The Harvest is Coming In!

Several years ago, my husband and I moved to the property that we now reside on. Prior to our purchase of this property, it was owned by the same family for what I believe to be was for three or four generations. It was in their family ownership long enough to have planted a forest as well as a small orchard. Both the forest and the orchard are now very mature.  They planted quite a variety of different fruit trees, berries and flowering plants.

I’ve been very grateful for all of the labor and time the forefathers of this land, so to speak, invested into to. My family has been blessed with reaping from their many years of planting.

In the spring of this year (2023) when the flowering trees and plants began to bloom, I noticed that not only did they seem to blossom to a greater degree than I’d seen them do in the previous years, but I also saw plants and trees and even berries bloom that I wasn’t even aware of having on the property. Everything appeared to be almost enhanced through the spring and summer blooming seasons. Not only were the blossoms more vibrant, and more plentiful but they also lasted longer throughout the season.

As I mentioned earlier, we have a small orchard and several fruit trees and berries, which include cherries, pears, apples, plums, blueberries and more blackberries than anyone could even begin to count.  More specifically, within our small orchard there are seven apple trees.

In August (2023) a few branches of one of the apple trees seemingly randomly collapsed. We thought it was an odd occurrence since there’d been no strong winds or anything that we could pinpoint of why it may have happened. Then, within a week’s time, a portion of another apple tree split and collapsed as well. If that wasn’t coincidence enough, by the end of the second week from when the first apple tree split, a third one did the same thing!

By that time, I was perplexed to say the least. I decided it was too much of an oddity to merely brush it off, so I asked the Lord if there’s something He wanted me to see in these occurrences. He immediately brought to my remembrance Luke 5:4 When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”5 But Simon answered and said to Him, “Master, we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at Your word I will let down the net.” 6 And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. 7 So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come and help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink.

From the above scripture account, the Holy Spirit then gave me the insight that the apple trees were splitting and collapsing because they could not hold up under the weight of the abundant harvest of apples that were on them. The Lord began to bring to my remembrance how all throughout the summer I had been in utter amazement with the number of blooms the flowers and the trees had produced and how I was continuously being drawn to take notice of them.

 All summer I felt like a child who was continuously being surprised with new gifts from my Father God and I was literally in continuous delight and gratefulness in seeing blooms and plants that I had not seen producing before. Not to mention we were seeing an abundant harvest that neither my husband nor I personally planted.

Deuteronomy 6: 10 “So it shall be, when the Lord your God brings you into the land of which He swore to your fathers, to Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, to give you large and beautiful cities which you did not build, 11 houses full of all good things, which you did not fill, hewn-out wells which you did not dig, vineyards and olive trees which you did not plant—when you have eaten and are full— 12 then beware, lest you forget the Lord who brought you out of the land of Egypt, from the house of bondage.

I asked the Lord to bring me the revelation and understanding of the message He wanted me to receive from the abundance I saw coming forth on our property. He told me, it’s time for the harvest to come in. It’s time for the harvest of the seeds that were sown in the past to come to fruition. This harvest isn’t about the seeds you’ve been presently sowing, rather, it’s a harvest of the seeds you’ve sown in the past and of those sown from others who have gone before you. This is a harvest of your past promises that you’ve sown into by faith and have been faithfully awaiting. It’s time to reap what has been sown. This harvest includes a great harvest of souls coming into the kingdom of God. THE HARVEST IS COMING IN! THE HARVEST IS COMING! REJOICE!!  for the harvest is coming in! It’s time to be expectant of what has been sown by those who labored before you, those whose heart was good soil and who cultivated the land of which they were planted in, by the anointing of My Holy Spirit.

John 4: 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to finish His work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are still four months and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest! 36 And he who reaps receives wages, and gathers fruit for eternal life, that both he who sows and he who reaps may rejoice together. 37 For in this the saying is true: ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you have not labored; others have labored, and you have entered into their labors.”

Matthew 20:1 For the kingdom of heaven is like a landowner who went out early in the morning to hire laborers for his vineyard.

8 So when evening had come, the owner of the vineyard said to his steward, ‘Call the laborers and give them their wages, beginning with the last to the first.

16 So the last will be first, and the first last. For many are called, but few chosen.

As I said, we saw a truly abundant harvest this year. But in saying that, I’d like to add that the harvest was produced from that which I did not plant, but it did not bring itself into my home. For us to literally receive the harvest into our home it required us to go out into the fields so to speak (or in this case, the orchard) and do the labor of collecting the fruit ourselves.

In other words, it’s crucial that we not become complacent because we’ve received the promise of a harvest and therefore think we only need to kick back, sleep and wait for it. Remember faith without the action to support it is nothing more than dead faith. We are the laborers in our Father’s vineyard. In being about our Father’s business, we have been given the stewardship of the fields to bring in the harvest that those before us planted the seeds in and cultivated the land for.  They planted, now we’re to gather.

Matthew 9: 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

The Lord of the harvest is sending us out into ripened fields to gather and bring in that which is NOW time to be reaped.