Rev 14, God’s wrath and Judgment.
VV 1-2, 1Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps.
John saw Christ standing on Mount Zion with the 144,000 evangelists sealed on the foreheads with the name of God, mentioned in Revelation 7. John heard Christ’s voice like the voice of many waters. Revelation 1:15, “His feet were like bronze glowing in a furnace, and his voice was like the sound of rushing waters’’.
VV 3-5, 3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. 4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. 5 And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God.
The 144,0000 evangelists sang a new song to God before the 4 living creatures in heaven. which no one could sing. They are redeemed, undefiled, pure, holy, honest, faultless, and followed Christ where ever He went. Going through trials and tribulations in life will enable you to learn a new song that only you can sing.
VV 6-7, 6 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth, to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people, 7 saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”
In addition to 144,000 evangelists and the 2 witnesses on the ground, God will despatch an angel from heaven to preach the eternal gospel to every people groups in all corners of the earth. The angel proclaimed loudly, to fear, worship and glorify the God of creation.
V 8, And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
During the tribulation, the anti-christ will set up a one world religious, economic, and political system on earth known symbolically as Babylon. An angel will proclaim that this system had collapsed.
VV 9-11, 9 Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
A 3rd angel flew across the sky, proclaiming with a loud voice, pleading with the people not to take the mark of the beast or worship him. Whoever took the mark and worship the beast will be tormented in hell eternally. Be an angel today and share the truth of hell to those who are still not saved. Hell is real.
VV 12-13, 12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. 13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”
The faithful followers of Christ who kept the commandments of God and are martyred for their faith will be blessed and will rest from their labors in heaven. Be an angel today. Share the truth of heaven to those who are not saved. Heaven is real.
VV 14-16, 14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. 15 And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
Christ will come on a white cloud with a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle on His hand. A sickle is used to reap the harvest and to separate the wheats from the tares. At judgment, Christ will separate the righteous from the wicked for reward and punishment. Matthew 13:30, “Let both grow together until the harvest, and at the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, ‘First gather together the tares and bind them in bundles to burn them, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ “
VV 17-20, 17 Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” 19 So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.
An angel came out from the heavenly temple to earth with a sharp sickle, to reap the vine and threw the grapes into the great winepress of God. He trampled the winepress outside the city of Jerusalem and blood flowed for a distance of 1600 furlongs or 200 miles. This speaks of God’s wrath and judgment to the wicked during the 7-year tribulation.