The ending of Revelation, chapter 14, is very intense. So much so, that we need to understand the meaning for us to realize how much so. What we know is Jesus is finally seen in the clouds with a golden grown on His head, along with a sharp sickle. This indicates His great power and authority over the earth. It is at this time that Jesus will come and cast judgment upon the wicked that are still living. As we will see in these verses, His judgments are swift and immediate. Because He is just, the wicked are found out and destroyed. Therefore, to not follow Him is very unwise. But then we see an angel also coming out of the temple in heaven with his own sharp sickle, ready to fight. We will see what the angels do to the wicked with the vials that are poured out upon them in Revelation, chapter 16. These verses read, “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. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.” (Revelation 14:14-17) This is just the beginning of Jesus’s judgments upon the wicked.
As we continue to read, we learn about people who were part of the vine of the earth, which the grapes were ripe. This sounds like a gathering of good people here, but it is not. This is when people will begin to gather in war against Jesus and His angels in Armageddon, while attacking Israel. As we know, people that fight against God will never win out. And this time, much blood will be spilled, even to the point of a blood bath in the suburbs of Jerusalem. Where it will extend 200 miles. Wow! We see this in the coming verses. “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. 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 14:18-20) Please know that Jesus means business. Anybody who thinks they can fight against Him will be destroyed in this life and the next. He is our King and will always triumph over the evil forces of this world. It is my prayer that if you are around at this time, that You are on God’s side. Salvation is for those who love and follow Jesus with true faith.
Let us pray:
Oh Lord, I pray that anybody who thinks they can fight against You will repent before it is too late. It is hard to believe that anybody could ever feel this way, but I know that they are out there in the millions. People who will fight against You at any beck and call. This is so terrible to even think about, for I know that in Your coming they will see their swift destruction first hand. Nobody is mightier than You, God. People can think of themselves so highly, but in a second they are humbled before You. Lord, this wickedness that I see in this world is growing worse every day. Even to the point of protecting my kids from it is getting harder and harder as time goes on. It is so sick and wrong to see teachers and people in the news twist what is evil, in order to make it appear good. Even tomorrow, I’ll be out in the harvest preaching the good news of the gospel at an LGBTQ Pride Festival. In saying this, I pray that You will be with me and help me reach these wicked people with the truth. Lord, open their eyes to their blatant sins, of which Your wrath is upon. I pray that they don’t have to go through the ending of the great tribulation, where they will be destroyed by Your might hand. Deadly vials will be poured out upon them by angels. This will happen very quickly, where no person can hide. Surely, You know exactly where we are at all times in our lives. You can see our thoughts, our intentions, and our actions. Help me to resist temptation and do Your will, that I might shine Your light continually. I love You, Lord. Amen.