Revelation 14:18 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 14:18, NIV: "Still another angel, who had charge of the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, 'Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth's vine, because its grapes are ripe.'"

Revelation 14:18, ESV: "And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.”"

Revelation 14:18, KJV: "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."

Revelation 14:18, NASB: "Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, 'Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.'"

Revelation 14:18, NLT: "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.'"

Revelation 14:18, CSB: "Yet another angel, who had authority over fire, came from the altar, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, "Use your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the vineyard of the earth, because its grapes have ripened.""

What does Revelation 14:18 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

Another angel, who has control over fire, emerges from the altar. John reports that this angel shouted to the angel with the sickle to use his sickle to harvest fully ripe grapes from earth's vine.

This passage carries several layers of symbolism. The original language portrays the grapes as mature and full of juice. Perhaps the reference to mature, juicy grapes indicates the wickedness of unbelievers has reached its peak or perhaps it points to the wicked rich who live luxuriously in the kingdom of the beast. Either way, the days of sinful indulgence are coming quickly to an end. Psalm 73:18–20 describes the wicked rich as they feel God's hand of judgment upon them. The passage says: "Truly you set them in slippery places; you make them fall to ruin. How they are destroyed in a moment, swept away utterly by terrors! Like a dream when one awakes, O Lord, when you rouse yourself, you despise them as phantoms."

Upcoming verses will continue the symbolic—and graphic—use of grapes to depict the results of God's judgment on sin during the end times.