An Introduction to the Feast of the Fiftieth Day
The Kingdom Governmental Year Begins When Harvest Year Ends.
This is the Revelation of the End Time Harvest.
The Revelation of The Church Age is The Kingdom Begins BEFORE Harvest!
The Governmental Year Existed for Years BEFORE the Harvest Year Was Introduced.
The Harvest Year BEGAN in the Fifth Month of the Governmental Year.
The Governmental Year Begins BEFORE or at the Same Time as Preparation For Harvest.
We Are NOT Waiting for the Kingdom to Come, It Already Came.
June 10, 2015
Luke 9:27 "But I say to you truthfully, there are some of those standing here who shall not taste death until they see the kingdom of God."
The PREPARATION for Harvest BEGINS Five Months BEFORE the FIRST Mature Harvest is ready! God’s Absolute and Sovereign Kingdom Government precedes EVERYTHING else and is the BEGINNING of evangelism.
Therefore, it is clear that during the church age the Kingdom Message BEGINS with the
preparation of the soil and LONG before the Harvest at the end of the age. It is the Kingdom Demands that is essential for the maturity of the believers! We could clearly say that the Kingdom has come and it has been active on the earth for about 2000 years but many pastors are still waiting for the Kingdom to come, and pray that way. Of course the difference we are addressing is between experiencing the Inward Kingdom (if there is one functioning as a active government) while waiting for the Outward Kingdom. It is the Inward Kingdom that is being ignored while the Outward Kingdom is still future and will come when Jesus returns! These two concepts invalidate the Kingdom today!
In reality the Kingdom Message begins with evangelism and Salvation is within the Kingdom Government and wholly under the Sovereignty of God! The Kingdom Government BEGAN BEFORE THE BEGINNING and within and under the ABSOLUTE Sovereignty of God. That means that God is absolutely Sovereign over whom He permits into His Kingdom and over those He receives by salvation.
John 6:65 And He was saying, "For this reason I have said to you, that no one can come to Me, unless it has been granted him from the Father." 66 As a result of this many of His disciples withdrew, and were not walking with Him anymore.
A tremendous loss is experienced when the Kingdom Message is delayed or ignored as the first gospel message a new believer hears. Our opportunity to be saved begins within the Kingdom WHEN the Father draws us and NOT when we decide to be saved! Why is that true? That is because God is Sovereign over whom is called and whom is chosen. This fact alone changes our view of salvation and method of evangelism.
This fact could explain why it is such a difficult work when we attempt to bring a group of church goers to maturity when so many just attend religious meetings that God has NOT chosen or ordained. If Christian Maturity was just a matter of knowledge, then teaching would result in maturity! The Biblical fact remains that EVERYTHING in the Christian Life BEGINS when we are born of God and a new creation, a new species begins. Therefore, ALL MATURITY is directly related to the New Inner Man and has nothing to do with the Old Outer Man. The Old Outer Man, eating from the Tree of Knowledge and just learning Bible Facts is the popular method of “having church” and this is the very reason that the New Inner Man seldom comes to Harvest Maturity.
It should be noted that ONLY those whom God has called and chosen will be included in the church He is building! That is because ONLY the Christian, the new inner man, can be included in the church He is building! How do we know that? That is because His Church is the Pure Gold Lampstand and cannot include dirt or wood or any earthly thing. The New Man is born of and by the Sperma of God and does not originate from the earth.
This understanding about whom God accepts should discourage people from depending upon “death bed repentance!” The thief on the cross is given as an example of death bed repentance but he died under the Old Covenant and BEFORE the New Covenant was established. He went to Abraham’s Bosom (Old Covenant paradise) and NOT to the Paradise of Revelation 22. Abraham’s Bosom is NOT available for us today. The difference between these two Paradises is astounding. The one is before the Kingdom and the other is WITHIN the Kingdom Government of God. No Christian, today, should be satisfied to hear everything about the Kingdom in parables. Why? That is because these mysteries, which have been hidden to past generations, are to be revealed “through the church.”
Eph 3:8 To me, the very least of all saints, this grace was given, to preach to the Gentiles the unfathomable riches of Christ, 9 and to bring to light what is the administration of the mystery which for ages has been hidden in God who created all things; 10 so that the manifold wisdom of God might now be made known through the church to the rulers and the authorities in the heavenly places. 11 This was in accordance with the eternal purpose which He carried out in Christ Jesus our Lord,
It is disturbing that so many in the visible church are still just hearing parables and that these MYSTERIES” are still hidden to this generation. The shock comes when we understand that for many to know the Mysteries of the Kingdom will never be granted. Why? God holds all these things under His power.
Mat 13:10 And the disciples came and said to Him, "Why do You speak to them in parables?" 11 And He answered and said to them, "To you it has been granted to know the mysteries of the kingdom of heaven, but to them it has not been granted. 12 "For whoever has, to him shall more be given, and he shall have an abundance; but whoever does not have, even what he has shall be taken away from him. 13 "Therefore I speak to them in parables; because while seeing they do not see, and while hearing they do not hear, nor do they understand. 14 "And in their case the prophecy of Isaiah is being fulfilled, which says, 'YOU WILL KEEP ON HEARING, BUT WILL NOT UNDERSTAND; AND YOU WILL KEEP ON SEEING, BUT WILL NOT PERCEIVE; 15 FOR THE HEART OF THIS PEOPLE HAS BECOME DULL, AND WITH THEIR EARS THEY SCARCELY HEAR, AND THEY HAVE CLOSED THEIR EYES LEST THEY SHOULD SEE WITH THEIR EYES, AND HEAR WITH THEIR EARS, AND UNDERSTAND WITH THEIR HEART AND RETURN, AND I SHOULD HEAL THEM.'
This does not seem FAIR to the evangelist because Not everybody is called! Not everybody is granted understanding of the Kingdom! Some are granted to know the mysteries of the Kingdom and some are not. Why is that true? That is because God is absolutely Sovereign over all things and He can do what He wants and He doesn’t need to apologize or to give anyone a reason why. God is absolutely Sovereign over His Kingdom and He alone determines whom He will accept and whom He will reject!
Many overlook the fact that it is God who grants repentance or gives us the opportunity to repent. Our genuine gratitude for God’s grace, extended to us personally, begins with this Sovereign Truth.
2Tim 2:24 And the Lord's bond-servant must not be quarrelsome, but be kind to all, able to teach, patient when wronged, 25 with gentleness correcting those who are in opposition, if perhaps God may grant them repentance leading to the knowledge of the truth,
Why is this important to us? That is because certain things have been determined and ordained out of God’s Absolute Sovereignty so that none of these things are personally optional. We can conform to God’s ways or we can reject them but we CANNOT change any of them or how He controls them. It this same way God has established His Appointed Times and seasons. We cannot change them or anything about them. They are predetermined and predestined and set in stone.
Lev 23:4 'These are the appointed times of the LORD, holy convocations which you shall proclaim at the times appointed for them. 5 'In the first month, on the fourteenth day of the month at twilight is the LORD'S Passover. 6 'Then on the fifteenth day of the same month there is the Feast of Unleavened Bread to the LORD; for seven days you shall eat unleavened bread.
Lev 23:37 'These are the appointed times of the LORD which you shall proclaim as holy convocations, to present offerings by fire to the LORD --burnt offerings and grain offerings, sacrifices and libations, each day's matter on its own day--
NONE of the Feasts can be ignored or rejected simply because it is perfectly clear that “These are the appointed times of the LORD!” Knowing the difference between keeping the Old Covenant feast (the ritual) and experiencing the New Covenant fulfillment of the Feast is essential for all true believers. Why? That is because all these thing have their fulfillment in Christ! Keeping the outward ritual involved in these feasts is not just a waste of time but a rejection of New Covenant Truth!
We have started our explanation of these seven “spiritual” feasts with the first three RITUAL feasts. Now we will begin with the explanation of the non-optional fourth Feast which is the Feast of the Fiftieth Day. This experiential and Spiritual New Covenant Feast is the Feast of Pentecost. This is one of the “Appointed Times of the Lord” and is NOT optional nor is it unnecessary. However, this feast is ignorantly ignored by many “learned men” who will have to give an account to God!
If we acknowledge Passover as valid, we certainly cannot reject Pentecost as no longer valid. Remember we are NOT advocating keeping the Old Covenant observance of the Feast but the New Covenant fulfillment of the Feast which is the Baptism in the Holy Spirit. The Sovereignty of the Holy Spirit is inherent within the Feast of Pentecost. Experiencing Pentecost was our Personal Introduction to the DISPENSATION OF THE HOLY SPIRIT. To ignore the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is to ignore the Dispensation of the Holy Spirit which is a very serious departure from observing the “Appointed Times of the Lord.”
Lev 23:15 'You shall also count for yourselves from the day after the Sabbath, from the day when you brought in the sheaf of the wave offering; there shall be seven complete Sabbaths. 16 'You shall count fifty days to the day after the seventh Sabbath; then you shall present a new grain offering to the LORD. 17 'You shall bring in from your dwelling places two loaves of bread for a wave offering, made of two-tenths of an ephah; they shall be of a fine flour, baked with leaven as first fruits to the LORD. 18 'Along with the bread, you shall present seven one year old male lambs without defect, and a bull of the herd, and two rams; they are to be a burnt offering to the LORD, with their grain offering and their libations, an offering by fire of a soothing aroma to the LORD. 19 'You shall also offer one male goat for a sin offering and two male lambs one year old for a sacrifice of peace offerings. 20 'The priest shall then wave them with the bread of the first fruits for a wave offering with two lambs before the LORD; they are to be holy to the Lord for the priest. 21 'On this same day you shall make a proclamation as well; you are to have a holy convocation. You shall do no laborious work. It is to be a perpetual statute in all your dwelling places throughout your generations. 22 'When you reap the harvest of your land, moreover, you shall not reap to the very corners of your field, nor gather the gleaning of your harvest; you are to leave them for the needy and the alien. I am the LORD your God.'"
Deut 16:9 "You shall count seven weeks for yourself; you shall begin to count seven weeks from the time you begin to put the sickle to the standing grain. 10 Then you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks to the LORD your God with a tribute of a freewill offering of your hand, which you shall give just as the LORD your God blesses you; 11 and you shall rejoice before the LORD your God, you and your son and your daughter and your male and female servants and the Levite who is in your town, and the stranger and the orphan and the widow who are in your midst, in the place where the LORD your God chooses to establish His name. 12 "And you shall remember that you were a slave in Egypt, and you shall be careful to observe these statutes.
By naming ALL who are to participate in this Feast, God includes ALL believers! God also makes certain things clear which are required for us to participate in this Spiritual Feast.
(1) And none shall appear before Me empty-handed.
(2) We cannot offer blood with Leaven.
(3) We CANNOT hold the fat until morning.
(4) We must offer two loaves of bread WITH LEAVEN to the Lord!
(5) There are several diverse sacrifice that accompany this Feast of Pentecost.
(6) This is a time to remember that we were slaves of sin and death and that God set us free to fulfill HIS ETERNAL PURPOSE, to bring joy to His Heart and NOT just so we could speak in tongues or prophesy or do miracles!
(7) In this Feast the greater the blessing received, the greater the sacrifice that is required.
(8) Each “sacrifice” must not be coerced but be a FREEWILL OFFERING!
(9) This Feast is operational in the PLACE WHERE THE LORD, OUR GOD, CHOOSES TO ESTABLISH HIS NAME.
(10) While God sets us free from slavery, He maintains His Absolute Sovereignty over ALL THINGS.
(11) Beginning with this FEAST, doing our own thing and “ministering” as we please, wherever we want, CANNOT CONTINUE. Why? That is because this IS the Dispensation when the Holy Spirit is Sovereign on the Earth Dimension.
Luke 12:10 "And everyone who will speak a word against the Son of Man, it shall be forgiven him; but he who blasphemes against the Holy Spirit, it shall not be forgiven him.
Understanding the details of this feast may radically change the way we interpret our personal participation in the Feast of Pentecost and in the magnitude of our respect for the Holy Spirit and submit to the tremendous work He has come to complete.
It is ordinances like these that are regularly ignored in most assemblies. While it is beyond this document to explain some of these many ordinances, it is important for each seeker to understand if he is ignorantly ignoring the New Covenant reality of these ordinances! It is very easy to make a very serious “Pentecostal” mistake that may affect our eternal destiny.
For each of us to fully experience the fulfillment of these seven Feasts in Christ, it should be very clear that the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is much more than Speaking in Tongues, even though Speaking in Tongues is an integral part of the New Covenant experience.
It is revealed that Jesus received the Holy Spirit without measure or in absolute fulness! it is also revealed that what we initially received was just the down payment portion of the Spirit. This small portion is very important to note because when so many believers speak in tongues they referred to that as being FILLED with the Spirit. Since the New Inner Man is just a new baby, just a small portion of the Spirit is needed to be filled with the Spirit. However, if the Inner Man grows, the believer must be “filled” again and again. Also, when some “Pentecostal” people “get filled with the Spirit,” it is mistakenly assumed that their whole body is “filled.” According to Paul’s understanding all the believers “may be filled” by just receiving a small amount or a down payment portion of the Holy Spirit. “Being filled with the Holy Spirit” then is related to the size of the inner man and may NOT be the same portion for everybody.
Exo 34:22 "And you shall celebrate the Feast of Weeks, that is, the first fruits of the wheat harvest, and the Feast of Ingathering at the turn of the year. 23 "Three times a year all your males are to appear before the Lord GOD, the God of Israel. 24 "For I will drive out nations before you and enlarge your borders, and no man shall covet your land when you go up three times a year to appear before the LORD your God.
Pentecost or the Feast of Weeks cannot be in fulness unless we appear before God three times each year. That means for EACH of these three Feasts. (1) Passover (2) Pentecost (3) Tabernacles!
How many times have we heard about the “power of the Evangelical church?” Since there is NO POWER manifested we suspect there may be a problem, either with the term or with the experience or with both. Of course the same can be said for any denominational church and even the independent churches. I, personally, despair when I am confronted by this same lack of power. Since this was NOT the experience of the Early Church, we must discover the reason for our failure! I am guessing that at least some answer can be received by investigating the details of the FEAST OF WEEKS. Too many just receiving a “PARTIAL PENTECOST” may be the primary reason we lack the power of the total experience. Jesus said “YOU SHALL RECEIVE POWER, WHEN!” This is certainly the way it was meant to happen! The reason may become obvious when we discover it is possible that we have just fallen short of the full experience of the fullness of the New Covenant Fulfillment of these Seven Feasts. It may NOT be a lack of knowledge of the Feasts but a lack of the LIFE of these Feasts! I am guessing that the power of the Feast of Pentecost is only manifested within its Life Giving EXPERIENCE. The power may be experienced when HE LIFE of Pentecost is being manifested. The Kingdom is also manifested “by the Spirit of God” through the LIFE of the Kingdom!
Mat 12:28 "But if I cast out demons by the Spirit of God, then the kingdom of God has come upon you.
Here, ministry, the Spirit of God and the Kingdom of God are all linked together.
It was at the First Pentecost that the FEAST OF WEEKS announced the arrival of “New Covenant Reality and the Dispensation of the Holy Spirit.” This “Reality” was totally unique in the whole history of Israel. Following Calvary, when Jesus Christ ascended to the Right Hand and received from the Father the Gift of the Holy Spirit, The Holy Spirit descended from heaven and a totally new and unique Dispensation began. For the last 2000 years our God has appointed this Dispensation of the Church Age to be the Dispensation of the Holy Spirit. This also began the dispensation of the Kingdom / church age! In other words the Kingdom was near and was being demonstrated but the Kingdom Reality for the church, experientially, began at the same time the Holy Spirit was poured out. Why? God’s Absolute Sovereignty is manifested within the New Covenant Provision, through the Holy Spirit but under the Kingdom Government of God! Independent ministry will nullify the Power of God. Why? That is simply because God does not have to put up with that kind of arrogance!
It is because the Dispensation of the Kingdom coincides directly with the Dispensation of the Holy Spirit, which IS also the Dispensation of the Church Age, that we are seriously concerned with our personal experience of the entire Feast of Weeks in its fullness. This points us to the “APPOINTED TIMES OF THE LORD” which you shall proclaim at their appointed times.
My theory is that “speaking in tongues”, although certainly valid for the whole church age,” does NOT fulfill the total New Covenant reality of the Feast of Weeks. Neither does prophesy, miracles or the other gifts. While the Feast of Weeks is the type of Pentecost, more of the fulness of Pentecost may be revealed within the details of the Old Covenant type. After all, the Feast of Passover does reveal very many hidden things about Calvary. That is why we suspect that the same thing is true of Pentecost and also ALL the Feasts.
For example, Passover cannot be eaten or celebrated while eating or permitting ANYTHING leavened to be part of our life. Also we must EAT the whole Lamb or lose the part not eaten forever. We cannot be “saved from Egypt” and then eat His Body or drink His blood 30 years later. I interpret that to mean that all these things pertaining to our salvation becomes a part of the Kingdom and these things are an essential part of Evangelism. Neither can we appear before God empty handed nor can we offer the blood with leaven. We must leave Egypt, (the world) immediately and before sun up. The “BLOOD” only applies to the protection of the first born. Why? Only the first born in Egypt died. God “saved the first born” and therefore, all the first born BELONGED TO GOD!
ONLY the details of these statutes and ordinances from the type reveal the New Covenant Reality that applies to the church. It is through these “ordinances” that we expose the error of the Gospel of the Half-Priced sale! We continually expose the error of “say these words and believe our doctrine” as too shallow to define a true Kingdom Salvation.
It is through these types that we point out that these feasts can ONLY be kept in fullness AFTER WE ENTER INTO THE LAND or in the Kingdom dimension! One of the goals of understanding these Feasts is to define the final three part HARVEST of the earth at the end of the church age! Nevertheless, it is the preparation of the ultimate HARVEST (our personal goal), which is the bringing in of the FIRST FRUITS to the House of God! That means the “perfection” of the church, the maturing of the Bride for Christ, the overcomers, the New Covenant Priesthood, the New Jerusalem and Mount Zion.
While Jesus revealed much of what would take place when the Holy Spirit came to begin His Dispensation, it is many of these statutes and ordinances contained in the types that reveal God’s Expectations and our requirements to participate in and experience the Kingdom dimension of these Feasts. Knowledge of these Feasts is how we are introduced but it is ONLY in the Life of these Feasts that we can participate in the Kingdom / Harvest dimension. For example; Speaking in Tongues, without possessing the Life of the Feast of Weeks, is too shallow and incomplete to function in the Kingdom dimension of the Feast of Weeks! This may also explain our current lack of power! However, Speaking in Tongues may qualify us to participate in the visible church or be accepted into the ministry dimension!
When we examine all the ADDITIONAL sacrifices that are required to celebrate the Feast of Weeks, we might be surprised or even offended. While some offerings and sacrifices are offered for us, these sacrifices are required of us and WE must not appear before God empty handed or with nothing to offer. We seldom hear of the “sacrifices” related to Pentecost but within the type they are clearly reported. If the Pentecostal experience was “ministered” from the “sacrifice” viewpoint rather than from the “blessing” viewpoint, the Charismatic Movement might have been much different, a lot smaller and still relevant.
While there is a specific time for the Feast (Blowing) of Trumpets at the end of the church age, there is a “Blowing of Trumpets” daily that has a fulfillment in ministry “during” the church age! This refers to the two silver trumpets.
Num 10:1 The LORD spoke further to Moses, saying, 2 "Make yourself two trumpets of silver, of hammered work you shall make them; and you shall use them for summoning the congregation and for having the camps set out. 3 "And when both are blown, all the congregation shall gather themselves to you at the doorway of the tent of meeting. 4 "Yet if only one is blown, then the leaders, the heads of the divisions of Israel, shall assemble before you. 5 "But when you blow an alarm, the camps that are pitched on the east side shall set out. 6 "And when you blow an alarm the second time, the camps that are pitched on the south side shall set out; an alarm is to be blown for them to set out. 7 "When convening the assembly, however, you shall blow without sounding an alarm. 8 "The priestly sons of Aaron, moreover, shall blow the trumpets; and this shall be for you a perpetual statute throughout your generations. 9 "And when you go to war in your land against the adversary who attacks you, then you shall sound an alarm with the trumpets, that you may be remembered before the LORD your God, and be saved from your enemies. 10 "Also in the day of your gladness and in your appointed feasts, and on the first days of your months, you shall blow the trumpets over your burnt offerings, and over the sacrifices of your peace offerings; and they shall be as a reminder of you before your God. I am the LORD your God."
Since it is the sons of the High Priest that blow the trumpets as a part of daily ministry, we relate this “fulfillment” to the Kingdom dimension because that “priesthood ministry” is now accomplished by the Kingdom of Priests after the Order of Melchizedek. Of course any kid can play with his toy trumpet and pretend he is a watchman on the wall.
Nevertheless, the Feast of the Blowing of Trumpets, at the end of the age, is announcing the time of the final Harvest of the Earth and THAT is of another dimension. The SILVER TRUMPETS are symbolic of the Spiritual Trumpets of the Feast but of a lessor dimension.
Still, in this study, we are focusing upon the Feast of Weeks and trying to discover the many mysteries connected to this dispensation or “time period” that is related directly to the Holy Spirit and the Kingdom of God! We want to emphasize this Church Age is “HIS DISPENSATION” and the time of our preparation and function in this earth realm. NOW we must deal DIRECTLY WITH HIM. Therefore, to attempt to eliminate Him, from any aspect of the church dimension, is the very height of stupidity and a very serious offence.
Pentecost is Directly Related to the Priesthood Ministry and therefore, Pentecost must precede the Blowing of Trumpets. Why is this important? That is because ONLY New Covenant Priesthood is after the Order of Melchizedek. Since Melchizedek is a foreshadowing of the ministry of the Holy Spirit, the ministry of the Holy Spirit provides us the Priesthood after the Order of Melchizedek. Therefore, there can be NO PRIESTHOOD without Pentecost and certainly NO KINGDOM OF PRIESTS.
Receiving the Baptism in the Holy Spirit is no small thing but is our introduction to this ESSENTIAL FEAST. This “experience” is necessary just to participate in what God is doing during the church age. While it is historically possible and quite obvious that the visible church can function with just human effort, it is certain that the Church He is Building can ONLY function within the leadership and sovereignty of the Holy Spirit and within the Kingdom Government of God. It was absolutely necessary that Jesus go away SO the Holy Spirit could come. Why? That is the difference between Human Leadership and the Holy Spirit’s Leadership. The Man, Christ Jesus, had to ascend to the Throne of God and by that release the Holy Spirit to come to earth to begin His Active Dispensation. When the Holy Spirit is “taken out” another dispensation will begin. When the Holy Spirit is finally “taken out”, the final harvest will be complete and the dispensation of Jacob’s Trouble will begin.
2Thes 2:6 And you know what restrains him (the man of lawlessness) now, so that in his time he will be revealed. 7 For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; only he who now restrains (the Holy Spirit) will do so until he is taken out of the way. 8 Then that lawless one will be revealed whom the Lord will slay with the breath of His mouth and bring to an end by the appearance of His coming; 9 that is, the one whose coming is in accord with the activity of Satan, with all power and signs and false wonders, 10 and with all the deception of wickedness for those who perish, because they did not receive the love of the truth so as to be saved.
I am assuming that it is the Presence of the Holy Spirit that, even today, is preventing the wholesale release of lawlessness, corruption, and pure evil to be manifest. AFTER HE IS TAKEN OUT OF THE WAY no other restraint exists so the BEAST CAN APPEAR and the Tribulation can proceed without restraint.
Some assume that since the Holy Spirit is ONE WITH THE BRIDE, the overcomers, the Priesthood, that when THEY are taken the Holy Spirit will depart with them and ALL restraint will be removed. That assumes that the Real Church provides that restraint and is currently both SALT AND LIGHT and is the manifestation of restraint against all WICKEDNESS in the present time. The fact that the increase of rottenness, filth and corruption is now visible and appears to be increasing, it speaks volumes about the condition of the church. However, when the FIRST FRUITS are caught up to the Presence of God, all hell will break loose without restraint. The visible church will just fall to earth and the dirt realm and the violent and deadly persecution and tribulation can begin with very little restraint but God has a place prepared for the remnant who will accept death at the hands of abject evil.
Our focus in this study is NOT upon these consequences but upon the Harvest of the First Fruits. While the main harvest and the gleanings are a great concern, our focus is the perfection and maturity of the First Fruits which will be caught up to the Throne of God. Producing that “powerful restraint to evil” by a corporate group living in a Mature Christ Likeness is what we are calling “ministry.” It is this “Godly restraint” that will “delay the dominion of evil” and be giving multitudes an opportunity to be saved and coming to some degree of Harvest maturity.
IF THE HARVEST MATURITY OF THE FINAL HARVEST OF THE FIRST FRUITS WAS READY NOW, at least some of us would be ready for the sickle! The fact that the First Fruits are still here indicates that the Holy Spirit is still restraining the man of lawlessness from gaining full dominion over the population of earth.
Mar_4:29 "But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."
Rev_14:16 Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.
Rev_14:18 Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe." 19 So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God.
Here we see the “HARVEST” of both the righteous and the unrighteous. However, their
destinies are quite different!
If we count the harvest of the unrighteous, the End Time will reveal the FOUR HARVESTS. The first three Harvests are gathered into the heavenly barns and the fourth will be the trash (weeds) that is burned up. The best advice we can give is to do whatever it requires to be part of the First Fruit Harvest. Those who refuse the Holy Spirit His rightful place in their lives will be VERY DISAPPOINTED when the Harvest begins!
It is very clear that at the end of this age, when evil manifests without restraint, terrible times will come upon this earth. However, it is the Harvest Maturity of the First Fruits that determines that time. The Time Table is NOT SET by Israel or by ISIS but by the Maturity of the Church HE IS BUILDING. When the Holy Spirit leaves this earth dimension, no place on this earth will be a fit place to live but a good place to die, if we miss the CATCHING AWAY OF THE FIRST FRUITS!
It is Revelation 12 that reveals these Harvests and it reveals the First Fruits that are caught up to the Throne of God as the “MAN CHILD COMPANY.” The Woman, the visible church, falls back to the earth / dirt realm for three and one half years and then the second part of the Harvest begins. Of course these will all be killed and this harvest will be a resurrection. After another three and one half years another remnant group will be killed and the third part (the Gleanings) of the final Harvest will take place. During this time the TARES, weeds, trash will be burned up and the Earth is now ready for the Millennial Kingdom to begin. Now the fulfilment of God’s Purpose for the first Adam is finally realized by the Last Adam ruling over the works of God’s Hands for one thousand years. By the end of the one thousand year reign the bride will be totally perfected and made ready for her eternal destiny. This “perfection” is summed up in the New Jerusalem and in Mount Zion.