Earth is like a big field and human beings are the “plants.” God has “planted” us on this planet in order to that we might love and serve Him and thereby produce good “fruit” for Him to enjoy. However, many of us have become weeds. We have rejected God and instead of producing the wonderful fruits of love, we produce the poisonous fruits of hate. Jesus said that there is nothing that can be done with weeds but destroy them:
“As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. Whoever has ears, let them hear. (Matthew 13:40-43 NIV)
The time of harvest will come “at the end of the age.” Those plants who bear the good fruit, the righteous, will spend eternity with Jesus and “shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.” But as for the “weeds” they will be thrown “into the blazing furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
In the book of Revelation we see this illustration of a harvest time once again. The imagery is a little bit different here but the idea is the same: every human soul will someday have to be subjected to its eternal fate:
I looked, and there before me was a white cloud, and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man with a crown of gold on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So he who was seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested. (Revelation 14:14-16 NIV)
In this case the harvest time that is pictured is the very end of the tribulation period. There will be many unbelievers at this time who will rebel against God in the most despicable manner, by taking the mark of the beast and worshipping him. All these must be killed, in order to allow the earth to heal and be ruled in love and justice. So there will be a big battle in which Christ will “harvest” the unbelievers with a “sharp sickle.” Many people will physically die at this time in order to face their eternal destiny.
Notice here in this passage that Christ is described as “one like the son of man with a crown of gold.” He has the crown because He is King; He is the Son of Man, because He came to Earth to die for us. He is seen “seated on the cloud.” The cloud represents authority to judge. This is probably the cloud that will bring Him to Earth to defeat the Antichrist and to set up His kingdom. Notice this similar passage in the Old Testament:
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. 14 He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. (Daniel 7:13-14)
Jesus Christ is truly coming back someday soon. Last time He came as a sacrifice, this time He will come as a judge. Be ready for Him, so that you may experience His love, not His wrath.