A New Harvest
“For as the rain and the snow come down from heaven, And do not return there without watering the earth and making it bear and sprout, and furnishing seed to the sower and bread to the eater. So will My word be which goes forth from My mouth; It will not return to Me empty, without accomplishing what I desire, and without succeeding in the matter for which I sent it.” – Isaiah 55:10-11 NASB
Like Fresh Baked Bread
Many among the body of Christ are entering a ten year period of testing and refining. In my book, First the Bear, then the Bull, I go into detail concerning the refining. In a series of posts, I am going to talk about the result of that testing. While there is a rather large amount of people entering this season there is a remnant company of people who are at this time, emerging. They went into the season at the onset of the Hebraic decade 5770. Those tried and tested bond-servants of the Lord have are now entering the fulfillment and result of the process.
In January of this year the Lord began to speak to me about very specific words which He spoke several years ago, into certain lives, were now beginning to come to pass. Those words had been cast like seed. Going out from the mouth of God and received in the spirit of certain individuals. God watered the seed. God caused the growth. Now is a time of fulfillment of those words. When fulfillment comes it can appear like something that happened overnight. This is especially true when we see it happening in someone else’s life. Suddenly someone gets promoted, or blessed in some way. Like when Joseph was brought before Pharaoh. When the word was fulfilled it happened overnight. It happened suddenly. Yet it took Joseph several years of testing and intense trial to reach the point when the word was harvested.
Seed that is sown in the soil, under the right conditions germinates, takes root and grows. When what was sown matures to its fullness, it is ready to be harvested. Once harvested, the next process begins. Wheat is first gathered from the field. Then the grain is separated from the stalk. The next step involves sifting. After the first sifting it is taken to the mill where it is ground into flour. The flour is again sifted before it used to make bread.
As I mentioned in my book, there is a remnant company of people who have been in an intense season of preparation by the Lord. They have lived through a great diminishing and are now beginning to be lifted back up. This emerging remnant company is a type of first fruits harvest of those whom God is anointing with a fresh apostolic gifting for this generation. With a decade of trial behind them, the word of the Lord which was sown in their lives, is being harvested. Seed was sown.
That seed was the word of the Lord over their lives. It was also the word which is even now being prepared as freshly baked bread for the body of Christ. This bread is the grain from a new harvest. Not all spiritual harvests equates to a harvest of souls. This particular harvest is a harvest of the word of the Lord which was sown into people’s lives. In this book I am going to share my experience with the seed, the harvest and what it takes to turn that which was harvested into food to be eaten.
Jesus’ Parable of the Soils
According to Jesus’ parable of the soils, the seed is the word of the Lord. While I know there are those who interpret this parable as solely pertaining to the word which leads to conversion. I don’t. While there is one literal interpretation, there can be a variety of applications. When the Spirit of the Lord breathes upon the written word of God, He reveals a depth which goes beyond the literal, superficial interpretation. When this happens it transcends our carnal human intellect. Spirit breath causes God’s word to be made alive. By the breath, (the ruach) the Spirit of God, the word is made alive, or awakened in our spirit. It is quickened to our spirit.
Jesus is the Word made flesh, who lives among us. (John 1:14) Jesus is the bread of life (John 6:35) Jesus came, just as the prophet Isaiah declared in the verse above. He came to be seed to the sower and bread to the eater. He came to be the seed, the word made flesh. He came to be the living bread to feed those hungry for God. He was sent by the Father. He came down out of heaven. He was sown like seed. He was distributed like bread. He accomplished what the Father sent Him to do.
John 6:38 NIV For I have come down from heaven not to do my will but to do the will of him who sent me.
The Word is not limited to human understanding or reasoning. Jesus is not confined to our intellect. He is Spirit and He is living. Therefore, the Word is alive and active. (Heb 4:12) God breathed words are quickened or awakened in the hearts of believers. When these spirit words are received into the spirit of an individual it has landed into good soil. Only the soil of the spirit is the right condition in which spirit seed can take root and mature to full growth. Only the word/seed sown into the spirit has the potential to produce fruit.
I see a Harvest
In the Spirit, I am seeing a harvest of prophetic words recently being gathered in. That harvest produced a yield which is now being taken to the next stage. Once this next stage of preparation is completed the fresh bread made from this new grain will be served to the body of Christ. There is a word, a message, that was sown into the lives of this remnant company of people. They are not only coming with fresh bread; they are the fresh bread. The word of the Lord was sown into the very fiber of their beings. They have become the message. They are about to be released. They are coming like the wave offering at Shavuot (Pentecost).
Passover begins the first harvest of the new year. The harvest at Passover is a barley harvest. Grain from that new harvest was brought as a first fruits offering to be waved before the Lord. Until this grain offering was made, one could not partake of the new produce. You had to eat what remained from the previous season. Once the grain offering was made you were free to partake of the new season’s harvest.
At Pentecost (Shavuot) it was the wheat harvest. This time the wave offering was bread. The worshiper was to bring two loaves of bread made from the grain. This was not a grain offering. The worshiper had to put the grain through the process of turning it into flour which could be used to make bread. Then they had to mix that newly ground flour with oil and leaven to make bread. This wasn’t a process that happened in the field. It happened in the kitchen. The woman of the house used her creativity and skill to create and bake two loaves of bread. They were the product of her hands, not just the product of the soil.
It’s important to understand that this entire process is connected with Shavuot/Pentecost. Bread is a reference to the word of God. The woman of the house represents the church, the bride of Christ.
The First, First Fruits of Pentecost
The disciples were put through the ordeal of Jesus’ death on the cross. They were sifted like wheat, as Jesus told Peter. Soon afterward that sifted wheat was made into the bread and waved before the Lord on Pentecost. It had been mixed and enlarged with the oil and leaven of the Holy Spirit. The leaven of the Spirit is different than the leaven of the Pharisees.
Passover is all about getting rid of the old leaven. Pentecost has an entirely different focus. Passover is about coming out of bondage. Passover is connected with the death of Jesus our Passover Lamb. The Feast of First Fruits of the barley harvest is connected with Christ being the first fruits from the dead. But Pentecost has an entirely different focus. Pentecost is associated with an entirely different harvest.
Jesus uses leaven to describe the kingdom of God.
Matthew 13:33 NLT – Jesus also used this illustration: “The Kingdom of Heaven is like the yeast a woman used in making bread. Even though she put only a little yeast in three measures of flour, it permeated every part of the dough.”
Luke 13:20-21 Again He asked, “To what can I compare the kingdom of God? It is like leaven that a woman took and mixed into three measures of flour until all of it was leavened.”
It was at Pentecost that the oil of the Spirit and the leaven of the kingdom of God was mixed into the sifted flour. All it took now was fire to bake that bread.
Luke 24:49 NLT “And now I will send the Holy Spirit, just as my Father promised. But stay here in the city until the Holy Spirit comes and fills you with power from heaven.”
Acts 1:4-5 BSB And while they were gathered together, He commanded them: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift the Father promised, which you have heard Me discuss. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.”
Peter, who had been sifted like wheat, on the day of Pentecost served up the newly baked bread he had become. This new reserve company of apostles, which are soon to emerge, have been in a long season of preparation. That preparation has been thorough. They have been thoroughly threshed, sifted and are even now being made into fine flour. Soon the smell of fresh baked bread will permeate the house of the Lord. They will offer themselves up as a wave offering.
Spiritually speaking, the body of Christ is functioning in the dispensation of the Spirit released by God at Pentecost; as recorded in Acts 2. In addition to Christ’s death, burial and resurrection fulfilling the Feast of Passover, Christ entered heaven itself and applied His blood on the mercy seat eternally fulfilling eternally the Day of Atonement. All the Feasts are fulfilled in and through Christ. We are not confined to this earthly domain. Neither are we limited to human intellect and church tradition. As born from above, blood bought children of God we have the Holy Spirit of God dwelling within us. This reality, however, has not permeated the body of Christ in such a way that all believers are living as the tabernacle of God among men.
As eternal beings we have access to the abundance which is available to all believers in eternity. We are not confined to the things of this world. As citizens of the kingdom of God we have access to that kingdom. Just as the Lamb of God was slain from the conception of the world, Christ is our eternal Atonement, and He has made us to be the Tabernacle/Temple of God, housing His presence.
My purpose for mentioning this is not to cause confusion but rather to give clarity. I am not suggesting that we are going backward from Tabernacles to Pentecost. Far from it. We are going forward. At the same time we are in a time of restoration. God is restoring things to the Ekklesia of Christ which have been lost to us. The fullness of Pentecost is one of those things being restored to the body of Christ. And I’m not just talking about the gift of tongues. I’m talking about being living breathing temples of the Most High, which house the manifest presence of Almighty God. I am talking about being the wave offering of fresh baked bread from the current harvest.
Since the time of Martin Luther and the Protestant Reformation there has been a slow rollout which has included the restoration of justification by faith and the word of God being put in the hands of the common people. That was just the beginning. There has been a lot which has already been restored. There is more restoration coming. We are living in a day when we will not only see the Ekklesia of Christ restored to power, but I believe we will begin to see the restoration go beyond what was experienced in the early church.
For now I want to convey what the Lord has been showing me concerning this company of new apostles which are even now beginning to emerge. They have been through a particular process. In this series I will be conveying what I have seen concerning that process. I didn’t realize when I wrote First the Bear, then the Bull in 2019, that there was more about the finer details of their final days of preparation. So, while this is part two it’s really an extension of part 1.
In up coming posts I will share visions, dreams and insights the Lord gave me which pertain directly to this company of people, and the process they have gone through. This process isn’t just about this one small company of people though. It’s about the body of Christ. There is a much larger mass of people who have recently entered the process which I talk about in Part 1. That process is about being diminished in the flesh in order to be lifted up in the Spirit. Click the link to view and download First the Bear, Then the Bull.
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