Rev 14:19 KJV – “And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.”
The wrath of our Lord, which is pointed towards lost mankind at Christ’s second coming, is pictured as the treading down of grapes in a wine press. This same picture is given to the Old Testament prophet Isaiah. In this prophecy, the Lord is answering a series of questions about Himself (Isa 63:1-3 KJV). In this exchange, Christ identifies Himself as…
The Truthful Savior of His People:
Q: “Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? … This that is glorious in his apparel, travelling in the greatness of his strength?”
A: “I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save.”
The Punisher of Sinful Mankind:
Q: “Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat?”
A: “I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with me: for I will tread them in mine anger, and trample them in my fury; and their blood shall be sprinkled upon my garments, and I will stain all my raiment.”
In this section, Christ describes His role as Judge using the picture of a man who treads a winepress. Christ as He treads upon the lost, is spilling their blood as if it were grape juice flowing from the winepress and spilling it on his clothing. This account, as in the Revelation passage, gives us a very clear picture of the awesome power of the great Judge and the tremendous destruction of the lost on that day.
Just as the vinedresser treads the grapes rendering them to literal juice and pulp, so too, when the Lord’s wrath falls, the lost will be physically destroyed as their blood flows from them. The treading was done with such great force that the juice was splashing up onto his clothing, likewise, as the Lord judges the lost it will be done with His Omnipotent strength that will not be overcome by anyone…
Rev 19:11-16 KJV – “And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war. His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS.”
May we all glorify and honor our Lord for being the Supreme Judge of the lost. But just as importantly may we all praise and thank Him for being the Truthful Savior of His people. It is only because He was willing to come and die for us that can escape the great judgement of the lost at His coming.
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