And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 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 14:17-20.

Part II
by Brother Emerson A. Wilson

Grapes Of Gall
The Revelation said that "her grapes are fully ripe." The song of Moses said that "their grapes are grapes of gall." The "grapes of gall" is an expression of people who have no real experience with God.

In Acts, Chapter 8, Simon thought he could buy the power to give the Holy Ghost to people. Verses 20-23 tell us, But Peter said unto him, Thy money perish with thee, because thou hast thought that the gift of God may be purchased with money. Thou hast neither part nor lot in this matter: for thy heart is not right in the sight of God. Repent therefore of this thy wickedness, and pray God, if perhaps the thought of thine heart may be forgiven thee. For I perceive that thou art in the gall of bitterness, and in the bond of iniquity.

I want you to see that false religion is loaded down with people who have never been born again. Certainly, we want all the sinners you can bring in, but we are not going to bring a sinner in and make a Sunday School teacher out of him (or her); we knowingly are not going to bring a sinner in and let him lead the choir or sing in the choir; we are not going to have a sinner stand behind the pulpit and preach. In false religion today, however, preachers are standing there, as Jude said, and foaming out their own shame by saying, "I sin every day." Well, if they sin every day, they are still in the gall of bitterness and the bond of iniquity; they do have have lot or part in The Church of the Living God. So, her grapes are fully ripe; they are the grapes of gall.

Let us read Joel 3:12,13: Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down; for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. (The word Jehoshaphat means "judgment".) When God brings us to preliminary judgment, He is doing it in love. If He would let us go on to a final judgment without this preliminary judgment, many would be lost. Through His love and concern, though, He gives us the preliminary judgment, or a chance to see our true condition while there is still life, time, and opportunity to do something about it.

Revelation 14:19 says, 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. I want to make it plain again that this is not a final judgment, because a man is doing it. This was an angel, a messenger, who took the sickle and cast the vine of the earth into the winepress of the wrath of God. This is symbolic talk, merely telling us that the Word of God will put the pressure on you. The Word of God will see what is in you.

The Winepress
The winepress consisted of an upper vat and a lower vat, with a screen inbetween. The grapes were put in the upper vat, and then they were trampled. As they were trampled on (by people), the juice (the fruit of the vine) went down through the screen and into the lower vat. When you get around where the preacher is taking the sickle and putting you in the winepress, you are liable to get trampled on. You are liable to get some pressure put on you, and you are liable to get screened.

God uses the same Word to bring about unity. Isaiah 2:2 tells us, And it shall come to pass in the last days, that the mountain of the Lord's house shall be established in the top of the mountains, and shall be exalted above the hills; and all nations shall flow unto it. God brings about unity the same way He separates. Let's say that we are Christians, and He puts us into the winepress and treads the winepress. Brothers and Sisters, if we are truly Christians, the fruit of the vine will flow out. He liquidizes us, as it were, into real unity.

When you get into real unity, you will find that we lose our fleshly recognition. Paul said, in II Corinthians 5:16, Wherefore henceforth know we no man after the flesh... In salvation, we are brought through an experience where we are all baptized by ONE Spirit into ONE BODY, the Church of the Living God (the body of Christ). Well, God puts us in the winepress and puts the pressure on us. If we are not grapes of gall, if we are good, sweet grapes, nothing but sweetness will come out of us. If you squeeze an old sponge, you only get out of it what is in it!

In Isaiah 63:3 we read that Jesus has ...trodden the winepress alone; and...there was none with me... Why? He was God's only Begotten Son. All men were in sin until He came, but when He shed His blood on Calvary's Cross, ascended and sent the Holy Ghost, He perfected (completed) a plan of salvation whereby people can be holy.

He now has people to help Him tread the winepress of the wrath of God. We studied in the last message about people who will stand the Spirit of judgment and the Spirit of burning. Isaiah 62:12 tells us, And they shall call them, The holy people, The redeemed of the Lord: and thou shalt be called, Sought out, A city not forsaken.

I do not want you to lose the thought that this is the winepress of the wrath of God. In other words, this is the part of the preaching of the Bible that reveals things which stir God's wrath, things which God definitely hates. Many things are highly applauded today, but when they are put in the winepress of the wrath of God, they begin to show forth what is really there. In Deuteronomy 32:35, God said, To me belongeth vengeance and recompence...

What is God actually putting in the winepress here? Something that claims to be God's church. All these abominable idolatries, all these images built to the beast, say they are all God's church. Well, God puts them in the winepress and puts the squeeze on to see what comes out. If they are really God's church, they can stand the Word. There will be nothing about the Word that crosses them up. There will be nothing about the Word that makes them bitter. There is no Christian anywhere who gets bitter at the Word. If you get bitter at the Word, there is something the matter with YOU, not the Word of God! This is the message that God is trying to get to you. When God puts a Christian in the winepress of His Word, if he is part of the true vine, Jesus Christ, then the fruit of the Spirit, the fruit of the vine, will flow out. If he is not, something else will happen.

"Without The City"
Let us go just a little further. Revelation 14:20 tells us, And the winepress was trodden without the city... Here He is speaking about that great city, Babylon, the vine of earth. It is trodden without the city because you cannot preach these messages in Babylon. Why? It would put them out of business!

Paul said in Hebrews 13:8-12,
Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever. Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein. We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle. For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp. Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
The priests could eat the bodies of some sacrifices. After they killed the sacrifice and shed its blood, they lived on the meat of the sacrifice, except for the sacrifice that the high priest killed as a sin offering--it could not be eaten. It had to be carried without the camp and burnt up. That is a type of Christ; He was our sin offering. He is The LAMB of God that takes away the sin of the world, and we can eat of our sacrifice. Back then, they could not partake of the sin offering, but our sin offering, The LAMB, says, ...Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you. John 6:53. Not only did He lay down His life to redeem us, not only did He shed His blood to cleanse us, but He ever lives for us to partake of His life. You eat His flesh when you eat His Word, and you drink His blood when you drink into His Spirit.

In Hebrews 13:12,13, Paul said, Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. As the perfect type of the offering for sin, Christ went without the city of Jerusalem, on Calvary's Hill, to die alone. He did it without the camp, or without the city.

Paul therefore tells us, Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach. For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come. Hebrews 13:13,14. In Babylon (false religion) you have no continuing city. You look for no one to come. Every human organization is looking for a millennium; they are looking for this city to come.

You and I have come to the truth, according to the 12th Chapter of Hebrews, have already come to that continuing city, the one that Abraham looked for. Where have we come? Unto the knowledge of truth. I don't just mean having the understanding--it's one thing to receive the knowledge of truth and another thing to "come into it". The Word of God will get the message to you of where you truly belong; then it is another thing for you to have the right attitude and be submissive enough to move accordingly to the knowledge of truth which God has given you.

"In Her Was Found...Blood"
What came out of the winepress when the vine of the earth was pressed? Had they really been the fruit of the vine, there would have been juice come out, but when He put those "professing" Christians into the winepress, blood came out instead. According to Joel 3:13, the reason blood came out was because their wickedness was great. The second reason blood came out when the vine of the earth (Babylon) was put in the winepress of God's Word was because her sins had reached unto heaven (Revelation 18:5). Revelation 18:24 tells us, And in her was found the blood of prophets, and of saints, and of all that were slain upon the earth.

False religion won't own that they are the same organization which killed the prophets. Roman Catholicism won't own the fact that she is the same organization which killed sixty to ninety million Christians, but she is the same. It all has been covered up, but all you have to do is put her in the winepress of God's eternal Word, and the guilt will show up. When He put this vine of earth in the winepress of the wrath of God, instead of the sweetness of the fruit of the vine coming out, blood came out; glood guiltiness, the guilt of killing the prophets, the guilt of slaying the saints.

There is much hypocrisy going on in religion today that is well covered up, but Jesus knows all about it. When you get around where the truth is declared, Jesus is going to tell you all about it. Whether it's in your individual life or in the organization you are in, you'll hear about it.

In Matthew, the 23rd chapter, we have a picture of Jesus dealing with this very thing in the Scripture: Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! because ye build the tombs of the prophets, and garnish the sepulchres of the righteous, And say, If we had been in the days of our fathers, we would not have been partakers with them in the blood of the prophets. False religion purports the same thing today, but what did Jesus say? Wherefore ye be witnesses unto yourselves, that ye are the children of them which killed the prophets. Matthew 23:31. Those people were garnishing the sepulchres of those of their past, saying they wouldn't have killed them, yet they were witnesses to themselves because they had the same spirit their fathers possessed. It is the same spirit that exists yet today.

In the next verse, He said, Fill ye up then the measure of your fathers. Matthew 23:32. How were they witnesses against themselves? They were rising up against Him, and in a few days, they were going to kill Him, the Only Begotten Son of God. How does it go on today? I don't leave it all in Catholicism--it goes on right in the reformation movement. They garnish the sepulchres of past reformers, and fight God's ministers of today. They are witnesses against themselves.

You can always tell hypocrisy: it praises God's men of past ages, and has no use for God's men of today. Jesus, the Son of God, preached to these hypocrites, and they said, "Abraham is our father." Jesus answered them, "If ye were Abraham's children, ye would do the works of Abraham." (John 8:39). The hypocrisy of religion today is always supposedly praising the holy men of past ages, but they don't really love them. If they did, they would take them for an example and follow their teachings.

The Governing Power
Revelation 14:20 says, ...blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles... Oh, what a Scripture for millennialists to take off with. They tell us that in the "Battle of Armageddon", there will be such a slaughter that the blood will run in the streets--clear up to the horses' bridles. Friends, first of all, there is no such day coming. The "Battle of Armageddon" is in a heated stage right now, in its most deceptive period. We are in that most deceptive time. Jesus said that if it were possible, the very elect will be deceived in these days (Matthew 24:24).

When John talked about the blood running up to the horse bridles, we must not go out of the Revelation. He is referring to the symbolic horses of the Revelation: the red, black and gray horses. The Revelation shows the red horse symbolizing Paganism in another way that came against Christianity.

The True Church is symbolized as going forth on a white horse. He that sat on him had a bow in His hand. The bow is a symbol of the new covenant. Just as God made a covenant with Noah when He hung the bow in the sky, He here is making a covenant with a lost and dying world: if you will repent and confess your sins, I will forgive and save you. Then the red horse came against her, then the black horse and then the gray horse. Death and hell followed that apostasy, or the gray horse.

Now, the blood came up to the horse bridles of the red, black and gray horses. Why did it come up there? Rome said she didn't kill the Christians. Protestantism said she didn't kill the Christians. Both of them say the empire, or the civil forces, did it. Yes, my friends, the civil forces carried it out, but just as the horse's bridle governs the horse, even so the church governed the civil powers and gave the dictation for the killing to be done.

James said, Behold, we put bits in the horses' mouths, that they may obey us; and we turn about their whole body. James 3:3. Even so, when the blood ran out, the guiltiness of the blood which had been shed came up to the horse bridles, letting us know that the horse may have done the warfare, but the bridle was the guiding force. Rome and false religion are hiding today. They say that the woman is riding the beast. It is true that the eighth beast is ferocious, but the woman is riding, guiding and controlling it.

Revelation 14:20 says that the blood flowed out for sixteen hundred furlongs. That's 150 miles in American measurements. When we think of 150 miles in length, and remember that even as it is long, it is immense. It takes a wide area. This thing in the sight of God is terrible. This blood reaches from the time that martyrdom began all the way up to our day. It is not only long, but it is immense, or wide. God isn't getting excited over some little thing.

I am not saying that everybody in Protestantism has that spirit; I am talking about the spirit of the system. The Bible says if you stay there, according to Revelation 18, you'll get that spirit. God has good people in some of those organizations, where there has been enough truth preached for a man to get saved. In Revelation 18:4, He calls them "His people" and says, ...Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues. God not only would have all men to be saved, but He also would have all men to come to a knowledge of the truth. You will know the truth and the truth will make you free!

I want to say again, as I said in the very beginning: we need to know who our enemies are. In the military, before we went overseas, we had to study all kinds of airplanes so we wouldn't shoot at our own. The enemy would paint their planes just like ours! They wanted to come right in our area and make everybody think they were American planes, then bomb us. We had to study what our enemy looked like, what kind of uniforms he wore, and all about him.

Now, this is all God is doing. You may feel it is wasted time, but God is doing you a favor. Everybody out there who "claims" to be a Christian is NOT a child of God. Some of them are deceived, and some of them are deceivers. Some of them are in darkness as to what the truth is. All of them need to be prayed for, treated right, loved, and helped. Reach every one you can, but friends, we need to understand what kind of a system is working against us. We need to take a look at it as God looks at it. For too long, we have formed our own conclusions about too many things. Or we have blindly followed along with what has become mere "tradition" and ritual instead of seeking the Lord and His wisdom. We can profess what we want, but it is how we stand up against the straight Word of God that determines what we really have or do not have.

Are You Bound Or Free?
This Word of Truth will loose you. When Jesus gave the disciples the keys to the kingdom, He said, And I will give unto thee the keys of the kingdom of heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt bind on earth shall be bound in heaven: and whatsoever thou shalt loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven. Matthew 16:19. In the 20th chapter of John, He said, hose soever sins ye remit, they are remitted unto them; and whose soever sins ye retain, they are retained.

A lot of people say the disciples had a special power. No sir. The Gospel is the power that remits man's sins or leaves him bound in them. He gave them the Gospel to preach. It binds and it loosens; it remits or it leaves you in the sad condition that you're in. I'm glad to tell you that the Gospel can still loose you. It makes no difference how bound you are: the Gospel can still loose you if you are ready to meet His teachings and humble yourself before the Word of God, allowing it to work in your heart and life the way that God sees fit.

God is love, and there is no love like the love of God. But let me tell you something: there is no wrath to be felt or seen like there is when love turns to wrath. You can talk all you want, but God is stirred more deeply by religious conditions than He is with the filth and corruption that is going on in the streets of our cities.

When Jesus walked here on earth, He met people bound with legions of devils and deep in sin. He had compassion on them and delivered them. On the other hand, when He confronted the hypocrites, fire got in His eyes. He became so stirred one time that He took a whip and ran them clear out of His Father's house! There is a nother side to the story. May God help us to know that our lives are free from hypocrisy.

Make your commitment. Give up to God and let Him take over your life to the place that you have power over fire where you can stand on the sea of glass mingled with fire. God expects you to reflect the truth of God's Word out from your life, as you stand on the sea of glass mingled with fire and rejoice in God's goodness.

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