December 28, 2005
Read Revelation 14
The Lamb; messages of the three angels; harvest of the earth; preparation for the seven vials (bowls) of wrath
In the midst of world chaos, John is led to report good news: I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the
Here is the patience (endurance) of the saints (Christians): here are they that keep (obey) the Commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed (Divinely favored) 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 (14:12-13).
The dead which die in the Lord can only mean the Christians for whom Jesus prayed: They have kept Thy Word. . . . They are not of the world, even as I am not of the world. Sanctify them through Thy Truth: Thy Word is Truth (John 17:6,16-17). Such are believers who take up Jesus' cross of daily self-denial (Luke 9:23) and truly serve the Lord. Those of the world who are not saved would have nothing in common with Christians praising the Lord with much people in heaven, saying, Alleluia; Salvation, and glory, and honour, and power, unto the Lord our God (Revelation 19:1).
14:5 no guile = no lie or deception; 15:7 vials = bowls or cups.
For Revelation 14:7: See Psalm 146:6; Nehemiah 9:6. Revelation 14:8: See Isaiah 21:9. Revelation 14:10: See Jeremiah 25:15; Genesis 19:24; Psalm 75:8; Ezekiel 38:22. Revelation 14:15: See Jeremiah 51:33; Joel 3:13. Revelation 15:1: See Leviticus 26:21. Revelation 15:4: See Leviticus 11:44; Psalm 86:9; Isaiah 66:23; Jeremiah 10:7. Revelation 15:8: See I Kings 8:10-11.
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Memory Verse for the Week: 1 John 3:3