FINAL HARVEST

Jn.4:35,36 – Do you not say, ‘There are still four months, and then comes the harvest’? Behold, I tell you, raise your eyes and observe the fields, that they are white for harvest. 36 “Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and is gathering fruit for eternal life, so that the one who sows and the one who reaps may rejoice together.

Somehow it seems like history is repeating itself in my lifetime. I remember clearly the turmoil of the 1960’s. There was the tragedy of the Vietnam War, the racial unrest and riots in various cities, and the explosion of drug abuse was epidemic. What followed was the amazing Jesus Movement of the 1970’s where thousands of young people came to Christ. It seems like that same movie is being played again. We have gone through wars in the Middle East, racial unrest resulting in riots, and a drug epidemic that has eclipsed the one in the seventies. During the peak of all this turmoil came the pandemic of 2020. In the midst of it all, I smell and feel the Jesus Movement in the air. This past November, Sean Feucht visited New Orleans as part of his Let Us Worship Tour. That gathering, as well as those happening all over the country, have the feel of the Jesus Movement of the Seventies. Here is how Barclay describes Jesus’s prophesy about the final harvest.

“Amos paints his picture of the coming harvest: ‘The time is surely coming, says the Lord, when the one who ploughs shall overtake the one who reaps, and the treader of grapes the one who sows the seed’ (Amos 9:13). ‘Your threshing shall overtake the vintage, and the vintage shall overtake the sowing’ (Leviticus 26:5). It was the dream of that golden age that sowing and reaping, planting and harvesting, would follow hard upon the heels of each other. There would be such fertility that the old days of waiting would be at an end. We can see what Jesus is gently doing here. His words are nothing less than a claim that with him the golden age has dawned; God’s time is here – the time when the word is spoken and the seed is sown and the harvest waits.”

The fields are white, the world has been prepared. I think its time for the harvesters to step up their game. It’s time for the church to worship and declare the kingdom of God is here and bring His harvest into His house.

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