Lesson 48 – Revelation 14:6-13
Lesson 48 – Revelation 14:6-13
Revelation 14:6-7 The Lord Jesus is going to be victorious over the world. God’s people and the Jews are going to be scattered all over the earth, hiding and seeking for food wherever they can. They will have to flee in order get away from the holocaust of the antichrist. But God’s people, His true servants, always share the gospel wherever they are. The earth will help to hide and feed the Jews and the followers of Messiah (Revelation 12:16).
The Jewish servants, the 144,000 will be witnessing. They will be moving into the wilderness areas and hiding places of the world. God’s people, His true followers, are never silent. There will be witnessing in the last days the gospel will be proclaimed by God’s people. They will be telling people to worship God the Creator to repent, turn from sin and the Antichrist and worship God.
One of the many angels of God is selected for a very special purpose and appears in the sky flying in mid-heaven, this is the same as the first heaven, that is the sky above where he is most visible to those on the earth. There he will also be beyond the reach of Antichrist, as well as Satan and his demon hosts, whose activity will by that time be restricted to the earth (Revelation 12:7–9). This angel will be unreachable, the world’s view of him unobstructed, and his ministry unhindered. By the time the angel begins his ministry, the world will have suffered the devastation of the seal and trumpet judgments.
During this time, the unbelieving world will have heard the gospel preached by the 144,000 Jewish evangelists and the two witnesses, as well as countless thousands of others saved under their ministries. But despite all that, most of the earth’s population will reject the Gospel (Revelation 9:20-21; 16:9, 11); God graciously sends this angel to proclaim the gospel to unbelievers yet again. As he flies through the sky, the angel will have an eternal gospel to preach. This is the only occurrence of the noun euangelion (gospel) in John’s writings. Like a multifaceted jewel, Scripture describes the gospel in various terms, each looking at it from a different viewpoint.
The Gospel is called the Gospel of the Kingdom (Matthew 4:23), the Gospel of Jesus Christ (Mark 1:1), the Gospel of God (Mark 1:14), the Gospel of the Grace of God (Acts 20:24), the Gospel of the Glory of Christ (2 Corinthians 4:4), the Gospel of Salvation (Ephesians 1:13), the Gospel of Peace (Ephesians 6:15), and the Glorious Gospel (1 Timothy 1:11). Here it is described as eternal because it provides the means to eternal life. It is the good news that God will forgive all the sins of those who repent and believe in the Lord Jesus as the only way of salvation, and by that repentance and saving faith take them into His eternal kingdom.
This is a last appeal before the judgment to come, which is the seven bowls, then it will be too late, (Matthew 24:14) because the gospel will have been preached to every nation on earth. Notice that this appeal occurs between the eagle flying in mid-air crying out ‘Woe! Woe! Woe!’ because of the last three trumpet blasts and the birds flying in mid-air gathered for the great supper of God, it is one last appeal.
The gospel is a call to fear God, give him glory and worship God as creator (Acts 14:15) because the creation itself declares the Creator (Psalm 19:1, Romans 1:20). However man refuses to do this preferring idolatry instead (Revelation 9:20), they worship the beast instead of God (Revelation 13:4). The saints however in contrast acknowledge God as Creator and they worship him (Revelation 11:1), and not the beast (Revelation 20:4).
The hour of his judgment has come, that is the harvest of grapes and the winepress of God’s wrath, the seven bowls and the judgment of Babylon the Great pronounced by the second angel in the next verse. It is the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water that are to be affected by God’s judgment of the first four of the seven bowls (Exodus 20:11). Bowl 1 (the land), bowl 2 (sea), bowl 3 (springs of water) and bowl 4 (the sun).
Revelation 14:8 The fall is announced—Babylon is fallen. In the Old Testament Babylon was the great enemy of Israel (Isaiah 21:9; Jeremiah 50:2; 51:8), Because of this Babylon came to stand for a corrupt political, economic and religious system that stood against God. society. Here in the Revelation, Babylon stands for the city of the Antichrist, the capital of the world: it stands for the political, economic and religious system which he establishes.
Why will Babylon be destroyed? because she will make all nations drink of the wine of her fornication. Babylon, the end time government, will be just like a prostitute that will seduce and entice the governments of the world to join her in her corruption. The corruption of idolatry in the form of a secular and humanistic society, man and his government will be the answer to the utopian society and world. Antichrist and his government will set up the state as the first loyalty of a person.
There will be the corruption of murder. Senseless murder and lawlessness will be sweeping the earth; in addition, there will be the slaughtering of millions who will refuse to place the state before God (Revelation 9:21). There will be the corruption by sorcery: the interest and the governing of life by the horoscope, astrology, witchcraft, and demons in this world. There will be the corruption by fornication: the immorality of the end times will run wild, even more so than today.
There will be the corruption of thievery: stealing in both high and low places, in the shops and in the workplaces, from neighbors, and from employers will be running wild. A second picture we see: Babylon, will seduce the world to drink the wine of her wrath. This means that she thinks her wine leads to pleasure, to the utopian state, to the glorious one-world government and religion that men have always dreamed about. But it will lead to the wrath of God.
In Revelation 14:9-12 we see that God’s justice will be executed. The judgment of God is going to fall on all those who follow the beast and receive the mark of the beast. This mark will show that a person gives his first loyalty and allegiance to the state and its leader, the antichrist. This is a person who will be saying that God is second, and that the state and its leader are more important than God. He believes that they can do more for man than God and there is more hope in them who can be seen than in a God who cannot be seen. This of course is nothing new it is a common belief that runs through every generation.
There are always multitudes who believe that man can control his own destiny, that what is important is good government, good education, good medicine, good social services, and on and on. All of these are necessary and we should diligently labor to have the best of everything. But these are not the end of life. They can only make life comfortable and perhaps extend life for a little more time.
They cannot help us beyond this life. Only God can. Government and good services are not the savior of man, God is. In order to hold the masses of people together in the end time, the government will officially insist that the first loyalty of its citizens be to the state. Religion will be subjected to the state. The end result will be the massive slaughter and holocaust of all who refuse. This is the reason the wrath of God will fall upon the people of the end time.
Revelation 14:10-11 Four things are said here about the judgment of God.
1) The ungodly and evil will drink the wrath and anger of God. God must keep heaven perfect. This is the winnowing of wheat and chaff. God now excludes those who have cursed, denied, disbelieved, and rejected Him. Those who are enemies of Him and His righteousness, who do not want His control and restraint on their lives, and reject the righteousness of God’s Son and do not let it cover them. God has done everything that can be done to reach out and save man.
He has sent prophet after prophet and given man His Word. And most of all, He has given the world His own Son to save man. But man continues to reject and deny and even curse His Son. God is not only love (perfect love) but He is also just (perfect justice). Just as His love has been demonstrated toward man (by giving His own Son to die for man), so His justice has to be demonstrated. The ungodly will drink the cup of God’s wrath without any mixture. Nothing else will be mixed with His wrath, no love, no feelings of sympathy, no regret, no compassion.
The ungodly will suffer a double portion of God’s judgment: the cup of His wrath and the cup of His anger. Note the verse carefully: both the wrath and anger of God will be served in the Day of Judgment.
2) The ungodly and evil will be tormented with fire and brimstone. This is a probably a picture of Sodom and Gomorrah. Men sometimes scoff at the idea of a coming judgment, and they doubt that two cities were ever destroyed as Scripture says that Sodom and Gomorrah were (Revelation 19:20; 20:10; 21:8).
3) The ungodly and evil will be tormented in the presence of the angels and Jesus. Yeshua will give the order to cast unbelievers into hell and the holy angels will carry out the orders. Jesus will be there and every eye of all unbelievers will see Him. Why? So that He will be vindicated as the Son of God. In the great day of judgment they shall all know that He is exactly who He claimed to be: the Son of the living God, the true Messiah who had come to save them all. He will now stand as the Judge of the world to rid the universe of all the ungodly and evil (Matthew 24:30; 25:31-32).
4) The ungodly and evil will be tormented forever and ever Revelation 14:11. The picture is of punishment, torment, agony, and misery that will never believed, no peace or rest, not even for a single night or day. There is no peace in hell; there is no rest in hell. There is only torment and horror, unbroken punishment and suffering (Matthew 13:41-42; 25:41, 46; Mark 9:47-48; Revelation 20:15).
Revelation 14:12 The person who escapes the judgment of God is a saint who endures. The word saint means to be set apart and separated unto God. It means that a person has separated himself from the world and set his life apart to God. The true saint is a person who endures. In the last days, during the great tribulation, believers will face terrible times. They will have to deny Christ and accept the mark of the beast or else face death. If they endure believing that heaven is real and that Jesus loves them, then they will escape the judgment of God.
But only those who endure, will escape the coming judgment (Matthew 10:22; Romans 12:1-2; James 1:12). He is one who keeps the commandments of God. The proof that he loves God is seen in his obedience (Matthew 7:21; 24-27; Revelation 22:14). He keeps his faith in Yeshua (John 3:15; 5:24; 1 John 5:4-5).
Revelation 14:13 – Every one of us will die.. Believers know this that the very reason they are willing to separate themselves from the world and to live for Messiah, because Jesus is the Savior and Lord of the world. He alone can free us from sin and make us acceptable to God. He alone can give us the right to live forever. Therefore we have the most glorious hope and the greatest promise imaginable.
God declares that we shall live forever. What does it mean to die in the Lord? It means that a person lived in the Lord when he was on earth. When a person truly believes in Christ, God places and positions him in all that Christ is. Christ lived and died and arose, so to be in Christ means that a person lives, dies, and arises in Messiah.
The penalty and condemnation of his sins are already paid for in the death of Christ. To be in Christ means that a believer walks and lives in Christ day by day, he does not “walk after the flesh, but after the Spirit” (Romans 8:1, 4). It means that he bears the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23). It means that he abides in Christ, as the branch is connected and attached to the vine (John 15:4-7).
Two great rewards are mentioned here
1)There is the reward of rest from earthly labor. The complete Sabbath rest of God (2 Thessalonians 1:7; Hebrews 4:9).
2)There is the reward of heavenly work to do. Heaven is not going to be inactivity like so many people think: not floating on a fluffy cloud playing a harp. It will not be standing around singing the praises of God all the time. No doubt there will be an unbroken consciousness of God’s presence and an unbroken fellowship and communion with Him.
But standing around and doing nothing would be no way to spend eternity. Our Lord is worthy of more than just words and music. Heaven is going to be full of both worship and service. When we work and serve our God in the new heavens and earth, we will never tire nor become exhausted. We will be kings and priests in heaven. We are going to rule and reign with Messiah.