The "white cloud" is pictured as being "white"
to the Lords people because they are above this time of trouble. Those in the world
see it as ominous and dark and forbidding. Also this "cloud" redounds to
Gods glory because it is brought about by his righteous judgments.
One other thought emerges here. There is only "one sickle"
referred to as being thrust in by the angel of vs. 17 to reap the vine of the earth, but
two angels figure into this one work [vs. 18, one from the altar with power over fire].
Much of Bro. Russell's writings do come into play here along with some additional
understanding or clarifications on Revelation [coals from off the altar]. Notice a
combination of a sickle and fire from the altar. This shows a harvest of the vine of the
earth as well as fiery judgments.
The Sinaitic manuscript gives the distance as 1200 furlongs
instead of 1600 furlongs as the King James Version renders it. While the
manuscript is detritus at this point, it is more likely 1200 than 1600 furlongs.
A furlong is about one-tenth of a mile. Strangely enough we find the
distance between Bozrah, where our Lord is pictured as treading the winepress (Isaiah
63:1-6), and Jezreel, where Jezebel was thrown from the window and trodden under the
horses feet, is 120 miles or 1200 furlongs.
This shows how both type and prophecy are fulfilled. Jezebel being a
type of the false church and her awful death typed the death of the false religious
The treading of the winepress as prophesied [in Isaiah 63:1-6]
is also fulfilled with equal truthfulness. Hence in this picture we have graphically shown
the complete destruction of Christendom as shown in the Scriptures.
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