12 This calls for the endurance of the saints, who keep God’s commandments and keep faith with Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this: Favored are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so they can rest from their labors, because their deeds follow them.” 14 Then I looked, and there was a white cloud. On the cloud was seated someone who looked like the Human One. He had a gold crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 15 Another angel came out of the temple, calling in a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud: “Use your sickle to reap the harvest, for the time to harvest has come, and the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested. 17 Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. 18 Still another angel, who has power over fire, came out from the altar. He said in a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Use your sharp sickle to cut the clusters in the vineyard of the earth, because its grapes are ripe.” 19 So the angel swung his sickle into the earth, and cut the vineyard of the earth, and he put what he reaped into the great winepress of God’s passionate anger. 20Then the winepress was trampled outside the city, and the blood came out of the winepress as high as the horses’ bridles for almost two hundred miles. (Revelation 14:12-20, CEB)
He put what he reaped into the great winepress of God’s passionate anger? What is that?
But did you notice the 2 harvests? First, there is an angel who calls for the one on the cloud to use their sickle to reap the harvest and they swung their sickle over the earth and the earth was harvested. Then another angel comes out of the temple and also has a sickle, and then another angel with power over fire came out and said to the angel with the sickle to cut the clusters in the vineyard of the earth. And it was done.
What does all this mean?
And why is there blood flowing from the winepress as high as horses’ bridles and for almost 200 miles? That is a lot of blood.
Sometimes, I have to be honest, I read passages like this and go, “what does this mean?” God, I really don’t get anything out of this. I want to think that it’s because we have taken this passage out of context. It could also be because this is from Revelation and that book is always a bit confusing. We read it as an end-times narrative, and maybe it is, but it is a vision of what is and what will be and we can not read it as a this is going to happen.
The part I got out of this passage for today is, Favored are the dead who died in the Lord. Be favored and follow Christ, so you will be one of the dead in the Lord.