Posted by: Christina on Wed, Mar 12, 2014
A Wine Press- Consisted of two vats or receptacles, (1) a trough (Heb. gath, Gr. lenos) into which the grapes were thrown and where they were trodden upon and bruised (Isaiah 16:10; The purpose was to remove stems and debris from the fruit.
In the Wine Press Process - The press is closed with two big heavy wooden halves that come in direct contact with the grapes. The Crank - More wooden blocks and a crank is put in place to squeeze the grapes through the press. (Pressure through trials, circumstances of life).
Once all the juice has been pressed out of the grapes, the barrels are filled and ready to be sealed. Once the process is completed – you are put in a place of concealment. A place of not being seen or unheard, the backside of the desert. After fermenting (coming to maturity and completion of transformation). Obscurity is darkness, uncertain, and a state of being humbled.
When God send a Word to His people, it is often presented to them in a dual method.
Hebrews 4 – 12) For the word of God is quick, and powerful, and sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing even to the dividing asunder of soul and spirit, and of the joints and marrow, and is a discerner of the thoughts and intents of the heart.
One can be led into The Wine Press of Obscurity as a result of:
3. Divine Assignment
Lamentations 1- 15) The LORD hath trodden under foot all my mighty men in the midst of me: he hath called an assembly against me to crush my young men: the LORD hath trodden the virgin, the daughter of Judah, as in a winepress
Isaiah 59 – 8) The way of peace they know not; and there is no judgment in their goings: they have made them crooked paths: whosoever goeth therein shall not know peace. 9) Therefore is judgment far from us, neither doth justice overtake us: we wait for light, but behold obscurity; for brightness, but we walk in darkness. 10) We grope for the wall like the blind, and we grope as if we had no eyes: we stumble at noon day as in the night; we are in desolate places as dead men.
When we realize that our disobedience has caused has to become entangled with dilemma. Then we come to ourselves, repent and cry out to the Lord for deliverance.
Isaiah 58 – 9) Then shalt thou call, and the LORD shall answer; thou shalt cry, and he shall say, Here I am. If thou take away from the midst of thee the yoke, the putting forth of the finger, and speaking vanity;
10) And if thou draw out thy soul to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted soul; then shall thy light rise in obscurity, and thy darkness be as the noon day:
The Refinement - the Purification Process
Many of us are in a Refinement or Purification Process. Let us look at what the Lord says in
Zechariah 13 – 9) And I will bring the third part through the fire, and will refine them as silver is refined, and will try them as gold is tried: they shall call on my name, and I will hear them: I will say, It is my people: and they shall say, The LORD is my God
Revelation 3 -17) Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked: 18) I counsel thee to buy of me gold (a vessel – we are vessels of God) tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eye salve, that thou mayest see. 19) As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent.
VESSELS THAT ENCOUNTERED OBSCURITY
Moses in finding out his destiny was place in the Desert of Obscurity. The desert is a place of dryness, hot sun, and venomous creatures. Creatures like the snake, that old serpent desiring to bite and poison your life with gossip, treachery, and lies – it wants to kill your reputation and the ministry in you - The scorpion desiring to sting you to cause instant trauma, devastation and death – it wants to damage and wound your soulish man tand hrough destroy you through the seat of your emotions. The spider – it wants to bring you to a stage of paralyzation – it wants to ensnare your life in a web of torment and to slowly frustrate your purpose. But God hand is not to short that he can’t reach down and undo the bands of wickedness that Satan has deviced against your life.
David – God’s anointed in the lived in a State of Obscurity. Knowing who he was, knowing what God had anointed and appointed him to do, and knowing the purpose for which God had called him. Yet he served the king, the one in authority, the one who had rule over him. He endured the javelin (those word and deeds sent to pierce his heart and wound his spirit). He continued to fight many battles and protected the kingdom faithfully until his appointed time of release and establishment by God.
Christ – Look at our Sovereign Lord, God, the Almighty Father, unclothe his majesty, and his glory to become embodied into this flesh. He Drank the Cup of Obscurity in the garden of Gethsemaneon His journey to the cross. Look at what Christ allowed:
Isaiah 53 – 4) Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted. 5) But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed. 6) All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the LORD hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.
Don’t worry about the pressure of the wine press- you are about to burst out of one form into another. Out one state into another; from faith to faith, and glory to glory.
Yes you may be in Obscurity. Yes, it appears that you are Difficult to Understand. Yes – God is making it difficult for those within your perimeters to see you (the calling and the anointing on your life).
Why – because King Herrod (if that spirit can find out who you are – it will kill you before you walk into your purpose). Satan is up set because we have a choice to enter into eternal rest and peace with the father.
Yes you may be Unheard of at the moment – why for the fullness of your time has yet not come. So be content with the Concealment of God. Psalm 91- 1) He that dwelleth in the secret place of the most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.
For they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength and shall mount up on wings as an eagle and soar.
Dr. Christina Moore, Senior Pastor
Copyright Decemeber 2002
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