Commentary On Revelation – Chapter 14

DON’T LET THE HARVEST PASS YOU BY

Saddest of all sorrows and regrets in the human language is the lamentation, “What might have been,” and “if only.” Jeremiah, the weeping Seer, with prophetic eye, looked down the corridors of time to our day and predicted the very words God’s professed people would utter after they realized the terrible fate they had brought upon themselves: “The harvest is past, the summer is ended and the fruit-gathering over, yet we are not saved!” Jer. 8:20. Amplified. This terror filled announcement is the ominous admission of the foolish virgins (tares) who have just come to the final, awful and irrevocable realization that they have closed their own probation and are now left alone, outside the kingdom. It is no doubt the outpouring of the “wrath of God” (when He lets the four winds go and the plagues begin, Rev. 7) that will cause everyone who has not been fully aware of what is going on, to wake up with a start. This event will mark the end of this final period of time before the millennium (1,000 year period) begins. In the next two verses Jeremiah explains why there was no “balm” (healing) in Gilead. “Because Zion no longer had the presence of the Great Physician!” Ex. 15:26. When the Roman soldiers finally stormed the temple in A.D. 70, Titus, the Roman General, commanded them to save the temple. But his commands were disregarded. “In their fury the soldiers hurled blazing brands into the chambers adjoining the temple, and then with their swords they slaughtered in great numbers those who had found shelter there. Blood flowed down the temple steps like water. Thousands upon thousands of Jews perished. Above the sound of battle, voices were heard shouting: “Ichabod!—the glory is departed.” GC 33. Throughout their sad history, the Jewish nation pushed Jesus out with their rebellion and hatred over and over again, just as many are doing today. “The Jews had forged their own fetters; they had filled for themselves the cup of vengeance…in all the woes that followed them in their dispersion, they were but reaping the harvest which their own hands had sown. Says the prophet: ‘O Israel, thou hast destroyed thyself.;’ ‘for thou has fallen by thine iniquity.’ Hosea 13:9; 14:1. Their sufferings are often represented as a punishment visited upon them by the direct decree of God. It is thus that the great deceiver seeks to conceal his own work.” Great Controversy, Page 35.

The history of ancient Israel is for us today. It is our privilege to succeed where they failed. But how can we do that? you ask. By accepting the truth they rejected. And what might that be? The truth about His true character. This is what we must study, learn, know and accept before our foreheads can be sealed with the seal of the living God, Rev. 7 and 14. Those who pray for the additional oil or extra anointing of the Holy Spirit will be given this knowledge and understanding. About 1987, a young mother in Chicago, struggling to make a living for her two young girls, was also struggling for a greater revelation of truth regarding God and His plan for her life. As she told me the story, in 1993, she said that she decided to become very dramatic about her own personal quest for an epiphany (an experience with God in which He speaks something like God spoke to Moses at the burning bush). She said that she climbed up on a chair, in her small apartment kitchen, looked up at the ceiling and called out: Ok, God! I’m on the mountain, like Moses. Show me your glory.

She paused for a moment, as she remembered what she calls “the magic moment r miracle” God gave to her. I have heard many similar stories from other people through the years, so had no reason to doubt her sanity or sincerity. She said, that suddenly, time seemed to stand still. But only for a moment. Then, everything began to move in slow motion. The first thing that happened was a divine hand slowly turned her head, instructing her to look at a religious newspaper she had been receiving in the mail for a few months. She had been told at her church to not read the paper but to throw it out with the garbage. So, that was what she had been doing. The name of the paper was “GOD’S LAST CALL.” But now her eyes were directed toward this same paper lying upside down on her kitchen paper. She hadn’t had a chance to put it in the garbage yet. On the back of this paper was an offer to order two books. It also stated that if you didn’t have the money you could send for them free of charge. Then a voice in her mind told her to order those two books. So, she got down from the chair, addressed an envelope and wrote a quick note asking for the books.

About two weeks later a package came and she quickly tore it open and found the books she said the Lord had told her to order. The first one she decided to read was entitled, “INTO THE FATHER’S HEART.” The second was, “THE WONDERFUL TRUTH ABOUT OUR HEAVENLY FATHER.” She said it took her a full year to read the first one because she stopped often to look up many of the texts, without reading any further, until she felt she fully understood what each Scripture meant. She wasn’t taking my word for it. By the time she had finished, she had accepted the character of God message.

This young woman was about 30 years old at the time. She was not a slow reader or a dumb person. In fact, she is a highly intelligent person. At the time this happened, she was working as a secretary for two lawyers down town Chicago. But she went on a quest for truth and took the time to fully investigate it. And that’s what it takes, my friend. You have to turn off your favorite TV program or get up a little earlier, etc. But, oh how rarely this happens in this fast paced world. Very few are willing to make the sacrifice it takes to get close to God.

When Jesus came to this dark world and began His ministry He had such high hopes that His own people would accept Him. But the Bible tells us that “He came unto His own and His own received Him not.” John 1:11. Yet, He refused to give up searching for sincere souls who would receive Him. “But as many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His Name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” V. 12. The word NAME there is referring to His TRUE CHARACTER OF LOVE.

After three and half years of seeking out all who would receive Him Jesus made His final entrance into His beloved city, Jerusalem, riding on the “foal of an ass.” He was fulfilling Zech. 9:9. Everyone, especially His disciples, were all excited, because they believed that He was about to take the throne of David and set up His kingdom. As the crowd, singing and dancing, came to the brow of the hill, Jesus stopped, pausing to take in the beautiful scene below of Zion, the “City of Peace,” which is what, Jeru (city) Salem or Shalom (peace) means in the Hebrew. “Never before had the world seen such a triumphal procession.” DA 572. On the next page the author describes in vivid detail the earthly beauty of Jerusalem at that time. Even Rome was proud of it since the emperor himself had helped rebuild and embellish it making it one of the wonders of the world.

Suddenly, right in the middle of this celebration all eyes are turned toward the Saviour expecting Him to join with them in this glad moment of admiration for their beloved capital. “But instead of this they behold a cloud of sorrow. They are surprised and disappointed to see His eyes fill with tears, and His body rock to and fro like a tree before the tempest, while a wail of anguish bursts from His quivering lips, as if from the depths of a broken heart. What a sight was this for angels to behold! their loved Commander in an agony of tears!…The multitude were struck with a sudden gloom. Their acclamations were silenced. Many wept in sympathy with a grief they could not comprehend.” DA 575, 576.

Jesus’ tears of sorrow were not for the suffering He was about to endure for an unbelieving world and an ungrateful nation who were about to crucify Him. He saw the sheepgate for sacrificial offerings through which He would soon pass and near by was Mt. Calvary, where He would soon be hung upon a Roman cross. But these personal horrors were not the source of His terrible grief and anguish of spirit. “His was no selfish sorrow. The thought of His own agony did not intimidate that noble, self-sacrificing soul. It was the sight of Jerusalem that pierced the heart of Jesus—Jerusalem that had rejected the Son of God and scorned His love, that refused to be convinced by His mighty miracles, and was about to take His life. He saw what she was in her guilt of rejecting her Redeemer, and what she might have been had she accepted Him who alone could heal her wound. He had come to save her; how could He give her up?…Jesus raised His hand,—that had so often blessed the sick and suffering,—and waving it toward the doomed city, in broken utterances of grief exclaimed: ‘If thou hadst known, even thou, at least in this thy day, the things which belong unto thy peace!—‘ Here the Saviour paused, and left unsaid what might have been the condition of Jerusalem had she accepted the help that God desired to give her,—the gift of His beloved Son…”

As the bright picture of the prophetic vision of what might have been faded from His sight our Lord realized the condition she was in and the total destruction that would be coming upon her, beginning in the fall of 66 AD, about 33 years into the future. “Well might the Saviour weep in agony in view of that fearful scene. Jerusalem had been the child of His care…How can I give thee up?…When the fast westering sun should pass from sight in the heavens, Jerusalem’s day of grace would be ended. While the procession was halting on the brow of Olivet, it was not yet too late for Jerusalem to repent. The angel of mercy was then folding her (notice EGW refers to this angel in feminine) wings to step down from the golden throne to give place to justice and swift-coming judgment. But Christ’s great heart of love still pleaded for Jerusalem…would not some good angel lead her to the Saviour’s love, and avert her doom?”

Now, beloved, for those of you who know the parallels between Israel then and her counterpart today, you know that Modern Israel is God’s professed, SDA people. And if you know that much, you should also know that EGW stated more than once that since about 1868, SDAs have been repeating the history of Israel step by step. If you know these things and have been weeping between the porch and the altar, you know how Jesus felt as He wept over Jerusalem. If you have not been weeping, but have the inclination to do so, given the whole history and picture of the situation, then, hopefully your mind will be open as to how to escape the fate that awaits the foolish virgins. Read the last chapter of “Christ’s Object Lessons,” entitled, “THE COMING OF THE BRIDEGROOM.” That will help you to understand why the five foolish virgins don’t have enough oil and why they will be lost. Some of this has been covered in former articles, but bears repeating. In Matt. 13 Jesus told the parable of the wheat and the tares in which He said the wheat were the children of the kingdom and the tares belonged to Satan. So, there you have the five wise and five foolish virgins connected with the time of harvest which Jesus used to illustrate His return and the end of the world (age). This study is to give you the information you need so the harvest will not pass you by.

The time of the harvest was progressive and in stages. It didn’t happen all at once. This is one of the fallacies of the Christian church today, including SDAs, regarding the second coming of Christ. They, like the Jewish nation in Jesus’ day had a false concept about His first coming. Why? Because they had not studied the prophecies under the direction of the Holy Spirit. Their minds were not open to the real truth regarding the manner of the coming of the Christ the first time. The Messiah’s coming was to take place step by step, not all at once. The same is true today. You have probably never heard this before. Can you see how grave and serious the situation really is? Let me illustrate it like this.

Suppose a bride to be, has a fiancee, who is stationed overseas in the military, and will be arriving on the day of the wedding. Let’s call her Monica. She doesn’t know the exact time of his arrival. Nor does he tell her the airlines or the flight plan or number. The wedding is at 4:00 P.M., the same day, Sunday. She is so excited and begins to prepare everything for this grand event which will take place on Sunday, April 10th. It is now Jan. 10. She has three months to get ready. They correspond about two times a week and talk by phone every Sunday. But they don’t talk about the exact time of His coming. Monica assumes his flight will arrive early Sunday morning. But she gets so busy at her job and with all the arrangements, etc. that time just flies. She doesn’t even have time to write as much and the phone calls become less frequent “to save time and money.” Anyway, they are going to be together for the rest of their lives. About a month before the wedding she receives a letter with exact instructions regarding which airline he will be on, and the time of his arrival, etc. She scanned it quickly, looking for the usual romantic sentiments. The letter seemed to be of a more serious nature this time. She didn’t find as many of the usual compliments about her personality and great beauty nor the usually romantic sentiments she loved so much. His words seemed to her to have a tinge of strictness as he seemed to be directing and instructing her as to what she should do. Honey, please read these instructions carefully. They are very important. Read this letter several times until you understand and know the time of my arrival by heart. Her reaction was, He’s treating me like a child, as if I’m stupid or don’t know anything. He must be a very controlling person.

She decided to read the letter more carefully later on. Then she put it in a desk drawer with some bills, instead of the regular place she usually put his letters. Her schedule was more frantic than ever with all the preparations for the wedding. The next time he called he asked if she had read his letter. She assured him that she had and told him not to worry about it because she was a very mature and responsible person. Just take care of everything on your end and I will take care of everything here. Ok? Ok! Later. Bye.

Well, time seemed to fly and soon there was only a week left before the wedding. She is busier than ever and exhausted. Some of the people who were supposed to help her got sick and another had an out of town emergency. The couple who were going to sing a special song, canceled, because of a schedule conflict. She becomes frantic trying to get new singers and others to help. Friday night, at 3:00 A.M. Monica awakens with a start. Suddenly, she realizes she doesn’t know the time of her beloved’s arrival or even what airline or airport to go to. She jumps out of bed and goes to her desk to look for the letter, but can’t find it. Then she remembers that she put it in the bill drawer. But it isn’t there. Oh, no! she screams. Then she recalls when she paid the bills she cleaned out the drawer. Maybe she threw out the letter by mistake with some old bills, she muses nervously, biting her lip and wringing her hands at the same time. She already feels the headache coming on.

She doesn’t sleep all night worrying and looking everywhere for that letter with the exact instructions of when her husband to be will arrive. The next day she tries to call him but finds out that he has already left the base for the airport. He’s stationed in Germany but she doesn’t know the name of the airport to find out the time of his departure and arrival in the city near where she lives. There are several airlines and she cannot remember which one he said he would be arriving on. There are still last minute preparations to be made for the wedding. She calls an ex-boy friend and asks him if he will start calling the various airlines to find out which flight her beloved fiancee, Michael, will arrive on. He says that he will try. He explains that he is very busy with his own schedule, but will see what he can do. She calls one or two other friends and they tell her they will see what they can do and get back with her. They are surprised at what is happening and suggest that maybe he changed his mind. Why didn’t he call her to confirm, so she wouldn’t worry? This begins to plant doubts in her mind. Is she really doing the right thing? Can this man really be trusted? Can I depend upon his word? Why hasn’t he contacted me?

The fact of the matter is, Michael did call several times but always got a busy signal or she wasn’t home. Of course, she never hears back from any of her friends or her ex-boy friend. She is getting more frustrated by the minute. All of her family and friends are expecting a nice wedding. Her father has already invested a lot of money in this wedding and on the announcements. In her mind she begins to blame her beloved. He should have called to confirm and written another letter. How could he treat me this way? This is all his fault!

Meanwhile, Michael is very happy and looking forward to seeing his bride to be the next day. You see, in his letter he explained that he would arrive by plane and catch a bus to her town so she wouldn’t have to worry about coming to the airport and fighting all the traffic. He said he had arranged for a friend of his to pick him up at the bus station and take him directly to the church about three hours before the wedding. He said he would also give her a call when he got in town to make sure everything was ok and if she needed him for anything or needed to be at the church earlier to talk to the pastor. But, Monica didn’t take the time to read the whole/entire letter. Then she forgot to put it in the right place so she could refer to it again and make sure she knew the time of his arrival.

Well, what do you think happened? By the time her beloved did arrive in town and gave her a call she was so angry and upset that she began screaming at him. Where have you been? I have been looking everywhere for you. Why didn’t you write or call? Michael is shocked? He cannot believe she is talking to him this way. Monica is crying hysterically now about how her whole life is ruined and nothing is turning out right. How could he do this to her? She tells Michael that she already called the pastor and told him she wasn’t ready and to cancel the wedding. She then just hangs up and falls on the bed sobbing. Michael tries to call her back but the phone is off the hook. He needs to know her exact address, as she moved recently. All he has is a box number, although her phone number is still the same. He continues trying the same number over and over again but the phone remains off the hook all day. He tries contacting her parents but they don’t want anything to do with him now that he has broken their daughter’s heart. There is nothing left for him to do but return to Germany where he had hoped to take his new bride for their honeymoon. He has a strict schedule He has to keep because of the military. His heart is broken.

This little parable the Lord gave to me illustrates Jesus’ dilemma with His bride, the church. The foolish virgins are like Monica. They have not studied Jesus’ letters carefully to understand the time of His coming. They blame Him instead of praising His Name. Nor have they prayed for the extra oil of the Holy Spirit to understand the prophecies and especially His true character.

Let’s study Jesus’ first coming in stages. First, the forerunner was to be born. That was John the Baptist. Secondly, the Messiah Himself would be born six months later, as a literal baby in Bethlehem, and grow up in obscurity. Jewish theology had no place for John the Baptist. They were not expecting him. It was not part of their eschatology. As Jesus told them later, “You don’t know the Scriptures nor the power of God.” The same was true when Jesus was born in Bethlehem. Micah 5:2 predicted it, which even the Scribes quoted to Herod at the time of the Wise Men’s visit. Yet, they did not pay any more attention to it. Six months before the Messiah’s initial appearance His herald would appear to “pave the way” for His coming. This was the work of John the Baptist, who began preaching at the Jordan river six months before Jesus came to be baptized at age 30. Then He fasted forty days, after which He began His ministry, which lasted three and half years.

Let’s take a look at the grains harvested in Palestine which coordinated with the three sacred feasts of the nation. These feasts commemorated important events in their history, such as the Passover, which commemorated their deliverance from Egyptian bondage. Exodus 14. The first grain offering was barley, which was generally ripe for harvest in the early part of April. The harvesting of the barley crop was preceded by the offering of the wave sheaf (Lev. 23:10, 11) on the 16th of Nisan. 2 Sam. 21:9. The Barley harvest was closely followed by the wheat harvest (Ruth 2:23), which was spread over several weeks, beginning early in the lowlands but ending about June or July in the uplands. The last was the grape harvest.

Let’s look now at the “wave-sheaf” first of all and define it. The word “sheaf” simply means “a bundle or clump.” In harvest time it means: “a bunch of cut stalks of grain, etc. bound up in a bundle.” In different parts of the USA and world farmers cut or harvest their hay, for example, in different ways. Some bind them into bales with a machine called a baler. Others roll them into large rolls. Before the barley harvest began, the high priest would take a walk through the field (2 Chron. 16:9 tells us God’s eyes run throughout the earth to find those whose hearts are perfect toward Him so He can bless them) and pluck up or choose sample(s) for a mini-harvest, as it were, representative of what was soon to come. This sample was called the wave sheaf which He would “wave (present) before the Lord.” In I Cor. 5:7, Paul refers to Christ as fulfilling this ceremony by dying on the cross. Jesus referred to the whole world as a field ripe for the gospel harvest. The harvest also represents a time of Judgment or decision time.

Now, isn’t it logical that if the wave sheaf (sample) is plucked up before the Barley harvest begins, and Jesus fulfilled that type, then the first event to occur in our day which would begin the harvest cycle would be the plucking up or harvesting of the Lord’s chosen instruments, (who have developed His perfect character) i.e. a wave sheaf, which He wishes to use to complete the barley as well as the wheat harvest. This would happen in the form of a translation of what we could call the “barley people.” EGW refers to them as “The Little Company.” EW 88, 89, 270. Dan. 12 refers to a special resurrection. This would be all the people who died believing in the third angel’s message. There would also be a translation of the living, at this same time, who would then ascend to heaven with the risen saints to appear before the throne of God. As the high priest, Jesus would then present them all (the wave sheaf) before the Father’s throne and the universe for their confirmation and approval to proceed with the rest of the harvest. I also believe this is the same time that the “Marriage supper of the Lamb” takes place. I believe this is referred to in Dan. 7 which we will discuss in more detail later on. I also believe this is when Rev. 11:15 and 12:10 are fulfilled. “The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord (Jesus) and His Christos (wave sheaf or barley group with all the dead who were raised).

In Rev. 14, John was shown the setting up of Christ’s kingdom, which is hinted at in Psalm 2, where the Lord sets His king (anoints his anointed king or Christos) on the holy hill of Zion. The word hill referred to here is God’s holy Mt. Zion, in its beginning stage and suggests the small, humble beginning of His kingdom which is destined to fill the earth. Jesus told the parable of the Mustard seed which a planted in his field. “Of all the seeds it is the smallest, but when it has grown it is the largest of the garden herbs and becomes a tree, so that the birds of the air come and find shelter in its branches.” Matt 13:31. And so it is with the Barley grain which is the first to be harvested. It is considered the poor man’s grain because that is all he can afford. Because of this it is not considered very important except as a sign that the wheat harvest of the is about ready to begin, most important crop of the year. So it is with God’s chosen elect, they are treated with disdain, ignored and marginalized as not very important. Like Jesus, they are the cornerstone that is rejected. “Jesus said unto them…The stone which the builders rejected, the same is become the head of the corner: this is the Lord’s doing, and it is marvelous in our eyes?” Matt 21:42. Cf Lk 20:17, 18; Ps 118:22.

In Rev. 14:1, the 144,000 are identified as having the Father’s Name in their foreheads, signifying that they have the mind and character of Christ. His thoughts are their thoughts. His agenda is their agenda. His dreams, goals, plans, objectives, etc. are identical with theirs. They are of one mind…completely unified in motive and purpose. In vs. 2 and 3 is introduced another group John identifies as “harpers.” This would include all four levels of the character of God going to universal reconciliation. They have agreed to help Him redeem the entire human race. DA 425, 826.

These harpers are singing a new song before the throne of God. Verse 3 says that only the 144,000 are able to learn that song, which by plain logic, would indicate that they did not know this song before. The harpers are the teachers, who are teaching the 144,000 by singing this song to them. Then the 144,000 repeat what they hear and sing it again and again until they know it by heart. The idea of harpers harping on their harps a new song could also refer to a new doctrine that makes music in the heart. This, I believe, is the character of God message which the Servant of the Lord has told us is the Final Message to go to the world. COL 414-415.

Who are these harpers? Their voice is said to be coming “from heaven.” Using the harvest concept the harpers would have to have been reaped or harvested before the 144,000. First of all, the harpers are singing a song that only the 144,000 “can learn” which suggests that the harpers knew this song first and are singing it or teaching it to the 144,000. Isn’t that logical? Furthermore, there are two grains that preceded the grape harvest. Therefore, it is logical that the harpers would be barley and the 144,000 would be those who ripen after them which would be the wheat. Vs. 4 would confirm this as it states that the 144,000 are “first fruits.” So, if they are wheat they must be the beginning or first crop or first fruits of the wheat harvest, just as the Barely was the very beginning of the harvest, the “First of the first fruits,” so now the 144,000 are the first fruits of the wheat which would indicate that the wheat harvest had just begun. On the day of Pentecost the harvest was 3,000 baptized on the first day. These 3,000 were a first fruits of the wheat harvest of that day. But they were not the first of the first fruits. No. That would be the 120 in the upper room. They were like the Barley and the 3,000 that followed were like the wheat who learned from them. The 120 would be like the harpers who were the teaching the 144,000 the New Song. In the priesthood you had the priests and then you had the high priest who was the leader of the priests. Furthermore, the expression “first fruits” also refers to quality. Of all those redeemed from the earth, these are the first in quality of perfection, having been separated unto Christ Himself and the Holy Ghost. They have forsaken the sinful and evil habits of the world as Paul did. Then he was chosen to call others to walk that same path to perfection. “I beseech (appeal to ) you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service. And be not conformed to this world: but be you transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.” Rom 12:1, 2. How is this “transformation” accomplished? Here is the answer: “Seeing you have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto your unfeigned love of the brethren, see that you love one another with a pure heart fervently.” I Peter 1:22. Notice carefully, my friend, how this purification process takes place. It is by “Obeying the truth through the Holy Spirit.” James 2:22 says that Abraham perfected his faith by his works. Then John continues on with this idea of perfection through confession, obedience and love. “Whosoever shall confess that Jesus is the Son of God, God dwells in Him, and he in God.” I John 4:15. There are two important points here in this verse we need to emphasize. First there is the act of confession which implies a public witness of your faith in Jesus by witnessing for Him not only before fellow believers but before the world. Vs 14 speaks specifically what that witness is to be before the world. “And we have seen and do testify that the Father sent the Son to be the Saviour of the world.” So giving your testimony is the same as witnessing about Jesus. And secondly, witnessing specifically about the fact that Jesus is the Son of God whom the Father sent to save the world. Then in vs 15 John uses the word “dwell” which always indicates the presence of the Holy Ghost abiding in the believer in a marriage covenant relationship. This is the SHEKINAH glory which dwelt among the children of Israel but not in them until the day of Pentecost.

In v. 14 John says that he “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.” Notice that it does not say this is “the son of man,” but “one sat like unto the Son of man.” In Rev. 2:10, Jesus promised a “crown of life” to those who were faithful in the church of Philadelphia. The person sitting on the cloud (representative of the barley group) has a crown signifying they have been given eternal life. This is not Jesus because Revelation 19:12 pictures Him wearing many crowns, as He has always had eternal life. Another version says: “Like a son of man,” and “someone who looked like Jesus.” I John 3:2 explains this mystery. “Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it does not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when He shall appear, we shall be like Him; for we shall see Him as He is. And every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as he is pure.”

And so we see here that it was not Jesus, but someone who looked like Jesus, which is the first group of people to be harvested, which is the “barley group” or first “little company” or “bundle.” Once they are accepted at the Father’s throne they will return to earth to harvest the wheat which will be the 144,000. Finally, the last part of the harvest is the “grape” harvest which will be the gentiles. Zech. 13:8-10 indicate that one-third of the earth will be reaped or converted and be ready when Jesus comes. But the first phase of Christ’s second coming will be when He comes to reap the barley first and then the wheat and finally the grapes.

This golden crown proves that they have been given eternal life…that they did not possess it before. The fact that they are now wearing the crown proves that they are now immortal beings, who cannot be killed. That is why, I believe, that the synagogue of Satan will come and bow down before them Rev. 3:9 …because they have been elevated to be the executive counsel of planet earth and are now in charge of the affairs of planet earth. “The kingdoms of this world are become (have become) the kingdoms of our Lord (Jesus) and His Christos (barley & wheat)…” or Jesus’ elect who are now reigning with Him. This is why Dan. 11:44 tells us that Satan’s kingdom will come to an end and that “none will help him.” So, all of Satan’s angel helpers (demons) now abandon him for they see his cause is hopeless. They are filled with terror and go forth to destroy all the wicked who have no protection. The various factions of Satan’s government, throughout the world, begin fighting and destroying one another, thereby collapsing Satan’s kingdom. Ezek. 38:21-23.

Remember when I explained in the article, “Many Are Called But Few Are Chosen,” that the Bible often refers to a group as one unit. Hosea 11:1 says: “When Israel was a child I loved Him and called my SON out of Egypt.” Matt. 2:15 reinterprets this verse, applying it to Jesus. Notice: “that it might be fulfilled which was spoken of the Lord by the prophet, saying, Out of Egypt have I called my son.” This is what we call “Dual or double application” or a “double fulfillment.” In Judges 7 we also have Gideon and his three hundred represented by one barley loaf and all 135,000 of the enemy troops parked down in the valley, symbolized as one tent, which was knocked flat by the barley loaf. So, to have the first wave of saints translated to heaven referred to as “one like the son of man” is in keeping with the way the Hebrew writers expressed themselves. “Adam” means “mankind,” and Eve is referred to as “the mother of all living.” Gen. 3:20. The Greek word, “ecclesia” refers to the church corporate or “the called out ones.” Furthermore, when God speaks of His “elect” who will become the “Executive Council” who will be used to give the final message to the earth, He refers to them as His “Jewels” or “special Treasure.” Mal. 3:16-18. Read Psalm 2 carefully, especially vs. 11, 12, because God is revealing here how much authority He is giving to His “King,” who simply is the barley group whose numbers keep growing as the barley harvest progresses and then continues on into the wheat harvest. These people will be like Christ after the (special) resurrection. They will have power to appear and disappear. They can go anywhere the Spirit sends them, just as Phillip did in Acts 8. They could appear in front of a church and give a testimony that would bring a revival and split the church. Or they could appear at the United Nations General Assembly and make an announcement or give a testimony in any language of the world. Whatever the Spirit tells them to do and wherever He leads them they will obey. This will continue for three and half years or the last half of the seven year period. This is the army Joel speaks of in Joel 2. I urge you to study this out on your own to prove it to yourself.

Now, let’s go to Dan. 7, where Daniel sees in vision a judgment scene where one like the Son of man is installed with great honor, power and glory. “I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before Him (Jesus); thousand thousands ministered unto Him, and ten thousand times ten thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were opened.” Dan. 7:9, 10. Then, in Vs. 11, 12 we read of the death and destruction of the beast power and his allies who are given to the burning flame, presumably referring to the Lake of Fire, which we know is not literal but a representation of the fire of God which comes down in the form of great revelations of truth and righteousness. This truly “burns up” the wicked, or makes them very angry and they stew in their juices, so to speak, until they finally repent, which they will do, absolutely, according to Phil. 2:6-11. Much more proof is given in another article(s) on this web site. Now, let’s go on with Dan. 7:13. “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him. And there was given him, dominion, and glory, and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him: his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed.”

You should also compare Rev. 11:15 and 12:10 which speak of loud voices in heaven proclaiming that the “kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord and His Christ (Christos or anointed one).” This takes place little by little over a seven year time period. This anointed one is the same as the “man child” of Rev. 12:5 and Isa. 66:7 which is “caught up unto God, and to His throne.” Rev. 12:5. This is also the church of Philadelphia which cannot be destroyed. Even the synagogue of Satan comes and bows down before them. Rev. 3:9. Why? Because they find out that they cannot kill them and realize they are God’s chosen elect who have received this power to reign and rule and bring in everlasting righteousness under Jesus, their Lord. So, is this mind-blowing, good news or what? Don’t let the harvest pass you by, my friend. If you think it is just too good to be true, please read what Paul said in I Cor. 2:9. “Eye hath not seen, nor hear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which God hath prepared for them who love Him.”

 

INTRODUCTION
FOREWORD
REVELATION 1-3 – Christ’s Seven Messages To His Seven Churches
REVELATION 4 – The Open Door That Leads To God’s Throne
REVELATION 5 – The Sealed Scroll Only Jesus Christ Could Open
REVELATION 6 – The Opening Of The Seals Begin & Four Horses Appear
REVELATION 7 – The Progressive Sealing Of The 144,000 From 12 Tribes
REVELATION 8 – The Beginning Of The First Four Trumpets After 30 Min. Of Silence
REVELATION 9 – 200 Million Righteous Soldiers Come From The Wave Sheaf Of The Dead
REVELATION 10 – The Angel With The Open Book In Its Hand
REVELATION 11 – The Death Of The Two Witnesses Who Preach For 3 1/2 Years
REVELATION 12 – The Birth Of The Man Child Who Is Translated Up To Heaven
REVELATION 13 – The Rise Of The Two Beasts And Their Enforced Bio Chip Mark
REVELATION 14 – The New Song Of The 144,000 And 3 Messages Which Acquit The Father
REVELATION 15-16 – Who Brings The Seven Last Plagues? God’s Wrath Defined And Explained
REVELATION 17 – How The Lamb Overcomes The Ten Wicked Kings Of The Earth
REVELATION 18 – The Fall Of Babylon Caused By The Glory Of The Angel Of Rev 18
REVELATION 19 – The Arranged Marriage And The Suzerain Treaty And The Divine Family
REVELATION 20 – The 1,000 Years Begin: Satan Bound And The Saints Sit On Thrones
REVELATION 21-22 – The Restoration Of All Things Explained In Symbolic Detail