Revelation 14:14-15:4: The Final Harvest
- The wheat
- The grapes
In the secular mind, the mind that views the present state of things and extrapolates both backwards and forwards to try and see the past and the future, and then hypothesise on how things were and will, has a very different view of the end than the Bible. Those who do not believe in God and the story line of the bible foresee the universe winding down over millions and billions of years and all things grinding to a halt in a big freeze as all the stars lose their heat. The Bible has a very different view of the end which results in one of two emotions, hope or terror. At least these are the right emotions to feel if you are thinking correctly. Time will not endlessly march on as it has supposedly done without any interference. God is going to break into time; He is going to force a conclusion, there is going to be a reckoning and a rescue. Heaven or hell, judgement or reward, these are the certainties of the future not eternal humdrum with no final justice. Hope is the attitude of the Christian, at least it should be if he is thinking correctly. And, terror should be the portion of the unbeliever if he realised what awaits those who do not turn to Christ in faith and repentance. That inward desire for justice will finally be satisfied and all evil receive its just rewards, and all those desires for happiness and that ‘happily ever after,’ will be satisfied in eternal fellowship with God.
God’s ending of history has often been spoken of as a harvest, as we come to the end of this cycle, the end of history is portrayed as a double harvest. There is the harvest of wheat, which represents the church, and there is the harvest of grapes which represents the unbeliever. Our look into these verses will reinforce the message that has been rung over and over again in this book. The believer must endure because of his certain hope; the unbeliever must flee the wrath to come by faith and repentance.