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“Revelation 14:14-16”
by Art Sadlier   
December 13th, 2009

Vision six    A preview of Armeggedon

"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 time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth if the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped."

This is a judgment scene, the battle of Armeggedon is viewed. The Lord Jesus Christ, the judge of all the earth is about bring judgment that will sweep all of the unrighteous off the face of the earth. At the end of the age when the Lord comes there will be two reapings, the gathering of the wheat into the Kingdom and the gathering of the tares to be burned in the fire. This reaping in our text is the gathering of the tares to be cast into hell.

I would remind you that at the beginning of the tribulation period, after the rapture, there will not be a single believer alive on the earth. Likewise at the end of the tribulation when Christ comes and judges there will not be a single unbeliever alive on the earth. (See Joel 3:11-16)

The devil is sowing his tares today, but when Christ comes the reaping will take place.

In verse 14, we see a glorious picture of Christ, not the meek and mild Christ who humbled Himself and became obedient unto death. This scene is a picture of the Sovereign Lord of the universe in all of His glory and splendor as He prepares to come and judge the earth. His patience has now been exhausted, (Psl. 2:1-3)

Today men are casting aside the bands of God's Word. We will not be restrained by God's Word, today every command God has given to man in His Word in being trampled on. That is the history of man and today man's rebellion is coming to a climax. There will be seven years when man's rebellion against God climax.

The corruption and vileness of man's sin is objectionable to a holy God. We need to be reminded that while the earth awaits the rapture the harvest is ripe unto a harvest of the souls of men. We read in John 4:35, "Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields, for they are white already to harvest."

The goal of teaching and preaching about prophecy is not to just satisfy our curiosity, but to motivate us to witness before our Lord comes and our opportunity to witness is over forever. Now is tne time to win a crown.

"He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bring his sheaves with him." Psalm 126:6

These verse represent the climax of the whole day of man, we need to fix our eyes on these verse and remember the end of the story. No matter what happens in the meantime the end result will not change, PRAISE THE LORD i'm on the winnig side, how about you?

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