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