Posted by: cindybythesea | August 11, 2011

For Anyone Listening

     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 midsummer 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


  1. Thanks Cindy…

    The trumpet vine appears to be one of the Lord’s signatures in creation.


    Whirlpool Galaxy


    [Great links Michael, thanks so much!]

  2. I hear the Savior say, thy strength indeed is small, child of weakness watch and pray, find in me thine all and all. Jesus paid it all, all to him I owe, sin had left a crimson stain, He washed it white as snow!

    [Beautiful hymn Jeff and one I remember well from my childhood, in fact, I can still hear in my mind the voice of Tennessee Ernie Ford singing it in his beautiful baritone voice. C]

    • Lord, now indeed I find
      Thy pow’r, and Thine alone,
      Can change the leper’s spots,
      And melt the heart of stone.

      For nothing good have I
      Whereby Thy grace to claim;
      I’ll wash my garments white
      In the the blood of Calv’ry’s Lamb.

      And when, before the throne,
      I stand in Him complete,
      “Jesus died my soul to save,”
      My lips shall still repeat.

      Jesus paid it all, All to Him I owe;
      Sin had left a crimson stain,
      He washed it white as snow.

      [Thanks Coreen for adding the rest of the words to this beautiful hymn, it really does say it all! Blessings! C]

  3. Hi Cindy. The cross has a very special place in our heart, and it should serve as an example of how much Jesus (Yeshua) loved mankind by dieing for our sins on the cross. Brings a tear to your eye.

    And at the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eloi, Eloi, sabachchthani? Which is being interpreted, My God, My God, why hast Thou forsaken me?
    Mark 15:34

    One of the soldiers with a spear pierced his side, and forthwith came there out blood and water.
    John 19:34

    The medical significance of the blood and water could be the result of a massive Myocardial Infarction, in which the heart ruptured.
    “This is rather conclusive post-mortem evidence that Jesus died, not the usual crucifixion death by suffocation, but of heart failure due to shock and constriction of the heart by fluid in the pericardium”

    Dr, C Truman Davis

    The withdrawal of the devine countance from the Savior in this hour of supreme anguish piersed his heart with a sorrow that can never be fully understood by man. So great was this agony that his physical pain was hardly felt.

    White, E,G,
    Desire of Ages, p. 753

    [Thank you Engineer for the beautiful music video and for the words from EG White, I was really blessed by both! C]

  4. Shalom Cindy, and thank you for sharing this inspiring little story.

    Right after reading your blog post, I did some research and found several original articles about the vine-covered pole and later articles stating that the vine is a Trumpet vine, just as you reported. I also found a photo and video of this vine growing on the pole in Kinston, NC, which I will use to tell the story of this vine on my Armageddon Show this Sunday at 1 pm EST at the Edge AM, if we’re still here.

    Another interesting note about this story came from the news video, where the female reporter noted that this was the only vine-covered pole anywhere in the area. Fascinating, don’t you think? Though there are obvious allusions to the Feast of Trumpets in this vine as you mentioned, a more powerful observation for me comes from tying this vine on the pole to the following Scripture:

    John 15:1-3 (NKJV) – “I am the true vine, and My Father is the vinedresser. 2 Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit He prunes, that it may bear more fruit. 3 You are already clean because of the word which I have spoken to you.”

    From this Scripture, it is as if Yahshua was allegorically portraying Himself as the True Vine that all professing believers are branches on. In addition, Yahshua may be issuing a stern warning in this vine-covered pole and Scripture passage. This is suggested by the act of pruning, which alludes to suffering trials and tribulations. When a fruit vine is pruned, the vines that don’t have fruit on them are cut off and destroyed. In addition, the vines with flower buds and fruit are trimmed to improve the quality of the resulting fruit.

    Could it be, then that Yahshua is saying that only those who bear good fruit even after suffering will be retained as part of the vine that will be rewarded with full participation in the Wedding of the Lamb and Millennial Kingdom to come? That’s something that I’d say we all need to think and pray about as we await the return of our King and Bridegroom.

    In addition to all this, the sign of Ophiuchus the Serpent-holder represents Yahshua dying on the Cross with the sins of the whole world laid upon Him. In that sense, as I wrote in my book “The Language of God in Humanity”, it recalls the “Nehushtan” or bronze pole that Moses had entwined with a serpent and lifted up in the desert for the people to look upon in order to be healed from poison snake bites.:

    “Then the Lord (Yahweh) sent venomous snakes among them; they bit the people and many Israelites died. The people came to Moses and said, ‘We sinned when we spoke against the Lord (Yahweh) and against you. Pray that the Lord (Yahweh) will take the snakes away from us.’ So Moses prayed for the people. The Lord (Yahweh) said to Moses, ‘Make a snake and put it up on a pole; anyone who is bitten can look at it and live.’ So Moses made a bronze snake… on a pole. Then when anyone was bitten… and looked at the bronze snake, he lived.” – Numbers 21:6-9 (NIV)

    Fascinatingly, the Gospel of John tells us that this serpent-entwined pole was an allusion to Christ’s crucifixion:

    “And as Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life.” – John 3:14-15 (NKJV)

    So, maybe this Trumpet vine-covered pole is also saying that it’s time for us all to consider what we believe about Yahshua and His death on the Cross before the Trumpet announcing the Rapture and First Resurrection sounds at the end of this Age.

    Love and blessings,
    Helena Lehman
    Pillar of Enoch Ministry
    [Great comment Helena! Thank you so much for writing and sharing your insight. You have added a depth to this story that I had only scratched the surface on. That’s what I enjoy the most about this blog, hearing from readers and the additional insight and viewpoints they have to share. Blessings dear sister, I appreciate very much your taking the time to write! Grace and blessings to you! C]

  5. […] this post I stopped by Cindy's blog and she's just written on the very same topic in her article "For Anyone Listening".  Many other Christians all around the globe are also saying this very same thing.  Friends, […]

  6. Oh..Cindy!!

    I am so honored to see my name in your post ! My goodness honey, you
    took the story & through the Holy Spirit you made it “bloom”! This ability
    you have to write is “hands down” a spiritual gift from above. Cindy, of
    all the sites I visit & participate in..I am forever drawn to your posts.
    Drawn by the hand of God, but also because of the intense, passionate
    love you have for our Father. I can’t wait to meet you face to face..I’m
    gonna give you a big ol’ southern kinda HUG!!

    I can almost hear the last “trumpet” now…can’t you?

    Until then,

    [Thank you Beverly for your more than kind words, if not for you, I may not have seen the story at all, so I thank you! Much aloha and God’s blessing to you and your family, looking forward to meeing you and receiving that southern hug one of these days very soon! C]

  7. Thank you for the kind words Cindy! 😀

    May Yahshua bless you abundantly for your love and witness of His amazing Grace!

    I finally finished the blog post that your blog post above inspired. Here is the link to it:

    I added a few more additional insights since posting my message here that I pray will be a blessing to everyone.

    Thanks again for the wonderful inspiration!


    [Hi Helena, I just read your blog post and thought it was great! Your blog led me to one other thought, you mentioned that the vine was first noticed around June 15, the same time as the blood red moon that appeared over Israel; a warning to Israel and the gentile nations – in light of that thought, this came to mind.

    It is quite possible that the location of Kinston was not by accident (which of course, we know it was not) – something I alluded to at the beginning of my blog but, did not expound on – Kinston was named for King George III – the King who went down in history as the King who lost America. In light of the June 15 blood moon, I think the significance of the location as well as the vine speaks for its self. Blessings sister and thank you for sharing with me in this very interesting and important story. C]

  8. Oh VICTORY in Jesus !! Sound the bells…my little ones have been
    located!!!!!! Praise His Holy..most Holy name!! Thank-you Jesus!!

    Cindy, my husband was finally able to track my step-daughter’s husband from
    his place of work to a house way..way..out in a remote country area. My
    husband then parked off the side of the road & went on foot through a large
    wooded area & actually saw the children inside this house playing. It is 11pm
    and he is on the way home he is going back with the Police in the early hours
    of the am to get the children!! Oh thank you ALL for your enduring prayers!!

    HE really NEVER fails us does HE? HE loves us so much !
    Have any of you ever felt like the words..”thank-you” when said to our Father.
    is not a good enough set of words for HIM? I am found speechless … &
    therefore so happy in knowing that HE can SEE my heart!!

    Shoutin’ Glory in Memphis, Beverly

    [Thank you Jesus! Rejoicing with you today in God’s faithfulness and love. Thank you God for your watchcare over these little children and bringing them home safely. Thank you Jesus, when we are weak, you are strong. We love you so! Amen and amen! C]

  9. I just saw some of these blooming the other day and remarked to God how lovely they are! So, for you to post this Cindy and the relevance, I “Thank you!”
    I appreciate too, the comments of those who add to the preciousness of God’s gift of Life and Love secured in His Son, our LORD.

  10. Hi Cindy – the “cross” link didn’t go thru for me. You might check the address url and make sure it’s:

    Also, while looking up pict.s of trumpet vines there was a pict of a Smurf blowing the trumpet – so even they know! Proof positive, for ‘shore!

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