Verse 18 (NASB)
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18. And another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, "Put in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe."
Physically, fire is an "oxidation" process and performs a rapid conversion of matter into other constituentants while generating heat and light. Thus the actual angel who will apparently do the conversion calls out to get on with the harvest so he can do his work (the final purging of evil within and among men).
The altar in the Old Testament was where atonement was made for sins through animal sacrifices. Christ became the "final sacrifice" according to Hebrews 13:10.
In previous verse, the angel is holding it. Again, SHARP denotes this SICKLE is "very effective and thorough". There is no chance any grapes will be left or escape being harvested. That chance to escape disappeared long ago. You have the chance TODAY to escape this harvest.
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