REVELATION CHAPTER 14


CHAPTER 14



          Rev 14:1. "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads."



             We know that the LAMB is speaking of Jesus, but what and where is mount SION. Is the word "SION" the same as the word "ZION" that we read about in Old Testament some 153 times. According to Wikipedia the free online encyclopedia the Hebrew word that is translated as "ZION" is transliterated to the word "SION" in the New Testament and is often used as a synonym for Jerusalem. We read in 2 Samuel 5:6,7 where king David conquers the Jebusites that are inhabiting the city of JERUSALEM in that day before Jerusalem became the CITY of DAVID on that day.



               "And the king (speaking of king David over Israel) and his men went to JERUSALEM unto the Jebusites, the inhabitants of the land: which spake unto David, saying, Except you take away the blind and the lame, you shalt not come in hither: thinking, David CANNOT come in hither. (in other words, these Jebusites were MOCKING David saying that he could not overtake their city fortress of Jerusalem even if it was inhabited by the blind and the lame.)

          7. Nevertheless David took the strong hold of ZION:the SAME is the CITY of David."



             So then, clearly ZION is synonymous with the CITY of JERUSALEM, which is also called the CITY of David. But is mount ZION synonymous with mount SION. With that being said, then this verse could be referring to the time when Jesus will come again and and STAND with his feet on the MOUNTAIN of Olives just to the east of Jerusalem. Please read Zechariah 14:3-5, which says,



          "Then shall the LORD go forth, and fight against those nations, as when he fought in the day of battle.

          4. And his FEET shall STAND in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.

          5. And you (speaking of God's people Israel that are in Jerusalem and in Judea in that day) shall FLEE to the valley of the mountains; for the valley of the mountains shall reach unto Azal: yea, you shall flee, like as ye fled from before the earthquake in the days of Uzziah king of Judah: and the LORD my God shall come, and all the saints with you."


             This still does not really tell us if mount ZION is one and the same mountain as mount SION. The word "ZION" is found 153 times in the King James Version of the Bible and all 153 times it is found only in the Old Testament. The word "SION" is found 9 times, two times in the Old Testament and 7 times in the New Testament.

              In Deuteronomy 4:48 we read, 

          "From Aroer, which is by the bank of the river Arnon, even unto mount Sion, which is Hermon,"


              And in Psalm 65:1 we read, 

          "Praise waits for you, O God, in Sion: and unto you shall the vow be performed."


             So to ME, the verse in Deuteronomy sounds like Sion is a literal mountain and in Psalm 65 Sion sounds like a people. And in the New Testament Sion seems to be referring to a people. So to ME I see the Zion of the Old Testament as referring to CITY of Jerusalem as a people just as the CITY of God, the NEW Jerusalem is speaking of God's people more so than a literal place.

             Isaiah chapter 62 teaches us that Zion and Jerusalem shall be called by a NEW NAME. And I believe this NEW name is the NEW Jerusalem.

             The 144,000 that have the NAME of the Father in their FOREHEADS, to ME, are the SAME 144,000 that are SEALED in their FOREHEADS in Revelation 7:1-8 of the twelve tribes of Israel.

             In Revelation chapter 7 we see a type or figure of the rapture of the church. So then, to ME I personally see that these 144,000 are being SEALED, as in, MARKED as God's people so that they will NOT be harmed from this point on. In chapter 11 we see that the TWO witnesses, which I said that I believe are the CHURCH and ISRAEL, are taken UP in the CLOUDS and every eye shall seem them. We know for sure that ONLY those who believe in Jesus as their Messiah shall receive ETERNAL LIFE at the time of the rapture of the church. 

             So then, we have three options. 

             One option is that the 144,000 receive eternal life at this point in time when the two witness are taken up just like the CHURCH, which is one of the two witness, that we know for sure receives eternal life at this point in time. 

             Or option two is ONLY the church receives eternal life at this point in time and the 144,000 of Israel are take up to be protected and kept alive while the wrath of God is being poured out, so that they 144,000 can go into the millennium in their mortal bodies. And then if they are found righteous when they die they will be resurrected and receive eternal life at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus. 

             Or the 144,000 is a third "FIRST FRUITS" unto Almighty God the Father, which we will explore shortly.



          Rev. 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:"



             The voice of many waters is the voice of Jesus, which we learned in chapter 1. The voice of a great thunder is to ME most likely is also the voice of Jesus ready to execute the wrath of God. The voice of those harping with harps are the 144,000 themselves, because of the next verse.



          Rev. 14:3. "And they (the one's harping) 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."



              The THEY here is obviously referring to the 144,000 only, who were harping with their harps in verse 2, because this verse goes on to say that NO man could learn this NEW song but the 144,000 sealed of the twelve tribes of Israel, which we clearly see are REDEEMED from the earth.



          Rev. 14:4. "These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whither soever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the first fruits unto God and to the Lamb."



             The word translated as virgins here also means to be celibate, which simply means that they did not come at their wives. 

             Please read Exodus 19:14-17, which is a type or figure of the rapture taking place on the third day just as the second day is completed.

         "And Moses went down from the mount unto the people, and sanctified the people; and they washed their clothes

          15.  And he said unto the people, Be ready against the third day: come NOT at your wives. (or be celibate or be like a virgin.)

          16.  And it came to pass on the third day in the morning, that there were thunders and lightnings, and a thick cloud upon the mount, and the voice of the trumpet exceeding loud; so that all the people that was in the camp trembled. 

          17.  And Moses brought forth the people out of the camp to meet with God; and they stood at the nether part of the mount."


              Now it may well be that the 144,000 sealed Jews are all male virgins having never been with a woman. It could be that they are all female virgins. Or perhaps half of them male virgins and the other half female virgins. My main point is that they do not have to be "virgins" in the strictest sense of the word, but rather abstaining for sex with their wives.

               Also we see that these 144,000 are the FIRST FRUITS unto Almighty God AND the Lamb. Now we read in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 that Jesus Christ is the FIRST FRUITS, and then we that belong to Jesus Christ AT his COMING shall also be FIRST FRUITS. So to me, we that are CHRIST'S or we who belong to Jesus Christ when he comes again will be FIRST FRUITS unto God and the Lamb. I do not know if one could demand that being the FIRST FRUITS unto God means receiving ETERNAL LIFE. To me it simply means we are the FIRST of something that has never been done before. I have some more thoughts on this that I may share later.



          Rev. 14:5. "And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God."



              This simply means that they were found perfect before God. But it may also mean that they are standing before the throne of God. The literal reads that they are in sight of the throne of God. In Revelation 7:9 we see that the church STOOD before the throne of God.

             The way that I myself see the 1000 year reign of Jesus is that the church ONLY receives eternal life AT the second coming of Jesus and we will rule with Jesus over Israel, which may include the 144,000 along with more of Israel called the remnant of Israel.

              Or it may be that the 144,000 are the ONLY remnant of Israel. Either way I see the church ruling with Jesus over Israel and those left of the nations. And I see Israel as being the upper class where those left of the nations will serve Israel. And prophecy teaches us that those left of the nations will be Muslims of the seed of Ishmael and of the seed of Esau. Now again those left of the nations will most likely include others who are not Muslims. Let us move on to the next two verses.



           Rev. 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,"


          Rev. 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."



             Now let us read Revelation 14, verses 6 and 7 together with emphasis placed on certain words.



                           Rev. 6. "And I saw ANOTHER angel (or MESSENGER) 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,"

                            Rev. 7. "SAYING with a loud voice, FEAR God, and give GLORY to him; for (or BECAUSE) the HOUR of his judgment IS COME: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters."



                Now either the job of preaching the gospel is now given the the ANGELS, or this word "angel", which simply means MESSENGER, is referring to the SAINTS who have just been CAUGHT UP to MEET Jesus in the AIR and are now with Jesus in the CLOUDS of great glory preaching not just the gospel but the EVERLASTING gospel to those who are LEFT of all the nations to REPENT and CALL upon the name of the Lord in order to be saved alive to go into God's kingdom to be TAUGHT of the Lord, or to have the everlasting gospel PREACHED to THEM who dwell up the earth during the 1000 year reign of Jesus.

              You see to me that they would be no need to have the words "to THEM who dwell ON the EARTH," because where else would they be. The gospel has always been preached to humans who dwell on the earth. But THIS gospel is being preached FROM the AIR to people dwelling ON the surface of the earth down below. And we know that the saints who rule and reign with Jesus will TEACH those dwelling on the earth. So they way I am seeing this is the we, the church, will be given eternal life to rule and reign with Jesus IN the city of God, which will be suspended IN the AIR or the shy over Jerusalem. And Israel along with those left alive of the nations will dwell down on the surface of the earth and not be allowed to ENTER INTO the CITY of God up in the sky.

             Please read Revelation 22:14,15.

          "And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. (Those IN Jesus Christ who are found to be that good and faithful servant will receive our reward of ETERNAL LIFE. All others not found IN Jesus Christ, but who REPENT at his coming will NOT receive the reward of eternal life and will NOT be allowed to ENTER INTO the CITY of God.)

          13.  I am Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end, the first and the last. 

          14.  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

          15.  For WITHOUT (or those NOT allowed to ENTER INTO the CITY) are dogs, and sorcerers, and whore mongers, and murderers, and idolaters, and whosoever loves and makes a lie (or whosoever loves making a lie)."

            

             We know that the city of God the New Jerusalem does not come down to this present earth at all. But rather come down to the New earth at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus. This tells me that the New Jerusalem or the city of God will either being in outer space orbiting the earth or suspended up in the sky of Jerusalem during the 1000 year reign of Jesus. Let us move on to verse 7.

            The word "HOUR" to ME, refers to the WRATH of Almighty God that is about to be poured out upon all the world and God is giving the world one last chance to repent and call upon the name of Jesus and be saved alive to go into the millennium in their mortal bodies to be taught of the Lord or to hear the everlasting gospel preached to them without being DECEIVED by Satan the Devil who will be bound during the 1000 year reign of Jesus.

             Remember in Revelation 6 when the SIXTH seal was opened we saw the WRATH of God being announce as coming. Then in Revelation 7 we saw the RAPTURE of the church and the sealing of the 144,000 Jews. And then in Revelation 8:1 we saw the SEVENTH seal open and that there was silence in heaven for the space of ONE HAL and HOUR.

             Now we know from other verses that God lifts his wrath lest all flesh be destroyed. So I propose that this HALF an HOUR speaks of HALF of God's WRATH where the OTHER HALF is poured out at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus after Satan is loosed to deceive the nations to make WAR against God's people one final time and FIRE from God comes DOWN from heaven to destroy them. Then the final resurrection take places and ANOTHER book of life is open, that is NOT called the LAMB'S book of life. This is why I am thinking that the 144,000 are are different FIRST FRUITS apart from the church. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. Next verse.



          Rev. 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."



             This tells me that the power behind this kingdom or great city Babylon has been toppled and is now fallen. In other words, Satan the god of this world is cast down and is about to be bound for a 1000 years in the bottomless pit, so that he can no longer tempt mankind. The feminine "SHE" as being a WOMAN seems to always refer to mankind, but in this case I believe it is speaking of the wicked, who have vexed the righteous like Lot was vexed by the wicked in his day.



          Rev. 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,"


          Rev 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:"



             At first reading these verse may seem to sound like a warning being giving to a yet future temptation of taking the MARK of the beast, but after closely examining the context I believe it is speaking of those CHRISTIANS who have KNOWINGLY and WILLINGLY ALREADY taken the MARK of the beast.

             Now keep in mind that this IS in fact a WARNING to us as Christians, who are living NOW to NOT take the mark of the beast, but this particular verse seems to point to the time WHEN this everlasting gospel goes forth AT the second coming of Jesus. Think of it as a final call to repent and NOT take to the mark of the beast. Keep in mind that this is speaking of a time when Muslims will be giving THEIR ultimatum of become a Muslim or off with your head. and those demanding that the MARK So their will be some seeking to save their mortal lives by becoming a Muslim.

             In other words, EVERY one who TAKES the MARK of the beast in order to save their own physical life shall be cast into the lake of fire on the JUDGMENT of Almighty God. Therefore, I personally believe, that since there is NO REPENTING from the TAKING of this MARK of the beast, then this MARK of the beast must be something that a person WILLINGLY and KNOWINGLY takes even though they were DECEIVED by Satan the Devil. Verse 9 also say those who WORSHIP the beast so for a CHRISTIAN to take the MARK of the beast I am seeing that there will be a demand to DENY Jesus as the SON OF God who suffered and died on the cross for the sins of mankind.

             Now I personally believe that this MARK of the beast is ISLAM, particularly when the Muslims who follow the teachings of Islam will come against Israel and the Christians and KILL or BEHEAD them, just because they will NOT bow down to their false god Allah. So taking the MARK of the beast will be making a CHOICE between Jesus being your savior or not being your savior. To say this another way taking the MARK of the beast will require a person to DENY Jesus as the SON OF God or be killed.

             Again this is MY own personal OPINION, but I have based it upon much sound Biblical evidence by closely considering all that the Bible has to say about this antichrist and antichrist system in the last days. Also these seems to be some wording in these verse that speak of the final day of judgment, which again leads me to believe that this everlasting gospel being preached from the AIR will be AT the second coming of Jesus and DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus. Keep in mind that at the END of the 1000 years those left of the nations, which will be descendants of ISHMAEL will be TEMPTED by Satan to make REBEL against God's people on final time. It will be like us NOW hearing the gospel to NOT take the MARK of the beast. We who live and reign with Jesus will be preaching TO the descendants of MUSLIMS to NOT listen to Satan when he will be set loose again to deceive that nations.



          Rev. 14:11. "And the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name."



             So verse 11 here to me speaks of the lake of fire at the end of the 1000 year reign of Jesus, which again leads me to see this everlasting gospel preached from the AIR being done DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus.      

             Notice that it says the SMOKE of their torment ascends up for ever and ever and NOT that they are actually TORMENTED for ever and ever. There are many verse that have led me to believe that the doctrine of eternal TORTURE and TORMENT is NOT a SOUND BIBLICAL teaching. Please read the studies that I have on the subject of hell for a deeper understanding of why the doctrine of eternal torture is not a sound Biblical teaching.



          Rev. 14:12. "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, AND the faith of Jesus."



             Simply put the patience of the saints means to endure unto the end and be FAITHFUL to KEEP the commandments of Almighty God and do NOT DENY Jesus as the SON of Almighty God and the one who DIED for your SINS. Also we can see the TWO witnesses here in this verse where the they who keep the commandments speak of the Jews and those who have the faith of Jesus speak of the Christians. Again see the study, the two witnesses, who are they.



          Rev. 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, says the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them."



              You have to keep in mind that this WAR at ARMAGEDDON is still raging while this everlasting gospel is being preached from the AIR. The CHURCH and the 144,000 of Israel are safe in the air with Jesus, but there are still a remnant of both Jews and a remnant of all the nations who are being faced with a decision that must be made quickly without much time to process what exactly is taking place, when they see Jesus coming in great clouds of glory making WAR with the Islamic Muslim nations seeking to kill ever last Jew and completely destroy Jerusalem. 

             Those ON the earth are caught UNAWARE like a thief in the night and they are in the MIDST of the WRATH of Almighty God. Some are trying to HIDE to save their lives, but Jesus said those of seek to SAVE their lives shall not only lose their mortal lives but also they shall LOSE out on ETERNAL LIFE. Therefore those, who REPENT and turn to God by calling upon the name of Jesus the SON of Almighty God, even though they will be KILLED by the Muslims will be BLESSED because they DIED in the Lord BELIEVING in JESUS as their savior and they will receive eternal life at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus, because the FIRST resurrection will have already taken place only moments before this everlasting gospel is preached from the AIR.


          Rev. 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."


          Rev 14:15. "And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in your sickle, and reap: for the time is come for you to reap ; for the harvest of the earth is ripe."


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



              Here in these three verses we see the writer John recapping the harvest of the righteous, which has already taken place BEFORE the WRATH or HOUR of JUDGMENT is COME.

             You have to remember that the book of Revelation is kind of like some movies that you may have watched where you are shown some things and then the movie jumps around back and forth until it makes you wonder at what point of the story you are at, until you realize that the film maker is just showing you more detail of what he has already shown you earlier.

              Also NOTICE that the HARVEST of the earth take place AT the SAME time that the WRATH of God is poured out as we will plainly see in the verses that follow. This is just another verse proving that the teaching of a rapture before the great tribulation is a false teaching.


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


          Rev. 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 your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe."


          Rev. 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 wine press of the wrath of God."


          Rev. 14:20. "And the wine press was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the wine press, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs."



             So then, clearly from these four verses we see the WRATH of Almighty God being poured out. In verse 20 we see that the blood of the slain come up to the depth of the bridle of a horse for a space of 1,600 furlongs. Some Bible scholars tell us that this space in today's terms is 200 miles.

             In other words, a furlong is a unit of length that is equal to 220 yards or 660 feet or 201.168 meters. There are 8 furlongs in a one mile. So if you want the conversion in miles then 1600 furlongs would then equal to 200 miles.

             Now to ME, this does not necessarily mean an OCEAN of blood without the dead bodies, but rather that the dead bodies will be piled up in some places as high as the bridle of horses over this entire 200 mile area in this place called ARMAGEDDON.

             This is to WARN us to let us know that you do NOT want to be there on the LOSING SIDE, which to ME, as I have already stated is on the side of the false god Allah. Jesus is coming back to FIGHT those NATIONS that fight AGAINST Israel. WAKE UP those of you who are Muslims and take HEED to the BOOK and the people of the book. Please read CLOSELY Psalm 83, which teaches us WHO the ten HORNS of the beast truly are, which shall seek to destroy Israel. Yes the blood of many Jews and Christians will be spilled, but so shall the blood of many many Muslims also be spilled. This is PROPHECY and it will happen, but it does NOT have to happen to YOU who will repent NOW before it is too late.

             There are many Muslims turning to Jesus in these last days receiving his as their Messiah, the Christ, the SON OF the living God and it is my prayer that YOU too receive Jesus into your life NOW before it is too late. Here is Psalm 83:1-18.


          "Keep not you silence, O God: hold not you peace, and be not still, O God.

           2. For, lo, YOUR ENEMIES make a tumult: and they that hate you have lifted up the head. (EVERYONE who REJECTS Jesus as the Messiah, the SON OF The living God is God's enemy, but as soon as they repent and BELIEVE upon God's SON they become the FRIEND of God.)

                3. They have taken crafty counsel against your people, (speaking of the JEWS) AND consulted against your hidden ones.(speaking of the Christians)

                                4. They (the radical Islamic Muslims) have said, Come, and let us cut them (ISRAEL) off from being a nation; that the name of Israel may be NO more in remembrance.

           5. For they (the Islamic Muslims) have consulted together with one consent: they are confederate against YOU (meaning that this Muslim confederacy or CALIPHATE who conspire AGAINST ISRAEL are in TRUTH conspiring AGAINST the one true and ONLY MOST HIGH Almighty God JEHOVAH. So then all you Muslims, who follow the teachings of ISLAM by uniting is this confederacy or caliphate to wipe Israel off the face of the earth ARE the following ten tribes of people, countries, or nations that are predominantly Muslim in the world today. Do your own research and KNOW that the follow list of countries are ALL Muslim dominated countries today.):

          6. The tabernacles of Edom, and the Ishmaelites; of Moab, and the Hagarenes;

          7. Gebal, and Ammon, and Amalek; the Philistines with the inhabitants of Tyre;

          8.  Assur   also is joined with them: they have helped the children of Lot. Selah.(All you who are Muslims please know and understand that Almighty God is WARNING you NOT to fight against his people ISRAEL and those that make the choice to go ahead and believe the MAN Muhammad OVER the very word of Almighty God himself shall be destroyed in the FIRE of God's JUDGMENT in the last days.)

               9. Do unto them (in other words, God will do unto EDOM, the ISHMAELITES, those of MOAB or the MOABITES, the HAGARENES or the descendants of HAGAR, those of GEBAL, those of AMMON, the AMLEKITES, the PHILISTINES, those of TYRE, and those of ASSURE as God did to the) as unto the Midianites; as to Sisera, as to Jabin, at the brook of Kison:

          10. Which perished at Endor: they became as dung for the earth.

          11. Make their nobles like Oreb, and like Zeeb: yea, all their princes as Zebah, and as Zalmunna:

          12. Who said, Let us take to ourselves the houses of God in possession.

          13. O my God, make them like a wheel; as the stubble before the wind.

          14. As the fire burns a wood, and as the flame sets the mountains on fire;

          15. So persecute them with your tempest, and make them afraid with your storm.

          16. Fill their faces with shame; that they may seek your name, O LORD.

          17. Let them be confounded and troubled for ever; yea, let them be put to shame, and perish:

          18. That men may know that you, whose name ALONE is JEHOVAH, are the MOST HIGH over all the earth."

 

              This brings us to the end of revelation chapter 14, so let us now continue with chapter 15 of the book of Revelation.