After the garden is weeded, the grain is winnowed.

After the garden is weeded, the grain is winnowed.

In winnowing, each individual grain of wheat is separated from the inedible chaff that surrounds it. In “winnowing”, lightly crushed grains are tossed into the air. The wind blows the chaff away.

Mt. 3-12 describes “winnowing”. “His winnowing fork is in His hand, and He will thoroughly clear His threshing floor; and He will gather His wheat into the barn, but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”

Some grains of wheat remain. Some are good. Some are “bad”. How does God tell the difference?

A good grain of wheat, when planted properly, yields “a hundredfold”. The grains without life in them yield nothing, no matter how well they are planted.

So, at Judgment, the “bad” grain is separated from the good. God can tell which grains have the “spark” of life that may be allowed to race joyfully through Heaven as “sparks through stubble”.


We are told very clearly that there is way to avoid the coming Judgment.

Luke 17:33-36 “Whosoever shall seek to save his life shall lose it; and whosoever shall lose his life shall preserve it. I tell you, in that night there shall be two men in one bed; the one shall be taken, and the other shall be left. Two women shall be grinding together; the one shall be taken, and the other left. Two men shall be in the field; the one shall be taken, and the other left.”

Thinking about winnowing leaves us with this passage from Luke 17:37,

“And they answered and said unto him, ‘Where, Lord?’ And He said unto them, ‘Wheresoever the body is, thither will the eagles be gathered together.’”

Some Catholics think that passage means Guardian Angels will appear at the moment a body dies. Eagles escort the saved soul, the “good seed”, to Heaven. They carry it safely past the grasping claws of ravenous demons.

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