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THE THRESHING FLOOR I

The threshing floor was an ancient method of harvesting wheat and other grains by bringing them to a hard flat surface to separate the heads of the wheat from the chaff or outer hull of the wheat while beating the wheat. The winnowing fork (fan) was then used to lift the wheat into the air and allow the chaff (the outer hull of the wheat berry) to be blown away by fanning it in the air.

In the Bible the threshing floor is a place of separation and revelation. It is mentioned both figuratively and literally. In Matthew 3:12, John tells us, “His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor and gather his wheat into the barn, but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.” The wheat is figurative of believers and the chaff of those who do not believe, or those who are safely in the barn (Kingdom) and those who are perishing and outside the care of the Father.

“But when the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, then he will sit upon his glorious throne. All the nations will be gathered in his presence, and he will separate the people as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will place the sheep at his right hand and the goats at his left.” Jesus

 

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