The Reaping

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The Reaping

When comparing what the apostle John sees after the seventh trumpet (Rev 14:14-16) with what Jesus foretells (Matt 24:29-31), it is clear that reaping is a figure of speech.

When Jesus Christ reaps, after the tribulation when there are no longer any Believers alive on earth (Matt 24:29), He is gathering all of the souls of all saints of all time who are not already in the Temple of God "from the farthest end of the earth to the farthest end of heaven" (Mark 13:27).

The apostle Paul, writing to the church of Corinth and Thessalonica, provides additional information of this reaping but with a view towards Believers, and indicates that this is the start of the process of resurrection (1 Cor 15:51-54; 1 Thess 4:16-18).

When Paul states, "the perishable must clothe itself with the imperishable," he is referring to the white robes of righteousness that the martyrs received earlier (Rev 6:11), in preparation of the Wedding Feast (Rev 19:7-8), which determines who is imperishable.

When the angel reaps, the "grapes" are tossed into the great wine press of the wrath of God (Rev 19:17-20), and it is Jesus Christ, when He arrives at Armageddon, who treads on the "grapes" in this wine press (Rev 19:15). Taken into consideration, this reaping includes the dispensation of the bowl judgments and the battle of Armageddon.

For deeper study:

The Reaping

What and When is the Tribulation?

Series: The Doctrine on Eschatology
The Seventh Trumpet

Series: The Doctrine on Eschatology
The First Six Bowls

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