In Revelation 14:17-20, one of these angels comes from the temple and has charge of 4 the fire that comes from the altar.
This would seem to link with Revelation 8:3-5 where we have an angel offering the prayers of God’s people.
These prayers are the prayers of God’s oppressed people throughout history, for deliverance and judgment upon their enemies, as expressed in the sixth seal (see Revelation 6:9-11).
Consequently, the wicked are pictured as being gathered, cast into a wine press and crushed (see also Revelation 19:13).
They are trampled outside the city—the saints of Christ or the church.
This is the language of Joel 3:12-16 now applied to the church at the end-time. In Revelation 11:2, we have seen how the wicked trod the church underfoot for 42 months.
Now they are trodden underfoot while the church is protected by God’s seal.
The blood rises out of the press to the height of a horse’s bridle and as long as 1600 stadia or 300 kilometres (180 miles).
That distance is roughly the length of Palestine from north to south. The symbolism probably means that the whole earth is the battlefield.
Judgment and Deliverance
Revelation 14 makes it clear that just before God’s judgments are executed on the earth there will be a call from God for people to choose which side they are on.
This message will be in the form of the proclamations of the three angels.
It is a call for people to stop sitting on the fence.
In many respects, it echoes the call given by Elijah on Mount Carmel:
“If the Lord is God, follow Him; but if Baal is God, follow him” (1 Kings 18:21).