Summary: 90% of people become Christians because personal Evangelism. This series equips and challenges the church in sharing their faith with others.
Personal Evangelism IV
“It’s Harvest Time”
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Looking at the news, the threat of World War III, the rising cost of gasoline, the declining dollar, the constant threat of terrorism, and the political turmoil, the future seems bleak indeed.
But when you can see beyond the scene and catch a vision of what is going on in the spiritual world you understand that we are now living in the greatest moment of history.
Christ is about to call His Bride home, and like Samson, before we leave, we will see a greater harvest in the end than all the past put together.
"And the floors shall be full of wheat, and the vats shall overflow with wine and oil. And I will restore to you the years that the locust hath eaten, the cankerworm, and the caterpillar, and the palmerworm, my great army which I sent among you. And ye shall eat in plenty, and be satisfied, and praise the name of the LORD your God, that hath dealt wondrously with you: and my people shall never be ashamed."
"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."
Harvest time on a farm calls for hard and sacrificial work.
During this special time all other work is abandoned.
From early in the morning until late at night every thing is directed to the harvest. But it is not all hard work.
The days of the harvest are also days of feasting, plenty of the best food is provided for the harvesters.
The prophetic word speaks of a Spiritual harvest.
For centuries the Church has plowed, planted, watered and cultivated, and I truly believe that now it is harvest time.
There have been times of partial gatherings, but the harvest is ripened, and the command is to "thrust in thy sickle and reap."
The season of harvest the Church has been looking and praying for has finally arrived.
God has promised to pour out of His Spirit on all flesh.
"My people shall eat in plenty and be satisfied."
Plenty of grace, plenty of mercy, plenty of power, believe it, this is the time for God to work.
"And it shall come to pass that whosoever shall call on the Name of the Lord shall be delivered, for in Mount Zion and in Jerusalem shall be deliverance.
There will be a place of deliverance in Zion, that place is the Church.
The prophets of Old saw a day when a mighty revival would sweep the earth, a time of plenty, a time of restoration, and a time of deliverance.
The prophets described the wonders of that time in words like these:
Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears to the deaf shall be unstopped. Then shall the lame man leap as the hart, and the tongue of the dumb shall sing; for in the wilderness shall waters break out and streams in the desert.
They saw a time when those who were fearful shall find a place of security and described such a time in these words.
"Strengthen ye the weak hands and confirm the feeble knees, Say unto them that are of fearful heart, be strong, fear not; behold your God will come with vengeance, even God with a recompense: He will come and save you."
Job was a type of the Church from its inception to its rapture.
Job started out victoriously, he then went through a time of poverty and persecution.
In the trial Job’s faith held, and God turned his captivity and gave him a double portion of all he had lost.
Even so the Church started off on a high note of victory, but later because of unbelief she fell into poverty and persecution.
During the long dark lonely nights when it seemed that the light of day would never come the real Church has held to the truth.
Like Job, the Church in these last days will come to maturity, and will again shake the nations.
"And I shall shake all nations and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, the silver is mine and gold is mine, saith the Lord of Hosts. The glory of the latter house shall be greater than the former, and in this place will I give peace."
Before Satan came upon the scene in Eden, there was no want, no poverty, sin and sickness were unknown, and in the golden age when Satan is bound these things will be absent again.