Stacey (5 Aug 2011)
"To Sandra- the Barley Harvest"


 

Hi Sandra

 

I have written a study about the harvests and how they relate to the resurrection and/or rapture it is rather lengthy but I do believe it speaks to what you have experienced. http://www.fivedoves.com/letters/aug2011/sandra84.htm

 I hope it helps you.

 

Stacey

 

I have recently completed a study on the feasts of Israel and found what I believe is a correlation between the feasts and the order of the resurrection given by Paul in his first epistle to the Corinthians. The order of the resurrection shows that there are three distinct separate groups that make up the order- Christ the first fruits, those who are Christ’s at His coming and then comes the end- those who are raised up at the end, when Christ hands over the kingdom to the Father. These various groups are resurrected in an order- meaning they follow one another; they are not resurrected at the same time but at three different times as three different groups.

 

1 Corinthians 15:20-26

20     But now Christ has been raised from the dead, the first fruits of those who are asleep.

21     For since by a man came death, by a man also came the resurrection of the dead.

22     For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

23     But each in his own order: Christ the first fruits, after that those who are Christ’s at His coming,

24     then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.

25     For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.

26     The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

 

Christ the first fruits:

 

I recently heard a message on this passage and the pastor who spoke rightly said that Christ was the first to be raised from the dead.  But he failed to recognize that the reference to first fruits was not just referring to Christ, but to those that comprise the church who He will raise from the dead. The passage itself indicates that the Christ first fruits are identified as actually being Christ: “Christ the first fruits”, this is not a reference to Christ who was the first to be raised as the head of the body, but a reference to all who will be made alive in Christ. Scripture tells us that Christ is the head and the church is His body. (See Ephesians 1:22-23,Ephesians 5:23,Ephesians 5:28-32,1 Corinthians 6:14-15,Colossians 1:18)

 

In Luke 10:16 Jesus says to the seventy disciples He sent out that they are acting on His behalf, if anyone listens it is as if they are listening to Him, if they reject, it is as if they reject Jesus Himself.

 

When Saul was converted on the Damascus road, Jesus asks why Saul is persecuting Him.(Acts 9:4-5)The first verse in the passage explains how Saul (Paul) was on his way to the synagogues in Damascus to deliver letters from the high priest granting him permission to arrest those followers of the “Way” and bring them back to Jerusalem. Jesus had already ascended before Saul’s conversion He appears to Him on the road as a blinding light. Jesus doesn’t ask why Saul was persecuting His followers or disciples, but equated believers with Himself asking instead- “why are you persecuting Me?” As the body of Christ we are one with Him, though He is the head over us.

 

The passage in Colossians 1:18 (above)  says that Christ was the “firstborn” of the dead, this idea is expounded on in Romans 8:18-23  where Paul talks about the groaning or pains of childbirth experienced by believers, having the first fruits of the Spirit, as they await their adoption as sons, the redemption of their bodies, or in other words their resurrection when they are “born” or “delivered” into the heavenly kingdom.  

 

When a woman gives birth the baby is typically born head first, and then the body is delivered. Christ the head was the first fruits of the resurrection, His body: the church are also Christ first fruits- who will be raised in His likeness as firstborn sons. Christ the head was born into the heavenly tabernacle, His body will follow Him when they are delivered by the resurrection into that same heavenly tabernacle, the head and the body is one in the same.

 

Hebrews 12:22-23 says that believers belong to the church of the firstborn enrolled in heaven. The word “enrolled” means registered, or recorded as in a census, their names are recorded as citizens of heaven. They too are considered first born sons and have a place waiting for them in the heavenly city- New Jerusalem. Note the other inhabitants- God, and those spirits of the righteous- in other words the dead in Christ as well as myriads of angels.

 

I believe John sees this “Christ first fruits” group appear in the heavenly tabernacle after their resurrection/ rapture here:

 

Revelation 7:9-10

9     After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could count, from every nation and all tribes and peoples and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, and palm branches were in their hands;

10     and they cry out with a loud voice, saying,

Salvation to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”

 

So the “Christ first fruits” are the first to be raised in the order of the resurrection, these are caught up into the heavenly throne-room before the visible return of Christ. The “woman’ of Revelation 12, who many scholars believe represents Israel, has other children besides the firstborn “male child”.

 

Revelation 12:17

17     So the dragon was enraged with the woman, and went off to make war with the rest of her children, who keep the commandments of God and hold to the testimony of Jesus.

 

Those who are Christ’s at His coming:

 

These children represent the next group in the order of the resurrection; note that this next group is called “those who are Christ’s at His coming”. This is a distinction made from those who are identified as being Christ; rather this group is identified as belonging to Him the phrase in the Greek implies that they stand in His presence. These will come to Christ during the tribulation; they will be martyred because of their testimony, and will not take the mark of the beast, John sees this group appear in the heavenly tabernacle after their resurrection here:

 

Revelation 15:2

2     And I saw something like a sea of glass mixed with fire, and those who had been victorious over the beast and his image and the number of his name, standing on the sea of glass, holding harps of God.

 

 Their resurrection itself is recorded here:

 

Revelation 20:4-6

4     Then I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was given to them. And I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded because of their testimony of Jesus and because of the word of God, and those who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand; and they came to life and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.

5     The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed. This is the first resurrection.

6     Blessed and holy is the one who has a part in the first resurrection; over these the second death has no power, but they will be priests of God and of Christ and will reign with Him for a thousand years.

 

This passage invites a question regarding the so called “first resurrection” which some say means there are only two resurrections as in a first and a last. This is not necessarily so, it may also be interpreted as a classification rather than an ordinal value. Jesus points to three resurrection events in John 5- saying that an hour is coming (future age) and now is (present age) when the dead will hear the voice of the Son and live. Perhaps this represents the Christ first fruits who are raised before the tribulation, and also those who are Christ’s at His coming raised to life after the tribulation. He goes on to point out a third resurrection when all who are in the graves will come forth; both those who did the good deeds and those who did evil will be raised to life (a different future age). He then explains that those who did the good deeds are raised to life, those who did evil to judgment- two kinds of resurrection- one for the righteous and one for the wicked. Not two separate resurrections but two varieties of resurrection. Verse 6 of Revelation 20 indicates that those who are raised in the second (kind of) resurrection are subject to the second death which is condemnation to the lake of fire or judgment.

 

John 5:24-29

24     “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life.

25     “Truly, truly, I say to you, an hour is coming and now is, when the dead will hear the voice of the Son of God, and those who hear will live.

26     “For just as the Father has life in Himself, even so He gave to the Son also to have life in Himself;

27     and He gave Him authority to execute judgment, because He is the Son of Man.

28     “Do not marvel at this; for an hour is coming, in which all who are in the tombs will hear His voice,

29     and will come forth; those who did the good deeds to a resurrection of life, those who committed the evil deeds to a resurrection of judgment.

 

In verse 24 Jesus says that those who hear and believe do not come into judgment, but pass out of death and into life. Those first two groups both the first fruits and those who are Christ’s at His coming are among those who pass out of death and into life, who do not come under the Judgment because they heard and believed Jesus. “Then comes the end” when everyone else will be raised. Contrary to what many believe, there will be those who will be raised for life who will hear and believe during the 1000 year reign. There will also be those who did not hear or believe for all of mankind’s history, those evil ones who will be raised to a resurrection of judgment. Their resurrection is of the second type- unto judgment; it also happens to be that their resurrection occurs after the millennial reign. Paul also confirms that there are two kinds of resurrection he doesn’t say there is only one resurrection for each but rather both the righteous and the wicked will be resurrected, again two classifications of resurrection.

 

Acts 24:14-15

14     “But this I admit to you, that according to the Way which they call a sect I do serve the God of our fathers, believing everything that is in accordance with the Law and that is written in the Prophets;

15     having a hope in God, which these men cherish themselves, that there shall certainly be a resurrection of both the righteous and the wicked.

 

Then comes the end:

 

The last in the order are those who are resurrected at the end of Christ’s reign.

 

1 Corinthians 15:24-28

24     then comes the end, when He hands over the kingdom to the God and Father, when He has abolished all rule and all authority and power.

25     For He must reign until He has put all His enemies under His feet.

26     The last enemy that will be abolished is death.

27     For He has put all things in subjection under His feet. But when He says, “All things are put in subjection,” it is evident that He is excepted who put all things in subjection to Him.

28     When all things are subjected to Him, then the Son Himself also will be subjected to the One who subjected all things to Him, so that God may be all in all.

 

The last enemy to be abolished is death; the book of Revelation tells us when this happens- at the judgment, death and Hades are thrown into the lake of fire and then those whose names are not inscribed for life are also thrown into the lake of fire.

 

Revelation 20:15

14     Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

15     And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

 

Then Jesus hands over the kingdom to the Father:

 

Revelation 21:3-7

3     And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them,

4     and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”

5     And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”

6     Then He said to me, “It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost.

7     “He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son.

 

The resurrection of this final group is spoken of here:

           

Revelation 20:5a

5     The rest of the dead did not come to life until the thousand years were completed….

 

Their resurrection is shown to occur here:

 

Revelation 20:11-15

11     Then I saw a great white throne and Him who sat upon it, from whose presence earth and heaven fled away, and no place was found for them.

12     And I saw the dead, the great and the small, standing before the throne, and books were opened; and another book was opened, which is the book of life; and the dead were judged from the things which were written in the books, according to their deeds.

13     And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.

14     Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. This is the second death, the lake of fire.

15     And if anyone’s name was not found written in the book of life, he was thrown into the lake of fire.

 

How you may ask do these three groups correlate to the feasts?  The parable of the tares helps explain:

 

Matthew 13:24-30

24     Jesus presented another parable to them, saying, “The kingdom of heaven may be compared to a man who sowed good seed in his field.

25     “But while his men were sleeping, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went away.

26     “But when the wheat sprouted and bore grain, then the tares became evident also.

27     “The slaves of the landowner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’

28     “And he said to them, ‘An enemy has done this!’ The slaves said to him, ‘Do you want us, then, to go and gather them up?’

29     “But he said, ‘No; for while you are gathering up the tares, you may uproot the wheat with them.

30     ‘Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into my barn.” ’ ”

 

Matthew 13:36-43

36     Then He left the crowds and went into the house. And His disciples came to Him and said, “Explain to us the parable of the tares of the field.”

37     And He said, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man,

38     and the field is the world; and as for the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the tares are the sons of the evil one;

39     and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.

40     “So just as the tares are gathered up and burned with fire, so shall it be at the end of the age.

41     “The Son of Man will send forth His angels, and they will gather out of His kingdom all stumbling blocks, and those who commit lawlessness,

42     and will throw them into the furnace of fire; in that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

43     “Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.

 

In this parable we learn that the harvest is the end of the age, the tares are the sons of the evil one, those stumbling blocks and those who commit lawlessness- the wicked, they grow alongside the wheat who we are told are sons of the kingdom- the good. The “tares” are reaped along with the wheat. However they are gathered first and burned in the fire, a place of weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous are brought into the Lord’s “barn”. The reaping is the cutting off of the grain from its life source, the earth. This represents the death of the individual, the in- gathering represents the resurrection of the individual. This harvest appears to occur at the end of the age, and correlates to the resurrection that occurs at the end of the millennial reign of Christ. The tares are cast into the fire first, these “tares” are those wicked who are raised for the final judgment, which are cast into the lake of fire called the second death.  But the wheat is gathered into the barn.

 

Some make the claim that only the wicked will be raised at the final judgment but there will be those righteous who live as mortals in the earthly Jerusalem during the thousand year reign who will die. Some claim that the following passage indicates that those who die during the millennium are thought to be accursed or unrighteous. However what the passage really says is that old men will live out their days and those who die at the age of one hundred will be thought of as young people. It is those who die before the age of one hundred that will be seen as accursed.

           

Isaiah 65:20

20     “No longer will there be in it an infant who lives but a few days,

Or an old man who does not live out his days;

For the youth will die at the age of one hundred

And the one who does not reach the age of one hundred will be thought accursed.

 

The fact that the parable shows the wicked being gathered before the ingathering of the righteous shows that there will be righteous raised at the end of the millennium because that is the only time that the wicked are shown in scripture to be raised.

 

It is interesting that in the passage in Revelation 20, verse 13 says:

 

13     And the sea gave up the dead which were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead which were in them; and they were judged, every one of them according to their deeds.

 

There are three repositories for souls shown in the passage, death and Hades which may actually be one place as they are shown riding together when the fourth seal is opened; in any case they are spiritual entities or places that exist in the spiritual realm. The “sea” then must also be a spiritual place as well, not a place on earth such as the ocean, but a place within the spiritual dimension. It could be that this “sea” is none other than the crystal sea which John describes in Revelation 4:

 

Revelation 4:6a

6     and before the throne there was something like a sea of glass, like crystal;

 

John sees the souls of the fifth seal martyrs under the altar (Revelation 6:9-11) which is in the heavenly tabernacle. These are the souls of the righteous dead awaiting their resurrection. John witnesses their resurrection when he sees them receive white robes, their redeemed glorified body. They are under the altar, and I would speculate somewhere within the crystal sea, which in my opinion acts as an inter-dimensional kind of portal or place in the heavenlies that resides below the heavenly tabernacle, with the heavenly altar acting as a speaker of sorts in the heavenly throne room. This altar served as the heavenly pattern for the altar of incense that was in the earthly tabernacle and temple, which carried the prayers of the people up to God. This place under the altar is likely the place where paradise resides, which Paul says is in the third heaven (2 Corinthians 12:1-4). Jesus told the dying thief on the cross that he would be with Him in paradise that same day (Luke 23:43).  The “sea” acts as a doorway into the heavenly tabernacle.  The great multitude in Revelation 7 appears and stands before the throne, presumably upon the crystal sea which we are told by John resides before the throne, the tribulation martyrs in Revelation 15 also appear standing on the sea of glass.

 

Moses and Ezekiel saw the crystal sea from an earthly perspective while John saw it from the heavenly perspective. Moses and Ezekiel saw through the expanse to see God seated on His throne. This does not however detract from the idea that a repository for righteous souls is within this “expanse or “pavement”, only that it was not visible to them.  (see Exodus 24:9-10, Ezekiel 1:22, Ezekiel 1:26-28)

 

 In summery then there are those who are raised to life before the tribulation, and those who are raised to life after it, and then again those who are raised to life at the end of the millennium, when Christ will abolish His last enemy- death. Notice that while death and Hades are cast into the lake of fire the sea is not. In the New Heaven there will be no more need for a repository for righteous souls, nor for a doorway into the heavenly tabernacle because there will be no more death, and God will dwell among men, there be will be no more heavenly temple when New Jerusalem descends to the earth this may be why the scripture says there will no longer be any “sea”.

 

Revelation 21:1

1        Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea.

 

Revelation 21:22

22     I saw no temple in it, for the Lord God the Almighty and the Lamb are its temple.

 

The harvest parable represents a reaping of souls, both righteous and wicked.  There are three pilgrimage Feasts in the law, the Feast of Passover/unleavened bread, the Feast of Weeks, and the Feast of Booths.  Each one is associated with a harvest. The Passover comes just before the Barley First Fruits wave offering, which was commanded to be held the day after the first Sabbath that occurred during the Feast of Unleavened Bread at the start of spring. Christ was raised to life on the day that the barley wave offering was to be offered in the temple. Since Christ was raised on this day as first fruits of those who are asleep, then as His body- the church is also identified with this harvest- the barley first fruits. Then there is the Feast of Weeks or Pentecost, where the first fruits of the Wheat harvest were to be brought into the temple at the beginning of summer. These in my opinion are those who are saved during the tribulation who will die as Martyrs as well as those 144,000 who are called first fruits in Rev. 14:4. They might be represented by the two loaves offered on Pentecost as first fruits of the wheat harvest. These loaves are baked with leaven which biblically represents sin. The baking of the loaves in the fire essentially halts the leavening process; it kills the leaven, which may represent the refining fires of the great tribulation which brings both Jew and Gentile to faith in Christ.

 

Revelation 14:4-5

4     These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.

5     And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless.

 

These tribulation saints might be represented by the two loaves offered on Pentecost as first fruits of the wheat harvest. These loaves are baked with leaven which biblically represents sin. The baking of the loaves in the fire essentially halts the leavening process; it kills the leaven, which may represent the refining fire of the great tribulation which brings both Jew and Gentile to faith in Christ. Another interesting fact is that in biblical times the type of Barley grown in the region was a variety known as Naked Six Row Barley, this type of Barley did not require the more difficult process to separate it from its chaff, it was threshed by flailing or beating it, while wheat required the use of a tribulum, a farm implement, which was a wooden sled with sharp rocks imbedded in its underside, pulled by oxen over the grain to separate the hard to remove chaff from the grain. Barley was much hardier and abundant and much easier to grow with less risk of crop failure than was the wheat of the day.

(Mediterranean Diets In Health and Disease by Gene A. Spellar pgs 16-23)

 

John sees the reapers in Revelation 14, the first reaper appears to be Christ Himself, and perhaps these being reaped are the wheat first fruits (Pentecost/ weeks), those who are killed during the tribulation. It was the responsibility of the priests to cut down and gather the first fruits of the grain harvest and to bring it into the temple; this is in contrast to the parable of the tares where Jesus says that the angels reap the harvest at the end of the age. The other reaper, an angel, cuts down the ripened grapes and throws them into the wine vat of God’s wrath, this is the reaping or cutting off of the wicked. Grapes were one of the first fruits offered by the people at the Feast of Weeks/ Pentecost which is also called the Feast of Harvest in Exodus 23:16. This passage only shows the reaping taking place not the gathering.

 

Revelation 14:14-19

14     Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.

15     And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.”

16     Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

17     And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle.

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.

 

Then lastly there is the Feast of Booths which was celebrated at the end of the harvest at the beginning of fall. This corresponds to the rest of the dead who will be raised after the millennial kingdom comes to an end, both tares (the wicked) and wheat (the righteous) are gathered, the wheat here however is not the first fruits of the harvest, but rather the general harvest.

 

Many prophecy scholars believe that the Feast of Trumpets best represents the rapture of the saints. However the feast of Tabernacles in my opinion is a much better fit. I cannot say so dogmatically but it is called the Feast of Ingathering (Exodus 23:16, 34:22). It occurs after the harvest. The multitudes that appear in Revelation 7, appear to be celebrating as if it is Tabernacles, waving palm branches and joyously praising Jesus for His great salvation.

 

Leviticus 23:40 (parenthesis mine)

40     ‘Now on the first day you shall take for yourselves the foliage of beautiful trees, palm branches and boughs of leafy trees and willows of the brook, and you shall rejoice before the Lord your God for seven days.(Seven year tribulation?)

 

The passage also confirms the fulfillment of the promise made by Jesus on the last great day of the Feast of Booths:

 

John 7:37-39

37     Now on the last day, the great day of the feast, Jesus stood and cried out, saying, “If anyone is thirsty, let him come to Me and drink.

38     “He who believes in Me, as the Scripture said, ‘From his innermost being will flow rivers of living water.’ ”

39     But this He spoke of the Spirit, whom those who believed in Him were to receive; for the Spirit was not yet given, because Jesus was not yet glorified.

 

Revelation 7:16-17

16     “They will hunger no longer, nor thirst anymore; nor will the sun beat down on them, nor any heat;

17     for the Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd, and will guide them to springs of the water of life; and God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”

 

The feast of Tabernacles was instituted to remind Israel that they dwelled in tents:

 

Leviticus 23:42-43

42     ‘You shall live in booths for seven days; all the native-born in Israel shall live in booths,

43     so that your generations may know that I had the sons of Israel live in booths when I brought them out from the land of Egypt. I am the Lord your God.’ ”

 

Tabernacles also marked the end of the year when the start of the year for remission of debts would begin at the end of the Sabbath year.

Deuteronomy 31:10

10     Then Moses commanded them, saying, “At the end of every seven years, at the time of the year of remission of debts, at the Feast of Booths,

 

Tabernacles is also the only feast that gentiles are mandated to observe in the Millennial kingdom:

 

Zechariah 14:16-19

16     Then it will come about that any who are left of all the nations that went against Jerusalem will go up from year to year to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, and to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

17     And it will be that whichever of the families of the earth does not go up to Jerusalem to worship the King, the Lord of hosts, there will be no rain on them.

18     If the family of Egypt does not go up or enter, then no rain will fall on them; it will be the plague with which the Lord smites the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

19     This will be the punishment of Egypt, and the punishment of all the nations who do not go up to celebrate the Feast of Booths.

 

The feast also best speaks to the idea that God desires to tabernacle among men. It was God who led Israel out of Egypt and dwelled with them in the wilderness. He had his own tabernacle or temporary dwelling, patterned after the heavenly tabernacle. He promises those multitudes in the heavenly holy place that He will shelter them under His tabernacle. God will dwell on the new earth among those who will have been resurrected and glorified- those righteous of His harvests.

Interestingly Jesus says several times in John 6 that He will raise those who believe in Him, those who are given to Him, those who are drawn by the Father, those who eat and drink of His body and blood- will be raised “on the last day”. These are the same words used to describe the last day of the feast of tabernacles. This day is known as the “great hosanna” or the “great salvation”. Perhaps it will be a future “last day” of the feast of Tabernacles that will see those completed harvests brought into the heavenly tabernacle.

 

The Christ first fruits or those who resemble the barley first fruits will be brought into His “barn” when their number is complete, when their harvest is ended I believe  just before the 70th week begins. Likewise it may be another “last day” of a the Feast of Tabernacles years later when those who are Christ’s at His coming, those first fruits of the wheat harvest are reaped and brought into the barn (seven years later). And finally all the rest will be brought into the barn after the millennial reign, at the final judgment. The wicked tares will be gathered out and cast into the fire and those righteous will be brought in with the rest of the Lord’s harvest. These are three separate harvests, representing three spiritual seasons- spring, summer and fall and also the three groups mentioned by Paul in the order of the resurrection.

 

However it might also be that these harvests of souls could transpire on their respective feast days, it is difficult to say with any certainty if this “last day” is definitely speaking of the great hosanna of Tabernacles or if it represents the end of a particular dispensational age. The Christ first fruits age of the church(Spring), the wheat first fruits age at the end of the tribulation (Summer), and then the end of the wheat harvest the end of the millennial age represented by tabernacles (Fall). Each group may arrive at different seasons but each may celebrate as if it were the feast of Tabernacles- as the Jews celebrated when Jesus entered Jerusalem before the last Passover.

In hindsight it will all be clear.

 

Mark 4:26-29

26     And He was saying, “The kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil;

27     and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day, and the seed sprouts and grows—how, he himself does not know.

28     “The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the mature grain in the head.

29     “But when the crop permits, he immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.”