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If any man desires to do God's will, he will have the needed illumination to recognize, and can tell for himself whether the teaching is from God or whether I am speaking from myself and on my own accord.  John 7:17 

 

Chapter 12

Revelation Chapter 14

"And I looked, and lo, a lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having His Father's name written in their foreheads" (Revelation 14:1, emphasis added).  At the end of Revelation 13, we read of men receiving a mark in their foreheads or in their right hands which could be "the name of the beast" or "the number of his name" (Revelation 13:17) which some will tell us is not visible.  I believe from what is written here in

Revelation 14:1 that both the “mark of the beast” and the “Father’s name” are visibly written in their followers foreheads.  Satan can only copy what he sees; he is not the originator of anything but sin.  We see as the “hundred forty and four thousand” will have the “Father’s name written in their foreheads,” so Satan will have his name (tattooed) in his followers’ foreheads. 

We found out in Revelation 7 that God was waiting for the 144,000 to be sealed in their foreheads, which is something completely different from what we read in Revelation 14.  The sealing has to do with the characters of those being sealed, whereas the names written in the foreheads are physical and takes place after the 144,000 have been taken to heaven and stand “on the mount Zion” with Jesus.  The frontal lobe of man’s brain is where character is determined and is where the sealing is accomplished.

The 144,000 are God’s special group of servants during the “last days.”  The LORD is looking for a few good men and women to have an experience  with Him unlike anyone who has ever lived on the earth.  They will “know” God intimately as did Jesus and Moses and Elijah and a few others mentioned in the Scriptures.

“And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders:  and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth” (Revelation 14:3). 

It is a song which relates their unique experience, and we will find what that song is when we look at Revelation 15.

“These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins” (Revelation 14:4).  Women, as we have seen previously, designate churches.  A pure woman represents a pure church, while a harlot represents a church in apostasy or spiritual adultery.  We are not told whether these “women” are pure or defiled, but we are told that the 144,000 are “not defiled with women” which would seem to indicate the 144,000 are not in apostasy and the women mentioned are in spiritual adultery with the political powers of the earth.  I believe the “women” mentioned here in Revelation 14 represent churches and religions that are in apostasy and partaking of the “wine of Babylon” even though they make high professions of their oneness with God.  We are also told that “they [144,000] are virgins” which indicates purity, and they have nothing to do with the “abominations of the earth” that Babylon, the Great, has sown throughout the earth (Revelation 17:5). 

We have seen that the religions that make up the seven-headed portion of the first beast in Revelation 13 are in a conspiracy with the political entities of this world.  Without getting into details, any so-called “Christian church," which is a part of the World Council of Churches, is allaying itself with the political entities of the world.  History tells us that any time a religion or church has united with the state, persecution has followed.  In a latter chapter, we will learn that fornication is the specific sin apostate churches and false religions are guilty of.

“These [144,000] are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever He goes” (Revelation 14:4).  Please note that they bear the Father’s name in their foreheads and follow the Lamb; Jesus will be given a new name at some point in time that no man knows at the present time (Revelation 19:12).  Jesus tells the overcomers from the church of Philadelphia the He “will write upon him My new name” (Revelation 3:12).  So in addition to having the Father’s name in their forehead, they will have Yahushua’s name as well.  They do not follow any man, denomination or religion, but only “the Lamb,” Jesus.  They have been called, chosen, and sealed by the Spirit of God and not by any man or group of men.  God always bids individuals to follow Him.  We are not saved in groups or churches, but individually.  People, like animals, find security in groups, but the only security of any value in the “last days” will be those who individually “abide under the shadow of the Almighty” (Psalm 91:1).

“These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb” (Revelation 14:4).  They are the “first-fruits;” they are not the only fruit.  The “great multitude” as seen in Revelation 7 is the main crop “which no man could number” (Revelation 7:9).  “But now is Christ risen from the dead, and become the firstfruits of them that slept” (1 Corinthians 15:20).   We will address this concept further when we get to Revelation 15 and Daniel 12.

“And in their mouth was found no guile:  for they are without fault before the throne of God” (Revelation 14:5, emphasis added).  “They are without fault before the throne of God.”  That is quite a testimony of their character.  “In their mouth was found no guile.”  “They are without fault.”  This is what the Bible and the LORD say about them and not what they say about themselves.  There is no boasting on the part of God's elect. 

“Who [Jesus] did no sin, neither was guile found in His mouth” (1 Peter 2:20).  Webster’s Dictionary tells us that guile is “deceiving trickery,” and we are told this in James 3:2:  “If any man offends not in word, the same is a perfect man, and able also to bridle the whole body.”  There is no deception or hypocrisy in their character.  The inside of the cup is as clean as the outside.  The Greek word used here for guile is fish bait which tells us that there is a hook inside the bait that will catch you.  But this is not so with the 144,000.  There is no deceit in their character, unlike Satan who deceives the whole world by his lies and flattery and craft and deceit. 

The 144,000 deal only in the currency of heaven; the pure, unvarnished, unadulterated truth makes them the objects of Satan’s hatred that unmasks his lies and his deceptions.  The messages they have to give to the world are found pictured in the first three angels that follow in Revelation 14.  They will be speaking things considered to be socially, religiously, and politically incorrect with no apologies given, and we will find in a later chapter that there is nothing any man or Satan can do to stop them while they are under the protection of Yahuwah.

THE FIRST ANGEL

“And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come:  and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:6-7, emphasis added)

The first angel’s message is that worship has to do with more than ceremonies and services; it has to do with honor, respect, submission, and obedience.  The message will go “to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people.”  The “great multitude” in Revelation 7:9 are from “all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues.”  As a result of the work of the 144,000, the great multitude will come out of Babylon (Revelation 18:1-4) and worship the only, one, true God (Revelation 14:7, John 17:3).

The message the first angel gives is to “Fear God, and give glory to Him; for the hour of His judgment is come:  and worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” (Revelation 14:7, emphasis added). 

In all the places of the Bible where we are admonished to worship God because He is the Creator, the phrase “fountains of waters” is never mentioned except in this verse.  Why here?  One thing we have discovered in our study of the prophecies is that nothing is there without a good reason.  What we may see as insignificant may have great significance with what God is trying to tell us. 

“The heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters” are all damaged by those events pictured in the first four trumpets found in Revelation 8.  This message calling the world to worship the LORD, is connected with the events pictured under the first four trumpets that will arrest the attention of the entire world.  Some of us remember the phrase “shock and awe” which was connected with the bombing of Iraq during the First Gulf War which got the attention of the Iraqis.  God will have our attention, and the first angel’s message will be given by His servants, the 144,000, at that time.  Others at the same time claiming to be servants of God will be giving messages purportedly from God; false prophets have always opposed the work of God when there were true prophets at work.  The messages given by the 144,000 will be distinctly different from those given by the false prophets.  “Prepare to meet thy God” (Amos 4:12).

God has tried to gain our attention over the years in many ways, but for the most part we have ignored those attempts and have continued on our way.  Not so when these events occur!  God will have our attention, and God’s servants, the 144,000, will be proclaiming a worldwide message calling upon men everywhere to the worship of God according to the way He has asked mankind to worship Him, and not according to the way man has chosen to worship Him.  We do not get to choose the way in which we worship God!  “In vain they do worship Me, teaching for doctrines the commandments of men” (Matthew 15:9).  Man does not dictate to God.  Cain chose to worship Elohim in a way other than the way God had ordained.  For not being accepted by God, Cain slew his brother Abel, who brought the required sacrifice as his offering.  After Adam and Eve fell, God set up the means and the manner by which to approach Him. 

“And in the process of time it came to pass, that Cain brought of the fruit of the ground an offering unto the LORD.  And Abel, he also brought of the firstlings of his flock and of the fat thereof.  And the LORD had respect unto Abel and to his offering:  but unto Cain and to his offering He did not respect.  And Cain was very wroth, and his countenance fell.  And Yahuwah said unto Cain, Why art thou wroth? And why is thy countenance fallen?  If thou doest well, shalt thou not be accepted? And if thou do not well, sin lies at the door.  And unto thee shall be his desire, and thou shalt rule over him.  And Cain talked with Abel his brother:  and it came to pass, when they were in the field, that Cain rose up against Abel his brother, and slew him” (Genesis 4:3-8).  “Without the shedding of blood is no remission of sin” (Hebrews 9:22).  Even in the Old Testament this was taught pointing forward to the ultimate Sacrifice to made by the Son of God.

This scene will be re-enacted on a world-wide scale at the close of time when those who choose their own way of worshipping the Creator persecute and kill those who will follow the Creator’s plan of worship.  This is described in Revelation 6:9-11 in the fifth seal.  But many will answer the call given by the 144,000 and will worship the Creator according to His ordained method.  All that mankind has changed in the worship of the Creator will be restored, including what the “little horn” pictured in Daniel 7:25 changed.  Many changes will have to be made by mankind in order to be prepared to meet our God!

“For the hour of His judgment is come” (Revelation 14:7).  There are two ways to understand this statement.  One way is that God is judging the people of this earth.  Throughout Scripture, this is the picture given to us of God; He is our Judge.  “But God is the Judge” (Psalm 75:7).  “Yahuwah shall judge the people” (Psalm 7:8).  We discovered in our study of Daniel 7:10 and 26 that the judgment of mankind began in 1798.  But this verse tells us that “the hour of God’s judgment is come” (Revelation 14:7); it does not say that “the people’s judgment is come,” but that “God’s judgment is come.”  Is God going to be judged?  Why?  What for?  We are told that “you are My witnesses, saith the LORD” (Isaiah 43:10-12, 44:8). 

If we are to be God’s witnesses, who is on trial?  A witness gives a firsthand testimony in matters of the law either for or against the defendant who is on trial, who in this case is God.  There is no second-hand testimony accepted by a court of law.  Our testimony must be based on firsthand knowledge and experience.  The ninth commandment is, “Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor” (Exodus 20:16).  Friends, we are bearing either a true witness for God or a false witness against Him. 

During the “last days,” the LORD will be judged!  Satan has made accusations against God which will be refuted through the living testimony of His people.  The testimony from God’s Word concerning the 144,000 is that “in their mouth was found no guile:  for they are without fault before the throne of God” (Revelation 14:5, emphasis added).  And in Revelation 11:7 in speaking of the 144,000 “and when they shall have finished their testimony . . .” 

Can God do for His people what He has promised to do for them in His Word?  “Now unto Him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of His glory with exceeding joy” (Jude 24).  Can the indwelling Spirit of God complete the work in us He has started? (Hebrews 12:2).  Can the LORD depend upon the 144,000 to give a creditable witness in His behalf?  

There will be no boasting or arrogance on the part of God’s people as though they have attained to a state of not sinning by their efforts.  See 1 John 3:6, 9.  They will realize they are kept from sinning wholly by the power of the Spirit of God, dwelling within them and empowering them to live lives that are in harmony with God.  Jesus paid the penalty for sin on the cross. 

The power of sin in our lives is broken by the indwelling Spirit of God; it is thus that God becomes our personal Savior.  “But thanks be to God, which gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ” (1 Corinthians 15:57).  “Victory” does not come through our own efforts; it is a gift!  “Moreover also I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them” (Ezekiel 20:12).  It is the LORD that makes us holy and righteous, but He needs our permission and cooperation to do so.

When the nation of Israel was given the law at Mt. Sinai, all the people responded by saying “all the words which the LORD hath said we will do” (Exodus 24:3).  Was this the proper response?  The people told the LORD what they thought He wanted to hear.  A better response would have been:  “LORD give us Thy Spirit that we may be enabled by Thy power to do all that You have said.”  “Without Me ye can do nothing” (John 15:5).  God wants us to rely upon Him and not upon ourselves which is self-reliance and not God-reliance.  “God is our refuge and strength” (Psalm 46:1, emphasis added).  It is God Who makes us into what He wants us to become.  He is the Master Potter (Isaiah 64:8) who needs only our consent and our cooperation to do the work that needs to be done in our lives to prepare us to live for eternity in the presence of God.

The old covenant failed because the people attempted in their own strength to keep God’s laws.  In the new covenant, God promises to write His laws in our minds and cause us to walk in His ways (Jeremiah 31:33; Ezekiel 36:25-27).

Some people get nervous and upset with those who talk about living without sinning, but what the Bible has to say on the matter is what is important.  “There was in the days of Herod, the king of Judea, a certain priest named Zacharias, of the course of Abia:  and his wife was of the daughters of Aaron, and her name was Elizabeth.  And they were both righteous before Elohim. Walking in all the commandments and ordinances of the LORD blameless” (Luke 1:5-6, emphasis added).  “There was a man in the land of Uz, whose name was Job; and that man was perfect and upright, and one that feared God and eschewed evil” (Job 1:1, emphasis added).  In speaking of the 144,000 it is written “And in their mouth was found no guile:  for they are without fault before the throne of God” (Revelation 14:5).

“Whosoever abideth in Him [the LORD] sinneth not” (1 John 3:6).  “Whosoever is born of God doth not commit sin; for His seed remains in him:  and he cannot sin, because he is born of God” (1 John 3:9).  "He will turn again, He will have compassion upon us; He will subdue our iniquities; and Thou wilt cast all their sins into the depths of the sea" (Micah 7:19, emphasis added).  This does not teach what is called “holy flesh” where it becomes impossible for someone to sin, but as long you are connected to the Vine and remain connected to the Vine His Spirit is in you and empowers you to live a life of victory over sin.  God is being judged through the testimony of the lives of His children who are rendering perfect obedience through the indwelling power of God’s Spirit.

THE SECOND ANGEL

“And there followed another angel saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8).  Thirty days following the global earthquake in Revelation 8:5, the New World Order will come into power as pictured in Revelation 13:1-10, Revelation 11:2, Daniel 2:44. 

The first four trumpets have already sounded and in the destruction and chaos following, the New World Order (Babylon) will take control.  These are not exactly the conditions that the New World Order had in mind or had planned on, but this is the hand that the LORD will deal them.  With the earth severely damaged and approximately 2 billion people dead (Revelation 6:8), they will be severely limited as to what they will be able to do.  Just as ancient Babylon came up after the flood, so modern-day Babylon (the New World Order) will come up after the destruction caused by the sounding of the first four trumpets pictured in Revelation 8.  Babylon will be discussed further in subsequent chapters.

The 144,000 will be declaring much of what is found in Revelation 17 and 18 and calling God’s people out of the customs, practices and beliefs which originated in Babylon back in the days of the Tower of Babel when the first one-world government tried to rule the world, and God put an end to it.  Those customs, practices and beliefs have found their way into the “Christian” systems of beliefs and practices and are why God is calling His people out of them and the other religions of the world into the pure faith which was once delivered unto the saints (Jude 3).

THE THIRD ANGEL

“And the third angel followed them [the first two angels], saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation” (Revelation 14:9-10).  This is not some idle threat to intimidate us, but a sure promise of God to be taken extremely serious.  God is trying to warn us of the seriousness of the situation.

The 144,000 will proclaim these three angels' messages at the appropriate times in conjunction with certain events that are taking place.  The second beast of Revelation chapter 13, who is Satan, does not come on the scene until after the twenty-first month once the New World Order has come into power and the command to receive a mark in the right hand or in the forehead does not take place until after Satan appears and has had five months to torment mankind (Revelation 9:4-6). 

There are consequences based on which side you choose.  If you accept the mark of the beast, you “shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation” (emphasis added).  You will be drinking it “straight” as we used to say – without any type of mercy.     And if you do not receive the mark nor “worship the image of the beast,” you will not be able to “buy or sell” or you may “be killed” (Revelation 13:15, 17).  

Revelation 20:4 confirms this.  “And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them:  and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the Word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads or in their hands” (emphasis added). 

Nobody will be able to “buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name” (Revelation 13:17).  But if you take the number or the name of the beast, you will drink the wine of the wrath of God without any diluting mercy as seen in the seven last plagues of Revelation 16. 

God has promised to those who will “walk righteously, and speak uprightly; he that despises the gain of oppressions, that shakes his hands from holding bribes, that stops his ears from hearing of blood, and shuts his eyes from seeing evil; he shall dwell on high: his place of defense shall be the munitions of rocks:  bread shall be given him; his waters shall be sure” (Isaiah 33:15-16, emphasis added).  But you must meet the conditions specified in order to obtain the promises given by God. 

Again God’s Word will be put to the test and the faith of His people tested and tried.  Can God do as He promised in providing for His people?  If they don’t receive the mark, they will have no means of sustaining themselves and may be killed.  God’s people will live by every word that proceeds from God’s mouth (Luke 4:4).  God will provide for the needs of His people as He has done in the past.  People will have to walk by faith in God’s Word, and if they have not done this in the past, they will have to learn very quickly and under very trying circumstances that God can be depended upon or else they will give in to the decree and accept the mark of the beast.

“Here is the patience of the saints:  here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the LORD from henceforth” (Revelation 14:12-13, emphasis added).  People are going to die over this matter.  The people pictured here will have patience.  Mankind is not patient and must learn patience or endurance through God’s method of instruction.  “For you have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise” (Hebrews 11:36).  “But let patience have her perfect work, that you may be perfect and entire, wanting nothing” (James 1:4).  Patience is one of those attributes that God’s people are noted for.

They keep God’s Commandments as they were before they were changed by the “little horn” (Daniel 7:25); reread the chapter on Daniel 7 for a reminder of what those changes are. 

"They have the faith of Jesus."  The life that Jesus lived on this earth was a life of faith in His Father.  Jesus said "I can of Mine own self do nothing" (John 5:30).  Jesus came here to us how man could live by depending on His Father.  In John Chpater 15, Jesus to us that He was the Vine, we are the branches.  We are to abide in Him and when we do our life will be fruitful as His was.

Blessed are the dead which die in the LORD from henceforth” (Revelation 14:13, emphasis added).  In Daniel 12:12, we find another “blessed” being pronounced on those “that wait, and come to the thousand three hundred and five and thirty days” (Daniel 12:12).  Will both groups be blessed by the same event?  When you look at the time line in Appendix A, you will see that this time coincides with the Feast of Tabernacles which was the most joyous feast for the Hebrews and was celebrated at the time of the harvest, and we will be at the time of this earth’s final harvest. 

In Revelation 14, people are killed during the sounding of the third angel’s message, which warned everyone not to accept the mark of the beast.  In Revelation 13, people were threatened with death or imprisonment if they did not receive the mark of the beast (Revelation 13:10, 15-16).  In Revelation 20:4, we are told that some will be beheaded for not having received the mark of the beast. 

Does your faith abide in God?  In the summer, evergreens are hardly distinguishable from deciduous trees, but in the winter, they are easily distinguished.  So it will be in the coming crisis.  The true followers of God will be known.  Only those who live by faith in the LORD and in the Word of God and who “know” God intimately will not accept the mark because they will have learned the lessons of faith and trust and patience.  Mere profession will not enable people to endure this terrible test.  We must have a vital living connection like the branch to the vine (John 15:1-9).  The subject of why “blessed are they which die in Yahuwah from henceforth” will be dealt with in the chapter on Daniel 12.

How does one have faith or trust in God?  How does one have faith in anyone?  By taking the time to get to “know” that person in an intimate way.  We have faith, trust and confidence in people we “know” intimately; not in strangers or those who we only know in a casual way.  So it is with God!

THE FOURTH ANGEL

In the chronology of the events of Revelation 14, after those who are put to death rather than receive the mark, “another angel [the 4th angel] came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him that sat on the cloud [‘And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud One sat like unto the Son of man (Jesus) having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle’ (Revelation 14:14).], Thrust in Thy sickle, and reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe” (Revelation 14:15). 

Everyone’s destiny has been fixed for eternity.  Jesus waits for the angel pictured in Revelation 14:15 to come to Him from the presence of the Father to tell Him when He may “Thrust in Thy sickle . . . for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”   There are two harvests at the end of the growing season.  The first harvest is the grain or the fruit of the field, which is used by man for beneficial purposes. The first harvest is pictured in Revelation 14:14-16.   The second harvest is the refuse that is plowed under or burned so the diseases and parasites that cling to it are destroyed.    

THE FIFTH AND THE SIXTH ANGELS

In the second harvest pictured in Revelation 14:17-20, the fifth “angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.”  The sixth angel in Revelation 14 is said to have “had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him [the fifth angel] that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe” (Revelation 14:18).  "When the wicked spring as the grass, and when all the workers of iniquity do flourish; it is that they shall be destroyed for ever" (Psalm 92:7).  Just as Jesus in Revelation 14:14 waits for permission to thrust in His sickle so the fifth angel in Revelation 14:17 waits for permission to come to him from the temple where Yahuwah resides.  When he thrusts in his sickle we are told “for her [earth’s] grapes are fully ripe.”  Sin has been allowed to develop to its fullest before it is destroyed forever!  We are shown here that the harvest of the righteous takes place at a separate time from the harvest or destruction of the lost.

It was prophesied of Jesus in Isaiah 63:3, “I have trodden the winepress alone; and of the people there was none with Me.”  At Gethsemane [the oil press in Greek], Jesus endured the wrath of God.  Jesus was “without the city” when He had “trodden the winepress alone.”  It was in Gethsemane that Jesus tasted the sufferings of death for every man.  Is it any wonder that Jesus begged of His Father:  “O My Father, if this cup [the cup of God's wrath] may not pass away from Me, except I drink it, Thy will be done?” (Matthew 26:42).

“And the angel swung his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God” (Revelation 14:19).  At the destruction of the lost, “the winepress was trodden without the city” (Revelation 14:20).  “All faces are turned into paleness” “and the heart melts, and the knees smite together, and much pain is in all loins, and the faces of them all gather blackness” (Jeremiah 30:6; Nahum 2:10).  One can almost sense the utter despair which the lost will experience when they realize they are lost forever and there remains no more hope.  They will be outside of the city when they are destroyed (Revelation 20:9; 22:15). This will be discussed when we come to Revelation 20 and 22.

But God is “not willing that any should perish, but that all should come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).  Have our hearts become united to God’s great heart of love so that we are sharing in that yearning love for our fellowman?  Just as the refuse is burnt up after the harvest, so the wicked will be burnt up because sin still clings to them or actually they still cling to sin and must be destroyed for the security of the Universe throughout eternity.  Those who are finally burnt up will not have allowed God to separate them from their sins and will suffer the consequences of their choices.

In summary, Revelation 14 begins with the opening of the judgment of God and ends with the destruction of the lost.  It is indeed a chapter of the deepest interest, and we need to understand what it is saying to our generation – the last generation.  A blessing is promised in Revelation 1:3, “Blessed is he that reads, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.”

If what you have been discovering in God’s Word has not begun to take place, be assured it is coming.  “For the vision is yet for an appointed time, but at the end it shall speak, and not lie:  though it tarry, wait for it: because it will surely come, it will not tarry” (Habakkuk 2:3).  Jesus told His apostle Thomas, “Blessed are they that have not seen, and yet believed” (John 20:29).  He also said in John 14:29, “And now I have told you before it come to pass, that, when it is come to pass, ye might believe” (emphasis added). Whether we believe before these things happen or after they begin, we will be blessed, if we “wait for it.” 

No one knows the future but the LORD and those to whom He reveals it, and that places God above all the pretenders.  He tells us what tomorrow’s headlines will be.  We have the assurance from God’s Word found in Amos 3:7:  “Surely the LORD God will do nothing, but He reveals His secret unto His servants the prophets.”  He gives us the advantage of knowing what is coming so that we can prepare for it and be ready.  “Prepare to meet thy God” (Amos 4:12).

God challenged the would be pretenders to His position, found in Isaiah 41:22-23, “Let them bring forth, and show us what shall happen:  let them show the former things, what they be, that we may consider them, and know the latter end of them; or declare us things for to come.  Show the things that are to come hereafter, that we may know that ye are indeed gods:  yea, do good, or do evil, that we may be dismayed, and behold it together” (emphasis added). 

Every chapter of Daniel and Revelation reveals something about the future, and about God, who can foretell the future with unerring accuracy and can be safely entrusted with our lives.  “But the salvation of the righteous is of the LORD:  He is their strength in the time of trouble.  And the LORD shall help them and deliver them: He shall deliver them from the wicked, and save them, because they trust in Him” (Psalm 37:39-40).  They “trust in Him” because they have taken the time to get to know Him on a personal level and not just through what they have been “taught about Him.”

Those who will be saved from eternal destruction will have nothing to boast about personally; they will realize they have been “the brand . . . plucked out the fire” of destruction (Zechariah 3:2).

There is a famine coming!  “Behold, the days come, saith the LORD God, that I will send a famine in the land, not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the LORD” (Amos 8:11).  

It is not like God has not tried to reach out to mankind but this is what we read from Proverbs:  “Turn you at My reproof:  behold, I will pour out My Spirit unto you, I will make known My words unto you.  Because I have called, and you refused; I have stretched out My hand, and no man regarded; but you have set at nought all My counsel, and would none of My reproof:  I also will laugh at your calamity; I will mock when your fear cometh; when your fear cometh as desolation, and your destruction cometh as a whirlwind; when distress and anguish cometh upon you.  Then shall they call upon Me, but I will not answer; they shall seek Me early, but they shall not find Me; for they hated knowledge, and did not choose the fear of the LORD: they would none of My counsel:  they despised all My reproof.  Therefore shall they eat of the fruit of their own way, and be filled with their own devices . . . But whoso hearkeneth unto Me shall dwell safely, and shall be quiet from fear of evil” Proverbs 1:23-33).  The LORD God will have done all that He could possibly do in warning the lost to turn to Him before it is forever too late.  He is pleading with each of you right now to turn to Him with your whole being!  “Look unto Me, and be ye saved, all the ends of the earth:  for I am God, and there is none else [who can save you]” (Isaiah 45:22).

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  1. 1. What is the message of the first angel?
  2. 2. What is the message of the second angel?
  3. 3. What is the message of the third angel?
  4. 4. How many angels are pictured in Revelation 14 with messages?
  5. 5. What does the Bible say about the 144,000?