Derek Prince Sermon: The Two Harvests (Full Transcript)

Full text of Derek Prince’s sermon titled “The Two Harvests” which was preached in September 29, 1990.

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Derek Prince – Bible Teacher

Harvest is a major theme of Scripture that runs right through from the first book to the last. I think it’s first introduced in the time of Noah with God’s promise to Noah that as long as the earth remains, seed time and harvest will continue.

But I want to turn, first of all, to the book of Deuteronomy which is the book in which we have Moses’ instructions to Israel, just before they entered the land of Canaan. And he gave them very thorough instructions as to how they were to conduct themselves and how they would be able to enjoy the benefits and blessings of the inheritance into which God was taking them.


And we’re going to read from Deuteronomy 11:13–14. You have to remember that Israel had come out of Egypt, which is essentially a flat country, and where there is relatively little rain. And the main source of water is not rain but the River Nile. And in Egypt they have a device called a shadoof which they dip a bucket into the water of the Nile, pull it up and pour it into little channels which direct the water to the area where it’s needed for the crops.

So, in a certain sense, the water was under their control.

Moses said to Israel, when you get into the land God is giving you it’s not like that. It’s a land of hills and valleys, and it receives rain from heaven. And he said: it’s not under your control. You won’t be able to just get the water any time. But, if you’re obedient and faithful to God, He’ll give you the rain that you need.

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And here is the promise. But, joined with the rain almost invariably in the Bible is the promise of the harvest. And we have to understand that the harvest depended on the rain. That’s true, of course, ultimately in every nation. But it’s much more true in the land of Israel.

Because there really are only two main seasons: the hot, dry season and the cold, wetter season. There’s very little spring and virtually no autumn that you can notice.

And during the hot dry season, from about April to usually the end of September, no rain falls at all. Just none. And then they have what’s called the former rain, which comes at the beginning of the winter season. And in the economy of the agriculture, its purpose is to soften the soil, which by then is baked hard, so that the farmer can begin the processes which will lead to the harvest. And it’s usually a major outpouring which covers the whole nation.

Then throughout the winter, rain falls sporadically here and there. But there’s no major overall outpouring until what’s called the latter or the last rain which usually falls about the time of the Passover which is the first month in the biblical year, corresponding to our Easter, i.e., about March or April.

And the agricultural purpose of the latter rain is to cause the seed to germinate. If either the former or the latter rain fails, the harvest is probably going to fail. So, the rain is always intimately linked with the harvest.

And in this promise that Moses gives to Israel here, he specifically joins the two. He also specifies three main types of harvest. They’re not by any means all but it is the Grain, the New Wine and the Oil. You’ll find through the Bible —at least through the Old Testament— these are the three basic harvests: the grain harvest, the grape harvest and the olive harvest.

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