The Kingdom of God is like a man who casts seed upon the soil - and he goes to bed at night and gets up by day and the seed sprouts and grows - how, he himself does not know. The soil produces crops by itself; first the blade, then the head, then the MATURE GRAIN IN THE HEAD. Then WHEN THE CROP PERMITS, He immediately puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come.
The Lord has really been speaking to me about this parable of Yeshua. Who is the head? Who is the grain? What does it mean to have mature grain in the head?
Yeshua likened the Kingdom of God to a farmer waiting for the maturing of his crops. During the harvest season, farmers are concerned about two primary things:
The farmer in this parable is, of course, Yeshua Himself. Why is He concerned about the quantity of the crop? Because He wants that not one little "grain" would perish! And why is He concerned about quality? He has to wait until He sees that there are "mature grain in the Head." He is not only the farmer, but He is the "head." And not all of the grain is going to "mature in the Head." Ephesians 4:15 says, "we will in all things grow up into Him who is the Head, that is Messiah." But not all the grain will mature. Some of it will wither and die; some will lose focus and be blown about in the wind; some will choose to stay immature and they won't reach harvest. Ephesians 5:27 tells us that Messiah tends to his body (the grain) by washing her with water through the word, in order to present her to Himself as a radiant church, without stain or wrinkle or any other blemish, but holy and blameless. Now, that is a picture of "mature grain in the Head!"
And so Farmer Yeshua washes and watches and waits. He waits to see who will respond to the washing in the word, becoming mature and set-apart from the other grain. He will not put in His sickle for the harvest UNTIL THE CROP PERMITS! God's crop is growing in two fields. In the field of Yeshua's beloved Jewish grain, He waits to see who will answer the call to salvation through His blood and grow up into Him, who is the Head. In the Gentile field, scattered all over the nations, He eagerly washes the grain in the Truth of the Torah, waiting to see who will mature into the "fullness" of the Covenant, and learn to keep His commands.
He holds his breath -- as these things are all beginning to come to pass -- as the Restoration of all Israel is about to burst forth into full bloom. And then it is time. The grain is ready to be harvested. The crop permits. He is coming soon!
I am republishing a post from 2014 (below) since the recent Iranian missile strikes from Syria into Israel. All fifty missiles were deflected and disabled by Israel's Iron Dome System and it caused me to remember this post and the amazing parallels with Psalm 91. Perhaps this will give us all words to pray over the people and the Land of Israel as we approach the Opening Day of the U.S. Embassy in Jerusalem tomorrow, May 14. Make no mistake; these are highly prophetic, explosive days as we watch the ancient prophecies of God being fulfilled before our very eyes. Keep watch and stay in prayer!
I looked on the internet to learn how the Iron Dome technology works, and was not surprised to see that the article - though intending to be scientific in its explanation - was actually lining up perfectly with the 91st Psalm! This gave me great delight, remembering that while we were in Israel in March, we were stopping each time we came across I.D.F. soldiers so that we could give them the bandanas we had. They were green camo print with the 91st psalm written on them - so when the soldiers put them on, they were wrapped in the Word of the "Iron Dome" and covered. Watch how the explanation of this technology lines up with the promises of our God. Words from this internet article are in italics:
The name Iron Dome evokes an image of a protective bubble over a city.
I will say of my God He is my refuge and my fortress...He will cover you with His feathers, and under His wings you will find refuge.
In practice, it targets incoming rockets and fires an interceptor missile to destroy them in the air.
His faithfulness is your shield and rampart.
The radar detects a rocket launch and passes information regarding its path to the control center, which calculates the predicted point of impact," the IDF said. "If this location justifies an interception, a missile is fired to intercept the rocket. The payload of the interceptor missile explodes near the rocket, in a place that is not expected to cause injuries."
A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you.
Iron Dome confronts multiple threats simultaneously, in all weather conditions, the military said.
You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday.
Those who trust in the God of Israel are covered by His Protective Edge! We should also be praying Psalm 125 in these days, as we cry out to Him for justice and mercy:
Those who trust in the LORD are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken, but endures forever.
As the mountains surround Jerusalem, so the LORD surrounds His people both now and forevermore.
The scepter of the wicked will not remain over the land allotted to the righteous!
Do good, O LORD, to those who are good, to those who are upright in heart.
But those who turn to crooked ways the LORD will banish with the evildoers.
Peace be upon Israel.
Amen and amen!
Kelly Ferrari Mills