Summary: This sermon in my sermon series from Revelation covers the Battle of Armageddon.
The Battle of Armageddon
14Then 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.
15And 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."
16So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
17Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18And 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."
19So 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.
20And 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.
We continue our look at the book of Revelation.
Let’s pick up where we left off last Sunday in chapter 14.
Last week we read about the last opportunity God gives man
to accept Jesus as their Savior.
The Antichrist and the False Prophet will mount a great campaign
trying to get everyone to worship the Antichrist.
Those who choose the Antichrist will be eternally lost.
An angel will be sent to warn the people to fear God
and give glory to God instead of the Antichrist.
So let’s begin with Verse 14.
Verses 14-16 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.
This “One like the Son of Man” is Jesus.
The cloud relates to the second coming of Jesus.
Acts 1:9-11 says,
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."
So Jesus disappeared into a white cloud
and He will return on a cloud.
The crown Jesus wears identifies Him as the ruler of the earth.
In Matthew chapter 13 Jesus taught about this harvest
in the Parable of the Wheat and the Tares or Weeds.
He told the story of a man who sowed Wheat in his field.
In the night, an enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat.
When his workers saw what had happened,
they asked him: Do you want us to pull up the weeds?
The owner answered: “No.
While you are pulling the weeds,
you might root up the wheat with them.
Let both grow together until the harvest”.
The Church today is a mix of Wheat and Weeds.
Jesus warns against trying to label people
who claim to be Christians
as truly SAVED or NOT really SAVED.
Only JESUS sees the heart.
Now, while you shouldn’t judge the salvation of others,
it’s wise to look honestly into your own heart.
We may be able to fool other people,
but Jesus Christ sees only the Truth.
Jesus will Harvest the entire earth with ONE SWEEP of his blade.
When it’s time for the HARVEST,
the LORD OF THE HARVEST will not leave any Wheat behind.
The time has come to finish the judgment of the earth.
The angel coming out of the heavenly temple
asks Jesus to begin His judgment.
The last 3 verses show that the time is right.
The Judge of all the earth
is about to harvest both the good and the bad.
This will be the judgment of the sheep and goats
which Jesus spoke of in Matthew chapter 25.
31 "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: