For now, it is enough to see it representing mankind in organized rebellion against God. 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). c. Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe: The image of the Second Coming of Jesus as a harvest is also communicated in Matthew 13:24-30 and 13:36-43, with the parable of the wheat and the tares. God has not given the responsibility for spreading the Gospel to angels, but unto His people. He is present in all His holiness and righteous judgment. 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. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. Why, praise is heaven, and heaven is praise! . 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." 5  And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God. He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword, i. Check to enable permanent hiding of message bar and refuse all cookies if you do not opt in. : The image of the Second Coming of Jesus as a harvest is also communicated in Matthew 13:24-30 and 13:36-43, with the parable of the wheat and the tares. i. 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. i. Our work for Jesus and His Kingdom goes with us into heaven, giving dignity and significance to all work here below. ii. “What strength have grapes against the weight and power of a man when he comes to set his feet upon them? They can do this and give glory to God and worship Him willingly in this life, or be compelled to give glory to Him later. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord: “These are the only glorious dead… they die in the cause of God, they die under the smile and approbation of God, and they die to live and reign with God for ever and ever.” (Clarke). The 144,000 are like the young Jewish men who survived the fiery furnace in Daniel 3:19-25. The, comes through patient endurance and faithfulness to God and His Word (, here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. i. 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. Revelation 14 is the perfect answer to Revelation 13. : These 144,000 are of Jewish heritage (Revelation 7:4-8). b. 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." 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. Rev 16:2 - So the first went and poured out his bowl upon the earth, and a foul and loathsome sore … 3. NASB E-Prime Young's Compare all. Adam Clarke, writing from the late 18, : This is what the angel will tell the whole world to do. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone: This shows that the suffering of hell is real torment, that it is painful and repulsive. Here, the fact of eternal torment is plainly stated; forever and ever 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. “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 Chapter 14: The Gospel According to Revelation. Because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. “Hence still something of a Gospel message sounds… It is, 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. The idea that God holds a cup of wrath, which He makes those under judgment drink is expressed more than thirteen times in the Bible (Psalm 75:8 and Jeremiah 25:15 are examples). At the end of Revelation 13, it almost seemed like Satan and the Antichrist might win. You are free to opt out any time or opt in for other cookies to get a better experience. a. In our praise and worship, we really can transport ourselves and be heard in heavenly places. Revelation 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. Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred, 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. 12:12; [1 John 3:24] Revelation 22:14: [Prov. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, # Rev. 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. Click to enable/disable Google Analytics tracking. And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having [] seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. So does the use of, here mean that all the 144,000 are women? : This is the voice of God (Revelation 1:15 and 4:5). This cup of God’s wrath is like undiluted wine, mixed with spices to make it still stronger (, The wine of the wrath of God… 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. The beast of Revelation 13 certainly has not defeated the 144,000; here they are triumphant, worshipping, and standing firm with Jesus. The ancient word thymos is used only 11 times, and 10 of the 11 are in Revelation. 11 Then I was given () a reed like a measuring rod. “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. 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. Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat, On the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle, : Some find it difficult to see Jesus as the One gathering the harvest here. They prove God’s ability to preserve His people. The beast of Revelation 13 was terrifying and awesome; he even can make war against the saints and overcome them (Revelation 13:7). Please be aware that this might heavily reduce the functionality and appearance of our site. Since they stand. : The patient endurance and work of these saints is remembered in heaven. He doesn’t rush into judgment. 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. 13 1 Then I stood on the sand of the sea. 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). 9:4; Rev. Commonly the term virgins is applied to women, not men. Revelation 14:3-4. These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. b. So does the use of virgins here mean that all the 144,000 are women? 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. Book Notes Barnes' Book Notes Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown Book Notes Robertson's Book Notes (NT) Commentaries Adam Clarke Barnes' Notes Forerunner Commentary Jamieson, Fausset, and Brown John Wesley's Notes Matthew Henry People's Commentary (NT) … b. But in the Book of Revelation, which so clearly describes God’s ultimate judgment, the term for passionate anger is used much more often. 2And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. Yet their praise takes them right to the presence of God, right. 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—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 Revelation 7, the 144,000 are seen at the beginning of the Great Tribulation. The Two Witnesses. 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). Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth: This other angel preaches the gospel, but also announces judgment (the hour of His judgment has come). 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. No one will casually or accidentally take the. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. But that view doesn’t seem to match with the context at all. 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, 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. i. 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. Matthew Henry Bible Commentary (complete), Matthew Henry’s Bible Commentary (concise), California - Do Not Sell My Personal Information. They have a hard time with Jesus responding to another angelwho came out of the temple. a. Babylon is fallen: More on Babylon will come in Revelation 17. 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, : Those who worship the Antichrist will be forced to drink, . 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.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. Revelation 14:14 New King James Version (NKJV) Reaping the Earth’s Harvest 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. – the worship of other gods. Although, receiving the mark may seem innocent enough to those who dwell on the earth. 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. You always can block or delete cookies by changing your browser settings and force blocking all cookies on this website. 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). And I saw a beast rising up out of the sea, having seven heads and ten horns, and on his horns ten crowns, and on his heads a blasphemous name. But this can never be a valid excuse for neglecting the urgency of missions. Usually, God’s anger towards sinners does not flash against them; it is simply His settled opposition against sin and unrighteousness. 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. The ancient Greek word orge is the common word for God’s anger in the New Testament. Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 3Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written in it; for the time isnear. We can only imagine what courage and comfort this passage will give embattled, persecuted saints during the Great Tribulation. 1Then I looked, and behold, [a]a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, [b]having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. New King James Version Update. Because these cookies are strictly necessary to deliver the website, refuseing them will have impact how our site functions. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. ii. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. 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." 7:4; 14:3 one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name # Ezek. a. One prominent television ministry named the satelite they use “Angel One” in a hoped-for fulfillment of this verse. 1:15; 19:6 like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. ii. 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 wrath and indignation for eternity in hell. The word used here does not usually refer to the diadem of power, but to the crown won in conflict; and it is very remarkable that it should be said that, when Christ comes to judge the world, he will wear the garland of victory, the crown which he has won in the great battle which he has fought. Fear God and give glory to Him: This is what the angel will tell the whole world to do. 2. However, we are never surprised to see spiritual fornication accompanied with literal immorality. 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. (8) An angel announces Babylon’s fall. 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.” Reaping the Earth’s Harvest. i. It was the same way in the first few centuries of Christianity, when to burn a pinch of incense to an image of Caesar, and to pledge “Caesar is Lord” was regarded as an innocent act of civic duty to the ancient pagans. Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary 14:6-13 The progress of the Reformation appears to be here set forth. “The modern vogue for dispensing with hell has no counterpart in Revelation.” (L. Morris). Chapter 15: Precursors to the Events of the Seven Bowls of Elohim's ("God's") Wrath. 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). These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. It isn’t all that different, but it is preached to a different, specific time – to those in the latter part of the great tribulation. 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. 2  And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. The book is traditionally attributed to John the Apostle, but the precise identity of the author remains a point of academic debate. His truth is marching on! The Lamb and the 144,000. c. The wine of the wrath of God… the cup of His indignation: The wine in the cup is associated with wrath (the ancient Greek word thymos), which describes a passionate anger. Adam Clarke, writing from the late 18th century says, “But the vision seems truly descriptive of a late institution, entitled The British and Foreign Bible Society, whose object it is to print and circulate the Scriptures of the Old and New Testaments, through all the habitable world, and in all the languages spoken on the face of the earth.”, ii. i. , a picture of tremendous carnage in the battle of Armageddon described in Revelation 16:16 and 19:11-19. a. (14-16) Time for Jesus to bring in the harvest. Revelation 14:14 And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 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. The Lamb and the 144,000. 5:6 Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him # Rev. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. 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. " "Yes," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.". Read full chapter. You must learn here the notes of free grace and dying love; and when you have mastered their melody, you will be able to offer to the Lord the tribute of a grateful heart, even in heaven, and blend it with the harmonies eternal.” (Spurgeon). In God’s sublime wisdom, He has chosen to give that responsibility to people alone, apart from the rarest of exceptions. 17  Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 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. 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. 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. : The followers of Satan and the beast may have a mark on their hand or forehead (Revelation 13:16-17). 16  So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. “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). 2 And I heard a voice from heaven, d like the voice of … But this can never be a valid excuse for neglecting the urgency of missions. [] 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. 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. It also makes us wonder what good God’s seal on the 144,000 amounted to (Revelation 7:4). 4. The gospel is the great means whereby men are brought to fear God, and to give glory to him. b. Revelation 22:14: Dan. Rev 14:4 These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. The great winepress of the wrath of God: This vivid picture of judgment was the inspiration for The Battle Hymn of the Republic. Otherwise you will be prompted again when opening a new browser window or new a tab. 14. In this thinking, the 144,000 are victims of this beast, and are now in heaven with Jesus. 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). 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: Those who worship the Antichrist will be forced to drink the wine of the wrath of God. 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. “It must be remembered that evil has its harvest as well as good. 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). 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