Jn.4:35 – Do you not say, ‘There are still four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I tell you, raise your eyes and observe the fields, that they are white for harvest.
Jesus was prophesying about seasons of supernatural harvest that was beginning to take place in this dialogue. These seasons of harvest are still happening throughout the church age even today. Peter and the disciples saw this season of harvest begin suddenly on the Day of Pentecost as thousands were thrust into the kingdom. Supernatural harvest is connected to the outpourings of the Holy Spirit. We often hear and talk about the Great Awakening in North America in the 1700’s. From 1740-1775 thousands and thousands of colonists were born again through the preaching of George Whitefield, Jonathan Edwards, and many others. In the early 1900’s there was another outpouring connected to Azusa Street that resulted in millions of people worldwide turning to Christ. In the 1970’s the Charismatic Renewal and the Jesus movement shook a generation and another supernatural harvest ensued. I have to agree with Jesus, the fields are white now and harvest is breaking in on the earth again. Here is how Barclay describes this verse.
“Agricultural land was very limited in stony, rocky Palestine; practically nowhere else in the country was it possible to look up and see the waving fields of golden corn. Jesus swept his gaze and his hand round. ‘Look,’ he said, ‘the fields are white and ready for the harvest. They took four months to grow; but in Samaria there is a harvest for the reaping now.’…..Jesus went on to show that the incredible had happened. The sower and the harvester could rejoice at the same time. Here was something no one might expect. To the Jews, sowing was a sad and laborious time; it was harvest which was the time of joy. ‘May those who sow in tears reap with shouts of joy! Those who go out weeping, bearing the seed for sowing, shall come home with shouts of joy, carrying their sheaves’.”
Jesus also said that the harvest is the end of the age. Apparently, the Lord was saying that all of the previous harvests were preparation leading up to the last great harvest. Many voices are saying we are approaching the end of the church age. If that is true, we are in for an unprecedented outpouring and harvest that will shake every part of our world. The fields are truly white!!!!