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The Achievements of the Saintspdf

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The Achievements of the Saints
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The Achievements of theSaints
Jean Cooke
 
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The Achievement of the Saints
The Two Harvests Rev. 14:14-20
After the fifth and sixth angels’ messages John’s instruction is to turn to the achievement of the saints, before covering the return of the 4
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angel and the final call of the 7
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angel. This is clearly stated in Rev.14. 12, 13, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and thefaith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, …” Now let’s turn to the work of the saints which involves two harvests.
 The First Harvest Rev. 14:14-16 The Harvest of the Earth.
“And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man,having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: forthe time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloudthrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.” Rev. 14:14-16.
 
The catastrophic trilogy of Rev. 14:6-11 (three angel’s woes) is presented, disregarded and made light of as frivolity, by “believers” throughout Christendom. They see no relevance in the warnings, paying noheed…to the opening of the book. Further elaborating this record of the Lord’s day (spiritual day-of-atonement), John presents the heavenly operatives busy with their all- encompassing activity with harvest,amidst vehement opposition. Following each harvest was a feast of joyous and uplifting celebration of construct. The harvest of the first fruits was indicative of the victory of the God-given presence withinhumankind above and beyond other living forces. It related to the interconnectedness in all things, be it practical, oral or written, looking backward, looking now or looking forward.Recalling the harvest of the barley and wheat – see Duet. 16:9, 10 – a type - corn from QAMAH =something that rises, i.e. a stalk of grain:- (standing) corn, grown up, stalk – grace. This celebration was50 days after Passover. It was the feast of weeks or feast of Pentecost. Following seven weeks of harvest= 49 days, the 50
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day was the day of the new meat offering. The model is recorded in Lev. 23: 15-17and points to the wonderful world of God’s ever evolutionary beneficence bringing all things together.Such a celebration was a part of the special feasts and offerings over six months of each sacred year asdistinct from the civil year. Being a practical representation, the harvest feast of O.T. days pointedforward to an ultimate innate reality. It was a respect for life. There was certainly a new meat offering inthe positive contribution brought by the apostles leaving Judaism, travelling to the Western world. This is
 
3narrated in the coming of the Holy Spirit. The apostles, the resurrected Body, introduced a new andlasting perceptiveness to many peoples in distant lands. This new meat offering, this new creation-construct, formerly said to be unknown outside old Israel, soon spread its advance rapidly across Europe -“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men” was its banner.The Gospel protagonist, Jesus, teaching in parables said, “the harvest is the end of the world.” Matt.13.39. Exactly what world was here cited? “As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire soshall it be in the end of this world.” Matt. 13:40. “This world” is, parabolically speaking, “the kingdomof heaven” to the Jews. The disciples came and said unto him (Jesus) “Why speakest unto them in parables? He answered and said unto them, Because it is given unto you to know the mysteries of thekingdom of heaven, but to them it is not given.” Matt. 13: 10,11. This harvest portrayed the end of theworld of Judaism.Written for all generations, this harvest of the grains, is a judgment scene, a tutorial, giving all anindividual space for decision – which way forward – indoctrination, a dormant mind (tares), or invigorating pedagogical orientated activity (wheat)?In Roman days, the harvest implicitly written applied to the Jew first, see Rom. 1:15. Transcendently andexplicitly applicable to the circumcised heart in this era. The fruit of refraction is characterized by thegraphic coming of the Holy Ghost, now or Pentecostal Body, the apostles, to proselytise the Westernworld.
The Second Harvest Rev. 14:17-20 Latter Grapes
The second harvest of Rev. 14 is that of the latter grapes. The feast of tabernacles or ingatheringfollowed, “at year’s end.” “After that thou hast gathered in the corn (wheat and barley harvest of weeks – Deut. 16:6) and thy wine” Deut. 16:13. Commencing in the 7
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month Tishri the pattern in the sanctuaryservice is noted in Lev. 23: 39-44. Designed to last until the little local form would fulfil spiritually, theneventually in the great global consummation, archetype. God’s wrath would then be poured out upon theterminally recalcitrant.
“And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.” Rev.14:17
An angel is prepared to gather the clusters of the vine of the earth. What happened to the vine inthe Book of Jeremiah. God is protesting to the Jews that they cause their own calamities. “I planted theea noble vine, wholly a right seed: how then art thou turned unto a degenerate plant of a strange wine untome?” Jer. 2:21. And “Israel is an empty vine.” – Hos. 10:1.
“And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cryto him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of thevine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.” Rev. 14:18
This angel comes from the Most Holy place, from the golden altar in the Levitical tabernacle - a type. See Exod. 26:33, “bring in thither withinthe vail the ark of the testimony: and the vail shall divide unto you between the holy place and the mostholy.” Regarding “an altar to burn incense”, “though shalt put it before (PANCH = in front of, inforefront, and PANAH = to face) the vail that is by the ark of the testimony.”

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