Jesus and the Tribulation: The Harvest

Series: Jesus and the Tribulation

July 25, 2021 | Dr. Wes George

Passage: Revelation 14:14-20

The grain harvest vision 14-16

The harvest reaper is Jesus Christ.

14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. 

Daniel 7:13-14

13 “I kept looking in the night visions And behold, with the clouds of heaven One like a Son of Man was coming, And He came up to the Ancient of Days And was presented before Him. 14 “And to Him was given dominion, Glory and a kingdom, That all the peoples, nations and men of every language Might serve Him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion Which will not pass away; And His kingdom is one Which will not be destroyed.

Joel 3:13

13 Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great.

The harvest is ripe.

15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying out with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come, because the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 

The harvest will be reaped. 

16 Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.

The grape harvest vision 17-20

The harvest reaper is another angel. 

17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. 18 Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, 

Revelation 6:9-10

9 When the Lamb broke the fifth seal, I saw underneath the altar the souls of those who had been slain because of the word of God, and because of the testimony which they had maintained; 10 and they cried out with a loud voice, saying, “How long, O Lord, holy and true, will You refrain from judging and avenging our blood on those who dwell on the earth?”

Revelation 8:3-4

3 Another angel came and stood at the altar, holding a golden censer; and much incense was given to him, so that he might add it to the prayers of all the saints on the golden altar which was before the throne. 4 And the smoke of the incense, with the prayers of the saints, went up before God out of the angel’s hand 5 Then the angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar, and threw it to the earth; and there followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake.

The harvest is ripe.

18. . . saying, “Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.” 

The harvest results in the wrath of God.

19 So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. 20 And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.

Romans 1:18

18 For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men who suppress the truth in unrighteousness

Romans 2:5-6

5 But because of your stubbornness and unrepentant heart you are storing up wrath for yourself in the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God, 6 who will render to each person according to his deeds:

2 Thessalonians 1:6-9

6 For after all it is only just for God to repay with affliction those who afflict you, 7 and to give relief to you who are afflicted and to us as well when the Lord Jesus will be revealed from heaven with His mighty angels in flaming fire, 8 dealing out retribution to those who do not know God and to those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus. 9 These will pay the penalty of eternal destruction, away from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of His power, 10 when He comes to be glorified in His saints on that day, and to be marveled at among all who have believed—for our testimony to you was believed. 

Hebrews 10:31 it is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.

Isaiah 63:1-6; Matthew 13:30;39-42

The Lessons of the Harvest

The harvest is right.

It is logical to the mind.  

It is biblical in its basis. 

Galatians 6:7 Be not deceived, God is not mocked whatsoever a man sows, that he shall also reap

It is eternal in its impact.

The harvest is ripe. 14:15; 18

It was ripe in the first century.  

Matthew 9:37 The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.

It is ripe in this century.

The harvest is rapid.

You must recognize the opportunity.

You must respond to the opportunity.

You can rest after your opportunity.

The harvest is revealing.

It reveals the recipients of God’s reward.  Mt. 13:43

It reveals the recipients of God’s wrath.  Rev. 14:19

It reveals the participants in God’s work. Mt. 9:37-38

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