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November 1, 2020 9:00 am
Revelation 14 declares that a great harvest will occur at the end of this age. Join Brian as he challenges you to examine whether you will be harvested into the kingdom of God or into damnation. Main Text: Revelation 14:14-20
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Welcome to God first with variety, when committing to encouraging you to put God first, while viewing life the window in the Bible. Now, in honor of the one and only true God, the God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob. Let's join Wayne see Thomas for today's message I want to thank Pastor Thomas for giving me the opportunity to bring a word from the Lord to you this morning we had a conversation by phone earlier in the weekend we were discussing Bible prophecy and the fact that many churches refuse to touch the book of Revelation. We've all heard the excuses to not read that book it would drive you crazy, you will lose your mind. It amazes me how people can get duped so easily by the devil for the first chapter, Revelation, verse three tells us. Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it. Did you hear that there is a special blessing for reading this book. Do you want a blessing then read Revelation, but the devil does not want us to know this book for details of his future demise in the victory of Jesus Christ and I tell people what sense does it make that God, God the son will leave a perfect Kevin come to this fallen earth to be beaten, tormented and killed so that we could have the opportunity for eternal life, only to turn around and say no limit give them a book that will cause them to lose their minds. It makes no sense at all. And the reason it makes no sense is because it is a deception of the great deceiver, the father of lies. Who is Satan.
So I commend Pastor Thomas in his church for preaching from this great book of Revelation. A little over a month ago I was outside working in my yard one day which is hobby for me. I can easily spend 2 to 3 hours at a time out doing yard work and the next morning when I woke up and stepped out of bed. I felt excruciating pain when I planted my right foot. I thought maybe my food went to sleep or something. Due to lien in the awkward position during the night and things will clear up soon so I continued walking, but I could barely put any weight on that foot.
The pain continued throughout the day and by bedtime I noticed my entire foot was swollen. I asked my wife to check to see if she could see any bite marks. I wondered if maybe a spotter, a something bit me during my sleep and she did not see anything in by the next morning the swelling was even worse so I called up a podiatrist and schedule an appointment for later that afternoon the podiatrist had my foot x-rayed and much to my surprise, diagnose a fracture stated there was a hairline fracture that likely develop due to overuse a stress fracture.
Emphasize that as we age parts of our bodies begin to break down simply from wear and tear and I thought to myself, my body is winding down. As a matter of fact, all of our bodies are winding down and he calls my mind to go to this earth in this age the Bible tells us that things are winding down and we can see the evidence of that all around us.
There was an elderly man once who decided to plant a garden. He cannot do it himself due to health and physical limitations. So he asked his sons to do so.
So his sons went out and found the best season town date till the ground then sowed the seeds.
After about a week. The elderly man saw seedlings coming up and feel good. The garden was coming along as planned, but after a couple more weeks.
He noticed that some of the seedlings were beginning to look differently than the others see his sons had only planted one type of vegetable, and after another week he was able to confirm that weeds had germinated and were growing up alongside his crop, his sons, as shall we pull up the weeds. The elderly man explained to them that the roots of the vegetables were not strong enough to hold onto the soul and that pulling the weeds would also uproot the good crop, so he said let them grow up together when it is time for harvest. We will first pull up the vegetables and store them in the barn for winter.
The weeds are to be gathered into bundles burned this story sounds familiar. Jesus gave a similar parable in the book of Matthew Jesus explained that he who sows good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world and the good sees of the sons of his kingdom. On the other hand, weeds or tears are sold by the devil.
He has sown bad seed even within the church that first appear to be good seed that will be a great harvest at the end his age sons of the kingdom will be gathered unto the Lord, but the sons of the devil will be gathered and cast into the fire where they would be willing and gnashing of teeth. Jesus said the children of the lights will be able to discern the signs of the times. In other words, his followers will recognize the season of his return. And as I look around the world today.
There is no doubt in my mind that we are in that season as we enter the fall season as the temperatures change that the crops began to change colors.
We know that the time a reprint is near. To put it another way is almost harvest time.
That is the title of my message this morning. It is almost harvest time. I will be preaching today for Revelation chapter 4 verses 14 through 20. Heavenly father, what an honor and privilege it is to bring a word from you to your people today is my prayer that all things are spoken there to be nothing but sound doctrine, and may you be honored and glorified in all things in the name of Jesus. Amen. I must say I'm not one to preach fluffy feel-good sermons. I think we have enough of those out there know the sermons in which we are told how great we are and how we should pat ourselves on the backs and I'm not trying to put us all down to the Bible says that there is no one that is good. No, not one in our Lord also stated that human beings doing that this is as filthy rags into him the truth of the matter is we all fallen sinners and I'm nothing without Jesus Christ, the only good that is found in us is that which comes from Jesus Christ because his spirit dwells in us. That is why we praise our Lord for his saving grace for it is by his shed blood.
We can be found worthy to stand in the presence of Almighty God. And so I thank you Lord Jesus for dying for my seniors.
I praise you on today I honor you for your great sacrifice we give glory and honor to our great team as we come to Revelation chapter 14 verse 14 we find that I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat one like the Son of Man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. As we come to this last portion of Revelation 14 like the passages before with we find a prophetic for glimpse of what is to come at the end of the tribulation this morning on the cloud is Jesus Christ the Son of Man we find the sound the same description from other passages. Matthew 2430 then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven. Then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.
Revelation 17 behold, he is coming with clouds, and every eye will see him, even they who pierced him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of him. Even so. Amen. One of these days I think will be very soon. All the world to look up is seeking Jesus coming to the earth on the clouds. He's coming in power and great glory to claim his earthly kingdom is coming in judgment.
No one of the unrighteous of the earth will be able to enter his earthly kingdom. So are you right with Jesus Christ today you get excited about a thought of his return. Or do you become afraid if the latter repents and accept him into your heart today, we see that the Son of Man is wearing a golden crown on his head is golden crown symbolizes the authority of Christ the King of all Kings know I have someone asked me once that they notice I did not mention the president much when I preach and wondered why that is my answer was simple see I did not look to the White House for my help and said I look to the Houston for my help comes from my help comes from the Lord who made heaven and earth do not get me wrong, the president has a very important role. I encourage people to vote and I vote myself, as believers in Christ we have a duty to vote because we do not. That leaves the unrighteous to control things, which brings about a moral legislation. We are to vote and I have a candidate that I hope wins.
But regardless of who wins Jesus Christ is the final authority and no president or any other politician can do anything unless Jesus Christ allows him to illimitable warnings. All the preachers out there if you mention the name of the president more than you mentioned the name of Jesus Christ within the pool. Your priorities out of order. You do not have the right focus yes we are to speak on political issues of the day, as we are not two separate any part of our lives from our walk with our Lord Jesus Christ is the creator of all things is the one with all power and all authority. Therefore, he should always be our focus. Notice that our Lord has a sharp sickle in his hand. This is because he's about to reap a harvest. This sickle a tour with a semicircular blade attached to a short handle used for reaping grain of tall grass is symbolic of the way in which our Lord will reap his followers into him at the end of this age has become the first 15 and another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud thrust in your sickle and reap, for the time has come for you to reap, for the harvest of the earth is right. This fourth angel Revelation 14 tells Christ to reap with his sickle for the time a reaping has come. Are you ready for the harvest. Can you say with 100% certainty today that you will speak you really read into the kingdom of our Lord.
When that day comes, if not origin today to turn to him. Flee from fornication flee from drunkenness flee from a lion flee from unforgiveness free from all see and in turn to the Lord in verse 16. So he sat. He who sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth and the earth was reaped.
Jesus Christ keys to the voice of the angel and reach the earth. Remember, this is foretelling the will take place at his coming. Jesus spoke of the same event in the parable of the wheat and the tears in Matthew 1330 let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of the harvest I will say to the reapers first gather together the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them to gather the wheat into my barn. The righteous followers of Jesus Christ.
The wheat will be gathered together into his barn where there will be peace where there would be comfort where there would be safety where there will be eternal life to reject his or Jesus Christ. The tears will be gathered into bundles and burned in the fire is not a fairytale. This will happen if you are not on the lower side you will be cast into the fire where you will be eternally separated from God. So why don't you come to him today, you won't eternal life. For it is almost harvest time. They Revelation 1417 says, then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven. He also having a sharp sickle.
The fifth angel Revelation 14 now X is the temple in heaven knows that the fifth angel has a sharp sickle himself.
Note the contrast with the previous reaping in that it was Christ who healed the sickle for the gathering of the righteous.
This reaping entails the reject is of Christ were represented as grapes. As we find in verse 18 and another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle save thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters divided the earth for her grapes are fully ripe. You're listening to Brian Thomas on God for more wine please visit God not or around the library. There you will find articles and messages available as MP3 downloads on various topics such as salvation.
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Also, sign up for our monthly newsletter and visit our web store visit God.now let's return now. The six angel comes out from the altar. Remember that these actions are taken place in heaven. Which directly trigger another action which will take place on the earth. The six angel has power over fire, and he tells the angel that is holding a sharp sickle to thrust and reap, for the earth is fully ripe. What makes the earth, fully ripe is ripe with seen meaning, the CN has reached his maximum fulfillment who remember in the Old Testament, the nation of Israel was not allowed by God to go in and conquer the land of Canaan into the iniquity of the Amorites was complete. The earth's rightness with CN will bring about the fullness of the cult of God's wrath.
We cannot continue to murder babies by the millions and the mother's womb and think that God will continue to hold back his wrath. We cannot continue to violate God's commands or sexual morality think that God will continue to hold back his wrath day is coming soon, with God's wrath, all of mankind's unrepentant sin will be poured out.
We find in Revelation 16, a series of judgments that are detail known as the bowl judgments when God pours out these judgments will some souls will break out on the bodies of all who took the mark of the beast and worshiped his image. Reservoirs are freshwater and saltwater will turn to blood throughout the earth. Look at how people reacted to the news of Kobe 19 people may rooms in the grocery stores and corded toilet paper. I still do not get the hoarding of toilet paper. If we are facing lockdowns why is toilet paper. The top priority understand the need for but one would think that food would be the primary for concern but for some reason toilet paper was the first theme to flout the shills look at how people panicked over not having toilet paper. So imagine the chaos that will ensue when the world finds there is no longer any suitable water to drink because it has turned into blood mass hysteria will sweep the earth as I think about the fact that God will turn the waters into blood that I can't help but think about all the innocent blood that has been shared from babies through up through abortion. God will revenge and when God pours his fourth bowl judgment out sheet from the sun will scores those on the earth. We have some intense summers here North Carolina. The heat and humidity can be downright oppressive at times, but it does not compare to the heat that will be poured out upon the earth during the trip Elysian to judge the unbelieving world rather than inhabitants of the year is repenting and giving glory to the one who has power over the heat, they will instead blaspheme him and not repent of their sins, and then a darkness will be poured out upon the earth. A darkness so intense that people actually feel pain as a result of it is quite mind blowing.
They will know their tones because the pain will be so great. But rather than repents. They will curse the name of God of heaven tell you again it is almost harvest time, which harvest would you be part of which to be harvested to Jesus Christ or harvested to judgment. Verse 19 so the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God, the great winepress of God's wrath will occur in the last three to have use the tribulation. Mankind's rejection of Christ reaches climax at this time it will culminate with the battle of Armageddon when Christ will return to defeat the Antichrist.
We will see this in more detail in the six bowl judgment of Revelation 16 and now is a good time to remind ourselves the study of Revelation in Bible prophecy is to change hearts is not for the purpose of simply gaining head knowledge.
Knowledge is important because God said his people perish for lack of knowledge we need to make sure the gains knowledge brings about a change in our hearts so that we therefore do not perish, let me take a moment to take a closer look at the parable of the wheat in the tears as it parallels the reaping of the great rot winepress of the wrath of God. The same ejectors of Christ, who were depicted as grapes destroyed in the great winepress also depicted as tears which are weeds that will be burned in the fire.
Matthew 1339 through 43 the enemy who sowed them is the devil harvest is the end of the age and the reapers are the Angels. Therefore as the tares are gathered and burned in the fire so it will be at the end of this age, the Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and those who practice lawlessness will cast them into the furnace of fire.
There will be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine forth as the sun in the kingdom of their father.
He who has ears to hear, let him hear. Verse 20 Revelation 14 and the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses bridles, for 1600 furlongs. The judgment of Christ upon the earth will come after three angelic warnings 1 preach the everlasting gospel number two warning that the Babylonian religion will be destroyed and number three warning that the worshipers of the antichrist will be judged in this life and for eternity. We must stay steadfast in preaching the gospel in these last and evil days. The growing push to silence the Christian will continue, but we must not grow weary. Many churches today are fallen away many preachers have turned to social justice gospel install sermons rather than standing on the truths of God's word Davis said turned to messages of unsound doctrine that is spoken of in second Timothy four verse three fables that are designed to make people feel good to satisfy their itching ears.
Now is the time to turn from the false Babylonian religion and I'm warning you now that those who were to worship the Antichrist will be judged God's wrath upon the reject of Christ is portrayed as a great winepress just as wine pours from the grapes. The blood of those will be judged will pour out outside the city of Jerusalem where the antichrist will try to destroy God's holy city, we find the account of this event in Revelation 19, verses 11 through 15 now I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse. He who sat on him was called faithful and true in righteousness he judges and makes war. His eyes like a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns. He had a name written that no one knew except himself. He was clothed with a robe dipped in blood, his name is called the Word of God and the arm is in heaven, clothed in fine linen, white and clean, followed him on white horses. Now out of his mouth goes a sharp sword that will fit you should strike the nations. And he himself will rule them with a rod of iron is you himself. Trey is the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. Horses bridle is approximately 5 feet off the ground in height. A furlong is a stadium agreed measure of distance which is equal to about 606'9" so we do the calculations 1600 furlongs is approximately 184 miles so if Revelation 1420 is telling us that the blood movement outside the city at a depth of 5 feet for a distance of 184 miles. The winepress of God's wrath will bring about great bloodshed and I mentioned this before, but when looking at the waters turn to blood that reminds us of all the blood of the society has shared of babies and the mother's womb. We remember the blood of those new use of babies as the blood of the wicked runs from God's winepress is called the great supper of God.
In Revelation 1917 through 18. An angel will tell the burrs to gather to eat the flesh of men and horses as they gathered to make war against Christ and his army. This is indeed a tragic account, one would think that the ungodly will fall down and worship Christ at the warnings of the Angels, but they will not sound warning you today that it is almost harvest time will you be ready to go be with our Lord on that date. Would you be trampled under the winepress of his wrath. As I close Jesus stated over and over throughout the book of Revelation. He who has ears to hear, let him hear what the Spirit says the Spirit is saying today to come to him in repentance, so that you will inherit eternal life. Are you ready for the harvest, you may ask the question, how do you know the time harvest is near what Jesus gave a long list of indicators to look for. In Matthew 24.
His disciples asked him what would be the sign of his coming. In the end of the age. He stated that nation will rise against nation, and we tend to think of that in terms of countries against one another, but the original Greek of Matthew 24 seven is written after those will rise against S and O's.
That is where we get our English word ethnicity swallowed was saying that ethnic group will rise against ethnic group. This has occurred in many parts of the world and look at what is now happening in the United States of America seems that we are on the brink of a race war because of tensions between whites and Blacks. Jesus said this will be one of the signs.
He also stated that pestilences would arise in various places and look at the way Cova 19 is impacted us for the first time in our lifetimes, a disease, a pestilences coals the entire world to going to shut down. Are you paying attention to the signs of the times I will leave you with this. I would Lewis said the love of many will grow cold just before he returns. Never in my life of a scene. Love is cold as it is today. There was a time in which we could trust media sources to report facts but now news outlets produce biased reports to sway people in a particular direction. This type of report has called political parties to hate one another.
The false narrative calls people to believe systemic racism is present when it truly is not and look at the violence in the streets diluting the anarchy all because the love of many has grown cold receipt within marriage is received within families, family members that have had close bonds for decades all of a sudden turn against one another for no apparent reason. Jealousy and envy, strife is rising among those who have love one another for decades. We see brother betraying brother, father against son, sister against sister and mother against mother. How can the love turned so cold so quickly and so easily wise this happening spirits of the kingdom of darkness have been released onto the land and our influence in many there preparing the world for the time of the antichrist. Again I say it is almost harvest time. Are you ready can you say without a doubt that you will go to be with Jesus Christ the Lord were to come to reap his harvest. Today you look forward to the return of Jesus Christ.
If you have any doubt as to your destination. If you do not get excited over the thought of our Lord's return. I want you to get things right with him today, even if he delays is coming tomorrow is promised to no one. We could die at any moment to step into eternity. If you have not already ruled you give your heart to him today.
Whatever sins you have committed the blood of Jesus Christ and wash them away make you a new creation in him.
He's not going to force himself on you.
You have to ask him. You have to receive him into your heart willingly. Just look at everything that is going on in the world.
So many people are saying that it just feels like something major is on the verge of happening and I truly believe what people are sensing is the coming of our Lord. People are sensing that it is almost harvest time. Jesus is coming soon to reap a great harvest into his kingdom. Get ready for the time of harvest is near as we depart from here. Remember to pray for the peace of Jerusalem, bless God's great nation of Israel to the only wise God be glory through Jesus Christ, forever. Amen.
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