All’s well that ends well
❇️ Swing the sickle for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the wine press is full and the vats overflow – so great is their wickedness (v13)
❇️ This chapter is full of endtime prophecy. There is a prophecy about the judgement of all nations in the valley of Jehoshapet (the Lord judges) and the Lord’s war cry against the enemies of Judah (v10).
❇️ Lord Jesus Christ talks about the harvest of weeds by his angels in Mat.13:37-42. Weeds are the sons of the evil one who will be thrown into the fiery furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth
❇️ This harvest is also mentioned in Rev.14 :14-20. Here, one like a son of man seated on the cloud swings the sickle and the earth will be harvested. An angel will also swing a sharp sickle on the earth to gather it’s grapes and throw them into the great wine press of God’s wrath.
❇️ This imagery of the harvest of the sons of the evil one and it’s aftermath should cause all of us to live by the Spirit instead of living by the flesh. These prophecies were recorded long back around 835 B.C. for our benefit so that none of us will be caught unawares by this harvest.
❇️ God also assures that the blood guilt of Judah will be pardoned (v21) and they will enjoy his blessing for ever.Thus all will be well at the end for the people of Judah.
✅ Insights learnt:
▪️Sons of the evil one will be gathered at the end and thrown into fiery furnace
▪️God will forgive the blood guilt of Judah at the end
Dr. E. Christadoss