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Harvest Time


HARVEST TIME

The harvest is a Biblical symbol of the last judgement (Jer 51:33; Hos 6:11; Joel 4:13) when Jesus would present the fruits of his earthly ministry to the heavenly Father. Since God allows only holy people in heaven, the angels of God would separate the good people from the bad. Matthew 25:31-46 describes the judgement of the nations at the second coming of Christ “When the Son of Man comes in his glory with all his angels, he will sit on the throne of glory” (25:31) He will separate the nations “as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats” (25:32).

Like the harvesters who gather the wheat into the barn, Jesus will gather the righteous in heaven where there will be no more evil and influence of Satan. They will be in a new heaven and new earth that Christ will open up during his second coming.

At the harvest time, the farmer will burn the weeds that are useless and harmful. Likewise, Jesus will send his angels to separate the good and evil. The activity of the evil will end at the end of the age and the angels will throw the bad into the unquenchable fire (Mt 13:40-41).

 


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