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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.

Occurring after the tribulation, when there are no longer any Believers alive on earth (Matt 24:29), the reaping by Jesus is the gathering of the elect, which the apostle Paul explains explicitly as the taking of the bodily remains of all Believers dead or alive (1 Cor 15:51; 1 Thess 4:16-18).

At this point, this is not considered a resurrection (Rev 20:4).

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

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