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Revelation

Chapter 14

14:1–5

Verses 1 through 5 are taking place here on earth as Jesus returns from the Marriage Supper of the Lamb with the Body of Christ. During or shortly after Christ’s arrival, Jesus will assume the throne of David as both the Messiah and King of kings. The circumstances reflected within verses 1 through 5 take place near the end of the Great Consummation. The 144,000 Elect have been ministering to the nation of Israel during the entire one-year period of God’s Wrath.

“And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred and forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads” (Revelation 14:1 KJV).

The events surrounding verse 1 parallel events in Joel 3:11b: “Bring down your warriors, O Lord!” The warriors mentioned in Joel are the Body of Christ returning from the Marriage Supper of the Lamb.

And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: 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. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goes. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. (Revelation 14:2–5 KJV)

14:6–7

In verses 6 and 7, the angel commissioned with the spreading of the gospel throughout the world is now declaring God’s judgment has come. The angel is not declaring the hour will come; rather, the hour is come. This section in Revelation parallels the verses from Revelation 11:15–19, which declares:

 You have taken Your great power and reigned. The nations were angry, and Your wrath has come, And the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that You should reward Your servants the prophets and the saints … (Revelation 11:17c–18c NKJV)

The proclamations taking place follow the yearlong Wrath of God. The passages in Revelation 11:15–19 and 14:6–7 both fall on the heels of Christ’s victory over the Battle of Armageddon. 

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. 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 14:6–8 KJV)

Verse 8 begins with a second angel crying out over the earth and saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” The events that begin in verse 8 take place at the end of God’s Wrath and during the Day of the Lord, which is in conjunction with the sounding of the seventh trumpet. The fall of Babylon, according to Revelation 18:4–8, takes place commensurate with the seven plagues, as outlined in chapters 15 and 16. The seven plagues represent the final judgment, which will befall the Great Whore of Babylon. Each of the seven plagues is ordained to afflict the great whore during a single day. The fall of Babylon, representing judgment over false religion, is likely to begin and end over a few short hours or possibly just the single day. Shortly after Christ’s return, Jesus will assume His rightful place as the reigning King of the world. Christ’s return or the Second Advent will occur during the Battle of Armageddon, bringing all enemies to heel. Based on the overall body of text related to Babylon’s final judgment, events should commence during the Battle of Armageddon with Christ victoriously winning just before the deliverance of the Israelites.[1]

John, while in the spirit (Revelation 14:9–12), sees the third angel loudly declaring the penalties that will befall anyone who follows the Beast, receives his mark, or worships his image. Like the two previous angels, the third angel details the righteous indignation and judgment God will pour on any disobedient members of humanity. Obviously, the following verses pertain to those persons who will live during the Great Consummation when the Mark of the Beast has been implemented. The text is a warning and righteous conviction on anyone who ignores God’s commandments. The text is also an encouragement to anyone who faithfully follows God’s laws and will.

And the third angel followed them, 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; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:9–12 KJV)

Though verses 9 through 12 pertain to the overall period of the Great Consummation, verses 6 through 8 are taking place at the end of the infamous conclusion of the Church Age. The messages within verses 9 through 12, however, pertain to the entire three and a half years of the Great Consummation period. 

And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them. (Revelation 14:13 KJV)

The word “henceforth,” found in verse 13, refers to those who will die in the Lord after the Time of the Gentiles is complete. The rules will change; the bridge will be gapped between God and humanity during the Millennium. After the final harvests have been gathered, anyone who dies during the Millennium will have his or her labors judged according to their deeds, and faithfulness to God; for the world will know God exists and rewards those who seek Him. Those who die in a state of rebellion will not have their names written in the Lamb’s Book of Life. 

And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for You to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. (Revelation 14:14–16 KJV)

The above scriptures reference the Rapture of the Body of Christ and not the final gathering of the Israelites at the end of the Second Advent. For Israel’s deliverance takes place after the Time of the Gentiles has been concluded. Verse 14 references a person who is like the Son of Man. As with Daniel 7:13, Revelation 1:13, and Revelation 14:14–16, each section of scripture personifies someone who represents the Son of Man, which is, of course, Jesus Christ coming in the clouds to Rapture the saints. The reference in Revelation 14:14–16 is of the Son of Man as He returns in the clouds of glory to gather the saints of God according to the Second Coming of Christ. In these verses, Jesus returns to reap the first of two harvests. The imagery is presenting the Rapture of the Body of Christ. Those harvested are true Christians of the Body of Christ, those who have remained faithful by rejecting the Beast, the Mark of the Beast, and his image.

And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in your sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and the blood came out of the winepress even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs. (Revelation 14:17–20 KJV)

 Joel 3:9–17 represents a parallel passage for the winepress.[2] The image of the winepress was used as a symbol to illustrate God’s wrath and judgment against a sinful nation or for the wicked of mankind as a whole.

The Wrath of God is concluded with the destruction of all military forces at the Battle of Armageddon, which will include all remaining military support groups that stand against Israel. The event conveyed is not taking place at the end of the thousand-year reign of the Millennium or at the Bema Seat of Judgment. Rather, scripture (Revelation 14:17–20) indicates these events will take place at the end of God’s Wrath when Jesus conquers all enemies great and small and then brings the Battle of Armageddon to its close. The text in Revelation 15:1 indicates the seven bowls of wrath, delivered by seven angels, will jointly bring the Wrath of God to a close. The seven plagues will afflict humanity, those who represent the Whore of Babylon, punishing all who stand against God or Israel through false religion. The Whore of Babylon will receive her ultimate punishment over the course of just a single day.[3]

In Revelation 14:20, a reference is made to the blood of God’s enemies being poured out to the height of a horse’s bridle and the distance of 1,600 furlongs. The reference applies to the siege of Israel and the subsequent death and destruction of Israel’s enemies as the world’s militaries surround Israel. It is interesting to note 1,600 furlongs is nearly equivalent to the approximate mean length of the north-to-south measurements of Israel, formerly known as Palestine.

A furlong is approximately equal to 185 meters or 201.65 yards.

185m X 1600f                                     = 296000 m

296000m = 322640 yds                      ≈ 183.3 mi

Sixteen hundred furlongs is the approximate mean equivalency of the length of Israel from top to bottom (Revelation 14:20).

Greatest north to south distance:        ≈ 424 km or 263 mi

Minimum north to south distance:      ≈ 244 km or 151 mi

Mean north to south distance:                        ≈ 298 km or 185 mi

God brings a righteous judgment against Israel’s enemies (Hebrews 10:26–31).

Chronology

Chapter 14’s time frame appears to take place during John’s time. However, the events conveyed during the first five verses seem to represent the end of the Great Consummation. Verses 6 through 12 depict John receiving divine instructions through a vision similar to divine revelations received in chapters 2 and 3. Verses 6 through 8 mainly cover the end of the Great Consummation, whereas verses 9 through 12, spanning 1,260 days, cover the overall period of the Great Consummation. The thirteenth verse does not create a time-specific period, except as it pertains to the overall age after the Time of the Gentiles, the Millennial Reign. Verses fourteen through sixteen relate specifically to the Rapture of the Body of Christ. The last four verses of chapter 14 reference the two final harvests: the Rapture, which takes place before God’s Wrath begins, and the last harvest of the wicked, taking place at the end of the Battle of Armageddon.

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If understanding these blogs on Revelation’s chronological makeup as it relates to the Great Consummation seem like “work” or “study” then you’re getting there.

“This Side of the Whirlwind, The Coming Apocalypse’s” timeline is unique throughout the Body of Christ, and is likely the only place in the world you will find an accurate correlation between the Great Consummation and the book of Revelation.

Bear in mind, most theologians, scholars and pastors mistakenly title the Great Consummation message and period the Great Tribulation. Their lack of understanding was due to the revelation not being released until 2006.

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Thanks for time and prayers!

Steven R. Harrel

[1] Romans 11:25–29, “The Deliverer will come out of Zion, and He will turn away ungodliness from Jacob.”

[2] Isaiah 63:3–6, Lamentations 1:15, Joel 3:12–13, Ezekiel 39:17–22.

[3] Revelation 18:8–20, “Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine …

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