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Friday, March 17 2017

The Messiah's Winnowing Fan

"Whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and gather His wheat into the garner; but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire"

Humanity has used various methods to winnow ("Separate grain from the chaff by using air currents") grain over the ages. Among them was the "winnowing fan" - a basket-like device in which grain could be repeatedly agitated to loosen the outer husks, while throwing the contents of the bag slightly upward so that wind would carry the chaff away.


Winnowing and the winnowing fan were used in a number of major prophecies of the Holy Scriptures - some as a defense promise to Israel, when they were faithful to the LORD, others to their destruction, when they were rebellious against the LORD. Examples from Isaiah (see also What Did The Messiah Read From Isaiah That Day?) and Jeremiah (see A Faithful Winner Among Unrepentant Losers):

"41:13 For I the LORD thy God will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee. 41:14 Fear not, thou worm Jacob, and ye men of Israel; I will help thee, saith the LORD, and thy redeemer, the Holy One of Israel. 41:15 Behold, I will make thee a new sharp threshing instrument having teeth: thou shalt thresh the mountains, and beat them small, and shalt make the hills as chaff. 41:16 Thou shalt fan them, and the wind shall carry them away, and the whirlwind shall scatter them: and thou shalt rejoice in the LORD, and shalt glory in the Holy One of Israel." (Isaiah 41:13-16 KJV)

"15:6 Thou hast forsaken me, saith the LORD, thou art gone backward: therefore will I stretch out my hand against thee, and destroy thee; I am weary with repenting. 15:7 And I will fan them with a fan in the gates of the land; I will bereave them of children, I will destroy my people, since they return not from their ways." (Jeremiah 15:6-7 KJV)

While all of the prophecies are Messianic, because the LORD God Who spoke them through His prophets was later born as Jesus Christ (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The LORD God Of Creation and The Holy Spirit In History and Prophecy: The Spirit Of All True Prophets), some of the prophecies are specific to His return (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Return Of The Messiah) to rule all of humanity in the time of the harvest of Salvation (see A Biography Of Jesus Christ: The Kingdom Of God and The Harvest Prophecies). The "wheat and chaff" prophecy in the New Testament is most well-known to most people, but this is the same prophecy as it was spoken centuries before in the time of Isaiah.

"30:23 Then shall he give the rain of thy seed, that thou shalt sow the ground withal; and bread of the increase of the earth, and it shall be fat and plenteous: in that day shall thy cattle feed in large pastures. 30:24 The oxen likewise and the young asses that ear the ground shall eat clean provender, which hath been winnowed with the shovel and with the fan.

30:25 And there shall be upon every high mountain, and upon every high hill, rivers and streams of waters in the day of the great slaughter, when the towers fall.

30:26 Moreover the light of the moon shall be as the light of the sun, and the light of the sun shall be sevenfold, as the light of seven days, in the day that the LORD bindeth up the breach of his people, and healeth the stroke of their wound." (Isaiah 30:23-26 KJV)

And so, the Messiah's famous "separating the wheat from the chaff" prophecy by John the Baptist (see also The John The Baptist Prophecies):

"3:8 Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance:

3:9 And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.

3:10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

3:11 I indeed baptize you with water unto repentance: but he that cometh after me is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear: he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost, and with fire: 3:12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire." (Matthew 3:8-12 KJV)

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This Day In History

This Day In History, March 17

45 BC: Julius Caesar defeated the Pompeians at the battle of Munda in Spain. The Pompeians, led by two sons of Pompey the Great, lost over 30,000 men. It was one of a number of battles of Caesar's civil war (that began when he led his troops, from their assigned sector, across the Rubicon River in defiance of the Roman Senate) that turned the Roman Republic into the malignant Roman Empire (see A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars and Israel In History and Prophecy: Roman Judea.

Julius Caesar

180: Marcus Aurelius died, thereby leaving Commodus as the sole emperor of the Roman Empire (see Romans: In The Heart Of The Beast).

455: By means of the support of the Roman Senate (see The Politics Of Rome), Petronius Maximus became emperor of the Western Roman Empire.

461: The traditional date of the death of St. Patrick, the "patron saint" of Ireland.

624: Led by Muhammad, the Muslims of Medina defeated the Quraysh of Mecca in the Battle of Badr (see A History Of Jerusalem: Constantine and Muhammad).

1337: Edward III created the Duchy of Cornwall for his eldest son, Edward, who was later made Prince of Wales.

1805: The Italian Republic, with Napoleon as President, was proclaimed to be the Kingdom of Italy, with Napoleon as King.

1808: The Revolt of Aranjuez; it forced the abdication of Charles IV of Spain.

1861: Victor Emmanuel was proclaimed the first king of Italy, uniting most of Italy under the House of Savoy.

1914: At the start of the First World War (1914-1918), Russia increased the number of active duty military personnel from 460,000 to 1,700,000.

Russian Troops

1942: Nazis began deporting Jews to the Belsen concentration camp (see also The Holy Roman Empire Of The German Nation).

1948: The "Brussels Treaty" was signed by Britain, France, Belgium, Netherlands and Luxembourg. They agreed to take whatever action necessary in the event of a renewal of German aggression, and to come to the defence of each other if attacked by any aggressor in Europe i.e. the Soviet Union. It was a shadow of NATO which came a year later.

1957: An airplane crash in Cebu, Philippines killed Philippine President Ramon Magsaysay and 24 others.

1959: The Dalai Lama fled from Tibet to India.

1969: Golda Meir (born Golda Mabovich in Kiev, Ukraine, Russian Empire) became the first female Prime Minister of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).

Golda Meir

1992: In South Africa, a referendum was held to end apartheid.

1992: A suicide car bomb attack on the Israeli Embassy attack in Buenos Aires, Argentina killed 29 people and injured 242.

2011: During the Libyan civil war, the United Nations Security Council proclaimed United Nations Security Council Resolution 1973, authorizing UN military intervention to protect civilians in the Libyan Arab Jamahiriya (see also Libya In History And Prophecy).




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