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. Revelation 14:14.
His winnowing fork is in his hand, and he will clear his threshing floor, gathering his wheat into the barn and burning up the chaff with unquenchable fire. Matthew 3:12
Jesus the Son of Man is looking down on the planet where the fields are white for harvest. He’s now wearing a crown. The cloud is his chariot. In Psalm 104:3 the Lord makes the clouds his chariot and he rides on the wings of the wind.
He’s just been crowned at the throne of God; “In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence.
He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.” Daniel 7:13-14
The temple of God is now open.
The temple of God was opened in heaven, and the ark of His covenant was seen in His temple. And there were lightnings, noises, thunderings, an earthquake, and great hail.
Then the seventh angel sounded: And there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdoms of this world have become the kingdoms of our Lord and of His Christ, and He shall reign forever and ever!” Revelation 11:15-19
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.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. Revelation 14:15
The first time Jesus came it was quietly as a thief, but not this time. Now the whole world is going to see Him.
It was written in Matthew 24:29-31 that immediately after the tribulation of those days the sun will be darkened, and the moon will not give its light; the stars will fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens will be shaken.
Then the sign of the Son of Man will appear in heaven, and then all the tribes of the earth will mourn, and they will see the Son of Man coming on the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And He will send His angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they will gather together His elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.
The dead will hear his voice; Do not marvel at this; for the hour is coming in which all who are in the graves will hear His voice and come forth—those who have done good, to the resurrection of life, and those who have done evil, to the resurrection of condemnation.” John 5:24-30
Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left.
In the blink of an eye, men will be changed; Behold, I tell you a mystery: We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed— in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trumpet. 1 Corinthians 15:51
The resurrection is the mystery of God alluded to by the archangel in Revelation 10:7 and now it’s finished, as he swore at the sounding of the seventh angel it would be.
Revelation 7, The Great Multitude in White Robes
And here is the harvest;
After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: “Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.”
All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: “Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!”
Then one of the elders asked me, “These in white robes—who are they, and where did they come from?”
I answered, “Sir, you know.”
And he said, “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” Revelation 7:9-17
This part is from my book;
The multitude arrived together, speaking in languages from all parts of the globe. Strangely everyone understood each other, finding they could commune together with God and the Lamb. The curse of Babel had gone.
The multitude were in front of the throne on a large area called ‘the Sea,’ waving fronds of branches. It was like a Victory Day celebration.
Tears of joy streamed down their faces. These souls had been through unimaginable horror. They were given into the power of the Antichrist and tortured or killed when caught.
They suffered hunger and thirst and were struck by blistering sun and heat. They have suffered terrible persecution and endured unbelievable judgements that increased in size and scale until they were terrifying and global. Now their ordeal is over. Some sang, some danced, some jumped up and down to show their inexpressible happiness.
The Lamb who is in the midst of the throne will shepherd them and lead them to living fountains of waters. And God will wipe away every tear from their eyes.
Daniel 7 ties in with the blowing of the seventh trumpet in Revelation 11:15.
Here is a parable Jesus told about the harvest: Mark 4:26-29
Here’s a hidden gem, Psalm 67 which celebrates the harvest of the earth to the ends of the earth and God’s righteous governance of the nations. In Hebrew, the psalm has forty-nine words, one for each day of Shavuot, the wheat harvest. That’s seven times seven.
Will the harvest be unexpected? Not for the ones at the end of the Tribulation. It’s different at mid-Tribulation where Jesus said the earth would be taken by surprise by His coming, just as it was taken by surprise by the flood of Noah.
But of that day and hour no one knows, not even the angels of heaven, but My Father only. But as the days of Noah were, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be. For as in the days before the flood, they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered the ark, and did not know until the flood came and took them all away, so also will the coming of the Son of Man be.
Then two men will be in the field: one will be taken and the other left. Two women will be grinding at the mill: one will be taken and the other left. Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming. Matthew 24:36-44
In the Book of Revelation God has used one narrative to explain two scenarios and you have to contrast the scenarios. Remember God is speaking to three groups: the Jews, the Church, and the Tribulation saints so perhaps that’s why it was done this way.
But God has also been very clear about the time periods – expressing them in three different ways; 1260 days – 42 months – and a time, times and half a time so people can’t mistake it. It’s a “save the date” for the survivors.
At the end of the Tribulation, people won’t be caught unaware. When the two witnesses are resurrected 1263 days after the Antichrist violates the temple, the harvest will be imminent and the believers are told to watch; “Watch therefore, for you do not know what hour your Lord is coming.” (Matt 24)
The Apostle Paul wrote; “But concerning the times and the seasons, brethren, you have no need that I should write to you. For you yourselves know perfectly that the day of the Lord so comes as a thief in the night. For when they say, “Peace and safety!” then sudden destruction comes upon them, as labour pains upon a pregnant woman. And they shall not escape.” 1 Thessalonians 5:1-3
For the believers at mid-Tribulation there are signs. A significant sign for the Harpazo or Rapture event is the anguish of Israel – the pregnant woman at birth, the dragon and its tail and the words “Peace and safety.”
Israel’s travail is at mid-tribulation when they’re to run for their lives to a place prepared for them in the wilderness for 1260 days.
Now, brethren, concerning the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ and our gathering together to Him, we ask you, not to be soon shaken in mind or troubled, either by spirit or by word or by letter, as if from us, as though the day of Christ had come.
Let no one deceive you by any means; for that Day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is revealed, the son of perdition, who opposes and exalts himself above all that is called God or that is worshiped, so that he sits as God in the temple of God, showing himself that he is God. 2 Thessalonians 2:1-4
Here’s an example of how things get confused. How can Paul tell the Thessalonians the Rapture won’t happen unless the falling away happens first and the Man of Sin is revealed – and then tell the Corinthians the resurrection will happen at the last trumpet?
This verse covers two events; For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. 1 Corinthians 15:51-55
There are two kinds of last trumpets;
Yom Teruah, the Feast of Trumpets also has a Last Trumpet. This feast goes by the name ‘the day that no man knows,’ because it depended on the sighting of the new moon by two witnesses.
The Last Trumpet of the Feast of Trumpets is the ‘Tekiah Gedolah,’ a long blast on a ram’s horn known as ‘the Great Shofar.’ This is the ‘blast of hope’, prophesied by Isaiah that will raise the dead from the dust of the earth; But your dead will live, Lord; their bodies will rise—let those who dwell in the dust wake up and shout for joy—your dew is like the dew of the morning; the earth will give birth to her dead. Isaiah 26:19
This trumpet is not to be confused with the Seventh Trumpet of Revelation 11:15 when the Kingdom is proclaimed in Heaven.
The Last Trumpet can mean the Feast of Trumpets and it can also mean the Last Trumpet from the seven Trumpet judgements. Again, the Lord has said one thing to cover two events.
Revelation 10: The Mystery of God