(My continued quilting will return—hopefully next post)
I spent most of my working life in agricultural extension of a major university. There are things the average non-farmer just wouldn’t “get” unless exposed to this environment. I had grown up surrounded by farms and in an era where every family I knew at very least had a vegetable garden, but I learned a lot just by being in that office with farmers and experts.
There’s always been a lot of speculation about the end times, blood moons, wars and rumors of wars. It would seem, though, that our generation—with its ability to blow mankind off this big blue marble—indeed could be The One that sees the Second Coming of Christ. Matthew 24 shows that his disciples came to him privately and ask him straight out—and Yeshua gave them a bagful of great “clues” as to that time. In contrast to that whole somnolent “nobody knows the day and hour,” implying that we just go along until it comes (and maybe it won’t come on our watch), every piece of this chapter points to what’s going to go on.
A couple of the clues I want to focus on here are these, particularly the last two:
36“But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father alone.37“For the coming of the Son of Man will be just like the days of Noah.38“For as in those days before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark,39and they did not understand until the flood came and took them all away; so will the coming of the Son of Man be.40“Then there will be two men in the field; one will be taken and one will be left.41“Two women will be grinding at the mill; one will be taken and one will be left.
At first glance you have to wonder why he’s talking about the days of Noah and then the next couple of sentences refer to men in fields and women grinding. Well, they are together because they explain each other. I’m big on the Bible explaining itself without our help.
In the days of Noah, as reported in Genesis 6, there was an almost complete environment of lawlessness, mostly due to the fallen angels mixing it up with human women and producing a hybrid race. READ IT FOR YOURSELF, paying attention to how they were and were after also.
I was curious about this because I surmised that we’re getting a clue in verse 41 that the grain harvest will be over at that appointed time—because the women are in there grinding at the mill. They’re at the threshing floor and that summer work of harvesting wheat has been done and now they’re grinding the grain to be able to use it. Since the First Coming of Christ occurred to parallel the spring Levitical feasts, it’s a whole other post about Yom Teruah and the Coming of the Bridegroom. But who are the two men in the field?
I looked and looked on sites about grain production to see if there would be some reference but then I saw in the Bible Yeshua’s story in Matthew 13 about the wheat harvest—how the field was found to have wheat and tares. The farmer who sowed the field was most likely the owner, but then another farmer—who is identified as an enemy who wanted to destroy the crop—came in and sowed tares. Here’s what they look like—they are very, VERY similar while they’re growing:
If you look carefullly you’ll see some green plants among the ripe golden ones. Those are not just unripened wheat–they are the tares. Tares don’t dry down to gold just before harvest–they stay green in the field and the stalk is tough. They are an imposter–a “double” of wheat. Look at this:
The harvested wheat here is on the left, the harvested tare on the right. The tare seeds are way smaller, non-nutritive, and will cause nausea, vomiting, headaches. But it’ll fool the person who doesn’t know their wheat. A farmer knows that his wheat will bow over (love that!) and the other stuff stands up when it’s time for him to get out there with his swather or combine.
Another point to make mention of here is this: Yeshua says the farmer told the assistant to let the tares grow up among the wheat. The wheat is stronger, more robust and won’t be threatened by the tares—but it would be unwise to have the help try to sort them while they’re still growing and looking so alike. No, he says to wait and bundle the tares FIRST and then bring the wheat into the barn.
I think our Blessed Yeshua put these clues together for this reason: The Genesis 6 demons have somehow survived the flood (probably Ham’s wife had messed around but that’s a whole other story) and are now (Yes, NOW—Jesus told his followers to go around casting out demons which must mean they’re even now among us)—those children of the fallen ones are sown among us and will have to be bundled up first, to be burned after the people of God are brought into the barn. The second man in the field was the deceitful, hateful farmer who sowed the tares—HaSatan—who will be cast away to everlasting punishment. Since a woman is usually identified in prophetic scripture as the church, there will be two grinding the grain and the one who was an imposter or possibly deceived would taken away to be destroyed.
Reading this, it’s apparent that it’s essential to get past that whole “the good will be taken away” mind-set that has infiltrated (and even popularized by the “Left Behind” books and some church leaders). We might get taken away but it’ll be AFTER the tares have been bundled and readied to be hurled to destruction. It also emphasizes to us that we do indeed live in “perilous times” and need to be wise.