1 Corinthians 15:51-52….Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. Daniel 12:4 …But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. The key to unlocking this mystery is in the reaping of wheat. I believe the actual feast of harvest in the old testament typifies how the harvest that shall be carried out in the last days.
Yahowshuwa (Jesus) said In Matthew 13:24-30… 24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: 25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way. 26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also. 27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares? 28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? 29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn. There are 2 stages of the Harvest the gathering of the first fruits, and the and the ingathering of the full harvest.
In Numbers 18:13… And whatsoever is first ripe in the land, which they shall bring unto YHWH, shall be thine; every one that is clean in thine house shall eat of it. The farmer reaps when the wheat is ripened. He gathers into the garner what he cuts: he does not leave the wheat in the field. The reaping of the first fruits comes after the ripening just before the harvest. Exodus: 23:15-19 15 Thou shalt keep the feast of unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:) 16 And the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field. 17 Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before YHWH. 18 Thou shalt not offer the blood of my sacrifice with leavened bread; neither shall the fat of my sacrifice remain until the morning. 19 The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of YHWH. Thou shalt not seethe a kid in his mother’s milk. The scripture below is Exodus: 23:15-16 from the Torah in Hebrew and translated to English at the link below: http://bible.ort.org/books/torahd5.asp?action=displaypage&book=… 23:15- Keep the Festival of Matzahs. Eat matzahs for seven days, as I commanded you, during the prescribed time in the month of standing grain, since this is when you left Egypt. Do not appear before Me empty-handed. Et-chag hamatsot tishmor shiv’at yamim tochal matsot ka’asher tsiviticha lemo’ed chodesh ha’aviv ki-vo yatsata miMitsrayim velo-yera’u fanay reykam. 23:16 -[Also keep] the Reaping Festival, through the first fruits of your produce that you planted in the field. [There is also] the Harvest Festival [right after] the end of the year, when you gather your produce from the field. Vechag hakatsir bikurey ma’aseycha asher tizra basadeh vechag ha’asif betset hashanah be’ospecha et-ma’aseycha min-hasadeh. According to the scriptures the gathering of the first fruits must come first before the actual harvest. But in this passage above Yahowshuwa (Jesus) doesn’t mention the gathering of the first fruits and Why? Did he know about the law pertaining to the feast of Harvest? Yes, He did know about it and yet kept silent about it. Yahowshuwa (Jesus) did not reveal to the disciples about the first fruits because it wasn’t time to reveal it.
Daniel 12:4 …But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased. The first fruits are Christians who are watching and are ready to be caught up. Those that are counted worthy, and that have kept his word and did not deny his name. Exodus 23:19…The first of the firstfruits of thy land thou shalt bring into the house of YHWH. (In the first rapture they are raptured to the throne) We learn that the first fruits are not left in the field since as soon as they are ripened they are brought to the house of YHWH.
There are 2 parts of the Harvest to come in the last days. This shows that a partial rapture of the church will take place be before the great tribulation, and a full ingathering of the church at the end of the great tribulation and thus we have the end of the harvest in Revelation 14:14-20…
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. 16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. 17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of YHWH. 20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.