Edom First, Then Jerusalem

Q. Isaiah 63 tells us about Jesus destroying Edom, when you compare this with Revelation 19:11-16 it almost sounds like Jesus does this before he brings the armies out of heaven. Am I just reading this wrong?

A. Isaiah 63 shows the Lord coming from Edom, having apparently been engaged in battle there. In verse 2 He’s asked, “Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the wine press?

In verse 3 He replies. “I have trodden the winepress alone; from the nations no one was with me. I trampled them in my anger and trod them down in my wrath; their blood spattered my garments, and I stained all my clothing.”

Then in Rev 19:13 we read, “He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God.” And verse 15 adds, “He treads the wine press of the fury of the wrath of God Almighty.”

From this comparison it seems clear that upon His return, the Lord first sees to the safety of the remnant of Israel in the desert, and then comes to Jerusalem to defeat the anti-Christ.

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