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Harvest Wine Press (Revelation 14.17-18)

"Another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, 'Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth's vine, because its grapes are ripe.'" (Revelation 14.17-18)✞

Sharp Sickle

Harvest Field of WheatOften in the Old Testament, God's judgment is likened to the trampling of grapes. In Lamentations 1.15 we are told, "The Lord has rejected all the warriors in my midst; he has summoned an army against me to [or "has set a time for me when he will"] crush my young men. In his winepress the Lord has trampled Virgin Daughter Judah." Isaiah 63.3 follows the same theme, "I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing."

Judgement in Jerusalem

Bunch of Grapes on Vine"The harvest winepress" or the "wine press" is to be trodden outside the city, that is, outside Jerusalem. Both in the Old Testament and in the books between the Testaments there was a line of thought which held that the Gentiles would be brought to Jerusalem and judged there. Joel 3.2,12 has a picture of all the nations gathered into the valley of Jehoshaphat between Jerusalem and the Mount of Olives to be judged. Joel writes, "I will gather all nations and bring them down to the Valley of Jehoshaphat ["Jehoshaphat" means "the Lord judges"]. There I will put them on trial for what they did to my inheritance, my people Israel, because they scattered my people among the nations and divided up my land." Zechariah 14.1 has a similar account of a last attack of the Gentiles on Jerusalem and of their judgment, "A day of the Lord is coming, Jerusalem, when your possessions will be plundered and divided up within your very walls."

"Harvest Wine Press"
by Ron Meacock © 2017

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