The Book of Revelation  

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Chapter 14

     The time of restricting yourself to the familiarities of a church should be over. A place where only baptism and salvation are preached. A place where “Jesus loves me this I know” is no longer spiritual food for your soul.

     You should, spiritually, be tired of milk and you should be craving spiritual meat, along about now, because the time is growing short. Time is running out and I know that some of you, those with spiritual discernment, can sense it.

     The economy of this country, right now, is poor at best. The government manipulates the unemployment numbers to make people think that times are getting better but they’re not.

     Obamacare is forcing large corporations to hire workers on a part-time basis so that they don’t have to pay employee participation in this debacle. Forty-five million people are on the SNAP program, food stamps. That’s incredible. Some people are working two to three part-time jobs just to get the income they used to get from one job.

     Hard times used to bring people closer to our Father, they prayed for this or that, hoping that He might make things better. It’s a fact that good times make people forget about Him. Too busy working and spending money and having a good time to consider Him and be thankful for what they receive.

     We can thank this lousy president for weakening this economy as he has done. On the other hand, and I’ve mentioned this in earlier chapters, I think that Obama is part of our Father’s plan during these end times.

     When the world leaders congeal under the rule of Satan/Antichrist, it would make things far easier if there were no superpower sitting at the table, one who might have dissenting ideas and not go along with all of the other leaders.

     Let’s not forget about the deadly wound that this system of Satan/Antichrist will experience, and Scripture tells us that that wound will be healed, and it might be the U.S. that delivers that blow in the first place but will eventually come back to the table and join back in.

     This is speculation on my part, about the U.S. giving the system the deadly wound. For all I know, it might be Russia or China.

     The point I’m trying to make here is that prosperity and financial security seem far out of reach under this president and he still has a few years left to serve. Maybe it’s time that we sit back and take an overall look at the future and see what it may hold for us.

     This book of Revelation will give us that look into the future and it should remove that feeling of helplessness because some of us are still going to be here when these events and prophesies begin to happen and having an understanding and knowing what’s to come in the future should, at least, give you some spiritual hope.

     Maybe it’s time to stop thinking so much about our lives as human beings and the worldly things that we desire and put some time into giving our soul and spirit some optimism from the Word of God. Having spiritual confidence can make the hard times in the flesh seem a lot less tragic.

     Chapter 14 is addressing those of us here on earth and it will contain the fifth vision of events happening here. There will be six angels and our Lord executing judgments against those that believed the lies coming from the fake messiah, which means that they had HIS mark, not the seal of God, in their mind.

     Revelation 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.

     In chapter 7 we had the sealing of these 144,000; here we have the result of that sealing. They are standing beside our Father after the five-month tribulation of Satan/Antichrist is over.

     Why were they sealed to begin with? So that they could overcome Satan/Antichrist during this tribulation. These will be the nucleus of the Hebrew nation during the Millennium.

     Remember, these 144,000; 12,000 from each of the 12 Tribes, will believe and understand that Jesus Christ WAS the Messiah and they will be the core group, if I can use those words, from our Father’s chosen people. Those through whom the Messiah would be born.

     Remember this as well: our Father’s Election redeemed themselves in the age that was, in that first rebellion, while these 144,000 will be redeemed during this five-month tribulation in this second rebellion.

     This word “redeemed” means that they were purchased or bought with the blood of Christ and the testimony of those that will be brought before Satan/Antichrist and also the testimony of the Two Witnesses.

    ✡   Redeemed_NT:59 agorazo (ag-or-ad'-zo); from NT:58; properly, to go to market, i.e. (by implication) to purchase; specially, to redeem:

     These 144,000 are going to be SEALED, which means that they will secretly have the seal of God in their minds. It’s not something that one could see from the outside appearance just by looking at them, quite the contrary of the mark of the beast, which everyone expects to SEE on one’s forehead or the back of their hand.  

     This also holds true for all the others that have the seal of God in their minds, it will not be evident from the outside appearance.

     Bear in mind, the reason the four angels were told to hold back the four winds, which consummates the end of it all, was to wait until these 144,000 had our Father’s seal.

     At this point in time, just before the end, they have received that seal. Our Father and the Holy Spirit control it all.

     Revelation 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: KJV

     Four times in this book the phrase as the voice of many waters has been used to indicate the voice of our Father/our Lord. It also occurs once in the Old Testament:

     Ref: Ezekiel 43:2 And, behold, the glory of the God of Israel came from the way of the east: and his voice was like a noise of many waters: and the earth shined with his glory. KJV.

     Living out in the country I once heard a gaggle of geese take off from a swamp that drains into the Flint River behind my house and listening to all those wings fluttering in the air at the same time reminded me of what “many waters” might sound like.

     Revelation 14:3 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. KJV

     Redeemed from the earth clearly separates them from His Election from the age that was, in the first heaven age.

     Revelation 14:4 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. KJV

     There’s a lot said in that verse and I’ll address it in two parts:

     During the Old Testament times, the Israelites continually reverted back to idol worship and Baal worshipping, and the reason for it is easily understandable by us, even today, because it was the lust for the human body that kept attracting them to these rituals.

     This type of worshipping involved idols shaped as a male penis and sexual acts of the form of whatever can come to the human mind. Huge festivals and orgies being participated in by thousands.

     Humans today are no different than they were 6000 years ago. What constituted sexual perversion back then is the same sexual perversion today. At one point in time, a carving of the male penis was placed inside the Tabernacle and the women would cover it up before an assembly of all the people took place and they came in to worship our Father. What an absolute travesty.

     To bring this into this generation, several years ago a fella came out to the house to work on my gas fireplace...the thermostat had broken, and all he could talk about was the Burning Man Event out in Nevada in the Black Rock desert. Tens of thousands of people doing pretty much exactly what they wanted to do without the intervention of law enforcement.

     The two primary activities that he spoke about were the burning of chemicals to make very colorful flames and explosions and sexual freedoms beyond comprehension. 55 gallon drums full of condoms, free for the taking, everywhere the eye could see. An orgy on the scale of Old Testament times.

    The practice of hewing an image of a male penis out of a tree was called grove worshipping and in the verse below the word grove refers to the hand-hewn image of a male penis.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 23:6 And he brought out the grove from the house of the Lord, without Jerusalem, unto the brook Kidron, and burned it at the brook Kidron, and stamped it small to powder, and cast the powder thereof upon the graves of the children of the people. KJV

     It was carved out of wood for how else could they make it burn.

     Ref: 2nd Kings 23:7 And he brake down the houses of the sodomites, that were by the house of the Lord, where the women wove hangings for the grove. KJV

     Do you know what sodomy is? It’s a sexual act predominent among homosexuals, even today. It's the reason our Father destroyed the people of Sodom and Gomorrah; it's an abomination in His sight. It's not that the sex act itself was abhorrent to Him, it's the fact that it was performed between two people of the same sex.

     Here are some places where you can read of it for yourself:

  • Genesis 19:5

           The story of how our Father destroyed Sodom and Gomorrah. Did you know that the cities of Admah, Zeboiim, and Belar/Zoar also committed the same sin and were destroyed as well and at the same time.

  • Leviticus 20:13

          Leviticus 20:13 If a man also lie with mankind, as he lieth with a woman, both of them have committed an abomination: they shall surely be put to death; their blood shall be upon them. KJV

  • Romans 1:24

          Romans 1:24 Wherefore God also gave them up to uncleanness through the lusts of their own hearts, to dishonour their own bodies between themselves: KJV

  • 1st Corinthians 6:9

          1st Corinthians 6:9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind, KJV

  • 1st Timothy 1:1

          1st Timothy 1:10 For whoremongers, for them that defile themselves with mankind, for menstealers, for liars, for perjured persons, and if there be any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine; KJV

     The prostitutes outside the temple.

     Ref: 1st Samuel 2:22 Now Eli was very old, and heard all that his sons did unto all Israel; and how they lay with the women that assembled at the door of the tabernacle of the congregation. KJV

     There were also temple prostitutes, male and female, that gathered outside the temple and plied their wares as the people left the assembly. After worshipping our Father!

     The second translation would be that these 144,000 did not succumb to the lies of Satan and therefore remained “spiritually” a virgin, not being “with child” from following Satan/Antichrist when the true Lord returned.

     Many of you are not as old as I am but I remember back in 1951, when Lucy and Ricky, of the I Love Lucy Show, could not sleep in the same bed, in the same bedroom, on that show. Sixty-four years later there is deep kissing and fondling between two half-naked men, lying in bed together, on a soap opera in the middle of the afternoon. If Momma is watching it, any child under the age of six, can also watch it and you don’t believe that Satan can work his trickery today?

     Chances are very good that that youngster will grow up thinking that there is nothing wrong with homosexuality when our Father’s Word calls it an abomination. What is that mother going to say about this on Judgment Day? “Gee, I didn’t know God didn’t like that kind of stuff.”

     Morality, in this country in 64 years, has gone down into the gutter and the sewer. At least the Israelites, from time to time, would turn away from idol worship and redeem themselves before the Lord but we don’t even do that today.

     The only thing that changes nowadays is that things go lower and lower.

     Un---believable.

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

     Why were they without guile? Because they didn’t follow or worship the false christ. They had our Father’s truth in their mind.

     Revelation 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, KJV

     The first angel.

     Remember when I told you that this Word, the Scriptures, the Bible, would be around forever? There’s your proof: the everlasting gospel. What was to be done with it? It was to be preached to every human being on earth; every country, every race and in every language.

     Revelation 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. KJV

     The hour of temptation and the Lord’s Day.

     Revelation 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. KJV

     The second angel.

     The destruction of “Babylon” comes after all seven vials, and their plagues, have been executed and closes the wrath of our Father. The coming of His Son Jesus Christ follows shortly thereafter.

     The actions of the first angel go back to a time BEFORE chapter 13 while the actions of the second angel take us BEYOND chapter 13. We will find out what this “Babylon” is when we reach chapter 17.

     Revelation 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, KJV

     If you believe that he is the true christ.

     Revelation 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: KJV

     This time right here, during these five months, was addressed by our Lord just before His crucifixion:

     Matthew 26:39 And he went a little further, and fell on his face, and prayed, saying, O my Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me: nevertheless not as I will, but as thou wilt. KJV

     Our Lord knew the consequences of pouring out the contents of that cup.

     Revelation 14:11 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. KJV

     The third angel.

     Our Father is laying out before us what the punishment will be if we choose to follow the false christ during this five-month period.

     Satan is not just some cartoon figure, running around in red pants, prodding us to break the seventh commandment and steal five cents from our momma’s purse.

     These five months are the culmination of the conflict, the war, between our Father and Satan which began many eons ago in the “age that was”. It was Satan that forced our Father to make the decision to bring all souls onto this earth in flesh and blood bodies. Why flesh and blood? Because they would not last forever, they are perishable. 120 years at the most.

     It was either do it this way or kill about 2 Billion souls that followed Satan back then.

     Satan is supernatural and extremely powerful and very persuasive to a human body and mind. Were he able to walk among us during our lives in these bodies we would all succumb and die a spiritual death. No question about it.

     And during these five months he is specifically told not to tempt those people who know the difference between the fake and the true Christ. All the other people he can have his way with if they will let him.

     Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. KJV

     Here is the other side of the coin. Our Father is going to tell us what happens to those that do follow Him and love Him.

     Revelation 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, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. KJV

     When these five months are over, those that stood firmly and stoically against Satan/Antichrist are blessed by our Father and during the Millennium we will have that rest because Satan will be locked in the pit for these 1000 years.

     And their works do follow them. Good, bad or indifferent, the things what we have done in this life affect our final outcome. If you have violated His commandments and have not repented, these works will follow you right up to the end.

     If you have nothing negative against you in the Book, then your good works will follow you right up to the end.

  • Judgment Day will be a terrible day for those who never repented of their sins. They will walk into the Lake of Fire.

  • Judgment Day will be a wonderful day for those that did repent and continued on with other good works as well. These souls will wear a long-flowing robe in the Eternity and it will be visible for all to see.

     Revelation 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. KJV

     This is Jesus Christ but, heaven help us, He has a blade in His hand.

     Revelation 14:15 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. KJV

     The forth angel.

     This angel is saying to our Lord that the time is ripe and the harvest must be done.

     In days gone by, before mechanized farm machinery, a farmer would use a scythe or a sickle to harvest SOME crops. Grain would be cut down this way. Wheat, rye or oats. But he wouldn’t use something like this to harvest green beans, tomatoes or strawberries. If you do you will ruin that crop.

     Those that are going to be harvested by our Lord with a sickle are the bad guys, not the good guys.

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

     This is going to happen on the last day of these five months. He’s going to separate the wheat from the chaff, the shell from the pecan. And since this is also the first day of the Millennium, the “separation” is going to happen in one of four ways, basically.

     After the change from flesh bodies to spiritual bodies we will not all, en masse, just jump into the Millennium.

  •      There will be those that never gave a thought to our Father or the Lord during their life and they will go to the left side of Paradise, with the others that have gone on before, and await final judgment and a green mile to the Lake.

  •      There will be those that overcame Satan in this life and they will go to the right side of Paradise, with the others that have gone on before, and await the final judgment and receive all the rewards that they were expecting and deserve.

  •      There will be those that really loved the Lord in this life but they listened to some ignorant preacher, sat in the same pew every Sunday, and took it for granted that the preacher knew what he was talking about. He didn’t, most times. They will go through the 1000 years of the Millennium.

  •      There will be those, from the age that was, that stood up FOR our Father and AGAINST Satan. Some in this group, in this life, will know the difference between the false messiah and the true Messiah. They will be judges and teachers over the people during that 1000 years of the Millennium. This includes the 144,000 of Israel.

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

     The fifth angel.

     Revelation 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 thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. KJV

     Good figs; bad figs. Good grapes; bad grapes. Good guys; bad guys.

     Just like strawberries you don’t harvest the good grapes with a sickle, you harvest the bad grapes with the sickle.

     Revelation 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. KJV

     The sixth angel.

     Revelation 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. KJV

     1600 furlongs = 200 Miles. No one is exactly sure what this number represents. The average height from the ground to the top of a horses' shoulder is about 1.55 meters or about 5'. With this we could say that we have height and length: 5' by 200 miles. What's missing is width so, if this were literal, we have no way of measuring the amount of "blood" coming out of the wine press.

     But, let's have a little fun for a minute. In Revelation 21:2 St. John saw the Holy City, the New Jerusalem, coming down from heaven:

     Ref: Revelation 21:2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. KJV

     In verse 21:16 we have the measurements of the New City:

     Ref: Revelation 21:16 And the city lieth foursquare, and the length is as large as the breadth: and he measured the city with the reed, twelve thousand furlongs. The length and the breadth and the height of it are equal. KJV

     We know that the city is in the shape of a cube because the length and the width and the height are equal. So, let's crunch the numbers:

  • 1 Furlong = 201 Meters

  • 12,000 furlongs would be 2,412,000 Meters

  • 1 Meter = 3.2426 feet

  • 2,412,000 Meters = 7,821,151 Feet

  • 1 Mile = 5280 Feet

  • 7,821,151 feet = 1481 Miles

     Which makes the New City of Jerusalem, during the Millennium, a cube whose three dimensions are approx 1500 miles on each of the three sides.

     The base of this New City of Jerusalem would cover part of Washington State, Oregon, Nevada, California, Arizona, New Mexico, Texas and Oklahoma. It would cover all of Idaho, Montana, Wyoming, Utah, Colorado, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Missouri, Iowa and Minnesota. It would also include a large part of Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario Provinces in Canada.

     What a city! Alright, enough fun.

     Do you remember the parable of the tares, given to us by our Lord in the 13th chapter of Matthew? It tells us who will do the reaping at the end of this dispensation. Here is the explanation, by the Lord Himself, of the parable:

     Ref: Matthew 13:37 He answered and said unto them, He that soweth the good seed is the Son of man; KJV

     Jesus Christ.

     Ref: Matthew 13:38 The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one; KJV

     Good seed are the good guys, they loved and followed our Father. The tares are the bad guys, they followed Satan, and in Revelation, Satan/Antichrist.

     Ref: Matthew 13:39 The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels. KJV

     Look above at verses 18 and 19. The angels with the sickles.

     Ref: Matthew 13:40 As therefore the tares are gathered and burned in the fire; so shall it be in the end of this world. KJV

     The last day of this five-month tribulation will be the end of this world as we know it to be in flesh and blood bodies. Burned in the fire is not hell but rather the Lake of Fire. There is no everlasting, burning hell.

     Ref: Matthew 13:41 The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity; KJV

     Ref: Matthew 13:42 And shall cast them into a furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth. KJV

     The Lake of Fire and it won’t be OUR wailing and gnashing, it will be THEIR wailing and gnashing. Something odd will be happening during this five months:

     During this life we had the believers and the unbelievers.

     During these last five months everybody will be a believer. And some will burn with fire because of it. They chose the wrong one to believe in.

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24 February 2015

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