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The English word "winepress" is used to translate two Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures. The first, pronounced yeh-keb, means a trough, while the other, pronounced gawth, means to tread out. The two Hebrew words actually refer to the two parts of an ancient winepress, an upper trough in which grapes were trodden or crushed, and a lower trough into which the juice flowed. In the New Testament, a single Greek word, pronounced lay-nos, meaning a trough, refers to and is translated as a winepress.
Winepresses (i.e. grape presses, from which juice was obtained to make Wine or Vinegar - due to a lack of refrigeration and perfect-seal storage containers in the ancient world, grape juice would naturally ferment to some degree even if not intended) were commonly found throughout the land of Israel e.g.
"18:25 And the LORD spake unto Moses [see The Trysting Tent], saying, 18:26 Thus speak unto the Levites, and say unto them, When ye take of the children of Israel the tithes which I have given you from them for your inheritance, then ye shall offer up an heave offering of it for the LORD, even a tenth part of the tithe. 18:27 And this your heave offering shall be reckoned unto you, as though it were the corn of the threshingfloor, and as the fulness of the winepress." (Numbers 18:25-27 KJV)
"He shall rule them with a rod of iron: and He treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God"
Winepresses were also used in teachings of goodness and prosperity - or corruption due to irresponsibility.
"5:1 Now will I sing to my wellbeloved a song of my beloved touching his vineyard. My wellbeloved hath a vineyard in a very fruitful hill [see Good Fruit]: 5:2 And he fenced it, and gathered out the stones thereof, and planted it with the choicest vine, and built a tower in the midst of it, and also made a winepress therein: and he looked that it should bring forth grapes, and it brought forth wild grapes.
Messianic prophecies included winepresses, which will still exist in the Kingdom of God:
"14:8 And it shall be in that day, that Living Waters shall go out from Jerusalem; half of them toward the former sea, and half of them toward the hinder sea: in summer and in winter shall it be. 14:9 And the LORD shall be king over all the earth: in that day shall there be one LORD, and his name one. 14:10 All the land shall be turned as a plain from Geba to Rimmon south of Jerusalem: and it shall be lifted up, and inhabited in her place, from Benjamin's gate unto the place of the first gate, unto the corner gate, and from the tower of Hananeel unto the king's winepresses. 14:11 And men shall dwell in it, and there shall be no more utter destruction; but Jerusalem shall be safely inhabited." (Zechariah 14:8-11 KJV)
A prophecy of the rejection of the Messiah by the people to whom were given to tend His vineyard and winepress:
"21:33 Hear another parable: There was a certain householder, which planted a vineyard, and hedged it round about, and digged a winepress in it, and built a tower, and let it out to Husbandmen, and went into a far country: 21:34 And when the time of the fruit drew near, he sent his servants to the husbandmen, that they might receive the fruits of it.
Christ's wrath upon an evil world that will continue to reject and fight Him at His return will be subject to His "winepress":
"14:14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 14:15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. 14:16 And he that sat on the cloud [see He That Sat On The Cloud] thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. 14:17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
The Messiah is going to return to make peace on His world, not with His world - that He created (see Christ The Creator).
"19:11 And I saw heaven opened, and behold a white horse; and he that sat upon him was called Faithful and True, and in righteousness he doth judge and make war [see Christ the Conqueror For Peace]. 19:12 His eyes were as a flame of fire, and on his head were many crowns; and he had a name written, that no man knew, but he himself. 19:13 And he was clothed with a vesture dipped in blood: and his name is called The Word of God. 19:14 And the armies which were in heaven followed him upon white horses, clothed in fine linen, white and clean. 19:15 And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God. 19:16 And he hath on his vesture and on his thigh a name written, KING OF KINGS, AND LORD OF LORDS." (Revelation 19:11-16 KJV)