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The Revelation Of Jesus Christ: “the time is come for thee to reap”

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“And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”


The harvest being referred to in this passage is the removal of the God’s people from this world at Christ’s second coming.    When the angel says “the time is come for thee to reap”, he is stating that the time of Christ’s coming was set previously… and that time has finally arrived.

Over my years in the ministry, I have heard many theories on why Christ is “delaying” His coming.   Some believe He is waiting for the final saint to be saved, others believe He is giving the lost an added opportunity for salvation.   From a human’s viewpoint, these both seem to be viable ideas.


But when we take this verse in its context of the rest of the Bible we understand that Christ is not “delaying” His coming at all.  We can see that the time of the second coming is in the hands of the Lord, being a part of His eternal counsels from before the world began.  Christ, Himself, supported this teaching when He said…

Mat 24:36 KJV – “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only”.

Act 1:7 KJV – “And he said unto them, It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”


Even the Old Testament prophet Zechariah, in his prophecy concerning the second coming, also teaches us the same truth…

Zec 14:7 KJV – “But it shall be one day which shall be known to the LORD, not day, nor night: but it shall come to pass, that at evening time it shall be light.”


Folks, from our human standpoint, many times we may get impatient, eagerly awaiting His coming.  We may find ourselves saying…

“When will you come again?  How long will it be until I am delivered from this sinful world and the many trials that come with it?”

Or, as the saints of old …

And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (Rev 6:10)


Our Lord’s response to our questions… “Surely I come quickly. Amen.” (Rev 22:20a)


Although we cannot know the time of His coming, we can know with CERTAINTY it will take place quickly, because our Lord has said so….

It is a part of the eternal counsels of God that cannot be changed nor thwarted.
He will come back just as He has promised.
He will come back at the exact moment it He had decreed.
And, when He comes back, it will be at the best possible time for us all.


As we eagerly await His coming, although our fleshly eyes that cannot see one moment ahead in time, may we all join with the Apostle John and with confidence say…

“Even so, come, Lord Jesus.”  (Rev 22:20b)


For an in depth look at these sections of the Revelation:


  1. SLIMJIM says:

    His timing is always right (which we have a better time accepting often in hindsight). May we be involved in advancing the Kingdom before then!

  2. Born4Battle says:

    Excellent point. The exact time of Christ’s coming has been set by the Father. Therefore any language in the Bible that seems to indicate that it might be flexible mean something else, All I will tell anyone is that Christ will come back when all of God’s remnant people have been gathered in.

  3. I believe God has already begun the last great Harvest. I’ve seen it happening in my own family with ones who once said that they would worry about accepting Christ when it was closer to his coming again. Well, he must be coming again because they have come to Jesus for salvation all within the last year, with one as recently as 2 weeks ago. I believe also that there has been a great calling on all of the true ministers and missionaries of Jesus in recent months that “the time to reap is now”. I’ve heard this from a great many pastors who are friends of mine, including being given visions of them being called to harvest the fields. God knows the time, but he is clearly letting those who are his that the time is near. One of my pastoral friends made a point that in studying scripture they noticed that Jesus never went without letting his followers what would be coming next and what they should do up until that event happened. In the Old Testament God always issued warnings before bringing judgment on a land, and he would always give his chosen directions on what to do up until the judgment was to happen. If the Lord would do that in the past, would he not do that for us as well? I believe so. In the past 5 years, in my life alone, I’ve been given dreams and visions that were not only very clear, but were very tactile to the point that in recounting them to others I will again feel, taste, and smell the same sensations that God gave me in the original dream or vision. All have had to do with the Rapture, or the Tribulation. I’ve never had dreams like this in the previous 52 years of my life until that first one just 5 years ago. I’ve had Christian friends and even a daughter who have had the same thing happen to them in just the past couple of years. I also believe that the rise in weather events and geological disasters is a warning from the Lord, letting us know that the earth is groaning under the weight of sin, and he will soon be bringing an even greater judgment on the earth for that sin. Jesus chided the people for knowing the signs of the seasons and the weather, but not knowing or watching for the signs of His coming. I plan on hearing his word, and following his direction to watch for those signs and wonders that mark his coming again. And as I said I believe those signs and wonders are also warnings that that time is near and the harvest is ready. Anyone not ready to be part of that harvest will be left behind and face the Tribulation here on earth.

    • Rob Barkman says:

      Only the Lord knows the exact time of His coming. We should always live as if he is coming back today! Thanks for the comments. Lord bless.

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