John 15:1 “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vine dresser"
Our Lord Jesus compared Himself to the vine. Since He is the 'true' vine, which produces good fruits then there is also the false or bad vine, which produces bad fruits.
Jer 2:21,28 Yet I had planted you a noble vine, a seed of highest quality. How then have you turned before Me Into the degenerate plant of an alien vine?... But where are your gods that you have made for yourselves? Let them arise, if they can save you in the time of your trouble; for according to the number of your cities are your gods, O Judah.
God delivered Israel from Egypt using signs and wonders. God gave them the laws through Moses so that He could dwell among them in the tabernacle (temple of God). God guided them into Canaan Land with a pillar of cloud during the day and a pillar of fire at night.
He gave Jericho over to them by causing its walls to come tumbling down. He also fought the battles for them and handed to them the Promised Land. Yet the descendants of the Israelites (noble vine) became an alien or bad vine (worshipping idols and committing abominations). This bad vine can only produce wild or sour grapes.
Isa 5:4-5 What more could have been done to My vineyard that I have not done in it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, did it bring forth wild grapes? And now, please let Me tell you what I will do to My vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned; and break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down.
Mat 7:15-16a “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. You will know them by their fruits."
It is by the fruit that we can recognize whether the tree is good or bad. A true vine (our Lord Jesus) produces sweet grapes which can be used to produce new wine (children of God or Christians). The sour grapes of the bad vine will produce vinegar (children of the devil).
1John 3:8-19 He who sins is of the devil, for the devil has sinned from the beginning. For this purpose the Son of God was manifested, that He might destroy the works of the devil. Whoever has been born of God does not sin, for His seed remains in him; and he cannot sin, because he has been born of God. In this the children of God and the children of the devil are manifest: Whoever does not practice righteousness is not of God, nor is he who does not love his brother.
A mysterious visit to heaven
In early 1998, a poor elderly widow healed of arthritis accepted the Lord. She was illiterate but godly and filled with the love of God. She helped us to lead many families in Cheroh to the Lord. She happily sacrificed herself by feeding us with chicken and meat but kept the left over as her food for the next few days until we found that out.
In 2003, she was in a coma in hospital for 3 days. When she awoke, she told us that she had met our Lord Jesus, who showed her around in heaven. Besides those described in the Bible (all wore white, street of gold, etc), some of the mysteries that she said were:-
1. No Chinese nor Indian in heaven for they were only Whites, whose faces glow and fair (glorious body),
2. Only children (unless we are converted like children - Mat 28:2-3)
3. No bricks nor concrete but a building made of beautiful, shining stones (living stones -1Pet 2;5)
4. A big tree bearing many beautiful fruits (tree of life). She was only able to recognize one of them.
I have always been skeptical with all those testimonies of visiting heaven, when their books are so expensive. I believed her when she mentioned the living stones. I rejoiced when this fruit she recognized, was also mentioned in the Bible indicating that it is also found in heaven.
Remember that this old widow was illiterate and was over 80 years old. and that I have not taught her some of these mysteries she had said. In fact I was not even aware that this fruit is found in heaven.
Brethren, what is this earthly fruit that can be found in heaven?