Jesus’ Threshing Floor
In the days when there was no machinery, after the harvest, the grain was separated from the straw and husks by beating it manually. In order to accomplish this, there had to be a flat surface which was smooth and hard and this was known as the threshing floor. The process of threshing entailed spreading the sheaves on the threshing floor and causing oxen and cattle to tread repeatedly over them thus loosening the edible part of cereal grain from the scaly, inedible chaff that surrounds it. It was after this process that winnowing forks were used to throw the mixture into the air so the wind could blow away the chaff, leaving only the good grain on the floor.
I had a dream/vision, 11/04/2014. In the dream I saw the Lord standing in the middle of the threshing floor, His threshing floor I presume. I saw freshly harvested wheat on the floor all around Him. Then I saw a huge round stone begin to roll over the wheat on the threshing floor doing what I described above, loosening the wheat from the chaff.
In this dream/vision, it is my belief that the stone is representative of trials and tribulations. I did see the Lord with a winnowing fork in His hand, however, He was not using it as He was waiting for the stone to do it’s work.
I believe that the Lord is purifying for Him self a people and it is through trials that we are purified.
Consider it wholly joyful, my brethren, whenever you are enveloped in or encounter trials of any sort or fall into various temptations. Be assured and understand that the trial and proving of your faith bring out endurance and steadfastness and patience. But let endurance and steadfastness and patience have full play and do a thorough work, so that you may be [people] perfectly and fully developed [with no defects], lacking in nothing.
You should] be exceedingly glad on this account, though now for a little while you may be distressed by trials and suffer temptations, So that [the genuineness] of your faith may be tested, [your faith] which is infinitely more precious than the perishable gold which is tested and purified by fire. [This proving of your faith is intended] to redound to [your] praise and glory and honor when Jesus Christ (the Messiah, the Anointed One) is revealed.
But when the Lord judges us, he disciplines us so that we won’t be condemned along with the rest of the world.
I believe that in this instance that the, “chaff”, if you will, are the things that the Lord wishes to get out of our lives so that only the grain is left and the church is purified. I also believe that this process will separate the true believers from the false ones.