Kernels of truth

Here are some interesting facts I found while writing The Lord of the Harvest. I wrote it to clear up some confusion over the end times harvests known as the rapture. 

Did you know Jesus likened himself to a grain of wheat?  There are fifty grains in a stalk of wheat and the Church began on the fiftieth day, a day which the Jews celebrated as the “Beginning of Harvest.”

  • Jesus said of Himself, “I am the Bread of Life.”
  • Bethlehem, where Jesus Christ was born, means “House of Bread.” 
  • Unleavened bread is eaten for seven days from Passover.  The bread is striped and pierced.  These stripes were seen by the prophet Isaiah 700 years before the birth of Jesus Christ; “But He was wounded for our transgressions, He was bruised for our iniquities; The chastisement for our peace was upon Him, And by His stripes we are healed.”  Isaiah 53:5
  • Jesus likened himself to a grain of wheat.  A stalk of wheat has fifty grains. Jesus said, “Most assuredly, I say to you, unless a grain of wheat falls the ground and dies, it remains alone; but if it dies, it produces much grain.” John 12:24

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  • The Church began on the fiftieth day after the Feast of First Fruits which was called “the Beginning of Harvest.”the-wave-sheaf-offeringIt was when the very first sheaf of the harvest was offered and waved before the Lord north, south, east, and west.
  • The fiftieth day is also celebrated by Israel as the Feast of Shavuot when seven lots of seven weeks are marked off after the first three spring festivals of Passover, The Feast of Unleavened Bread, and Feast of First Fruits.  Shavuot marks the all-important wheat harvest.
  • The distinguishing feature of Shavuot is the offering of two leavened loaves of bread made of fine flour.  The Greek word for leavened bread is ‘artos,’  meaning a raised loaf of normal, natural regular bread.  With the leaven, it’s sure to rise.
  • The temple at Jerusalem was built on Araunah’s threshing floor.  Araunah means ‘ark.’  David paid Araunah fifty shekels of silver for it, denoting a full price and a full purchase.  (2 Sam. 24:24)
  • Jesus mentioned the First Fruits, the Beginning of the Harvest when he was in Sychar, a Gentile area.

“Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” John 4:35.

  • Sychar means ‘end.’

As for the end, there has been much speculation about when this will be.  Jesus said it’s not for us to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. Acts 1:7

But we can know the season.  Jesus did leave a clue about it when he said in Matthew 24; “no man knows the day or the hour.”  The autumn Feast of Trumpets was the only festival where the Jews did not know the day or hour it would be, as it was dependent on the first sighting of the new moon.

Paul wrote about the Church being gathered at the last trumpet; “Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” 1 Corinthians 15:51

Two loaves, two harvests

  • The autumn festival of Sukkot, the Feast of Tabernacles marks the ingathering.  These are people from the Great Tribulation who have responded to the worldwide preaching of the 144,000 Jewish evangelists.  They show up in Revelation 7, waving lulavs – a closed frond of the date palm tree waved at Sukkot.

The Autumn harvest will begin when the Times of the Gentiles are fulfilled.

First fruits


These facts are summed up from my story The Lord of the Harvest.

Here’s another interesting site:  The Biblical Feast of Firstfruits, How It Explains a Great Mystery

Chapter 73 The seed

diploma_hat_graduationAt graduation the Princess stood at Isaac’s side with her hard won Diploma in her hand, her eyes seeking out her children. It would have been perfect if she had been able to beat Isaac, the Dux of the Business course.  They had competed with each other fiercely for marks. “I would have beaten you if not for statistics” she teased him.

After completing the Diploma of Business earlier in the year and leaving the campus in the early winter they found a little white cottage to rent on the main road. It was a bit bare.  Some of the furniture did not survive the move and had to be replaced. They needed a sofa, washing machine, fridge, and lawnmower.  It would be a good location for the business – if and when they could afford to get it started.  Their money had been depleted by the mirage – that desert place where their promised jobs had not materialised.  They’d had to resort to living on a student allowance for two years, and now they had to find work.

The Princess looked at their depleted bank account after forking out for the bond, rent in advance, plus a week’s rent to the property agent for their “services”. There was precious little left. The minimal earnings from their student allowances plus the small amount earned from her part time job did not allow them to recover the costs of going to College. She was worried as she stated the obvious; “There is no money to start a business. How are we going to build a business and earn money in the meantime?”

Isaac’s request to the King was short and sharp; “God, we need money, right now!” The next day, Isaac’s bank rang. The bank had some money for Isaac from a mortgage insurance policy that had been overpaid years ago. The princess was amazed.  She had never heard of a bank doing that.  It was enough to keep them going for the rest of the month. Following that, a refund from the College for overpaid accommodation kept them going for another month. The King provided for them until they could get jobs at night.   Despite the financial miracles she still had the jitters. The mirage had taken its toll. It took a lot for her to come back from that place and learn to trust the King to provide. “God helps those who help themselves!” she’d been told growing up.  The King said;

Seek Ye FirstSo do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.

But seek ye first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you.  Matthew 6:31-33

Not long after that they received a bill from the accountant for his services. How could it be that much when they did not even have a business? Furious with Isaac who had prematurely hired him before he left City College; she threw the bill that was now up to $1550 onto the floor, slammed the door in his face and walked along the street.

The King caught up with her at the beach. He understood her frustration and anger. She kicked the sand. “How are we going to start this company when the accountant is taking all of our hard earned seed money? You know we need that money to start our business!” she snapped, exasperated and disillusioned. “I will provide!” the King said, but He couldn’t reassure her, or get through the fog. Her black mood kept her from hearing the King’s response.

She sacked the accountant after that, telling Isaac “We can’t afford this. What did we go to college for? I have learned enough to do the books myself, and I can do the tax returns. We can do it ourselves, until the business is established.”

Seed

The David Yaxley Enterprise Fund

Not long after that Prince Trevor and Princess Jan, the founders of the College, called them to a meeting in the lecture theater at the College with great excitement. Like her, they had long dwelled in the Valley of the Shadow of Death, after losing a son about her brother’ age.  The Princess understood something of their loss from the death of her own brother.

Princess Jan’s eyes shone, as they described the fund that was going to be available for the business students. The seed capital was named in memory of their son.  It bore the symbol of the acorn.  The Princess recognised it as the acorn the King had given her ten years ago after she had bought her house.  He had named it as ‘the first seed to be planted on the land made barren’.  She remembered the King telling her “it was to replant the waste fields”.  The seed had taken ten years to germinate.

Photo_hand-acorns_lgHer eyes shone like Jan’s, as she approached the King, the acorn in her hands.  “I remember you giving me an acorn the year I bought my house.  I didn’t know what you meant by it, but I do now.”  The King was financing them into business, and He wanted her included.  In the families she had come from, the men ran the businesses with no input from their wives.

The Princess asked, “This was your plan all along, that I should work for myself as a business owner?” He replied “Yes. It is written in my book that women own property and run businesses. They are respected figures in their own right, not shadows of their husbands.”

“She considers a field and buys it; out of her earnings she plants a vineyard,
She sees that her trading is profitable, and her lamp does not go out at night.” Proverbs 31

The Princess thought about her first husband’s businesses. In Sydney, there had been no place for her except as an unpaid factory labourer on weekends. She did not have any say in that business. When the family sold the business to buy a foundary back in small town Wanganui, she had been forced to give up her life in Sydney, her career, everything. She had come away with nothing to show for all the sacrifice.

Feeling the pain and regret of her past, she said “they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept.” Song of Solomon 1:6

The King rested his hand on her shoulder as He reminded her that the vineyard would come from the wilderness.

Therefore, behold, I will allure you,
Will bring you into the wilderness,
And speak comfort to you.
I will give you your vineyards from there,
And the Valley of Achor as a door of hope. Hosea 2:14-16.

His other hand rested on Isaac’s shoulder. “You became my partners, and I have made you into a team. You are the partner I spoke to Isaac of, long before you came. He has confidence in you, as do I.”

“Her husband has full confidence in her and lacks nothing of value.
She brings him good, not harm, all the days of her life.

Her husband is respected at the city gate, where he takes his seat among the elders of the land”.  Proverbs 31

“Thank you for believing in me” the Princess said, bowing to the King.  “Now will you believe in me?” the King asked, looking at her.  “I promised I would provide” He added, as they looked through the loan application.  The Princess lifted her eyes to His, saying “You have done exeedingly, abundantly more than I could ever have hoped for or imagined.  You deserve the glory for what you have done in my life, and again, I want to thank you.”

Chapter 5 The promise

The princess walked alone through no man’s land. Silver-tongue had joined her briefly and unwillingly  at the milestone of her daughter’s fifth birthday, before going his own way, hunting deer. She remembered a promise that the King had given in his sacred book, an awesome promise too difficult to believe, for she thought it involved Silver-tongue.

“You will be called by a new name,
A name given by the Lord himself.
You will be like a beautiful crown for the Lord.
No longer will you be called “Forsaken,”
Or your land be called “The Deserted Wife.”

Your new name will be “God Is Pleased with Her.”
Your land will be called “Happily Married,”
Because the Lord is pleased with you.”  Isaiah 62:2-4

The King could see the struggle in her to believe that this was His will. He came to her and asked “Why do you not trust in my promise?” Thinking of Silver-tongue, she admitted “I no longer trust him or the love that he offers. I am afraid of his words. ”

My companion attacks his friends; he violates his covenant.  His speech is smooth as butter, yet war is in his heart; his words are more soothing than oil, yet they are drawn swords. Psalm 55:20-21

The King agreed, and spoke to her through his word;
“Why should you be beaten any more?  Why do you persist in rebellion?  Your whole head is injured, Your whole heart afflicted.  Isaiah 1:5-6

Confused, she asked the King what he intended regarding Silver-tongue. He replied gravely “He is not for you.” She nodded unhappily and replied “I fear it will be bad for me to stay with him.”  The King agreed, watching her. “Then how can my land be called ‘Happily married?” she asked bewildered. “You will be given to another” the King responded. “There is no other!” she replied. “I don’t want any other!” “He has been chosen.” replied the King.    “What! Do I not even have a choice?” she asked the King. “Yes, you have freewill. But I remind you are one of MINE. Your life you gave to me, and I am the Lord. Let me rule. My choice for you is better, and my will for your life is perfect. Learn to trust” He replied.

She was still addicted to Silver-tongue. “Please, Lord. I do not want anyone else. Silver-tongue is everything I desired. It is just his heart, and the manner in which he regards ME. I know at times I am moody and unhappy.  I have lost so much these three years, and I am stressed out because he procrastinates.  He can’t accept me the way I am now, but I know he will when he resolves things and we are together.  He tells me that his commitment to me is irrevocable and forever, and that he is on his own – that’s why I am still trying to make it work.  At first he was so tender, so charming. He put me first and really cared about me.  I want that back. Can you not change the way he regards me? Please Lord, can you not teach Silver-tongue how to love?” she pleaded.  

“He does not approach me for advice in this as he believes that he already knows how to love” the King stated.  “Then tell him that he does not know” she begged, crying. “You know that I can only work through belief” the King replied. “Then what is his belief?” she asked the King sadly, already knowing.  The King shook his head. “He believes only in himself. He thinks he is special and you need to be worthy of him.  You are regarded as an object” the King said coldly, spelling it out.  “He believes he is superior and thinks you are beneath him.”  She realised then how futile it was to go on hoping.

“Lord, then why did he persist with me if that is his belief?” she asked bewildered and crying. “It suits him to regard you that way. He wants to control you and keep his wife” replied the King with compassion.  “That is not love. It was never love, was it?  You had to stand back and let me learn that for myself.  He does not love me!” she cried in pain. “What is going to happen to me now, Lord?” she asked at last, feeling numb.   The King replied, bringing her hope.  “Without him, your life is going to get better.  Long term, you can trust my promises.  Delight yourself in me, and I will give you your hearts desire. Psalm 37:4

If you seek first my Kingdom, I will fulfill the promises I have made.  I replant waste fields and rebuild ruined cities. I will not fail to do what I have promised.”

In the Kingdom, she looked around her at the falling leaves which had left a golden gown on the ground about her feet. She replied “I choose to be free.  This is the season when the wind grows cold and the land sleeps.  In this time I will follow you, and practise what you have taught me. With your help, I will rebuild my life.”  The Lord nodded and took her hand. In the palm of her hand he placed a seed, the first seed to be planted on the ground made barren. He said “This is for the spring.”  “What is it?” she asked. “Wait and see” the King said as He smiled and left.  It was an acorn.  

The greatest achievement was at first and for a time a dream. The oak sleeps in the acorn, the bird waits in the egg, and in the highest vision of the soul a waking angel stirs. Dreams are the seedlings of realities.” 
James Allen