Biblical Harvest Scripture

"For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world,
but that the world might be saved through Him." John 3:17




Word of God Regarding Missions

Proverbs 3:27 (King James Version)

Withhold not good from them to whom it is due, when it is in the power of thine hand to do it.

Bible verses on missions: Harvest passages

Why missions? Biblical passages dealing with world evangelism

     Are you working on a missionary sermon or message? Do you have to do a Bible study on missions? Has someone asked the question: Why missions? Why should I be concerned about the global harvest of souls?
     Sacred scripture is full of explicit as well as implicit references to God's will for world evangelism. Most evangelical believers know the Great Commission: "Go ye into all the world."
     The Great Commission is only one reason for God's people to be doing global mission. There are lots of other missions verses in God's Word. Here is a partial listing of missionary scriptures from both the Old and New Testaments. Use these to encourage a clear missionary vision. Several of the passages have links to where they are cited on other pages of this web site.
     Some of these Bible phrases relating to missions would make great Faith Promise convention themes.

Old Testament and missions

  • Genesis 12:1-3 (repeated in Gen. 18:18, 22:17-18, 26:24 and 28:12-14)
  • Exodus 9:14-16 purpose of the plagues
  • Exodus 19:6 Israel was to be a "kingdom of priests"
  • Numbers 14:21 glory of Lord fills the whole earth
  • Deuteronomy 4:6-8 show your understanding to the nations
  • Deuteronomy 10:19 "You are to love those who are aliens"
  • Deuteronomy 28:10 "all the peoples on the earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord"
  • Deuteronomy 32:1 - "Hear, O earth, the words of my mouth."
  • Joshua 4:24 "so that all the peoples of the earth might know"
  • 1 Samuel 2:10 "The LORD will judge the ends of the earth."
  • 1 Samuel 17:46 "the whole world will know there is a God in Israel"
  • 1 Kings 8:41-43, 59-60 (also in 2 Chronicles 6:32-33) "so that all peoples of the earth may know your name" (Solomon's prayer at dedication of Temple)
  • 2 Kings 19:15 "Hezekiah prayed . . . : O LORD, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth.'"
  • 1 Chronicles 16:23-24 "Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples"
  • 1 Chronicles 16:28 "O families of nations, ascribe to the Lord glory and strength."
  • 1 Chronicles 16:31 "Let the earth be glad; let them say among the nations, The Lord reigns!'"
  • 2 Chronicles 6:32-33 "so that all the peoples of the earth may know your name and fear you"
  • Psalm 2:7-10 "You are my Son . . . I will make the nations your inheritance"
  • Psalm 7:7-8 "Let the Lord judge the peoples"
  • Psalm 8:9 "How majestic is your name in all the earth!"
  • Psalm 9:11 "Proclaim among the nations what he has done."
  • Psalm 18:49 "I will praise you among the nations"
  • Psalm 22:26-28 "all the families of the nations will bow down"
  • Psalm 19:1-4 "their words to the ends of the world"
  • Psalm 22:27 "All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the Lord"
  • Psalm 24 "The earth is the Lord's"
  • Psalm 33 "Blessed is the nation whose God is the Lord"
  • Psalm 45:17 "The nations will praise you for ever and ever"
  • Psalm 46:10 "I will be exalted among the nations"
  • Psalm 47 "God reigns over the nations"
  • Psalm 48:10 "Like your name, O God, your praise reaches to the ends of the earth"
  • Psalm 49:1 "Hear this, all you peoples; listen, all who live in this world"
  • Psalm 50 "From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets"
  • Psalm 57 "I will sing of you among the peoples"
  • Psalm 59:13 "It will be known to the ends of the earth that God rules over Jacob."
  • Psalm 65:5-8 "the hope of all the ends of the earth . . . where morning dawns and evening fades you call forth songs of joy"
  • Psalm 66 "All the earth bows down to you . . . Praise our God, O peoples"
  • Psalm 67 "your salvation among all peoples"
  • Psalm 68:32 "Sing to God, O kingdoms of the earth"
  • Psalm 72 "all nations will serve him"
  • Psalm 72:9 "the desert tribes will bow before him"
  • Psalm 72:17, 19 "All nations will be blessed through him . . . May the whole earth be filled with his glory"
  • Psalm 77:14 "you display your power among the peoples"
  • Psalm 82 "all the nations are your inheritance"
  • Psalm 83:18 "You alone are the Most High over all the earth."
  • Psalm 86:8-13 all nations will come and worship
  • Psalm 87 the register of the peoples
  • Psalm 96 "sing to the Lord, all the earth . . . Declare his glory among the nations"
  • Psalm 97 "The Lord reigns, let the earth be glad; let the distant shores rejoice"
  • Psalm 98:3 "All the ends of the earth have seen the salvation of our God."
  • Psalm 98:9 "He comes to judge the earth. He will judge the world in righteousness and the peoples with equity."
  • Psalm 99:1-3 "He is exalted over all the nations. Let them praise your great and awesome name"
  • Psalm 102:15 "The nations will fear the name of the LORD, all the kings of the earth will revere your glory."
  • Psalm 102:22 "when the peoples and the kingdoms assemble to worship the Lord"
  • Psalm 105:1 "make known among the nations what He has done"
  • Psalm 106:8 reason for dividing the Red Sea
  • Psalm 107:3 "the redeemed of the LORD . . . those he gathered from the lands, from east and west, from north and south"
  • Psalm 108:3 "I will sing of you among the peoples"
  • Psalm 108:5 "Be exalted, O God, above the heavens, and let your glory be over all the earth."
  • Psalm 110:6 "He will judge the nations,"
  • Psalm 113:3 "From the rising of the sun to the place where it sets, the name of the Lord is to be praised"
  • Psalm 117 "Praise the Lord, all you nations"
  • Psalm 126 "it was said among the nations"
  • Psalm 135 "our Lord is greater than all gods"
  • Psalm 138:4 "may all the kings of the earth praise you, O Lord"
  • Ecclesiates 3:11 "[God] has set eternity in the hearts of men."
  • Isaiah 2:3 "Many peoples will come and say, Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob.'"
  • Isaiah 5:26 "He lifts up a banner for the distant nations, he whistles for those at the ends of the earth."
  • Isaiah 6:3 "They were calling to one another: Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty; the whole earth is full of his glory.'"
  • Isaiah 11:9 "fill the earth with the knowledge of the Lord"
  • Isaiah 11:10 "in that day a Root of Jesse will stand as a banner for the peoples, the nations . . ."
  • Isaiah 12:4 "Make known among the nations what He has done"
  • Isaiah 24:14-16 "From the ends of the earth we hear singing: Glory to the Righteous One.'"
  • Isaiah 25:6 "the LORD Almighty will prepare a feast of rich food for all peoples"
  • Isaiah 42:4 "in His law the islands will put their hope"
  • Isaiah 42:6 "I will keep you and will make you to be a covenant for the people and a light for the Gentiles."
  • Isaiah 34:1 "Come near, you nations, and listen; pay attention, you peoples!"
  • Isaiah 37:16 "O Lord Almighty . . . , you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth."
  • Isaiah 42:4 "He will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his law the islands will put their hope."
  • Isaiah 43:6 "I will say to the north, 'Give them up!' and to the south, 'Do not hold them back.'"
  • Isaiah 45:6 "from the rising of the sun to the place of its setting men may know there is none besides me."
  • Isaiah 45:22 "Turn to me . . . all you ends of the earth"
  • Isaiah 49:1-6 "I will make you a light for the Gentiles"
  • Isaiah 49:22 "The Sovereign Lord says: "See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples."
  • Isaiah 51:4 "My justice will become a light to the nations"
  • Isaiah 52:7, 10 "The Lord will lay bare his holy arm in the sight of all the nations, and all the ends of the earth will see the salvation of our God."
  • Isaiah 56:7 "my house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations"
  • Isaiah 59:19 "From the west, men will fear the name of the Lord, and from the rising of the sun, they will revere His glory."
  • Isaiah 60:3 "Nations will come to your light"
  • Isaiah 62:11 "The Lord has made proclamation to the ends of the earth"
  • Isaiah 65:1 "I revealed myself to those who did not ask for me."
  • Isaiah 66:18-19 "They will proclaim my glory among the nations"
  • Jeremiah 3:17 "All nations will gather in Jerusalem to honor the name of the Lord"
  • Jeremiah 16:19 To you the nations will come from the ends of the earth and say, "Our fathers possessed nothing but false gods, worthless idols that did them no good."
  • Ezekiel 36:22-23 "The nations will know I am the Lord"
  • Ezekiel 38:20 "All the people on earth will tremble at my presence"
  • Daniel 2:47; 4:1-2; 6:25 "Surely your God is the God of gods"
  • Daniel 7:13, 14 "all peoples, nations and languages should serve Him"
  • Jonah's story the missionary book of the Old Testament [ e-book on Jonah ]
  • Micah 1:2 "Hear, O peoples, all of you, listen, O earth and all who are in it."
  • Micah 4:2 "Many nations will come"
  • Micah 5:4 "His greatness will reach to the ends of the earth."
  • Habbakuk 2:14 "The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the water cover the sea"
  • Zephaniah 2:11 "Nations on every shore will worship him"
  • Zephaniah 3:9 "Then will I purify the lips of the peoples, that all of them may call on the name of the Lord."
  • Haggai 2:7 "Desire of all nations"
  • Zechariah 2:11 "Many nations will be joined with the Lord in that day and will become my people"
  • Zechariah 8:20-23 "Many peoples and inhabitants of many cities will come"
  • Zechariah 9:10 "He will proclaim peace to the nations"
  • Zechariah 14:9 "The Lord will be king over the whole earth."
  • Malachi 1:10-11 "My name will be great among the nations, from the rising to the setting of the sun"

New Testament and missions

Into whatever groups we divide humanity races, nations, languages, cultures it is clear that God loves all of them and wants people from all those groupings to be reconciled to Him.

In top line blessings/bottom line responsibilities categories of Don Richardson and Bob Sjogren, many of these scriptures are of the bottom line responsibility type.

"The harvest truly is great, but the laborers are few; therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest" Luke 10:2 (New King James Version)




Acts 1:8    Matthew 28:18-20    Mark 16:15-18    2 Corinthians 5:14-20

Acts 1:8 (New International Version)

8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."


Matthew 28:18-20 (New International Version)

18Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in[a] the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."


Mark 16:15-18 (New International Version)

15He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. 16Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well."


2 Corinthians 5:14-20 (New International Version)

14For Christ's love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died. 15And he died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again.

 16So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do so no longer. 17Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; the old has gone, the new has come! 18All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled to God.

Matthew 25:31-46

The Son of Man Will Judge the Nations
31 "When the Son of Man comes in His glory, and all the holy angels with Him, then He will sit on the throne of His glory. 32 All the nations will be gathered before Him, and He will separate them one from another, as a shepherd divides his sheep from the goats. 33 And He will set the sheep on His right hand, but the goats on the left. 34 Then the King will say to those on His right hand, 'Come, you blessed of My Father, inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world: 35 for I was hungry and you gave Me food; I was thirsty and you gave Me drink; I was a stranger and you took Me in; 36 I was naked and you clothed Me; I was sick and you visited Me; I was in prison and you came to Me.' 37 "Then the righteous will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry and feed You, or thirsty and give You drink? 38 When did we see You a
stranger and take You in, or naked and clothe You? 39 Or when did we see You sick, or in prison, and come to You?'
40 And the King will answer and say to them, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these My brethren, you did it to Me.' 41 "Then He will also say to those on the left hand, 'Depart from Me, you cursed, into the everlasting fire prepared for the devil and his angels: 42 for I was hungry and you gave Me no food; I was thirsty and you gave Me no drink; 43 I was a stranger and you did not take Me in, naked and you did not clothe Me, sick and in prison and you did not visit Me.' 44 "Then they also will answer Him, saying, 'Lord, when did we see You hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to You?' 45 Then He will answer them, saying, 'Assuredly, I say to you, inasmuch as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to Me.' 46 And these will go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into eternal life."


Acts 1:8    Matthew 28:18-20    Mark 16:15-18    2 Corinthians 5:14-20







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