Forest Restoration will Usher in His Son’s Manifestation
“Sequoias, kings of their race, growing close together like grass in a meadow, poised their brave domes and spires in the sky three hundred feet above the ferns and lilies that enameled the ground; towering serene through the long centuries, preaching God’s forestry fresh from heaven.” John Muir
God planted a garden Himself eastward of Eden: we call it the Garden of Eden. But we neither know nor deny that He did plant other gardens elsewhere such as this mystical Shala-hawk-atie. It was planted several thousand years before Eden according to at least one naturalist. Some of the trees were at least 45 feet in circumference and a few hundred feet tall. Consider what I tell you that John Steinbeck said about these giant sequoias. I put in this article, a portrayal of a vision I once had from God that ties these depictions together.
Steinbeck once said, “The redwoods, once seen, leave a mark or create a vision that stays with you always. No one has ever successfully painted or photographed a redwood tree. The feeling they produce is not transferable. From them comes silence and awe. It’s not only their unbelievable structure nor their color which seems to shift and vary under your eyes, no, they are not like any trees we know, they are ambassadors from another time.”
Those of you who read my articles know the vision that God gave me long ago. I was working for Bell Telephone in Reno, NV. My crew consisted of non-believers and we were responsible for doing all the landscape maintenance. Whenever the crew would take a smoke break, I would take a meditating in the scriptures break. That day I read 1Corinthians 2:9 which says, “But as it is written, eye hath not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God has prepared for them that love Him.” When I saw no vision I told God I am fully content with just Jesus but this scripture says things in the plural. I then asked God if I was on the right track asking Him what this scripture meant. When I asked Him that question, He directed me to Isaiah 45:11 which says, “Thus saith the Lord, the Holy One of Israel, and his Maker, ask me of things to come concerning my sons, and concerning the work of my hands command ye me.”
Based on that, I said, “God, in Jesus name, I command you to reveal to me the things which you have prepared for those who love you.” That was my first “made to order” vision when suddenly He showed me a portion of the New Heavens and the New Earth. Surprisingly it was very much like the unspoiled parts of this present earth and sky except that the inviting forest I saw, the rapidly flowing crystal clear stream, the huge grass and flower laden field all were totally permeated with love, joy and peace beyond human comprehension. It was all holy ground, pristine sky and adorned with the presence of the Lord. The things I saw were the same old things we abuse on earth, but they were completely renewed and indwelt with the holiness of the maker.
I do not expect you to understand this, because you had to be there, but, every time I thought about what I had seen and in a way experienced, I wept for joy uncontrollably. Instantly I understood why we must get new bodies for these old ones are not designed for such a spiritual outpouring. That was one of the best days of my entire life, but the vision only concentrated on a few things like living stream water, a congregation of trees, a field of flowers and a pure richly oxygenated sky. These are the things God showed me. I did not see race cars, shopping malls, mansions, jet planes, highways or even a country road - just a few things which seemed to be important to God!
It was and is significant to me that God revealed something which will surely come to pass. “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry.” (Habakkuk 2:3)
How does God see forests? The first garden we have record of God planting (Genesis 2:8) would look like a combination of a bio-diverse forest and a garden. This garden of paradise was filled with fruit and nuts and vegetables of every description. Today people who honor the majestic and gigantic species like redwoods and sequoias are called tree huggers. They are said to attribute human-like qualities to trees. Those who oppose, insist trees are nothing but giant plants that should be cut by the loggers who need the money. If you claim to care about animals you should mourn the cutting of a forest as much as you shudder at the burning of all the animals in a factory farm.
In one incident (Mark 8:23-26) Jesus was asked to touch a blind man and heal him. “And 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. And he looked up and said I see men as trees walking. After that Jesus put his hands again upon his eyes and made him look up and he was restored and saw every man clearly. And he sent him away to his house, saying, neither go into the town nor tell it to any in the town.” Trees, as far as I see it, have only one major difference from people and that is locomotion. Scientifically we are classified as animals and they are classified as plants. This does not mean they can not communicate, care, conserve the earth, or form a holy chorus.
I don’t want to make too much of this text, but Jesus did lead the blind man out of the city. In Revelation 16:19b it does prophesy, “The cities of the nation fell.” Moving along, something left the inside of Jesus and got into the blind man’s eyes enabling him to see from the God-man’s core being. As Jesus got him in His hands, he saw men as trees walking at first, I believe this shows the similarity between men and trees. Men and trees have limbs and when they are under God’s guidance they bear much fruit. In order to do so, their roots must go deep and stretch out. And finally, both trees and men benefit from God’s pruning. (John 15:2) Eventually the blind man saw the walking trees as real men. John Steinbeck called certain majestic trees, “ambassadors from another time.” If we would listen some trees could tell us a thing or two. Perhaps they would beg us to stop the political wars or express how thankful they were to anticipate more of the solitude that deep forests can generate. Perhaps they even would share how they are rejoicing that God desires them for His habitation. (Psalm 132:5)
George Washington Carver has as much evidence of his true Christian faith as probably any modern Christian you’ve heard of and he talked to plants and got many answers from them. Several of the species that communicated back to him were peanuts and yams. Job 12:7-9 says, “But ask now the beasts and they shall teach thee; and the fowls of the air, and they shall tell thee: or speak to the earth, and it shall teach thee; and the fishes of the sea shall declare unto thee: who knoweth not in all these that the hand of the Lord has wrought this?” Have you forgotten that trees are plants so you can talk with them if you wish?
Why do you believe John 3:16 and the virgin birth of Christ and not believe the scripture I just quoted in the previous paragraph from Job 12? Have you not read that, “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness.” (2Timothy 3:16)
When certain plants are attacked by disease or insects, they communicate with others of their own species instructing them to produce chemicals which will protect them. Do I believe trees sing together? Yes, I do! Do I believe a tree awaits the day when all human beings will give it hugs, at least mentally, and abstain from cutting them down? Yes, I do! Isaiah 14:8 positively states since the evil ruler is put down, no feller (a person who cuts timber for a living) has come up against the forest. This section (Isaiah 14:7) starts by saying, “The whole earth (during the millennium) is at rest and is quiet; they (the fir trees and the Cedars of Lebanon) break forth into singing.” We find these cedar and fir trees are giving shouts of victory and praises of joy. Isaiah 44:23a says, “Sing, O ye heavens; for the Lord hath done it: shout, ye valleys of the earth: break forth into singing, ye mountains, O forest, and every tree therein…” Here we have used these scriptures to prove that God says that mountains rejoice and sing and so do trees and even they clap their hands. Either God is a liar or these things really happen. I do not believe these scriptures are mere poetry, I believe they are literal.
Poems, it is said, are made by fools like me. But only God can make a tree. If you want to fight about what the scriptures declare, take it up with God not with me for He is the one who certified the fact that even the trees and forests were created for His pleasure and are important to Him. (Colossians 1:16 & Revelation 4:11) Just how important is the forest and its trees, we shall discover in part two, forthcoming.
Genesis is a book about first things. Making a watershed garden was one of the first things God did. It was a first thing because it was vitally important to Adam and Eve, to the Earth and to the world to come.
Where God is taking us are positions into which we must grow and not only grow ourselves but forests also. The restoration of the forests means we must restore them to the sort and the amount God filled the earth with. This is the real meaning of restoration. One of the first things besides the people is the forests. This means that both the quantity and the quality of the forests must be restored and flourishing on the earth or Jesus is barred from returning. I did not write this, you will find this in Chapter 3 of the Book of Acts and in my book, “What Shall Be.” Forests are not merely places which produce lumber, they are habitations. (Psalms 132:5-6) They are homes for countless creatures just as they were for Adam and Eve. No wonder Mary mistook Jesus for the landscaper after His resurrection: that, He is. (John 20:15) Notice that in a good concordance it will indicate that Mary mistook the risen Jesus for the garden-keeper. If you don’t see the symbolism perhaps you should get your eyes prayed for, too!
If you do not think that total restoration of the forest the way God created them is necessary, please read below and may Christ enlighten you.
“We have now used taxpayers’ dollars to build so many roads for loggers that their total length is equal to eight times the entire length of the whole Interstate Highway System. That just does not make sense.” Al Gore