Chad Taylor: Harvesttime

It is very easy to have an idea and then fall into Satan's trap simply because it has not been thoroughly tested. Unless the idea has full scriptural support it must be rejected, however sound it appears to be. When the idea remains untested or even worse, stories from the Old Testament, are allegorised to demonstrate the scripturalness of the idea, then you have the makings of a deception. The first person deceived will be the person who had the idea and has now fallen into Satan's trap. When that idea is passed on to others they too become deceived. No-one likes the idea that they have been deceived and natural pride takes over to find more scriptures which can be allegorised to support the idea. Eventually a very broad theology can be developed and will often contain statements which speak almost directly against verses in the Bible. This is an approximate development of every cult. Almost invariably the church throughout history can be cast as the villain because it failed to take note of such deceptive theologies.

That having been said, we come to Chad Taylor and his offering of July 30th 2010, found on the Elijah List at this link. He has had a picture for 22 years of the "harvest of the Lord". Being a dominionist he believes in an end times harvest, some would call it revival instead. It seems that this harvest/revival will be key to the Lord's return. Many have prophesied that over one billion souls will be saved. Others have added ideas such as that of the Manifest Sons of God, who will achieve "immortality" and the powerful signs and wonders that they do will be the cause of many getting saved. So, by believing in an end times harvest Chad Taylor fails to take note that in the gospels Jesus refers to "harvest" in two different ways.

The first harvest is this: Jesus said: When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. Then he said to his disciples, "The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field." Matthew 9 vv36-38. Here we have a "now harvest" for every suceeding generation of believers. The gospel message must be preached in order to "harvest" these unsaved people.

The second harvest is this: Jesus told them another parable: "The kingdom of heaven is like a man who sowed good seed in his field. But while everyone was sleeping, his enemy came and sowed weeds among the wheat, and went away. When the wheat sprouted and formed ears, then the weeds also appeared. The owner's servants came to him and said, "Sir, didn't you sow good seed in your field? Where then did the weeds come from?" "An enemy did this," he replied. The servants asked him, "Do you want us to go and pull them up?" "No," he answered, "because while you are pulling the weeds, you may root up the wheat with them. Let both grow together until the harvest. At that time I will tell the harvesters: First collect the weeds and tie them in bundles to be burned; then gather the wheat and bring it into my barn."" Matthew 13 vv24-30. In verses 37-43 Jesus explains that The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. Matthew 13 v39.

Hence we can see that there are two distinct types of harvest: the gospel reaping of souls and; the end of time judgement of unregenerate man. The first is administered by workers, and this refers to Christians and the second harvest is administered by angels.

Chad Taylor sees them as one and the same thing, a great end times harvest. He also sees the church down through time failing this commission when he says: Below this agonizing inscription I saw specific years of the calendar etched in its stone: 1610, 1689, 1705, 1790, 1830, 1875, 1920, 1945, 1970, 1989, 2000 and so forth. Other dates were recorded below but were worn and illegible. I knew what they were - times and seasons, dates and generations where a great cycle of harvest had come upon the earth and had not been seized; a kairos moment that had come and gone. He prophetically gives the dates when this should have happened but the moment was not seized and of course Jesus did not return. Whether any of the dates actually refer to revivals needs checking. Why 1970, 1989 and 2000 were chosen is also a mystery.

He then goes on to say prophetically: At the very top of the marker was one more number as if it had just been cut into the stone-2020. I was cognizant in that moment that through the years of 2000 to 2020 was another divine cycle or season for the harvest of souls in the earth. So Jesus will return like a thief in the night during the year 2020!

This is what happens when scripture is not given its proper place. Once the two harvest field parables become one as the end times harvest/revival, so the church, for two thousand years has failed in its mission. Chad says: A sudden anguish swept over me at a revelation of the immense labor left undone as the field stretched out for endless miles around me. and also, later he says: Historic opportunities had come to win the world to Christ but had passed them by. But Chad has sailed along with his discernment antenna not functioning and has announced that Jesus is returning in 2020! Hold that thought! Didn't Jesus say: No-one knows about that day or hour, not even the angels in heaven, nor the Son, but only the Father. Matthew 24 v36. Now this is the really big question! If Jesus does not know when he is returning how come Chad Taylor knows???

In order to bolster his view of the harvest, Chad then allegorises the story of Ruth and says: Ruth is a picture of an end-time Church following the Kingdom of God into the fields of nations, preparing the way of the Lord. But, as has already been pointed out, the end times harvest is administered by angels and not men and women. This is the dominionist viewpoint: so Jesus is stuck in heaven until the church bucks up its ideas and starts this great revival. This ignores the fact as stated in the bible that there is a plan of the holy one of Israel. Isaiah 5 v19. The end times and the end times harvest are part of God's plan. A Christian's place in God's plan is to preach the gospel of Jesus Christ to the unsaved. Since Jesus is the owner seeking the lost sheep the responsibility of the unsaved becoming saved rests with Jesus, not with man who only has the part already mentioned.

Dreams can be strange things but they too need testing. Chad, describing part of the dream says: I was once again drawn to the lonely sentinel that worked in the field ahead. As I focused on the personage again, it didn't seem as far as it was before. I could now make out the face and appearance. It was Jesus. He was sweating and dirty, working vigorously and tirelessly. So according to the dream, Jesus was working in the field. According to scripture it is workers in the field. Which is right? It can only be the Bible, so Chad here, presents another Jesus. Chad also sees in his dream that the harvest is crying out. Chad again ignores scripture in so far as men and women do not wish to be saved. They are the lost sheep so they need to be found and carried home. If the sheep could find their own way home then they are not lost!

So Chad starts with a wrong idea about the harvests of God, mixes this with his dominionist ideas and attempts to prove the whole thing by allegorising the Book of Ruth and having a dream about Jesus. Chad Taylor is deceiving us and is therefore a deceiver. Much as one may appreciate his sincerity and enthusiasm, his message will not bring life but sadly, it will bring death.

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