Usurping Naboth's Vineyard
Feb 27, 2010
I wrote a few weeks ago that it appeared that we are seeing the patterns of 2001 emerging once again in 2010.
One of the foundational revelations in early 2001 was about usurping Naboth's vineyard. King Ahab coveted this vineyard but would not dare to steal it. So his wife, Jezebel, did it for him. The plot involved raising up false witnesses against Naboth, whereby he was stoned to death for blasphemy, that is, for supposedly cursing God and the king (1 Kings 21:13).
The vineyard is the Kingdom itself, as Jesus shows us in Matt. 21:41 and 43. In Jesus' parable, we find that men usurped the vineyard by killing the Heir (Jesus) on a charge of blasphemy (Matt. 24:65).
There are two parts to this prophetic type. The first involves killing "Naboth," as a type of Christ. The second part involves the actual theft of the vineyard-Kingdom, which is the primary theme of the present time. We must overlay this with the two comings of Christ. The first is the coming of the Heir of Judah and David to claim His throne rights. The second is the coming of Christ as Joseph to repair the breach between the scepter and the birthright.
That means we are, in this present time, dealing primarily with the Vineyard itself. We have been seeing many signs of Joseph and the birthright and the rejoining of the two sticks under one Head.
So the battles in 2001 should be viewed in that larger context.
I have already written how those battles got started with the challenge of authority on Jan. 29, 2001. This was answered in the same manner that Moses did when he was challenged. We let God decide, since all authority comes from God. We put our spiritual "staves" in the tabernacle in heaven to await God's decision. We got the answer on Feb. 21, 2001 when our staves bore fruit ("berries"). Nine years later, in 2010 the answer came a day early, at noon, Feb. 20, 2010.
The next step in the 2001 series was the warfare that erupted after the losers refused to accept the divine ruling. We saw "all-out war" erupt on February 26, 2001, and it did not end until Feb. 28. I was led to fly to Seattle to conduct this warfare and hold some meetings with other spiritual warriors who had an interest in this case.
Twenty-two minutes after the end of the warfare (Feb. 28), a 6.8 Richter earthquake pounded Federal Way just south of Seattle, cracking the Capitol dome in Olympia. Nine years later, in 2010, we saw a massive 8.8 Richter earthquake hit Chile a day early, Feb. 27, 2010. It appears that the 2010 parallels are occurring a day early for whatever reason.
The quake in 2001 hit 22 minutes after the end of our warfare. Today's quake in Chile was 22 miles below ground. On March 1, 2001 the word of the Lord came to us in regard to the quake in Federal Way,
"The Capitol dome in Olympia is connected spiritually to the Capitol dome in Washington D.C. Its crack in Olympia signifies what is about to happen in Washington D.C., for it represents the overthrow of the false [Greek] gods of Olympia and the false Roman gods portrayed in the Capitol dome in Washington D.C."
Is it not interesting that we would be seeing a repeat pattern of 2001 at the same time that the Olympics are being held just north of the Olympic Peninsula, located near Olympia, Washington? We have long seen Washington State as the spiritual headquarters for Washington D.C. The two locations are connected spiritually, and so we watch Washington State for signs about Washington D.C.
In light of that connection, then, one has to consider yesterday's disqualification of Apolo Ohno in his quest for the gold medal in the 500 meter race on ice. Apollo is one of the Greek gods on Mt. Olympus in the Greek pantheon. I had hoped, of course, that as an individual competitor, he would win the gold, but as a prophetic type, his loss tells us that the Greek gods (or the golden calves) are being overthrown.
When we view this sign in the larger context of Naboth's vineyard, it is not hard to see that God is rectifying the wrong done by King Ahab and Jezebel. The usurped vineyard-Kingdom is being returned to its rightful Heir. The Heir is Jesus Christ coming as both David and Joseph combined.
First, it is the second coming of David (after being overthrown by Absalom). This battle of the second coming was fought in "the forest of Ephraim" (2 Sam. 18:6). Absalom the usurper was killed (2 Sam. 18:14). Ahithophel, the betrayer, had already hanged himself earlier (2 Sam. 17:23), for he was a type of Judas who helped the temple priests usurp the throne of Christ.
Secondly, today we see the discovery of Joseph and the restoration of his claim to the birthright. This is the primary theme of the second coming of Christ, and it involves reclaiming the vineyard that had been usurped. This theme has many biblical stories that prophesy to us, among which is the story of Naboth's vineyard being stolen from the true heir.
A second story would be the NT parable in Matthew 21, which we have already quoted. They killed the Heir in order to "seize his inheritance." In doing so, they were re-enacting the story of Ahab and Jezebel by killing the true heir and seizing his inheritance (vineyard).
A third story would be that of King Saul. Though he was a legitimate king, anointed by Samuel, nonetheless, he rebelled against God and ruled by his own will, rather than asking "What would Jesus do?"
King Saul is the Pentecostal type, so in that sense the organizational church in the Age of Pentecost rebelled against God and claimed the divine right to rule as they saw fit--even to the point of overruling Christ and the apostles. So I wrote in chapter 5 of The Seven Churches how the Church of Thyatira was the "Jezebel Church," running from 529-1517 A.D. In that time, Pope Boniface VIII (elected in 1294) wrote in his Unam Sanctum, that he had the power to change the very precepts of Christ and the apostles. This is the spirit of King Saul reborn, alive, and active.
Saul "died" on May 30, 1993 on the 40th Jubilee of the Church under Pentecost. This began a 7-1/2 year transition from the house of Saul to the house of David (2 Sam. 5:5), ending on Nov. 30, 2000.
Two months later, a Christian Pentecostal woman challenged this transfer of authority on Jan. 29, 2001. This challenge was answered by our putting the staves into the tabernacle in heaven, so that the staff of the rightful heirs could bring forth fruit on Feb. 21, 2001. The organized church still refused to submit to the divine decree, for they could not believe that they were really being disinherited for rebellion. So they declared war on Feb. 26 and lost the first battle on the third day, Feb. 28.
That was when the earthquake cracked the Olympia dome, as the false gods began to be overthrown, including Apollo.
We are today seeing a progressive repeat of these events from 2001. These repeats do not go in circles but in spirals. They spiral to higher levels, showing progression in time. The year 2010 is obviously a progressive repeat from 2001, and the news is good. Even though the rebellious ones cause havoc in their quest for revenge, these are the birthpangs of the Kingdom that is emerging. Perhaps that is why today's quake hit near the city of Concepción in Chile.
One final thought. These events are occurring within the two 76-day periods that set the stage for what God does in any given year. These, then, are just the prophetic SIGNS of events to come later this year, usually culminating by the feast of Tabernacles. These signs are certainly "real," but they speak prophetically of things yet coming. These signs help us to be watchful.
Dr. Stephen Jones