Red wine and resurrection
We could not help but ponder and wonder if the river of red wine in Portugal is a “God-wink,” a heads-up from our Heavenly Father, divine sign language pointing to a soon-coming larger and spiritual event.
We shall be interested in hearing from those of you seeing this blog on our Mighty Network platform where readers can comment. We invite you to share your discernments.
We find it peculiar that virtually all the (formerly major) American news outlets have given coverage to this story, as opposed to ignoring it. After all, reports agree that no lives were lost. A handy distraction perhaps? In any case, it is all the Father’s doing that it comes to our attention.
Here are a few of the basic facts compiled from numerous sources. The spill occurred on Sunday, September 10th. Obviously, its proximity to our national remembrance of what happened on September 11th 22 years ago is worth noting. All emphases and comments within [brackets] in the news stories quoted are mine.
Red wine flows through Portuguese town
Locals in a small town in coastal Portugal were left stunned when a river of red wine flowed through their streets on Sunday after two tanks owned by Levira Distillery — which were carrying a whopping 600,000 gallons of the booze — suddenly gave way.
[Other reports gave the quantity in metric measure as about 2.2 million liters of the beverage. An NBC report quoted a slightly smaller quantity “Jornal Diário de Aveiro said more than 580,000 gallons of wine ended up in streets.”]
A video posted online showed the red liquid rushing down a steep hill in the small town of São Lourenço do Bairro, home to some 2,000 residents.
[While we don’t speak Portuguese, we will take a wild guess that São Lourenço means Saint Lawrence. Correct me if I’m wrong. This writer recalls from his Catholic upbringing that “Saint” Lawrence was a martyr of many centuries ago who was put to death by multiple arrows shot into him.
We still remember being given a “holy card” as a boy which had the depiction of the “saint” being shot through with arrows. It makes an impression on a young mind. Why he was “saintly,” we don’t recall that the nuns ever told us.]
… Officials sprang into action to try to stop the wine, before it could literally turn the Certima River into wine. END QUOTE
The above report was in the NY Post online which had several videos showing the wide and rapidly rushing wine coursing down a steep hill. Here is the link.
The Washington Post began with this lead sentence.
QUOTE: Residents in a Portuguese village woke up to an almost biblical scene on Sunday morning. The streets were impassable, replaced by a raging river of close to 600,000 gallons of red wine. END QUOTE
Hmmm… almost biblical? Why would they think that? Undoubtedly because despite the best diabolical efforts of the cabal to destroy Christianity, the Bible stories of wine and its symbolism are deeply ingrained into our consciousness.
We as Christians know some of the basic biblical symbolism of wine. We think of the first plague upon Egypt where all the water sources turned to blood, making the water unpotable.
Exodus 7:19 And the LORD spake unto Moses, Say unto Aaron, Take thy rod, and stretch out thine hand upon the waters of Egypt, upon their streams, upon their rivers, and upon their ponds, and upon all their pools of water, that they may become blood; and that there may be blood throughout all the land of Egypt, both in vessels of wood, and in vessels of stone.
Of course, every Sunday School child knows how Jesus turned water into wine while he was attending the wedding at Cana. It was our Lord’s first recorded miracle.
For those who desire to go beyond Sunday School, John notes that this event occurred “on the third day.” Prophetically speaking, the third day points to the third millennium after Christ; i.e., right now. We have just entered into the “third day.”
Moreover, why six waterpots? Why not seven or five? Six is the number of mortal man, mankind in our fallen nature. We also know that our bodies are composed of a lot of water, around 70 percent if we recall correctly.
Jesus’ miracle involved the transmutation of water into wine. That signifies the transmutation of the chemical elements of our bodies from mortality to immortality. Paul also makes reference to this event for the overcomers when he writes:
1 Corinthians 50 Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,
52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised incorruptible, and we shall be changed.
53 For this corruptible must put on incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality.
54 So when this corruptible shall have put on incorruption, and this mortal shall have put on immortality, then shall be brought to pass the saying that is written, Death is swallowed up in victory.
Casual readers would naturally assume that in verse 52 Paul was merely giving emphasis when he said, “in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye.”
But while the Holy Spirit is drawing our attention to the time factor with “the twinkling of an eye,” the phrase “in a moment,” however, does not refer to the time factor, but rather to the transmutation, the change in our physical bodies from corruptible to incorruptible.
This is shown by the fact that the Greek word translated “moment” in verse 52 is atomos, from which we get our English word atom and atomic. (“Twinkling” is the Greek word, rhipe.)
Thus Paul is telling us that at the resurrection, there will be a transmutation, a change in our atomic structure, as we become incorruptible and immortal beings, just as Jesus, our elder brother has already demonstrated for us.
By the way, even during His earthly ministry, and certainly at His ascension, Jesus demonstrated the ability to levitate. In trying to find the meaning of the name of the Portuguese distillery (Levira) online without much success, we did find that some dictionary websites give it as being related to the verb levitar¸ meaning to levitate! Hmmm…
Here is the wedding at Cana scene:
John 2:6 And there were set there six waterpots of stone, after the manner of the purifying of the Jews, containing two or three firkins apiece.
7 Jesus saith unto them, Fill the waterpots with water. And they filled them up to the brim.
8 And he saith unto them, Draw out now, and bear unto the governor of the feast. And they bare it.
9 When the ruler of the feast had tasted the water that was made wine, and knew not whence it was: (but the servants which drew the water knew;) the governor of the feast called the bridegroom,
10 And saith unto him, Every man at the beginning doth set forth good wine; and when men have well drunk, then that which is worse: but thou hast kept the good wine until now.
11 This beginning of miracles did Jesus in Cana of Galilee, and manifested forth his glory; and his disciples believed on him.
The following is fromthe Wikipedia entry.
Levira Distillery (Destilaria Levira) is a distillery in São Lourenço do Bairro, Anadia, Portugal, founded in 1923. [Exactly one century ago, nice round figure there!] According to Público, Levira is one of the country’s largest distilleries.
Early in the COVID-19 pandemic, Levira partnered with Super Bock to make about 14,000 liters of hand sanitizer from 56,000 liters of alcohol used in beer.
In 2023, the distillery amassed a large quantity of wine in storage due to a European wine surplus. Inflation increased prices on food and drinks and consumers were drinking less wine, leading to increased storage.
On September 10, 2023, two of the distillery’s storage tanks of red wine burst, sending about 2.2 million liters of wine down Rua de Cima in the village of São Lourenço do Bairro… As of the following day, though the road and at least one basement flooded, there were no injuries…
Local officials issued an environmental warning out of concern that the wine could contaminate the Certima River…The cause of the accident is undetermined. END QUOTE
Of course, we cannot here examine all 256 times the word “wine” or its variants appears in the Bible, but we would be remiss if we did not mention our Savior’s own reference to (one of) its symbolic uses, when He instructed His apostles at the last supper.
Matthew 26:27 And he took the cup, and gave thanks, and gave it to them, saying, Drink ye all of it;
28 For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.
29 But I say unto you, I will not drink henceforth of this fruit of the vine, until that day when I drink it new with you in my Father’s kingdom.
It just so happens (wink, wink) that very recently I had the occasion to listen to my own lecture dealing with another symbolic usage of wine in the Bible. It is CD #637, and it is Lecture #48 in our series entitled Mystery Babylon and the Stone Kingdom. This lecture is called, HAARP, the Yokes and the Wine of Mystery Babylon. You can obtain the CD for $15 postpaid.
Do share your discernments. Is this “outpouring” of this river of “blood” a sign of some major soon-coming event? The transmutation/translation of the overcomers? God speed the day!