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Daily Bible Reading (Tuesday, December 19th)

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Revelation 14 (ESV)

 

The Lamb and the 144,000

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. 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,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. It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.

The Messages of the Three Angels

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. 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.”

Another angel, a second, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion[a] of her sexual immorality.”

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.”

12 Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.[b]

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!”

The Harvest of the Earth

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.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.” 16 So he who sat on the cloud swung his sickle across the earth, and the earth was reaped.

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.” 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.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.[c]

Footnotes:

  1. Revelation 14:8 Or wrath
  2. Revelation 14:12 Greek and the faith of Jesus
  3. Revelation 14:20 About 184 miles; a stadion was about 607 feet or 185 meters

5 Comments

In verse 3 who is the “they”? The 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. When I read verse six, John says, “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.“ so where is this verse continued from? So I went back to Revelation 10:1...”Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven,“. We don’t hear about another angel coming from heaven until here at Revelation 14:6, and this time with an eternal gospel (Good News) to announce to the people living on earth, to every nation, tribe, language, and race of people. And then there’s verse 7. Amen! Verse 8 is a woe, and verses nine and 10 are a huge warning. What a blessing in verse 13...Come Lord Jesus...

Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. Amen

With all this deceit and torment because people are following the father of lies and his wicked ministers, our Holy God of truth and all righteousness still sends forth the Gospel of salvation to this sin-filled world that people may be saved. I know that God's word has 2 purposes: 1 to harden the heart, 2 save the sinner. Are we singing the blessed words of salvation thru faith in Jesus, who saves his people from their sins, our Emmanuel, God with us.

What imagery of the vast power of God, unleashed through Christ in mighty wrath. Thank you Lord for saving a sinner like me!!

....”and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and the presence of the Lamb”. - so Christ will see the torment in hell? This is something I hadn’t really thought about, but it is right here for us to read.

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