When is the end-time harvest?



Question: “I have heard of a great end-time harvest. What period of time does the end-time include, and will there be a massive harvest at the end-time?”



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Is there an end-time

As he sat on the Mount of Olives, the disciples came to him privately, saying, “Tell us, when will these things be, and what will be the sign of your coming and of the end of the age?” And Jesus answered them, “See that no one leads you astray. For many will come in my name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and they will lead many astray. And you will hear of wars and rumors of wars. See that you are not alarmed, for this must take place, but the end is not yet. For nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom, and there will be famines and earthquakes in various places. All these are but the beginning of the birth pains (Matthew 24:3-8).


But has there ever been a period in the world’s history when these indicators where not threatening or existed?


Many world events could have been interpreted at that time as the end-time.  Imagine living in Rome and having to face the possibility of the arena, lion’s den, or the stake.  And there was Attila overrunning Europe in the 5th century, the Vikings in the 9th, Genghis Khan in the 13th, and the Muslims in the 16th century.  What might European and Asia Christens have thought when the Black Death killed most Christians, eliminating 25 million people between 1346 and 1353. Wouldn’t many Christians have thought they where in the end-time during WWI were which 41 million where killed or wounded or during WWII were nearly 80 million people died, including 19 to 28 million from war-related disease and famine.


Do we know when the end-time will occur? The answer is no, there is nothing in scripture to pinpoint the time.  But let me give you a hint. And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14).


Concerning the end-time, Jesus said, But concerning that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, nor the Son, but the Father only (Matthew 24:36).


The point is that we should not be concerned about when the end-time will occur or if we are in the end-time, but that we are prepared and are obediently telling others about Jesus.



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Is there a great harvest and when might it occur?

The first clear indication of a great harvest occurs when Jesus brings His own to Himself.  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 (Revelation 14:14-16). Jesus reaps, taking for Himself, those who are His own.


A second great harvest follows in which those who refused Jesus’ offer were gathered for eternal punishment. 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.” 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 1,600 stadia (Revelation 14:17-20).


In John 15: 1-8, Jesus said that he was the “true” vine and his followers are the branches. The grapes in the above passage are the vines of the “earth”.  They are not the true vine and are to be destroyed.  The vines of the earth are gathered and crushed in the winepress outside of the city. It describes blood flowing from the winepress, up to a horses’ bridles for 1,600 furlongs (about 180 miles). This appears to describe the Antichrist’s armies being destroyed at the battle of Armageddon (Rev. 16:16), that occurs at the end of the seven year tribulation.


The separating of the righteous from the evil in the above passages of Revelation 14 is similar to the separating of the good fish from the bad fish in Matthew 13:47-50.


During the seven year tribulation, God will be bringing great numbers to Himself through 144,000 servants He will called to spread the gospel (Rev. 7:1-4). And for the first time in Biblical history, God will have angels flying in the air preaching the everlasting gospel to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people (Rev. 14:6-7).  God will also anoint two witnesses that will prophesy for 1,260 days to people and nations. In Acts 2:17 we are told of a mighty outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. And lastly, we have the great and terrible tribulation itself demonstrating God’s punishment of sin, and mankind’s need to turn to God. What was the result of these acts of God to draw His people to Himself? After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands (Revelation 7:9).


While it appears that the last great harvest will occur at the end of the seven year tribulation, some maintain that the great harvest will occur at the end of the millennium, removing all evil, and establishing God’s Kingdom.


And when the thousand years are ended, Satan will be released from his prison and will come out to deceive the nations that are at the four corners of the earth, Gog and Magog, to gather them for battle; their number is like the sand of the sea.  And they marched up over the broad plain of the earth and surrounded the camp of the saints and the beloved city, but fire came down from heaven and consumed them, and the devil who had deceived them was thrown into the lake of fire and sulfur where the beast and the false prophet were, and they will be tormented day and night forever and ever (Rev 20:7-10).


Conclusion

While many, including your author, hope for a great harvest before the Tribulation, and while there is scripture that talks of numbers and multitudes, there is little scripture to offer assurance of a great harvest before the Tribulation. But clearly there will be a great harvest at the end of the Tribulation and possibly at the end of the millennium. But, let us remember today, that God is working full-time with those who obediently are willing to be laborers in His harvest field (Matt 9:38), evangelizing those around them, and promoting a great harvest each and every day.



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