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The Final Harvest.

The Final Harvest.

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The harvest is the end of the world.

The harvest is the end of the world.

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Published by: GLENN DALE PEASE on Aug 29, 2013
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THE FIAL HARVEST.BY ATHAAEL EMMOS, D. D.MATTHEW XIII. 39.The harvest is the end of the world.After Christ had spoken and explained the parableof the sower, " he put forth another parable saying,The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man whx>sowed good seed in his field. But while men slept,his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat,and went his way. But when the blade was sprung up,and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.So the servants of the householder came, and said untohim, sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field ?from whence then hath it tares ? He said unto them,An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him,Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up? Buthe said, nay ; lest, while ye gather up the tares, yeroot up also the wheat with them. Let both growtogether until the harvest : and in the time of har-vest I will say to the reapers, gather ye together firstthe tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them :but gather the wheat into my barn." This parableChrist spake to the multitude, in the hearing of hisdisciples, who, when Jesus had sent the multitudeaway, and went into the house, " came unto him say-*ing, declare unto us the parable of the field. He an-swered and said unto them. He that sowed the goodseed is the Son of man ; the field is the world j theSERMO XXVIII. 461good seed are the children of the kingdom, but thetares are the children of the wicked one; the enemythat sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of 
the world ; and the reapers are the angels. As there-fore the tares are gathered and burnt in the lire ; soshall it be in the end of the world ; the Son of manshall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them who doiniquity ; and shall cast them into a furnace of fire ;there sliall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. Thenshall the righteous shine forth as the sun, in the king-dom of their Father. Who hath ears to hear, let himhear." By this parable Christ gives us a lively andstriking representation of the last day. " The harvestis the end of the world." The time of harvest, is thetime when men reap the fruits of their long and pain-ful labours. So the end of the world is the time, whenGod will reap the fruits not only of his own labours,but of the labours of all whom he employs in his vine-yard. The text in this connection plainly teaches us,That God will have a harvest at the end of theworld.I shall endeavour to make it appear, in the firstplace, that God will have a harvest, and in the se-cond place, that this harvest will be at the end of the world.God is the wisest, the most powerful, and most act-ive being in the universe. He always proposes somewise and important end in all he does. o wise manwill cultivate and sow his field, without a design of reaping a valuable crop. Who then can suppose, thatGod will be incessantly sowing, without any design of reaping ? He had a wise design in creating the world,and he is constantly exerting his almighty power inaccomplishing his primary and important design. Heemploys his powerful influence every moment in pre-serving and governing the world, in causing the regu-lar succession of day and night, of winter and summer,of seed time and harvest, and in bringing about everyevent, that takes place in any part of his vast dominions.
462 SERMO XXVIII.And can we entertain the thought, that he will exerthis omnipotence for thousands of years, without obtain-ing his object, and enjoying the fruits of his labours ?The ultimate end of all labour is rest and enjoyment.]^en labour in one season, in order to enjoy rest inanother. God intends, that all his great and laboriousexertions shall terminate in eternal rest and enjoy-ment. Though his plan of operation be immens.elygreat in duration, as well as extent, yet it must becompletely accomplished. Though his seed time maycontinue many thousand years, yet it is inseparablyconnected with the harvest. To suppose, that heshould be eternally creating new worlds, or new mo-difying old ones, would be to suppose, that he has noperfect, consistent, and ultimate end in view. And tosuppose this, would destroy all the wisdom of hisoperations. His ultimate end, therefore, in the crea-tion of this world, must be completely accomplished,and the accomplishment of it must put a final period toall his operations, and to the operations of all his crea-tures here below. There must be a cessation of la-bour, and a time of rest, in the moral world. Godmust have a time to reap as well as to sow, a time toenjoy as well as to labour. It is just as certain, thathe will have a harvest, as that he now has a seedtime.I proceed to show,II. That God's harvest will be at the end of theworld. It is more than three months, it is more thanthree years, and it may be more than three thousandyears before his harvest will come. His field is theworld. His labourers are now sowing, and preparingthe way for the great harvest ; but it will not come till

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