Revelation 14:19 The bitter harvest

Continuing our study of Revelation 14.

Revelation 14:17 ‘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.”

We explored yesterday the corn harvest of Revelation 14:15 which I suggested is the harvest of the righteous, although there is some debate over this. 

This second harvest is clearly the harvest of the wicked. The angel who is in charge of the fire is clearly speaking of God’s judgement. 

Isaiah 66:16  ‘For with fire and with his sword the Lord will execute judgement upon all men and many will be slain by the Lord.’

God has waited patiently, not wanting anyone to perish. But God has deemed the grapes ripe for harvest and He executes His judgement swiftly.

Revelation 14:19  ‘The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.’

The gathering of the grape harvest is usually one of great joy and expectation. But this is a bitter harvest. God, perfect in holiness, has no alternative but to righteously pour out His wrath on a deliberately sinful world.

We could make a distinction here between the grapevine of the world.

Revelation 18:3  For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries.’

This is in stark contrast to the heavenly harvest of Christ Jesus. 

John 15:5  “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing.”

The earth will be harvested for their wickedness. 

Thank you for reading this. Lo aprecio.

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