Rev27 – Remember, Jesus WINS - Rev 14:1-20
Revelation is Not Always Chronological - - [REPEAT]
There IS a General Series of Events thru Revelation
But It is NOT ALWAYS Chronological
Which often causes us great distress - because (as I’ve said)
we WANT Rev to proceed like a good action movie - (it doesn’t)
What helps us in this Dilemma - is to be constantly reminded
of the PURPOSE of the Book of Revelation
The Purpose of the Book of Revelation
is the REVEALING of Jesus Christ
Revelation is: The revealing of the person & work of Jesus Christ
AS IT RELATES to the Last Days
& our Ch today - CERTAINLY helps DO THAT
What our Ch today DOES NOT DO - is tell a Chronological story
or FIT perfectly into a Chronological timeline
& if we’ll GRASP that - We’ll have a much easier time
RECEIVING what I believe is the Primary Point of Rev Ch 14
I used to put an M.I.P. in every msg (Most important Point)
& so - the M.I.P. today is - Remember, Jesus WINS !!!
In Rev Ch 14 - we’re going to see a series of 7 Visions
that all have ONE THING in Common
they all show the Guaranteed Victory of Jesus Christ
over Satan & over the World System in the Tribulation
We’ve seen nothing but death & destruction from the satanic trinity
in Ch’s 12 & 13 - & so - it’s like God stops John - & Reminds him
“Hey, REMEMBER, Jesus absolutely wins in the end”
& Guys - WE need to Remember that today
We will see Evil Escalate on the Earth - Satan will - For a Time -
SEEM to be winning - Especially during the Tribulation
but we need to hear loud & clear - Jesus Christ WINS in the End
We need to HEAR it - We need to REMEMBER it -
& we need to LIVE according to it
Rev Ch 14 is in Direct Contrast - to the Deception & Destruction
Of Ch’s 12 & 13 - at the hands of the Satanic Trinity
Ch 14 is a Reminder
That God is STILL in Control -
That Jesus Christ IS going to WIN - &
That WE are More than Conquerors IN HIM
& so we need to Persevere, & CLING to Him
& 1 more thing - Because the Point here is to guarantee us -
That JESUS WINS in the End - there are some details left unclear
But - to Debate the Locations & Specific Details of this Ch -
is to completely miss the purpose
The Purpose is THIS - REMEMBER, JESUS WINS
& you WIN - if you are IN HIM
& You LOSE if you are AGAINST HIM
THAT - is the Most Important Point
The 1st VICTORY we see - is the Victory of the 144,000
Who have been BROUGHT THRU the Tribulation
Revelation 14:1 (esv)
1 Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb (Jesus Christ), and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.
As these Visions of Victory begin - The LAMB - Jesus Christ
is absolutely CENTRAL - He is First - & He is Prominent
& Here - He is on Mt Zion - & With Him are the 144,000
that He has Brought Thru the Tribulation
Now - Mt Zion is actually a Physical Place
that we would basically call Jerusalem Today
& Isa Ch 2 says the Lord will Reign on Earth From Mt Zion
During the Millennium
But Heb 12:22 says there is also a Heavenly Mt Zion
& we don’t know - if this is the Physical or Spiritual Mt Zion
But One thing we DO KNOW - Mt Zion, Thu-out the Bible
is the PLACE where God dwells with His people
& so - God is showing us the Ultimate VICTORY
For all those Sealed by Him in the Tribulation
The Point is NOT Geography - The Point is VICTORY
In Rev Ch 7 these 144,000 were Sealed by God
as miraculously protected evangelists
& they were Used by God to bring a HUGE Multitude into Heaven
& Here - we see them - Standing in VICTORY -
with Jesus - on Mt Zion - The City of God
& notice - HOW MANY of those SEALED by God in Ch 7
Are Standing Victorious with him on Mt Zion ?? (144,000)
Are you sure it isn’t 143,999 ??
Isn’t it ok for God to maybe just lose ONE or TWO ??
EVERY Single Person Sealed By God
is Brought thru the Tribulation - Into Eternal Reward !!
Jesus says in John 10:28 (esv)
28 I give them eternal life, and they will never perish, and no one will snatch them out of my hand.
THAT is TRUE for the 144,000
& if YOU belong to Jesus today - it’s Just as True - FOR YOU!!
& the VICTORY DANCE for these who have been
Brought Thru the Tribulation - is NOT over yet
in Revelation 14:2-3 Heaven Joins in the Victory Party (esv)
2 And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps,
3 and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
THIS is Absolute - Assurance of Victory
for those who are SEALED by God in the Tribulation
HEAVEN is singing like Many Waters & a Loud Thunder,
They’re singing a NEW SONG - before the Throne of God -
that no one could learn but these 144,000
That is a Serious Heavenly VICTORY PARADE
But then we see - Those Sealed by God - Also HAD A ROLE
in their VICTORY - Just as You & I have a Role - in Our Victory
Revelation 14:4(a) (esv)
4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes . . .
Now - This needs some explanation
This is Most Probably NOT talking about Physical CELEBACY
Altho - Sexual Immorality will be even higher THEN - than it is today
So there May be a Physical Connotation to it
BUT - Thru-out the Bible - Spiritual Idolatry
Is most often illustrated by Sexual Immorality
2 Corinthians 11:2 (esv)
2 (Paul, speaking to the church) . . . I betrothed you to one husband, to present you as a pure virgin to Christ.
Paul is Speaking of SPIRITUAL PURITY
Which is the same thought the NLT gives Rev 4:4
Revelation 14:4(a) (IN THE NLT)
4 They have kept themselves as pure as virgins, following the Lamb wherever he goes . . .
These 144,000 Have been Sealed by God
But they have also been PURLEY Devoted to Jesus
They have not committed Spiritual Adultery
with the False Religion of the World
& Revelation 14:4(b) (esv)
4 . . . These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb,
This is most probably a Reference
to the Millennial Reign of Christ on earth
Where the 144,000 will be the First Fruits (1st of their kind)
To come into that Millennial Kingdom on Earth
& Revelation 14:5 says (esv)
5 and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.
The idea here is - they have Nothing to Hide
They’ve been Sealed BY God
They’ve lived Devoted TO God - & now
They stand in Total Victory WITH God
& THAT my friends - is the WAY it’s DONE . . .
May they be an example to US - in the Tribulations WE face
NEXT - More Victory - Covering the Entire Earth Now !!
Revelation 14:6-7 (esv)
6 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.
7 And he said with a loud voice, “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.”
Again - the point here is NOT whether this is an Actual Angel
Or a SYMBOLIC Vision - of the Spread of the Gospel
The Point is - The Eternal Gospel - will COVER the Entire Earth
The Msg of God’s Grace - God’s Mercy - & God’s Judgment
Will Reach Every Nation - Every Tribe -
Every Language - Every People . . .
Will hear - one last time - Or maybe for the First Time
The Gospel Msg that brings Salvation & Eternal Life from God
& Because of How CLOSE the End is - The Msg is very Direct -
Fear God & Give Him Glory - Because His Judgment is UPON YOU
Choose to Worship Him - Who Created Heaven & Earth . . .
& Choose FAST - Before it’s too late
To me this is the Double, Triple, Quadruple - CONFIRMING
of God’s Incredible MERCY & GRACE
God ALWAYS Sends - His Mercy & Grace - BEFORE
His Required Judgment must fall
Jesus said in Matthew 24:14 (esv)
14 And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
Notice Jesus said - AS A TESTIMONY
& THAT is what this is in Rev 14:6-7 - A Testimony
of the Victory of God - & a Final CALL to WORSHIP Him
NEXT - we see Victory over the FALSE RELIGION of the World
Revelation 14:8 says (esv)
8 Another angel, a second, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality.”
Now - We don’t even meet Babylon the Great - Until Ch 17
& there - she is called - The Great Prostitute
But here - God is Guaranteeing the VICTORY
Before we even Meet the Enemy - (which is just like God)
Babylon Refers to a City, A Political System, & a Religious System
All Radically Set AGAINST God - like the Original Babylon
But - Babylon the Great - the Great Prostitute - is speaking of
the Apostate Church that becomes the World Religion
Lead by the False Prophet & the Antichrist
& again - the Sexual Immorality she has made the world
drunk with Certainly will have a PHYSICAL Side to it
But again - this is Prob referring to the Spiritual Adultery -
of the Apostate Church - & The Final World Religion
& that FALSE World Religion - With its Leader, The False Prophet
WILL be destroyed
& In the End - Jesus Christ will be the ONLY one Worshipped
Jesus WINS, in the End
& Those who Worship Him - will WIN With Him
& Those who Don’t - WON’T
NEXT - We see the Guaranteed Victory
For those who REFUSE to take the Mark of the Beast
AND - WITHIN this Victory - We also see
the JUGEMENT of those who DO Worship the Beast
Revelation 14:9-11 (esv)
9 And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand,
10 he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.”
Guys - God’s Judgment - & a Literal Hell
Are very UNPOPULAR subjects today - incld’g within the Church
But these vs’s are VERY CLEAR - about the Description of HELL
Those who Choose The Antichrist - OVER Jesus Christ . . .
Will bring upon themselves - God’s Full Wrath
& their Torment will Rise Up forever & ever
& they will have No Rest - Day or Night
THAT is the Bible’s Description of Hell - & it is REAL
& Jesus Christ Came - to offer you the ONLY VICTORY over Hell
Your ONLY way of Victory - is to Receive by FAITH -
the Full Payment Jesus made on your Behalf - For Your Sin
He Faced YOUR Hell - On YOUR Behalf
So that You could Live in HIS Heaven - For Eternity, with Him
The Bible is CLEAR - Faith in Christ - is the ONLY way
to Be Victorious over the Eternal Judgment of Hell
& In Contrast to that Eternal Judgment . . .
In Vs’s 12-13 - there is a Call to Endurance for the Saints
AND - another Promise of Eternal Victory
Revelation 14:12-13 (esv)
12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Blessed indeed,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!”
This is a Guarantee of Victory for those who Endure The Tribulation
& Cling Fast to their Faith in Christ alone
Yes - they will die at the hands of The Devil - But they are Blessed
because of their Faithfulness & Endurance for Christ
& maybe we’re not facing the Mark of the Beast today
But there is a similar VICTORY reserved for us
When WE Endure the tribulations of this world
BY Keeping the Commandments of God
& by Clinging to our Faith in Christ Alone - Amen?
Run the Race with Endurance - Cling to Jesus Christ -
& your VICTORY is Guaranteed by GOD HIMSELF
We’ve seen Victory for the 144,000 - on My Zion
We’ve seen Victory in the Heavenly Praise for them
We’ve seen Victory in the Gospel Covering the Earth
We’ve seen Victory over the False Religion of Babylon
We’ve seen Victory for those who Refuse To Worship the Beast
We’ve seen Victory for those who Die in the Lord
& NOW - We see VICTORY
In the Final TWO HARVESTS - of this world
THIS - is what it all comes down to
ALL that will matter - for Eternity -
is WHICH side of this Harvest YOU will be on
The First Harvest - is the Harvest of BELIEVERS
Revelation 14:14-16 (esv)
14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand.
This - is Jesus Christ - Preparing for the Harvest of Believers
15 And another angel came out of the temple, calling with a loud voice to him who sat on the cloud, “Put in your sickle, and reap, for the hour to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is fully ripe.”
a Message from the Father - It’s TIME - the Hour has Come
16 So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.
KEEP your place & Turn to Mat Ch 13 -
in the Parable known mostly as The Wheat & The Tares
A Farmer sows Wheat in a field
& his enemy comes in & sows Tares (weeds)
& the workers come to the Farmer & ask him
if they should go pull out the Tares (weeds)
& in Mathew 13:29-30 - we read (esv)
29 But he said, ‘No, lest in gathering the weeds you root up the wheat along with them.
30 Let both grow together until the harvest, and at harvest time I will tell the reapers, Gather the weeds first and bind them in bundles to be burned, but gather the wheat into my barn.’ ”
THAT is the Final Harvest - The Final VICTORY
That we’re seeing in Rev Ch 14
It’s not actually HAPPENING in Rev Ch 14
It’s Being Promised, Being Guaranteed in Ch 14 . . .
So that we will know FOR SURE - JESUS WINS in the End !
& then - we see the Other side of this Great & Final Harvest
. . . The Judgment Side
KEEP your place in Mat 13 - & Go back to Rev Ch 14
Revelation 14:17-19 (esv)
17 Then another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle.
18 And another angel came out from the altar, the angel who has authority over the fire, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Put in your sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, for its grapes are ripe.”
This word for RIPE - Means OVER Ripe - PAST TIME
19 So the angel swung his sickle across the earth and gathered the grape harvest of the earth and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
This is the Final Harvest of Judgment on the Earth
FLIP Back to Mat Ch 13 . . . This is Jesus Explaining the Parable
Matthew 13:39(b)-43 (esv)
39 . . . The harvest is the end of the age, and the reapers are angels.
40 Just as the weeds are gathered and burned with fire, so will it be at the end of the age.
41 The Son of Man will send his angels, and they will gather out of his kingdom all causes of sin and all law-breakers,
42 and throw them into the fiery furnace. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.
43 Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father. He who has ears, let him hear.
This Final Harvest - is the Removal of ALL SIN - AND the Unsaved
Which Prepares the Way for the Millennial Reign
of Jesus Christ ON the earth
& How great is this Final Victory over Sin on the Earth ?
Revelation 14:20 (esv)
20 And the winepress was trodden outside the city, and blood flowed from the winepress, as high as a horse’s bridle, for 1,600 stadia.
THAT is about 185 Miles - Which happens to be the distance
from the No. end of the Valley of Meggido - to the So. end of Israel
From the North to the South of Israel - Thru the Valley of Megiddo
BLOOD will flow - as high as a horse’s Bridle
THIS is a reference - to the Final Battle of Armageddon
WRITE JOEL CH 3 down In your Margin
& Read it later - It’s a Prophetic Commentary on these Vs’s
Guys - I want you to HEAR today - JESUS WINS
& I want you to ALWAYS REMEMBER - JESUS WINS
I know that sounds simple
But - when the World starts PULLING at you
& you know you’re walking the line - playin both sides . . .
I want you to always Remember - JESUS WINS
& if you will Run the Race with Endurance -
Looking to HIM - Clinging to Him - Following HIM
You will WIN - WITH HIM