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The Harvest of the Earth February 13, 2016

Posted by flashbuzzer in Books, Christianity.
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Here are my thoughts on Revelation 14:14-20.

Summary: In this passage, John observes God the Son seated on a cloud. An angel emerges from the temple in heaven and calls Him to harvest the earth with His sharp sickle; He responds accordingly. Another angel emerges from the heavenly temple with a sharp sickle; a third angel calls the second angel to gather grapes from the vine of the earth, and the second angel responds accordingly. These grapes are tossed into the winepress of God’s wrath, producing a sea of blood.

Thoughts: This passage clearly illustrates God’s holiness, righteousness, wrath and power. Indeed, His wrath is terrifying; here, John portrays it as a winepress that yields so much blood that it rises “as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1600 stadia.” This is a valuable reminder that our holy God demands that we live holy lives, and He is both willing and able to punish those who do not respond appropriately. Of course, responding appropriately was potentially extremely costly for John’s original audience, and this raises the question as to how modern-day believers – especially those of us who live in First World countries – should respond appropriately. We need wisdom to determine how we can sacrifice more for Christ on a daily basis, and we need strength to take those concrete steps of faith.

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