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Revelation Chapter 14

Then I looked, and behold, the Lamb was standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder, and the voice which I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps. Revelation 14:1-2

We begin this chapter with the 144,000, remember these are the 12 tribes of Israel. The name of God written of their foreheads, meaning they are sealed by the Holy Spirit.

A loud sound begins to play out of Heaven, this will begin another worship service for our Lord Jesus Christ

In Him, you also, after listening to the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation– having also believed, you were sealed in Him with the Holy Spirit of promise, Ephesians 1:13

And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders; and no one could learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been purchased from the earth. These are the ones who have not been defiled with women, for they have kept themselves chaste. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb. And no lie was found in their mouth; they are blameless. Revelation 14:3-5

The worship service begins with the 144,000, the 4 creatures, and the elders. Greater detail is now given about the 144,000. Not only are they the 12 Tribes of Israel but they are also “spiritual virgins”. Are they actual virgins, that is debatable, however we know that they are holy and blameless before God.

It reminds me of when Jesus taught about the “Ten Virgins” , was he being literal? No , spiritually we are to be holy for God, as a virgin bride

For I am jealous for you with a godly jealousy; for I betrothed you to one husband, so that to Christ I might present you as a pure virgin. 2 Corinthians 11:2

And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.” Revelation 14:6-7

We are now going to see a series of 3 angels who are going to give warnings to the entire world. “Fear God” is the core of their message, how far we have gotten away from this message even in our world today. “Judgement Has Come” time is up for all the wicked who have rejected God and continue to live in their immorality

Do not fear those who kill the body but are unable to kill the soul; but rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell. Matthew 10:28

And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.” Revelation 14:8

Who or what is Babylon? You will read and hear a lot of different interpretations of it. My belief is Babylon is symbolic for the False Religion and Political system of the Anti Christ. We are even seeing it today, the False Religion of Babylon has invaded the Christian Church. Many Churches have fallen away from the true gospel and doctrine, Beware!

But even if we, or an angel from heaven, should preach to you a gospel contrary to what we have preached to you, he is to be accursed! Galatians 1:8

Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will 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 goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Revelation 14:9-11

Here we see a warning from the 3rd and final Angel. Again we are seeing reference to the “Mark of The Beast”, I believe its more of a “spiritual” mark than a physical one. But notice anyone selling out to Satan will be thrown into the Lake of Fire! Be careful who or what you are worshipping or devoting your time to. This entire world is controlled by Satan and his empire Babylon.  Worship the Lord Jesus Christ for your salvation!

And He said to him, “‘YOU SHALL LOVE THE LORD YOUR GOD WITH ALL YOUR HEART, AND WITH ALL YOUR SOUL, AND WITH ALL YOUR MIND.’ Matthew 22:37

Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!'” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”Revelation 14:12-13

The key word for Christians left behind is “Endure”! Keep the commandments of God , Keep your Faith in Jesus Christ! God never promised are journey as Christians will be easy, but he did promise us ultimate victory in his Kingdom for eternity!

But the one who endures to the end, he will be saved Matthew 24:13

Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and sitting on the cloud was one like a son of man, having a golden crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand. Then another angel came from the Temple and shouted to the one sitting on the cloud, “Swing the sickle, for the time of harvest has come; the crop on earth is ripe.” Then He who sat on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped. Revelation 14:14-16

The Harvest is Here! The Son of Man (Jesus Christ) is coming with his angels to remove any remaining Christians from the Earth. Jesus is preparing for the Final Judgement of the Earth, the moment has finally arrived, don’t be left behind!

 

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few. Matthew 9:37

 

And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, and he also had a sharp sickle. Then another angel, the one who has power over fire, came out from the altar; and he called with a loud voice to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Put in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters from the vine of the earth, because her grapes are ripe.” Revelation 14:17-18

The symbolism of a harvest of grapes is key to understand the wrath and devastation of the wicked. Picture grapes being put through a winepress, this is the scene about to happen here on Earth

 

Put in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread, for the wine press is full; The vats overflow, for their wickedness is great. Joel 3:13

So the angel swung his sickle to the earth and gathered the clusters from the vine of the earth, and threw them into the great wine press of the wrath of God. And the wine press was trodden outside the city, and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles, for a distance of two hundred miles. Revelation 14:19-20

 

Notice the symbolism of Gods Wrath here, Blood came up to the horses bridle. Meaning the amount of blood from all the corpses was deep enough to come up to the horses mouth (probably 5 feet deep)! And the river of blood flows 200 miles!

The wrath of God is real and coming! Make sure you are saved by the blood of Jesus Christ!

 

“But who can endure the day of His coming? And who can stand when He appears? For He is like a refiner’s fire and like fullers’ soap. Micah 3:2

Revelation Chapter 11

Then there was given me a measuring rod like a staff; and someone said, “Get up and measure the temple of God and the altar, and those who worship in it. Leave out the court which is outside the temple and do not measure it, for it has been given to the nations; and they will tread under foot the holy city for forty-two months. Revelation 11:1-2

What is John measuring here? Could this be the prophecy of the 3rd Temple to be built in Jerusalem? Or could this be “New Jerusalem” that will be coming down from Heaven?  The same vision  is also confirmed by prophets Ezekiel and Zechariah

So He brought me there; and behold, there was a man whose appearance was like the appearance of bronze, with a line of flax and a measuring rod in his hand; and he was standing in the gateway. Ezekiel 40:3

Then I lifted up my eyes and looked, and behold, there was a man with a measuring line in his hand. Zechariah 2:1

And I will grant authority to my two witnesses, and they will prophesy for twelve hundred and sixty days, clothed in sackcloth.” These are the two olive trees and the two lampstands that stand before the Lord of the earth. And if anyone wants to harm them, fire flows out of their mouth and devours their enemies; so if anyone wants to harm them, he must be killed in this way. These have the power to shut up the sky, so that rain will not fall during the days of their prophesying; and they have power over the waters to turn them into blood, and to strike the earth with every plague, as often as they desire. Revelation 11:3-6

Who are the 2 Witnesses? Many have speculated who they are, I believe it will be Moses and Elijah. Why? Because Moses represents The Law and Elijah represents the prophets. This is why Jesus met them at the transfiguration

Notice the symbolism of the 2 Lampstands or 2 Olive Trees, they are filled with Oil, Oil is always symbolic for the Holy Spirit. These men will preach the Word of God to the entire world before the final Woe or 7th Trumpet is sounded

And behold, Moses and Elijah appeared to them, talking with Him. Matthew 17:3

When they have finished their testimony, the beast that comes up out of the abyss will make war with them, and overcome them and kill them. And their dead bodies will lie in the street of the great city which mystically is called Sodom and Egypt, where also their Lord was crucified. Those from the peoples and tribes and tongues and nations will look at their dead bodies for three and a half days, and will not permit their dead bodies to be laid in a tomb. And those who dwell on the earth will rejoice over them and celebrate; and they will send gifts to one another, because these two prophets tormented those who dwell on the earth. Revelation 11:7-10

The Anti-Christ will eventually kill the 2 witnesses and the wicked who are left in the world will celebrate. There dead bodies will lay in the streets for 3 and half days. But how does the entire world view their dead bodies? Today this is simple, with smart phones and social media, just more proof we are living in the last days. There dead bodies will be streamed live to everyone’s phone while the wicked rejoice and celebrate

As Daniel prophesied , during the End Times Knowledge will Increase, we are seeing this today with technology and social media

“But as for you, Daniel, conceal these words and seal up the book until the end of time; many will go back and forth, and knowledge will increase.” Daniel 12:4

But after the three and a half days, the breath of life from God came into them, and they stood on their feet; and great fear fell upon those who were watching them. And they heard a loud voice from heaven saying to them, “Come up here.” Then they went up into heaven in the cloud, and their enemies watched them. Revelation 11:11-12

The 2 Witnesses are then “resurrected” after 3 and half days of death. Imagine watching this live on your smart phone. Breaking News 2 prophets killed have now come back to life! And then there were ascended back to the Father! What a powerful scene, surely everyone left on Earth will be terrified and should be!

When He had said these things, He cried out with a loud voice, “Lazarus, come forth.” John 11:43

And in that hour there was a great earthquake, and a tenth of the city fell; seven thousand people were killed in the earthquake, and the rest were terrified and gave glory to the God of heaven. The second woe is past; behold, the third woe is coming quickly Revelation 11:13-14

Notice after this massive earthquake that killed thousands of people, the wicked on the Earth have now given Glory to God! Again people would ask, why would God do these judgements? Because its saving souls! Many people have hardened their hearts so much, that it will take a natural disaster for them to repent

The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance. 2 Peter 3:9

Then the seventh angel sounded; and there were loud voices in heaven, saying, “The kingdom of the world has become the kingdom of our Lord and of His Christ; and He will reign forever and ever.” Revelation 11:15

What a wonderful announcement by God! The Kingdom of the world now belongs to God again, evil will be completely purged and eliminated. The setting up for the New Heavens and Earth is coming!

Arise, O God, judge the earth! For it is You who possesses all the nations. Psalm 82:8

And the twenty-four elders, who sit on their thrones before God, fell on their faces and worshiped God, saying, “We give You thanks, O Lord God, the Almighty, who are and who were, because You have taken Your great power and have begun to reign. Revelation 11:16-17

And the worship service continues, notice it says “You (God) have begun to reign” Meaning evil is finally being abolished from the Earth. Anyone who wants to continue to live in Sin will not be doing so in Gods Kingdom

If you have died with Christ to the elementary principles of the world, why, as if you were living in the world, do you submit yourself to decrees, such as, Colossians 2:20

“And the nations were enraged, and Your wrath came, and the time came for the dead to be judged, and the time to reward Your bond-servants the prophets and the saints and those who fear Your name, the small and the great, and to destroy those who destroy the earth.” Revelation 11:18

Jesus is setting up his “Great White Throne of Judgement” which will be talked about in a later chapter. Stay tuned! Also its mentioned how its time to reward all those who served God throughout the years! This often a topic misunderstood, yes we cant earn our salvation however we should be working for the Lord to spread his Kingdom.

“For to everyone who has, more shall be given, and he will have an abundance; but from the one who does not have, even what he does have shall be taken away. Matthew 25:29

And the temple of God which is in heaven was opened; and the ark of His covenant appeared in His temple, and there were flashes of lightning and sounds and peals of thunder and an earthquake and a great hailstorm. Revelation 11:19

The Temple of God in Heaven has been revealed, what does this mean? We are drawing closer to the time when Heaven and Earth come together to form the new Paradise or Kingdom. The Ark of Covenant is his Law. Gods Law still rules in the minds and hearts of all those who will be in Gods Kingdom! The Awesomeness of God and his Kingdom cant even be fully described, the power and majesty!

THIS IS THE COVENANT THAT I WILL MAKE WITH THEM AFTER THOSE DAYS, SAYS THE LORD: I WILL PUT MY LAWS UPON THEIR HEART, AND ON THEIR MIND I WILL WRITE THEM,” He then says, Hebrews 10:16

Road to Heaven

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me. John 14:6

Are there many roads to Heaven? Many false teachers and religions teach there are multiple paths to Heaven and God. They teach that God is manifested in different forms and all religions lead to the same God. These teachings contradict The Bible and go against everything Jesus has taught us. Jesus made it very clear he is the only way to God and Heaven.

So why is Jesus the only way? The reason is we have a sin problem; in the beginning we were created perfect. Then Satan entered sin into the world through Adam and Eve, and corrupted the entire human race. Since the wages of sin are death, we are now slaves to sin and death. For are all sinners and have fallen short to the Glory of God.

But God had a redemption plan, since he loves us and his mercy endures forever, he sent his only Son to be the atonement for our sins. Jesus took on our sins and the sins of the world, so that we may have eternal life. Jesus is the only one who can do this for us, since he is perfect and the only Son of God. No one else can forgive you of your sins.

After 3 days Jesus rose from the dead and lives forevermore. He holds the keys to death and hell. Jesus now sits at the right hand of God with all power and authority. He defeated death, sin, and hell on the cross for you and I.

If you would like to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior say this prayer:

Heavenly Father,

Forgive me of my sins, I accept Jesus as my Lord and Savior, fill me with your Holy Spirit in Jesus Name Amen

Poured Out

“‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams. Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.  Acts 2:17-18

Are you filled with The Holy Spirit? The prophet Joel foretold about the coming of The Holy Spirit 800 years before the day of Pentecost. The day of Pentecost was the great day promised by Jesus, that God would send his Holy Spirit and pour it out upon everyone (Acts 1:4)

But make no mistake about it, the Holy Spirit is still with us today and God wants to pour him upon you. As the prophecy is foretold, the Holy Spirit is not limited to anyone, men and women, young and old. If you receive Christ as your Lord and Savior you will be baptized by the Holy Spirit (Matthew 3:11)

Jesus taught us about the Holy Spirit as the comforter, the advocate, and helper. (John 14:16) Paul teaches us about the gifts (wisdom, knowledge,faith,healing,miracles, distinguish Spirits, prophecy,tounges)   of the Holy Spirit (1 Corinthians) and the fruits (love, joy,peace,patience,kindness,goodness,faithfulness, gentleness, and self control) of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22) God wants to fill you up with the Holy Spirit, are you willing to receive him?

Don’t fight the good fight unequipped. We are fighting a Spiritual Warfare and Satan is looking to devour us like a Lion. But we have the same power that rose Christ from the dead living inside of us (Romans 8:11) let God fill you up with his power in Jesus Name Amen

Cornerstone

Jesus looked directly at them and asked, “Then what is the meaning of that which is written: “‘The stone the builders rejected has become the cornerstone’?  Everyone who falls on that stone will be broken to pieces; anyone on whom it falls will be crushed.” Luke 20:17-18

Is Jesus the “Cornerstone” of your life? Or did you reject him? When we talk about Jesus being our Cornerstone, we mean he is the foundation on everything we do in life. As Jesus taught he is “The Rock” (Matthew 16:1*) and when the storms of life come, you will not waver. But will you build on the sand and the storms of life come, your life comes crashing down.

We need to make Jesus the Cornerstone or center of our life, to be planted like a tree with deep roots of faith. So when adversity or storms arrive, when will not be “uprooted” from our faith. Faith is the confidence of things hoped for (Hebrews 11:1)

Notice when we fall on the “Cornerstone” we will be broken, many times before we can be fixed we have to be broken. Often people don’t know they need a Savior until they have to be saved.  God will take what is old and make it new again. The breaking is part of our rebirth or transformation into becoming who God created you to be.

Make Jesus your Chief Cornerstone and have the faith and confidence to stand on The Rock in Jesus Name Amen

Present Suffering

I consider that our present sufferings are not worth comparing with the glory that will be revealed in us. Romans 8:18

How can we remain at peace during our present suffering? As Christians we need to be realistic that there is going to be trials and suffering during life. Jesus told us we will encounter trouble, trials, and even tribulation, however he ended by saying take Heart I have overcome the world (John 16:33)

See even when we are suffering we can have the peace of God knowing that we are already victorious. Not matter what Satan is trying to do to us, Jesus have already overcome. There is nothing impossible for God, and we need to remember not to let a trial derail our faith.

The next part is our current suffering can’t compare to the glory of God that is ahead of us. Jesus told us there will be a day of no more tears, no more suffering, no more death for the former things have passed away (Revelation 21:4)  So don’t allow your current suffering or trials defeat you because Jesus has already defeated death and sin

God teaches us to be content in all circumstances (Philippians 4:12) When we have strong faith we don’t have a wavering attitude. It’s easy to be joyful when everything is going good but it’s how you respond to suffering and trials that truly displays your faith. So whatever you’re going through today, tell Satan my present suffering can’t compare to the glory of God in my future in Jesus Name Amen

No Longer Slaves

For we know that our old self was crucified with him so that the body ruled by sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves to sin- Romans 6:6

When we see pictures of Jesus on the cross, what comes to mind? When you look at Christ on the cross, you should see yourself also. Because Jesus didn’t die for his sins or actions, because he is holy. Christ died for your sins. All of our sins and transgressions has put Jesus on the cross. See when you see Christ on the cross, you should see yourself.

But because Jesus tasted death for us, we are no longer slaves to sin and death. See your old self died on that cross, and when Jesus was resurrected, you were resurrected also. This is why we live and die with Christ. We died with him on the cross and we also rose with him from the tomb. Its through Christ we have victory!

So knowing this, we can only live holy lives. Since you were baptized by the Holy Spirit and raised from the dead, you can’t go back to your old self. The wages of sin are death, and Jesus took the death for you. Therefore you must live a holy life, worth pleasing to your Heavenly Father. So when you see a cross, remember you have already died on it and have been delivered from its wrath through Christ in Jesus Name Amen

Camel or Rope

Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for someone who is rich to enter the kingdom of God.” Luke 18:25

Is this scripture supposed to have camel or rope in it? As Gentiles when we first look at this scripture it doesn’t appear to make sense and there is an assumption that the scripture has been mistranslated. However when we dive deeper into this passage we find that it makes perfect sense. Let’s examine this scripture further.

There are some who proclaim that this scripture is proof that the New Testament was written in Aramaic and not Greek. This is because the word “Gamia” mean both camel and rope in Aramaic.

However the same mistake could be made in Greek as the word “Kamilon” mean thick rope and “Kamelon” means camel. Therefore it debunks the premise that this scripture must have been written in Aramaic. There is overwhelming evidence that the New Testament was written originally in Greek

So how does the word “Camel” make sense here?  There is an ancient Jewish Proverb that says “Elephant pass through the eye of a needle”  http://www.sacred-texts.com/jud/ajp/ajp13.htm.

This analogy is used many times throughout Jewish Proverbs . So since Jesus was a Jew speaking to a Jewish audience it would make sense for him to reference this well known proverb. It would also make sense he would change elephant with camel because a camel was the largest animal known in that region Jesus was teaching.

Its clear, Jesus message is unless we clean our hearts and minds, from greed, envy, selfishness, idolatry. Unless we become “born again” we will never enter the Kingdom of Heaven. And we can take confidence knowing that your Bible is the true Word of God and will never change in Jesus Name Amen

Happy New Year 2017

Because of the LORD’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. Lamentations 3:22-23

2017 is a new year, full of new beginnings and new hope. Whatever trials or suffering you endured over the past year , go into the new year knowing this “Gods mercy is New Every morning”. You can go into the new year with joy, peace and victory knowing this principle that God did not leave or forsake you (Deuteronomy 31:6) But he is still with you giving you a New start with his everlasting love

Its time to put on the new self, which is renewed in knowledge in the image of its Creator (Colossians 3:10) Now that you know God has granted you grace and mercy by the blood of Jesus Christ, its time to start New. Its time to put away your old self , full of sin and despair, and its time to live in victory for your Heavenly Father.  But you must make the change, Gods mercy is new every morning but you must be new also.

Set your mind on things above and not on earthly things (Colossians 3:2) You can’t expect a new beginning if you don’t change. Stop living for the flesh, which is temporary, and live for God which is eternal. Start this year off with a New Self and a New Beginning. Accept Christ as your Lord and Savior because his Mercy is new every morning in Jesus Name Amen

Unity In Christ

To bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ. Ephesians 1:10

When Jesus came down here to Earth, he brought unity to all. By his blood, he created a new covenant that allows all of us to be “Children of God”. This is a real reason to celebrate the coming of our Messiah. Before Christ , we were just Gentiles, hopeless without God. But because God loved us so much he sent his only Son to unite mankind together.

There is no longer Jew or Gentile, we are now one body of Christ. This would not be possible without the fulfillment of our Messiah, Lord Jesus. He fulfilled over 300 prophecies in the Old Testament. The possibilities of anyone even fulfilling a few of those prophecies is one in a trillion, trillion, ect. Take confidence in knowing Jesus is our Messiah, he is the Son of God promised by our Heavenly Father.

Just as Jesus said a kingdom divided among itself will not stand, we must unite through Christ. There is only one Heaven, one God, and one way to get there. Be kind and patient with your brothers and sisters for they will be with you for all eternity. Instead of a mind of division, fix your mind on the unity of Christ in Jesus Name Amen