The Season of the Threshing Floor and the Coronavirus Plague

In a time of swirling information and misinformation concerning the nature and the source of the plague presently working in the Earth, we fear we could miss what the Lord wants to speak to us at this time.

In this season, when so many are forced to slow down, we have the opportunity to be still before the Lord and listen to Him. We believe that if we don’t take time to listen to Him, we could miss the loving work the Lord wants to do in our lives during this time of preparation for the harvest.

Scripturally, harvest is not just a gathering of the grain into the barn, but threshing as well. Threshing is also a major part of the harvest spoken of in the Scriptures.

John the Baptist prophesied concerning Yeshua:

“He comes with a winnowing fork in his hands and comes to his threshing floor to sift what is worthless from what is pure. And he is ready to sweep out his threshing floor and gather his wheat into his granary, but the straw he will burn up with a fire that can’t be extinguished!” – Matt. 3:12 [The Passion Translation]

We cannot expect to be part of the great End-Time Harvest and not be part of the threshing process.

In obedience to the Lord, David built an altar on the threshing floor of Araunah, and the plague was stopped. But first, he paid the full price for the threshing floor and he said,

“…I will not sacrifice to the Lord my God burnt offerings that cost me nothing.” – 2 Samuel 24:24b [NIV]

This was not the first time God had tested His people at this place. This was Mount Moriah, the place where God tested Abraham’s heart (Genesis 22:2-14).

A lamb was provided when Abraham’s heart was proven fully-submitted to trust and obey the Father.

May we still our hearts before the Lord of the harvest and ask Him to show us anything He may want us to lay upon the altar of the threshing floor.

May we fully cooperate with this purifying work of the threshing floor, even as the Passover Lamb, Yeshua, went directly from the Passover Meal to the Garden of Gethsemane (literally “The Oil Press”). There Yeshua completely laid down His rights and said in perfect trust, “Abba, Father! Not My will, but Yours be done.”

May we give the Lord of the harvest time in worship and prayer to separate the wheat from the chaff in our lives.

May we allow the Holy Spirit to blow away the chaff during this set-apart season, so that we will be made ready to help gather the wheat of His great harvest. For He is the One who determined that Passover would come before Pentecost, the time of threshing before the time of gathering the wheat into the barns.

The above was written on March 31st. Today, on April 2nd, Patricia and I received another two verses that are a wonderful promise during this time of threshing:

“Grain for bread is crushed. Indeed, he does not continue to thresh it forever. Because the wheel of his cart and his horses eventually damage it, He does not thresh it longer. This also comes from the Lord of hosts, Who has made His counsel wonderful and His wisdom great.” — Isaiah 28:28,29 [NASB]

This article originally appeared on Succat Hallel, April 2, 2020, and reposted with permission.

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Rick and Patricia Ridings are based in Jerusalem, where they founded and lead Succat Hallel, a ministry that lifts up worship and intercession, 24 hours a day from their facility overlooking the Temple Mt. and Mt. Zion. Succat Hallel is known for youth worship and training bringing together hundreds of Jewish, Arab, and Palestinian youth. They have ministered extensively encouraging houses of prayer across the Middle East. Rick and Patricia are considered leaders in the global prayer and worship movement. Their passion is to see a generation raised up that will give themselves fully in love and ministry to the Lord and who will serve the purposes of God in their generation. Rick and Patricia have ministered on GOD TV, TBN, CBN, and in over 40 nations, speaking for churches, conferences, Bible and leadership training schools. They have three daughters, all in worship ministry, two of them on earth, and one in heaven. They have fourteen grandchildren.