The cover picture is of grain ready for the reaper on a farm midwaybetween Toowoomba and Warwick on the Darling Downs in south-east Queensland, Australia. The crop was gathered very soon after the picturewas taken, and symbolically represents the great harvest to be gathered at Christ's
com- pleted their work.The study of the seven angels is essentially the study of first-fruits and
are the former and the righteous dead of all ages
are the latter. That which makes the relationship between these two quitecritical is the strict and inviolable law that there can be no gathering of theharvest until the first-fruits have fulfilled their appointed role. Therefore, Jesus cannot return in the clouds of heaven until the 144,000, during theministry of the
and completely carried out their commissions.Therefore, those among today's living who would successfully occupya place among the 144,000 during the final conflict, must be thoroughlyconversant with the subject of first-fruits and harvests, and the relation- ship each bears to the other.