The lack of proper understanding of the Holy Ghost will keep many of God's people out His Kingdom.
There is a "whole family in heaven." (Eph. 3:15). Three members of the Holy Family are found in Luke.

"And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the
wilderness." (Luke 4:1, KJV). The three are Christ, the Holy Ghost and the Holy Spirit.

Other scriptures also reveal members of the Holy Family. There were two divine persons present at the
creation. "And the Spirit of God moved on the waters. And God said, Let there be light; and there was
light." (Gen. 1:2,3). God and His Spirit were at the creation.

Adam and Eve were made in the image of God and His Spirit ."And God said, Let US make THEM in OUR
image, after OUR likeness: and let THEM have dominion... So God created man in His OWN image, in the
image of God created He HIM ; male and female created He THEM." (Gen. 1:26,27). A reasonable
conclusion is that Eve was made in the image of the Holy Spirit.

Paul also tells us that the creation reveals the nature of the Godhead. "For the invisible things of Him
(God) are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and
Godhead; so they are without excuse..." (Romans 1:20). Men and women were made in the image of the
Holy Family. Those who blaspheme the Comforter, the Holy Ghost, when SHE comes HERSELF to help
Christ gather the Kingdom "are without excuse..."

Both of Christ's parents were present at His conception. "And the angel answered, and said unto her
(Mary), The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest (God) shall overshadow
thee; therefore also that holy thing that shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God." (Luke 1:35).

The Holy Ghost merged HER holy self with (came upon) Mary, and then GOD HIMSELF overshadowed (lay
atop) them both; and so Mary became the surrogate mother of a divine child with divine male and female
parents.

Both of Christ's parents praised Him from heaven. His Mother spoke at His baptism. "And Jesus, when
He was baptized, went up straightway out of the water; and, lo, the heavens were opened unto Him, and
He saw the Spirit of God descending like a dove, and lighting upon Him: and lo a voice from heaven,
saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased." (Matt. 3:16,17).

It is very rare for God to speak to men. He spoke to judge Adam, Eve and Cain, and He gave instructions
to Abraham, Isaac, Jacob and Moses. Here He speaks to instruct Peter, James and John, who continued
Christ's ministry.

"And after six days Jesus taketh Peter, James and John, His brother, and bringeth them up into a high
mountain apart, and was transfigured before them, and His face did shine as the sun, and His raiment
was white as the light. And behold a voice out of the cloud, which said, This is my beloved Son, in whom I
am well pleased; hear ye Him." (Matt. 17: 1,2,5).

The glory that transfigured Christ's whole body came from the presence of God. Moses face also shone
when he came from God's presence. (See Ex. 35:29,30). And as you see, His Father was claiming Him.

Christ called out to both His parents at the hour of His death. "And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with
a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama, sabachthani? that is to say, My God (Father), My God (Mother), why
hast Thou forsaken Me?" (Matt. 27:46).

The Holy Family is also revealed in parable. The members of the Holy Family are found in parable in the
Book of Judges. They are characterized as trees. Remember, when Adam and Eve were cast out of the
garden of Eden, the trees stayed. Some trees are symbols of righteousness. God's people are "called
Trees of righteousness, The planting of the Lord, that He might be glorified." (Is. 61:3).

Here's the parable. "The trees went forth on a time to anoint a king over them; and they said unto the
olive tree, Reign thou over us. But the olive tree said unto the trees, Should I leave my fatness,
wherewith by me they honor God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?" (Judges 9:8,9).
God is represented by the olive tree. The oil of the olive, the fatness, does indeed honor God and man.

Olive oil lit the wilderness tabernacle. (See Ex. 27:20.) Olive oil is the symbol of prophetic truth. (See
Zech. 4; Matt. 25:1-13.) Olive oil is one of the ingredients in the unleavened bread which was offered at
the temple. (See Lev. 23:13.) This same unleavened bread symbolizes the body of Christ, which was
offered for our sins. (See Luke 22:19.) Finally, olive oil was used to anoint kings. (See 1 Sam. 16:13.)

The parable continues. "And the trees said to the fig tree, Come thou, and reign over us. But the fig tree
said unto them, Should I forsake my sweetness, and my good fruit, and go to be promoted over the
trees?" (Judges 9:10,11).

The sweetness of the fig is the symbol of loving-kindness and mercy, attributes of the Holy Spirit.
"Likewise the Spirit also helpeth our infirmities: for we know not what we should pray for as we ought:
but the Spirit itself (Herself) maketh intercession for us with groanings which cannot be uttered."
(Romans 8:26).

The good fruit of the fig has a multitude of seeds, a symbol of fruitfulness, which is an attribute of the
female. Lois Roden writes of the fig, "The fig is the similitude of the matrix, containing inward buds,
blossoms on its placenta, and bringing forth fruit in darkness. It is the cup of life, and its flesh is the
seed ground of new birth." ("In Her Image," Lois I. Roden, Living Waters Branch, 1981, pg. 6,7). Lois
Roden introduced the message that the Holy Spirit was feminine to the Christian Church. Lois Roden
wrote that the fig was the symbol of the Divine Woman.

"THE TIME OF THE END
Behold the Fig Tree, and learn HER PARABLE (Mark 13:28). When her branch thereof shall become
tender, and her buds appear, know that the day of God is upon you. Wherefore, then, saith the Lord that
THE BUDDING OF THE FIG TREE SHALL FORETELL THE END? Because the FIG TREE IS THE SYMBOL OF
THE DIVINE WOMAN, as the vine of the Divine Man." (Ibid.)

Continuing the parable, we come to Christ, "the True Vine." (John 15:1). "Then said all of the trees unto
the vine, Come thou, and reign over us. And the vine said unto them, Should I leave my wine, which
cheereth God and man, and go to be promoted over the trees?" (Judges 9:12,13).

Every Bible student knows that Christ said He was the vine. (See John 15.) The fruit of the vine is wine.
Wine is the symbol of the blood of Christ, given for our salvation. (See Matt. 26:27-29.) The blood of
Christ was given for the reconciliation of God and man. Wine cheers God because He rejoices in the
sinners turned to righteousness by the sacrifice of His Son. Men rejoice in the promise of divine
forgiveness.

Nevertheless, some of you have noticed that a vine is not a tree. When found in the wild, grape vines
grow up into surrounding trees. Just so, Christ had the support of every member of the Holy Family
during His earthly ministry. God the Father provided Him with perfect uprightness (righteousness). His
Mother guided Him and His Sister dwelt within Him. "And Jesus being full of the Holy Ghost returned
from Jordan, and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness." (Luke 4:1 KJV).

The members of the Holy Family had to leave Christ so that He could die on the cross. First, His parents
left Him and He said, "My God (Father), My God (Mother), why hast Thou forsaken Me? (Matt. 27:46). Then
the Holy Ghost left Him and He died. "Jesus, when He had cried again with a loud voice, yielded up the
Ghost." (Matt. 27:50).

And that brings us, in the parable, to the Holy Ghost. "Then said all the trees unto the bramble, Come
thou and reign over us. And the bramble said unto the trees, If in truth ye anoint me king over you, than
come and put your trust in my shadow; and, if not, let fire come out of the bramble, and devour the
cedars of Lebanon." (Judges 9:14,15). Note that all the trees, including the holy men God plants in His
Kingdom, want the bramble to rule over them.

At first glance, a bramble is not a tree. But there is one tree that could be characterized as a bramble,
the pomegranate, which is a thicket unto itself. The pomegranate is grouped with the olive, the fig and
the vine in two scriptures. (See Deut. 8:8; Haggai 2:19). The pomegranate was used to decorate the High
Priest's garments (see Ex. 39:25), and hundreds of pomegranates were used to decorate Solomon's
Temple (see 1Kings 7:18,42). The pomegranate is a fitting symbol for divinity.

The pomegranate is a small tree, standing about 20 feet when grown. That's quite tall enough for meek
and humble servants of God to be protected from the sun in its shade. The fruit of the pomegranate has
a hard thick ruddy rind, this is a symbol of the judgment of the wicked who blaspheme the Holy Ghost.
The fruit has a multitude of seeds, which is a symbol of feminine fruitfulness. Finally, the fruit is tart, a
symbol of the purifying nature of the Holy Ghost.

The pomegranate is the destruction of the great men of earth who seek to block God's Kingdom. As the
parable reveals, fire comes forth from the bramble (pomegranate) and devours the cedars of Lebanon.
"Open thy doors, O Lebanon, that the fire may devour thy cedars. Howl, fir tree; for the cedar is fallen;
because the mighty are spoiled; howl, O ye oaks of Bashan; for the forest of the vintage is come down."
(Zech. 11:1,2).

"The Assyrian (the enemy of God's people, of old and in the end time - see Is. 31:8,9) was a cedar in
Lebanon." (Ez. 31:3). The cedars of Lebanon are symbolic of the vastly rich and powerful men who are
not about to let the meek inherit the earth.

Bashan symbolizes the Christian Church, from whence come the first fruits of God's Kingdom. Moses
prophesied: "Dan is a Lion's whelp (of spiritual birth from Christ, the Lion of the tribe of Judah - see Rev.
5:5), he shall leap from Bashan (into God's Kingdom)." (Deut. 33:22). The oaks of Bashan are symbolic of
the Christian ministry. The "forest (trees, people) of the vintage (grape vines, wine, Christ's blood)" is
the Christian church.

A great judgment is on the world and the church. "For the day of the Lord of hosts shall be upon every
one that is proud and lofty, and upon every one that is lifted up; and he shall be brought low: and upon
all the cedars of Lebanon, that are high and lifted up, and upon all the oaks of Bashan." (Is. 2:12,13). All
the churchmen who oppose the gathering, because they are proud of their own opinions, are under this
judgment right beside those who simply oppose God because they are unwilling to share the earth with
the poor.

There is even a prophecy of the four members of the Holy Family which shows a blessing on those who
gather the Millennium Kingdom. "Is the seed yet in the barn? yea, as yet the vine, and the fig tree, and
the pomegranate, and the olive tree, hath not brought forth: from this day will I bless you." (Haggai 2:19).
That the seed is yet in the barn means that no crops have yet been sown. That places this blessing
before the ministry of Christ, since he sowed the seed that brought forth the first of the saints. The first
blessing therefore must be the birth of Christ. That the vine has not yet brought forth also indicates that
Christ's ministry has not started. This scripture establishes a chronology of blessings on the Christian
Church.

First, Christ, The Vine, sows the seed and waters it with His blood. Then the Holy Spirit Mother, The Fig,
illuminates the prophetic scriptures through representatives to gather the Millennium Kingdom. Then
the Holy Ghost Daughter, The Pomegranate, in a personal advent as the promised Comforter, judges
between the meek who love God and the great who love their wealth. Remember, blasphemy against the
Holy Ghost is the unforgivable sin. "Whosoever speaketh against the Holy Ghost, it shall not be forgiven
him, neither in this world, neither in the world to come (the Millennium Kingdom)." (Matt, 12:32). Finally,
God judges all living and the resurrected dead and purifies the earth so it can take its place as part of
heaven. "And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire. And I
saw a new heaven (that included earth), and a new earth (that had been purified)..." (Rev. 20:19; 21:1).

Amo Paul Bishop Roden
THE HOLY FAMILY