Summary: Week 34 in a Wednesday evening study through the book of Revelation
“The Great and Terrible Day of the Lord”
Date: April 2, 2003
Place: Allendale Baptist Church
Text: Revelation 14: 14-20
As we studied last week I said that chapter 14 is a preview of the 2nd coming of Christ. The actual event we will study in chapter 19.
We also noticed an angel preaching to every tribe, tongue and nation, the everlasting gospel.
This reminds us that God’s grace reaches out to those who dwell on earth, even in these final terrible days.
In our study tonight we will see the coming judgment on a Christ rejecting world.
Let’s pick up where we left off last week at …
“Then I looked and behold,”
This tells us that John is not just hearing but is a spectator.
“A white cloud, and on that cloud sat One like the Son of man”
This is speaking definitely of the Lord Jesus Christ.
In Acts 1: 9 the Bible tells us that Jesus was “taken up, and a cloud received Him out of their sight.”
He was taken up in a cloud and will return in the same.
Matthew 24: 30 says; “And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory.”
“having on His head a golden crown.”
This confirms this One as the Lord Jesus Christ.
Dr. J Vernon McGee calls Him the hero of the book of Revelation.
Here Jesus is seen as King not as Prophet or Priest.
His office of King is always connected with His return.
Remember Jesus was offered a worldly crown but did not accept it. He earned it by dying on the Cross.
One of the commentators I read stated that if we are wearing a crown that belongs to Christ we had better take it off.
The story is of Queen Victoria @ her coronation ceremony began to weep and took off her royal crown of England. She said she was unworthy to wear a crown and only her Lord and Savior Jesus Christ was worthy of wearing such a crown.
It is a fact that during the following years of her reign, the country was greatly blessed. England saw a great revival and awakening during this time.
That is what needs to happen today in our world.
“And in His hand a sharp sickle”
This is a harvesting tool with a razor sharp, curved steel or iron blade and wooden handle, commonly used by ancient farmers to cut grain.
It represents swift and devastating judgment.
Verse 15 & 16
An angel from the temple tells Him (Jesus) to thrust in his sickle because the harvest of the earth is ripe.
While winning lost souls to Christ is sometimes seen or pictured in Scripture as a harvest, in John 4:34-38, this image is also used of God’s judgment as seen in Matthew 13:24-30 & 36-43; Luke 3:8-17.
God permits the seeds of iniquity to grow until they are ripe, and then He judges.
What John is describing to his readers here is a harvest of judgment upon again a Christ rejection world.