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A Thousand and Six Hundred Furlongs

The book of Revelation is an intriguing message from God to His servant John. The mystery of the Great Harvest is clear, tribulations will surely occur, but how many of God’s children will be harvested? In this article, we intend to find out mathematically.


According to the book of Revelation, the following will occur at a future time:

Revelation 14:17-20
17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

18 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.

19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.

20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

Here we read a very cryptic passage about a very bloody ending for God’s children. We know that this passage concerns God’s children, because it is talking about the gathering of fruits, so why does the Angel toss the fruit into a proverbial winepress?

Because it is symbolism for how God’s children will die. We know that they will be rounded up and murdered because in verse 19 it speaks about the gathering and the sacrifice.

What is most interesting about this passage is that by stating, “by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs” it provides to us the necessary information needed to calculate two things: 1) How much blood is needed to span across a distance of ~200 miles and 2) How many people would it require to produce approximately that much blood.

Therefore, in the end, when tribulations are upon us, we are able to calculate an approximate number of those martyred in the name of our Lord, Jesus Christ! However, what we discover is a value significantly lower than we had originally imagined, which is sad.

A Thousand and Six Hundred Furlongs

In case you are curious, 1600 furlongs is approximately 200 miles. Knowing this information allows us to calculate the approximate total gallons of blood needed to cover a distance of ~200 miles. We must approximate two more important factors: 1) The width of the trail and 2) the average depth of the trail, which is why our answer is only an estimate.

The average healthy person contains approximately 9 pints of blood which is the same as 1 gallon plus 2 cups, or simply 18 cups. When a person loses approximately 1/3 or 33% of their total blood volume, then they are considered to be in critical condition, thus highly suspected to die within a few minutes because of their inability to maintain circulation.

You will see where all of this information comes into play in the following section.

Solving the Problem

How many gallons of blood would it take to cover a distance of 200 miles long, by 5 feet wide, with an average depth of 2 centimeters?


L = 200*5280 feet (200 miles long)
W = 5 feet (wide)
A = 0.0656168 foot (2 centimeters deep)


L*W*A*7.5 = 2598425.28 (2, 598, 425) gallons of blood

How many people would it take to supply 2, 598, 425 gallons of blood?


a = 2598425 gallons of blood
b = 0.37 gallon (5.92 cups)


a/b = 7022770.27 (7, 022, 770) people


We expected more, but according to these results, when the world is faced with the realities of Revelation 14:17-20, during this dark time approximately 7, 022, 770 of God’s children from all around the world will be mass arrested, detained, and murdered.

What we learn is that like Jesus Christ suffered and conquered death, we too must suffer and conquer death and this is made possible through His blood and by the grace of God whose son died and was risen so that we could live free forever in His eternal glory.

Whatever the exact number is, we hope to be included.


Categories: Bible Math
  1. March 19, 2014 at 1:09 am | #1

    CAN FURLONGS REPRESNET DAYS? The bible has been studied by faithful teachers and they have reached the conclusion that May 21st 2011 was the beginning of Judgement day! It will last for 1600 days/furlongs(Lord willing!)

    This leads us to October 7,2015. A very possible date for the end of Judgement day and the final end of the world.

    Please visit http://www.ebiblefellowship.com/generated/schedule/ for more info and to listen to teachings by Chris MaCann on Living in the day of Judgement!

    • March 19, 2014 at 5:27 pm | #2

      Hi cubicalcomplex,

      First off, we do not relate to the idea that life should be extended, as we are calling on Jesus Christ to come NOW! Secondly, can furlongs represent days? The answer is, no it cannot, that is not how the Bible is read, we do not interpret what isn’t there nor ignore the surrounding context, which if furlong meant day, would disrupt the logic of the remaining text, so we avoid doing that, so not to be confusing.

      You should refrain from listening to folks that claim that they know when the world is going to end, because THEY DON’T know, as the Bible has made clear. What you must do is pay attention to the signs of the end. Has Tehran and all of Iran been destroyed? No, then the end is not here yet. Have Christians been persecuted and murdered in masses worldwide? No, then the end is not here yet. There will be no rapture, only death and if done so with faith and endurance, will lead into eternal life. Just like Jesus Christ suffered and died, you too must suffer and die.

      As for the end being Oct 7th, 2015, it’s possible as anything is possible; however we doubt it’s a long enough period of time considering that the war against Iran will take ~3.5 years, then the destroyer will turn against and destroy the holy people. (Daniel 8) So, wait for Iran to fall, then wait for the persecution of God’s people, and count down 3.5 years and you might get the correct month, week, or day, but you will never know the exact HOUR.

      Which really is unimportant to your Salvation. You should instead prepare to endure tribulations.


  2. January 17, 2014 at 6:57 pm | #3

    I was curious as to your take on the “trail” of the blood being 5 feet wide and 200 miles long.

    I took the “by the space of” to be in any direction from without the city wall for a space of 200 miles. So, more like from the wall to 200 square miles.

    So, let us break the 200 down into a length and width by using factors. I am going to choose 4×50 because it’s simpler, but any factors would give you the same answer.

    So, converted into feet, multiplying the feet by the 2 centimeters (which makes sense for the accumulation possible on level ground) and the 7.5 for the water volume in a cubic foot, you get 2736619930 gallons.

    I am going to use 11 pints of blood per person because 1.) men usually have 10-12 and women usually have 8-10 so I feel 11 is a happy medium, and 2.) with the metaphor of the wine press I just imagine every last drop being wrung out of them. So, 1.375 gallons is a person.

    By those calculations, the number of people dying would be 1,990,269,040. That’s almost 2 billion people.

    And if you use the original 0.37 gallons of blood in the equation it adds up to 7,396,270,081 people. There aren’t currently that many people on the planet yet, but in a few years there will be.

    • January 17, 2014 at 10:31 pm | #4

      Hi Khrys,

      Your guess is as good as ours and if the more accurate number is actually in the billions, then even better -we’ll take it.

      However, keep in mind…

      Revelation 20:15:

      And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.

      One cannot logically cast a human soul into the Lake of Fire without a human soul to cast, therefore, not everyone on the planet will be saved…

      Matthew 7:21-23:

      21 Not every one that saith unto me, Lord, Lord, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that doeth the will of my Father which is in heaven. 22 Many will say to me in that day, Lord, Lord, have we not prophesied in thy name? and in thy name have cast out devils? and in thy name done many wonderful works? 23 And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you: depart from me, ye that work iniquity.

      …nor will every professing “Christian”.

      Furthermore, not every true Christian will be martyred…

      1 Thessalonians 4:17

      Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord.

      Thus, it is really not much of a surprise that only a relatively small number of people will die in the name of Jesus Christ -relative to the total population of earth.

      We like that you are looking for ways to increase the value.


  3. David Rigney
    January 12, 2014 at 10:09 am | #5

    You say this is an approximation of the number of believers (followers of Christ). I am still struggling with what I read in 1 Thessalonians 5:9 “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” (NIV)
    The reason this is a struggle is that verse 19 says this is “the great winepress of the wrath of God.”
    Any Thoughts?

    • January 12, 2014 at 10:30 am | #6

      Hi David,

      Good question. The keyword here is “of”, as in “of the wrath of God” as opposed to “is”, as in “is the wrath of God”. Note that the winepress is filled with the blood of God’s saints and it is spilling out upon the earth. Therefore, quite possibly the blood of the saints IS the wrath of God which is poured out upon the earth as a curse.

      And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. (Rev 15:1 KJV)

      Hope this helps!


  4. Steve
    September 20, 2013 at 6:10 pm | #7


    It’s good that you took the initiative and made the effort to post the math but, I’ve got some questions for you.

    Q#1: Where in the scripture is “5 feet wide” written?
    Q#2: Where in the scripture is “2 centimeters” written?
    Q#3: Where did you get “7.5″ in your math?
    Q#5 Where did you get “0.37 gallon (5.92 cups)”?

    If you could answer me these questions then that would be appreciated.
    Also, it would be nice if you could adjust your post to incorporate where you got these numbers from so it would make your post more specific with where you got the numbers from.

    • September 20, 2013 at 7:21 pm | #8

      Hi Steve,

      These are all extremely fair questions and it will be our pleasure to answer them for you.

      Q#1 and Q#2 can be answered by quoting our article:

      We must approximate two more important factors: 1) The width of the trail and 2) the average depth of the trail, which is why our answer is only an estimate.

      We made them up, because the Bible does not tell us these details. We could have said that the trail would be 10 feet by 6 inches deep, but this would require a lot more blood, thus we are presented with a problem -there is not an infinite amount of people on this planet and not everyone is supposed to die. The imagery the Bible provides is that of a box filled with blood that is being transported out of a city by horse. As the horse is running down the street, the blood spills out for 200 miles. We think 5 feet by 2 centimeters is realistic, but we could be wrong, which is why we made the point to state that this was “only an estimate.”

      Q#3, Where did we get 7.5?

      We start by calculating the volume of blood (i.e. L*W*A), then we convert that value to gallons by multiplying by 7.5.

      Q#5, Where did we get 0.37 gallons (5.92 cups)?

      This comes from what we wrote about in our article, thus:

      The average healthy person contains approximately 9 pints of blood which is the same as 1 gallon plus 2 cups, or simply 18 cups. When a person loses approximately 1/3 or 33% of their total blood volume, then they are considered to be in critical condition, thus highly suspected to die within a few minutes because of their inability to maintain circulation.

      Therefore, 9 pints is equal to 1.125 gallons, 33% of 1.125 gallons is equal to 0.37 gallons, which is equivalent to 5.92 cups.

      Hope this helps.


  5. J844
    September 3, 2013 at 9:25 am | #9

    This must be a new way of killing people and blood still flowing after death? It amazes me how the apostate’s intent the scriptures

    • September 3, 2013 at 9:56 am | #10

      Hi j844,

      Really? Get out your Bible and turn to Revelation 20, verse 4, and read:

      And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.

      Then, get back to us with your apology…


  6. Eric
    August 23, 2013 at 12:46 am | #11

    This is a pretty good post, considering I don’t understand some of these passages. I know it is symbolic and that the evil one is suppose to murder Christians, but I don’t understand why it would be worded this way which sounds like the angels would murder. Could it be possible to mean the opposite- that this many anti-Christians would be murdered by being sent to hell?

    • August 23, 2013 at 6:04 pm | #12

      Hi Eric,

      Nice observation! Many should wonder, but our answer is in Matthew 13:24-30:

      24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:

      25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.

      26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.

      27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?

      28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?

      29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.

      30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn.

      Therefore, the angels are coming to harvest the earth. This is why Rev 14:17-20 speaks about the sickle and gathering of the vine (i.e. God’s children).

      The evil that will be put on us is the will of God. It’s your choice, you can view it as a horrible thing or you can view it as a gift. We see it as a gift, because He has selected us as good fruit and gathered us to preserve us from the second death, but the others left alive will die twice -once on earth and the second time in the Lake of Fire.

      No one goes to Hell to die (Revelation 20:13):

      13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

      Thus, those in Hell will be delivered up for Judgment. They will die in the Lake of Fire, as we point out in our article, Hell: The truth About Eternity

      This is our Rapture. This is how we avoid the Wrath of God.


      • Eric
        August 26, 2013 at 6:59 pm | #13

        Awesome! thanks

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