ii. Scripture taken from the New King James Version. b. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. Due to security reasons we are not able to show or modify cookies from other domains. But it is unlikely that anyone called the Son of Man, and wearing a golden crown is anyone but Jesus. But this mark is just a copy of the idea behind the identifying mark on the foreheads of each one of the 144,000, showing that they belong to the Father. Rev 14:4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. . Please see our Privacy Policy for cookie usage details. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone, : This shows that the suffering of hell is, In the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb, : This shows that God is not absent from hell. Since these providers may collect personal data like your IP address we allow you to block them here. The desire to connect contemporary technology or events with this, is nothing new. i. New King James Version Update. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. Revelation 14 From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia Revelation 14 is the fourteenth chapter of the Book of Revelation or the Apocalypse of John in the New Testament of the Christian Bible. The ancient Greek word orge is the common word for God’s anger in the New Testament. Nevertheless, Paul recommended celibacy in distressing times (1 Corinthians 7:25-35), and Jesus spoke of woes upon those with children and families in that day (Matthew 24:19-21). We fully respect if you want to refuse cookies but to avoid asking you again and again kindly allow us to store a cookie for that. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. Those who are in hell will, The smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, : Those who worship the Antichrist and receive his mark will endure this, means “forever and ever.” If the only consequences for sin are in this life, or if the only penalty for sin is temporary, then clever sinners have won out over God. 12  Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. 4  These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. 1The Revelation of Jesus Christ, which God gave Him to show His servants—things which must [a]shortly take place. Perhaps this is where their music is heard, to accompany the worshipful singing of the 144,000 as they sing a, And they sang as it were a new song before the throne, : In Revelation 14:1, the 144,000 have their feet firmly planted on an earthly Mount Zion. Any others who are saved must be saved later. The Lamb and the 144,000. Not at all, according to the great Greek scholar A.T. Roberston: “, is a picture of purity in general, it reinforces the connection of the 144,000 with Israel. The gospel is the great means whereby men are brought to fear God, and to give glory to him. In chapter 7 this same group of 144,000 received the seal of God in their foreheads. – the worship of other gods. “What strength have grapes against the weight and power of a man when he comes to set his feet upon them? : This passage teaches several important truths about hell and the eternal destiny of the damned. Walvoord says of the phrase, : “Literally ‘into the ages of ages,’ the strongest expression of eternity of which the Greek is capable.”. Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives, If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, : This reminds us that there is a connection between worshipping, . They can do this and, willingly in this life, or be compelled to, , and it may sound different that the gospel we hear preached today. Since they stand. 14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat Onelike the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. : Many take the virginity of the 144,000 as simply a symbol of their general purity (as in 2 Corinthians 11:2). , it shows that they emerge victorious from the great tribulation. Surely one good means to escape hell is to take a turn or two in hell by our daily meditations.” (Trapp), v. “In describing the worshippers of the beast, the word worship as well as the word receive in verse 11 is in the present tense emphasizing continued worship of the beast over a long period of time… the same present tense is used in describing their torment. It is wrong to say that hell will be devoid of the presence of God; but it will be without any sense of His love. The implication is that true believers will not be separated from those who merely go to church until the final harvest. But Revelation 14 shows who is really triumphant, powerful, and in control: God, His Messiah, and His people; not Satan, his messiah (the Antichrist) and his followers. ii. Revelation 14. d. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. Revelation 7:9 describes an innumerable company saved out of the Great Tribulation, and these 144,000 described as. The beast of Revelation 13 certainly has not defeated the 144,000; here they are triumphant, worshipping, and standing firm with Jesus. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. Perhaps God spoke here to proclaim His approval of these 144,000 faithful servants in the spirit of Matthew 25:21: Well done, good and faithful servant. Adam Clarke, writing from the late 18, : This is what the angel will tell the whole world to do. d. The voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder: This is the voice of God (Revelation 1:15 and 4:5). If you do not want that we track your visit to our site you can disable tracking in your browser here: We also use different external services like Google Webfonts, Google Maps, and external Video providers. 14 Blessed are those who do His commandments, that they may have the right to the tree of life, and may enter through the gates into the city. “Israel is referred to frequently in the Bible as ‘the virgin the daughter of Zion’ (2 Kings 19:21; Isaiah 37:22), as ‘the virgin daughter of Zion’ (Lamentations 2:13), and as ‘the virgin of Israel’ (Jeremiah 18:13; 31:34, 21; Amos 5:2).” (Walvoord). “And to the angel of the church of the Laodiceans write, ‘These things says the Amen, the Faithful and True Witness, the Beginning of the creation of God NKJV: New King James Version will come in Revelation 17. 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. ©2019 David Guzik – No distribution beyond personal use without permission. Philippians 2:9-11 says, Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God. i. If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand: This reminds us that there is a connection between worshipping the beast and his image and receiving his mark on his forehead or on his hand. (8) An angel announces Babylon’s fall. A Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand: These 144,000 were last seen in Revelation 7, where they were identified as a group of Jewish believers who minister during the great tribulation and are given a seal of protection throughout that period. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. Sooner or later the ‘glory’ they refuse to ‘give’ the Creator willingly will be torn from them by the spectacle of His wrath.” (Kiddle), iii. a. Some today like to identify their ministry or technology with this angel flying in the midst of heaven. Each of the vast multitude saved during the Tribulation will be saved in exactly the same manner as anyone today: by grace, through a personal faith in Jesus Christ unto salvation. In their eyes it may not seem like much more that a mere pledge of allegiance and devotion to the Antichrist and his government. They have a hard time with Jesus responding to, : “How different it will be to see him with a crown of gold upon his head from what it was to see him wearing that terrible crown of thorns which the cruel soldiers plaited, and thrust upon his brow! 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.”. His truth is marching on! For they are virgins: Many take the virginity of the 144,000 as simply a symbol of their general purity (as in 2 Corinthians 11:2). Jesus willingly took the cup of the Father’s wrath that we deserved; here, the enemies of Jesus have no choice – the cup is forced upon them. [] And the angel stood, saying, () “Rise and measure the temple of God, the altar, and those who worship there2 But leave out () the court which is outside the temple, and do not measure it, () for it has been given to the Gentiles. a. The beast of Revelation 13 certainly has not defeated the 144,000; here they are triumphant, worshipping, and standing firm with Jesus. So does the use of virgins here mean that all the 144,000 are women? Usually, God’s anger towards sinners does not flash against them; it is simply His settled opposition against sin and unrighteousness. At the end of Revelation 13, it almost seemed like Satan and the Antichrist might win. Copyright © 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. But this can never be a valid excuse for neglecting the urgency of missions. Revelation 7:9 describes an innumerable company saved out of the Great Tribulation, and these 144,000 described as firstfruits, may be used to preach the gospel to those who will be saved in this period. (12-13) The blessedness of the saints, even in the Great Tribulation. Revelation 14 The Lamb and the 144,000 1 Then I looked, and behold, 1 a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him b one hundred and forty-four thousand, 2 having His Father's name c written on their foreheads. “pictures grapes fully grown in the prime almost bursting with juice… The spurting of the grape juice from under the bare feet of those treading the grapes in the winepress is compared to the spurting of blood and speaks of the awful human carnage.” (Walvoord), Blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs. Yet their praise takes them right to the presence of God, right. (approximately 200 miles) was beyond all known conflict – but not in modern warfare. Revelation 14New King James Version (NKJV) The Lamb and the 144,000 14 Then I looked, and behold, [a]a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred andforty-four thousand, [b]having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. i. 2:7; Revelation 22:14: Rev. But in the Book of Revelation, which so clearly describes God’s ultimate judgment, the term for passionate anger is used much more often. The ancient word thymos is used only 11 times, and 10 of the 11 are in Revelation. Because they are described as firstfruits, many have thought that they themselves will be instrumental in God’s plan for bringing in a great ingathering during the tribulation. 3They 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 redeeme… The four proclamations are plain in their meaning; that all Christians may be encouraged, in the time of trial, to be faithful to their Lord. ii. i. a. “The area covered, 1,600 furlongs, is approximately 200 miles, and specifies that the area within a 200-mile radius from Jerusalem will be gathered at the time of the second coming of Christ.” (Walvoord). For the harvest of the earth is ripe: This ancient Greek word for ripe has a negative sense, “to become dry or withered.” The idea is of something that is over-ripe. 14 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. “And who were these people, ‘having his Father’s name written in their foreheads?’ Not Bs for ‘Baptists,’ not Ws for ‘Wesleyens’ not Es for ‘Established Church.’ They had their Father’s name and nobody else’s. Revelation 14:6 The Proclamations of Three Angels 6 Then I saw another angel m flying in the midst of heaven, n having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth— o to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— Fully ripe “pictures grapes fully grown in the prime almost bursting with juice… The spurting of the grape juice from under the bare feet of those treading the grapes in the winepress is compared to the spurting of blood and speaks of the awful human carnage.” (Walvoord), ii. ii. 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. “To be rapt in praise to God is the highest state of the soul. Walvoord says of the phrase forever and ever: “Literally ‘into the ages of ages,’ the strongest expression of eternity of which the Greek is capable.”, iv. It is not likely a description of a river of blood running the length of the Promised Land and as high as a horse’s bridle is. We may request cookies to be set on your device. : These 144,000 are of Jewish heritage (Revelation 7:4-8). i. Chapter 17: The Identity and Destiny of Spiritual, Religious, Mystery Babylon. God has not given the. 14 1 Then 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. i. There is a harvest of misery and woe, – a harvest for the gathering, binding, and burning of the tares, – as well as for the gathering of the wheat into the garner of heaven.” (Seiss). Because the judgment of God is so evident on the earth in great tribulation, it is no wonder why the crowd of those saved through the great tribulation can’t be numbered (Revelation 7:9-14). In ancient times, a battle area extending one thousand six hundred furlongs (approximately 200 miles) was beyond all known conflict – but not in modern warfare. Click to enable/disable _ga - Google Analytics Cookie. Revelation 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. The beast of Revelation 13 was terrifying and awesome; he even can make war against the saints and overcome them (Revelation 13:7). And they will () tread the holy city underfoot for forty-two months. If the term virgins is a picture of purity in general, it reinforces the connection of the 144,000 with Israel. Clearly, God wants to encourage His people to be steadfast in times of trial, focused on what blessed rest and reward awaits them in eternity. We provide you with a list of stored cookies on your computer in our domain so you can check what we stored. c. To every nation, tribe, tongue, and people: This can be a valid fulfillment of Jesus’ promise in Matthew 24:14 that the gospel would be preached to all the world before His second coming. I personally own over 180 commentaries on Revelation and Garland's is (IMO) by far the best commentary ever written on this book. Chapter 14 After an account of the great trials and sufferings which the servants of God had endured, we have now a more pleasant scene opening; the day begins now to dawn, and here we have represented, I. i. It is certain that one day all will give glory to God. It is one of the very last calls of grace to an apostate world.” (Seiss). Yet they are also clearly believers in Jesus, otherwise they would not stand with the Lamb, follow the Lamb wherever He goes, and could not be without fault before the throne of God. i. 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.”. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. These cookies collect information that is used either in aggregate form to help us understand how our website is being used or how effective our marketing campaigns are, or to help us customize our website and application for you in order to enhance your experience. ii. He is present in all His holiness and righteous judgment. How significant of his final triumph will that crown of gold be about those brows that were once covered with bloody sweat when he was fighting the battle for our salvation!” (Spurgeon). And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night: This passage teaches several important truths about hell and the eternal destiny of the damned. 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 [fn] to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe." 1:15; 19:6 like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone: This shows that the suffering of hell is real torment, that it is painful and repulsive. Revelation 14:3-4. The connection between worshipping the beast and taking the mark will be clear enough. “Heaven is not the place to learn that song; it must be learned on the earth. Those who are in hell will wish God were absent, but He will not be. 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. Click to enable/disable _gid - Google Analytics Cookie. Revelation 22:14 NU wash their robes, Cross references. i. However, we are never surprised to see spiritual fornication accompanied with literal immorality. 2 Now the beast which I saw was like a leopard, his feet were like the feet of a bear, and his mouth like the mouth of a lion. These are they which follow … 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. Give glory to Him: this is the idea behind the cup that wanted... 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