Revelation 14. Forum Discussion

Fundamentals of the Book of Revelation

As we have been discussing, Revelation is perhaps the least studied book in the New Testament. It is a challenging book that leaves itself open to differing interpretations. When studying Revelation, or any book of the Bible, remember that God has given us the Holy Spirit to help us along the way. The thoughts in our heads, the feelings in our hearts, are provided by God to help us come to the correct conclusions.

You may be asking yourself, when is Revelation literal? When is it symbolic? It can be difficult to tell. To help us in our study, let us remind ourselves of the fundamentals of Revelation:

  1. Introduction. John lets us know that he was visited by an angel who told him to, “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” – (Chapter 1).
  2. Jesus reveals that this message, which takes the form of the book of Revelation, is a prophecy and that, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.” This scripture tells us that the book of Revelation is about things that will take place in the future. Jesus is specifically talking about the seven-year period known as The Great Tribulation that precedes the judgement. – (Chapter 1).
  3. John explains the vision that he saw beginning with his vision of Jesus himself. Jesus said to John, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things. As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” – (Chapter 1).

Keeping these fundamentals in mind will be helpful as we read chapter 14. In this chapter, we see the Lamb (Jesus) standing on Mount Zion with one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His name and the name of His Father written on their foreheads.

We see a contrast between those having the name of Jesus and God on their foreheads and those having the name of the Beast.

The 144,000 that had the names of Jesus and God on their foreheads had these characteristics:

  • They had not been defiled with women (This could be taken literally that they were virgins, or it can be taken figuratively, meaning they were pure).
  • They kept themselves chaste.
  • They follow the Lamb wherever He goes.
  • They have been purchased from among men as first fruits to God and to the Lamb.
  • No lie was found in their mouth.
  • They are blameless.

Those who followed the Beast and had a mark on their forehead or hand had these characteristics:

  • They will, “Drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger.”
  • They will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
  • The smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever.
  • They have no rest day and night.

If we want God’s blessings, we are to choose God above all else. The world will pressure us to conform. The Beast will promise us earthly pleasures trying to trip us up and condemn our souls. However, if we heed the words and the warnings that Jesus has given us, we will spend eternity with Him!

We will conclude today’s study with the encouraging words found in Hebrews 12:1-2.

“Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares  us,  and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our  faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”

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Sade Stephanie Hackett

Reading the book of Revelation isn't not favorite story to read...... But I thank God for giving us clear instructions for what's to come. Thank you Lord.

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