Why end-time harvest is imperative – Part 14
One reason every Christian should desire revival is so that the end-time harvest will be accelerated. Nothing accelerates the harvest like the power of the Holy Spirit working during a revival. Ask every farmer, every Pastor, every kingdom worker or missionary how they feel when they experience the harvest. The feeling is that of joy and excitement.
What happened in Acts of the Apostles is a classic example. On Pentecost day, three thousand souls were saved after Peter preached. In Acts 4:4 the number of converts had increased to five thousand. Thereafter, the number increased progressively (Acts 5:14; 6:1,7; 9:31, 35, 42; 11:21,24; 14:1, 21; 16:5; 17:12). The Holy Spirit was the key to this growth in the Acts of the Apostles. The Church in Nigeria has experienced more numerical growth during the Charismatic revivals from 1970 to early 1990 than any other times in history. An estimated number of about twenty million souls were won within this period.
Every office we occupy in the body of Christ, every gifting we have, all the resources God has blessed us with, and every effort we put into the kingdom work must be deployed to bringing souls into the kingdom. The harvest is paramount to God because that is what Jesus came for and died for.
The Scriptures record that in Psalm 2:8, the Father had asked His son, Jesus to ask Him for the nations as an inheritance. We have every reason to believe that Jesus asked and the Father granted His request. So the harvest of the nations is actualising what belongs to Jesus by right “I will declare the decree: The LORD has said to Me, ‘You are My Son, Today I have begotten You. Ask of Me, and I will give You The nations for Your inheritance, And the ends of the earth for Your possession” (Psalms 2:7-8 NKJV).
The other reason we must desire the harvest is because of God’s promises. Prophet Isaiah in chapter 60:3-5, prophesied about the end-time harvest. “The Gentiles shall come to your light, And kings to the brightness of your rising. Lift up your eyes all around, and see: They all gather together, they come to you; Your sons shall come from afar, And your daughters shall be nursed at your side. Then you shall see and become radiant, And your heart shall swell with joy; Because the abundance of the sea shall be turned to you, The wealth of the Gentiles shall come to you.”
But prophet Amos was more vivid in his description of what the end-time harvest would be like, he predicted a quick and abundant harvest season, “The time will come, ‘says the Lord, ‘when the grain and grapes will grow faster than they can be harvested. Then the terraced vineyards on the hills of Israel will drip with sweet wine!’ ” (Amos 9:13 NLT).
We must engage in the harvest because Jesus prayed for it. When He was about to depart the earth He did not only pray for His disciples, but He also prayed for those who would believe in Him. “I do not pray for these alone, but also for those who will believe in Me through their word; that they all may be one, as You, Father, are in Me, and I in You; that they also may be one in Us, that the world may believe that You sent Me” (John17:20-21 NKJV). Since Jesus prayed for the harvest, we have every reason to believe that His prayers have been answered.
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