It Was Not the Season for Figs

The Cursed Fig Tree

12-14As they left Bethany the next day, he was hungry. Off in the distance he saw a fig tree in full leaf. He came up to it expecting to find something for breakfast, but found nothing but fig leaves. (It wasn’t yet the season for figs.) He addressed the tree: “No one is going to eat fruit from you again—ever!” And his disciples overheard him.

15-17They arrived at Jerusalem. Immediately on entering the Temple Jesus started throwing out everyone who had set up shop there, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of the bankers and the stalls of the pigeon merchants. He didn’t let anyone even carry a basket through the Temple. And then he taught them, quoting this text:

My house was designated a house of prayer for the nations;

You’ve turned it into a hangout for thieves.

It wasn’t yet the season for figs.  Doesn’t Jesus’ cursing the tree sound unreasonable?  Even that he expected fruit when it wasn’t ready to produce fruit?   Wasn’t it just doing what it was supposed to do? I mean it appeared to have a full head of leaves!

2 Timothy 4:2 “Preach the Word; be prepared in season and out of season; correct, rebuke and encourage–with great patience and careful instruction.”

Be prepared in season and out of season.  The Church model, or the Temple model, will cause us to be a marketplace instead of a place where prayer is offered.  But a gathering of believers who assemble together to seek the Lord, to pray, to worship all through the week is a house of prayer for all nations and prepares the church, the Bride, to be ready in season and out of season.

The fruit of abiding in Him is being ready when the hungry come.

I really feel a stirring in my heart on this.  One day, I was picking up my husband from work.  It was 5:30 on a Monday and a man of the street asked us to “get him outta here.”   I asked him “where is here?”  and he said “Alcohol! Get me outta here”

My husband and I stayed with him, prayed with him and brought him to a church around the corner (VCA) where Kim Hager from the House of Prayer was leading worship, and Abner Suarez was preaching.   We were ready.  They were ready. That night.

That man is still free of alcohol two years later.

Matthew 25:34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.  35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,

36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’

37 “Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink?

38 When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you?

39 When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?

40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’

People will be hungry at all hours – probably not on Sunday morning, or Wednesday night.   But at 5:30 on a Monday night.

Or 3 a.m. on a cold, rainy Thursday morning.


The above was written in 2011 but last night I saw something else.

Mark 11:11 Jesus entered Jerusalem and went into the temple courts. He looked around at everything, but since it was already late, he went out to Bethany with the Twelve.

15-17They arrived at Jerusalem. Immediately on entering the Temple Jesus started throwing out everyone who had set up shop there, buying and selling. He kicked over the tables of the bankers and the stalls of the pigeon merchants. He didn’t let anyone even carry a basket through the Temple. And then he taught them, quoting this text:

My house was designated a house of prayer for the nations;

You’ve turned it into a hangout for thieves.

Vs 12-14 about the fig tree not producing fruit is sandwiched between Jesus going into the temple and looking around.  He went in, looked around then came out and told his disciples he was hungry and the tree did not produce any fruit although it appeared to have a full head of leaves.

Figs are powerful cleansers.  Eat enough and they will purge you with diarrhea.  That Jesus came in and purged the temple after he cursed the fig tree is indicative of many of our churches today that are dying.  One of my customers called a church she grew up in in Arizona to ask them to look after her mother occasionally, for she was frail.   (My customer is from WV and cannot look in).   The churches response was “We are dying, we cannot help”.




1.a monarch; a king, queen, or other supreme ruler.
2.a person who has sovereign power or authority.
1.the quality or state of being sovereign
2. the status, dominion, power, or authority of a sovereign; royalty.
3. supreme and independent power or authority in government as possessed or claimed by a state or community
4.rightful status, independence, or prerogative.

33 Rejoice in the Lord, O you righteous!
For praise from the upright is beautiful.
Praise the Lord with the harp;
Make melody to Him with an instrument of ten strings.
Sing to Him a new song;
Play skillfully with a shout of joy.

For the word of the Lord is right,
And all His work is done in truth.
He loves righteousness and justice;
The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

By the word of the Lord the heavens were made,
And all the host of them by the breath of His mouth.
He gathers the waters of the sea together as a heap;[a]
He lays up the deep in storehouses.

Let all the earth fear the Lord;
Let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of Him.
For He spoke, and it was done;
He commanded, and it stood fast.

10 The Lord brings the counsel of the nations to nothing;
He makes the plans of the peoples of no effect.
11 The counsel of the Lord stands forever,
The plans of His heart to all generations.
12 Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord,
The people He has chosen as His own inheritance.

13 The Lord looks from heaven;
He sees all the sons of men.
14 From the place of His dwelling He looks
On all the inhabitants of the earth;
15 He fashions their hearts individually;
He considers all their works.

16 No king is saved by the multitude of an army;
A mighty man is not delivered by great strength.
17 A horse is a vain hope for safety;
Neither shall it deliver any by its great strength.

18 Behold, the eye of the Lord is on those who fear Him,
On those who hope in His mercy,
19 To deliver their soul from death,
And to keep them alive in famine.

20 Our soul waits for the Lord;
He is our help and our shield.
21 For our heart shall rejoice in Him,
Because we have trusted in His holy name.
22 Let Your mercy, O Lord, be upon us,
Just as we hope in You


It really IS about Him.  Our only battle is grabbing hold of His Word and becoming in agreement and alignment with it.  

Is There Anyone Left in the House of Saul?

Brother “D” (as those who know him affectionately call him) was unable to attend the conference in Maryland.  

He had suffered a stroke, and would not have the endurance to sit through the day long praise, worship, and fellowship that was planned, no matter how glorious it got. 


And the weekend was certainly spirit-filled with ecstatic praise and worship, beautiful vibrant music, warm fellowship between many who previously had been total strangers, and deep corporate and personal encounters with the Lord. 


But as I said, Brother D was not able to attend.  


Prior to the conference, I was reading one of Pastor Alma’s newsletters to my husband, Richard, who was impressed by the Lord that he should learn one of her favorite hymns – “Trust and Obey” – and play it for her while we were in Maryland on Saturday evening, but because of the length of the conference time  and an extended dinner time, he wasn’t able to.   He hoped, also, to have an opportunity to meet Brother D, who stayed back in the hotel room.   


You see, Brother D is Pastor Alma’s husband. 


It was not until Sunday morning, as we were all preparing for our departure, that Richard was able to bring his guitar and harp to their hotel room.

There was Brother D on the bed.


I had met him a few years ago, briefly, when I attended a conference at their home in Washington DC, but Richard shook his hand for the first time.   

 Brother D looked at me and said “Thank you for the beans.”  I responded to him that he might be mistaking me for someone else, because I hadn’t brought any beans.  Pastor Alma said “He is remembering the gift of assorted beans in a jar you gave us for Christmas a few years ago.” 



Brother D explained that his long term memory was fine, it was his short-term memory that troubled him.  


Richard sat on the bed across from him.   As he began to sing “Trust and Obey”  Brother D broke into tears.   


“Trust and Obey, for there’s no other way, to be happy in Jesus than to trust and obey”


This song reaches him each time he hears it.  He loves hymns.


Tears began to stream down my own cheeks.   There was something eternal in this very moment, more than I’d experienced all weekend.  


This was the  Key of David!


Cords of Unity + Chords of Harmony = The Key of David


I heard in my spirit “Is there anyone left of the house of Saul that I may show kindness to?”  (2 Sam 9:1) Later on, I heard this scripture again as we drove home. 


Mephibosheth was lame in both feet.  His needs had to be cared for, but it is possible that because Jonathan and Saul were dead,  Mephibosheth would no longer have his needs tended to.    Because of the love David had for Jonathan, Mephibosheth’s father, David exalted him to the place of eating at the King’s Table for the rest of his life.  He also appointed all the servants in the House of Saul to tend to him and to the things he cared for. 


For the sake of Jonathan.  

David loved Jonathan as he loved his own soul.  (1 Sam 20:17,  Matt 22:36-40)


I spoke this to Pastor Alma a few days later.  She said although her husband wasn’t able to attend the conference, Richard brought the conference to him,  and ministered to him.  She also shared that, like Mephibosheth, Brother D was lame. Complications of diabetes have forced him to depend on a cane and a wheelchair.


I thought of our Father.   “Is there anyone left of the children of men, that I can show kindness to for the sake of My Son?”


And now, because of the blood of the Lamb,  Jesus His Son, we are elevated to a place of sitting at the King’s Table forever.


No ministry, nor anointing, nor gift, nor joining in fellowship, nor supernatural manifestation, can ever take the place of what was done for us at the Cross, by His Blood.   We are lame, weak, have little power and strength, yet we get to sit in heavenly places for eternity because of what Christ did.


Like Mephibosheth. 


Like Brother D.   As he was ministered to that Sunday morning,  I knew he heard the gentle whisper of the Lord saying “Come up.  Sit at My table forever.” 


Daily, as we seek him in our prayer time and in life’s interactions, we have opportunity to receive greater revelation of the Cross, of the Blood, of His impact in our lives. 


In the upcoming days and weeks and months, the love we say we profess for Jesus (and others) is going to be tested by a hotter fire  than it had been in the past. 

 If we say we love Him, will we also demonstrate that love to those He loves?   

Who is Like You Lord?

Who is like You Lord?

Ruler of all nations

Captain of our armies

Throughout all generations 

Who is like You Lord?

You give the command

And it is so

Your silence demands

Our Stillness

Your Word demands we go

You cause the sun to rise and set 

On just and unjust alike

You send the storm

You calm the sea

No, there is none likeYou Lord

Your voice commands cedars

To split in half

At its sound a deer gives birth

To its calf

And commands the desert to bloom

Yet You sit and laugh

At the plans of the nations

You are God of all Creation 

And You do as You please

We fall to our knees

And say You alone

Are Lord. 


 The~Lord~Will~See~To~It..More than a Promise~ It’s His Name

Through various examples this week regarding the difference between the poverty spirit and the poor in spirit I felt the Lord lead me into this on the Provision and the Promises  of God. I’d taken the name for granted,  the Name of Jehovah-Jireh… (or Yehovah Yireh)….I took it for granted because of the song.

“Jehovah-Jireh, my Provider, His grace is sufficient for me, for me, for me… Jehovah-Jireh, my Provider, His grace is sufficient for me… My God shall supply all my needs, according to His riches in glory, He will give His angels charge over me, Jehovah Jireh cares for me, for me, for me…Jehovah-Jireh cares for me..” “And His name is The-Lord-Will-Provide”…(Gen 22:14)


 Jehovah is “The Lord” and Jireh is “Will Provide”… yet the Strong’s concordance barely mentioned the word “provide.”


It said “The Lord will see to it”


The literal Hebrew is “The-Lord-Will-See-To-It”….


                      It wasn’t just a promise.


                       It was His name!


He introduced Himself by that name on MT Moriah. Here is where Abraham was told by the Lord that he was to sacrifice his only son as a burnt offering. I know you know the story. But the interesting thing is… Moriah actually means in Hebrew “Seen by Jehovah”… 

raw-aw’ H7200
(God will provide a ram- from Gen 22:8)
A primitive root; to see, literally or figuratively (in numerous applications, direct and implied, transitively, intransitively and causatively): – advise self, appear, approve, behold, X certainly, consider, discern, (make to) enjoy, have experience, gaze, take heed, X indeed, X joyfully, lo, look (on, one another, one on another, one upon another, out, up, upon), mark, meet, X be near, perceive, present, provide, regard, (have) respect, (fore-, cause to, let) see (-r, -m, one another), shew (self), X sight of others, (e-) spy, stare, X surely, X think, view, visions. 

yeh-ho-vaw’ yir-eh’ H3070 (Jehovah Jireh- The Lord will Provide- from Gen 22:14)
From H3068 and H7200; Jehovah will see (to it); Jehovah-Jireh, a symbolical name for MT. Moriah: – Jehovah-Jireh.

And said, By Myself have I sworn, saith the LORD (Gen 22:16)

And he said, Lord GOD, whereby shall I know that I shall inherit it?
And he said unto him, Take me an heifer of three years old, and a she goat of three years old,and a ram of three years old, and a turtledove, and a young pigeon.
And he took unto him all these,and divided them in the midst, and laid each piece one against another: but the birds divided he not.
And when the sun was going down, a deep sleep fell upon Abram;and, lo, a horror of great darkness fell upon him.
And he said unto Abram, Know of a surety that thy seed shall be a stranger in a land that is not theirs, and shall serve them; and they shall afflict them four hundred years; (Gen 15:8-13)

And it came to pass, that, when the sun went down, and it was dark, behold a smoking furnace, and a burning lamp that passed between those pieces. (Gen 15:17)


Deep sleep fell upon Abram and yet AFTER the deep sleep fell upon him…. this is when God spoke to him…. And it was GOD who came down as a smoking furnace and a burning lamp and passed between the pieces.. God made a covenant with Abraham and this covenant was not dependant upon Abraham.

For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he swore by himself,
Saying, Surely, blessing I will bless thee, and multiplying I will multiply thee.
And so, after he had patiently endured, he obtained the promise.
For men verily swear by the greater: and an oath for confirmation is to them an end of all strife.
Wherein, God, willing more abundantly to show unto the heirs of promise the immutability of his counsel, confirmed it by an oath:
That by two immutable things, in which it was impossible for God to lie,we might have a strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold upon the hope set before us
(Heb 6:13-18)

Our God took Abraham upon a mountain where it is called “Seen by God”…


We have situations that are as mountains, but these mountains that stand before us are SEEN BY GOD…. and the Lord even says that upon this mountain, upon this BIG MOUNTAIN that we are standing upon and that we face, upon this BIG MOUNTAIN OF GREAT SACRIFICE, He has introduced Himself as The-Lord-Will- SEE-To-It… How will He see to it? 

He says that it is by Himself He swears, takes an oath, promises, to see to it. Hebrews tells us that people swear by something greater than themselves…

“God as my witness”
“I swear upon Heaven” 

Because nobody swears by anything lower….


“I swear upon the sluggard”

“I swear upon hell”

“I swear to Satan”..

See?  Who does that?

Since God’s promises cannot be dependent upon Him swearing upon anything lower than Himself, His covenant with Abraham was not made with Abraham, but rather Himself,  for it was HE that appeared as the smoking furnace and the burning lamp and walked among the heifer, the ram, the pigeon, the dove, and the goat. He Himself swore by Himself because there was none greater than Himself to swear upon.

That means that when He promises something to us, He will see to it that it is performed. When He promises something to us, we can guarantee it will happen.   He sees our mountain, He also sees to our Provision.
The Lord is the one who provides. It is His name. It is for His Namesake that He will keep His promises.


 He has sworn by Himself.

Hebrews 6:17 again says that we are the heirs of that promise.  

We are an heir to that promise. He cannot and will not fail us.

By Myself I have sworn

For there was none greater

By Myself I have sworn

And I cannot fail

By Myself I have sworn

It’s not up to you

Just believe in My Word

Trust in My Love

Believe in the Goodness

 That comes from above you

It is there for your taking

 Sin can’t keep Me from giving 

 But only stops your believing

That I want you to have

 Every spiritual blessing

Already there

By Myself I have sworn

Believe Me

 By Myself I have sworn

Trust Me

By Myself I have sworn

Love Me

Love me as I have loved you

                           prophetic word by Darlene 7/14/07

Glorify His Name

El Shaddai, El Shaddai, (God Almighty, God Almighty)
El- Elyon Na Adonai, 
(God Most High O Lord)
age to age you’re still the same,
by the power of the name.

El Shaddai, El Shaddai,
Erkamka Na Adonai, 
(We Will Love You O Lord)
we will praise and lift you high,
El Shaddai.

Through your love and through the ram,
you saved the son of Abraham,
through the power of your hand
you turned the sea into dry land.
To the outcast on her knees
you were the God who really sees,
and by your might you set your children free.

Through the years you made it clear
that the time of Christ was near,
though the people couldn’t see
what Messiah ought to be.
Though your Word contained the plan,
they just could not understand,
your most awesome work was done in the frailty of your Son.


Words and Music by Michael Card and John Thompson 


I woke up this morning to the gentle whisper of the name “El Shaddai”. 


El-Shaddai means God Almighty. El points to the power of God Himself. Shaddai signifies one who completely nourishes, fully supplies, and wholly satisfies. All our needs are met in “El Shaddai”.  


When I felt impressed to begin writing a newsletter,  the theme behind each one would be to glorify His Name.   That phrase “Glorify His Name” can be cliche, and sadly, we use it so often,  we forget what it means to “Glorify His Name.” 


Strong’s Concordance shows this:


Kâbad kâbêd


kaw-bad, kaw-bade’

A primitive root; to be heavy, that is, in a bad sense (burdensomeseveredull) or in a good sense (numerousrichhonorable); causatively tomake weighty (in the same two senses): – abounding with, more grievously afflict, boast, be chargeable, X be dim, glorify, be (make) glorious (things), glory, (very) great, be grievous, harden, be (make) heavy, be heavier, lay heavily, (bring to, come to, do, get, be had in) honour (self), (be) honourable (man), lade, X more be laid, make self many, nobles, prevail, promote (to honour), be rich, be (go) sore, stop.


To glorify is to cause exaltation to happen.  To make known, to boast in, to lift high.


My soul will boast in the LORD;
let the afflicted hear and rejoice. 

 Glorify (Kabad) the LORD with me;
let us exalt his name together.
   (Psalm 34:2,3) 


 His name.


Worthy of all glory and magnification and exaltation.

Do you want to know if there are idols in your heart?

Then learn each of His names. 


I learned this week that I had placed trust and confidence in a system of things I’d always thought were under His feet.

Until I heard the gentle whisper of His name spoken in my ear this morning.


“El Shaddai”.  




Almighty God

All Sufficient One

You are there


You are Peace


You are everything

That I will ever need


Tested in this always

My confession of

Knowing You

Do I know You?

I say I do

You test it

Through and through

Until I realize

I don’t know You

As I often say I do

But it’s okay

You have looked upon

The lowly state of

Your handmaiden

And find favor still


All Merciful God

All Loving Father

All Righteous One

Slow to anger

Quick to shoulder

My burdens

Even after You had


“It is Done”

The battle had been won

And yet You still

Make Intercession for me

That I would know

Your name more



Glorious King

Ruler of Nations

To make Your name known

Among all Generations

Is our charge

To Glorify Your name

In all the earth

To proclaim Your wonder

And Your matchless worth

You alone are Lord


To know Your name

Is to know You

To know Your name

Is to know the depth

Of Your love

To know Your name

Is to know Your promises

Are true

And manifested as our

Eyes focus above


Way above the earth


Oh God  of my sight

Help keep my eyes

Focused on Yours

Night and Day

And Night


prophetic psalm by darlene rose