Revelation 14 in Bible Prophecy – God’s Wrath and Armageddon

Jesus Stand on the Earth

Jesus Stands on Mount Zion with the 144,000

Revelation 14:1-5

14:1 And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount ZRevelation 14ion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads.
14:2 And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps:
14:3 And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth.
14:4 These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb.
14:5 And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.

In Revelation 13 the Antichrist and the False Prophet rule over the earth for three and one-half years. Now we enter chapter 14. This chapter opens with Jesus, the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion. He doesn’t stand alone.  With Him are 144,000 Jews who have the name of God the Father written in their foreheads. A description of the 144,000 is in Revelation 7:4-8. The 144,000 men consist of 12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel.

 

The Beginning of the Millennial Kingdom

In Revelation 14:1 we move forward in time to the transition to the millennial kingdom. Jesus Christ has already come to earth in His wrath to destroy the wicked and now He stands on Mount Zion in Jerusalem with the 144,000.

 

Who Sings the New Song?

A voice from heaven speaks. The voice resembles the playing of harps with sounds of rushing waters and great thunder. This voice comes from heaven and is heard on the earth. In verse 3 a new song is sung before the throne of God. Are the voices in heaven or the 144,000 Jews singing the song? Verse 3 tells us that only the 144,000 can learn the song. How can the song be coming from heaven by those who can not learn the song.  We are told they sing before the throne of God and before the four beasts and the elders.  The throne of God must now be on the earth.

 

The 144,000 are Virtuous Men Who Follow Jesus

All 144,000 Jews have distinctive virtues: they are virgins, redeemed from among men, and the first fruits unto God the Father and Jesus Christ. They follow Jesus wherever He goes. Here Jesus stands on Mount Zion and they stand with Him singing before the throne of God.

 

The 144,000 Before Earth and Heaven

We have a scene which blends earth and heaven together.  Jesus stands on Mount Zion in Jerusalem with the 144,000 and they sing before the throne of God. The 144,000 are sealed by God and have likely lived through the Great Tribulation. The 144,000 are redeemed from the earth and are the first fruits unto God. They have entered the kingdom of God in the millennial kingdom. We know Jesus returns to earth at the end of the great tribulation at His second coming. So this must be a transitioning from the kingdom of the earth to the kingdom of heaven,

“The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ” (Revelation 11:15).

 

The throne of God, the four living creatures and the elders are now on Mount Zion. This is the start of the Millennial Kingdom where Jesus reigns from Mount Zion for 1000 years.

 

Are the 144,000 Evangelists?

Many believe the purpose of the 144,000 is to evangelize the world during the Great Tribulation. This may be the case but its not what John tells us in the book of Revelation. These verses do not suggest the 144,000 are evangelists. We do know that angels preach the gospel during the tribulation,

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (Revelation 14:6).

 

The Seven Angels

Seven angels are presented: six angels in chapter 14 and the seventh angel in chapter 18.  The angels preach the gospel, announce the coming judgment, declare God’s wrath on those who take the mark of the beast, declare the destruction of Babylon and destroy the wicked from the earth.

  • First angel preaches the gospel (14:6-7)
  • Second angel says “Fallen is Babylon” (14:8)
  • Third angel proclaims God’s wrath on those who take the mark of the beast (14:9-11)
  • 4th angel cries “The hour to reap has come” (14:15)
  • 5th angel has sharp sickle (14:17)
  • 6th angel begins to destroy the earth (14:18-20)
  • 7th angel says “Babylon is destroyed (18:1-24)

The First Angel Preaches the Gospel

Revelation 14:6-7

14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

 

The first of seven angels is mentioned in Revelation 14:6. This angel flies in the heavens and preaches the gospel to those on the earth. The angel goes to every nation and people on the earth. This angel is an evangelist.  The angel says with a loud voice,

“Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

 

This angel is giving warning that the hour of judgment is coming to the earth. Fear God, worship Him, give Him the glory.

 

The Second Angel Says “Fallen Is Babylon”

Revelation 14:8

14:8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

 

The second angel announces Babylon is destroyed. Babylon had made all the nations drink of the wine of her fornication. Babylon’s immorality and coming destruction is described in Revelation 17 and the destruction is described in Revelation 18Jeremiah 50-51 also describes the prophecies the destruction of Babylon. Babylon’s identify is a mystery (Revelation 17:5,7) but it may be the Holy Roman Empire. The destruction takes place just prior to or during the Lord’s coming to earth. Revelation 19:1-6 gives us the four hallelujahs praising God for He has judged Babylon, the great harlot.

 

The second and seventh angels both confirm that Babylon is destroyed.

 

The Third Angel Warns of the Mark of the Beast

Revelation 14:9-11

14:9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
14:10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.

 

The third angel gives warning that if a person either worships the Antichrist, the image of the Antichrist or receives the mark of the Antichrist on his or her forehead or hand, that person will spend eternity in hell. The passage is very clear that no grace is available to those who take the mark. God’s wrath is poured out on this person and he or she will be tormented with fire and brimstone and the smoke of their torment will rise forever. They will never be able to rest. Don’t be fooled by some who say a person may receive the mark and be saved afterward. This passage is very clear, those who take the mark will not receive God’s forgiven and grace.

 

Blessed are Those Who Die in the Lord

Revelation 14:12-13

14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
14:13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.

 

God has called His saints to tribulation. For we know that tribulation causes perseverance and perseverance brings character and character results in hope in Jesus that will not disappoint.

“We also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope; and hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out within our hearts through the Holy Spirit who was given to us” (Romans 5:3-5 NASB).

 

The patience of the saints is a precious thing, for they keep God’s commandments and won’t deny their faith during the worst of trials and persecutions. Those who die in the Lord will receive a blessing from the Lord. The person who dies is now at rest. That person will be rewarded for the good works they have done in the Lord.

 

This is the second of seven blessings in the book of Revelation.

 

The Seven Blessings of Revelation

  • First Blessing:  “Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.” (1:3)
  • Second Blessing:  “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.” (14:13)
  • Third Blessing:  “Blessed is he that watcheth, and keepeth his garments, lest he walk naked, and they see his shame.” (16:15)
  • Fourth Blessing:  “Blessed are they which are called unto the marriage supper of the Lamb.” (19:9)
  • Fifth Blessing:  “Blessed and holy is he that hath part in the first resurrection.” (20:6)
  • Sixth Blessing:  “Blessed is he that keepeth the sayings of the prophecy of this book.” (22:7)
  • Seventh Blessing:  “Blessed are they that do his commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city.” (22:14)

Jesus Pours His Wrath of the Wicked

Jesus Sits on a Cloud With a Sharp Sickle

Revelation 14:14

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.

 

This passage begins the harvest of the earth in Revelation 14:14-20.  Jesus comes sitting on a white cloud crowned with a golden crown and in His hand is a sharp sickle. This is the Second Coming of Christ referred to in Revelation 19:11-19.

“And out of his mouth goeth a sharp sword, that with it he should smite the nations: and he shall rule them with a rod of iron: and he treadeth the winepress of the fierceness and wrath of Almighty God” (Revelation 19:15). 

 

Jesus comes in His wrath with a sharp sickle to strike down the nations.

 

The Fourth Angel Cries “The Harvest is Ready for Harvesting”

Revelation 14:15

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 fourth angel cries out with a loud voice to Jesus who sits 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.”

 

Jesus is told by an angel that the time has come to harvest the earth. The “hour of judgment has come” (Revelation 14:7).

 

Jesus Reaps the Earth

Revelation 14:16

14:16 And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

 

Jesus reaps the earth. Many verses speak of the harvest of the earth including Revelation 19:11-19, Isaiah 63:1-6 and Isaiah 13:6-13. The reaping of the earth may also be referred to as treading the winepress and striking the nations.

 

The Fifth Angel Comes With a Sharp Sickle

Revelation 14:17

14:17 And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.

 

The fifth angel comes out of the temple in heaven with a sharp sickle. The angels assists the Lord to tread down the nations.

 

The Sixth Angel Begins to Harvest the Earth

Revelation 14:18-20

14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
14:19 And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
14:20 And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.

 

The sixth angel comes out from under the “altar of incense” which is before the throne of God. This is the time for the avenging of those who have been slain who were underneath the altar.

“And when he had opened the fifth seal, I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth?” (Revelation 6:9-10).

 

Now is the time to destroy the wicked who have killed the saints for their testimony in Jesus.

The angel with the sickle is told to harvest the earth,

“Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.”

 

So the angel struck the earth with his sickle and the blood flowed as a great winepress. It seems both Jesus and angels do the reaping of the earth. The blood from the slaughter rises to the horses bridle for a distance of 1600 furlongs or 200 miles. This is the finale to the Battle of Armageddon. Jesus saves His people, the Jews, from complete destruction by their enemies.  Israel measures 263 miles from north to south and 71 miles from east to west at its widest point. Two hundred miles of blood would cover from the Valley of Armageddon to below the city of Jerusalem.

 

Written by Timothy Brown

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