The harvest should be taken to represent final judgment, which is coincidental with the Kingdom of God in its completeness.


>
> "This mission of the Paraclete, like that of Jesus Himself, is two-
> sided; for to the world which has rejected Christ it brings
> judgement... This cannot take place until Jesus has been exalted
> (17:7)." Dictionary of the Bible...
>
> But we will overcome those against us, even if it is the entire SY
> organization itself. The Last Judgment CANNOT take place until Jesus > has been exalted. The Paraclete has done just that for more than
> three decades. We must sustain Her work without any fear and
> make sure the rest of humanity realizes it is the promised Blossom
> Time. There is no question that the Paraclete and Lord Jesus will
> triumph.
>

The harvest should be taken to represent final judgment, which is coincidental with the Kingdom of God in its completeness.

A large part of the content of Jesus' teaching relating to the Kingdom of God that has been preserved is in the form of parables, which are metaphors or similes used as means of describing the nature of the Kingdom of God.

1.2.1. Mark 4:26-29 (Parable of the Seed Growing by Itself)

26 And he said, "The Kingdom of God is as if a man should scatter seed upon the ground, 27 and should sleep and rise night and day, and the seed should sprout and grow, he knows not how. 28 The earth produces of itself, first the blade, then the ear, then the full grain in the ear. 29 But when the grain is ripe, at once he puts in the sickle, because the harvest has come."

In a parable unique to Mark, Jesus compares the Kingdom of God to the event of a seed that is sown, grows without the help of human beings and culminates in a harvest. The parable consists of three sentences: 4:26-27; 4:28; 4:29. The first sentence contains three sets of verbs in the subjunctive controlled by "as," and focuses on a man who sows. The focus of the second sentence is on the growth of what was sown, describing the three stages of growth: blade, head and ripe grain; this continues the theme of growth from the end of the first sentence. The third sentence has three verbs, and in it the man who sowed reappears, but this time as the reaper. The idea of the ripe grain connects 4:28 with 4:29. The emphasis of the parable has been placed upon the one who sows the seed, on the growth of the seed and the contrast between the seed sown and the harvest, on the earth and its incomprehensible power to bring forth grain apart from all human effort or on the harvest. It is advisable to allow for more than one emphasis, so that the parable is interpreted allegorically, as making several, interrelated points using metaphors; this means that the several interpretations of the parable thought to be mutually exclusive are actually compatible. (In fact, it is difficult to keep the various proposed interpretations discrete, since they tend to overlap one another.)

The fact that Jesus compares the Kingdom to a seed growing towards maturity implies that he sees the Kingdom of God as a historical process that has a beginning and an end. In spite of the differences between a seed and a fully grown plant there is an identity and continuity between them. So likewise the Kingdom of God as already present, but inconspicuous, will progress towards its incontrovertible completeness. (Jesus' interest is the two extreme stages of the Kingdom, rather than the intermediate stages.) Given the unexpected stress on the seed's growth as independent of all assistance from human beings, Jesus is also making the point that the Kingdom is outside of the control of human beings; in the same way that a plant grows without human assistance, "all by itself" (automatę) regardless of what the sower does subsequently ("night and day, whether he sleeps or gets up"), the Kingdom of God ineluctably and necessarily grows until it reaches its completion. The statement that the sower does not know how the seed grows (4:27: "though he does not know how") likewise contributes to idea of the Kingdom as outside of the control of human beings. The harvest should be taken to represent final judgment, which is coincidental with the Kingdom of God in its completeness; it will come inevitably, according to God's own timing. Mark 4:29b "He puts in the sickle because the harvest has arrived" is likely an allusion to eschatological judgment in Joel 4[3]:13. It is also possible that Jesus intended the sower and the reaper be identified with himself; in this case Jesus as the "sower" is the mediator of the Kingdom of God, the one through whom God's saving power is introduced into history, but as the "reaper" is also the one through whom final judgment will be executed.

http://www.abu.nb.ca/Courses/NTIntro/KingdGod2.htm


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