Wrath Of The Lamb: The Revelation Of Jesus Christ

Revelation Chapter 14:

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Overview: - Following the description of the 144,000 on Mount Zion with the Lamb, the events in this Chapter are concurrent with the last three Trumpets, and can be mentally placed in the text where the Three Woes are announced.

The narration is still the continuance of the Seventh Trumpet story of the Church of Laodicea begun towards the end of Chapter Eleven. The Church of Laodicea began with the Apostles, and so its history is parallel to all of the other six Churches.

Here in Chapter Fourteen we are given further information about the 144,000. The messages of the Three Angels are given (the three last Churches, Sardis, Philadelphia, and Laodicea). And we are shown the results of each Angel's, or Church's, message.

The Sealed 144,000 Shown With The Lamb:

    "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. 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: And they 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. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God." (Revelation 14:1-5 KJV)

    • Having his Father's name written upon their foreheads: The redeemed that make up the symbolic number of the 144,000 are the 'members' of Jesus' Church of Philadelphia, His scattered sheep around the world (the Sixth Trumpet). Having His Father's name upon their foreheads means that the 144,000 seen here with the Lamb have now been sealed. The sealing is shown as beginning in Chapter Seven.

      In His message to the Church of Philadelphia Jesus promises to write God's name upon those who overcome:

        "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out: and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God, which is new Jerusalem, which cometh down out of heaven from my God: and I will write upon him my new name." (Revelation 3:12 KJV)

    • Not defiled with women; for they are virgins: The 144,000 from the Church of Philadelphia have put on Jesus Christ's Robe of Righteousness, and no longer follow doctrines written by men, they now follow only the Lamb. This type of 'virginity' is illustrated by Paul in Corinthians:

        "For I am jealous over you with godly jealousy: for I have espoused you to one husband, that I may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ." (2 Corinthians 11:2 KJV)

      The fact that these virgins are no defiled with women refers to the Seven Churches, for the 144,000 are followers of Jesus, not doctrine. The following prophecy of Isaiah also uses the metaphor of 'women' to represent the Seven Churches:

        "And in that day seven women shall take hold of one man, saying, We will eat our own bread, and wear our own apparel: only let us be called by thy name, to take away our reproach. In that day shall the branch of the LORD be beautiful and glorious, and the fruit of the earth shall be excellent and comely for them that are escaped of Israel." (Isaiah 4:1-2 KJV)

      People from around the world of various races and tongues represented by the Seven Churches will take the hand of Jesus.

    • These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb: The 144,000 are sealed. Once sealed their conversion is irreversible. In Jesus' message to the Church of Philadelphia, Jesus says, "Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God, and he shall go no more out". These are the first people who that will be changed from within by fire, these are God's watchmen outside of organized religion who can see the state of the world clearly.

    • Without fault before the throne of God: The 144,000 accept Jesus as their mediator, and do not rely on their own self-righteousness or ego. They recognize that Jesus is their Righteousness, for only He is without fault before God:

        "Jesus answered them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin. And the servant abideth not in the house for ever: but the Son abideth ever. If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed." (John 8:34-36 KJV)

The First Angel's Message:

    "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, 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." (Revelation 14:6-7 KJV)

    • Historically, this angel is represented by evangelical work of the Church of Sardis since the year 1844. That Church's mission was to spread the Gospel world-wide before Jesus' return, and once again bring the Ten Commandment Law of God into remembrance before the world.

The Second Angel's Message:

    "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." (Revelation 14:8 KJV)

    • The First Job of Philadelphia: This Angel is represented by the efforts of the Church of Philadelphia, whose work in His Temple consists of studying the Bible through the Holy Spirit to understand the Truths of God therein.

      Here in Revelation Jesus has recorded the truth about the religious history of the last nearly 2,000 years. He has also given us the cause of the problem - turning from God and not following His Commandments.

      We must get the Christians of Laodicea to understand these Truths, and let them know that Babylon, the apostate Church of the world, has indeed fallen.

      We must point out the apostasies of modern Christianity within Laodicea, and provide their members with eyesalve. Organized Christianity has largely abandoned the true teachings of Jesus in favor of convenient and comfortable living - and as a result of moral and legal persecution by the justice system.

      His Two Witnesses, containing the Ten Commandment Law of God, will be the sword used to remind all of Laodicea of why the society they have developed has brought the world so near to destruction: They have backslidden and ignored God's Law and the teachings of Jesus Christ.

      The Second Job of Philadelphia: The Church of Philadelphia is made up of the 144,000 - we are Jesus' elect. We are only elect temporarily because we are aware of a world situation in which suffering will continue from now on. There is no human way out except genocide and oppression. We also know that the earth itself is in trouble because of bad environmental policies.

      We know this, but most people in the Churches have lost faith. They are relying on governments to solve the world's problems.

    • Jesus' ELECT must ask the Father to send Jesus to us.

      • WE must invite Him back:

          "For I say unto you, Ye shall not see me henceforth, till ye shall say, Blessed is he that cometh in the name of the Lord." (Matthew 23:39 KJV)

          "...Before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;" (Revelation 7:9 KJV)

      • WE must want Him back and actively PRAY for His return:

          "And except those days should be shortened, there should no flesh be saved: but for the elect's sake those days shall be shortened." (Matthew 24:22 KJV)

      • Hear His parable of the Unjust Judge! We must pray to God for His return:

          "And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint; Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man: And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.

          "And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man; Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me.

          "And the Lord said, 'Hear what the unjust judge saith'. And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them? I tell you that he will avenge them speedily. Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?" (Luke 18:1-8 KJV)

      • We must act in faith, knowing our Shepherd will return. Listen to His warning, and the Apostle Paul's admonishment to step out in faith:

          "But as the days of Noah were, so shall also the coming of the Son of man be. For as in the days that were before the flood they were eating and drinking, marrying and giving in marriage, until the day that Noah entered into the ark, And knew not until the flood came, and took them all away; so shall also the coming of the Son of man be." (Matthew 24:37-39 KJV)

          "By faith Noah, being warned of God of things not seen as yet, moved with fear, prepared an ark to the saving of his house; by the which he condemned the world, and became heir of the righteousness which is by faith." (Hebrews 11:7 KJV)

        He must find our faith when He comes!

      He death on the cross erased our sins and after being chosen and going through His refining process and being born again, we know this to be true.

      It has fallen to us to revive the Christians of Laodicea, and get them to join us because they still think they must be perfect of themselves to be accepted by Jesus.

      While these people were responsible for persecuting and scattering us, they did it out of love for Jesus and they thought they were doing the right thing. These sheep of Jesus have stuck it out in churches while most of us doubted and rebelled. They think we had more fun than they did (little do they know), so we must pay our dues by forgiving them and persevering to bring them back to Jesus.

The Third Angel's Message:

    "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, 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: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name." (Revelation 14:9-11 KJV)

    • If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand: The Third Angel represents the command given to the Church of Laodicea. Though worded as a warning, this command to denounce to the Beast rather than worship him, and to abandon use of his mark and the number of his name, is meant to affirm the commitment Christians must make to following the teachings of Jesus.

      Jesus gives this command. We are to follow His instructions in Luke Chapter Twelve:

        "Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father's good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell that ye have, and give alms; provide yourselves bags which wax not old, a treasure in the heavens that faileth not, where no thief approacheth, neither moth corrupteth. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Let your loins be girded about, and your lights burning; And ye yourselves like unto men that wait for their lord, when he will return from the wedding; that when he cometh and knocketh, they may open unto him immediately. Blessed are those servants, whom the lord when he cometh shall find watching: verily I say unto you, that he shall gird himself, and make them to sit down to meat, and will come forth and serve them." (Luke 12:32-37 KJV)

      It is important to see the connections between this command to His flock in the book of Luke, and His message in Revelation to the Church of Laodicea:

      • His message "Sell that ye have... For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also" is linked to His advice for Laodicea: "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed..."

      • His message "That when He cometh and knocketh, they may open unto Him immediately" is linked to His advice for Laodicea also: "Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me."

      When the message of the Third Angel is given after the sounding of the Seventh Trumpet, Jesus is giving Christians instructions for liberating ourselves from the Beast and the apostasy of the Harlot of Babylon, and witnessing His teachings before the world prior to His return.

      He has forgiven our apostasies, but we must sanctify the Name of the Father before the world, a Name that we have defiled with up to now. This pro-active role that Christians must take is made clear throughout the Bible:

        "And I will sanctify my great name, which was profaned among the heathen, which ye have profaned in the midst of them; and the heathen shall know that I am the LORD, saith the Lord GOD, when I shall be sanctified in you before their eyes." (Ezekiel 36:23 KJV)

      Both Martin Luther King and Mahatma Gandhi understood the strategy behind the metaphor of the Beast and His mark, and both used the non-violent economic means of protest described in Revelation successfully. Both were also assassinated.

      See Revelation Chapter Seventeen for how the Third Angel's message affects the Harlot of Babylon when it that message issued.

      By Christians finally sanctifying His name and witnessing Jesus teachings, the rest of world will follow Him also.

The People of the First Angel's Message:

    "Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them." (Revelation 14:12-13 KJV)

    The Church of Sardis: To those who have worked so hard in His faith spreading the Gospel over the last nearly two centuries... Their works follow them as the seeds they planted establish themselves in the people of the Church of Philadelphia, during the last days. These people are among the 144,000 through the work they did during their life time. Also, if the current members of churches that are part of Sardis will use Jesus' eyesalve, they may join the 144,000 elect also.

    The result of Sardis work is the fruit of the Church of Philadelphia, below.

The People of the Second Angel's Message:

    "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. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped." (Revelation 14:14-16 KJV)

    The Church of Philadelphia: Jesus is shown in metaphor reaping the 144,000 described in verses 1-5. In verse four of this Chapter shown above, these are described as being the "redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb". Since they are also described as those who "follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth" it is Jesus who is shown as reaping them for God and their work in His Temple.

    These people know that Jesus' has been their King since His Ascension to Heaven, so He is shown wearing a crown.

    The Angel that initiates this reaping significantly comes out of God's Temple, which is where the 144,000 will be working for Jesus as described previously in Revelation Seven, verse 15:

      "Therefore are they before the throne of God, and serve him day and night in his temple: and he that sitteth on the throne shall dwell among them." (Revelation 7:15 KJV)

    The result of Philadelphia's work is the actual return of Jesus to call His people out of Laodicea (the Harlot of Babylon)

The People of the Third Angel's Message:

    "And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. 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 thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. 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. 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." (Revelation 14:17-20 KJV)

    The Church of Laodicea: These verses describe the "reaping" of the lukewarm Laodiceans. This church has become Spiritual Babylon, and in His message to this church He spews them from His mouth:

      "I know thy works, that thou art neither cold nor hot: I would thou wert cold or hot. So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth. Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:" (Revelation 3:15-17 KJV)

    The angel initiating this reaping comes out of the altar, which represents the earth. This is also the angel that has power over fire. This fire will purify the people of Laodicea according to Jesus' description in His message to this church:

      "I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and that the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see." (Revelation 3:18 KJV)

    These are also the people who make up the Harlot Babylon, so their consummation by fire is the same as the consummation of that Harlot. The people of these churches believe in the doctrines of men and women who founded the churches they attend, rather than relying on Jesus' teachings.

    These founders were moved by the Holy Spirit, and have built on the foundation of Jesus Christ, using the best 'building materials' available at the time.

    This building process is described by the Apostle Paul in First Corinthians Chapter Three:

      "According to the grace of God which is given unto me, as a wise masterbuilder, I have laid the foundation, and another buildeth thereon. But let every man take heed how he buildeth thereupon. For other foundation can no man lay than that is laid, which is Jesus Christ. Now if any man build upon this foundation gold, silver, precious stones, wood, hay, stubble; Every man's work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man's work of what sort it is. If any man's work abide which he hath built thereupon, he shall receive a reward. If any man's work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss: but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire." (1 Corinthians 3:10-15 KJV)

    All people on the earth will have to be purified into gold by submitting to God the Father. It will be a painful process for many, because they will need to recognize their sins which they believed to be righteousness, as well as those sins they know they are committing. They will need to repent and ask forgiveness. They will need to be born again of His Spirit.

      "Look unto me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth: for I am God, and there is none else. I have sworn by myself, the word is gone out of my mouth in righteousness, and shall not return, That unto me every knee shall bow, every tongue shall swear. Surely, shall one say, in the LORD have I righteousness and strength: even to him shall men come; and all that are incensed against him shall be ashamed. In the LORD shall all the seed of Israel be justified, and shall glory." (Isaiah 45:22-25 KJV)

    I know what it's like, I've been through it. While it is a little painful, it is also the most wonderful experience anyone will ever have, as they realize the LOVE that their God has for them, as well as for all of His creations.

    Oh... the blood coming out of the winepress after these people are reaped? Unto the horses bridles that is the blood of Jesus Christ, who died for the sins of the entire world.