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The Final Harvest (Preview of Armageddon) (32 of 41)
Series: The Unveiling
As we have read these verses tonight, we are reading a 'snippet' or a preview of things to come. When you go to the movie, you'll discover that the first 5-10 minutes contain previews of upcoming movies and attractions. Most of the time, I'm not interested in the previews because those movies don't interest me, but here I'm more than interested because this is a preview of the greatest battle of all times. This is a preview of the Battle of Armageddon. In a few weeks, in chapter 19, we'll take a look at this historic and final battle. For now, let's see what that battle really is and what it is for. This is summed up in one word, ''Harvest.'' This final battle is God harvesting the earth. He harvests the wheat and tares- the grapes.
We begin in verse 14 with a descriptive picture. (READ) This is none other than our Lord Jesus. He is clothed in regal attire, sitting on a cloud, with a harvesting tool (a sickle) in His hand, and He is 'at the ready.' Approximately 7 years earlier, He had appeared in the clouds to rapture away the believers of the ages and now He is waiting for the Father to give the word so He can finish the task.
Verse 15 describes an angel coming out of the Sanctuary declaring, ''The Time is now, use your sickle, and reap the harvest!'' Let's focus our attention on the harvest and some of the truths of the harvest. Let us know that when this final harvest is reaped that the wheat and the tares will be eternally separated and dealt with.
Consider 3 things about this 'Final Harvest'.
1The Thrill of the Harvest - Notice the inferences to harvest. We read words like sickle and reap and even ripe. The original readers of the Revelation knew these terms and symbols all too well. They knew what it was to sow and reap because they had done it so much. This is why Jesus used so many agricultural illustrations to proclaim the Kingdom. ...
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