Revelation 14:14–20 (NKJV)
After pronouncing the fate of the beast-marked and the blessing of the dead who die in the Lord, John moves to discuss the vision of the angels obeying God by reaping the harvest of souls, and by reaping the grapes of wrath.
14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.Revelation 14:14-16
In this passage, One like the Son of Man was sighted on a white cloud, having a golden crown and holding a sharp sickle. Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, calling for Him to thrust in the sickle and reap, that the harvest of the earth was ripe and ready for harvest. He then thrust in His sickle and reaped from the earth those who were elect, according to most scholars
17 Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.Revelation 14:17-20
18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” 19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.
The next angel to come out also had a sharp sickle, and another angel came out from the altar. He had power over fire. This can signify that this angel had power to use fire as a form of judgment. He would use it to punish the enemies of God. He called to the angel with the sickle and instructed him to thrust in his sickle and reap the clusters of the vine of the earth, or grapes. These grapes of wrath are ripe for harvesting. The angel with the sickle did thrust in the sickle, and gathered the vine, throwing it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. This winepress and the vine represent the blood of those killed in the Battle of Armageddon. The winepress was trampled outside the city, and the blood that came out of the winepress ran up to the horses’ bridles for a distance of 184 miles. The amount of blood it would take to run five to six feet deep for 184 miles is absolutely astounding. The carnage would be unparalleled. This is the judgment of God on those who rode with the antichrist against Jesus Christ. This shows the great victory Christ won against the sinful subjects of the antichrist. Be on the right side when it counts!
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