“The Harvest of Earth is fully ripe!”
Scripture reading for December 21st: Revelation 14
Key Scriptures: Revelation 14:12-16 “Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!” Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a Son of man, with a golden crown on his Head, and a sharp sickle in His hand. And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to Him Who sat on the cloud, “Put in Your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” So He Who sat on the cloud swung His sickle across the earth and the earth was reaped.”
John heard a voice from heaven commanding him to write down a Revelation “beatitude’ that would call the saints to patient endurance. It was a “Blessed indeed” Word from the throne echoed by the Holy Spirit concerning those who would die in faith during the final days of the tribulation. These would rest from their labors and their deeds of faith would follow them. The final call to patient endurance for the saints came with another vision John beheld. There was a white cloud, and seated on this cloud was Jesus Christ, crowned as King of Kings, and holding a sharp sickle in His hand. An angel appeared and passed the command from the throne–“Put in Your sickle, and reap. . .” for the hour had come when the harvest of earth was fully ripe! God would avenge His people whose blood had been shed on the earth!
Revelation 14:17-18 “Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.”
Faith confession and prayer: Father God, I hear Your call to me for patient endurance even in the time I live on the earth. Evil is multiplying and Your people are despised. Help me to endure and thrive as I trust in You and give me boldness to share Your promise of blessing for all who trust in Jesus. I believe the harvest of earth is ripening fast and fields of souls are white for harvest!
Revelation 14:19-20 “So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse’s bridle, for 1600 stadia.”