The Hour Has Come (Revelation 14:14-15:8)

“Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” Revelation 14:15

Imagine being on death row.  You look at the clock and suddenly you realize, “the hour of my execution has come.”  Imagine being a person who has been told that you only have a matter of weeks to live.  Suddenly there is a pain in your heart and you know, “The time of my departure is at hand.”  Still yet, imagine that you are driving on a local highway, you round a curve at about 50 miles per hour.  Coming your way is a semi that is in your land.  Suddenly you realize, “Your time has come.”

Question, “What do all of these things have in common?”  The fact is, in a moment these people will be standing before the Lord.”  Here in Revelation 14, the hour of judgment has come.  I want you to consider two things:

1.  The Son of Man is the Harvester, Vs: 14-16

Jesus Christ, the Son of Man, is on the throne and He is about to complete the task of judging the world, Revelation 15-16 will speak of this harvest.

2.  The Sons of Men are the ones being harvested, Vs: 17-20

Here we see the wrath of God being poured out against all the Sons of Men who are in rebellion.  We see the devastation of the Battle of Armageddon.  For 184 miles the blood of the battle flows up to the hight of the bridle of a horse.

Brothers and sisters, I am so thankful that followers of the Son of Man will be kept from such and hour because we have received the grace of God.  But there are multitudes who will come to that day rejecting grace.

Consider this fact: The person in jail, the person dying of a disease, and the person dying in a car wreck, will all stand before God at the judgment bar.  Every person who has every lived will stand before the Judgment bar of God.

Consider this fact:  This moment is all you and I have.  May we us it to engage those whose hour is about to come.  The old Hymn comes to mind; “Rescue the perishing, care for the dying, Jesus is merciful, Jesus will save.”

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