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Let Go of the Dang Door!

Twister

Remember the opening scene in Twister? When the dad held onto the door of the storm cellar (or was it a root cellar?) and got carried away by a tornado?

“Let go of the door!” I shout whenever I watch that movie. “Let go of the dang door and get down there with your family!”

That scene always exasperates me because that little girl’s dad didn’t have to be swept away. I know it adds to the drama, to the heroine’s motive for chasing storms, but it still makes me mad. Except today. Today it’s coming in kind of handy.

I’ve been pondering how to explain the compatibility of God’s love and wrath to a bunch of high school students. And it occurred to me.

In Revelation 14 it says, ‘Take your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from the earth’s vine, because its grapes are ripe.’  The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. They were trampled in the winepress outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press, rising as high as the horses’ bridles for a distance of 1,600 stadia.”

We assume that evil people are being harvested and thrown into the winepress  because  of all the blood.

But what if evil is the only intended harvest?

What if “they”, the grapes = evil, not evil people?

Those who cling to the evil that is being harvested, who refuse to let go of it, end up in the winepress. Like bugs clinging to grapes, they get unintentionally swept up in the harvest. Like dads clinging to storm cellar doors.

I’m liking that possibility. It’s compatible with God’s character. It goes with His aim to save us. It goes with His desire that none should perish. I can see love in His wrath against evil. I can see Him thoroughly rooting it out because evil hurts all of us – those who love Him, and those who don’t.

Plus it goes with what He said back in Genesis 3 – that He was going to crush Satan’s head (like a grape).

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9 thoughts on “Let Go of the Dang Door!

  1. theancients says:

    Amen! my sister. I like the way you think.

    One of my mentors in his writings on the single eye (Matt 6:22-23 & Matt 18:9-10) had this profound statement that indelibly impacted me:

    “All mankind will ultimately go back through the passage way at the east of the garden of Eden where the fiery sword and the cherubim are. If we seek the Lord now and are baptized in fire, we become single eyed and our body is set on a path that leads to transfiguration and our body becomes full of light. On the other hand, those that dawdle and remain two eyed will continue on their merry way until the end of this age is rolled up like a scroll. Then, the procrastinators will be forced to take the only passage out which is through the fire. What is for us the baptism of fire, becomes a “hell fire” for them as they are suddenly forced to face their own carnality. For if we seek the Lord now, the refining process is a more gradual one and when it is completed, we will welcome rather than dread the end of this age. But, in any case, the objective of the process is to free man from his carnality, not to destroy him. For it is the carnality that is to be burned up root and branch.”

    Those 2 last lines I believe (correct me if I’m wrong) is exactly as your understanding of harvesting and winepress – the removal of evil… freedom from carnality.

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    • That’s an interesting statement. It somewhat fits my sister’s final days. You are correct that those last two lines match what I am thinking about the harvesting and the winepress. I wouldn’t call it an understanding though.

      I took a quick look at Revelation 22 after I read the statement you shared. I’ve always enjoyed the thought of Jesus leading us triumphantly past those cherubim with the fiery swords back to the tree of life, where we “will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, for the Lord God will give [us] light.” I wanted to see what the chapter said about the who and how.

      Jesus said:

      “Blessed are those who wash their robes, that they may have the right to the tree of life and may go through the gates into the city. Outside are the dogs, those who practice magic arts, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.”

      If your mentor was saying that some of us have our robes washed gently by the gradual sanctifying work of the Holy Spirit and others wash their robes only after tribulation, then I agree. Revelation 7:14 says “These are they who have come out of the great tribulation; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.

      But if he was saying that no one goes to hell, I’m not so sure.

      “Outside are the dogs” makes me wonder whether everyone gets past those fiery swords one way or the other.

      A few verses later He said, “Come!” And let the one who hears say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come; and let the one who wishes take the free gift of the water of life.”

      Everyone is welcome to partake of life, but the “let everyone who wishes” implies that not everyone wishes.

      I do believe it is the removal of evil/freedom from carnality that God is after, and not the destruction of people. But I am not convinced, as some are, that no one goes to hell.

      In chapters 14-16 God patiently, graciously, lovingly lays it out for the beast worshipers. He pours out plague after plague to show people what an existence apart from Him will be like. “Is this really what you want?,” He seems to ask. I’ve often wondered why God didn’t lay it out for Adam when He said, “Don’t eat from this one tree or you will die.” Why He didn’t explain to him all the ramifications of that warning since Adam had no experience with death at that point. Maybe He did and Scripture just didn’t record it. But here. in Revelation 14 – 16 He IS laying it out. Making it crystal clear what they are choosing and yet, Scripture says, they still curse Him and refuse to repent. Mind boggling. And yet look at Satan. He has lived in the glory of heaven. He knows what he is missing, he knows where he is heading, and yet his pride won’t let him turn back.

      I believe there likely will be stubborn, prideful grape-clingers who end up in the winepress. But God certainly doesn’t want them to.

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      • theancients says:

        You did such a phenomenal job in explaining here, I think you’ve explained my position better than I could articulate it.

        I do not believe in universal salvation. I do believe however God is not as rigid as ‘we’ portray Him.

        Your point about those cursing & refusing to repent, coupled with Satan and his pride brings me back to one of the biggest mysteries of Scripture for me and why I agree with you.
        [I believe mysteries can be known… they’re just deeply layered, so there’s always much more to be discovered].

        Genesis 3:15 says: “And I will put enmity between you and the woman, And between your seed and her seed;

        Matthew 13:38 Scripture speaks of the seed/children of the evil one.

        He answered, “The one who sows the good seed is the Son of Man, 38 and the field is the world; and [as for] the good seed, these are the sons of the kingdom; and the weeds are the sons of the evil one; 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the devil, and the harvest is the end of the age; and the reapers are angels.

        I find it mind boggling. Do you read it as such – that the evil one has his own children living and growing amongst us.

        Thanks for sharing such great insights.

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        • Yes, I believe it is certainly possible that the evil one has his own children. And I have always read the verses you cited that way.

          I looked at Matthew 13:38 using a Greek lexicon. The word translated as “seed” denotes literal offspring “the product of semen, seed, children, offspring, progeny” the word translated as “son” is generally used for offspring, but it is also used to denote a follower.

          So whether his children are literal offspring or whether they are merely followers I don’t know. It occurs to me that a follower of the evil one could choose to turn and follow Jesus. Offspring, on the other hand, would have prideful rebellion in their DNA.

          P.S. Yay for getting that Scrabble monkey off your back. 🙂

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