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Isaiah 17:11


11 In the day [yowm] shalt thou make thy plant [neta`] to grow [suwg], and in the morning [boqer] shalt thou make thy seed [zera`] to flourish [parach]: but the harvest [qatsiyr] shall be a heap [ned] in the day [yowm] of grief [chalah] and of desperate ['anash] sorrow [ka'eb].  KJV-Interlinear


11 In the day that you plant it you carefully fence it in, And in the morning you bring your seed to blossom; But the harvest will be a heap In a day of sickliness and incurable pain.   NASB


The mindset of a people living in delusion, is described here. This verse shows the hopes and expectations of a people who have applied their efforts with great care and diligence, expecting a great harvest or return on their efforts or investments. But to what end?

If you have read the Revelation study, then you know the frame of mind that will exist during those terrible and final days of history.

John refers to the end times as our current dispensation. This is the last dispensation prior to the final days of history. We are currently 2,014 years into the ‘end times’ period of history.

The end days or final days of history, is the Tribulation, and that will last only seven years.

Our dispensation ends with the Rapture, and then the Tribulation begins immediately. At its end, will be the Second Advent of Christ, wherein the whole world of evil will be destroyed, Christ will rescue and deliver the remnant of believers that will survive the Tribulation, and then He will bring in His millennial reign, or the Kingdom of God on the earth. Christ will then rule for 1000 years, and when that reign ends, all of history will come to an end, the final judgments will occur, the universe will be destroyed, and a new universe will be created, and then eternity will begin and continue forever.

The Tribulation, will last seven years, and will be the absolute worst period of time in all of human history.

The Tribulation begins with all unbelievers, since all believers in Christ will have been removed at the Rapture.

During the first half of that period, or three-and-a-half years, literally half of the worlds population will die.

For most normal people, this would seem to be very unusual!!!

During the last half of the Tribulation, or the last three-and-a-half years, things will get even worse. The final assault or genocide of the Jews will occur, many and greater storms and disasters will occur, and the final battle of Armageddon will be the culmination of the Tribulation, ending with the Second Advent.

But you see here in this verse, people will still be busy hustling and bustling, as it were, in their day to day efforts to have and to accumulate things or wealth or whatever. This in the midst of history’s greatest series of disaster events ever.

Rather than turning to Christ, most will be living in the delusion of their day to day routines. And for what?

Their harvest, or the results of all their hard work and effort, will end up in a heap. Heap here means a pile of desperate sorrow or inexpressible sorrow. Their efforts will be for nothing.

People should be looking desperately toward Christ, but instead they will look desperately to their daily routines.

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