By George Kirkpatrick
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Proclaiming the Everlasting Gospel of the Kingdom
Vital Words to the Body of Christ
Freely We Have Received, Freely We Give
There is not much known about the prophet Joel - - - only that he was the son of Pethuel - - - but the words Joel proclaimed are very powerful. We know Joel was a prophet who prophesied concerning the end of time. Many of Joel's proclamations are coming to pass in the end of the age. Joel wrote:
"Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." Joel 3:13-14
As we rightly divide these words of truth we discover these are the same words Jesus spoke to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"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." Revelation 14:15
What was Joel proclaiming would come to pass in the time of harvest, and when is this time of harvest? Jesus declared the parable of the wheat and the tares to His disciples:
"The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world: and the reapers are the angels." Matthew 13:39
Jesus declared, "The harvest is the end of the world." The world in this verse should have been translated "age." So we discover Joel was writing about the end of the age.
Then Joel stated, "Come, get you down." This phrase means "to lay prostrate before the Lord." It also means "to bow in humility." We need to know every knee will bow before God. The Apostle James declared:
"Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and He shall lift you up." James 4:10
If we will come down or humble ourselves in God's sight, then He will set our feet on higher ground.
Then Joel declares "the press is full." Joel is referring to the winepress. Throughout the Bible, much is written about the winepress. [see "The Threshing Floor or the Winepress" by G. Kirkpatrick]
Jesus spoke of the winepress to John:
"And the angel thrust in His sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God." Revelation 14:19
Again, we see the phrase "thrust in the sickle." This time the sickle is going to gather the vine of the earth. The vine of the earth represents those Christians who proclaim they are part of Christ, but have never separated themselves from the things of the earth. They want a relationship with God, but they want to hold on to the things of this life. These are destined for the winepress. Joel proclaims the winepress will be full of those who must endure God's wrath.
Joel continues, "the fats overflow." The fats is a term used to describe the juice that flows from grapes. Sometimes the winepress is referred to as the press fat.
Then Joel explains, "for their wickedness is great (many)." Even when Joel proclaimed the winepress was full, and ready to be trodden there would be multitudes in the valley of decision. This is where the multitude of God's people are in this end time generation. They are wondering around in the valley of decision, not completely able to follow the Lord with their whole heart. They will not come up to the mountain of the Lord where they can see the sad state of affairs in the world today. All they can see are the hills of adversity that are overwhelming them. They can see no way out. Even though the day of the Lord is near, they refuse to make the decision to leave the valley, and go all the way with their God.
When we begin to look at the writings of Joel through the eyes of the Scriptures, we discover Joel reveals many revelations. Then, when we apply the knowledge given us by the prophet Isaiah, as to how we are to study the Scriptures, the plan of God becomes more clear:
"For precept must be upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little:" Isaiah 28:10
When Isaiah showed us how we are to study God's Word, he went on to explain:
"To whom He said, This is the rest wherewith ye may cause the weary to rest; and this is the refreshing: yet they would not hear." Isaiah 28:12
When God finished His creation in the book of Genesis, He entered into His rest. And He has never left this rest. He is waiting for a people to enter into that rest with Him. Putting precept upon precept, line upon line, here a little and there a little, Paul revealed God's rest in his letter to the Hebrews:
"Let us therefore fear, lest, a promise being left us of entering into His rest, any of you should seem to come short of it." Hebrews 4:1
Again we are given the promise that we can enter in to God's rest if we will only follow His directions.
"For unto us was the gospel preached, as well as unto them: but the Word preached did not profit them, not being mixed with faith in them that heard it." Hebrews 4:2
The promise of our entering into God's rest has been promised down through the ages, but man has not had the faith or knowledge to enter into God's rest.
"For we which have believed do enter into rest, as He said, As I have sworn in My wrath, if they shall enter into My rest: although the works were finished from the foundation of the world." Hebrews 4:3
Those who will not enter into God's rest will suffer His wrath. We need to have faith, and believe that when God finished His creation, all His works were finished also. People are still seeking for God to finish His work in them, but we need to know God finished His work in each of us before He ever entered into His rest, praise the Lord! All we need to do is believe His Word and be sure we are conforming our walk into the image and likeness of the one we see in the Word.
"Seeing therefore it remaineth that some must enter therein, and they to whom it was first preached entered not in because of unbelief:" Hebrews 4:6
If we are going to enter into His rest, we must first overcome all our unbelief:
"Again, He limiteth a certain day, saying in David, Today, after so long a time; as it is said, Today if ye will hear His voice, harden not your hearts." Hebrews 4:7
Next, if we are going to enter into God's rest, we must hear and know His voice.
"For He that is entered into His rest, He also hath ceased from His own works, as God did from His." Hebrews 4:10
Lastly, if we are going to enter into His rest, we must cease from our own works. We must allow the Kingdom of God to come within us, as Paul explains:
"For if Jesus had given them rest, then would He not afterward have spoken of another day." Hebrews 4:8
The rest Paul is speaking of did not come through our faith in Jesus,. But he spoke of another day. This is the day we come to know the risen, glorified Christ, or Christ Jesus. Just as God entered into His rest on the seventh day, we too who know our God as Christ Jesus will enter into our rest with Him on the seventh day. That day is directly ahead for God's elect. [see "Christ Jesus" by G. Kirkpatrick]
Isaiah explained what would happen to those who would not hear God's words:
"But the Word of the Lord was unto them precept upon precept, precept upon precept; line upon line, line upon line; here a little, and there a little; that they might go, and fall backward, and be broken, and snared, and taken." Isaiah 28:13
Those who will not heed God's Word will fall backward (backslide). They will be broken (their faith will be shattered). And they will be snared (trapped in their false doctrines).
When Joel proclaimed, "Thrust in the sickle", he was referring to the harvest time of the earth. The Holy Spirit uses three types of harvest to reveal unto His people God's judgment coming upon the earth. He reveals the harvest of the wheat, the harvest of the fish, and the harvest of the grapes.
The Harvest of The Wheat
First, we will take a further look at the harvest of the wheat. Jesus put forth the wheat harvest as a parable. A parable is when we put one thing side by side to compare the one thing with the other. Jesus used the parables to explain His harvest of the earth.
"Another parable put He forth unto them, saying, The Kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field: but while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way." Matthew 13:24-25
Christ sowed the good seed - - - and the spirit of darkness sowed the tares.
"But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also." Matthew 13:26
When the wheat and the tares were growing together they looked the same. But the harvest which comes after the summer heat brings forth the wheat to maturity. The summer heat is referring to the time of tribulation. How we react to tribulation determines if we will be taken into the Lord's grainery (a place of protection), or if we will be treated like the tares.
"So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? From whence then hath it tares? He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?" Matthew 13:27-28
It should be plain for all to see that Jesus is making reference to His church system at the end of the age. What would happen if we try to separate those in the church who are the tares. In His wisdom, Jesus declared:
"But He said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them." Matthew 13:29
If we tried to separate the tares before the heat of the tribulation, we will lose some of the wheat God is preparing for His grainery.
"Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into My barn." Matthew 13:30
Jesus directed, "Let them grow together until the time of harvest." Then God will give direction to His reapers. They are first to gather the tares and bundle them together. Then they are to be burned or destroyed. But the wheat He will gather into His grainery.
When Jesus was alone with His disciples, they asked Him to explain this parable of the wheat and the tares.
"He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the Kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;" Matthew 13:37-38
We have already learned the harvest is the end of the age.
"As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. The Son of man shall send forth His angels, and they shall gather out of his Kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;" Matthew 13:40-41
At the harvest time, God will gather out of His Kingdom all things that are offensive to Him. These are the things man has not dealt with in their lives: greed, lust, coveting, unforgiveness, and any thing else that offends God. Those who do iniquity will be counted among the tares.
"And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Then shall the righteous shine forth as the sun in the Kingdom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let him hear." Matthew 13:42-43
The furnace of fire is not hell as most people think. The furnace of fire is the great wrath of God where there will be wailing and gnashing of teeth.
But God's wheat will shine forth as the brightness of the sun. We know that only those who have ears to hear will hear the parable of the sower. By Jesus' words we know God's intention for those who will become part of His Kingdom:
"Whose fan is in His hand, and He will throughly purge His floor, and will gather the wheat into His garner; but the chaff He will burn with fire unquenchable." Luke 3:17
The chaff and the tares are in the same category. Both will be taken first. This is in direct contradiction to the teaching of the rapture, which states God is going to take the righteous first. The teaching of the rapture is false.
The Harvest of the Fish
The next example Jesus used to explain His harvest was the gathering of the fish:
"Again, the Kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:" Matthew 13:47
As we begin to look at this parable of the gathering of the fish, we can again see God is speaking of His harvest at the end of the age. We have all heard the expression, "the sea of humanity." When Jesus gave His revelation to John on the Isle of Patmos, He declared:
"And there came one of the seven angels which had the seven vials, and talked with me, saying unto me, Come hither; I will shew unto thee the judgment of the great whore that sitteth upon many waters: And He saith unto me, The waters which thou sawest, where the whore sitteth, are peoples, and multitudes, and nations, and tongues." Revelation 17: 1 & 15
So it becomes clear that the sea Jesus was referring to is the sea of all mankind upon the earth. When Jesus was choosing His disciples, and He was walking by the sea, He saw Peter and Andrew and spoke unto them:
". . . Follow Me, and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19
Again, we discover Jesus is referring to the harvest of souls at the end of the age.
"Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away." Matthew 13:48
Jesus used many examples of the sea. In this instance, we discover the fishermen drug the net to shore and began sorting the fish (mankind). They gathered the good fish into vessels or containers to be preserved for the Master's use. But the bad fish that were unacceptable were cast away. And as Jesus explains:
"So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just." Matthew 13:49
Those who still hold on to their false doctrines of the rapture where the righteous are going to be taken out first, should read how the tares are first bundled and burned, and the good wheat was left. They should also read how the bad fish, or the wicked, are going to be removed from among the just. The good wheat and the good fish are not taken away, it is the tares and the bad fish who are taken away. Those who have their hope in the rapture need to look again at what they have put their hope in.
The Harvest of the Grapes
The third example of the harvest at the end of the age is the harvest of the grapes. Jesus explained the grape harvest to John on the Isle of Patmos:
"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." Revelation 14:15
As Jesus explained to His disciples, the reapers are the angels. This angel was to thrust in His sickle when the harvest of the earth was ripe. The word ripe means "mature." God is speaking here of His body coming to maturity. He also uses the word perfection. God will not order His sickle thrust in until He has a mature, perfected body.
"And He that sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped." Revelation 14:16
The time God harvests His full-ripe grapes is when His final judgment will be poured out upon the earth. Both the righteous and wicked will be taken in this harvest.
"And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to Him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in Thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe." Revelation 14:18
This angel was to harvest the full-ripe grapes, those who are fit for the Master's table. These are His elect who will rule and reign with Him during the one thousand year millennium. But as stated before, the wicked are also gathered:
"And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God." Revelation 14:19
The vine of the earth are those who are called by His name, but have yielded no fruit. These do not have the twelve fruit of the Spirit in their lives. They only depend on their religious affiliation for their salvation. These will not be able to escape the great winepress of the wrath of God.
But as Joel stated, "The wine press is already full." What is the winepress full of? It is full of the people of the world who have no relationship with their Creator. These are those who have mocked God and scoffed at His Word. John concluded His explanation of the harvest time:
"And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs." Revelation 14:20
This will be a terrible day for those who have missed God's blessings and His free gift that He died for to give His people eternal life. Seeing and understanding God's Word, it becomes plain to see why there will be much weeping and wailing and gnashing of teeth during this time. God has warned His people throughout His Word of this terrible day.
The time of harvest was a very important time in Israel, and we know by God's Word:
"Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come." I Corinthians 10:11
Paul revealed to the church at Corinth that Israel was given as an example to us who live in the end of the age. If God judged Israel for their sin, then He will also judge those who live in the end of this age for their sin. That which the prophets proclaimed concerning Israel, will also be for this end time generation. If we are guilty of the same things Israel was guilty of, then we can expect the same judgment. The prophet Ezekiel stated:
"And the word of the Lord came unto me, saying, Son of man, the house of Israel is to Me become dross: all they are brass, and tin, and iron, and lead, in the midst of the furnace; they are even the dross of silver." Ezekiel 22:17-18
The Lord spoke to Ezekiel that Israel had become dross. Dross is the impurities in gold and silver. The Lord also said Israel was like brass, tin, iron, and lead. These metals are not purified in the fire. They simply melt and run together. Brass is the symbol of sin. So when the heat is applied, sin is spread through all these metals, and all become contaminated. This is what Israel had become. And this is what the church system has become - - - a mixed multitude with no separation from the sins of the world. Ezekiel continues:
"Therefore thus saith the Lord God; Because ye are all become dross, behold, therefore I will gather you into the midst of Jerusalem. As they gather silver, and brass, and iron, and lead, and tin, into the midst of the furnace, to blow the fire upon it, to melt it; so will I gather you in Mine anger and in My fury, and I will leave you there, and melt you.
Yea, I will gather you, and blow upon you in the fire of My wrath, and ye shall be melted in the midst thereof. As silver is melted in the midst of the furnace, so shall ye be melted in the midst thereof; and ye shall know that I the Lord have poured out My fury upon you." Ezekiel 22:19-22
When God's judgment comes, all those in the church system are going to be judged as one. There will be no separation. All will be melted together as one when God pours out His fury. The prophet Jeremiah also had much to say about the sin and the backsliding of Israel:
"But this people hath a revolting and a rebellious heart; they are revolted and gone. Neither say they in their heart, Let us now fear the Lord our God, that giveth rain, both the former and the latter, in His season: He reserveth unto us the appointed weeks of the harvest." Jeremiah 5:23-24
There is no fear of God anymore, not even in the church. But when God's harvest happens, people will fear God - - - even though it may be too late to repent. They will cry out to God and weep and wail and gnash their teeth, but this will not stay God's hand in the day of His harvest.
"Your iniquities have turned away these things, and your sins have withholden good things from you." Jeremiah 5:25
Israel's iniquities and sins kept the blessings of God from being poured out upon His people. The same is true today. The church is no longer partaking of God's blessings because of iniquities and sins.
"For among My people are found wicked men: they lay wait, as he that setteth snares; they set a trap, they catch men." Jeremiah 5:26
Today, there are wicked (ungodly) men in the church who trap men with their false doctrines and false ways. Among these are those who teach the prosperity message. Jeremiah continues:
"As a cage is full of birds, so are their houses full of deceit: therefore they are become great, and waxen rich." Jeremiah 5:27
The prosperity message teaches godliness and riches go together. They proclaim, if you are not prosperous, you are not godly. Those who believe these lies are like trapped birds in a cage. The prosperity message only works for those who teach it. Many have become wealthy by taking up two or three collections, and then telling the people if they give, that God will give back to them - - - a one hundred fold return. These are nothing but hucksters with their `come on' games. But what does the Bible say about these who live on lies?
"For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows." I Timothy 6:10
We have seen what the love of money has done for the world. As Paul related, those who covet money and the things money will buy have erred from the faith and will suffer many sorrows. Their many sorrows will be manifested in the day of harvest. Jesus declared through the pen of Mark:
"For what shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul?" Mark 8:36
If we could gain the whole world when the economy fails - - - and it will fail - - - or if a man cannot buy or sell unless he takes the mark of the beast which will condemn his soul, what has he to hold on to? Jeremiah gives us further insight to those who want to gain the whole world:
"They are waxen fat, they shine: yea, they overpass the deeds of the wicked: they judge not the cause, the cause of the fatherless, yet they prosper; and the right of the needy do they not judge." Jeremiah 5:28
Those who have gotten rich, shine - - - or, the whole world knows who they are. Most who have gotten rich have done so by out-doing the deeds of the wicked. They care for none but themselves. Then the Lord asks:
"Shall I not visit for these things? Saith the Lord: Shall not My soul be avenged on such a nation as this?" Jeremiah 5:29
Yes, God's day of harvest (His judgment) is close at hand, and God will take vengeance on those individuals and those nations who have turned their back on Him and His ways. Jeremiah concludes with these words:
"A wonderful and horrible thing is committed in the land; the prophets prophesy falsely, and the priests bear rule by their means; and My people love to have it so: and what will ye do in the end thereof?" Jeremiah 5:30-31
God speaks these words to the church and to the nations who want to rule unjustly over the people. The prophets and preachers deliver a warmed over, watered down message to the people. And the people love to have it so. But in the day of harvest, they will hold their pastors and teachers responsible for not telling them the truth.
The prophet Ezekiel spoke of Israel worshipping idols:
"Son of man, these men have set up their idols in their heart, and put the stumblingblock of their iniquity before their faces: should I be inquired of at all by them?" Ezekiel 14:3
This nation and the church has set up many idols in their heart. With the world it is the things they possess. Their homes have become their idols. Everyone wants a bigger and better house. The same is true with their automobiles. If they have a Chevy, they want a Cadillac. Another idol is their time of pleasure and leisure. Their boats, airplanes have all become worldly idols. Sports is another worldly idol. People miss church to watch a ball game or to play golf.
The church's idols have become buildings. When the church down the street gets a new building, then they, too, must have a new building, or at least a renovation with new carpet or new pads for the pews. Somehow or other the church believes we must look good in the eyes of the world to allure them in, to see what is going on. Instead we should be interested in how do we look in the eyes of God. Ezekiel continues:
"Therefore speak unto them, and say unto them, Thus saith the Lord God; Every man of the house of Israel that setteth up his idols in his heart, and putteth the stumblingblock of his iniquity before his face, and cometh to the prophet; I the Lord will answer him that cometh according to the multitude of his idols;" Ezekiel 14:4
Israel had many idols and they were warned by God they could no longer come to His true prophets because God would answer their request according to the multitude of their idols. Israel's idols had become a stumblingblock in their worship of God. It is the same today with the world and the church. The world has forsaken God for their idols. The church has done the same. They play their satanic Christian rock, trying to allure the worldly children in. We need to ask ourselves, "Is this how Paul reached the multitude?" Paul wrote to the church at Corinth:
"And my speech and my preaching was not with enticing words of man's wisdom, but in demonstration of the Spirit and of power." I Corinthians 2:4
When Paul preached, it was in the demonstration of the Spirit and power. He did not use enticing words or rock and roll music to entice the people. He spoke by the power of God. When Paul came to Thessalonica, the Jews all cried out:
"These that have turned the world upside down are come hither also;" Acts 17:6b
Paul turned the world upside down - - - not with enticing words - - - but by the power of the Spirit in his life. Ezekiel continued:
"That I may take the house of Israel in their own heart, because they are all estranged from Me through their idols." Ezekiel 14:5
The idols the church has allowed in their midst have estranged God from their midst. The same is true with the world. Do you ever ask yourself, "Why is there no revival in the church today?" The old-time revivals services went into the communities and spoke against the sins of that community. Today, when the church has a revival, they cannot even get their own members to come. Jesus stated to John that because of their lukewarmness, God would spew (vomit) them out of His mouth. The prophet Jeremiah declared:
"For thus saith the Lord of hosts, the God of Israel; The daughter of Babylon is like a threshingfloor, it is time to thresh her: yet a little while, and the time of her harvest shall come." Jeremiah 51:33
The daughters in the Old Testament are the same as the church in the New Testament, and the United States is modern Babylon. So, Jeremiah was speaking to the church in the United States. Jeremiah reported the daughters of Babylon are like a threshing floor, and it is time to thresh her and about time that her harvest (her judgment) is come.
God has spoken much in His Word concerning His harvest time. This is the time of His judgment, His wrath, and His great tribulation. God has warned His creation to turn from their wicked ways or His judgment will come upon them. But many people pay no attention. They go their own way, do their own thing, and hope for the best.
God is raising up a mighty army to stand in this last hour of time. The prophet Joel prophesied about this coming army:
"Blow ye the trumpet in Zion, and sound an alarm in My holy mountain: let all the inhabitants of the land tremble: for the day of the Lord cometh, for it is nigh at hand;" Joel 2:1
The day of the Lord's harvest is nigh at hand, and those who are hearing the clear sound of the trumpet are preparing for the days ahead. Paul spoke of the trumpet which most are listening to today:
"For if the trumpet give an uncertain sound, who shall prepare himself to the battle?" I Corinthians 14:8
The uncertain sound that is coming out of the church system today is not preparing the people. Rather they are given false hope of a phoney rapture, or once they are saved they are always saved, or God is going to save everyone, even satan himself will be saved. Their trumpets are lulling people to sleep.
But those who dwell in Zion are alert and ready for the battle. And when the bridegroom comes, they will be ready to go out to meet him. These have oil in their lamps, but they also have the extra vessel of preparedness. Joel speaks of the day in which we live:
"A day of darkness and of gloominess, a day of clouds and of thick darkness, as the morning spread upon the mountains: a great people and a strong; there hath not been ever the like, neither shall be any more after it, even to the years of many generations." Joel 2:2
We live in the day of darkness and gloominess. Thick darkness has covered our land and its people. But God has a people, a great people, who are strong, of which the world has never witnessed. Paul wrote to Timothy about this army:
"Thou therefore endure hardness, as a good soldier of Jesus Christ. No man that warreth entangleth himself with the affairs of this life; that he may please Him who hath chosen him to be a soldier." II Timothy 2:3-4
This is the army God is raising up; one that has not entangled themselves with the affairs of this life. Their only purpose is to please Him who has chosen them to be a good soldier. Joel continues to proclaim this army:
"A fire devoureth before them; and behind them a flame burneth: the land is as the garden of Eden before them, and behind them a desolate wilderness; yea, and nothing shall escape them." Joel 2:3
Yes, they are in the midst of the fire, but what sustains them? There are flames before them and flames behind them, but their vision of the Garden of Eden is all they have in their minds. These operate on a vision, not what is around them. These are God's hardened soldiers who only live by the Word and God's promises. These will be God's Shadracks, Meshachs, and Abednigos. God has given this same promise to His people:
"When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee." Isaiah 43:2
This is the promise God's people will claim, that when they are in the fire nothing can hurt them.
"Neither shall one thrust another; they shall walk every one in his path: and when they fall upon the sword, they shall not be wounded." Joel 2:8
This is the vision and the promise God has made to all His army. Nothing can touch us as we walk `lock step' with our Captain, the Lord Jesus Christ.
We know and understand God's harvest is about to happen. We know the harvest is at the end of summer. And we must be careful we do not find ourselves in the same shape Jeremiah described when he stated:
"The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved." Jeremiah 8:20
Too many today are walking on the edge of the abyss, and they do not even know it. When God's harvest comes, there will be no delay. We know by Jesus' own words:
"But when the fruit is brought forth, immediately He putteth in the sickle, because the harvest is come." Mark 4:29
Let's look again to the words of Joel. Where are the multitudes when the time of harvest has come?
"Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision." Joel 3:14
The multitude of God's people still have not made up their minds to go all the way with their God. The time of harvest is at hand. Jesus revealed to John concerning this multitude:
"After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the lamb, clothed in white robes, and palms in their hands;" Revelation 7:9
This great multitude stood before the throne of God. What was their only cry of hope before their God?
"And cried with a loud voice, saying, Salvation to our God which sitteth upon the throne, and unto the Lamb." Revelation 7;10
Their only cry of hope was that they were saved. How did they know they were saved? Someone asked them to repeat a couple of Scriptures, and then they were told they were saved. Then they were told they could never lose their salvation. How much they have missed of God's plan and purpose for their lives. Jesus went on to explain the multitude to John:
"Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve Him day and night in His temple: and He that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them." Revelation 7:15
These are the servant saints. These are not part of the ruling and reigning saints. These are not the overcomers. These will always be servant saints. They missed their chance to become overcomers and stand before their God victorious.
Today is the day to come out of the valley of decision and make a commitment before God to join His army of overcomers and leave the world and things of the world behind.
God's trumpets are sounding a certain sound. Hear what the Spirit is proclaiming concerning the day in which we live. Praise the Lord!
For further study
The Threshing Floor