Harvest Time

What time are we living in? What is God doing in the World today? To answer that question all we have to do is study the Lord’s feasts that were given to Israel found in Leviticus 23. Three times a year the men were commanded to appear before God to celebrate their annual feasts. There was Passover, Pentecost, and Tabernacles scheduled on their worship calendar every year.

The feasts have a prophetic mystery attached to them. They serve as dress rehearsals of God’s prophetic plan to be revealed in the order God planned. Here is the plan. First, Messiah would come and be crucified for the sins of the world, He would be resurrected and then would ascend to heaven. That is a fulfillment of Passover. Second, the Holy Spirit would be poured out and the Gospel would be preached and harvest would take place. That is a fulfillment of Pentecost. Third, Jesus would return to set up and rule His Father’s Kingdom upon the earth for a thousand years. That is a fulfillment of Tabernacles. So you can see God has always been at work in human history bringing about the fulfillment of His good plan and purpose!

So what is God doing today? Well, we are and have been and will continue to be in the season of Pentecost until Jesus comes a second time. Why is that important for you to understand? When you know the times and seasons God has ordained for humanity you will know what to do! God’s plan for our generation is to pour out the Holy Spirit and bring in a harvest of souls. We the church have a key role to play. We are to exercise our authority in prayer and we are to speak for God to our generation. We are to pray and prophesy in the name of Jesus. God’s plan is to bring in the harvest, when harvest is complete the rapture of the church will take place!

Let’s take a closer look at the feast of Pentecost. There we will find a beautiful picture of the harvest which culminates in the ressurection and rapture of the church. Every year during the feast of Pentecost instructions were given for the High Priest to perform a wave offering before the Lord. This same instruction was given on the feast of First-fruits (which is part of the Passover celebration). On First-fruits a sheaf of barley was lifted up and waved before the Lord. This was a picture of the resurrection and ascension of the Lord Jesus Christ. On Pentecost two loaves of wheat bread were lifted up and waved before the Lord. This is a picture of a resurrection and an ascension or rapture of the Lord’s church. Pentecost began the wheat harvest for the summer. This is a picture of the church age. For 2000 years God has been drawing mankind by the outpouring of the Holy Spirit to a personal relationship with Jesus Christ.

Jesus revealed the purpose of Pentecost in the plan of God. Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, and then comes the harvest’? Listen! I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest.—John 4:34-35 MEV. Pentecost reveals God’s plan for today—an outpouring of the Holy Spirit and a great harvest of souls! We are living in the season of outpouring and harvest, with a mandate that has not changed—make disciples of all Nations. So our focus should be on sharing the Gospel and praying for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit! That’s a theme we see in the Book of Acts—the church engaged in prayer and evangelism.

This Sunday is Pentecost Sunday, a perfect time to sync up with God’s plan for you and your family! Let God use you to bring in the harvest!