Friday, April 03, 2009

Bible Study: Revelation - What Was, What Is, What Is To Come - Chapter 14

Please forgive this rough draft format, as these are my raw study notes. I felt a great sense of urgency to publish them rather than waiting until I had the time to pretty them up. Thank you and I pray that God blesses you through this material.

Stacey


Take a few minutes to savor Revelation Chapter 14. Then return here and ponder the thoughts, answer the questions, and be sure to leave comments about your own revelations.


14:2 — roar of mighty ocean waves = rolling of loud thunder = sound of many harpists playing together. That's different.

14:3 — why could no one but the 144,000 learn the song? Because they belonged to God and because they suffered. See verses 4 and 5. They kept themselves pure and were purchased from among the people of the earth as an offering to God and the Lamb. They haven't lied and are blameless.

14:4 — Offering the first part of the harvest to God is referred to as firstfruits (Exodus 23:19; see also James 1:18). The harvest of firstfruits occurs in 14:14-16.

14:6-7 — My Bible's study notes indicate that this may be the final, worldwide outreach to all people to acknowledge the one true God.

14:6 — see Matthew 24:14.

Eternal gospel — see verse 7 for the content of that "good news." 14:8 — the world power has fallen.

See Isaiah 21:9 (AMP)

14:9-10 — those who take the mark of the beast will taste the wine of God's fury by being harvested in 14:17-20.

14:10 — burning sulfur (Fire — pyr — fire, flames (Strong's 4442/KWSB 4786)) — see Genesis 19:24 (destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah) and Psalm 11:6. Also see Revelation 9:17.

What do you think the fire represents? Does this appear to represent judgment due to sin? Can you see the fire destroy what has been corrupted by sin?

See Genesis 19:24 (AMP)

14:11 — See Isaiah 34:10 (AMP)

14:13 — from now on — why "from now on"? Because they will be harvested.

14:14-16 — The righteous are harvested by Christ. Jesus separates righteous from unrighteous just as a gardener separates useful plant from weed.

14:14 — seated on the cloud — see Luke 21:27.

one "like a son of man" — see Daniel 7:13.

Sickle — large blade attached to curved wood or bone shaft. See Daniel 7:13 (AMP)

14:15 — harvest of the earth — symbolic of the coming judgment? Or representative of the gathering of the righteous at Christ's return?

See Joel 3:13 (AMP) — speaks of the harvest of grapes and fullness of the winepress.

14:17-20 — See Joel 3:13; Mark 4:29. Those who have taken the mark of the beast are harvested by the angels and thrown into the winepress of God's wrath.

14:18 — Sickle — smaller grape knife. (Check lexicon) Lesser number in this harvest? Is that why the tool used is smaller than in 14:14? Perhaps a smaller number of people will be crushed by God's wrath than "harvested" by Christ?

Fire — pyr — fire, flames (Strong's 4442/KWSB 4786). Describes another angel in charge of the fire coming from the altar.

What do you think the fire represents? Does this appear to represent judgment due to sin? Can you see the fire destroy what has been corrupted by sin?

14:19-20 — see Revelation 19:15; Isaiah 34:5-8.

14:20 — it is still a great number considering the blood will rise as high as the horses' bridles for 180 miles! The NIVSB says this is the approximate length of the holy land from North to South.
See Joel 3: 13 (AMP) — speaks of the harvest of grapes and fullness of the winepress.


  • Remember that the main message of the book of Revelation is the infinite love, power and justice of the Lord Jesus Christ. How is this evident in today’s text?
  • What attributes of God do you see in this chapter?
  • What scripture seemed to be God speaking directly to you? What is He teaching you in these verses? How does He want you to respond?

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