REVELATION CHAPTER 14


CHAPTER 14



          Rev 14:1. "And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him a 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 to be called 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 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 that point on of the time that they will be sealed. 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 according to 1 Corinthians 15:23 and 1 Thessalonians 4:13-18.

             So then, we have three options. 

             One option is that the 144,000 receive eternal life at this point in time when the two witnesses are taken up just like the picture of the rapture of the church keeping in mind that the CHURCH, which is one of the two witnesses, that we know for sure receives eternal life at this point in time. So the question is do these 144,000 sealed Jews who are NOT IN Jesus Christ receive eternal life at the rapture of the church? 

             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 during the 1000 year reign of Jesus 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 having the sound 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 is the 144,000 sealed Jews 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. Stay with me and you will see what I am saying fits will the whole big picture of prophecy.



          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 firstfruits 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. This word does not dogmatically demand that all 144,000 sealed Jews are single men who have never had sex.

             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. Remember that a day is as a thousand years and it has been nearly two thousand years since the cross of Jesus.

         "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 from having sex with their wives.

               Also, we see that these 144,000 are the FIRSTFRUITS unto Almighty God AND the Lamb. Now we read in 1 Corinthians chapter 15 that Jesus Christ is the FIRSTFRUITS, and then we that belong to Jesus Christ AT his COMING shall also be FIRSTFRUITS. So to me, we that are CHRIST'S or we who belong to Jesus Christ when he comes again will be FIRSTFRUITS unto God and the Lamb. I do not know if one could demand that being the FIRSTFRUITS 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 will share later but first I want you to read more of the context.



          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 of MORTAL people where those who are left alive of the nations and called upon the Lord to be spared alive will serve Israel. And prophecy teaches us that those who are left of the nations will be Muslims of the seed of Ishmael and of the seed of Esau. Now again those who are left alive of the nations will most likely include others who are not Muslims. So I do not want to mislead my readers to wrongly think that I am saying that only Muslims and the remnant of Jews will survive the wrath of God. Those who are left alive of the nations will be of every race and tongue who call upon the name of the Lord to be saved. Only they will be saved ALIVE in their MORTAL bodies. It is ONLY those of us who are IN Jesus Christ at his coming who will receive eternal life to rule and reign with Jesus over the mortals during the world to come. 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 to 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 there 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 the way I am seeing this is that 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 in the SKY over the destroyed city of Jerusalem on the earth. And Israel along with those left alive in their MORTAL bodies 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 the time of 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 the city of God, the new Jerusalem, comes 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 over the ruined city Jerusalem during the 1000 year reign of Jesus. Those ON the earth in their mortal bodies will REBUILD the desolate places made desolate during the great tribulation and the wrath of God. 

            The 144,000 sealed Jews are a "NEW" firstfruits who are LEARNING about their Messiah during the 1000 year reign of Jesus and they will follow Jesus where ever he leads them. We the church who have been given eternal life will TEACH the mortals on the earth about the Lord. I am seeing that we will travel to and from the city of God in the air down to the surface of the earth to preach the everlasting Gospel. Or it may be that only the 144,000 sealed Jews are allowed to travel up to the city in the sky to receive the gospel as disciples and that they will preach the gospel during the Millennium.

            But it should also be noted that there will be a short space of time BETWEEN the rapture of the church and the 1000 year reign of Jesus in which the WRATH of God will be poured out.

            Let us move on to verse 7 to see the WARNING being given to the 144,000 sealed Jews and the rest of the world down on the earth who will go through the WRATH of God.

            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 announced as coming and asking the question of WHO shall be able to abide or remain alive during the wrath of God. 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 HALF an HOUR. We have already learned that God shows MERCY and lifts his wrath lest no flesh survive his wrath. And we have learned that the last half of God's wrath will be poured out at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus.

             So again, 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 a different FIRSTFRUITS apart from the church. The first shall be last and the last shall be first. In other words, the JEWS will become JEALOUS as they see the Christians being delivered at the coming of Jesus and they will call upon Jesus to save them. Only it will be too late for them to be saved, as in, to be given eternal life at this point in time of the coming of Jesus.  So they will be saved alive in their mortal bodies to be taught of the Lord during the Millennium. But first, they must OBEY the everlasting gospel being preached from the AIR to NOT take the MARK of the beast during the hour of God's wrath. They have to make it through the hour of God's wrath first before the Millennium begins. 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 that is behind or is influencing this kingdom, 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 or influence mankind. The feminine "SHE and HER" as being a WOMAN seems to always refer to mankind or the church r a religious system, 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 verses 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 to save their MORTAL lives. And what seems to be future is actually the final judgment of the lake of fire.

             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 DURING the first half of God's WRATH hile it is being poured out AFTER the rapture of the church. Think of it as a final call to repent for those left on the surface of the earth being warned to 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 to become a Muslim or else off with your head.  So there will be some seeking to save their mortal lives by becoming a Muslim even during that the time that the WRATH of God is being poured out. So then, the future sense of this verse is speaking of the lake of fire at the end of the 1000 years.

             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. So then to me, 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 says those who WORSHIP the beast. Therefore, to me, for a CHRISTIAN to take the MARK of the beast I am seeing that there will be a demand for the person taking the mark of the beast 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 or cast into prison to await their death.

             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, there seems to be some wording in these verses 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 also DURING the 1000 year reign of Jesus. Keep in mind that at the END of the 1000 years those who are left alive of the nations, which some will be descendants of Ishmael will be TEMPTED by Satan to make REBEL against God's people one final time during the last generation of the mortals at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus. 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 the nations. We will cover this again when we get to chapter 20 but for now, let us move on to verse 11 of chapter 14.



          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 of TWO things. First, it 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. But it also speaks of the earth passing away and melting with fervent heat. Keep in mind that the DAY of the Lord is AS a THOUSAND years and a thousand years as a day. So we must remember the FIRST HALF of God's wrath and the last half of God's wrath separated by a THOUSAND years or one DAY with the Lord. So there will be fire and SMOKE as well that will be rising up after the second coming before the 1000 years for those on the earth to see during the Millennium. But there will also be the smoke of the lake of fire as well at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus.    

             But please notice that it says the SMOKE of their torment ascends up forever and ever and NOT that they are actually TORMENTED in and everlasting forever and ever. There are many verses in the Bible 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, "Does Revelation 20:10 teach the doctrine of eternal torture?" and "IS THE DOCTRINE OF HEEL BIBLICAL?", but for now, let us move on to verse 12 of Revelation 14.



          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 as the Messiah, 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. But in the context of this verse where the warning to NOT take the mark of the beast is being preached from the air DURING the WRATH of God there is actually only ONE witness on the earth who are BECOMING Christians AFTER the rapture of the church has already taken place. So then, the remnant of Jews are being told to keep the commandments of God throughout THEIR generations AND to keep the FAITH that Jesus is their MESSIAH who has come to deliver them. Keep in mind that at this time the Jews will be taken captive by the Islamic Muslim armies and that they have just witnessed the rapture of the Church seeing the Christians being rescued by Jesus by being taken up into the air aboard the chariots of God. Please read Isaiah 26:20.

            "Come, my people, enter you into your chambers, and shut your doors about you: hide your self as it were for a little moment, until the indignation be overpast."



          So then, what I myself am seeing is that bother the church and the 144,000 sealed Jews will be caught upon into the air but only the church will be given eternal life and the 144,000 sealed Jews will be brought down to a safe place on the earth while the wrath of God is being poured out. OR it may be that the 144,000 remain up in the air with Jesus until the wrath is passed and then they are brought back down to the surface of the earth. And it may be the rest of the REMNANT of the Jews left down on the earth who must endure the wrath of God. What I do know for sure is that the church is NOT appointed to the WRATH of God but the children of Israel or the remnant of the Jews ARE appointed to the wrath of God but God shows his mercy and lifts his wrath lest all of Israel be killed.

             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 will still be raging during the WRATH of God after the rapture of the church while this everlasting gospel is being preached from the AIR by the messengers of the gospel. The CHURCH and the 144,000 of Israel will be 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 every last Jew and completely destroy Jerusalem. To some, the coming of Jesus making war may appear as an alien invasion. Please read the studies "WHAT DOES THE BIBLE SAY ABOUT UFO'S?" and "THE WAR IN HEAVEN-REVELATION 12" for one possibility of the great deception that is prophesied to come. 

             You see, those left behind ON the surface of the earth will be caught UNAWARE like a thief in the night and they will in the MIDST of the WRATH of Almighty God but many may now know that it is the wrath of God. Some may think that they are being attacked by aliens from another planet. Some will turn and fight Jesus. Some will try to HIDE to save their lives, but Jesus said those who 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. In other words, the second witness or the two witnesses will be resurrected at the END of the 1000 year reign of Jesus along with the rest of the dead. And among the rest of the dead resurrected at the end of the 1000 years will be the ENEMIES of God's people who will then witness the Jews ascending up into the clouds. To say this another way, it appears that the END of the 1000 years will be very much LIKE the coming of Jesus BEFORE the 1000 years. There will be a WAR both before the Millennium and AFTER the Millennium. There will be a resurrection BEFORE the 1000 years and there will be a resurrection AFTER the 1000 years. The Church or those found faithful IN Jesus Christ only will be given eternal life before the 1000 years and ONLY the righteous will be given eternal life at the END of the 1000 years.


          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 has 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 filmmaker 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. And notice as well that at the Second coming of Jesus that the RIGHTEOUS IN Jesus Christ are taken FIRST before the wicked are judged. But at the END of the 1000 years, the TARES are taken first. In other words, at the end of the 1000 years, then the wicked are destroyed FIRST and THEN comes the resurrection of the REST of the dead. This explains the apparent contradiction in the parable of the dividing of the sheep and the goats which some prophecy teachers place before the 1000 years. I myself am seeing that the sheep and the goats are divided DURING the Millennial reign of Jesus. I suppose that in a sense that the rapture could be seen as the dividing of the sheep and the goats but there is still yet some MORE dividing to be done between the sheep and the goats because not ALL who go through the Millennium in the MORTAL bodies will be saved and receive eternal life at the end of the 1000 years.


          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 winepress of the wrath of God."


          Rev. 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."



             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 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 only 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, the Holy Bible and the people of the book the Christians. 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 Muslims will shed the blood of many Jews and Christians, but Jesus himself shall the blood of many many Muslims when he returns. This is PROPHECY given by Almighty God himself the one true and only Almighty God and it will happen, but it does NOT have to happen to YOU who will repent NOW before it is too late. Jesus is the ONLY way to eternal life. There is no other NAME among men that is given for us to be saved than the name of JESUS.

             There are many Muslims turning to Jesus in these last days receiving him as their Messiah, the Christ, the SON OF the living God and it is my prayer that YOU as well to receive Jesus into your life NOW before it is too late. TODAY is the day of salvation. Do not wait until it will be too late. Believe in Jesus now if you want to receive eternal life in the world to come. 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 (the ENEMY of God, the Muslims who seek to kill the Christians and the Jews) 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 Yahweh. So then, all you who are Muslims, who follow the teachings of ISLAM by uniting in 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 following list of countries are ALL Muslim dominated countries today. Know that the ONE true God of the Bible calls these ten Muslim countries his ENEMY and that Jesus will slay them when he comes):

          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 also know that those of you who are Muslim 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 YAHWEH, are the MOST HIGH over all the earth."

 

              God is warning all humans that HE is the ONE and ONLY TRUE God and that his NAME is YAHWEH and NOT Allah or any other false god. This brings us to the end of Revelation chapter 14, so let us now continue with CHAPTER 15 of the book of Revelation.