THE SEVENTH TRUMPET (PART III) ASSURANCE SEVEN:
THE TERRIBLE HARVEST OF THE UNGODLY WILL TAKE PLACE
The great day of earth’s harvest is coming, the harvest of the ungodly and evil of this world (verse 19). Jesus Christ is going to judge all the ungodly and evil of this world. Not a single person will escape. And He is going to judge them in WRATH, NOT IN LOVE.
FACT: The day is coming when the world will be ripe for judgment:
- A day when ungodliness and evil will run totally loose and run rampant upon earth.
- Horrors of lawlessness and evil, murder, all evil will run so wild that the Lord Jesus Christ can no longer take it.
- The people of the world will be engulfed in idolatry, murder, sorcery, immorality, and stealing.
- The people of the world will be materialistic and worldly.
- The people of the world will be atheistic and God-rejecting.
- The people of the world will be so evil that there will be no hope whatsoever that they will ever change and turn to God.
NOTE: There is coming a time when the situation upon earth is utterly hopeless and helpless. When that day comes, then comes the GREAT TRIBULATION of the earth.
And in the end of that GREAT TRIBULATION, IN THE VERY LAST DAY OF WORLD HISTORY, Jesus Christ SHALL REAP THE EARTH.
In the last passage we looked at the reaping of the godly. This passage LOOKS AT THE REAPING OF THE UNGODLY AND EVIL OF THIS WORLD. This is THE GREAT DAY OF EARTH’S HARVEST; THE TERRIBLE HARVEST OF THE UNGODLY AND EVIL OF THIS WORLD WILL TAKE PLACE.
Note: 3 things:
- The Harvester is a great angel (Revelation 14:17).
- The terror of the harvest of the ungodly (Revelation 14:18-19).
- The terror of Armageddon, the place where the wrath of God falls (Revelation 14:20).
(Revelation 14:17) – Judgment — ungodly — end time: There is the harvester, a great angel.
- He comes out of the temple of God. This means he is from heaven and from God, from the very presence of God and on a special mission for God.
- He holds a sharp sickle in his hand, the threshing tool of the farmer or vineyard keeper.
In Revelation 14:18-19 We are looking at the vine of the earth and Judgment — ungodly–unbelievers – There is the terror of the harvest of the ungodly. Note several things:
1. There will be the terror of the angelic cry. This is the SECOND angel, but he does not come from God’s presence. He comes from the altar of incense, that is, from the altar where the prayers of God’s people are kept (Revelation 5:8)–where the martyred saints of Christ are stationed in heaven.
Remember: There have been millions of believers martyred down through the ages, and there will be millions more martyred in the end time. Through all their suffering they were praying for the same thing for which WE PRAY–for God’s kingdom to come to earth, for the righteousness and justice and love to rule upon earth.
When this angel appears he symbolizes that these prayers are about to be answered. The Lord Jesus Christ is now ready to rid the world of all the ungodly and evil. Note a couple of things:
2. The angel has the power of fire. This means that the fire of God’s judgment is to be cast upon the earth and all unbelievers are to be consumed.
3. The angel cries out for judgment to begin. Note how the ungodly and evil of the earth are said to be clusters of grapes hanging on the vine of the earth. There are two vines in the earth: the vine of Jesus Christ and the vine of the world.
- Jesus Christ said that He is the vine and His followers are the branches (John 15:1-10).
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abideth in me, and I in him, the same bringeth forth much fruit: for WITHOUT ME YE CAN DO NOTHING” (John 15:5).
- This passage also says that the earth has a vine, a vine of worldliness and ungodliness and evil–a vine that will reach its full growth in the end time in the Antichrist and his followers.
“…thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe” (v. 18).
NOTE: A person chooses upon which vine he will hang. He chooses which cluster of grapes he wishes to be a part of, whether the followers of Jesus Christ or the followers of the world and of the Antichrist, the followers of righteousness or the followers of the ungodly and evil.
“But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately he putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come” (Mark 4:29).
“Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision” (Joel 3:14).
“…behold, now is the ACCEPTED TIME; BEHOLD, NOW IS THE DAY OF SALVATION” (2 Corinthians 6:2).
4. There WILL BE THE TIME OF GOD’S WRATH. This is a frightening picture of terror and horror, of the terrible judgment to come.
“And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God” (v. 19).
The angel lifts the sickle high into the air and with the swift stroke of God’s omnipotent power, he thrusts the sickle of eternal judgment into the earth.
The vine of the earth is cut, all the ungodly and evil of the earth are…
- cut down and gathered together.
- cast into the winepress of God’s wrath.
What is the winepress of God’s wrath? The winepress was a trough, usually made out of either stone or brick, that was placed over a large vat. The grapes from the vine were placed in the trough. People would trample the grapes and the juice would flow through holes in the bottom of the trough into the vat underneath.
This is a graphic picture of the wrath of God. God’s wrath will be like the trampling of grapes underfoot. The picture is that of no mercy, no compromise and no grace. The picture is twofold.
a. The trampling of the grapes is deliberate. It was purposeful. It was to get the juice out of the grapes, not to save the grapes. There was no love, no compassion, no feelings for the grapes. The grapes were to be trampled underfoot. This will be the wrath of God.
- God’s wrath will be deliberate and purposeful.
- It will be to execute perfect justice upon the ungodly and evil of this world.
- There will be no love, no compassion, no mercy, no feelings extended in the terrible day of the harvest.
- All persons, every single one of us, will stand before God who is perfectly just, who in His perfection of justice must execute justice upon all persons (2 Corinthians 5:9-11).
- All the ungodly and evil of this world will be cast into the winepress of God’s wrath and trampled under foot without any compassion or mercy (Revelation 14:19-20).
NOTE: If a person is truly saved, he or she will not face the winepress of God’s justice (see John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13). However, one must remember that the Bible declares that TODAY is the day of salvation (2 Corinthians 6:2). When you hear and understand the Gospel, you are experiencing the drawing power of the Holy Spirit, that is the day of salvation. Don’t deny His prompting, or later you might find it is too late.
b. The trampling of the grapes was thorough. The clusters of grapes were trampled and trampled until every single grape was crushed. So shall the wrath of God be. Note 13 things:
- God’s wrath will be thorough.
- Not a single unsaved person shall escape the wrath of God.
- All [everyone] the ungodly and evil of this world shall be placed in the winepress of God’s holy wrath.
- God’s wrath will execute perfect justice.
- God will be totally unlike man: He will show no partiality, no favoritism and no discrimination.
- God will see that all persons receive exactly what they deserve, exactly what their works were upon earth.
- God will see that every unjust and ungodly and evil act against God and others is repaid–measured out exactly on the basis of what each person did.
- God’s wrath will be PERFECT RETRIBUTION.
- No ungodly person will be judged for anything that he did not do. The exception will be THE REJECTION OF JESUS.
- The ungodly will be judged for what he did do.
- The ungodly and evil are guilty; they NEVER trusted Jesus Christ to bear the guilt of their ungodliness and evil for them.
- Therefore, they must bear the guilt themselves; they must suffer the wrath of God.
- AND the wrath of God is going to trample underfoot all the ungodly and evil of this world.
“And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God” (Revelation 14:19).
“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” (Revelation 19:15).
“He that believeth on the Son [Jesus Christ see John 3:16] hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him“ (John 3:36).
“For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness;” (Romans 1:18).
“But unto them that are contentious, and do not obey the truth, but obey unrighteousness, indignation and wrath,” (Romans 2:8).
“Let no man deceive you with vain words: for because of these things cometh the wrath of God upon the children of disobedience,” (Ephesians 5:6).
“But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men” (2 Peter 3:7).
“And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, ‘Behold the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, to execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard speeches which ungodly sinners have spoken against him’ ” (Jude 14-15).
“Kiss the Son, lest he be angry, and ye perish from the way, when his wrath is kindled but a little. Blessed are all they that put their trust in him” (Psalm 2:12).
“I have trodden the winepress ALONE; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment” (Isaiah 63:3).
REVELATION 14:20 – Armageddon – Judgment:
NOTE: There is the terror of Armageddon, the place where the wrath of God is to fall.
As we close out this study, there are some things we will be seeing in the next study:
- The winepress of God’s judgment and the terror related thereto is terrible. Why? Because Jerusalem is the place where the WRATH OF GOD IS TO FALL. We will begin the next study with two significant points:
- For instance, the winepress of God’s judgment is trampled down “outside the city.” “The city” always refers to Jerusalem.
- We will see what the horrifying scene will look like: blood will flow out of the winepress of God’s wrath and the blood will be as deep as two feet in some places. Further, we will listen to Isaiah, Joel, John [the book of Revelation] and Second Thessalonians which graphically describes the scene.
May God bless you richly as you study His Word or, if you are not saved, may he challenge you with the Gospel (John 3:16 and Romans 10:9-13).
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