End of the Age

Did you know that Jesus comes for believers at the end of the age?

Chapter 5 reveals when the end of the age will occur and how it relates to when the Church goes to Heaven. Jesus’ own words give us the clues that enable us to see that the Church will not be taken to Heaven in a pre-tribulation rapture but rather will be taken after the Tribulation is over.

Jesus told us when the
Church period ends. However, He calls it the “end of the age.” In Matthew 13:38-40, Jesus mentions the “end of the age” when explaining the meaning of the Parable of the Weeds. In this parable, He says the “end of the age” is actually the Harvest of those people who follow the evil one who is the Antichrist.

Matthew 13:38-40
NKJV   The Parable of the Weeds
The field is the world, and the good seed stands for the people of the kingdom. The weeds are the people of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sows them is the devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40 “As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age.

The phrase “the harvesters are angels” in Matthew 13:38-40 provides a clue to finding the Harvest verses in the book of Revelation that Jesus calls the end of the age.

Notice in the next Revelation passage that angels are the ones who swing the sickle to gather people for the wine press of God’s wrath. This is the Harvest for those who follow the devil that Jesus speaks about in the parable of the weeds above.

Revelation 14:17-20
Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 18 Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, “Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.” 19 The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. 20 They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.

The previous Revelation passage occurs after the seventh Tribulation seal opens and the seventh trumpet sounds. It is very important to understand that we can now conclude from the parable of the weeds (Matthew 13:38-40) that Jesus is saying the “end of the age” will occur at the end of the Tribulation.

In Jesus’ Great Commission to the disciples that is found in Matthew 28, He commands believers to make disciples until He returns and says that He will be with us until the “end of the age.” Therefore, when we look at the Matthew 28:18-20, Matthew 13:38-40 and Revelation 14:17-20 passages together, we see that Jesus is saying He will be with believers as they make disciples until the Harvest of those who follow the devil. This will occur after the seventh trumpet sounds and the Tribulation is over just before the “end of the age.”

Since we will be making disciples until the “end of the age,” it is now clear that the Harvest of believers will occur immediately before the Harvest of those who follow the devil/Satan described in Revelation 14:17-20. Later you will see that both the Harvest of believers and the Harvest of Satan followers are written back-to-back in Revelation 14:14-20 (believers in verses 14-16 and devil followers in 17-20).

In Matthew 28:18-20 it is clear that believers (the Church) should make disciples until the “end of the age” that happens at the end of the Tribulation. And Matthew 24:14 below says this gospel will be preached to the whole world until the end comes. Therefore, we can easily conclude that the Church will proclaim the same gospel we know today until the end of the Tribulation (end of the age).

Revelation 14:6-7
confirms the verse above by saying the gospel will be proclaimed to the entire world. We know the proclamation of the gospel will continue until the end of the Tribulation because these verses are written immediately before the description of the two Harvests—one for believers and one for Satan followers. Additionally, notice verse 7 says, “the hour of His judgment has come” proclaiming that they seek salvation before judgment/wrath arrives. This indicates that the Tribulation is not God’s wrath.

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