When most people think of God they think of someone who is loving and kind. In fact, they would have difficulties of thinking of him as an angry God. To them God cannot be both kind and angry. It’s impossible! Yet the sacred Scriptures speaks of not only a loving and kind God but an angry God.
To be consistent with Holy Writ we must present both sides of God. I’m sure that if you were to search a Bible concordance you’d be surprised at how many times the inspired writers attributed anger to God.
John in his towering letter to the seven churches and the church in general would not be out done. He too paints a vivid picture of the anger and wrath of a holy God.
After that, another angel came from the Temple in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. Then another angel, who had power to destroy with fire, came from the altar. He shouted to the angel with the sharp sickle, “Swing your sickle now to gather the clusters of grapes from the vines of the earth, for they are ripe for judgment.” So the angel swung his sickle over the earth and loaded the grapes into the great winepress of God’s wrath. The grapes were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress in a stream about 180 miles long and as high as a horse’s bridle. (Rev 14:17-20, NLTse, emphasis added)
In Scripture wine was sometimes called “the blood of grapes” (Gen 49:11; Deut 32:14). You see, around August or September workers collected ripe grapes in baskets and placed them in long wooden or stone troughs. Then, often to the rhythm of a flutist, the workers trampled the grapes into juice with their feet. This is the imagery before us. This is the imagery that God adopted to convey the outpouring of the fury of his wrath against his enemies. This is the stark reality of what is to come. This is a close-up of God’s wrath.
We must deal with it and not attempt to explain it away. Such reasoning will proved to be futile in the end. Instead we should come to the realization that what the sage John was led to write, was exactly what God himself wanted us to read.
The vivid imagery of the winepress of God’s wrath brings him glory.