Who is this who comes from Edom,
in crimsoned garments from Bozrah,
he who is splendid in his apparel,
marching in the greatness of his strength?
“It is I, speaking in righteousness,
mighty to save.”
2 Why is your apparel red,
and your garments like his who treads in the winepress?
3 “I have trodden the winepress alone,
and from the peoples no one was with me;
I trod them in my anger
and trampled them in my wrath;
their lifeblood spattered on my garments,
and stained all my apparel.
4 For the day of vengeance was in my heart,
and my year of redemption had come.
5 I looked, but there was no one to help;
I was appalled, but there was no one to uphold;
so my own arm brought me salvation,
and my wrath upheld me.
6 I trampled down the peoples in my anger;
I made them drunk in my wrath,
and I poured out their lifeblood on the earth.”
Isaiah speaks of the red clothes of the LORD. The LORD speaks of treading the winepress. As he treads the winepress, the red grape juice splatters his clothes.
The red clothes of the LORD speak of God’s judgment of His enemies. In vengeance, God tramples the nations that resist Him. In anger, God treads on the peoples of the earth. The blood of God’s enemies splatters His clothes.
John affirms the same picture of Jesus whose clothes are bloody. John saw the judgment, vengeance, and anger of Christ upon the nations. Hence, Jesus’ bloody robe is a picture of a bloody war. The blood on his robe is likely the blood of his enemies.
You may ask why Jesus’ robes are bloody before the war. But this war is Jesus’ last war, His final battle. (MacArthur) Jesus has fought many wars throughout the history of salvation. In Rev. 19, it is Jesus’ final war against the nations that resist Him. It is Jesus’ final battle against the nations that oppress His people.
In this last battle, Jesus is the vengeful warrior against His enemies.