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A Prelude of Armageddon

Rev 14:14-20

 

14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, "Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe." 16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. 17 Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe." 19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses' bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs. NKJV


 

1.     The Prelude and the . . First Phase of Harvesting. 14:14-16

14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the

cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, "Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe." 16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

 

A.     The Harvester

        14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.

 

        1.     His . . Seating. v 14 a

        14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat . . .”

 

        2.     His . . Stature. v 14 b

        14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man,


        Dan 7:13 "I was watching in the night visions, And behold, One like the Son of Man, Coming with the clouds of heaven! He came to the Ancient of Days, And they

brought Him near before Him. NKJV


        Rev 1:13 and in the midst of the seven lampstands One like the Son of Man, clothed with a garment down to the feet and girded about the chest with a golden band.


        Rev 14:14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. NKJV


        Ex 13:21-22 21 And the LORD went before them by day in a pillar of cloud to lead the way, and by night in a pillar of fire to give them light, so as to go by day and night. 22 He did not take

away the pillar of cloud by day or the pillar of fire by night from

before the people. NKJV


        Acts 1:9-11 9 Now when He had spoken these things, while they watched, He was taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.

10 And while they looked steadfastly toward heaven as He went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel, 11 who also said, "Men of Galilee, why do you stand gazing up into heaven? This same Jesus, who was taken

up from you into heaven, will so come in like manner as you saw Him go into heaven." NKJV


        Luke 21:25-28 25 "And there will be signs in the sun, in the moon,

and in the stars; and on the earth distress of nations, with perplexity, the sea and the waves roaring; 26 men's hearts failing them from fear and the expectation of those things which are coming on the earth, for the powers of

heaven will be shaken. 27 Then they will see the Son of Man coming in a cloud with power and great glory. 28 Now when these things begin to happen, look up and lift up your heads, because your redemption draws near." NKJV

 

        3.     His . . Supplementals. v 14 c & d

        “. . . behold, a white cloud, . . . having on His

        head a golden crown,. . .”

 

        4.     His . . Sickle. v 14 e

                 “. . . and in His hand a sharp sickle.”

 

B.     The . . Hollering Angel. v 15

        15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, "Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the   harvest of the earth is ripe."

 

C.     The . . Harvesting. v 16

        16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.



 

2.     The Prelude and the . . Second Phase of Harvesting. v 17-18

        A.    The Angel with A Sickle.

        17 Then another angel came out of the temple which is in

        heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

 

        B.     The Angel with Fire.

18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe."

 

        1.     The Vine of the Earth.

                 18: c "Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes  are fully ripe.


<>        Isa 5:2-6a 2 He dug it up and cleared out its stones, And planted it with the choicest vine. He built a tower in its midst, And also made a winepress in it; So He expected it to bring forth good grapes, But it brought forth wild grapes. 3 "And now, O inhabitants of Jerusalem and men of Judah, Judge, please, between Me and My vineyard. 4 What more could have been done to My vineyard That I have not done in it? Why then, when I expected it to bring forth good grapes, Did it bring forth wild grapes?  5 And now, please let Me tell you what I will do to My vineyard: I will take away its hedge, and it shall be burned; And break down its wall, and it shall be trampled down. 6 I will lay it waste;. . . “ NKJV

        John 15:6 If anyone does not abide in Me, he is cast out as a branch and is withered; and they gather them and throw them into the fire, and they are burned. NKJV




 

3.     The Prelude and the . . Third Phase of Harvesting. v 19-20

 

A.     God’s Wrath. v 19

        19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

 

B.     God’s Winepress. v 19

20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came

out of the winepress, up to the horses' bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.


Illustration

Years ago they laughed at this verse of scripture but today when nations have two million soldiers it does not sound as unusual as it did years ago.