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Harvest Time

John Collins01/02/2013Our study of the "Evening Light" transitions to Isaiah chapters 3-4.  Isaiah confirms the previous studies we've done that include Daniel 2, Zechariah 14, Revelation 10-11, and Revelation 17, but also includes Revelation 14:  The harvest.

Isaiah confirms Zechariah's prophecy of the desolation that is to befall the region surrounding Jerusalem.  He writes that God will take away all support and their entire supply of bread and water.  While Zechariah describes the condition of famine that will befall each nation that refuses God as he sits on the Throne on Mount Zion, Isaiah is certain that many will refuse. 

Isaiah says that the famine will be so great that every respected mighty man of Israel will become so beaten down that they can be ruled as a father rules over an infant.  Every man from the captain of the soldiers to the mighty soldier to the prophets to the elders to the counselors will become humbled like children.  All will be despised.

As John the Revelator writes in Revelation 11, Jerusalem will symbolically be called Sodom.  Isaiah says that the desolation will be so great that any man can become the leader of these broken down people.  But the city of Jerusalem will lie as a heap of ruins, and nobody will want it.  There will be no bread, no sustenance to supply people of the land.  The surrounding people will blame Israel for their broken-down and defeated situation.  The look on their faces will bear witness against them, and will proclaim their sin like the days of Sodom.

At that time, God will start the Harvest.  

Revelation 17 describes the "woman," which John says is the city:  "The woman was arrayed in purple and scarlet, and adorned with gold and jewels and pearls, holding in her hand a golden cup full of abominations and the impurities of her sexual immorality.  And on her forehead was written a name of mystery: “Babylon the great, mother of prostitutes and of earth's abominations."  And I saw the woman, drunk with the blood of the saints, the blood of the martyrs of Jesus."

Isaiah describes the city in the same manner, and how God Himself will sit down on His throne to judge the people that have filled the city to ravish God's chosen Israel.  God will stand with the elders and the princes of Israel, execute judgement upon the daughters of the prostitute. 

God, speaking through Isaiah says, "'It is you who have devoured the vineyard, the spoil of the poor is in your houses.  What do you mean by crushing my people, by grinding the face of the poor?' declares the Lord God of hosts.  The Lord said: Because the daughters of Zion are haughty and walk with outstretched necks, glancing wantonly with their eyes, mincing along as they go, tinkling with their feet, therefore the Lord will strike with a scab the heads of the daughters of Zion, and the Lord will lay bare their secret parts."

The fine linen of purple and scarlet, the jewels, and everything precious worn described in Revelation 17 will be taken away according to Isaiah.  Even the perfume will be replaced with the bitter aroma of rottenness, and the people will become even more broken.

Isaiah describes what happens to the seven heads that John describes in Revelation 17, and confirms what happens after the famine in Zechariah 14.  The surrounding nations will become so desperate from the plagues issues by the Two Witnesses, so hungry from the famine when the two witnesses take away all rain, that they will turn to God.  Just as Zechariah describes the nations joining in the Feast of Booths, Isaiah describes that the seven "women" will take hold of one "man" in that day begging to eat their own bread and take away their reproach.  They will cry out for mercy from God, begging to be called by His name if they will just give them food!

The survivors of the great events to happen in Jerusalem will be made great.  The fruit of the land will restore pride and honor to them, and all who remain in Jerusalem will be called holy.  Every single person that survives.

The filth of the "great prostitute" John describes in Revelation will be washed away according to Isaiah.  Isaiah says that God will cleanse the bloodstains of Jerusalem by the great judgement and burning that is to come.  

Then, in His temple, God's throne will be established.  Isaiah says that over the entire site of Mount Zion, God will create a cloud of smoke and flaming fire.  Revelation 11 calls it "flashes of lightning, rumblings, peals of thunder, an earthquake, and heavy hail."  All signs form a canopy from glory, providing a shade from the heat in the daylight hours, and a shelter from the storm and rain.

As Christians, we should ask ourselves:  has our "Evening Light" ministry described any of these events that happen before and after the "Evening Light" that is described in the scriptures?  Have any of the many "Evening Light" ministers who claim to have the "Evening Light message" even looked to Jerusalem to see if God has started any of the events in the Great Harvest?  

Do we see Jerusalem broken down, oppressed, and ravished by the surrounding countries?  Do we see desolation so harsh that the city is symbolically called "Sodom?"  Have we seen half of the city destroyed and the inhabitants running to the mountains?  Do we not understand that these things must take place before the "Evening Light?"

Now that false prophets have been dead and gone, false teachers of the "Evening Light" ministry, have we seen any of the events that are to come after the "Evening Light?"  Do we see the city as a refuge to the surrounding nations?  Do we see the Muslim turning to Yahweh so that they can receive rain and food for their harsh famine?  Do we see the seven "women" turning their hearts to Almighty God?  Have we been taught the "harvest time" for the serpent, or have we been taught the Harvest Time that is for God's redeemed?

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