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Vision of the Harvest

One early afternoon, while in my bedroom at 1.45pm on 10th April 2000, a vision of the harvest field was unfolded to me and the Lord said, “Do you know why My people could not see the vision of the harvest?” He then added, “I spoke about that harvest outside the city! [of Samaria]” (John 4:28-38 NKJ).

That word ‘city’ was quickened—for indeed, many of God’s people in the city failed to see the harvest: “Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!” ( 4:35). They perceived the Great Commission’s motto, Go” as “Gold”. Today, we prefer to go fishing for money and career instead of lost souls.

There is a great need for many evangelists, missionaries and messengers of the gospel like this Samaritan woman to stir up the urgent message of winning the lost ( 4:28). Great man like Rev. Reinhard Bonnke is now preaching the fire-brand message of evangelism in churches in America. Pondering over the passage, these words were quickened in my understanding: “he who reaps receives wages!” ( 4:36). There is a definite reward that awaits every soul-winner.

Another word, “fields” ( 4:36), was quickened in my consciousness. Today, there are many fields already ripe and ready for harvest! One such field is the mountain. “Our fathers worshiped on this mountain.” ( 4:20) Samaria is situated 42 miles north of Jerusalem, a mountainous reign known as “mountain of watching” (Holman Bible Dictionary) or “watch-post” as in the Hebrew language. Many considered evangelism as a difficult, laborious task as if likened to climbing up the Mount Gerizim of Samaria. Mount Gerizim (means in the original: to be cut off by an axe) is steep and rocky, and is about 2,849 feet above the Mediterranean. It is known as the mountain of blessings. (Dt 27:12). Its rich blessings are recorded in Dt 28:1-13.

Mary Baxter was once taken to see the glories of heaven. She saw many sparkling and glistening diamonds adorning the many mansions of those who were soul-winners on earth. She said, “it seemed that every time someone led a soul to Christ, heaven provided a diamond for that faithful Christian.” (p.27, ‘A Divine Revelation of Heaven’) “Those who are wise shall shine like the brightness of the firmament, and those who turn many to righteousness like the stars forever and ever.” (Dan 12:3). Indeed, the Lord Jesus shall reward diamonds to soul-winners.

Jesus did not tell us to “witness”. He said “Be witnesses!” (Acts 1:8) It was a creative word. God said, “let there be light” in Gen. 1:3 and those words in the original Hebrew was literally, “light be and light was!” He chose us and then made us as light-bearers in the dark world. The word ‘witnesses’ in Greek is “martus” meaning a martyr. God seems to beseech His children to lay down their lives in full surrender and total commitment to His great cause—the Great Commission.

The Great Commission is not a suggestion nor is it optional. The Lord does not ask, “would you mind helping Me?” or, “I would like to invite you to participate.” He says, “You did not choose Me, but I chose you and appointed you that you shall go and bear fruit and that your fruit shall remain...” (Jn 15:16). The Great Commission is the great commandment of the Lord.

Harvest, is the shortest period of the agricultural process. The harvest is now ripened waiting for the reapers. Jesus said, “they are already white for harvest!” In the background of Jesus’ day, the word ‘white’ refers to the white garments worn by reapers in the fields he saw that day. Those who dressed in white garments are the bride of Christ: “his wife hath made herself ready arrayed in fine linen, clean and white; for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints.” (Rev. 19:7, 8)

We need to have a fresh vision and burden for the lost, “For the Harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few.” (Mt 9:37). The word ‘plentiful’, “pollos” in Greek, means plenteous and abundant and ‘few’, “oligos” means little. What a stark contrast and disproportional measure to get the job done.

Jesus concluding in the last verse of that chapter, mentioned prayer as the divine remedy to resolve the disparate quantity of labors needed for the vast harvest. The saintly Andrew Bonar used to soak his pillow with tears every Saturday night in Scotland as people below trampled the streets returning from the taverns and shows. He would cry from the depths of his agonizing heart, “Oh! They perish, they perish!”.… Some co-workers wanted to know the secret of John Sung’s anointing, so they decided to peep through the key-hole in the afternoon. (John Sung was the great Evangelist and Revivalist of China) They knew that he would be praying much in the afternoon in preparation for the evening meetings. They was shocked by what they saw. John Sung took out a miniature wooden coffin from his trousers and held it with both hands near to his chest, then running around the room like a frenzied man cried, “Oh, they are going to perish! Save them, Lord! Oh, they are going to perish! Save them, Lord!” We have many organizers, but few agonizers,” said Leonard Ravenhill. Great weepers will become great reapers in the hands of the Master.” (see Dimensions of Tongues, pp.15,16)

The anointing and the Great Commission go together. “He who believes in Me, as the scripture has said, out of his heart will flow rivers of living water. But this He spoke concerning the Spirit ...” (Jn 7:38, 39). What is the purpose of the anointing? When the Holy Spirit came on the day of Pentecost upon the early church, out of the belly (spirit) of Peter flows a river of water gushing forth from his lip testifying of Jesus, and three thousand souls was saved that day (Acts 2:42). Jesus said the baptism of the Holy Spirit shall make them witnesses unto Him. Mission is the prime agenda of the Holy Spirit today.

Prior to this new millennium, Christians are engrossed with the Y2K computer problem. We should focus rather on “H2K”- Harvest 2000! “H2K” must replace “Y2K” in our vocabulary. Presently, the global church is repositioning for a greater thrust into mission fields. On the threshold of this new era, let us be “H2K” conscious today.

“When do you intend to stop?” This question was once posed by a friend to the aged 70’s evangelist Rowland Hills. “Not till we have carried all before us,” was the prompt reply. Such is our answer too. The fields are vast, the grain whitens, the harvest waves; and through grace we shall march forth with our sickles, never to rest till we shall lie down in peace. One of the mighty men of David, Dodo, who “smote the Philistines until his hand was weary and his hand clave unto the sword and the Lord wrought a great victory that day; and the people returned after him only to spoil.” (2 Sam 23:10 KJV) The sickles must clave unto our hands and we will take the spoils—souls for Jesus!


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