Oct 04 2008

The Generation of the Vine

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“And He (YeHoshua) took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it; for this is My blood of the New Testament, which is shed for the remission of sins. But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of THIS FRUIT OF THE VINE, until that day when I drink it with you in My Father’s Kingdom.” Matt. 26:27-29

Inasmuch as we have been studying in former articles concerning the eating of the flesh and the drinking of the blood of the Son of man, it is logical to continue with the meaning of YeHosua’s words in regards to Him not drinking of the fruit of the vine until He should drink it new with us the Father’s Kingdom We have seen this Scripture in such a superficial light in past years thinking it to only mean that YeHoshua would drink wine with us once again when the Kingdom should come, but there is a deeper meaning than appears on the surface, and it is for this hidden treasure which we desire to dig.

I have pondered Matt. 26:29 just as you have, wondering just what it meant, then recently, upon studying the word fruit I found it to be the Greek word “gennema” which is translated “generation” in other places. This opened a whole new vista of thought, and with this thought in mind many other Scriptures began to fit into the picture. What YeHoshua actually said was that He would not henceforth drink of “THIS GENERATION OF THE VINE” until He drank it anew with us in the Kingdom. Where the Word refers to fruit in other places, the word “karpos” is used, such as “the fruit of the Spirit” (Gal. 5:22), “fruits of righteousness”(Phil.1:11), the “fruit of the lips” (Heb 13:15, “ye shall know them by their fruits” (Matt. 7:16,etc., and this word means “fruit” in the sense in which we think of the produce of a tree. But YeHoshua carefully avoided the use of “karpos” and used the word “gennema” in Matt. 26:29, Mark 14:25, and Luke 22:18. showing that He was not talking about merely drinking the juice from the fruit of the vine. Nevertheless, He still carried through the thought of drinking in connection with this generation of the vine, and this was all connected with the thought of blood, of which the wine He gave the Disciples was a type. Therefore, the blood and the generation are very closely and indivisibly allied.

Now, for a clearer understanding of how the word “gennema” is used: Matt. 3:7, 12:34, 23:33, and Luke 3:7 all use “gennema” and are translated “generation”. “But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees come to his baptism, he said unto them, O GENERATION (gennema) of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” “O GENERATION (gennema) of vipers, how can ye being evil, speak good things?” “Ye serpents, ye GENERATION of (gennema) of vipers, how can ye escape the damnation of hell.” “O GENERATION (gennema) of vipers, who hath warned you to flee from the wrath to come?” Both YeHoshua and John used this word “gennema” as regards the evil generation with which they had to deal. Then, if this word is used concerning the evil generation, would it not be plausible that it would be used concerning the righteous generation? Surely.

“Gennema” comes from a family of kindred words springing from the same root meaning. They are “genea” (translated age, generation, nation, time,) “genealogeomai” (descent), “genealogia” (geneology), “genesis” (birthday), “genesis”(generation, nature), “genete: (birth), “gennao” (bear, beget, bring forth, gender, be born, “genos” (generation, nation, offspring, stock. Thus you can see that all these words have a common bond between them, that of birth which bring about a generation. There is no generation without birth, and there is no birth without blood, so birth and blood and generation are inseparable. Then, what did YeHoshua mean when

He said that he would not henceforth drink of this generation of the vine? To understand this we shall have to determine the meaning of the vine to know what its generation is.

On the surface you might suppose that the vine is the one referred to in John 15: 1-4 where YeHoshua said, “I am the true vine, and my Father is the husbandman.” But in this discourse on the vine YeHoshua is not dealing with “gennema fruit” but “karpos fruit.” He is not talking about birth and generations in this case but rather about discipleship and friendship and the bringing forth of the fruit of love, which can only be done by abiding in the vine. But the vine that produces a generation and a bringing forth in birth must be rooted in the Old Testament for, actually, YeHoshua had not even given the truth of John 15 as yet when He mentioned about “the generation of the vine” for John 15 was spoken after He and the Disciples had left the scene of the last supper. Thus we shall consider some Scriptures from the Old Testament as concern the vine.

Psalms 80:8-11, “Thou has brought a vine out of Egypt: that hast cast out the heathen, and planted it. Thou preparedst room before it, and didst cause it to take deep root, and it filled the land. The hills were covered with the shadow of it, and the boughs thereof were like the goodly cedars. She sent out her boughs unto the sea, and her branches unto the river.” The vine that Yahweh brought out of Egypt was Israel, and He planted her in the Promised Land and prospered her. True, Israel did not remain true to Yahweh, and judgments came upon her, but the Psalmist said in verse 14, “return, we beseech Thee, O Yahweh of hosts: look down from heaven, and behold, and visit this VINE.”

Isaiah 5:7 confirms this, “For the vineyard of Yahweh of hosts is the house of Israel, and the man of Judah His pleasant plant.” Jeremiah 2:21 and 6:9 also bear out the thought that the vine is Israel. Therefore, when YeHoshua referred to the generation of the vine, He was speaking of a generation of the Israel-vine of which He would no longer drink until in the kingdom. Yahweh chose the vine of Israel that through Israel He might bless all the nations of the earth, and that purpose still stands. So remember, when YeHoshua drinks anew in the Kingdom with us, it will be Israel with whom He will be in communion that he might fulfill his plan in and through Israel.

We know that Israel, as a vine, was planted in the Land promised them, but more specifically, where is that vine deeply rooted? In Ezekiel 19 is recorded a lamentation for the princes of Israel, but in the midst of it is a statement which is used on the negative side due to the disobedience of Israel, but where there is a negative there must be a positive, so let us look at it from the positive angle. Verse 10, “Thy mother (Israel) is like a VINE in thy BLOOD. . .” Here again is the thought of the vine and the blood being inseparable. And, today where is this vine of Israel planted and growing? In the bloodstream of Israel’s descendants! Where was the vine of Israel manifest in YeHoshua’s day? In some strong nation? No, but in the bloodstream just the same as today! Thus, YeHoshua could say He would no longer drink of that generation of the vine, those of Israel’s bloodstream then.

You may ask, “How was YeHoshua ever a partaker or drinker of that generation of the vine? Hebrews 2:14 clarifies this: “Foreasmuch then as the children are partakers of flesh and blood, He also Himself likewise took part of the same. . .” We have the vine of Israel in our blood by natural generation, but YeHoshua had it by supernatural generation, and He sprang out of the tribe of Judah and shall be called “the Lion of the Tribe of Judah” (Revelation 5:5) for a long time to come. He drank of that particular generation of Israel’s vine that “His generation” might drink of His blood. There must be a mingling of the blood – ours and His- and that is to be for He said that he would drink it “NEW WITH US” in His Father’s Kingdom.

Now, what generation is it with whom He shall drink of the blood anew? The answer to this involves time, character, and position.

Let us first consider the element of times. “When Yaweh shall build up Zion, He shall appear in His glory. He will regard the prayer of the destitute, and not despise their prayer. This shall be written for the GENERATION TO COME: and the people which shall be created (prepared) shall praise Yah. For He hath looked down from the height of His sanctuary; from heaven did Yaweh behold the earth; to hear the groaning of the prisoner; to loose those that are appointed to death; to declare the name of Yahweh in Zion, and His praise in Jerusalem; when the people are gathered together, and the kingdoms, to serve Yahweh.” Psalms 102: 16-22. Notice what is given here is for the generation to come, or literally, “the latter generation.” This places the time of that generation in the latter times, not for the generation then in existence. And furthermore, this latter generation is connected with the appearance of YeHoshua to His people right here on earth to perfect the work in them and bring them to the manifestation of full sonship. Thus, it shall be at the appearing of Yaweh and in the latter times, the time of the “latter generation,” that YeHoshua will drink anew with us and mingle His blood with us or change our blood like unto His.

The character of the generation who shall drink anew with Him is threefold: righteousness, uprightness, and diligence of search. Psalms 14:5 states,”. . . .For Yahweh is in the GENERATION of the RIGHTEOUS.” Righteousness is the state of being right. It is not something that can be put on nor taken off the outside, but rather it is a condition of the heart and mind wherein the very nature of Yawheh is outwrought. Righteousness is relative in a sense for it depends on what light or revelation it is given. “For therin is the righteousness of Yahweh revealed from faith to faith.” Romans 1:17 Yet would the righteousness of Noah be sufficient for today with the further revelation that Yahweh has granted? Indeed not for so much more has been revealed of righteousness, and it will continue to be revealed until our nature and character is the very righteousness of Yahweh Himself. That, then, it the “generation of the righteousness” in its fullest sense. The more there is revealed the more has to be fulfilled and worked out in us, and when it is fully accomplished it can be said that “Yahweh is IN” that generation. He has been WITH the other generation who were righteous in their time, but now He is going to be IN this particular generation.

Closely allied to the character of righteousness is that of uprightness. “. . .the GENERATION of the UPRIGHT shall be blessed.: Psalms 112:2. That which is upright is erect and stands straight. It never stoops to things that are beneath the nature of YeHoshua. Neither is it bowed down with condemnation true or real. And further, it does not devise thoughts and schemes of its own that lower to the level of the carnal mind, but it is ever ruled by the mind of the Spirit that causes the whole man to stand erect with head lifted up looking for the full redemption. There is a generation of such a character and nature, and this is one and the same with the “latter generation.”

Another mark of character of that generation is diligence of search. “This is the generation of them that seek Him, that seek Thy face, O Jacob. Selah.” Psalms 24:6

This generation with whom YeHoshua is going to share and commune the very life stream is the generation that has an insatiable desire for Him. Paul well represents them in His heart dry of “that I may know Him.” Nothing is as important to them as pressing through every veil that hangs between and coming into His very presence. This people is not seeking gifts and ministries, power and authority, position and honor. One thing is paramount, and that is to see Him. How aptly this even describes the appearing of YeHoshua, for they who seek His face shall see His face.

As the nature of this “latter generation” is threefold (righteousness, uprightness, and diligence), even so is the position of this generation threefold: CHOSEN, RELATED, and NUMBERED, and this we shall consider. First, I Peter 2:9 says, “But ye are a chosen generation. . .” The position of this generation we are studying is that of being chosen. YeHoshua said, “Ye have not chosen Me, but I have chosen you.” Ephesians 1:4 states “. . .he hath chosen us in Him before the foundation of the world. . .” This choosing is not our own, but we have been picked out and selected of Yahweh, not with the thought of rejecting all others, but chosen for a specific purpose in the great plan of Yaweh. That purpose is stated in the latter part of I Peter 2:9,”. . .to show forth the praises (excellencies) of Him who hath called you out of darkness and into His marvelous light.” Note, will you, that we are not chosen to pronounce judgment and anathemas upon men but to manifest forth the excellencies of Yaweh – His mercy that rejoices over judgment, His love that never fails, His way that is perfect, and many other things too numerous to mention. What a choosing is this!

Second, in the 73rd Psalm, the Psalmist is tempted to complain and murmur about how the ungodly prosper while he has been chastened in spite of the fact that he has cleansed his heart before Yaweh. Then, upon further contemplation his words are these: “If I say, I will speak thus; behold, I should offend against the GENERATION OF THY CHILDREN (Hebrews, “ben” meaning “sons”).” Verse 15. Here we see that the generation we are studying is the generation of SONS. Again, we are faced with the truth that a generation has to do with birth for it takes birth to become a son. At other times we have touched on the subject that spiritual birth is triple, that of the body, soul, and spirit. We are not fully born from above yet, but are only “being born again. . . by the Word of Yahweh.” I Peter 1:23. And when we are fully born of Yahweh, we CANNOT SIN, according to I John 3:9. Thus it is that our position in this generation to be manifest is one of RELATIONSHIP – related to the Father as a mature son and one through whom the Sprit, without measure, can operate.

Third, this generation is NUMBERED. “A seed shall serve Him; it shall be accounted (numbered) to Yahweh for a generation.” Psalms 22:30 What seed is this that shall be counted for a generation? It is the seed that was promised to Abraham of which YeHoshua was the very first fulfillment, but there shall be many more to make up that Company who shall be anointed just as He, and this seed shall be the generation with whom He shall communicate the changed blood. The word “accounted” in the above verse is very interesting for it literally means to be numbered. As you read through the Old Testament you will see how Israel was numbered at the command of Yahweh, and then, as you turn to the Book of Revelation, again you will see there is a numbering of the sons of Israel. Yes, indeed, this vine of Israel is going to produce a numbered generation with the full toll in each tribe accounted for. Even the headship of the beast shall be counted and numbered to the total of 666, the number of man. Then is it any wonder that Yaweh would manifest the perfection of numbers in the counting and numbering of that firstfruits Company of Israel totaling 144,00? 144 is the square of 12, or 12 x 12, and 12 is the number of Divine Government, and this generation of numbered ones shall be the Divine Government for the earth in righteousness and equity. That is why this Company is being so trained and disciplined now for that is the only way of preparation whereby the numbered generation will be fitted to rule in righteousness. Thus we have seen that the position of this generation is that of being chosen, related, and numbered.

In Isaiah 53 a picture is given of the sufferings of YeHoshua, and in the midst of it verse 8 declares, “He was taken from prison and from judgment: and who shall declare His generation? for He was cut off out of the land of the living: for the transgression of My people was he stricken. Naturally speaking, YeHoshua could have no generation, no offspring of His own, for He was cut off in the midst of His years and suffered an early death. But in verse 11 comes this triumphant declaration, He shall see of the travail, and that generation shall be declared, not by man, but by Yahweh. Even as the Father said, “Thou art My Son, this day have I begotten thee,” so shall He again declare the generation, the sons of Yahweh, the chosen, the numbered. and, when the Father declares “His generation,” no man can disannul the same.

Let us return to the original Scripture of this study. “But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit (generation) of the vine, until that day when I DRINK IT NEW WITH YOU in My Father’s Kingdom. The little preposition “with” is very important in this verse for it means to have something in common between two or more parties. YeHoshua partook of the vine of Israel in that particular generation, but having done so, He made the promise that He would not do so again until He drank anew in the Kingdom. What then does this infer? It infers that the full salvation which includes the body would not come to pass until the “latter generation,” but it also infers that those to whom Yaweh gave the promise in that generation will be participants in this “latter generation.” Surely those who have had the vision of the “salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time” will also see and partake of the fulfillment of that vision. And, as those of various generations are brought forth by the “out-resurrection,” they will enter into the fulfillment in the “latter generation” and become one generation, “His generation.”

Perhaps a few lines of a writing given October 7, 1962 will further clarify this: “It has been said that you are the time, and so it is, but also must you learn the correct measures of time as predescribed in the mind of Yaweh. Then shall you know when time meets time, and yet it is doubled forward and backward into perfect synchronization. Thus does the FULLNESS OF TIME come – Time as a Measure, Time as a Being, and Time Unlimited.” Nothing comes to pass until the fulness of time, and so “His generation” is also regulated by the fullness of time, but what is the fulness of time? It has three elements: time as a measure (ages, generations, days, etc.) time as a being (those who become one with Yaweh’s time until they are the time), and time untimed (when time loses its hold upon us and becomes our servant and not our master.) This, then, explains how those of all generations who were given to know the plan of Yawheh can become part of one generation, and they move forward to become partakers of the “latter generation,” His generation. They cannot be bound by and to their past generations but know the secret of time being untimed. Wasn’t Daniel promised this? “But go thou thy way till the end be: for thou shalt rest, and stand in thy lot at the end of the days.” Daniel 12:13 And what about Hebrews 11:40? At the end of the chapter on the great heroes of faith of various generations it is written, “Yahweh having provided some better thing for us, that they without us should not be made perfect.” This means that they shall be made perfect with us, so we in this time of fulfillment have a tremendous bearing upon those of other generations that we all might come into perfection together. This compositing of all generations shall surely be the glorious fulfilling of His generation.

Now consider what it means by YeHoshua drinking anew of the generation of the vine. Wuest’s Translation, Matthew 26:29, gives it thus, “And I am saying to you, I will positively not from now on drink of this product of the vine until that day when I DRINK IT NEW IN QUALITY WITH YOU in the Kingdom of My Father.” The amplified New Testament says, “. . . NEW AND SUPERIOR QUALITY. . .” We have shown you heretofore that generation involves birth and blood, thus for YeHoshua to drink anew means that we shall have come into the fulness of being born of Yahweh which means a changed bloodstream. Let me remind you that YeHoshua is not devoid of blood though He did shed His blood for the remission of sins, but in His resurrection body is blood of another sort. Otherwise, how could He have fulfilled the role of High Priest and carried His blood into heaven to present it before Yahweh? Surely He carried it in His vessel, His body, to share together with those of his generation. He shall drink of ours and we of His. Our blood shall be as His and His as ours, for it shall be cleansed and purified blood in which is the life of the ages. If we could understand what is taking place even now in our bloodstream, we would be amazed for already a change is being wrought that shall be climaxed at His appearing. With the changing of the blood comes the changing of the flesh for the blood is the life thereof.

With what hope we grasp the truth now of what Matthew said in the beginning of his Gospel, “The Book of THE GENERATION OF YEHOSHUA. . .” Those words involve much more than just the earth life of the Son of Yaweh for the Book of Matthew ends with “Lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world (the consummation of the age.)” The consummation of the age would bring us to the “latter generation,” “His generation,” the fulness of “the generation of YeHoshua.” And with Jeremiah we cry aloud, “O GENERATION, SEE YE THE WORD OF YAWEH!” (Jeremiah 2:31) Indeed, the Word of Yahweh shall be seen for YeHoshua is that Word, and we shall see Him. It shall be the fulness of what John meant in his first epistle 1:1, “That which was from the beginning, which we have HEARD, which we have SEEN with our eyes, which we have LOOKED upon, and our hands have HANDLED, of the WORD of life. . . ” But further, “His generation” shall also see that it has become the Word too.

O, you of His generation, take courage, for the time of sharing together of the changed blood, the blood that is new and of superior quality, is at hand. Look up and rejoice for the redemption of your body is at hand.

Norene C. Nichols


I have borne and tarried with you

While your eyes were holden tight,

We have talked while walking onward,

But you’ve not perceived by sight.

I have told you prophets’ myst’ries,

I’ve unfolded truth so rare.

And I’ve shown that suff’rings needful

That the glory you might share.

But at best your testimony

Is the same as long ago:

That “our hearts do burn within us.”

With a strange and wondrous glow.

But in breaking bread at supper

Those disciples knew Me then,

And I vanished from their presence,

leaving them enlightened men.—

But today ‘twill be far different

When your eyes are opened wide,

For I’ll vanish not on knowing,

And transfigure you beside.

I will eat the bread I’ve broken,

And will share the food I’ve blest,

While you handle Me and know me,

And we both are manifest.

And when I appear in being,

You’ll appear in glory, too,

With your bodies like My body,

To mortality undo.

I’ll unloose the awful bondage

Of the gravity of earth

And of time and space and substance—

I’ll fulfill the promised birth!

N.C. N. —1/31/62


“This same Jesus…………..shall come……..”



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2 Responses to “The Generation of the Vine”

  1. Mike Walshon 11 Apr 2009 at 10:00 pm

    Thank you Norene That is truly a wealth of knowledge in one teaching. I am gratefull

  2. zamani nxumaloon 01 May 2013 at 2:28 am

    i have always wondered what Matt 26v29 meant but to God be glory for this revelation. Blessings to you

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