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Milepost 43: The Winepress of God’s Wrath

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Milepost 43: The Winepress of God’s Wrath

Primary References: Revelation 14:19-20

 

Revelation 14 ends with the terrible winepress of God’s wrath, which crushes the second harvest’s wicked into juice. The juice of the wicked flows so widely that at its peak following Jesus’ return in Revelation 19:15 it floods an area spanning 200 miles at depths reaching four to five feet throughout the valley of Megiddo. Isaiah 63:1-6 shows that it is Jesus who treads this winepress:

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? I that speak in righteousness, mighty to save. Wherefore art thou red in thine apparel, and thy garments like him that treadeth in the winefat? 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. For the day of vengeance is in mine heart, and the year of my redeemed is come. And I looked, and there was none to help; and I wondered that there was none to uphold: therefore mine own arm brought salvation unto me; and my fury, it upheld me. And I will tread down the people in mine anger, and make them drunk in my fury, and I will bring down their strength to the earth.

Just prior to Jesus’ return to earth in Revelation 19:15, He wears white garments. Now however, His clothing has been stained red from His gruesome work in treading God’s winepress of wrath and wading in its juices, men’s blood. Why is He coming from Edom? After He has eliminated the threats against them, Jesus rescues them from the place protecting the Jews in the wilderness (Revelation 12). An interesting side point to note from this story is that people’s blood stains Jesus’ clothing while Jesus’ blood removes stains from people’s clothing.