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The Harvest

John sees through to the end.

Revelation 12-15: The Fifth Facet

Week 7, Saturday: Another glimpse toward the end
Again, we receive a glimpse toward the end, to assure us of the final disposition of all things, so that we will continue our patient endurance in the Kingdom amid the tribulations of these last days.

Read Revelation 14

Meditate on Revelation 14.14-20
1.      Meditate on the parable of the wheat and the tares, Matthew 13.24-30, 36-43. In what ways does this parable resemble what we’ve seen in the book of Revelation? What in particular connects this parable with our passage today, and how does that help us to think about the timing of our passage?

2.      Who is coordinating this “harvest”? How is He described (recall Daniel 7.13-27)?

3.      What is the particular focus of this aspect of the harvest? How should knowing this help us to continue in patient endurance, seeking the Kingdom and righteousness of God?

4.      The Son of Man is advised that the time for harvest has come by an angel coming from the temple of God. Only the Father knows the time of the harvest, as Jesus testified (Acts 1.7, 8). Should believers speculate on such matters? Why not? What should we do, with respect to the coming harvest?

5.      Again, we note that angels are involved in this harvest. Angels seem to have a lot to do with the unfolding of the divine economy, as we have seen. Meditate on Psalm 35.1-6. Should we seek the protection of angels? How? And for what reasons? And if we do, how should that affect our “new song”?

My Reflection
Would you say that “harvest” is a word that describes your approach to working your Personal Mission Field? Why or why not?

The Glory of God
Which aspects or characteristics of God come to light in His judgment? How is God glorified in judging the wicked?

Glory to Glory
Knowing that judgment is coming, indeed, is even now ongoing, how should this affect your approach to seeking the Kingdom and exercising patient endurance in the world of your Personal Mission Field? What is one step you can begin to take that will find you moving in that direction more consistently?

Recite Revelation 12.10, 11. Pray through these verses in the light of everything we’ve seen so far in Revelation 12-14. Make the words your words. Tell the Lord how you plan to live for, serve, and worship Him as you “ride forth” with Him today.

Closing Prayer
The Lord is at Your right hand;
He shall execute kings in the day of His wrath.
He shall judge among the nations,
He shall fill the places with dead bodies,
He shall execute the heads of many countries.
He shall drink of the brook by the wayside;
Therefore He shall lift up the head.

Psalm 110.5-7

T. M. Moore

The book of Revelation is the culminating episode in the story of God’s covenant. To learn more about that covenant, and to discover the way it integrates all of Scripture into the Gospel of Jesus Christ, order a copy of T. M.’s book, I Will Be Your God, by clicking here.

Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in the Champlain Valley of Vermont.
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