Bible: Rev. 14
An Interlude: The Song of the 144,000
14:1 Then 1 I looked, and here was 2 the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him were one hundred and forty-four thousand, who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. 14:2 I also heard a sound 3 coming out of heaven like the sound of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. Now 4 the sound I heard was like that made by harpists playing their harps, 14:3 and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders. No 5 one was able to learn the song except the one hundred and forty-four thousand who had been redeemed from the earth.
14:4 These are the ones who have not defiled themselves 6 with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These were redeemed from humanity as firstfruits to God and to the Lamb, 14:5 and no lie was found on their lips; 7 they 8 are blameless.
Three Angels and Three Messages
14:6 Then 9 I saw another 10 angel flying directly overhead, 11 and he had 12 an eternal gospel to proclaim 13 to those who live 14 on the earth – to every nation, tribe, 15 language, and people. 14:7 He declared 16 in a loud voice: “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has arrived, and worship the one who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water!”
14:9 A 25 third angel 26 followed the first two, 27 declaring 28 in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and takes the mark on his forehead or his hand, 14:10 that person 29 will also drink of the wine of God’s anger 30 that has been mixed undiluted in the cup of his wrath, and he will be tortured with fire and sulfur 31 in front of the holy angels and in front of the Lamb. 14:11 And the smoke from their 32 torture will go up 33 forever and ever, and those who worship the beast and his image will have 34 no rest day or night, along with 35 anyone who receives the mark of his name.” 14:12 This requires 36 the steadfast endurance 37 of the saints – those who obey 38 God’s commandments and hold to 39 their faith in Jesus. 40
14:13 Then 41 I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write this:
‘Blessed are the dead,
those who die in the Lord from this moment on!’”
14:14 Then 44 I looked, and a white cloud appeared, 45 and seated on the cloud was one like a son of man! 46 He had 47 a golden crown on his head and a sharp sickle in his hand. 14:15 Then 48 another angel came out of the temple, shouting in a loud voice to the one seated on the cloud, “Use 49 your sickle and start to reap, 50 because the time to reap has come, since the earth’s harvest is ripe!” 14:16 So 51 the one seated on the cloud swung his sickle over the earth, and the earth was reaped.
14:17 Then 52 another angel came out of the temple in heaven, and he too had a sharp sickle. 14:18 Another 53 angel, who was in charge of 54 the fire, came from the altar and called in a loud voice to the angel 55 who had the sharp sickle, “Use 56 your sharp sickle and gather 57 the clusters of grapes 58 off the vine of the earth, 59 because its grapes 60 are now ripe.” 61 14:19 So 62 the angel swung his sickle over the earth and gathered the grapes from the vineyard 63 of the earth and tossed them into the great 64 winepress of the wrath of God. 14:20 Then 65 the winepress was stomped 66 outside the city, and blood poured out of the winepress up to the height of horses’ bridles 67 for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 68