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Earth Harvest Sickle (Revelation 14.15-16)

" 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.' So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested." (Revelation 14.15-16)✞

Judgement on Earth

Sickle for cutting wheatThis passage depicts judgment on the Earth in terms of a harvest sickle, a serrated or toothed metal or stone implement for cutting grass, hay or grain. Interestingly, the serrated edge is not a modern adaption but harvesting sickles with serrated edges from Iraq have been dated to 3,000 BC. In Joel 3.13, when the prophet wished to say that judgment was near, he said, "Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow — so great is their wickedness!" "As soon as the grain is ripe," said Jesus in Mark 4.29, "he puts the sickle to it, because the harvest has come." In the parable of the wheat and the tares in Matthew 13.24-43, Jesus again uses the harvest sickle as a picture of judgment. Here, the vision tells of an angel taking the sickle, swinging it over the earth and harvesting the earth.✞

Ancient Wine Press

Ancient Wine PressThis passage on harvesting with a sickle links in with another image of judgment that of a wine press. A typical ancient wine press was a trough hollowed out in a rock or it might have been built of brick. The grapes are placed into the upper trough and then trampled with the feet and the juice flowed down the connecting channel into the lower trough. This was and is a very graphic picture of judgement.✞

"Earth Harvest Sickle"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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