Revelation 14:20 The battlefield

Revelation 14:20 The battlefield

Continuing with our study of Revelation 14.

Revelation 14:20  ‘They were trampled in the winepress outside the city and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.’

Many will argue that this verse cannot be taken literally. The amount of blood covering such an area of land is unfeasible and they are probably correct.  However:

The Battle of Armageddon will be a huge conflict over a period of time and could easily cover the area described. The blood rising to the height of a horses’ bridle could describe blood spurting out of a jugular vein to such a height – sorry to be so gory – and so this account could be possible. 

We are certainly describing an horrendous battlefield scenario. 

Revelation 19:17  ‘And I saw an angel standing in the sun, who cried out in a loud voice to all the birds flying in mid-air, “Come, gather together for the great supper of God, so that you may eat the flesh of kings, generals, and mighty men, of horses and their riders and the flesh of people, free and slave, small and great.”

There is a justice here, that as Christ Jesus was crucified outside of the city, so this battle will take place outside too. Those who hold to the idea that Jesus is a humble servant will be stretched by the description of Jesus as the mighty bloody warrior. 

Isaiah 63:3  ‘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…I trampled the nations in my anger, in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground.’

It will be a one-sided battle if ever there was one. 

Zechariah 12:2  I am going to make Jerusalem a cup that sends all the surrounding peoples reeling. Judah will be besieged as well as Jerusalem. On that day, when all the nations of the earth are gathered against her, I will make Jerusalem an immovable rock for all the nations. All who try to move it will injure themselves.’

The nations coming to battle against God is not a wise idea.

Revelation 12:4  On that day I will strike every horse with panic and its rider with madness, declares the Lord. I will keep a watchful eye over the house of Judah but I will blind all the horses of the nations. Then the leaders of Judah will say in their hearts, The people of Jerusalem are strong because the Lord Almighty is their God. 

There will only be one winner in this battle.

Thank you..

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