Saturday, February 3, 2018

Two Harvests in Revelation 14

14 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.
15 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 is ripe.
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 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.
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. (Revelation 14:14-20)

What we have here is a big gathering of two separate groups. We don’t know what the 1st group is at first, but we are told the second group is gathered to be cast into the winepress of the wrath of God, so that tells us the grapes represent the wicked. So, the first group must be the righteous who are gathered together for safety. This is consistent with the message of Jesus’s parable of the wheat and the tares in which both the righteous and the wicked are allowed to mix and grow together until the end when the wheat (righteous) are gathered into the garner and the chaff (the wicked) remain to be burned.

It appears that at some point the Saints will need to physically gather for safety and security. I imagine the prophets will tell us when that time comes.