Christ: The International Harvester
“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. 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 sharp 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 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” - (Rev.14:14-20).
We have a vivid picture here of Christ returning at the battle of Armageddon as the international harvester reaping His harvest of the whole earth at the end of the world. He was the sower of the good seed of the gospel at His first coming and at His second coming He reaps what He has sown - (Mt.13). In the O.T., harvest and vintage preceded the feast of tabernacles, that great annual feast of jubilation after the ingathering of the harvest. It is the same here. The golden age is soon to come, and the joy and jubilation of the millennial reign of Christ; but first the ripened harvest of humans must be reaped, and the ripened vintage must be trod. Both are scenes of judgment. Both the wheat and the grape harvest typify the same thing. The wheat typifies the bread and the body of Christ and the grapes typify the blood of Christ and His supreme sacrifice on the cross to save us. If you’re saved by Christ, then you’re wheat, and if you’re not saved, you’re tares and chaff.
The Lord’s parable of the wheat and the tares in - (Mt.13) cast light upon this harvest. When Christ returns at harvest time the weeds stand out in sharp contrast with the wheat. All the weeds, the children of Satan, are easily identified because they wear the mark of the beast in their forehead or right hand. The time has now come to separate the one from the other forever. The tares (chaff) are burnt in the fire, and the wheat is to be gathered into the barn of the millennial earth. “Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly purge his floor (threshing floor): and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire” - (Mt.3:12). Tribulation means tribulum ( a threshing floor) and at the end of the great tribulation Christ returns as the international harvester reaping the whole earth. Are you wheat or are you a tare? Are you saved and born again and have your sins been washed in the blood of God’s Lamb on the cross on the day of Passover?
The day of the Lord’s sword of grace is over, and now comes the sword of the Lord’s wrath. The day of the Lord’s vengeance on unrepentant sinners who have rejected His dear Son on the cross. The sword of the Lord’s first coming was filled with His own blood, but the sword of the Lord’s second coming is filled with His enemies blood. “Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the wine fat? I have trodden the wine press alone;… 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” - (Is.63:2-4). Joel saw it also - “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). The grapes are ripe at last. The time of the tribulation is soon to come.
Armageddon is the greatest bloodbath and slaughter in history, a slaughter that is started in Israel; when the armies of the Gentiles come up to slaughter Israel, but the nuclear bombs fly worldwide and the blood and burning is beyond anything the world has known. It’s an international harvest. The Lord of the harvest reaps His human crop that He planted in the Garden of Eden 6000 years ago. God will have a human harvest. It is written, and it will happen. All of the planet earth is God’s garden. He created it, and Adam the gardener to dress it and to keep it. And God’s Son, the Lord Jesus Christ, will soon return and rule over the earth forever and ever in righteousness and justice.
And the U.S. president, who is commander-in-chief of the most powerful military in world history, and has his fingers on thousands of H-bombs, will be the leader of the armies that attack Israel at Armageddon. In the U.S., Cyrus McCormick invented the reaper in 1834, and moved to Chicago in 1847 to build them, and it became the International Harvester Co. in 1902. President Obama’s home is in Chicago, and he’s our first black president. ‘Sickle’ cell anemia is caused by abnormal blood cells shaped like a crescent and affects mostly black people in the U.S. God is showing U.S. the sickle and the blood of His worldwide harvest. If you’re not saved by the blood of Christ, you will receive the sickle of His wrath. The unrepentant, sin-sick people, will receive the sick-le of His vengeance and burn in the lake of fire - (Rev.20:14,15). Christ, the great Savior at His first coming, becomes the grim reaper at His second coming. And don’t forget the sickle on Russia’s flag. God may use Russia to reap U.S. in one hour.
Like the tares among the wheat, there are evil grapes also. “For their vine is of the vine of Sodom, and of the fields of Gomorrah: their grapes are grapes of gall, their clusters are bitter. Their wine is the poison of dragons, and the cruel venom of asps” - (Du.32:32,33). Surely we can see our great sin of sodomy that the U.S. is committing today so boldly and promoting it worldwide. Like Israel today, the U.S. was planted by the Lord with Godly pilgrims in Plymouth and Jamestown plantations but we have become a degenerate vine of Sodom. “Yet I had planted thee a noble vine, wholly and a right seed: how then art thou turned into a degenerate plant of a strange vine unto me” - (Jer.2:21). Sodom is set forth as God’s example of wickedness and the wrath of God, and yet we have become worse than Sodom by legalizing Sodomite marriage - (Jude 7). Soon the “wine cup” of God’s wrath and trembling will fall upon the world for producing such wicked human fruit. “ 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…” - (Rev.14:10). Just like Sodom and Gomorrah- amen. Both our government and many whole church denominations are giving us the poison wine of sodomy to drink. And in their churches they drink the cup of communion unworthily and drink damnation to themselves - (1Cor.11:27-29). We are drinking the wine of Sodom and the end time harvest is soon to come.
Again I remind you of the feast of tabernacles that lasts for 1000 years after Christ harvests the earth. Then all the saints of God shall rejoice. The harvest of the earth is over and we shall rule and reign with Christ a 1000 years, “Thou shalt observe the feast of tabernacle seven days, after that thou hast gathered in thy corn and thy wine: and thou shalt rejoice in thy feast…” - (Du.16:13,14). PTL Jesus, a 1000 year feast of tabernacles and we shall also keep the feast every year in Jerusalem - (Zech.14:16-19). It will be a reminder to us every year of the day we were saved by Christ, our Spiritual birthday, the day we changes from a chaff to a wheat. What a time of rejoicing that will be. Then Jerusalem will truly be the holy city. Not the unholy Jerusalem of today. The first two feasts, Passover and Day of Atonement, was fulfilled when Christ died on the cross on the day of Passover and made atonement for sin. The feast of first fruits was fulfilled on Pentecost, and now after 2000 years soon comes the end of the harvest, the feast of Tabernacles.
Are you saved and born again and ready for the rapture? Are you a wheat or are you a chaff? If you’re not saved repent of your sins and believe in Christ in your heart by faith and you will receive forgiveness of sins and be saved from hell and become a new born again creature in Christ having eternal life. “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord - (Rom.6:23). O do not spurn the love and grace of God in His beloved Son on the cross or the wrath of God abides upon you. “He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him” - (Jn.3:36). Do not be like one of the tares saying - “The harvest is past, the summer is ended, and we are not saved” - (Jer.8:20).
Pastor Mike Storti
5000 N. LaCholla- Lot 76
Tucson, AZ 85705