Archive for March 1st, 2018

Revelation 14

Revelation 14 has John telling of God’s victory and the beast’s defeat. “Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him  144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads”. Since they stand on Mount Zion with the Lamb, it shows that they emerge victorious from the great tribulation. The beast of Revelation 13 certainly has not defeated the 144,000; here they are triumphant, worshipping, and standing firm with Jesus.  That’s the good news of Revelation – we know that Jesus Christ is victorious and with Him all who are His!

John describes an angel who flies around proclaiming the gospel.  The angel preaches the gospel, but also announces judgment, and tells the people everywhere to Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water”.  This is how we all should see God.  He is Creator, Judge, and worthy of our praise.  He has made all things and is in charge of all things and will judge all things and before Him all of us will stand and give account.

How we live on earth matters.  “Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus”. The endurance and work of the saints is remembered in heaven. Our work for the Lord goes with us into heaven, giving dignity and significance to all work here below.  God is paying attention.  Our works will not go unnoticed.  If we live in obedience and serve the Lord faithfully, there will be a reward.  God is watching how we live and how we live out our faith in Christ.

John finishes the chapter by describing the “harvest of the earth” by to angels with sickles who cut away and reap.  The scene is powerful and complete as all the earth is cut down.  It is a vivid, powerful description that shows how complete the judgment of God is.  Nothing will be overlooked or left untouched.  God will reap those who have real faith in Christ.  This is when true believers will be separated from those who merely go to church – at the final harvest.  We will all stand before Him some day.  It won’t matter our church affiliation.  All that matters is whether or not we know Jesus as our Lord and Savior.  That is the only factor that will determine where we end up!

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