Excerpt from Zion's Landmark, Vol. 119: January-February, 1995
Usually, in order to begin a new tree or bush a ten der branch from at least a three year old tree must be cut from the primary bush and then planted in early spring. This three year old parent tree is a figure or type of the three-in-one God, Father, Son and Holy Ghost, who has ever given eternal life to His Church by regeneration and the new birth. Then, a three year waiting period must take place, when usually in the third year will be seen the first production. Let us re call, that the children of Israel were brought through three stages in their earthly journey, and it was in the third stage of their experience that they did drink the milk and eat the honey that flowed in the promised land. These stages were as follows, (1 st) Bondage in Egypt (2) the law and rebellion against God while wan dering in the wilderness, and (finally) (3) the promised land that flowed with milk and honey, the latter which prefigures the Gospel inheritance. In the parable of the fruitful fig tree, let us remember that the Man who planted it had come each of the three years into His vineyard seeking fruit and had found none. He said unto the Dresser of His vineyard, Behold, these three years I come seeking fruit on this fig tree, and find none: cut it down; why cumbereth it the ground? The planter of this fig tree is God the Father and the Dresser of His vineyard is His Son the Lord Jesus Christ. Back in the annals of eternity, before time and the world began, God in His infinite foreknowledge and wisdom saw the vanity and vexation of the spirit of man that He had made. If left alone to God's justice and wrath, all hope for him was gone in the fall of Adam.
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