Rev 14:14-20                       The Harvest and the Vintage                              3/26/2006      ßà   

  • Behold, a White Cloud (Rev 14:14-20, Dan 7:13, Mat 26:64, Rev 1:7)

 

 

 

 

#1.       The 4th and the 5th Angel: The Harvester (Rev 14:14-15, Mat 24:31, 1Thes 4:13-18, 1Cor 15:51-52)

 

 

 

  • Coming Out of the Temple (Rev 11:19)

 

 

 

 

#2.       The 6th and the 7th Angel: The Vintage (Rev 14:17-18, 6:9-10, 8:3-4, 9:13, 2Thes 1:8)

 

 

 

 

  • The Order of the Harvest and the Vintage (Luke 21:25-26,28, Rev 11:12, John 5:28-29, Joel 3:13, Gen 19:22)

 

 

 

#3.       The Great Winepress (Rev 14:19-20)

 

 

 

 

  • Behold, a Great Bloodshed (Isa 34:1-10, Rom 9:13, Joel 3:9-17)

 

 

 

Please open your Bibles to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 14:14 (2X). Last week we started in this chapter with verse 6 where God showed John a vision of seven Angels, of which we already saw the first three. In verse 6 we saw the first Angel, and in verse 8 we saw the second Angel, and in verse 9 we saw the third Angel. These three Angels announced that the end of the world was at hand. These seven Angels are not really angels, but these are manifestations of the perfection of the Lord Jesus Christ. Today we will consider the remaining four times the Lord Jesus Christ is shown to us in this chapter. He is shown to us as the Harvester of souls for His Kingdom, and He is shown as the Judge of all the rest of mankind. Therefore the title of this sermon is: The Harvest and the Vintage (2X). Now we are at the close of this vision. The words of this passage take us to the end of time. And just like the opening of he sixth seal in chapter 6 took us to the end of all human history, so does the appearance of these seven Angels take us to the end of all human history, although it does so from a slightly different point of view and with a fuller development of detail. Nevertheless, what is recorded in this passage will be spoken of again in future chapters, but in greater detail. First we see the fourth Angel on a cloud:

  • Behold, a White Cloud (Rev 14:14-20, Dan 7:13, Mat 26:64, Rev 1:7)

Re 14:14-15  And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.            And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Re 14:16  And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

Re 14:17  And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

Re 14:18-19  And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.        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.

Re 14:20  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.

When we see the description of the fourth Angel, the fourth Messenger, it is beyond any doubt that this refers to the Lord Jesus. And when we see the description of the sixth Angel, the sixth Messenger, it is also beyond any doubt that this refers to the Lord Jesus Christ, because He has been appointed to be the Judge and He has the authority to cast people into the great winepress of the wrath of God. But the 5th Angel and the 7th Angel are ordering Christ to thrust in His sharp sickle, and thus the 5th Angel and the 7th Angel must also be appearances of Christ. And when we see Him sitting on a white cloud we know that He has come in glory to Judge all mankind for their sins, for thus He said so in the past. We read in Dan 7:13, “I saw in the night visions, and, behold, one like the Son of man came with the clouds of heaven, and came to the Ancient of days, and they brought him near before him.” And then there was given Him everlasting dominion and glory, which implies that the end of the world had come and that Judgment Day had arrived. We also read when the Lord Jesus addressed the high priest shortly before His crucifixion in Mat 26:64, “Nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of heaven.” Paraphrased the Lord Jesus said to the high priest and to all the Sanhedrin who condemned Him, “Hereafter shall you see the Son of man, as written in Daniel chapter 7, coming on the clouds of heaven with great power and glory, and He shall judge you for this sin of condemning Me to death.” And also we have read in Rev 1:7, “Behold, he cometh with clouds; and every eye shall see him, and they also which pierced him: and all kindreds of the earth shall wail because of him.” They shall wail because the end of time has come and all unsaved mankind will be judged for their sins. This is the meaning of Christ sitting on a white cloud. In this day and age most pastors like to preach only about the love of Christ and how wonderful it is to be a Christian. They do not want to preach about Christ coming as the Judge and about eternal damnation because they are afraid to lose some of their members. But God commands us to preach the whole counsel of God, regardless whether it is offensive to some people. Certainly God does not think it to be offensive, for He speaks about eternal damnation again and again here in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. God does not want us to forget that Christ will surely return one day to judge all the unsaved for their sins. Moreover, we read in Rev 14:14 that Christ wears a crown on His head, which indicates that already now He has been crowned King of kings and Lord of lords. Also He has a sharp sickle in His hand, which means that He is coming to reap His harvest from the earth.

#1. The 4th and the 5th Angel: The Harvester (Rev 14:14-15,Mat 24:31,1Thes 4:13-18,1Cor 15:51-52)

Re 14:14-15  And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.            And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.

Christ reveals here Himself as a King who is going to establish His Kingdom forever. He must rule forever. And that spells trouble for Satan and his Antichrist, for he has worked intensely day and night to establish an earthly kingdom for himself. When Christ appears here while Antichrist rages certainly it means that this spells destruction for the Devil and his kingdom. But at the same time the appearance of the Son of man on the white cloud also means deliverance for His people who have been oppressed and persecuted by antichristian powers. He comes as King. He comes to claim His own. He comes to destroy His enemies and He comes to save His people. Yes He comes to gather two times: First He comes to gather His own people and then He comes to gather all the unsaved for Judgment. The purity of the white cloud indicates that He will judge in righteousness, and He will remove all the unrighteous into a place prepared for the Devil and His messengers. The same idea is seen in the sharp sickle:

Re 14:16  And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

Please turn in your Bibles to the First Epistle to the Thessalonians, 1Thes 4:13 (2X). When Christ appears as the 4th and the 5th Angel He comes only for His wheat harvest. Most likely Christ will only supervise the gathering of His saints, for “the reapers are the angels”. The Lord said in Mat 24:31, “And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” Even though the angels are the reapers, they bear with them the godly authority to guide all the elect into one place where Christ is. They shall gather the elect from the four winds, meaning from all four quarters of the earth; and at the same time they shall gather His elect from one end of heaven to the other, which means all the elect who have already gone to heaven will be gathered to that same place. We can read that here in 1Thes 4:13, (2X)

1Th 4:13-14  But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope.         For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.

1Th 4:15-17  For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep.                        For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:         Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

1Th 4:18  Wherefore comfort one another with these words.

This is the rapture of the saints on the Last Day when Christ comes again. This then is the true scenario of the metaphor of Rev 14:14 that the Lord Jesus Christ is harvesting His elect. He is using a sharp sickle, because all ties to this sin cursed earth must be cut. This old body must be done away and replaced by a new and glorified body. Our physical ties to things of this earth and to unsaved people of this earth must be cut forever, for if we belong to Christ in the NH&NE we must be His 100%. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. It is a great comfort to us when Christ comes and raptures us up to be with Him forever. And when shall this rapture take place? The Lord says in 1Cor 15:51-52, “Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,       In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.” Wherefore comfort one another with these words. But there is more: The 5th Angel, which is also Christ Himself, is shown coming out of the Temple.

  • Coming Out of the Temple (Rev 11:19)

What does this mean? Why did God include this detail? Please turn again to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 11:19, (2X). Christ coming out of the temple in heaven forces us to look again at the words of Rev 11:19 where the temple of God in heaven was opened. What did we see in this temple? Perhaps you remember what I said at the time that I preached on this passage. Rev 11:19, “And the temple of God was opened in heaven, and there was seen in his temple the ark of his testament: and there were lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail.” The fact that the temple in heaven is seen spells woe and judgment on the people of the earth, for it is accompanied by “lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail”. The temple of God in heaven symbolizes the dwelling place of God where everything is only righteousness. God made man in His image, and God made man to glorify Him forever, and God made man to be His dwelling place on earth. But man does not want Him to dwell in their hearts, for all mankind came into the world in rebellion against God. Therefore, since the Holy One cannot take up His residence in the place that He appointed, God shall come forth from His holy place and shall change things around in His creation so that He shall make all the world His dwelling place. This means that everyone unrighteous on this earth must be removed into a place called Hell, and everything they have touched must be destroyed to erase all remembrance of unrighteousness. And this spells woe and judgment on the people of the earth. The same can be said of the Ark of the Covenant that God showed in His temple. This Ark symbolized the mercy and the grace of God in His covenant that He so lovingly has provided through the Lord Jesus Christ. But since the people of the world have trampled His covenant in the dust, His righteousness demands that His wrath be poured out upon them. And therefore, to realize to the full His holy covenant, and to make all His new creation His dwelling place, it means that Christ must come out of that temple and make the world fit for a temple of the Almighty. And thus out of that temple comes Christ with a sharp sickle to reap the good harvest portion of His covenant. And thereafter Christ comes again out of that temple with a sharp sickle to cut off all unrighteousness from the earth and to pour out God’s wrath on all the unjust. And thus out of that temple come the seven angels with the seven bowls of the wrath of God. Out of that temple comes the command to empty those vials of wrath. And out of that temple comes the voice that announces that all is finished after the seven vials of wrath have been poured out. And for that same reason we read here that the opening of the temple is followed by “lightnings, and voices, and thunderings, and an earthquake, and great hail”, all of them symbols of judgment. This is the reason why the 5th Angel and the 6th Angel and the 7th Angel are all coming out of the temple of God in heaven. For those who are saved it is a glorious vision, for it signals their deliverance from troubles in this vale of tears. For those who are not saved it is a terrifying vision, for it signals to them that God is righteous, and His righteousness demands retribution for sin, any kind of sin, great or small. And this leads us now to the reaping of the vintage, the grapes of wrath.

#2.       The 6th and the 7th Angel: The Vintage (Rev 14:17-18, 6:9-10, 8:3-4, 9:13, 2Thes 1:8)

Re 14:17  And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

Re 14:18  And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.

Wine or grape juice in the Bible is a symbol of the wrath of God. As such it is a terrifying symbol for

all those who are not saved, and for those who do not understand the mercy and the grace of God. But for those who have been saved it is a beautiful symbol of the love of God for all His elect, for without the cross of Christ, without the wrath of God poured out upon the Savior, there can be no salvation for anyone. And thus, clusters of grapes can represent the unsaved of the world, for God’s wrath has not yet been poured out upon them. This is the symbol that is in view here in Rev 14:18. The Lord Jesus Christ comes out from the altar which is in heaven. We have seen this altar before in Rev 6:9-10 where at the opening of the 5th seal John “saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held,   And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” There we heard how the cry for vengeance came forth from the souls of those who have been slain for the Word of God and for their testimony. Then we also saw this altar in Rev 8:3-4 where at the opening of the 7th seal John saw “another angel came and stood at the altar, having a golden censer; and there was given unto him much incense, that he should offer it with the prayers of all saints upon the golden altar which was before the throne.   And the smoke of the incense, which came with the prayers of the saints, ascended up before God out of the angel’s hand.” And thus we see that the prayers of the saints in Rev 6 are being answered in Rev 8, and again they were being answered in Rev 9:13 when the 200 million horsemen were released from the great river Euphrates where Babylon is. Therefore, when Christ now comes from the altar with the message to reap, it tells us that now all God’s people have been oppressed and have suffered from Antichrist and that the time of vengeance has come. And Christ is the One who will execute this vengeance upon all them that know not God. Christ received authority to execute vengeance upon all mankind, because He earned that right to be their Judge. First He had to endure the equivalent of that penalty of eternal damnation Himself for all the sins of His elect. But after He victoriously arose from the grave the Father bestowed upon Christ the authority over all things in heaven and in earth, and the Father bestowed upon Christ the honor of judging all those whose sins have not been paid at the cross. Then we are also told that Christ, as the 7th Angel, has power over fire. And here the words of 2Thes 1:8 come to mind, where we read that Christ, “In flaming fire is taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ”. Christ avenges the crimes perpetrated on those that are His. He is our Defender and our Avenger. Christ is our Kinsman-Redeemer. He is our Avenger of blood, our nearest Kinsman who will not let the murderers get away. Satan murdered us spiritually in the Garden of Eden, but Christ will ensure that Satan and all his spiritual helpers and all his human helpers will be brought to justice. They will not be able to hide in a city of refuge. And thus we clearly see in Rev 14:17-18 that the reaping which is to be done by the 6th Angel and commanded by the 7th Angel is a reaping of Judgment and Vengeance, whereas the reaping by the 4th and the 5th Angel is done to reap the wheat harvest, which is the rapture of all those who have become saved by grace. So far all is rather simple and clear.

  • The Order of the Harvest and the Vintage (Luke 21:25-26,28, Rev 11:12, John 5:28-29, Joel 3:13, Gen 19:22)

Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel according to Luke, Luke 21:25 (2X). To understand the harvest of the wheat and the reaping of the clusters of the vine of the earth we must understand that in principle there has not yet taken place the process of the Judgment proper. No one of the wicked has yet publicly been arraigned before the Judgment throne of Christ. The only ones who have already been arraigned and judged are the elect of God, who have been judged when Christ was judged and crucified. Remember, this is the essence of the atonement of Christ that we were in Him when He was crucified, and that we died with Him when He died, and that we were raised with Him when He rose from the tomb. But none of the unsaved of the world was interested in this in their lifetime, and thus their sins must still be paid for by themselves. And when we read of the opening of the 6th seal in Rev 6, and when we read about the opening of the 7th seal in Rev 8, and when we read of the blowing of the 7th trumpet in Rev 11, and when we read about the 6th and 7th angel in Rev 14, and when we read about the pouring of the 7th vial in Rev 16, we have still not seen the Judgment throne where everyone is arraigned and judged according to their works. All these are descriptions of God’s dealings in separating the righteous from the wicked. We must not confuse things. There is a difference between God separating the righteous from the wicked and His dealings with the actual Final Judgment.

Now, it is not proper to picture ourselves at this time in history and all of a sudden expect Christ to appear and destroy His enemies and deliver His church. That is not in harmony with Scripture. For example we read in Luke 21:25-26, “And there shall be signs in the sun, and in the moon, and in the stars; and upon the earth distress of nations, with perplexity; the sea and the waves roaring;        Men’s hearts failing them for fear, and for looking after those things which are coming on the earth: for the powers of heaven shall be shaken.” This is not allegorical language. This is plainly God’s interference with cosmic events, and these do not occur instantly, but these take some time to register. And God tells us that the saints will be here almost until the last moment, for we read in verse 28,

Lu 21:28  And when these things begin to come to pass, then look up, and lift up your heads; for your redemption draweth nigh.

When these begin to come to pass, we know that Christ is near. If we are saved, if we are believers who fully trust the Lord in all that He does, we will not be afraid when these things begin to come to pass. The end shall not come at any arbitrary moment. Even though the Lord Jesus said in the parable of the wheat and the tares, “The harvest is at the end of the world”, we still realize that the harvest must be ripe before the end shall come. But the end of the world implies big things and great events. And the question is, “What will be the order of events?” Please turn in your Bibles to the Gospel according to John, John 5:28 (2X). First of all, we can conclude from the text of Rev 14:14-20 that the elect of God, the true believers of the whole counsel of God, will be taken up just before the end. This can also be concluded from Rev 11:12, where the elect of God “ascended up to heaven in a cloud, and their enemies beheld them”. However there will not be much time between the rapture of the saints and the resurrection of the unsaved for Judgment, for we read in John 5:28-29, “Marvel not at this: for the hour is coming, in the which all that are in the graves shall hear his voice,  And shall come forth; they that have done good, unto the resurrection of life; and they that have done evil, unto the resurrection of damnation.” We do not know how short a time there will be between the wheat harvest and the vintage, but it will be a noticeable time, although it will certainly not be 1000 years like the Premillennial people claim it to be. The purpose of the wheat harvest is the gathering of the wheat, not the gathering of the tares or of the chaff. The gathering of the wheat is generally a symbol of the removal of God’s people from the earth, except in the parable of the wheat and the tares in Matthew 13, where the gathering of the wheat refers to the saints entering the NH&NE. Likewise the harvest of the wicked is more than once referred to in the Word of God as the cutting of the grapes and the gathering of them in the winepress to be pressed and trodden. For example we read in Joel 3:13, “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 greatSecondly, the removal of the people of God must be first, because the removal of the wicked is an event in which the people of God may not participate, for the simple reason that it is a manifestation of the wrath of God. Therefore the righteous must be removed first. This agrees with other events that are described in the Bible as pictures of the Last Day. The flood of Noah’s days could not come until Noah and his family were separated and safe within the ark. When God intended to destroy Sodom and Gomorrah and Admah and Zeboim He did not rain down fire and brimstone on those cities until Lot and his two daughters were separated and safe in the town of Zoar. In fact, God said to Lot in Gen 19:22, “Haste thee, escape thither; for I cannot do any thing till thou be come thither.” Please turn again to the Revelation of Jesus Christ, Rev 14:19 (2X). Thirdly, the reaping of the grapes is symbolic of the gathering of the nations into one place. That is its purpose. And the place where they are gathered is:

#3.       The Great Winepress (Rev 14:19-20)

Re 14:19  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.

Re 14:20  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.

It is a place designated as being outside the city, which most likely refers to outside the Holy City. Most likely it will be a place outside this earth. We do not know where that place shall be, but it shall be a place where the wicked shall be resurrected to stand before the Judgment throne and will be sentenced. Certainly the wicked shall not be resurrected on this earth, for Christ and all the saints shall be their judges, and the resurrected saints shall not set their feet on a sin-contaminated earth. Some people imagine that there will be a bloody battle between the nations representing Babylon and the nations representing Gog and Magog, and that they will totally annihilate one another. With modern technology, like the doomsday machine, it is certainly possible for one or more nations to kill off all living beings on this planet. But we must keep in mind that Gog-and-Magog and Babylon are the same group of people, and we must also keep in mind that God does not need the help of nuclear warheads to accomplish His goals. If God performs a multi-miracle by rapturing the saints to an unknown place outside this earth, then it is not logical for God to use natural means to annihilate the wicked. Most likely God will perform another multi-miracle by gathering all the wicked into one place and make them endure the winepress of the wrath of God, and then He will resurrect them and make them stand before the Judgment seat of Christ. Then the scene changes to one of great bloodshed.

  • Behold, a Great Bloodshed (Isa 34:1-10, Rom 9:13, Joel 3:9-17)

What could this mean? Please turn in your Bibles to the Prophecy of Isaiah, Isa 34:1 (2X). You find Isaiah in the middle of your Bibles right after Psalms, and Proverbs, and Ecclesiastes, and Song of Solomon. We have here a passage that seems to parallel the winepress of Rev 14:20. Again a great bloodshed is described, but more information is given to identify this bloodshed.

Isa 34:1-3  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.

Isa 34:4-5  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.      For my sword shall be bathed in heaven: behold, it shall come down upon Idumea, and upon the people of my curse, to judgment.

Isa 34:6  The sword of the LORD is filled with blood, it is made fat with fatness, and with the blood of lambs and goats, with the fat of the kidneys of rams: for the LORD hath a sacrifice in Bozrah, and a great slaughter in the land of Idumea.

Isa 34:7-8  And the unicorns shall come down with them, and the bullocks with the bulls; 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 recompences for the controversy of Zion.

Isa 34:9  And the streams thereof shall be turned into pitch, and the dust thereof into brimstone, and the land thereof shall become burning pitch.

Isa 34:10  It shall not be quenched night nor day; the smoke thereof shall go up for ever: from generation to generation it shall lie waste; none shall pass through it for ever and ever.

In verse 2 God says that His indignation is upon all nations. But in verse 5 God focuses on Idumea, the land of Esau, as representing all the nations. In other words, when God said in Rom 9:13, “Jacob have I loved, but Esau have I hated” God identified all the non-elect as the Esau’s of this world. But then we see in verse 4 when this prophecy shall be fulfilled. It will be when “all the host of heaven shall be dissolved”; in other words it is a vision that will be fulfilled at the end of time. Moreover in verse 8, the time is indicated as the Day of the Lord’s vengeance, and the smoke of Hell, according to verse 10, shall go up forever and ever. And thus, this great bloodshed is identified with eternal damnation in Hell.

Please turn now to the Prophecy of Joel, Joel 3:9 (2X). You find Joel right after the Major Prophets Ezekiel, Daniel, Hosea, Joel. We have here a similar prophecy where all the nations are summoned to the Valley of Jehoshaphat, and where God’s wrath is poured out upon them. We read in Joel 3:9,

Joe 3:9-10  Proclaim ye this among the Gentiles; Prepare war, wake up the mighty men, let all the men of war draw near; let them come up:                Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong.

Joe 3:11-12  Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O LORD.           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.

Joe 3:13-14  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.

Joe 3:15  The sun and the moon shall be darkened, and the stars shall withdraw their shining.

Joe 3:16-17  The LORD also shall roar out of Zion, and utter his voice from Jerusalem; and the heavens and the earth shall shake: but the LORD will be the hope of his people, and the strength of the children of Israel.        So shall ye know that I am the LORD your God dwelling in Zion, my holy mountain: then shall Jerusalem be holy, and there shall no strangers pass through her any more.

Will God really judge all the nations in the valley of Jehoshaphat? Not a chance! There is no evidence that any valley ever actually bore this name. The valley of Jehoshaphat is only a type or a picture of the actual place where the winepress of the wrath of God will be used. And when will this prophecy come to pass? According to verse 15 it will be when this universe comes to an end, when God puts an end to history. And so, what can we conclude concerning the great bloodshed that we saw in Rev 14:20? When will it take place? At the end of time, when God interferes in the affairs of mankind and God causes all the unsaved of the world to be gathered into one place, to stand for judgment.

Let our eyes be fixed on the promise that Christ is our Defender and our Avenger, and let us not be afraid. Christ is our King, and He rules now and forever. He that sits in the heavens shall laugh at the feeble opposition of mankind. It is ridiculous how man tries to be wiser than God, and how man tries to come up with gospels that are better than the Gospel of the Bible. Be careful for whose gospel you are listening to. Let no one, then, take our crown; but may we be found faithful even unto the end.

AMEN.                 Let us turn to the Lord in prayer.