WATCHING OVER HIS WORD
Jer. 1:11,12 NKJV
11 Moreover the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?”
And I said, “I see a branch of an almond tree.”
12 Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am ready to perform My word.”
This passage of scripture was given to me in January of 2000 by Dick Mills as a word of prophesy over our church. As usual, prophetic words can have multiple applications and fulfillments. This particular word was received as describing “Beyond the Grave” as the almond tree in the prophesy. The almond tree is an indicator or watchman over the coming harvest of the rest of the crops. Dick Mills expounds on this passage in his comment in the Spirit Filled Life Bible.
“Ready-shaqad, watching, waking, hastening, anticipating to be sleepless, alert, vigilant; on the lookout; to care for watchfully. This verb occurs 12 times, including Ps.127:1, “unless the Lord guards the city, the watchman stays awake in vain.” (Jer.31:28, God promises to watch over His people with an intent to build and to plant. The present reference may best be understood by noting the linguistic connection between “waking” (shaqad) and “almond” (shaqed) in Hebrew. The almond is considered the “waker” in Hebrew thought, because it, of all trees, blossoms early, watching diligently for the opportunity to bloom. Thus, in vs.11,12 the linking of the vision of an almond branch and its interpretation is clear.”
I love the Lord’s picture in this verse of the almond tree being the watchman over the harvest. The almond harvest always came in first and was an indication of the size of the harvest for that year. The almond tree was said to be watching over the harvest. In the same way the Lord is the watchman watching over His word and His field to insure His promised harvest will come. The New American Standard Bible brings out that meaning in it’s translation of this verse.
Jer. 1:12 NASB Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over My word to perform it.”
Going back to the prophesy given in January 2000, in that very month we saw the “almond tree” called Beyond the Grave experience supernatural harvest. As month after month and year after year passed, we stood in amazement of the supernatural nature of the altar calls. Today, the almond tree is still watching, the supernatural harvest of the last days is sure. Not only is the almond tree watching, the Lord Himself is watching over His word to perform it. There remains the greatest of all harvests here in the city of New Orleans. The fields are white, the time of the harvest is at hand. As we begin a new year, the Lord is calling for workers. The harvest is plentiful, the fields are white, the workers are few. If you listen carefully you may hear His pleading voice,”Launch out into the deep and let your nets down for a catch”.