Trumpet Vine Flower
Thank you, Beverly Stegall for bringing this very interesting story to my attention.
Around the end of June, people in Kinston, North Carolina began noticing the very unusual shape of a vine growing up a utility pole about a mile south of town. First reported to be Kudzu (a fast growing type of Asian vine), it turned out not to be Kudzu but, Trumpet Vine that had grown up the utility pole and along the cross arms until it began to form the undeniable shape of a man on a cross. Trumpet Vine like Kudzu grows very rapidly and is named for the trumpet shaped flower it bears, when the plant is in bloom.
Since many of are waiting any day now for “the trumpet” to sound and call us home to heaven, I thought it might be interesting to see just why God might have caused this unusual vine to grow in the shape that it did at the time that it did.
Kinston, North Carolina. Kinston is located in North Carolina’s inner banks region. It was established in 1762 in honor of King George III, who had just been make King of England and was originally called not Kinston but, Kingston in honor of the newly crowned King. After the Revolution of 1776, when the colonies had been freed, the “g” was dropped changing the name to Kinston, so that the town would no longer be associated with the King.
King George III was an interesting character. He was the King of England and the King of Ireland from October 25, 1760 until January 1, 1801 when the two countries were united and he became the King of Great Britain and the King of Ireland. He also suffered from recurrent mental illness that became permanent before his death. Perhaps, more importantly, King George was the King of the Revolutionary War period and has gone down in history as “the King who lost America.”
When I think about the historical background of this city, two things come to mind:
A King is coming and this time it will be the opposite. King George united England and Ireland but, lost America.The colonies which were freed during his reign formed the first United States, whose Declaration of Independence gave the first Americans, the freedom of religion. The freedom to worship God without the interference of the state. But, times have changed. Americans today want not freedom of religion, but, freedom from religion. And, are fighting for their independence not from the King of England but, from the King of Kings.
And, the day is coming, when they shall have what they ask.
It’s interesting to note that the trumpet vine on the utility pole was not yet in bloom for the trumpet vine blooms mid–summer to early September.
The question is: When the vine blooms, will the trumpet sound? And, if it does, will it be a sound of warning, a call to assemble, a call to war or a part of one of the appointed feasts.
I’m not sure when this particular vine started growing, but from what I have read, Trumpet Vines grow very rapidly. The story first appeared in the news, as far as I can tell on or around June 29. Pentecost Sunday was June 12 and Shavuot June 7-9. So, the vine may have started growing very close to the time of the feast of Pentecost, the birthday of the church. Causing one to wonder, if it started growing at Pentecost, will it bloom close to or near the feast which bears its name, the feast of Trumpets, – the feast, which many believe will end the church age and take us into heaven.
I don’t know about you, but, I think it’s a very interesting thought! An extra morsel to tuck away in these days of watching.
“Listen, I tell you a mystery. We will not all sleep, but, we all will be changed — in a flash, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound , the dead will be raised imperishable and we will be changed.” 1 Cor. 15:51-53
The “man on the cross” of Kinston (Kingstown) is speaking, in fact, he’s speaking volumes, the question is – is anyone listening?
“Pray for the peace of Jerusalem, they shall prosper who love thee” Psalm 122:6 Watching and waiting with YOU for the soon return of Jesus! Cindy