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A Sword, an Axe and an Olive Leaf

Hollie L. Moody (October 28).

In a vision, I was standing with the Lord.

I saw two people approach a large, beautiful tree. One of the people had an axe slung over their shoulder. This person was dressed as a warrior from ancient days, and was male. The other person wore a simple brown mantle, and was female. Both of these people also had a small bag tied around their waist. I sensed in my spirit that the gender of these two people represented a fathering/mothering function.

As the man and woman approached the tree, to my surprise, the tree spoke. “Are you for me or against me?” the tree asked the two people.

“What is this tree, Lord?” I asked the Lord.

“This tree represents the Church,” the Lord replied. “My Body. The Church, My Body, believes that anyone whom speaks against it is either for it or against it. This is not always so.”

“We are for the Lord,” the two people replied in unison to the tree’s question. “We have come to accomplish His divine will and purpose.”

“The Lord has sent me to bring a sword against your barrenness!” the person wearing the brown mantle cried against the tree. “He has sent me to destroy the works of the flesh manifested forth from within you.”

The person wearing the brown mantle flung their arms out to their sides. I then saw a sword flash out from the mouth of the person wearing the brown mantle. With both hands, the person wearing the brown mantle took the sword from their mouth and began to slice through the boughs of the tree with the sword. Finally, the person wearing the brown mantle lifted the sword high above their head, and with both hands embedded the sword deep into the trunk of the tree. I was shocked to hear cries of anguish erupt from the tree.

“What is this person doing with the sword, Lord?” I asked the Lord.

“The sword is My Word,” the Lord replied. “The sword of My Word is being spoken forth against the works of the flesh within My Body, the Church.”

“The Lord has sent me to break down and to destroy strongholds,” the warrior with the axe spoke against the tree. “I am sent to lay the axe to the root of every tree which is not fruitful.”

I watched in horror as the warrior with the axe began to chop at the roots of the tree with deep, sure, controlled swings of the axe. Finally, the warrior with the axe ceased his efforts. Holding the axe with both hands, he set it down carefully between his feet.

“What is this person with the axe doing to the tree, Lord?” I asked the Lord.

“The axe also represents My Word,” the Lord replied. “I am sending forth those whom will cut away non-truth from within My Body, the Church.

“The purpose of the sword and the axe will be greatly misunderstood and withstood,” the Lord continued. “Those wielding the sword and the axe will be greatly criticized and hated.”

I gazed in shocked dismay at the once beautiful tree. It now resembled nothing more than a marred trunk. The earth around the tree trunk had been stirred-up by the swings of the axe. The earth was a deep, moist brown. I could see that while much of the tree’s root system had been dug-up and destroyed, there still remained one strong, healthy appearing root.

Slowly, the two people approached the wounded tree. I saw the two people untie and then dip their hands into the bag around their waist. When they did so, a wonderful fragrance emerged from within the bags.

I saw that the hands of the two people were covered with a thick fragrant ointment. The two people began to gently smear the thick fragrant ointment over the trunk of the tree. When they were finished, they withdrew slightly from the tree and sat down on the ground. They fixed their eyes upon the tree and began to pray for the tree.

“And it shall come to pass, that like as I have watched over them, to pluck up, and to break down, and to throw down, and to destroy, and to afflict; so will I watch over them, to build, and to plant, saith the Lord.” (Jeremiah 31:28)

I also steadily gazed at the tree. To my delight and surprise, I saw small branches begin to grow from the trunk of the tree. Tiny buds began to bloom on the tree branches. They grew quickly into feathery shaped leaves. Small flowers appeared amongst the leaves of the tree. Finally, I saw small objects I somehow perceived to be olives growing on the tree boughs.

I saw a dove fly to the olive tree. The dove plucked a leaf from the tree and flew with it in her beak to the two people. The two people stood to their feet as the dove flew towards them. The two people cupped their hands gently together and the dove settled down into their cupped hands; the olive leaf still firmly held in her beak.

The two people gazed with excitement and awe at the dove with the olive leaf in its beak.

We began to hear the sound of running water. We looked towards the olive tree and saw a fountain of water gushing from out of the ground around the olive tree. The waters swept over the ground and formed a great river of water that continued on beyond our sight.

We then felt and heard a breeze beginning to blow loudly. We gazed around to see where the wind was coming from. A large company of men and women of every age and from every nation appeared. They were being driven forward by the strength of the wind. The wind was also squeezing them closer together. The people were confused and distressed at this squeezing together amongst themselves. Yet the force of the wind prevented them from distancing themselves from one another as they so clearly desired to do.

“Why is the wind forcing the people closer together?” I asked the Lord.

“This is of Me,” the Lord replied. “I am using both natural and supernatural means to drive My children back into close proximity one with another. The times of being isolated and alienated one from another has ended. Through their unity, will be their strength.”

I watched as this large company of people converged upon the olive tree. I saw that all of the people appeared frightened, were in distress, and were in need of some type of healing. When this vast company of people reached the tree, they began to eat the fruit of the olive tree and to rub the leaves onto their bodies from the top of their heads to the soles of their feet. The fruit and the leaves of the olive tree appeared to bring healing, comfort and relief to the people.

I watched as the person dressed as a warrior and the person wearing the brown mantle approached the crowd of people gathered around the olive tree. To my surprise, the two people began to take each of the people gathered around the olive tree, and somehow, one by one, attach that person into the tree. This newly attached person then became an actual living, vital, part of the olive tree.

“And if some of the branches be broken off, and thou, being a wild olive tree, were grafted in among them, and with them partakest of the root and fatness of the olive tree.” (Romans 11:17) This process continued over and over again. The olive tree grew greater and stronger with each person whom was attached into it.

I saw that some of the people resisted being grafted into the olive tree. These people were cast aside.

“Why do these people resist being grafted into the olive tree?” I asked the Lord.

“They have failed to discern and understand how I am working in the midst of My Body, My Church, at this time,” the Lord replied.

“I am bringing My children back into fellowship and unity one with another. There are some who will resist this through fear: fear of being hurt by their brothers and sisters once again; fear and distrust of denominations and spiritual leadership. They have doubts and unbelief in their hearts. They have made themselves to be unprofitable; for their fears and their unbelief have hardened their hearts.”

“For if God spared not the natural branches, take heed lest he also spare not thee.” (Romans 11:21)

When the vision ended, there still remained an unending crowd of people being attached into the olive tree.

“The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the Lord of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the Lord of hosts.” (Haggai 2:9)

In Him,
– Hollie L. Moody.

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