Genesis 4:3-5 gives the account of the two sons of Adam that brought their respective offerings to the Lord God – one of which was accepted while the other was not. Abel’s was accepted while Cain’s was not. This account begins by giving an indication of the time when the offerings were brought before the Lord God. It was when the process of time had come to pass. In other words, the New Living Translation refers to this time frame as the time of the harvest.
Points to ponder:
First, we are commanded to present our bodies as an offering – a living sacrifice, holy an acceptable to the Lord.
Second, Revelation chapter 14 informs us of two harvests in the end times – in the time of the harvest (Revelation 14:15) – one which the Son of man (Jesus – Daniel 7:13; Revelation 14:14) harvests to himself and the other which an angel reaps to be trampled.
So when the time for the harvest comes (in the process of time), will the harvest offering of our lives be one that is acceptable (like that of Abel) to the Lord, reaped by Jesus Christ to himself, or will it be one that is unacceptable (like that of Cain) that is harvested to be trampled (Revelation 14:20; Hebrews 10:26-29)? We are all going to be harvest — the question is, which harvest will our lives be in?ee
Genesis 4:3-5 (KJV)
3 And in process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the Lord.
4 And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof. And the Lord had respect unto Abel and to his offering:
5 But unto Cain and to his offering he had not respect. And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.
Revelation 14:14-20 (KJV)
14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.