HARVEST TIMING
Perhaps the most important thing to know about the harvest timing is that we don't know when Christ will
return. Christ was asked by the disciples, "Tell us, when shall these things be? and what shall be the sign
of Thy coming, and of the end of the world?" (Matt. 24:3). His answer explains much about the timing of
the harvest. Here is part of His explanation.

"For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor
ever shall be. And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the
elect’s sake those days shall be shortened. Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun
be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers
of the heavens shall be shaken: and then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then
shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven
with power and great glory. And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall
gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
But of that day and
hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but My Father only. Watch therefore: for ye know not
what hour your Lord doth come.
" (Matt. 24:21,22,29-31,36,42).

The "great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall
be" must be the pouring out of the plagues. No other event before or after will kill as many people. The
time of the plagues will be shorter than expected so that the people chosen for God's Kingdom can
survive, "for the elect’s sake those days shall be shortened."

The tribulation ends with the pouring out of seventh plague. "And the seventh angel poured out his vial
into the air; and
there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is
done
." (Rev. 16:17). This is the final nuclear war of the plagues. As Christ says, "Immediately after the
tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened (by thick clouds of dust), and the moon shall not give
her light (the dust clouds hide the moon), and the stars shall fall from heaven (as the seventh angel
pours his vial
into the air, bombs burst above the earth to maximize human death, and fall flaming like
stars to the ground), and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken (the whole earth reels, viewed from
below the sun moves erratically)..." This corresponds to the events described as the last plague is
poured out.

"And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of
heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and
there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake,
and so great." (Rev. 16:17,18). In the aftermath of the seventh plague, our maps and atlases are obsolete.
"And every island fled away, and the mountains were not found." (Rev. 16:20).

After these things Christ tells us: "then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall
all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with
power and great glory." I do not know exactly what "the sign of the Son of man in heaven" will be.
I do
know that there was a sign associated with the martyrdom of V. T. Houteff, who fulfilled the promise Christ
made to come as a thief. (Rev. 3:3, also see No. 24, "What If Christ Had Already Come As A Thief")
.

As the punishment for conspiring to murder V. T. Houteff, God sent the tornado of May 11, 1953 to
downtown Waco at 4:36 PM. "114 people were killed in the Waco area, with 597 injured and up to $41.2
million in property damage. 196 businesses and factories were destroyed, 217 sustained major damage,
and 179 sustained lesser damages. 150 homes were destroyed, 250 sustained major damage, and 450
sustained lesser damages. Over 2000 cars were damaged or destroyed and the First United Methodist
Church was severely damaged. Over half the dead - 61 - were in a single city block bounded by 4th and
5th streets and Austin and Franklin avenues." (Wikipedia, Waco, Texas 1953 tornado).

On the afternoon of the tornado, a sign appeared in heaven over the city, an arch over a cross. The arch
symbolized the covenant God made with mankind, it is the shape of a rainbow. The cross is the symbol of
Christ's sacrifice for us. In this instance, the destruction and the sign appeared at the same time in the
city and in the clouds above the city.

At the time of the seventh plague, Christ is hidden in the Kingdom of God. He came as a thief during the
sixth plague. (See Rev. 16:15 quoted below). False Christs and false prophets will appear during the great
tribulation. Christ warns of them.

"For then shall be great tribulation... Then if any man shall say unto you, Lo, here is Christ, or there;
believe it not. For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and
wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect. Behold, I have told you
before. Wherefore if they shall say unto you, Behold, He is in the desert; go not forth: behold, He is in the
secret chambers; believe it not. For as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the
west; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles
be gathered together." (Matt. 24:21,23-28).

The most powerful of these deceivers begin their work even before Christ comes as a thief during the
sixth plague. "And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of
the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet. For they are the spirits of devils,
working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the
battle of that great day of God Almighty.
Behold, I come as a thief. Blessed is he that watcheth, and
keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame." (Rev. 16:13-15). God has empowered
these unclean spirits (devils) with the ability to do miracles, "great signs and wonders." They "go forth
unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God
Almighty." In essence, even though they are unclean, they have power because they are doing God's
work.

God's elect are expected to use the Word of God, the Bible, to guide them that they be not deceived.
They are forewarned of Satan's signs and wonders. They are to stay in their safe hideaways until Christ
truly comes, "for as the lightning cometh out of the east, and shineth even unto the west; so shall also
the coming of the Son of man be." What does that mean?

V. T. Houteff fulfilled this scripture by coming to America from the east, from the land of his birth, Bulgaria.
He came as the first of the seven Spirits of God. They are intimately associated with lightnings. "And out
of the throne proceeded
lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire
burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God." (Rev. 4:5). Lightnings in turn are
associated with enlightenment. "His lightnings enlightened the world: the earth saw, and trembled."
(Psalms 97:4).

From the example of V. T. Houteff, we can deduce two things. First, Christ's King will be one of the seven
Spirits of God, he will come as "lightnings" bringing light on the Bible (enlightenment). Second, his
ministry will flash out at the Christian (western) world from the east, most likely from Jerusalem, Israel.  

Christ has given us another hint, "for wheresoever the carcase is, there will the eagles be gathered
together." Eagles are God's people, the ones He will strengthen and preserve. "But they that wait upon
the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be
weary; and they shall walk, and not faint." (Is. 40:31). Christ's King is to be found among God's people.

The word carcase is confusing for it means dead body, and Christ was only dead a short time. The
disciples were with Him as His body was placed in its tomb. Likely God's people will also gather around
the dead witnesses of Rev. 11:7-9. But "their dead bodies shall lie in the street" (Rev. 11:8) and anyone
can congregate in a street.

The meaning is clearer in Luke. Speaking of the Kingdom of God, the disciples asked Christ, "Where,
Lord? And he said unto them, Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together."
(Luke 17:37). The body referred to here is the unleavened bread which Christ gave us as an emblem of
His body. "And as they were eating, Jesus took bread, and blessed it, and brake it, and gave it to the
disciples, and said, Take, eat; this is My body." (Matt. 26:26).

Where the Kingdom of God is, the people of God keep the Daily. All those who feel worthy partake of the
emblems of Christ, the bread and the wine, at the morning and afternoon worship services. They also
keep the Sabbath, the New Moons and the Feast Days of the Bible. Because they are God's people they
worship Him according to His instructions.
Only people who are willing to follow God's instructions are
worthy to fellowship with Christ's earthly representative, His King
.

Both Christ and John the Revelator describe a great harvest after the plagues. Christ describes the
harvest from the viewpoint of God's people (who are gathered). Christ said: "
Immediately after the
tribulation of those days... shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes
of the earth mourn (the Jews accept Christ, see No. 23, "Saving Judah"), and they shall see the Son of
man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
And He shall send His angels with a great
sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven
to the other.
" (Matt. 24:29-31).

Describing this great harvest from the viewpoint of the wicked (who hate the gathering because it signals
their end), in the final verse of the seventh plague scripture, John the Revelator said, "And there fell
upon men a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent: and men blasphemed God
because of the plague of the hail; for the plague thereof was exceeding great." (Rev. 16:21).

There are several reasons for believing these are descriptions of the same event, which takes place
after the plagues. Christ says "He shall send His angels," only the 144,000 from the twelve tribes of Israel
could be called "angels," like the angels "they are without fault before the throne of God." (Rev. 14:5).
John speaks of "a great hail out of heaven, every stone about the weight of a talent." The 144,000 are
living water stones, stones like the Apostle Peter, made of living water like Christ, each with a talent, a
ministry. (See No. 62, "The Seven Last Plagues.") The wicked blaspheme God because of the hailstones,
but the 144,000 come "with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the
four winds, from one end of heaven to the other." The 144,000 gather the great multitude of Rev. 7.

The 144,000 are gathered into hideaways
before the plagues. "And after these things I saw four angels
standing on the four corners of the earth, holding the four winds of the earth, that the wind should not
blow on the earth, nor on the sea, nor on any tree. And I saw another angel ascending from the east,
having the seal of the living God: and he cried with a loud voice to the four angels, to whom it was given
to hurt the earth and the sea, saying,
Hurt not the earth, neither the sea, nor the trees, till we have sealed
the servants of our God in their foreheads
." (Rev. 7:1-3). The 144,000 begin to be gathered in the time of
the third trumpet, and after they have been gathered and sealed, the plagues commence.

The rest of the righteous of earth are gathered into the Kingdom of God
after the plagues. "After this I
beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people,
and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their
hands... And he said to me,
These are they which came out of great tribulation, and have washed their
robes, and made them white in the blood of the Lamb. Therefore are they before the throne of God, and
serve him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them. They
shall hunger no more, neither thirst any more; neither shall the sun light on them, nor any heat. For the
Lamb which is in the midst of the throne shall feed them, and shall lead them unto living fountains of
waters: and God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes." (Rev. 7:9,14-17).

In No. 62, "The Seven Last Plagues," I gave the reasons that I believed the harvest of the Christian
church would be fourteen years instead of seven years like the harvest of Judah. Basically, I related the
harvest of Judah by Christ and the disciples (three and a half years before the crucifixion, three and a
half years after the crucifixion exclusively to Judah, followed by thirty-three years until its finish) to the
purification for a male child. (See Lev. 12.) Noting that while the patriarchal tribe was male, the church was
always female in prophecy, I suggested that, because the purification for a girl child was twice as long as
that for a boy child, the harvest of the church would be twice as long as the harvest of Judah. That would
mean that the end time harvest of the righteous would concentrate exclusively on the Christian church
for fourteen years, and continue to both Christianity and the non-Christian world for another sixty-six
years.

This pattern would apply to the joint harvest of Christ's King and the Holy Ghost. However, while this can
be taken as a general guideline, it is almost certain to be incorrect. In speaking of the time of tribulation,
Christ has said, "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the
elect’s sake those days shall be shortened." (Matt. 24:22). It is likely as well that any serious threat to
God's people will vary His time schedule.

In No. 62, "The Seven Last Plagues," I also discussed the seven fat years and the seven lean years in
Egypt, the event which brought Joseph to power and caused the tribes of Israel to seek refuge from
famine in Egypt. (See Gen. 41-47). Again, according to pattern, the seven fat years should begin after the
rapture and an outpouring of the Holy Ghost.

In Christ's time, the wave sheaf of the dead (see Matt. 27:52,53 and John 20:17) and the outpouring of the
Holy Ghost (Acts 2) accelerated the harvest. Before the crucifixion, Christ had a small church, the
disciples and another seventy. "Then He called His twelve disciples together, and gave them power and
authority over all devils, and to cure diseases. And He sent them to preach the kingdom of God, and to
heal the sick. After these things the Lord appointed other seventy also, and sent them two and two
before His face into every city and place, whither He Himself would come. Therefore said He unto them...
And heal the sick that are therein, and say unto them, The kingdom of God is come nigh unto you." (Luke 9:
1,2; 10:1,2,9).

After the wave offering and the Pentecostal outpouring of the Holy Ghost, the church was greatly
enlarged. Before the day of Pentecost, there were about 120 members. (See Acts 1:15.) On the day of
Pentecost another 3000 were added. (See Acts 2:41.) The wave sheaf offering and the pouring out of the
Holy Ghost empowered the harvest.

We can also expect this in our day. "Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples (examples):
and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." (1 Corr. 10;11).
According to this pattern, first the wave offering of the harpers, then the outpouring of the Holy Ghost
will take place and then the harvest will be very fruitful.

The seven fat years of harvest in the Christian church begin after the rapture and the outpouring of the
Holy Ghost. Before that great day, the gathering will be small. "And it shall come to pass in that day, that
the Lord shall beat off from the channel of the river (of life that flows from the throne of God, a  message
of pure Biblical truth) unto the stream of Egypt, and ye shall be gathered one by one, O ye children of
Israel. And it shall come to pass in that day, that the great trumpet shall be blown, and they shall come
which were ready to perish in the land of Assyria, and the outcasts in the land of Egypt, and shall worship
the Lord in the holy mount at Jerusalem." (Is. 27:12,13). To facilitate this great gathering, God will bless
the Christian world with seven years of good crops and peace.

The seven lean years of harvest in the Christian church begin with the pouring out of the plagues. People
will be challenged to survive and many will blame the very people who could save them for the plagues. It
is this seven years of plagues which Christ has promised that God will foreshorten, for the sake of His
elect.

Note that the great trumpet of Is. 27:13 ("the great trumpet shall be blown") is the same trumpet that
Christ speaks of in Matt. 24:31 ("He shall send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet"). The great
trumpet is blown at the beginning of the harvest of the 144,000. But after they are gathered, the 144,000
all sound the great trumpet, and this "
great sound of a trumpet" is heard by the whole earth rather than
merely parts of the Christian church.

The second most important thing to know about timing is that God has begun the harvest of the 144,000.
He has promised to do terrible things to bring forth His Kingdom on earth.

"As I live, saith the Lord God, surely with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and with fury
poured out (first nuclear war), will I rule over you: and I will bring you out from the people, and will gather
you out of the countries wherein ye are scattered, with a mighty hand, and with a stretched out arm, and
with fury poured out (second nuclear war). And I will bring you into the wilderness of the people, and
there will I plead with you face to face. Like as I pleaded with your fathers in the wilderness of the land of
Egypt, so will I plead with you, saith the Lord God. And I will cause you to pass under the rod, and I will
bring you into the bond of the covenant..." (Ez. 20:33-37).  

Do not be deceived that this wilderness is all in one place. The whole world-wide Christian church is as
pleasure seeking Egypt in God's eyes. Wherever the place out of the cities that you hide from the coming
wrath of God, the call of Christ will find you. "And He shall send His angels with a great sound of a
trumpet, and they shall gather together His elect from the four winds (east, west, north and south), from
one end of heaven to the other." (Matt. 24:31).

Because you are reading this message, you can prepare for the great tribulation before it happens by
readying a place away from the cities. Then when you must follow Christ's warning and flee, you will have
a place to flee to and supplies to sustain yourself. Here is Christ's warning.

"When ye therefore shall see the abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, stand in the
holy place, (whoso readeth, let him understand:) Then let them which be in Judaea flee into the
mountains:
let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house: neither let
him which is in the field return back to take his clothes
. And woe unto them that are with child, and to
them that give suck in those days! But pray ye that your flight be not in the winter, neither on the sabbath
day: for then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no,
nor ever shall be." (Matt. 24:15-21). Wind borne radioactive isotopes are invisible and deadly, do not hang
around and breathe them.

The abomination of desolation, spoken of by Daniel the prophet, is an event that I do not have light on
(but I will study Houteff in the coming weeks and ask the Holy Ghost for help. If I can't tell you, another
prophet will, when you need to know.) On the other hand, the blasphemy that has thrice overturned the
tiny church bearing this message has borne its fruit. As in the day of the overthrow of Babylon, the
handwriting is on the wall. (See Daniel 5.) Prepare to go now.

Amo Paul Bishop Roden