As we conclude 75 days of online Zoom prayer since 19th March 2020 and finish the Pentecost celebration, it is worth reviewing its significance in terms of God’s divine timing.
The word Moed (Hebrew: מועד, “Festivals”, also “appointed time”) provides specific instructions for the rituals, observances and laws related to holidays and festivals. It also carries the idea of God’s dynamic powerful appointed time. Kairos is an Ancient Greek word meaning the right, critical, or opportune moment.
This Pentecost has been such a time, and represents at launchpad for the Ekklesia (Church). We are in a Chronos time by calendar, but also Moed / Kairos appointed dynamic God time!
Which raises the question of what is this specific Moed / Kairos time?
It is HARVEST TIME!
Pentecost (the Feast of Weeks) celebrates, among other things, the end of the barley harvest and the start of the wheat harvest. In Biblical times, barley was much more widely cultivated than now and was the main food of the poor. It was always valued less than wheat (2 Kings 7:1 ; Revelation 6:6).
Biblically, wheat is associated with rebirth and resurrection. It is also used to describe the harvest of souls into the Kingdom of God.
Truly, truly, I say to you,
unless a grain of wheat falls into the earth and dies, it remains alone;
but if it dies, it bears much fruit.
~ John 12:24
Let both grow together until the harvest,
and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers,
Gather first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them,
but gather the wheat into My barn.
~ Matthew 13:30
God greatly values this wheat, which is how He sees the lost right now, as valued people! So valuable He sent Jesus for us all. It is the appointed (Moed / Kairos) time for us to proclaim the Gospel of the Kingdom of God, of the Healer, the Deliverer, the Provider, and above all, the Saviour Jesus Christ, Yeshua Hamaschiach.
We prophesy that this wheat harvest is a rich harvest, a quality harvest, a bountiful harvest! In the parable of the sower, our Lord speaks of grains of wheat, which in good ground produce a HUNDRED-FOLD. So, we pray for both good soil and workers to be sent into the white harvest fields. There has been much preparation in prayer, equipping believers via initiatives like GO2020 , online outreach via the #hopestory hashtag with 60-second testimonies, and much more. It is time for the reaper to overtake the sower, and see this end-time harvest come into its fullness.
To bring in this harvest requires us all to be activated as ministers of the Gospel. It will be in the streets and shops the harvest will come in. Large meetings/rallies may happen, but the bulk of the harvest is up to us to reap in the form of every-believer evangelism. Every believer is a witness.
We are already receiving daily reports of new converts via hope stories and others just sharing Jesus with people in their daily lives. This is being multiplied over the planet, but is somewhat hidden as we don’t see mega meetings. Hundreds of millions of people have heard the Gospel in May this year alone.
We are launching into a great season of harvest. Those that recognise and understand the times and seasons are seeing this now and going forward this year and beyond.
The threshing floors will be full of wheat, and the vats will overflow with new wine and oil.
~ Joel 2:24
Notes: Pentecost 5780/2020 (Shavuot – Feast of Weeks) was sunset, 28 May – nightfall, 30 May.
The word Shavuot means “weeks”, and it marks the conclusion of the Counting of the Omer. Its date is directly linked to that of Passover; the Torah mandates the seven-week (49 days) Counting of the Omer, beginning on the second day of Passover, to be immediately followed by Shavuot.
The Counting of the Omer begins on the second day of Passover (the 16th of Nisan) for Orthodox Jews , and ends the day before the holiday of Shavuot, the ‘fiftieth day’, hence ‘Pentecost’.
Ref: Leviticus 23:9–21 and Deuteronomy 16:9–12.
[Photo by Evi Radauscher