Put in the sickle,
for the harvest is ripe.
Go in, tread,
for the winepress is full.
The vats overflow,
for their evil is great.
|Nicolas Bataille, tapestry, Angers Apocalypse, 1377|
in the valley of decision!
For the day of the Lord is near
in the valley of decision.
The sun and the moon are darkened,
and the stars withdraw their shining.
The Lord roars from Zion,
and utters his voice from Jerusalem,
and the heavens and the earth quake.
But the Lord is a refuge to his people,
a stronghold to the people of Israel. (Joel 3:13-16)
Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud,
and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head,
and a sharp sickle in his hand.
And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud,
“Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.” So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth,
and the earth was reaped.
The happiest words to me in the bible are "He is not here. He is risen!" (Matthew 28:6). O, what joy to proclaim our Savior perfect and ascended!
The saddest words to me are "the earth was reaped." The simplicity of the words are startling, he put in his sickle...and the earth was reaped. Just. Like. That. Wow.
Our Jesus is holy and loving. But He is just. He will bring justice to the earth one day, and soon, I think, and take vengeance on those who mocked, scoffed, persecuted, and blasphemed HIS HOLY NAME.
It is all well and good to focus on the love of Jesus. But not to the exclusion of His Righteousness, His Justice, His Holiness...and His Wrath. This essay is my part in reminding us all of some of the attributes fellow Christians seldom focus upon. But in failing to ponder them, we result in a skewed view of Jesus, and fail to appreciate the love He has for us all the more. We also fail to have urgency in speaking of Him and in being living Ambassadors for His name to the lost.
So think about wrath and justice for a while. It does a heart good.
Will that day be tomorrow? Will that day be today? Will that day be next week? Only God knows when He will tell His Son to get His Bride so the wrath can begin. Only He knows after that when the Tribulation will begin the vengeance and wrath. But our Jesus is not only love. He is wrath. Never forget it.