identified Himself as the true vine, which shows us that there is a false vine.
 
Jesus used wine as a symbol for knowledge. Wine comes from grapes, which come from the vine. The vine is a symbol of a system of knowledge. Jesus Christ being the true vine He is the original knowledge of God, He is the truth of God (John 14:6), it is His knowledge that the soul was designed to work with to walk in agreement with God.
 
Man needs the knowledge of Christ for faith
 
Humans, unlike animals, need knowledge to function: to function as a doctor one needs medical knowledge, to function as a lawyer one needs knowledge pertaining to the laws of the country, etc. So too, we need knowledge for faith, we need knowledge concerning how to serve God in a manner that is pleasing unto Him.
 
Hosea 4:6 “My people are destroyed for lack of knowledge: because thou hast rejected knowledge, I will also reject thee, that thou shalt be no priest to me: seeing thou hast forgotten the law of thy God, I will also forget thy children.”
 
We serve God as priests in the priesthood of Jesus Christ according to the knowledge of Christ stewarded by living apostles.
 
The false vine
 
So, if Jesus Christ is the true vine, being the truth of God, what is the false vine and who planted it? The false vine is the system of false knowledge, false knowledge being the corruption of the truth of God; it is the truth of God that has been perverted by Satan to mislead man. Satan planted this false vine way back in the Garden of Eden, when he first
presented to Eve a corruption of God’s knowledge through the lips of the serpent.
 
Genesis 3:1 “Yea, hath God said, ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
 
Genesis 3:4-5 “And the serpent said unto the woman, ye shall not surely die: For God doth know that in the day ye eat thereof, then your eyes shall be opened, and ye shall be as gods, knowing good and evil.”
 
The commandment (knowledge) that God gave to Adam & Eve, Satan subtly twisted and provided them a lie to believe and a false justification to act against God’s commandment.
 
Since the garden Satan’s vine of false knowledge has spread throughout the whole earth. This vine or system of false knowledge is the source of the numerous philosophies concerning God and life that humanity has worked with for the past 6 000 years; this is the spirit of Antichrist that is influencing the hearts and minds of sinners.
 
1 John 4:3 “And every spirit that confesseth not that Jesus Christ is come in the flesh is not of God: and this is that spirit of antichrist, whereof ye have heard that it should come; and even now already is it in the world.”
 
Darkness in the church
 
This false vine even infiltrated Christianity. The spoilers brought false doctrines into the church, removing the saints from the true vine. For the past 2 000 years the church has been in darkness (ignorant concerning the covenant of Christ and the ways of God’s righteousness). This 2 000 years of darkness in the church is called the 6th week; a period of time in which the church fell into hypocrisy and has been walking indifferent to God.
 
The first century apostles warned the saints against those that would lead them astray through a false gospel (Philippians 3:2, Colossians 2:8, 2 Peter 3:17), a gospel that would be called Jesus, but would not center on Christ (God’s plan, pattern & purpose) instead it centers on man’s needs and struggles of life; this is the gospel of the flesh.
Even when the first century apostles were alive, saints were already being deceived by a false doctrine.
 
Galatians 1:6-7 “I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ.”
 
Galatians 3:1 “O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?”
 
Satan’s perversion of Christianity is evident in there being thousands of different Christian denominations. Christians stand divided in doctrine and agree to disagree; where is the unity of one faith that the apostles wrote about?
 
The returning of Christians to the true vine
 
After 2 000 years of Christians working with doctrine that is in error, God has raised up living apostles, through whom the mystery of the knowledge of Jesus Christ is being made known, that Christians may come out from a system of fleshly traditions and carnal doctrine and be joined to God in covenant; to serve God on His terms & conditions, worshipping Him in Spirit & in truth.
 
This time of the restoration of God’s stewardship, of the original doctrine of Christ and of the priesthood of Christ is called the 2nd 8th week, which the prophet Enoch prophesied of in the books of Enoch and of which the prophet Joel prophesied of in Joel chapter 2.
 
Christians being joined to the true vine will bear forth the fruits of that vine.
 
God’s call to the nations is to return unto Him by coming into covenant with Him, to forsake their truths to embrace His truth.

Revelations 2:29 “He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches.”

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Apostle Matthew Botha Matthew Botha is a confirmed Apostle in the government of God and valued member of Apostles Today Network of the Second 8th Week, ministering the grace of God to those seeking to build upon the true foundation of Jesus Christ. He is a regular contributor to the Prophetic Path and teaches Body ministry, helping believers regain their Christian priesthood by learning how spiritual sacrifices of prophecy work, how the anointing of truth works, and how the spiritual tools of the Second Covenant work. As God brings the church into a new era, Apostle Matthew is here to help guide your faith into the new work of the Spirit, pray for you, and answer your questions.

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