JOY OF THE HARVEST
By Bill Burns
Ezekiel saw a garden of renown; it is the Lord's garden, and He would have us to dwell in it!
Ezekiel 34:26-29 "I will make them and the places all around My hill a blessing; and I will cause showers to come down in their season; there shall be showers of blessing. Then the trees of the field shall yield their fruit, and the earth shall yield her increase. They shall be safe in their land; and they shall know that I am the LORD, when I have broken the bands of their yoke and delivered them from the hand of those who enslaved them. And they shall no longer be a prey for the nations, nor shall beasts of the land devour them; but they shall dwell safely, and no one shall make them afraid. I will raise up for them a garden of renown, and they shall no longer be consumed with hunger in the land, nor bear the shame of the Gentiles anymore.”
The purpose of the garden is to produce a harvest, and this harvest will produce great joy.
Isaiah 9:3 You have multiplied the nation and increased its joy; they rejoice before You according to the joy of harvest, as men rejoice when they divide the spoil.
There is a spiritual progression, which is outlined in the book of Ezekiel. The Garden of Renown is revealed in chapter 34 and the results are found in: Ezekiel 36: 33-38 “Thus says the Lord GOD: On the day that I cleanse you from all your iniquities, I will also enable you to dwell in the cities, and the ruins shall be rebuilt. The desolate land shall be tilled instead of lying desolate in the sight of all who pass by. So they will say, ‘This land that was desolate has become like the garden of Eden; and the wasted, desolate, and ruined cities are now fortified and inhabited.’ Then the nations which are left all around you shall know that I, the LORD, have rebuilt the ruined places and planted what was desolate. I, the LORD, have spoken it, and I will do it." Thus says the Lord GOD: "I will also let the house of Israel inquire of Me to do this for them: I will increase their men like a flock. Like a flock offered as holy sacrifices, like the flock at Jerusalem on its feast days, so shall the ruined cities be filled with flocks of men. Then they shall know that I am the LORD."
Ezekiel finishes with a statement that this season will be like Israel’s feast days.
The significance of this sabbatical year is found in Leviticus chapter 25.
I had a progressive vision, hearing and then seeing ... hearing and seeing. I heard the Lord say, "Come and get your Jubilee baskets." He said that again and again. Then, when I was reading the Word, I began to see the vision of a table. The Lord was standing behind the table filled with baskets of different shapes, colors and sizes. I began to look in the baskets and I found that the baskets were full of seeds. Then there was a label that said, "Spring-time Seeds." And, the Lord said, "I want you to purchase your basket and sow these seeds for the spring harvest of the Jubilee." Some of the seeds will grow very quickly, like radish seeds, and some will take longer, like corn seeds. Then, I asked the Lord about the price of these baskets. He said, "You who have no money come and purchase, for the price is your faith. If you will have faith to believe, you may receive these seeds now and begin to sow them for the upcoming harvest." Some of the seeds were labeled healing, and some were labeled provision, joy, revelation knowledge, understanding of the times and the seasons, peace. Anything you need will be found in those baskets.
Our spring conferences are held during the season of the spring feasts. It was a time of planting seeds and imparting an anointing to water the seeds of Jubilee. Some of those seeds have brought the blessings of the barley and wheat harvests (provision) to those who watered their seeds by prophesying God’s promises over their seed. But, many of the seeds planted by faith will produce a harvest during the fall feasts (the time of our fall conferences).
The Joy of The Harvest
The fall feasts take place during the “fruit of the vine” harvest. The fruit of the vine will produce the new wine and oil of the new season that we are about to enter into.
The four living creatures (Revelation 4:7-8) have prophetically forbidden the enemy from spoiling this harvest of oil and wine (Revelation 6:6). So this Jubilee season will produce its fruit for those who have planted and watered. It is not too late for all to plant, water, and harvest in this season.
I believe that the Lord will provide the anointing to possess the promises of the Lord, a time to rejoice over the seeds of the harvest. The Lord of the Harvest is coming to provide for His saints that which they need and that which they desire. People of the Lord, I exhort you to begin to rejoice over your seed (prayer requests) because the Lord is increasing our ability to have joy (again … Isaiah 9:3).Rejoice, and again I say, rejoice!