v14: A reference to the Second Coming of Messiah Yeshua (not to be confused with the rapture – the rapture/blessed hope is a different event, and happens some time before Yeshua’s second coming).
v16 This is an image of Messiah Yeshua separating out His covenant people – like a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats (Matt 25v31-33)
v18: An altar refers to sacrifice or judgement. Death takes place upon the altar.
- G-d promised that He would never again destroy the earth with water (Gen 9v11). When He brings about destruction, through His wrath, He is going to do so with fire. Fire refines, purifies and removes impurities (2 Pt 3v10-13).
- Wine comes from grapes. Wine is related to judgement, but, in Judaism, wine is also associated with joy. Here we see that G-d is pleased to finally deal with sin. Pleased to destroy all evilness and wickedness in this world. The judgement of sin is going to bring about joy. (i.e. The establishment of G-d’s Kingdom).
v19: Who tramples this winepress? See Isaiah 63v1-6
v20: This judgement took place outside the city (of Jerusalem). In the parable of the ten virgins the foolish ones were left outside (Matthew 25v1-13).
- 1600 furlongs is about 180 miles
Revelation is about understanding the person of Messiah. He impacts our lives so that we can worship Him, and so that our lives become living sacrifices, that are well pleasing to Him.