And the word of the Lord came to me, saying, “Jeremiah, what do you see?” And I said, “I see an almond branch.” Then the Lord said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.” Jeremiah 1:11–12 (ESV)
The almond tree is known as the ‘awake’ tree because it blossoms very early in spring whilst other trees remained still asleep. Through this passage, the Lord showed Henson that there is to be another awakening and he is to play a key part in it. This awakening would involve believers; for notwithstanding attendance and activity, the Church remains much in slumber. The next verses would provide the context.
The word of the Lord came to me a second time, saying, “What do you see?” And I said, “I see a boiling pot, facing away from the north.” Then the Lord said to me, “Out of the north disaster shall be let loose upon all the inhabitants of the land. Jeremiah 1:13–14 (ESV)
Israel faced an impending invasion from the north in the days of Jeremiah. Against this backdrop, Jeremiah was sent to warn his people, to shake them out of their complacency as God’s people. Ezekiel 38-39 prophesies another invasion from the north and today, all eyes are trained on Israel and speculations are aplenty as to the role of Russia in the north. If we miss the significance of Israel as God’s time clock, it is easy to think that it is business as usual. The times are urgent and the Church must be awakened to realise and fulfil her Kingdom role and purpose.
Lest this comes across as too general an awakening, the Lord gave specific instructions through Col 4:17 to awaken Archippus, symbolic of each and every believer, so that these can know and fulfil their God-given Kingdom assignments.
This is the creative rationale for the Archippus Awakening logo. The orange arc represents the final quadrant of the clock, depicting that we are in the closing hours of history, the end times. Without an appreciation of this, there is simply no urgency but only a tendency to be awakened to fall back asleep again. Secondly, seen from another perspective, the orange arc also represents a sun rise signalling that it is high time to get up and to be about the Father’s business.