The Sowers Field, Wayne Weaver, Ministries of Wayne Weaver, Millersburg, Ohio.
Chapter 1: Consider your Sowing
The Author, Pastor of the Revivalist Fellowship the Oasis Tabernacle in Sugarcreek Ohio sets out his apostolic cry for the Church to return to holiness. This is not a religious, competitive form so often presented but one of deep surrender to Jesus Christ with his perfections manifesting through us, the empty vessel.
Considering “sowing” is the subject dealt with in this first chapter. The ground conditions, the power of the Word, sowing seeds and the issues about the use of words is brought in from the very beginning.
Identifying the issue of Israel’s spies in relation to the Promised Land is placed under the consideration of the battle between heart and mind! In this context the Author deals with realisations and the awaiting of the Believer to the true Word of God supernaturally given. Obedience is the key here with reference to Deuteronomy 28, the casting upon the Lord of care and the admission of individual weakness which breaks curse and bondage. An open fellowship will allow the confessing of fault without danger to the confessor.
Kings David and Solomon experiences God’s blessings but it was clear that these Kings had personal weaknesses, David with Bathsheba and Solomon who went after other gods.
In this context comes the fear of God and with this comes responsibility and admission, Paul being prepared to even lose his own “stature.” It was to be with him a sowing to the Spirit rather than the flesh, a far cry from what is being witnessed today with the so called “Church” wallowing in evil worship that maintains an African beat of frenzy to a congregation intent on being entertained rather than submitting to God.
Chapter 2: Healing of the Land
An observation of the Author of there being a lack of God fearing nations is the initial approach here, the antichrist principles of reliance of man’s reasoning coming into place here placing nations under a curse. In amongst all this is the charitable acts of trying to feed the poor yet the mission orientated dealing with sin, the sin of corruption is clearly the key in releasing the world’s resources to everybody.
The World, however and this includes “churches” is obsessed with programmes rather than moving by faith with the use of materialism and modern enticements. The Tree of Knowledge seems to be “King” with the enticement of flesh honouring entertainments, leaders bound by Adamic reasoning, the Hellenism, knowledge and reason of the Greek philosophers.
An observation from an entertainer is given in that Vegas Casinos are crying out for ministry whilst the Church cries out for entertainment. All this shuts the heavens, compromise is in charge, Jezebels run rife with true healing of the people not given a chance for this comes out of real humility.
The Author declares the need to seek God’s face for when the Priest did that he could not stand in God’s glory, there being a need in the West for the 3rd. world situations of surrender.
Chapter 3: Fall into the Ground
The Author’s cry for holiness is not one of religious competitiveness, not one of personal effort for all this is engrossed with pride and carnality. True holiness can only be won through Christ Jesus and him alone, hearing from Him, applying his rhema word, denying self and moving along the avenue of the Cross away from the soulish nature. There is to be no “self-performance” in this, no envying, no strife, no divisions and no carnality.
The Peter example is given from Matthew 16, the human logic (referred to as “Satan”) considering that the way of the Cross was not required but this is the only way, perfection coming out even in the Old Testament with the cry to Abram to be perfect; Gen 17:1-2.
An up-beat end to the Chapter follows with the acknowledgement of spiritual resurrection, the Finished Work of Christ Jesus and the daily walk in the Spirit!
Chapter 4: The Sowers Field
Coming from Amish Farming Country in Ohio, USA the Author can see all around him the importance of being a good rather than negligent Farmer. Such as it is in the Spirit with the importance of germinating early being emphasised for a good harvest.
In this context good parents bring up their children according to God’s ways and not the World’s.
Observing a lineage from generation to generation the Author has witnessed the feeding of milk from leaders, there needing to be a change from man culture to God thinking. The Son of Man was not able to operate in his own strength. There was a complete reliance on the Father; John 5:30.
The “thorns” are related to being the “touch me nots” of individuals, the sensitive hidden things that pierce you if you come too close. Revival comes through openness and honesty.
Chapter 5: The Garden of God
The purpose of “mankind” and how refreshing it is to witness the use of this word rather than the politically correct corruption that is “humankind” is to provide a place for God to dwell. Rather than being an organisation, the Church is a body with an invisible head with a complete dependence on God; John 15.
The root of man’s failure in this is in the eating of the fruit for in Eve’s Luciferic doctrine she could have her own reasoning and be like God! The fall of man was caused by good intention by human reason with Luciferic logic, the downfall of society today.
In this context comes the natural man versus the spiritual man, the order following all of this being that now Adam has to eat and supply for his family with the land being cursed with weeds and thorns, an issue man would now have to deal with! If Adam’s fear of God had been greater than the attraction of woman then all this would not have happened, God making woman very beautiful, attractive to any normal man, this being an issue that even wise King Solomon struggled with, he being finally destroyed by the influence of Baal worship.
Violations are now listed in that there was a loss of the fear of God, Eve preferring to reason against the Word of God whilst being seduced. Man’s weakness of desiring acceptance of the beautiful woman even if she overrides the Word of God comes into play just as this occurs today with Jezebel and Ahab.
Ahab was the son of King Omri and Jezebel the daughter of King Embaal of the Zidonians. Jezebel demanded her own way putting on her face paint and becoming a prayer warrior so as to obtain Naboth’s vineyard. Today although they can operate separately Jezebels and Ahabs tend to settle together and protect each other.
Ahab was originally masculine but when challenged by Jezebel became a weak victim, dominated and under control by her beauty, sympathy, sweetness, super spirituality and profoundness.
Ahabs are never strong. They are sporadic and are ruled over with a strong hand having been manipulated with enticements and guilt. In this context Jezebel operates being very scriptural confronting to get the upper hand obsessed with dealing with other people’s matters and it is clear the Author is exposing this from a base of experience yet clear understanding of God’s Word. From this base the Author clearly recognises the link between Eve and Jezebel, this dominance culture of them both being very evil to such an extent that this can eliminate even one of God’s greatest ordained leaders.
The Author points out the danger of this occurring in Church, the Jezebel calling the shots with Ahabs dancing the dance clawing the heart of revival right out of the Body of Christ. In the home it is recognised as being a form of witchcraft with Jezebels in all surroundings looking for ways to confirm she is not a Jezebel getting sympathy from all those under her control.
Chapter 6: Wheat and Tares
A distinction is recognised by the Author between the natural man who sees and reacts and those of the spiritual mind led of the Lord, the sin of unbelief being tolerable to the natural mind.
Within this context we are informed that the Sower has spiritual success when he releases the seed from his heart with the burden of the Lord, the seed being the Word of God, the tares being those of the natural mind who persecute those of the Spirit.
The natural form of Christianity (which is a counterfeit) has brought the conditions for many to be offended because the offended do not know the difference between the sheep and the goats with “churches” being easily filled with Ishmaels, the offshoot of the natural mind. It is common to find the Bride and the Harlot together and betrayals following, an experience it is clear witnessed by true ministers of the Gospel.
Chapter 7: The Harvest
In this the final Chapter the Author gives revelation of what we truly are or what we have been sowing.
Now, a deep insight is coming out of all this, the Author using Malachi 3:2-3 to illustrate his point.
Malachi 3:2-3 King James Version (KJV)
2 But who may abide the day of his coming? and who shall stand when he appeareth? for he is like a refiner's fire, and like fullers' soap:
3 And he shall sit as a refiner and purifier of silver: and he shall purify the sons of Levi, and purge them as gold and silver, that they may offer unto the LORD an offering in righteousness.
The seriousness of what the Author believes to be the coming of the Latter Rain Revival is perhaps one that has even more serious repercussions than previous revivals. Those who have criticised the saints and in our own ministry in Wales we have witnessed this in that we have already seen criticisers taken out like “teeth from a mouth” as the Author puts it for touching those reaching an area in God that is of the latter rain. This was the case too in the Early Church with Ananias and Sapphira who through lack of openness suffered a swift exit, thus showing the intense seriousness of this restoration of Early Church Christianity.
The Author points out that after the Baptism in the Holy Ghost comes the fire of his presence, the Baptism itself bringing power, bringing the ability to be bold at a level no natural man can achieve. The contrast with religion is pointed out:
Religion always wants to be on the safe side by its own judgments. What is missing in this is the misunderstanding of the holiness of God.
This harvest, this revival however can only relate to a very deep relationship with the Saviour.
Everyone needs that deep, deep moment of personal surrender to Christ regardless of what it costs.
Concluding what can only be described as a heartfelt cry to the Body of Christ the Author concludes the book stating that what a man soweth, that shall he also reap. Amen.
This book is more than just a Christian resource, far more than this. It is setting out the conditions required for the revival to come. A catch-up is required for the Body to come out of the entertainment good works orientated “Church” and to come into the realm of walking in the “heavenly places in Christ Jesus.”
This requires the correct sowing, this requires the correct submission as in all true revivals – a denial of self has to occur to such a degree that it is only the perfections of Christ Jesus that manifest through his true body, a body victorious due to the finished work of Christ Jesus.
This “finished work” is a known doctrinal passion of the Author. On the reader grasping the Biblical content from the book, scripture verses coming from the unadulterated Word of God, the reading seeker of Christ can come into the realm of coming into the portals of power, of complete victory having died to self through all the suffering that can occur with the rejections and persecutions from the natural man.
From this base the Believer moves boldly on with the power that raised Christ Jesus from the dead, the resurrection power of God. Nothing can harm him, the sowing has occurred, the season of reaping has come.