The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 14:14–20)

This entry is part 36 of 52 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary

John again looked and saw Christ (cf. 1:13) with a sickle, sharpened for the painful judgment to follow (14:14). Relaying orders from the Father, another angel (a fourth; cf. 14:6, 8, 9) instructed Christ to reap the earth of its harvest, wicked man in the prime of his evil (14:15). So, Christ did so and was joined by an angel (a fifth) with another sharp sickle (14:16–17). Yet another angel (a sixth), designated as the one with authority over the fire (cf. 8:3–5; 16:8–9), commanded the fifth angel to join the harvest and reap the earth’s vineyard with his sickle (14:18). He did so, bringing about a sea of blood as high as a horse’s bridle and as far as 200 miles long (14:19–20).

 Old Testament in the New 

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
14:14 Dan 7:13 One like a son of man is pictured on the clouds.
14:18 Joel 3:13 There is a command to use the sickle to harvest  evil in its ripeness and put it in the winepress, both pictures of the wrath of God.
14:19 Isa 63:1–6 God tramples the wicked, leaving much blood as the result of trampling upon them in the winepress of His wrath.
14:20 Joel 3:13 The winepress, now full, is trodden.

 A Parting Thought

Christ Himself is active with His angels in administering divine wrath upon mankind, now at its full with sin. May we be grateful that this wrath is not for us and that the world is not yet as wicked as it one day shall be.

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