This is the day that has  long been awaited by Christians of
all ages.  It is  the day  that the  Bridegroom  returns for His
Bride. In the realm of the Church this event is called the day
of the "Rapture."   In 1 Thes. 4: 17  the Bible tells us that we
shall be caught up together  to meet the Lord in the air;  and
from this Scripture comes the phrase, "the catching away of
the saints."  In the 14th chapter  of the book of Revelation it
is described as "the harvest of the earth."

* Rev. 14: 1-5 * (Study Text)
And I looked,  and, lo,  a Lamb stood on the mount Sion,
and with him an hundred forty and four thousand,  having
his Father's name written in their foreheads.
And I heard  a voice from heaven,  as the voice of many
waters,  and as the voice  of a great thunder:  and I heard
the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and
before the four beasts,  and the elders:  and no man could
learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand,
which were redeemed from the earth.
These are they which were not defiled with women; for they
are virgins.
These are they  which follow the Lamb  whither soever he
goeth.
These were redeemed  from among men,  being the first-
fruits unto God and to the Lamb.
And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without
fault before the throne of God.

We have  already established  in prior chapters  that the
hundred and  forty and four thousand  are the remnant of
Israel that shall receive salvation in the latter days through
the blood of Jesus,  and the New Testament.  When they
are referred to as virgins it is further confirmation that they
have received salvation;  for a virgin is  one who has not
been defiled by man, or the world. And their carnal love is
superseded by a spiritual and a Godly love for the Son of
God, who is now their Messiah, Lord, and Saviour.

2 Cor. 11:2
For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy:  for I have
espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as
a chaste virgin to Christ.

The remnant of Israel that receives Christ in the latter days
shall be the first-fruits of the great harvest:  for always
remember that the first-fruits  of any harvest are gathered
first. And again, the remnant of Israel are the first that shall
be last,  and the last  that shall be first.  We have already
established this in chapter two entitled  "The Signs Of His
Coming."

Jer. 2:3
Israel was holiness unto the Lord, and the first-fruits of his
increase:  all that devour him shall offend;  evil shall come
upon them, saith the Lord.

In verse five their being found with no guile in their mouth,
and being  without fault  before the throne of God,  is still
confirming their  salvation through  the death,  and the
shedding of the blood of Jesus Christ, and His resurrection.
Jesus becomes Messiah, Lord,  and Savior unto the nation    
of Israel.

Zeph. 3:13
The remnant of Israel  shall not do iniquity,  nor speak lies;
neither shall a deceitful tongue be found in their mouth:
for they shall feed and lie down, and none shall make them
afraid.      

Col. 1:22
In the body of his flesh through death, to present you holy
and unblameable and unreproveable in his sight:     

* Rev. 14: 6-11 * (Study Text)
And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having
the everlasting gospel  to preach unto them  that dwell on
the earth,  and to every nation,  and kindred,  and tongue,
and people,
Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him;
for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that
made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of
waters.
And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen,
is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink
of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice,
If any man worship  the beast and his image,  and receive
his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which
is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation;
and he shall be  tormented with fire  and brimstone in the
presence of  the holy angels,  and in the  presence of the
Lamb:
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and
ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the
beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of
his name.

The angel with the gospel to preach to all that dwell upon
the earth is a sign unto us of the day and the hour in which
these events will be taking place; for in Matt. 24:14 Jesus
tells us that when the gospel of the kingdom is preached in
all the world  for a witness  unto all nations,  then shall the
end come, and usher in the day of God's judgment.

Babylon,  referred to  in verse eight,  has from  the very
beginning of nations upon the earth represented an enemy   
of God's people, always standing in opposition to God, and
to righteousness. Babylon in the latter day judgment of God
will not be one city or nation, but it represents the entirety of
man kind that have not submitted themselves unto God; but
rather have chosen to submit themselves unto the Antichrist
realm that will be ruling the world during this time.

The fall of Babylon is the decline or descending position
of the earth's status under the weight of God's anger, and
his judgment.  Impending desolation  and destruction are  
promised because of sin,  and rejection of  God and his
Son. The evil that befalls will catch the world unaware; but
the righteous will not  be caught unaware,  for knowing the
signs of  Christ's coming  they'll be watching  and praying,
for they know  that they have  a way of escape prepared
for them.

Luke 21:28
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up,
and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.      

Luke 21:35-36
For as a snare shall it come on all them that dwell on
the face of the whole earth.
Watch ye therefore, and pray always, that ye may be
accounted worthy to escape all these things that shall
come to pass, and to stand before the Son of man.

* Rev. 14: 12-13 * (Study Text)
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep
the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me,  Write,
blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth:
yea,  saith the Spirit,  that they may rest from their labours;
and their works do follow them.

In Luke 21: 19 Jesus foretold of the days of persecution
that would come upon the righteous during the end time.
And He said,  
"In your patience possess ye your souls."
He was letting us  know that in  the latter days the time
would come when the patience and the faith of the saints
would be tried. That time will be fulfilled under the tyranny
of the beast disclosed in the 13th chapter of the book of
Revelation. Under the reign of the Antichrist the world will
be divided into two distinct groups.  One group will have
their names written in the Lamb's book of life;  the other
group will receive  the mark of the beast.  In Rev. 13:10
where the rising up of this beast is revealed  it is written
there also,  
"Here is  the patience  and the faith of the
saints."  
But when we read of the patience and the faith of
the saints in Rev. 14:12, and of their loyalty to God and his
commandments,  it is time  for the saints  to receive their
reward for their faith and patience.  And those who die in
the Lord during  this time of trial  will rest from their labor
until the time of the harvest. Then they shall be the ones to
rise first to meet the Lord in the air,  and then the earth will
be harvested.

1 Thess. 1:10
And to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from
the dead, even Jesus, which delivered us from the wrath to
come.      

1Thess. 4:16
For the  Lord himself  shall descend  from heaven with a
shout, with the voice of the Archangel, and with the trump
of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first.    

* Rev. 14:14-16 * (Study Text)
And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud
one sat  like unto  the Son of man,  having on  his head a
golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
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. And he that sat
on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth
was reaped.

The day of redemption of all saints has come at this time,
and the harvest of the earth takes place as was promised.
It is a day of darkness and judgment for the world; but the
start of a bright new,  and glorious day  for the saints of
God, an eternal "Day."

Matt. 13:39
The enemy that sowed them is the devil;the harvest is
the end of the world;  and the reapers are the angels.      

Matt. 24:31
And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a
trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from
the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.

Luke 21:27-28
And then shall they see the Son of man coming in a cloud
with power and great glory.
And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up,
and lift up your heads;  for your redemption draweth nigh.  
    

Notice in verse sixteen  that the tool  of the harvest,  the
sickle, is thrust
on the earth to gather the saints; but when
the wicked and the unbelieving are gathered for the great
wine press of the wrath of God, the sickle is thrust
into the
earth
.  This lets us know  that the saints of God  have no
roots in the earth, but their roots are in Christ Jesus.  The
world has no permanent hold on the righteous of God, for
they know that they are merely on a pilgrimage through this
land,  awaiting their promised deliverance.  But the wicked
and the unrighteous have their roots and their being within
the earth, and the earth has it's strong hold on them.

* Rev. 14:17-20 * (Study Text)
And another angel came out of the temple which is in
heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
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 sickle, and gather
the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are
fully ripe.
And the angel  thrust in his sickle  into the earth,  and
gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great
wine press of the wrath of God.
And the wine press was trodden without the city, and blood
came out of the wine press, even unto the horse bridles, by
the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Those who are left upon the earth after the righteous are
taken away are the clusters of the vine of the earth;  and    
they are the ones  who will be trodden  in the great wine
press of the wrath of God. It is upon them that the seven
vials of wrath  will be poured out.  And in the  seven last
plagues is filled up the wrath of God.

Lev. 26:27-28
And if ye will not for all this hearken unto me, but walk
contrary unto me;
Then I will walk contrary unto you also in fury; and I,
even I, will chastise you seven times for your sins.

Isa. 63:3-4
I have trodden  the wine press alone;  and of  the people
there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger,
and trample them  in my fury;  and their blood  shall be
sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.
For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of
my redeemed is come.

* Rev. 15:1-4 * (Study Text)
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and
them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over
his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his
name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God.
And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and
the song of the Lamb, saying,
Great and marvellous are thy works,  Lord God Almighty;
just and true are thy ways, thou king of saints.  Who shall
not fear thee,  O Lord,  and glorify thy name?
For thou  only art holy:  for all  nations shall  come and
worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.

The sea of glass  that the saints  are seen standing upon,
in the midst of heaven, symbolizes the cleansing that they
were made partakers of.  All the righteous saints of God
were cleansed  and purified by  the blood of the Lamb,
before entering into the holy temple of God.  Even in the
early temple  there was a  molten sea,  which gave the
appearance of glass,  that was used for the cleansing of
the priests before they could  enter into the  holy place to
commune with God.

2 Chr. 4:2-6
Also he made a molten sea of ten cubits from brim to brim,
round in compass, and five cubits the height thereof; and a
line of thirty cubits did compass it round about.
And under it was the similitude of oxen, which did compass
it round about:  ten in a cubit,  compassing the  sea round
about.  Two rows of oxen were cast,  when it was cast.
It stood upon twelve oxen, three looking toward the north,
and three looking toward the west, and three looking toward
the south,  and three looking toward the east:  and the sea
was set above them, and all their hinder parts were inward.
And the thickness of it was an hand-breadth,  and the brim
of it like the work of the brim of a cup, with flowers of lilies;
and it received and held three thousand baths.
He made also  ten lavers,  and put five  on the right hand,
and five on the left, to wash in them:  such things as they
offered for the burnt offering they washed in them; but
the
sea was for the priests to wash in
.      

This sea of glass  that John sees  the saints of God stand
upon is symbolic  of the molten sea,  which stood before
the holiest of holies in the early temple. Jesus is our molten
sea today,  and through Him we are  cleansed and made
ready for the temple of God. And also through Jesus man
is baptized with the Holy Ghost and with fire: which purges
man, and gives him the power to overcome every obstacle;
and to stand in the time of trial. Through this cleansing, and
this fire  the saints of God  shall have the victory.  And the
song of Moses  which they sing is  a song of deliverance;
for even as God delivered the children of Israel out of the
land of Egypt, so shall He deliver his people out of a sinful
land in the day that  He shall pour out  his wrath upon the
rebellious, wicked, and unbelieving world.

Jesus said in Matthew, chapter 24, and in Luke, chapter 17,
that as it was in the days of Noah, so would it be in the day
of the coming of  the Son of man.  In the days  before the
flood they  were eating  and drinking,  and marrying and
giving in marriage, until the very day that Noah entered into
the ark,  and then the flood came  and destroyed them all.
Likewise, also as it was in the days of Lot, so shall it be in
the day of  the coming of the  Son of man.  They did eat,
they drank, they bought,  they sold, they planted,  they built;
but the same day that Lot went out of Sodom it rained fire
and brimstone from heaven, and destroyed them all.

Jesus also tells us that in the day of His coming there shall
be two standing together;  the one shall be taken,  and the
other shall be left.  And as it was in the days of Noah,  and
of Lot,  the righteous shall  be taken out,  and the wicked
shall be left.  And those  that are left behind  will suffer the
wrath of God.


* Rev. 15:5-8 * (Study Text)
And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the
tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
And the seven angels came out of the temple, having
the seven plagues,  clothed in pure and white linen,
and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels
seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth
for ever and ever.
And the temple  was filled with smoke  from the glory of
God, and from his power;  and no man was able to enter
into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels
were fulfilled.

The temple of the tabernacle in heaven is opened as it was
in Rev. 11:19;  but in the previous Scripture it was opened,
or made accessible to, for the entering in of the remnant
of Israel. Here in Rev. 15:5 the temple is opened to reveal
that at this time the temple has been filled.  And those who
are left upon the earth  at this time  will be the  ones who
refused to enter in,  but rather chose  to profane and to
desecrate the holy place,  which is the place of covenant
between God and man.  And because of this desecration,
out of  the temple  will come forth  the seven plagues of
God's wrath.

And the temple of God will be filled with the smoke from
His glory; and no man can enter into the temple until the
seven plagues  of the seven angels  are fulfilled.  In the
early temple, when it was filled with smoke from the glory
of God, no man could enter in,  and the priests could not
minister unto the people, until the glory of God was lifted
up from the temple.

This is the day  when the Bridegroom has come,  and the
door is shut  (Matt. 25:10).  And this is  the day when the
master of the house has risen up,  and hath shut the door
(Luke 13:25-27); and those who stand without, and knock
at the door shall be turned away. This is the day when the
Lord shall say,  
"I know you not whence ye are;  depart
from me, all ye workers of iniquity."

Woe unto the people who are left upon the earth during the
pouring out of the wrath of God, for the days of mercy and
grace are past, and the day of His judgment and wrath are
come.
The Harvest Of The Earth
Time for  "The Catching Away," or
"The Rapture" of the saints of God.
Chapter 9
The Word And Prophecy
The Word And Prophecy
An unveiling of the latter day prophecies in Revelation
and Daniel; making known what is to take place in the
very last days just before the return of Jesus Christ to
take His Bride away.
End Time Prophecy
Latter Day Prophecies
End Time Revelation
End Time Revelation