Ron Sawka Ministries
October 5, 2022; Tishrei 10, 5783
“‘Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.’ So, he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped” (Rev. 14:15–16).
“Saying, ‘These last men have worked only one hour, and you made them equal to us who have borne the burden and the heat of the day’” (Matt. 20:12).
Billion-Soul Harvest? The Two Indispensables
Lately it seems that every time I speak, I find myself talking about “end-time harvest,” or the “billion-soul harvest.” I believe the term “billion-soul harvest” comes from a prophecy from the late Bob Jones, a well-known prophet with ties to both International House of Prayer (IHOP) and Morning Star Ministries. The concept of a great end-time harvest is spoken of repeatedly in scripture. In particular, I am amazed at the parable Jesus spoke about harvesters (Matt. 20:1–16). This parable is a bit difficult to understand, but one thing is clear—those who entered and labored only in the final hour received as much as those who labored from early morning on (Matt. 20:12).
And many Bible scholars point to the book of Revelation where the signal is given and the harvest of the world is reaped in an accelerated fashion. We read, “‘Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.’ So, he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped” (Rev. 14:15–16).
So the concept of a great and speedy (as in one- or two generations) end-time harvest is a common and agreed-upon theme in scripture. Another concept that supports this is the Feast of Tabernacles. Some scholars note that Jesus’s death and resurrection was the completion of the Feast of Passover, and that the pouring out of the Holy Spirit beginning in Acts 2 was the completion of the Feast of Pentecost. What is left is the Feast of Tabernacles. This feast takes place during harvest and spiritually points to a great, great end-time harvest.
It is so fitting that now—this year/Hebrew year 5783—we, God’s ekklesia—His church—seem to be crossing over into the beginning of the fullness of that harvest. We have all known that God used Covid as a special time to prepare His church. He told us to keep a close eye on the feasts. We have done that for the past 2 1/2 years. It seems this year’s Passover was a time of release of new anointing. And now the Feast of Tabernacles is a crossing over into this harvest.
That being said, what do we need in order to take part in the harvest? There are two things: warfare anointing, and being a friend of God. First, I believe we receive a warfare anointing through prophetic activation. In other words, as we are activated to prophesy and then begin to move in it, the prophetic anointing comes upon us. It is a warfare anointing (see King Saul, and better yet—King David). A boldness and authority come because the spirit of prophecy is the testimony of Jesus (Rev. 19:10). Jesus certainly moved in boldness and authority, and so will you.
Second, be a friend to God. This is why God created man. He longs for relationship with us. He wants to be our friend and for us to be His friend. This is what the Feast of Tabernacles is all about. People built a temporary booth. It was kind of “activation” that God wants to dwell with us. He doesn’t only want my praise and worship during services. He doesn’t only want me to “serve Him” through ministry. He also wants to be my friend. He wants my thoughts to be occupied with Him. He wants to walk with us as friends, just like He walked with Enoch. The more He is my friend, the more I will find that everything I do speeds up and increases for His glory.
Thanks for praying.
Ron and Teddy
How to Celebrate the Feast of Tabernacles Practically?
Every year, I mark off a space on either our deck outside or in our living room. This parallels what the Israelites were to do—to build a booth from branches. It was a twofold reminder. First, it showed God had been with them every step of the way in the wilderness—that He had dwelt with them. And second, it served as a reminder that God wanted to continually dwell/abide as a friend in their homes (Lev. 23:39–44; Rev. 21:3).
So, go into that “booth” you have rigged up. Drink tea or coffee. Talk to the Lord. Converse with Him. Do this by yourself. Better yet, do it with your family members. Of course be flexible. But the idea is to converse with the Lord as your friend. Perhaps the habit you start will get deeper and deeper throughout the year.
Tishrei—The Seventh Hebrew Month and Beginning of the New Year 5783
Tishrei runs from September 26 to October 25. September 26 is called Rosh Hashanah, which means “head of the year.”
Note the three feasts/special days this month: Blowing of Trumpets, the Day of Atonement, and the Feast of Tabernacles. Blowing of Trumpets (or shofars)—a daylong event on Tishrei 1 (Sept. 26)—heralds the new year. The Day of Atonement on Tishrei 10 (Oct. 5) is the one day when all the people were enjoined to fast. Then, we enter the Feast of Tabernacles from Tishrei 15–21 (Oct. 10–16). This feast, which emphasizes living each day in the presence of the Lord, is greatly connected to the pouring out of the Holy Spirit. The more we walk with Him in our daily lives, the more He pours the water of the Holy Spirit over us. (See John 7:37–39; Zech. 14:16–18.)
Also note that the new year is a new beginning that the Lord has been preparing us for during the previous six months. When the Lord set His people free from Egypt, He introduced the “cycle of redemption,” and Nissan became the first month (Exod. 12:1). Every year we go through Passover then Pentecost as a kind of a preparation to help us be ready for the new year, which begins in the seventh month. Each year is a new beginning of walking with the Lord, but on a higher level than the year prior. More information on Tishrei may be found here.
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