The Harvest Is Past--And We Are Not Saved!
Years ago my parents prepared to take a trip. Before they left, my father gave me specific instructions about his garden. It was late fall and frost warnings were on the news. Many of the plants still had fruit to ripen and he wanted to harvest as much as he could when they returned.
According to my dad's directions, I took sheets of clear plastic and laid them over the plants every late afternoon, especially protecting the tomato and pepper plants. When I got up in the morning, white frost covered the lawn near the garden, but the plants were safe. I uncovered them so the sun of the day could warm and further ripen the fruits. Then, each afternoon I repeated the process of covering them once more.
One night we had what was termed a "killing frost." It was really cold outside. In spite of the plastic covering, most of my dad's garden plants were destroyed. The leaves turned black and hung limply on their stems. The pepper plants wilted. They were essentially dead.
Grabbing a large box, I went to the garden and began to harvest tomatoes and peppers. But many of the fruit were still very green and under-developed. Not close to being mature and edible, they could not be salvaged. Summer was gone for good! So was the garden.
Later that day and not by coincidence, I read these words in the prophet Jeremiah; they jumped off the page at me: "The harvest is past, summer is ended, and we are not saved!" Those words were not echoing garden plants hit by frost. They were the voices of the Hebrew people of Judah who had delayed giving their lives and hearts to God to follow and obey Him wholeheartedly. Their time of redemption was over.
Dear reader, their cry also will echo the agony of many people living right now. When Jesus returns to catch away His bride, souls who may be your family members, friends, classmates, business associates and co-workers will despair when they realize they missed the Rapture. They will have rejected the Gospel or put off coming to God for one more day and miss going with Jesus. Their summer will be past and it will be too late.
The writer to the Hebrews says this: "Today if you hear His voice, do not harden your hearts...take care, brethren, that there not be in any one of you an evil, unbelieving heart that falls away from the living God. But encourage one another day after day, as long as it is still called, 'Today,' so that none of you will be hardened by the deceitfulness of sin...Therefore, let us fear if, while a promise remains of entering His rest, any one of you may seem to have come short of it." Hebrews 3:7-8, 13; 4:1.
Those who miss the Rapture of Jesus' bride may get saved during the Tribulation, but they will die as martyrs to do so. They could have embraced Jesus as their own Savior from sin, but neglected to do it until it was too late. The harvest will have passed!
Worse yet, there are and will be souls in hell who put off coming to Jesus for salvation until their lives were snuffed out by an accident or disease. They thought they had plenty of time to be saved. Then they woke up in hell. It was too late to change their minds or to change their ways. Hell is forever! In hell there is no second chance. No going back to square one to do better the second time--there is no second time in hell. The harvest is past!
Urge your loved ones to be saved NOW. Do not let your co-workers be ignorant of your own salvation and their opportunity to also be born again. Live so your neighbors can see the difference Jesus makes in your life! Be faithful in your witness, always. Warn them of the harvest.
Hear the plea of those who are lost: "The harvest is past, summer is ended, and we are not saved." Do not be found guilty of not warning those who can still give their hearts to Jesus. Pray for their souls' salvation and be the answer to your own prayers as you share the Good News with them. Be a soul winner/harvester while it is still 'summer', while there is still time! Be found faithful no matter what it costs!