Revelation—Part 13

Revelation 14: 6-12

Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth–to every nation, tribe, language and people.  He said in a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.’

A second angel followed and said, ”Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,’ which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.’

A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: ‘If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives its mark on their forehead or on their hand, they, too, will drink the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. They will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment will rise for ever and ever. There will be no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and its image, or for anyone who receives the mark of its name.’ This calls for patient endurance on the part of the people of God who keep his commands and remain faithful to Jesus.

John sees three angels who deliver prophetic messages that predict God’s coming judgment on sin and evil. The third angel announces that anyone who receives the mark of the beast will drink the wine of God’s fury. This supports the idea that a believer can’t take the mark without making that decision.

This is the first mention of Babylon in Revelation. Some believe that Babylon the Great is a specific city or place while others believe it is symbolic of world culture. The third angel tells of the wrath of God on those who worship the Antichrist and receives its mark.

The last section shows Jesus holding a sickle which symbolizes Jesus’s return because it is time to harvest the earth. This chapter seems to be saying the tribulation is coming to an end and Jesus is about to return.

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