In prayer the other day, the Lord spoke to me and said, “I AM shifting from the sword to the sickle!” I then heard the Lord say, “Gather the wheat into My barns, for wheat is for feeding and seeding the nations.” As I lingered on these words in prayer, I heard the number 18, so I went to a book I own called 50 Amazing Words by CJ Lovik, in which he breaks down the Hebrew words into words, pictures and numbers, for it is a tri-layer language. I open to the number 18 and discover that the picture for 18 is the fish hook and the meaning is harvest. As I made this connection to the words God spoke to me, I heard the Lord put it all together and say, “2018 is the year of the Expected Harvest”! I shouted praises, I began to dance in my living room, I could sense in my spirit this is what we have been waiting for.
2017 was the year of victory, or in Hebrew the year 5777, it was the year of the sword of the Lord. Now as we have entered the Hebrew year 5778, it is the year of the open door, so when the Lord told me it is the year of the expected harvest, I wanted to see how it fit into the year of the open door. Revelation 4:1 says, “After these things I looked and behold, a door standing open in heaven, and the first voice which I had heard, like the sound of a trumpet speaking with me, said, come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things” (NASB). The things John is referencing is the 7 church ages of Revelation 2-3, of which the best teaching I have heard on this is from Paul Keith Davis, you can find it on YouTube. So, John was invited to see what was going to happen after the Laodicean church age (Revelation 3:14-22).
If you read Revelation 4, John saw the risen lamb of God on a throne, Jesus is what happened, His glory was the story after “these things”. If Jesus is the glory story that will begin to be seen after “these things”, either we are being raptured out of here or we are going to be the answer to Jesus prayer in Luke 10:1-3, “After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Then He said to them, “The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore, pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest. Go your way; behold, I send you out as lambs among wolves” (NKJV). I personally believe the latter, which is why I believe 2018 is the year of the Expected Harvest.
Here is what I see, based on what God said to me, I see wheat being gathered into barns (storehouses) so they can be trained (threshed), equipped and deployed to seed and feed the nations. Leaders of the barns (storehouses) in which God is going to gather the wheat into will thresh them, then send them into their perspective fields in order to seed and feed that field. In the kingdom of God, right now, we are in the harvesting time. How do I know this with such certainty? Matthew 13:30, speaking of the wheat and the tares, Jesus says when asked if they should pull up the tares, said, “Allow both to grow together until the harvest; and in the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers (laborers), first gather up the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them up; but gather the wheat into My barn” (NASB). You may see it differently, but I see God gathering up tares in the nations right now and bundling them for burning. Now this is not the weeping and gnashing of teeth burning, this is a refining, purifying, burning (Malachi 3:3/Zechariah 13:9).
You see it is a harvest season, not the end of the world. So, we turn on the news and much exposure is happening, like the Harvey Weinstein bundle is happening right now, as an example. So, Jesus said, first bundle the tares, then gather the wheat into my barns. Order matters to God. I believe we are in a season of harvest and that 2018 is the year of the Expected Harvest. I believe we are going to see a mass returning of the wheat into barns that will Ephesians 4:12-13, train, equip and deploy them to do the work of the ministry, which is to seed and feed the fields in which they work. Get ready for 2018 is the year of the Expected Harvest!