Apostolic Preterist

The Harvest & winepress

      by Thracia Gharst

The winepress of God and the wheat and the tares harvest

We know from the story of the Wheat and the Tares that the tares (Weeds or wicked ones) are taken first and that (The wheat or church ) is taken last and left on earth in the Lords barn and the bible says this happens at the end of the world. ( age/generation.) This obviously means that the rapture could not be the Christians being taken from the world first, but the wicked being destroyed by fire first. Which happened in 70 A.D. While Gods people escaped Jerusalem and were saved. This is the harvest that this particular scripture is referring to. Please now read below several scriptures on the winepress, which according to Rev 14:19-20 was the harvest of the earth. We have already established that Matthew 14:24 the story of the wheat and the tares is talking about the harvest too. Now lets establish that the winepress, the wicked are destroyed in Revelation happens during the harvest

 

Matthew 14:24-30

The Parable of the Wheat and the Tares

24 Another parable He put forth to them, saying: “The kingdom of heaven is like a man(God) who sowed good seed in his field; 25 but while men slept, his enemy (Satan & unsaved Jews persecuting Gods saved Jews ) came and sowed tares (Weeds) among the wheat (Christians) and went his way. 26 But when the grain had sprouted and produced a crop, then the tares (Weeds) also appeared. 27 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? (Weeds)’ 28 He said to them, ‘An enemy (Satan) has done this.’ The servants said to him, ‘Do you want us then to go and gather them up?’ 29 But he said, ‘No, lest while you gather up the tares (Weeds ) you also uproot the wheat (Christians) with them. 30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, “First gather together the tares (Weeds) and bind them in bundles to burn them ( Satan and the Jews persecuting Gods saved Jews were destroyed by fire when Jerusalem was burned to the ground), but gather the wheat into my barn (Gods people stayed on earth and escaped Jerusalem..)

When you read Lamentations future prophecy of what would happen to Judea and compare it to Rev. 14:19-20 it becomes clear that it was the Jews that were being destroyed in the winepress in the last days which were 66-70A.D. During the Jewish Roman war.

 

Lamentation 1:15-17

The Lord has rejected
all the warriors in my midst;
he has summoned an army against me
to[c] crush my young men.
In his wine press the Lord has trampled
Virgin Daughter Judah.

16“This is why I weep
 and my eyes overflow with tears.
No one is near to comfort me,
no one to restore my spirit.
My children are destitute
 because the enemy has prevailed.”

17Zion stretches out her hands,
but there is no one to comfort her.
The Lord has decreed for Jacob
that his neighbors become his foes;
Jerusalem has become
an unclean thing among them

The Harvest of the Earth Rev 14:19-20

So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. 20And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses' bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles.

If you are in any doubt that these scriptures are referring to Jesus' coming in the clouds on the last day. Then read these other scriptures about the winepress.

Isaiah 63:2
Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress?

Joel 3:13
Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the winepress is full and the vats overflow-- so great is their wickedness!"

Revelation 14:18
Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, "Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth's vine, because its grapes are ripe."

Revelation 19:15
Coming out of his mouth is a sharp sword with which to strike down the nations. "He will rule them with an iron scepter." He treads the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.

 

Ezekiel 32:6 I will drench the land with your flowing blood all the way to the mountains, and the ravines will be filled with your flesh

I am showing you that the futurists wheat and the tares 1. Is a last day coming, not a rapture. 2. It happens during the harvest at the end of the age of law keeping. 3.The amount of blood that was squeezed out of the winepress had to be symbolic, because the number is too great, especially if you believe that the church is raptured out and the only people left in the world are sinners and the Jews. 4.That the winepress in Revelation happened during the harvest as well. 5. That if the scripture in Matthew that's used for rapture is false and the winepress happened at Gods coming that it was the Jews during the Jewish Roman war that were put in the winepress. It had to be the winepress is in Revelation and the so called rapture story wheat and the tares happens at the same time. My Point- the rapture could not be a pre & mid -millennial rapture because 1God lets the weeds and the wheat of Matthew 14 grow up together until the end and 2. The harvest happens during Revelations winepress squeezing at the very end when the city is destroyed. This fits perfectly with the Preterist perspective .

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