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Exploring Revelation
“Revelation 14:17-20 PT. 2”
by Art Sadlier   
January 31st, 2010

Christ Treads the Winepress

"And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. - And another angel came out from the alter, which had power over the fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. - 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. - And the winepress was trodden without the city, and the blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horses bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs."  Revelation 14: 17-20

The angels are the reapers but Christ will treads the winepress himself. Of that day we read, " and the winepress was trodden outside the city", that refers to the Megiddo which is north of Jerusalem. "And the blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horses bridles," that means the blood will be four to four and a half feet deep. Before peace can come judgment must come first. The Lord will summon the armies of the world to Israel, hundreds of millions, perhaps a billion men, all gathered throughout Israel. The valley of megiddo and the Jordan valley stretching down to Bosra is about 1600 furlongs, 200 hundred miles. The blood of hundreds of millions of men will flow into that valley, four or five feet deep for 200 miles. Do you understand that God is a God that hates sin and rebellion and will not let it go unpunished.

Zechariah says, " For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle."  The nations have rejected Christ and poured out His blood at Calvary, now those who have defiled the Son of God will be bathed in their own blood.

There are no apologies here, God's wrath is justified. It is an awful scene, but it is righteous judgment. Sin has corrupted man through his whole being, all of us are sinners by nature and by practice. Romans 6:23 tells us, "The wages of sin is death," a death that is to be endured in the eternal lake of fire.

In the midst of this condition that all men find themselves in, we have the good news of the gospel, Christ died for our sins. Repentance and faith in Christ as our saviour and sin bearer will bring salvation. May I ask you my friend, are you saved?

"It is appointed to men once to die, but after this the judgment." Hebrews9:27.  Hebrews 2:3 asks the most fearful question of all, "How shall we escape if we neglect so great salvation?"

Paul gives the great challenge in 2 Corinthians 6:2, "Now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation". If you are not saved, God says to you, NOW is the moment of decision. Don't boast of tomorrow, it may never come and if it does the Spirit may not strive with you. It is quite possible that this is the moment your eternal destiny will be decided. Choose well, you are choosing for eternity.

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