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The Winepress of God's Wrath

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The Winepress of God's Wrath

What is the Winepress?

And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
- Revelation 14:20

The winepress of the wrath of God will be a literal event, ending the Battle of Armageddon. The story of Moses leading the children of Israel through the Red Sea, drowning the Egyptians that followed, can be used to help us picture this event. At the end of the age the Lord will open up a large valley starting at the Mount of Olives. The children of Israel will flee through this valley pursued by their enemies. "And blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs." (180 miles)

A Biblical Description of the Winepress

Zechariah 14:1-5

1.       Behold, the day of the LORD cometh, and thy spoil shall be divided in the midst of thee.

2.       For I will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle; and the city shall be taken, and the houses rifled, and the women ravished; and half of the city shall go forth into captivity, and the residue of the people shall not be cut off from the city.

3.       Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

4.       And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

5.       And ye shall flee to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, ye shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with thee.

According to Zechariah, Israel will lose the battle of Armageddon 1 (vs. 2); the situation will look even more hopeless than it did when Moses was penned in at the edge of the Red Sea.

And when Pharaoh drew nigh, the children of Israel lifted up their eyes, and, behold, the Egyptians marched after them; and they were sore afraid: and the children of Israel cried out unto the LORD. And they said unto Moses, Because there were no graves in Egypt, hast thou taken us away to die in the wilderness? wherefore hast thou dealt thus with us, to carry us forth out of Egypt? - Exodus 14:10-11

There will be one difference, however. This time when all seems lost, the children of Israel will reconcile with God, an event which never happened in the wilderness. Zechariah said it perfectly:

And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. - Zechariah 12:10

Jesus Himself said that He would come when this event happened.

For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord. - Matthew 23:39

All will seem lost, but at this time, when Israel recognizes her Messiah, the mountain will cleave in half and the children of Israel will flee to the valley of the mountains. While Zechariah chapter 14 does not state that the armies of the world will follow after Israel, other passages in the Bible hint at how it will end.

And the serpent cast out of his mouth water as a flood after the woman, that he might cause her to be carried away of the flood. And the earth helped the woman, and the earth opened her mouth, and swallowed up the flood which the dragon cast out of his mouth.
- Revelation 12:15-16

AND

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 blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. - Revelation 14:19-20

Moses and Egypt are allegories


According to the days of thy coming out of the land of Egypt will I show unto him marvelous things. - Micah 7:15

At the end of the age, God will duplicate many events that happened during Israel's exodus out of Egypt. For instance, God will duplicate the plagues of Moses, pleading for the world to leave his chosen people alone, until He finally destroys the wicked.

Here are a few other passages of scripture that point to God doing similar miracles to the ones He did through Moses when he lead the Israelites through the Red Sea.

Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD of hosts, O my people that dwellest in Zion, be not afraid of the Assyrian: he shall smite thee with a rod, and shall lift up his staff against thee, after the manner of Egypt. For yet a very little while, and the indignation shall cease, and mine anger in their destruction. And the LORD of hosts shall stir up a scourge for him according to the slaughter of Midian at the rock of Oreb: and as his rod was upon the sea, so shall he lift it up after the manner of Egypt. - Isaiah 10:24-26

AND

And there shall be an highway for the remnant of his people, which shall be left, from Assyria; like as it was to Israel in the day that he came up out of the land of Egypt.
- Isaiah 11:16

AND

Then he remembered the days of old, Moses, and his people, saying, Where is he that brought them up out of the sea with the shepherd of his flock? where is he that put his Holy Spirit within him? That led them by the right hand of Moses with his glorious arm, dividing the water before them, to make himself an everlasting name? That led them through the deep, as a horse in the wilderness, that they should not stumble? As a beast goeth down into the valley, the Spirit of the LORD caused him to rest: so didst thou lead thy people, to make thyself a glorious name. - Isaiah 63:11-14

AND

The LORD hath sworn by the excellency of Jacob, Surely I will never forget any of their works. Shall not the land tremble for this, and every one mourn that dwelleth therein? and it shall rise up wholly as a flood; and it shall be cast out and drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. - Amos 8:7-8

AND

And the Lord GOD of hosts is he that toucheth the land, and it shall melt, and all that dwell therein shall mourn: and it shall rise up wholly like a flood; and shall be drowned, as by the flood of Egypt. - Amos 9:5

This is the same event that is spoken of by John:

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 blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. - Revelation 14:19-20

Three verses later, in Revelation 15:3, the saints sing of their triumph:

And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb.
- Revelation 15:3a

What was the song of Moses?

Then sang Moses and the children of Israel this song unto the LORD, and spoke, saying, I will sing unto the LORD, for he hath triumphed gloriously: the horse and his rider hath he thrown into the sea. - Exodus 15:1

The Timing of this Event

The winepress of the wrath of God, or the earth swallowing up the wicked, is the last event at the end of this age. It is also the first event at the Lord's second coming.

Who is this that cometh from Edom, with dyed garments from Bozrah? this that is glorious in his apparel, traveling 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 wine vat? 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. - Isaiah 63:1-4

AND

The Lord said, I will bring again from Bashan, I will bring my people again from the depths of the sea: That thy foot may be dipped in the blood of thine enemies, and the tongue of thy dogs in the same. - Psalm 68:22-23

The Size of God's Winepress

I will also water with thy blood the land wherein thou swimmest, even to the mountains; and the rivers shall be full of thee. - Ezekiel 32:6

In Revelation 14, John says that the blood coming out of the winepress will flow for a distance of one hundred eighty four miles, as deep as a horse's bridle.

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 blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs [184 miles]. - Revelation 14:19-20

Many Bible commentaries believe that the Apostle John was only speaking allegorically because that is far too much blood to imagine. Let's work through the somewhat morbid calculations together and see if there will be enough blood in the armies that come against Jerusalem. Zechariah said that God will gather all nations against Jerusalem to battle (Zec 14:2). For our calculations, however, we will only look at the two hundred million soldiers that are under the kings of the east. These numbers come from Revelation chapters 9 and 16:

And the sixth angel poured out his vial upon the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared.
- Revelation 16:12

AND

[A voice from before God said] to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates [ … ] And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand: and I heard the number of them.
- Revelation 9:14-16

These calculations consider only the troops under the kings of the east. Add to this the armies of Europe, Russia, Africa, North and South America, and we can see that the winepress may actually be far too small 2.

Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the LORD is near in the valley of decision. - Joel 3:12-14

Lessons to be Learned

We are not listening to God

If Pharaoh had listened to Moses, he would not have lost his entire army in the Red Sea. In the same way, if we would listen to God, or believed God when he speaks, the winepress could not be filled up with blood.

Moses gave Pharaoh plenty of signs, so that he was without excuse. We have been given plenty of signs. Are we going to listen?

Come near, ye nations, to hear; and hearken, ye people: let the earth hear, and all that is therein; the world, and all things that come forth of it. For the indignation of the LORD is upon all nations, and his fury upon all their armies: he hath utterly destroyed them, he hath delivered them to the slaughter. Their slain also shall be cast out, and their stink shall come up out of their carcasses, and the mountains shall be melted with their blood. And all the host of heaven shall be dissolved, and the heavens shall be rolled together as a scroll: and all their host shall fall down, as the leaf falleth off from the vine, and as a falling fig from the fig tree. - Isaiah 34:1-4

AND

And I will bring distress upon men, that they shall walk like blind men, because they have sinned against the LORD: and their blood shall be poured out as dust, and their flesh as the dung. Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the LORD's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy: for he shall make even a speedy riddance of all them that dwell in the land. - Zephaniah 1:17-18

God is angry with the nations

First: God is angry with the Jews for breaking their covenant.

Turn ye unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted. - Isaiah 31:6

It is actually this great tribulation period and the armies of the world being gathered against her at the Battle of Armageddon that brings Israel to her senses and causes her to turn unto him from whom the children of Israel have deeply revolted.

And I will pour upon the house of David, and upon the inhabitants of Jerusalem, the spirit of grace and of supplications: and they shall look upon me whom they have pierced, and they shall mourn for him, as one mourneth for his only son, and shall be in bitterness for him, as one that is in bitterness for his firstborn. - Zechariah 12:10

Second: God is angry with the nations for their treatment of Israel during the last three thousand years.

And their land shall be soaked with blood, and their dust made fat with fatness. For it is the day of the LORD'S vengeance, and the year of recompenses for the controversy of Zion.
- Isaiah 34:7-8

AND

For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts. Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth. - Jeremiah 25:29-30

AND

I will break the Assyrian in my land, and upon my mountains tread him under foot: then shall his yoke depart from off them, and his burden depart from off their shoulders. This is the purpose that is purposed upon the whole earth: and this is the hand that is stretched out upon all the nations. - Isaiah 14:25-26

AND

The sun and moon stood still in their habitation: at the light of thine arrows they went, and at the shining of thy glittering spear. Thou didst march through the land in indignation, thou didst thresh the heathen in anger. Thou wentest forth for the salvation of thy people, even for salvation with thine anointed; thou woundedst the head out of the house of the wicked, by discovering the foundation unto the neck. Selah. - Habakkuk 3:11-13

Third: God is angry is with the world for its treatment of His saints.

Before your pots can feel the thorns, he shall take them away as with a whirlwind, both living, and in his wrath. The righteous shall rejoice when he seeth the vengeance: he shall wash his feet in the blood of the wicked. - Psalm 58:9-10

Finally: God has had enough of the world's rebellion against Him. He has given us good things, and would continue to do so; however, as it is written, we have hated Him without a cause.

But this cometh to pass, that the word might be fulfilled that is written in their law, They hated me without a cause. - John 15:25

AND

And it waxed great, even to the host of heaven; and it cast down some of the host and of the stars to the ground, and stamped upon them. Yea, he magnified himself even to the prince of the host, and by him the daily sacrifice was taken away, and the place of his sanctuary was cast down. - Daniel 8:10-11

AND

These have one mind, and shall give their power and strength unto the beast. These shall make war with the Lamb, and the Lamb shall overcome them: for he is Lord of lords, and King of kings: and they that are with him are called, and chosen, and faithful.
- Revelation 17:13-14

Because of the size and scope of this event, it deserves our consideration. It's time for Bible students to look into this, one of the most dramatic moments in the Battle of Armageddon. In the day when he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God, would millions have escaped had they been taught and believed the Bible? As Christians, we're supposed to be a light in the end days; should we warn the world, or will they have to learn the same way Egyptians did?

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. - Revelation 19:14-16

Conclusion

Have you ever wondered what Pharaohs' army was thinking when they chased after Israel into the Red Sea? Did they hesitate? Did each soldier march in blind obedience? Were they in such a rage that they could not think at all? If you think that Pharaoh's army was foolish for following Israel into the Red Sea the first time, what do you think about the army that will follow after Israel the second time?

No less than eleven prophets speak of this event, but none of the wicked will understand.

For the LORD shall rise up as in mount Perazim, he shall be wroth as in the valley of Gibeon, [1st Ch 14:8-17] that he may do his work, his strange work; and bring to pass his act, his strange act. Now therefore be ye not mockers, lest your bands be made strong: for I have heard from the Lord GOD of hosts a consumption, even determined upon the whole earth. - Isaiah 28:21-22

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Written by Jeff Barnes.


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Notes:

[1]    While the Lord will gather the armies of the world into a place called Armageddon, the last battle will be much larger than most Christians realize. I have called this gathering the Battle of Armageddon because most people are familiar with this term.

[2]    Therefore, at the end of the age, the punishment of the wicked will include other plagues than just the winepress alone.