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We found it in the Fields of the Wood!

James R. Horne, State Overseer


“I will not give sleep to mine eyes, or slumber to mine eyelids, Until I find out a place for the LORD, an habitation for the mighty God of Jacob. Lo, we heard of it at Ephratah: we found it in the fields of the wood” (Psa. 132: 4-6).

“Arise, shine; for thy light is come, and the glory of the LORD is risen upon thee” (Isa. 60:1).

“And the LORD answered me, and said, Write the vision, and make it plain upon tables, that he may run that readeth it. For the vision is yet for an ap-pointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie: though it tarry, wait for it; because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Hab. 2:2-3).

In the month of June, our minds reflect back on some important prophetic events within our past that are foundationally sound and a spiritual landmark in these last days. Although some may have chosen the way of the world and have attempted to sponge away the meaning from these tables of stone, what tran-spired on June 13, 1903—the Arise, Shine of the Church—was ordained in the mind of God, later memorialized, and presently continues its course around the world till all have heard and the Church reaches perfection; her final destination. You see, the vision didn’t just stay in Fields of the Wood. The revelation God showed there has been embraced and continues to be carried by the ministry of the Church to every nation, every kindred and every tongue. It is the vision that propels us forward and offers clear direction to take the whole message to the whole world.

For historical purposes, and to go along with this thought, I would like to reprint a short story here from America’s Unusual Spot by C. T. Davidson:

“One Sunday morning, after the 35th General Assembly in 1940 had convened, Grady R. Kent (pastor of the Cleveland, Tennessee, church) preached a prophetic sermon on the Church and the Fields of the Wood, pointing to Fields of the Wood as the site referred to by Brother Tomlinson in his Assembly ser-mon. Brother Tomlinson questioned Pastor Kent, ‘Do you know what you are preaching?’ The question concerned Kent and he hardly knew what to say, but stammered nervously, ‘I ...hope I do.’ ‘I wonder if you know what you are preaching,’ Tomlinson said again, staring into the eyes of the disturbed preacher. ‘I… think… I do… Brother Tomlin-son,’ Kent managed to say. The pastor had envisioned extraordinary things occurring around Fields of the Wood, but when he reached home that day he was greatly down-hearted. When the telephone rang and Broth-er Tomlinson called him to the office for a conference, cautioning him to have his dinner before he left home, Pastor Kent felt like the world was falling around him. Yet he continued to hold to what he believed God had shown him. Instead of disapproval and criticism, the afternoon conference

brought great ease, joy, and encouragement, along with great fervor and zeal.” God had already revealed these things to A. J. Tomlinson some time before and he realized that, as humble men sought God for the whole truth concerning the Church, He would confirm and provide the revelation with it. God is still revealing it as numerous men and women in our past and in this present day have received a divine revela-tion, “flesh and blood hath not revealed it unto thee, but the Father…” Oh, for the fer-vency of David who could not sleep until he found it! May none of us ever forget what the Lord revealed there from His Word, and may we embrace this message and walk in His light, onward to perfection!  

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