Read: Rev 14:1-20
So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and loaded the grapes into the great winepress of God’s wrath. Revelation 14:19
Here, God is using the imagery of grapes as the harvest of all people at the end of the age. He makes it clear that there will be a judgment and that those who rejected His son will be punished under His wrath.
The Bible talks of God’s amazing love for people, but also of God’s wrath against sin. We love the love/grace side of God, but the reality of God’s judgment and wrath against sin is harder to embrace.
The Bible is clear – even in the cryptic prophetic imagery of the book of Revelation. There is a judgment coming, and an accountability for our lives.
Those who choose Jesus, in faith and deed, will be covered, forgiven and sheltered from God’s wrath. But those who reject Him are destined for pain and eternal separation from God. The imagery in the book of Revelation is tumultuous and frightening and so it will be when we reach the end if we are not in Christ.
The question for all of us is… where are you with Jesus? Have you not only asked Him to be your Savior, but have you made Him Lord of your life. Is He really in charge, your highest priority, your greatest desire – to the point that you would remain faithful to Him even through persecution and death?
Today, in the Middle East, Christians are going to their deaths, refusing to compromise their faith in Jesus. Are you that in? For those of us in America, we’ve had it so easy in matters of faith for so long that the idea of suffering for our faith, of facing real persecution or even death is hard to get our heads around. Yet those times will come and, in fact, are here in some parts of the world.
The time for half hearted faith is over, for the grapes of wrath will be squeezed. Choose this day to go all in for Jesus.
Lord – let me be found faithful in the end. Today I choose you, Jesus, to be not only my Savior, but my Lord. You are first and I am second. In Jesus’ name, amen.