These holidays have me thinking about all my loved ones who are no longer living on this Earth. I’m deeply missing all of them. However, it is my son—Olumuyiwa Ade Keen—that I miss most of all!
Barley is the grain that was grown in ancient Israel that symbolizes perfection—the perfect firstfruits offering, the perfect sacrifice, and the perfect Bride of Christ. Several Scriptures prove, again and again, that there are two grain harvests that belong to the Lord—the Firstfruits harvest and a subsequent harvest (the Barley harvest and then the Wheat harvest). The Word of God also promises there will be two spiritual harvests—the harvest of Barley Christians and the harvest of Wheat Believers, with the latter being larger than the former. Just like the natural Barley harvest comes first with the natural Wheat harvest following, the Bride of Christ’s pre-Tribulation spiritual harvest will come first, and it will be followed by the Tribulation Period’s finally sold out for Christ surviving Wheat Believers’ end of the Age of Grace spiritual harvest.
Every crop of grain or fruit must experience a time of separation. When the crop is ripe, it is harvested by separating the chaff or the refuse. Thus, mature barley goes through a time of separation or winnowing. Using a wooden fork or “fan,” winnowers throw the gathered barley against the wind so that the wind can separate the chaff (husk) from the grain. On the other hand, mature wheat goes through a time of separation or crushing/threshing. Using a tribulum, a wooden board with holes in it, or using a wooden sled, which oxen often pull, threshers stand or sit on the board or sled as it is drawn over the grain that is laying on the threshing floor, causing the grain to be separated from the husk (chaff) and straw. Lastly, the mature grapes also go through a time of separation or crushing (treading). Using a winepress, treaders crush the grapes until the grapes’ juice is separated from the grapes’ skins, which results in the pressed juice running into the vats.