The World is Poisonous

And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, Send forth Your sickle and reap, for the hour to reap has come because the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Rev. 14:15
The Harvest At The End of the Great Tribulation

The harvest will be reaped near the end of the great tribulation. It will be raptured to the air where Christ will be on the cloud.

Why will the harvest be left to pass through the great tribulation? Because green, unripened fields need strong sunshine in order to ripen. In a sense, the great tribulation will be the strong sunshine which will ripen all the saints who will not be ready before the tribulation.

To put it simply, if today you do not give up the world and live for Christ, Christ will leave you on earth to pass through the great tribulation. At that time, you will surely give up the world and realize that the best way to live is to live for Christ. All the children of God must do this; otherwise, they could never ripen.

If you do not believe my word, I ask you to wait. Perhaps you feel that the world is too lovely to give up. If so, the Lord may say, “Since you love the world so much, I will leave you with the world and let you find out whether it is really lovely.”

Then the Lord will shake the world, and eventually you will say, “Lord, I repent.” That repentance, however, may be rather late. Do not wait until the great tribulation comes to repent. Repent now! Sooner or later, every real Christian must repent.

The More You Love the World, the More You Are Poisoned By it

I have the full assurance that eventually every saved one will realize that the world is not lovely but poisonous. The more you love the world, the more you are poisoned by it. The world is at enmity with God, and we all must despise it.

Sooner or later, the Lord will cause you to realize how much He hates this world. The day will come when all of us will be ripe. But do not say, “I don’t care about being ripe. As long as I’m saved, everything will be all right.”

You may be able to argue against me with your strong, stubborn will, but the day will come when you will realize that you need to ripen. I advise you not to wait for the harvest. By His grace, come forward to be a part of the firstfruits.

All quotations in this post, unless otherwise noted, are from Life-Study Of Revelation, message 3, by Witness Lee. Living Stream Ministry, Anaheim, CA, U.S.A. 1984. Source:

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