Bible: Revelation 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!

14:8 A 17  second 18  angel 19  followed the first, 20  declaring: 21  “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great city! 22  She made all the nations 23  drink of the wine of her immoral passion.” 24 

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!’”

“Yes,” says the Spirit, “so they can rest from their hard work, 42  because their deeds will follow them.” 43 

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 horsesbridles 67  for a distance of almost two hundred miles. 68 

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