“I will surely gather all of you, O Jacob; I will surely bring together the remnant of Israel. I will bring them together like sheep in a pen, like a flock in its pasture; the place will throng with people. One who breaks open the way will go up before them; they will break through the gate and go out. Their king will pass through before them, the LORD at their head.”
The Bible goes into great detail about the second coming of Christ, although you might not have noticed it if you didn’t know what to look for. Most believe Jesus simply appears in the sky over Jerusalem and destroys the nations with the word from his mouth, when in fact, his return is much more detailed. The areas of Bozrah and Edom, today called Petra in Jordan, play center stage for His return.
Who is this coming from Edom, from Bozrah, with his garments stained crimson? Who is this, robed in splendor, striding forward in the greatness of his strength? “It is I, speaking in righteousness, mighty to save.”
Who is able to save, other than the Lord? Of course, the answer is no one. So here, we have a picture of the Lord, coming from a place called Edom and Bozrah, and he is already stained with blood. When John sees his return in Revelation 19, we see that his robes are already stained with blood.
Rev 19: 12-14
His eyes are like blazing fire, and on his head are many crowns. He has a name written on him that no one knows but he himself. He is dressed in a robe dipped in blood, and his name is the Word of God. The armies of heaven were following him, riding on white horses and dressed in fine linen, white and clean.
Where did this blood come from? We assume the Lord doesn’t come from Heaven already stained in blood, so there must be something that happens before John sees him. What could possibly happen in Edom and Bozrah for the Lord to be covered in blood? Let’s look at where Edom and Bozrah are today.
Bozrah is an Old Testament city in Edom whose name translates as sheep pen. It is today a city called Petra, a rock fortress that is highly defendable with the surrounding mountains. Edom is Southern Jordan. They are descendants of Esau, called the Edomites, and are almost directly south of Jerusalem. Why would Jesus be so full of fury at Edom that it is destroyed, filled with blood, at his second coming? Our clue is given in Matthew 24.
Matthew 24:15-16, “Therefore when you see the ‘abomination of desolation,’ spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place” (whoever reads, let him understand), then let those who are in Judea flee to the mountains.“
We know that the armies of the nations come and gather together in the valley of Meggido, in preparation to destroy all of Israel. The Jews see the Abomination standing in their newly rebuilt temple and they flee southward, because Meggido is North of Jerusalem, and they run into Jordan and into the mountains of Petra. There they try and hide, but with the pressure of the Antichrist bearing down on them, they are backed into a corner and they cry out as foretold in Matthew 23:39. “For I tell you, you will not see me again until you say, ‘Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.”
The Lord hears this and returns directly over their heads there in Bozrah, today called Jordan and lays waste to the following armies.
The LORD is angry with all nations; his wrath is upon all their armies. He will totally destroy them, he will give them over to slaughter. Their slain will be thrown out, their dead bodies will send up a stench; the mountains will be soaked with their blood. All the stars of the heavens will be dissolved and the sky rolled up like a scroll; all the starry host will fall like withered leaves from the vine, like shriveled figs from the fig tree. My sword has drunk its fill in the heavens; see, it descends in judgment on Edom, the people I have totally destroyed. The sword of the LORD is bathed in blood, it is covered with fat–the blood of lambs and goats, fat from the kidneys of rams. For the LORD has a sacrifice in Bozrah and a great slaughter in Edom. And the wild oxen will fall with them, the bull calves and the great bulls. Their land will be drenched with blood, and the dust will be soaked with fat. For the LORD has a day of vengeance, a year of retribution, to uphold Zion’s cause. Edom’s streams will be turned into pitch, her dust into burning sulfur; her land will become blazing pitch! It will not be quenched night and day; its smoke will rise forever. From generation to generation it will lie desolate; no one will ever pass through it again.
Jeremiah 49: 13
I swear by myself,” declares the LORD, “that Bozrah will become a ruin and an object of horror, of reproach and of cursing; and all its towns will be in ruins forever.”
Isaiah 63: 2
Why are your garments red, like those of one treading the winepress? “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. For the day of vengeance was in my heart, and the year of my redemption has come. I looked, but there was no one to help, I was appalled that no one gave support; so my own arm worked salvation for me, and my own wrath sustained me. I trampled the nations in my anger; in my wrath I made them drunk and poured their blood on the ground.”
Amazingly enough, we are told in Rev 14:20, that this massacre of blood stretches for 183 miles. Why 183 miles? The valley of Jezreel, where Armageddon is, is exactly 183 miles from Petra!
The wine press was trampled outside the city, and blood flowed from the wine press as high as a horse’s bridle for about 183 miles.
1. At the end of the tribulation, the nations gather in the valley of Jezreel, near Mt. Meggido
2. The Jews flee south after seeing the Abomination set up in their temple.
3. They escape to Southern Jordan to the city of Petra in the mountains and are cornered.
4. They cry out and proclaim the Lord as Savior, “blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord
5. The Messiah returns to lay waste to the attacking nations in Bozrah.
6. He, along with the returning Saints, march all the way back to the Valley of Jezreel.
Praise God his return is described in such detail!