He told them, "The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Ask the Lord
of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field (Lk.10:2).
It has been said that history repeats itself. It is more
than likely that we would all agree with that statement. Looking back through history
reveals to the children of God, a world that moves forward when ignited by hearts seeking
God, and a world that stumbles when they lose sight of Him. There is a cycle throughout
our past that continues today and will do so into our future (how ever long that may be)
on this earth. One generation boldly follows God, willing to die for God. A few
generations later, we find a people who are content to be their own gods. It is then that
God often allows them to suffer the consequences of their wickedness (Romans 1:18-32), and in so
doing, many come to the end of themselves, yield to God and return to a path of
righteousness. And as history would indicate--the process starts all over again.
We see in church history, times of great awakenings--times when the church seems to have
been revived and people become strong in their faith once more. They are the times of
revival that churches today look back on so fondly, and try so diligently to duplicate.
Yet all the good intentions and valiant efforts return unto us void as we learn that we
cannot fabricate revival when and where we choose, but that it is something that comes in
the fullness of time.
The fullness of time is the time of harvest. It is the season of reaping what has been
sown. even as the crops of a field must go through a process before being ready to be
harvested, so the world must also. It is in due season that the planting is done, and it
is in due season that the rains come (Lev.26:4), and it is "in due season we shall
reap" (Gal.6:9). It is a process that will come to its fullness--its season of
reaping. It is necessary for the children of God to find their place within God's process.
To continue diligently in obedience to God, doing what He has given each of us to do. One
does not harvest in the season of rain, and one does not plant in the season of
harvest--so also we must find our place within the process so that "in due season we
shall reap, if we faint not."
The time is coming, and very soon, when our nation will come into a season of want. The
people, having fed on their lusts, are realizing as Solomon did that it is all in vain--a
"chasing after the wind." They are only now realizing their emptiness, and even
those who seem to have it all have turned up wanting. We are entering into a season of
hunger, driven by spiritual famine. For all who have not sown to the spirit are beginning
to feel that they are starving to death. But not all have come to that realization, and so
the fullness of the season has not yet come.
The time is coming, and very soon, when our nation will be given over to face the
consequences of its actions. It will be the season of desperation. All that once was, will
be gone. All that people held precious will be lost, and all that they had depended on for
security in this life, will vanish. It will be the season of crisis--the turning point for
many that leads them toward their only true hope, Jesus Christ. But it will also be the
end for many, as they see no reason to go on. They will feel it is too late for them to
turn to God, and seeing nowhere else to turn, they will end their own lives--many of whom
had once called themselves Christians.
The time is coming when the fields will be ripe for the harvest. But it will not come by
force and it will not be a shockwave set off by a man-made revival. It will only come when
people come to the end of themselves and learn to quit trying to be the masters of their
own destiny (lost souls and Christians alike).
We must continue diligently within the process, and prepare ourselves for the coming
storms. For if we, like the world around us, spend our time sowing to reap the benefits of
this world, this life and the pleasure thereof, then we too will suffer loss in the
fullness of time.
The one who sows to please his sinful nature, from that nature will reap
destruction; the one who sows to please the Spirit, from the Spirit will reap eternal life
Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that
nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on
what the Spirit desires. The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the
Spirit is life and peace; the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God's
law, nor can it do so. Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God
Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was
sitting on the cloud, "Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come,
for the harvest of the earth is ripe" (Revelation 14:15).