I have often wondered why the Scriptures say that there will be both, a great harvest of God gathering his people, and a great falling away in the latter days. These two things seemed to contradict each other, I mean, how can we have a falling away, while there is a harvest going on? We’ll I’ve got the answer for you. But before I share it, lets cover those Scriptures.
“The kingdom of heaven is like a man who 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 grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares also appeared. So the servants of the owner came and said to him, ‘Sir, did you not sow good seed in your field? How then does it have tares?’ He said to them, ‘An enemy has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares you also uproot the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.”” Matthew 13:24-30
Here is the interpretation…
“He who sows the good seed is the Son of Man. The field is the world, the good seeds are the sons of the kingdom, but the tares are the sons of the wicked one. The enemy who sowed them is the devil, the harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are the angels.” Matthew 13:37-39
Harvest itself is an in-gathering of souls and it seems evident that a great harvest is coming. God will gather up his people and shift out the tears that do not belong. He will gather together those who truly love him, getting them ready for his return.
However, at the same time the Scriptures also say, many will be falling away from the faith. Here check it out.
“Let no one deceive you by any means; for that day will not come unless the falling away comes first, and the man of sin is unveiled, the son of perdition.” 2 Thessalonians 2:3
“At that time many will fall away and will betray one another and hate one another.” Matthew 24:10
Although, these Scriptures seem to contradict each other; the truth is they actually go together quite well. It’s kind of like grace and works. Some people say grace is the only way to heaven. Nothing more is needed. After all the Scriptures say, ‘by grace you are saved through Christ…not of works, least anyone should boast.’ (Eph. 2:8-9) Others say it’s all about the works. After all, the Scriptures do say, “What does it profit, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but does not have works? Can faith save him?… Faith without works is dead.” (James 2:14-17) These Scriptures may seem to contradict each other, but in truth, there is a relationship between them. And it is this, you can only exhibit godly good works once you have experienced grace. Grace itself, compels us to do good works. So if you truly accepted the gift of grace; then you will have good works to back up that faith. Therefore, grace and works are a unit, working together. It’s much the same way with the harvest and the great falling away.
Take a gold miner, for example. He goes down to a river and sticks a large pan in water. He then scoops up a bunch of dirt, water, and hopefully gold. He proceeds to shift the pan in a circular motion and as he does this the water shifts the dirt out of the pan, leaving any gold nuggets behind. Through this process two things happen. First, the soil is falling away. Second, the gold is gathered. I think you get where I am going with this.
You see, its much the same way with the falling away and the gathering at the end times. God is like the gold miner, he is sifting out anything that does not belong to him. Shifting the ‘wheat’ from the ‘tares.’ He is gathering together all his precious gold nuggets, the believers, readying them for the end time harvest. If it wasn’t for the dirt (or tears) falling away, then the gold (believers) wouldn’t have been exposed. But I want you to note one more valuable piece of information here. In order to get the gold exposed, the miner must do some ‘sifting.’ All of us, believers and non-believers alike will be going through some shifting during these latter days. This is a promise to us all.
“But mark this: There will be terrible times in the last days.” 2 Timothy 3:1
Believers take heart, because this is the way God gets the ‘gold’ exposed! If God is doing some ‘sifting‘ or ‘shaking’ in your life, praise Him for it. Because He is only getting you out from the bottom of the river bed and exposing you for your true nature in Him. Be on the lookout, for the great falling away and the latter day harvest are happening now.
Love you all!!
(Notes taken from a teaching I heard)