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“Don’t be afraid, you animals of the field; for the pastures of the wilderness spring up, for the tree bears its fruit. The fig tree and the vine yield their strength.”

The judgment has passed and there is no need of fear, even for the animals in the fields, who were also affected by the sinful behaviour and lifestyle of the people. God speaks to them and tells them that there is plenty for them all. The pastures are springing up out of the wilderness and the trees are coming into fruit. The fig tree and the vine are becoming rampant for they have regained their strength. 

This is synonymous with the blessings of the people of God. Where before they wandered in the wilderness they are now enjoying the green pastures of their own land. The growth of the ground has sprung up to furnish all their needs and desires and they are walking in the green pastures.

“The Lord is my shepherd: I shall lack nothing. He makes me lie down in green pastures. He leads me beside still waters. He restores my soul. He guides me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.”

Psalm 23:1-3

The people of God now enjoy safe pasture for the Day of Wrath is passed and they are safe in the land. Their lives are bearing fruit to God and are enjoying the strength of the Spirit within. This is true for their lives in this world and also for the life to come when Christ returns to take His people to heaven. We have freedom and power now to live for God and will enter into the full reality of that kingdom life when Christ comes for His church. 

I heard a loud voice out of heaven saying, “Behold, God’s dwelling is with people, and he will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes. Death will be no more; neither will there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain, any more. The first things have passed away.”

Revelation 21:3-4

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