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Tuesday, October 25, 2011

A Time Of Harvesting

Revelation 14:14-20

And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

What is the meaning of these verses? The phrase "like unto a man" represents Jesus Christ Himself who is preparing to reap the harvest of the earth. Some popular beliefs is that in verses 14-16 represents God's wrath on the earth while in verses 17-20 is a different harvest because it make mention of another angel. God's harvest of judgment is the greatest as it will be His judgment on all who followed the beast as described in chapter 13. The grain harvest in this section is the great end-time harvest of salvation (Matthew 13:24-30, 36-43).

Verse 19 further explains the judgment that will take place during this time as it talks about the great winepress. From Biblical OT reading the treading of grapes is used as an illustration to express how the execution of all unbelievers by God Himself. They will be cast into the Lake of Fire for eternal damnation.

What all this means is that all believers who have remained steadfast to Christ will be included in the grain harvest and will rule with Christ when He establishes His kingdom on earth.
The time of harvesting is near; which harvest will you be in?

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