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The vineyard parable of Matthew 20 depicts four groups of harvest that Jesus said would be gathered at his coming. If we are to understand God's plan for us in these end times, we need to know who these groups are and why Jesus said they were as men whose labors during harvest would be rewarded but not in the order they expected.

It is because the harvest workers are paid out of order that Jesus closes both his marriage parables with the words, "For many first shall be last, and last that shall be first." He even describes their complaint about the unequal treatment they feel they are receiving in Matthew 20:11,12.

Jesus called me to reveal the meaning of his allegory and to share the identity of these four groups before the start of early Rapture in the days ahead!  

Here are the four groups of harvest in the Bible:

1) Man-child (144,000 first fruits, Rev 12:5, 14:4)
2) Gentile church (bride of Christ & her companion virgins / Psl 45)

3) Dead in Christ (first only with respect to group 4 / 1 Thes 4:16)

4) Final rapture of those who are alive and remain (1 Thes 4:17)


Please note that all four harvest groups are represented by an associated agricultural crop out of the holy land as revealed in Revelation 6:6:

1) Barley        2) Wheat         3) Wine (grapes)       4) Oil (olives)     

This gathering of believers will follow God's divine order as represented by these various crops in His end time harvest.  It begins with the man-child in Revelation 12, whose identity is the 144,000 virgin male Jews described as the first fruits of harvest in Revelation 14:4, followed by gentile believers, or the Church, who is the daughter of the King followed by her virgin companions in Psalms 45.  Group 3 is the dead in Christ to be resurrected immediately prior to Group 4, which is the catching up of those who are alive and remain (1 Thes 4:16,17) as Jesus descends out of heaven at the last trump!

There are three Rapture groups and one resurrection group
to be harvested during the 42 months of Great Tribulation before the Lord physically returns. He may further shorten the days so that 42 months are not required for us to reach the final day of our Final Generation!

I know that some believe in a one-day-Rapture at the 6th Seal, but I have been shown by the Lord that Rapture will not be a one-day event and that his divided harvest will take place over the entire duration of the 7 Trumpets of the 7th Seal.


We might well reach the start of this four-part harvest with the Feast of Trumpets in September of 2017, but remember that fulfillment of the remaining Feast Days will not occur in the same year as it all begins.  Even if Group 1 is taken during the Feast of Trumpets in 2017, we can expect the fulfillment of the remaining Feast Days (Atonement and Tabernacles) to occur in later years, possibly as late as 2020. 

The chart below shows the harvest sequence and why none of these events is confined to a single 24-hour day. I pray this information will be a comfort to you as we move into the time of this great end time harvest!


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Background:

One reason I wrote my book was to bring all these verses on Rapture timing together and see how they fit and what they mean. If we take one or 2 verses out of two dozen on this topic, we end up with a private interpretation (2 Peter 1:20) just like the modern Church has been doing for years. Chapter 5 of my book uses every available scripture to show why Jesus said there would be four groups of harvest at the end of time.

Someone pointed out to me that it appears there are five groups in the parable rather than four. Let's read this passage together carefully:


"For the kingdom of heaven is like unto a man that is an householder, which went out early in the morning to hire labourers into his vineyard.
And when he had agreed with the labourers for a penny a day, he sent them into his vineyard. And he went out about the third hour, and saw others standing idle in the marketplace, And said unto them; Go ye also into the vineyard, and whatsoever is right I will give you. And they went their way. Again he went out about the sixth and ninth hour, and did likewise. And about the eleventh hour he went out, and found others standing idle, and saith unto them, Why stand ye here all the day idle? They say unto him, Because no man hath hired us. He saith unto them, Go ye also into the vineyard; and whatsoever is right, that shall ye receive." (Matthew 20:1-7)

You may want to read the rest of the parable later, as this portion is only provided to show the various groups for us to count. There are four groups marked, as shown, by the underscored hours of the day, namely the third, sixth, ninth, and eleventh hours, corresponding to our 9AM, 12PM, 3PM, and 5PM. 

Who is this earlier group said to have entered the harvest "early in the morning," and why are they unaccounted for in the book of Revelation? We might assume they began their labors near the start of daybreak, perhaps at the same time of morning Jesus exited the tomb, even before Mary had sufficient light to see him.

We have good reason to believe the identity of this earlier group in the vineyard parable is indeed pointing to those who came forth from their graves at the same time as Jesus himself was resurrected! 

Here is a portion of Matthew's record of events at the time of the Lord's resurrection:

"The tombs broke open, and the bodies of many saints who had fallen asleep were raised." (Matthew 27:52)

Jesus preached to these same individuals in Sheol during his three days in the tomb and prior to resurrecting on the third day, which explains why John makes no reference to them in the book of Revelation.  It was already a past event! 

I believe the four groups of harvest marked by an eight hour period of time (the same as the Clock Jesus showed me in 2010) are those yet to be harvested, also described in Revelation 6:6 as barley, wheat, wine, and oil.  The early morning harvest on the day of the Lord's resurrection was simply a foreshadowing of the greater harvest to come!

I have also been asked about the "twinkling of an eye" that Paul refers to in Corinthians, and how this could be fulfilled unless every believer is gathered at the same exact moment in time. I address this question near the end of my book in a special Q&A, but here I want to show how our English trained mindset gets in the way of understanding the unique syntax of the ancient Biblical Greek of the New Testament, and how we should rely on context for understanding. 

Let's read what Paul wrote:

"Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed." (1 Cor 15:52)

The words, "we shall not all sleep [die], but we shall all be changed," means believers who are still alive when Jesus returns will not die, however untold millions of dead Christians will be resurrected, as well. Remember that in 1 Thessalonians 4:17, Paul says the dead in Christ will be raised first, therefore this "twinkling of an eye" in the earlier passage cannot be the same moment in time for every believer!

Again, it is our English mind-set that eliminates the apparent contradiction and leaves us with a simpler (though incorrect) conclusion. We will all be changed in the twinkling of an eye, but that is not the same as saying we are all changed at the same moment in time!

If I tell you that my son went to the market yesterday, would it be untrue if he had gone four times to the market and received a penny in change each time?

That is exactly what the laborers in the harvest in the vineyard parable all have in common -- they all receive the same penny in wages (eternal life) but they don't receive that penny all at the same time! Why else would Jesus say there are four groups taken from the harvest and paid out of order? Those to be changed "in the twinkling of an eye" just means each believer will be changed at his or her divinely appointed time!

What about Paul's reference to the last trump of God? Exactly how many trumpets are there? Incredibly, there are 100 trumpet blasts associated with the Feast of Trumpets! There are another 30 trumpets prior to the arrival of Yom Teruah during the month of Elul. And there are others trumpets blown at various points on the Hebrew calendar during special events and holy days! Paul is only referring to the last trumpet! And since his description of events is confined to this narrow segment of time when Jesus is actually descending out of heaven, we have to ask ourselves what Jesus said referring to events prior to his physical arrival to know the rest of the story!

Jesus said there would be a group of virgins separated at the door into the Marriage, he said a man would be removed as the wedding was about to begin. He then said we should be as those who wait for their Lord when he shall return from the wedding! (Luke 12:36). The virgins who get separated from the others will not be lost as the modern church believes, they will however be delayed.

All of this illustrates why, at the end of both his wedding parables, Jesus added, "many first will be last, and last shall be first, for many are called, but few chosen." (Matt 20:16)

For our purposes, we can view the vineyard parable as a prophecy that four groups are yet to be harvested at the end of time.  An earlier group raised from their graves at the Lord's resurrection 2,000 years ago should be seen as a foreshadow of the greater harvest ahead. 

In Revelation 12:5, the 144,000 are caught up (Greek: 726) and in Rev 14:4 they are called the first fruits of the harvest, meaning they are the first group to be raptured before Jesus returns. The martyrs who are resurrected at the end become Group 3, that is why John refers to them as grapes, as grapes are a Fall harvest. Those who are "alive and remain" go last, which means they are group 4. Note that olives are an early Winter harvest. 

The only group left is the gentile Church, or group 2, and it may be that this portion of the harvest is taken
over a period of many days between two consecutive Feasts of Trumpets!

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