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REVELATION OF ST. JOHN THE DIVINE - Chapter 14 - Verse 15

Verse 15. And another angel. The fourth in order, Re 14:6,8-9.

 

Came out of the temple. See Barnes on "Re 11:19".

Came, as it were, from the immediate presence of God; for the temple was regarded as his peculiar dwelling-place.

Crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud. To the Messiah, Re 14:14. That is, the command was borne directly from God by the angel to the Messiah, to go forth and reap the great harvest of the world. It is not a command of the angel, but a command from God the Father to the Son. This is in accordance with all the representations in the New Testament, that the Son as Messiah or Redeemer is subordinate to the Father, and performs the work which has been given him to do. See Joh 3:16-17; 5:19; 10:18; Joh 12:49; 14:31.

Compare See Barnes "Re 1:1".

 

Thrust in thy sickle, and reap. Into the great harvest of the world.

For the time is come for thee to reap. That is, "the harvest which thou art to reap is ripe; the seed which thou hast sown has grown up; the earth which thou hast cultivated has produced this golden grain, and it is fit that thou shouldst now gather it in." This language is appropriately addressed to the Son of God, for all the fruits of righteousness on the earth may be regarded as the result of his culture.

For the harvest of the earth is ripe. The "harvest" in reference to the righteous—the fruit of the good seed sown by the Saviour and his apostles and ministers. The time alluded to here is the end of the world, when the affairs of earth shall be about to be wound up. The design is to state that the Redeemer will then gather in a great and glorious harvest, and by this assurance to sustain the hearts of his people in times of trial and persecution.

{b} "Thrust in" Joe 3:13 {c} "harvest" Jer 51:33; Mt 13:39 {1} "ripe" "dried"

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