Harvest of the Earth
Extracts and comments from Revelation Chp. 14.
And another (c)Angle came out of the Temple, crying with a loud voice to Him sitting on the cloud, “thrust in Thy Sickle, and reap: for the (d)time is come for Thee to reap; for the harvest of the Earth is ripe”.
(a) “Son of Man”; this is the last occurrence of this title. This is the title Jesus applied to Himself (Matt. 8:20). The meaning “He who has dominion in the Earth”, (page 1324 Comp.). When used of ordinary men, it never has the definite article, (Ezk. 2:1). As Christ is The Ultimate Man, the anti-thesis to Adam, the definite article used. Since Matt. 8:20, this title used 87 times, and the precursor in Psalm 8. Its use here, the last, denotes a change in the role of Christ. Here, as “King of the Jews”, with a golden crown, instead of “crown of thorns”. He is about to reap, Matt. 13:24-30.
(b) “Sharp sickle”; definite act about to be performed by Christ, harvesting and separating.
(c) “Angel”, The Son of Man, awaits the message FROM THE TEMPLE IN HEAVEN, the timing is the FATHER’S ALONE!
(d) The time is come to reap”; when our Lord referred to The Harvest, during His time on Earth with His people, the Jews, He frequently made reference to this harvest. He had stated that "I come only to the lost sheep of Israel" (Matt. 15:24), and here He is reaping the "remnant", who have not been killed by Satan and his forces. This remnant had to be saved to fulfil the promise of God, that Israel would never cease on Earth, (see earlier references). This “remnant”, much quoted in O.T. (i.e. Isa. 49:6) passages, is certainly to be part of the future “ideal Israel”, “JESHURUN”, together with resurrected worthy Israel!