Year 2 – June 26, 2013 Grapes of Wrath


If you are an American, you are probably familiar with the following first verse from the famous patriotic song, the Battle Hymn of the Republic:

Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord,
He is trampling out the vintage
Where the grapes of wrath are stored
He hath lossed his fateful lightning of his terrible swift sword,
His truth is marching on.

(if you have never heard of the song – here it is :

You know, I never really get the term “Grapes of Wrath” – it just doesn’t have the ominous feeling as “the Wrath of Kahn”.  Would you run if you see a whole bunch of grapes coming at you?  Anyway, back to the picture.  I wasn’t in the mood on hunting bugs and I saw this grape vine coming out and reaching for the sky near sunset so I snapped it.

in the event that you are now curious about the meaning of the Grapes of Wrath, “the grapes represent people or nations being destroyed or judged by God because of their wickedness. In our Revelation passage we see that there will be a final harvest of “grapes” (the wicked). The author of the Battle Hymn of the Republic saw in the inevitable bloodiness and deaths of the American Civil War a precursor or foreshadowing of this coming Divine event, when Jesus returns and judges all the peoples and nations of the earth.” (


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