14:1-20 Coming Events
Memory Verse: Revelation 14:6–7
14:1-5 The 144,000 Servants Of God
- 14:1 John’s attention is turned from the false satanic trinity to seeing Jesus (the lamb) standing on Mount Zion, the place where He is going to return as reigning King. With Jesus was one hundred and forty-four thousand servants of God of all the tribes of the children of Israel (12,000 servants from each of the 12 tribes) that were sealed with the seal of the living God. This seal is in contrast to the mark of the beast. Each of the servants had the name of Jesus and the Father written in their foreheads. This represents rejecting Satan, boldly serving Jesus and being owned and secured by the living true God.
Psalm 2:6-9; Revelation 7:1-8; Romans 9-11
- 14:2-3 Next John hears a loud voice from heaven that is like: (1) the voice of many waters; (2) the voice of a great thunder; (3) the voices of harps being played. The voice was accompanied by the singing of a new song before the throne, the four beasts (cherubims), and the elders (the church representatives). This song most likely represents the song of the redeemed and their victory over the beast because of Jesus. Only the 144,000, those who were redeemed from the earth, could learn this song.
Revelation 5:8–9; Psalm 33:3; 40:3; 96:1; 98:1; 144:9; 149:1
- 14:4-5 Then John describes the one hundred and forty-four thousand servants of God: (1) They were virgins (not defiled with women)—these men kept themselves pure from all sexual sins, something that will be rampant at that time. (2) They follow Jesus (the Lamb) wherever He goes—they are devoted followers of Jesus no matter the cost. (3) They were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and Jesus (the Lamb)—they were sinful men who were saved by a gracious God through faith in Jesus and set apart for special service for such a time as this. (4) There was no guile found in their mouths—they weren’t speaking lies like the false trinity was, but were speaking the truth of God. (5) They were without fault—just like a pastor should be blameless to lead a church, these men also were blameless to be used for the service of God. They lived godly lives.
Deuteronomy 18:3-5; Matthew 16:24; 2 Timothy 2:15
14:6-13 The First Three Angles With Three Messages
- 14:6-7 The First Angel (A Message of Repentance): Johns sees an angel fly in the midst of heaven. This angel had the everlasting gospel to preach to the unbelievers on the earth of every nation, kindred, tongue and people. This gospel is the same that is preached today and it is everlasting because it is offers you everlasting life. Even though many of the earths people have rejected God and followed the Antichrist, God will give them another chance to repent. This angel spoke loudly for all to hear, saying, “Fear God, and give glory to him.” This is the essence of the gospel: turn from the false gods to the true Creator God. Worship should be reserved only for the God that made heaven, earth, the sea and the fountains of waters. The time for this is now because “the hour of God’s judgment is come.” There will be no other chance for salvation after the judgment.
- 14:8 The Second Angel (A Message of Judgement): John sees a second angel following and proclaiming that the great city of Babylon is fallen. This is the empire that the Antichrist has established. It is personified as a great whore that made all the nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
- 14:9-11 The Third Angel (A Message of Damnation): Then John sees a third angel following them. It spoke loudly for all to hear saying that any who worships the Antichrist or receives its mark will be damned. This represents all unbelievers, those who refuse to repent while they had a chance, will face the full wrath (without mixture) of God. They will be tormented with fire and brimstone, they will have no rest, day nor night, and their torment will be for ever and ever.
Isaiah 66:24; Daniel 12:2; Matthew 3:12; Luke 3:17; 2 Thessalonians 1:9
- 14:12-13 True believers will persevere to the end. This means they will keep the commandments of God, and their faith in Jesus. This is important to note because many believers will be persecuted and martyred during this time for not receiving the mark of the Antichrist. Then John heard a voice from heaven telling him to write, “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth.” The death of a believer is blessed because He died in the Lord. He persevered to the end. He will be in heaven with God. This is a blessed time. This will encourage the believers living then. The Holy Spirit agrees saying, “Yea, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” There are two more blessings or benefits. First, the “labours” or the hard times the believers went through will end after death. Second, the believers will be rewarded for their works.
14:14-20 The Second Three Angles: The Harvest Of Wrath
Joel 3:12–13, 21; Isaiah 63:1–6; Matthew 13:30, 39-42
- 14:14-16 The Fourth Angel (The Grain Harvest – The Coming Vial Judgments): Next John sees a white cloud—representing glory—with Jesus (like unto the Son of man) sitting on it. He was wearing a golden crown—representing victory—and He had a sharp sickle—representing judgment. Another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Jesus that it was time for Him to use the sickle (a razor sharp blade on a long pole used to reap wheat) because the harvest of the earth is ripe and the time has come. Then Jesus thrust in His sickle on the earth and it was reaped. This represents Jesus judgement of the Earth in the coming vial judgments.
- 14:17-20 The Fifth and Sixth Angels (The Grape Harvest – The Coming Final Battle): Another angel came out of the heavenly temple with a sharp sickle. Then another angel with power over fire came out from the altar and cried loudly to the other angel to thrust in the sickle—represents judgment—and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth because her grapes are fully ripe. Then the angel thrust in the sickle into the earth, gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. Finally, the winepress—this was a stone press used to smash grapes to extract the juice—was trodden without the city (Jerusalem), and blood came out of the winepress—representing the great slaughter of God’s enemies in the final battle. The battle will be so bloody that blood will be up to the horse bridles in an area of about 3.22 kilometers long (one-thousand and six hundred furlongs).
Hebrews 10:31; Psalm 2:12
- Who are the 144,000? What are their characteristics?
- What is the everlasting gospel?
- What are the messages of the first three angels?
- What does the grain harvest represent?
- What does the grape harvest represent?