“The harvest is a conclusion of a system of things, and the reapers are angels.”
– Jesus Christ –
With or without the seven-times chronology, Jehovah’s Witnesses are absolutely convinced that the time of the end and the foretold concluding harvest commenced in 1914. However, this chapter more closely examines some dearly held erroneous assumptions and the implications of a future harvest period. What is the harvest?
Jesus likened the Christian ministry to a harvest. At Matthew 9:36-38, Jesus spoke of the potential for ingathering great numbers of persons and the need for field workers, saying: “Yes, the harvest is great, but the workers are few. Therefore, beg the Master of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest.” According to Jesus’ illustration, the harvest was commencing back then.
However, in the 13th chapter of Matthew Jesus spoke of another harvest, one that would take place during the conclusion of the system. Specifically, Jesus stated: “The harvest is a conclusion of a system of things, and the reapers are angels.” So, it evident that Jesus employed the illustration of the harvest in a general way, to illustrate the work Christian ministers would do, but he also used the analogy in a very specific way to illustrate what would occur during the concluding judgment. The two illustrations differ in a very sign