Revelation - Chapters 14 & 15

Revelation – Chapters 14 and 15

The first five verses of Revelation chapter 14 refer to the barley overcomers which we already discussed. Therefore, we will began with verse 6.

The Hour of Judgment

Revelation 14:6-7 – And I saw another messenger flying in mid-heaven, having good news age-during to proclaim to those dwelling upon the earth, and to every nation, and tribe, and tongue, and people, saying in a great voice, ‘Fear ye God, and give to Him glory, because come did the hour of His judgment, and bow ye before Him who did make the heaven, and the land, and sea, and fountains of waters.’ (YLT)

This passage says that we should fear God because his judgments are coming. Many interpret this to mean an eternal hell, but this is not consistent with the Bible:

Issiah 26:9 – [With] my soul I desired Thee in the night, Also [with] my spirit within me I seek Thee earnestly, For when Thy judgments [are] on the earth, The inhabitants of the world have learned righteousness. (YLT)

Psalm 67:4 – Rejoice and sing do nations, For Thou judgest peoples uprightly, And peoples on earth comfortest. Selah. (YLT)

These verses state that God’s judgments will lead people to be righteous, rejoice, and sing. Thus, the good news of the gospel is that God is a loving God, and not someone that would threaten people by means of torture and eternal hell.

Babylon

Revelation 14:8 – And another messenger did follow, saying, ‘Fall, fall, did Babylon, the great city, because of the wine of the wrath of her whoredom she hath given to all nations to drink.’ (YLT)

What does Babylon refer to? John is quoting from Isaiah:

Isaiah 21:9 – And lo, this, the chariot of a man is coming, A couple of horsemen.’ And he answereth and saith: ‘Fallen, fallen hath Babylon, And all the graven images of her gods, He hath broken to the earth. (YLT)

Babylon represents all the laws of earth that are non-Biblical. All of these laws will cause governments to fail. In their place, the barley overcomers will rise up and teach people the correct way to run the nations.

The Third Messenger

Revelation 14:9 – And a third messenger did follow them, saying in a great voice, ‘If any one the beast doth bow before, and his image, and doth receive a mark upon his forehead, or upon his hand, (YLT)

Bowing before the beast refers to worshiping money over God. I mentioned this several times before. Here is yet another example:

Exodus 32:8 – they have turned aside hastily from the way that I have commanded them; they have made for themselves a molten calf, and bow themselves to it, and sacrifice to it, and say, These thy gods, O Isreal, who brought thee up out of the land of Egypt.’ (YLT)

In this verse, the Israelites made a golden calf out of the gold jewelry they had on them. They then worshiped this calf as a god. Although most people in today’s society do not worship statues, the concept of worshiping money is still there. People often put their finances and job above God. They spend more time worrying about paying their bills than they do about trying to follow God.

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