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(Revelation 14.19-20)
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"The angel swung his sickle upon the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great wine press of God's wrath. They were trampled in the harvest wine press outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses' bridles for a distance of sixteen hundred stadia." (Revelation 14.19-20)✞

Sixteen Hundred Stadia

Horse's Bridle"Sixteen hundred stadia" was a very long way and about "180 miles" or "300 kilometers." The one like a son of man and also an angel reaped the gory harvest of blood. We regarded the "one like the son of man" as the risen and victorious Lord, operating the harvest winepress, while the angel with the sharp sickle reaped the harvest of those destined for judgment. It was said that the blood came "as high as the horses' bridles", that is five or six feet from the ground and spread for a distance of sixteen hundred stadia. Sixteen hundred "stadia" is almost exactly the length of Palestine from north to south, that is about one hundred and eighty miles. This would have meant that the tide of judgment would flow over and would have included the whole land of Israel. In that case the terrible word picture symbolically described the completeness of the judgment.

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