Today you should read: Revelation 14:14-20
Today’s passage is an image of the coming judgement of Christ. Just like a farmer goes out and harvests his crop when it is ready by separating the grain from the stalk; Jesus will one day harvest the earth, separating the faithful from the unfaithful. The first angel’s announcement ushered in the harvest of the saints of Christ. The picture of the grain harvest is one of Jesus gathering believers to Himself because the time had come. The Son of Man came first scattering gospel seeds and now He is the reaper.
The second angel ushers in a harvest of grapes from the vine of the earth which are thrown into the winepress of God’s wrath. This is a picture of the judgement of God for those who have rejected Christ. These verses describe them as being trampled until their death and ultimate separation from God forever.
While the judgement of God is not something we often think about, or want to think about. We must realize the reality of it as described in scripture. God will judge each of us and the measurement of His judgement will be His Son. That is why we see Jesus (the son of man) harvesting the earth and gathering all believers to Himself. It is only through the person and work of Jesus that we can be made righteous before a Holy God. Each of us has to make that decision in our lives if we will or will not place our faith in Jesus for salvation and follow Him. Once we have made the decision to follow Christ our eternity is secure and we are free to live for Him and have hope that one day He will harvest the earth and we will be in that number.
Today, take some time to ponder the judgement of God. If you are a believer then praise Jesus for the hope you have because He took God’s wrath for you on the cross and that one day you will be with Him in eternity. Also, allow the coming judgement of God to burden your heart for those in your life who are lost and who are hopeless without Jesus. Take time to pray for them today and pray for an opportunity this week to engage them in a gospel conversation. There is still time for us to sow seeds of the gospel that Jesus will one day harvest! Let’s take full advantage of that time beginning right now.
Posted by: Matt Mofield