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Revelation chapter 14 begins with the Lamb standing on Mount Zion and with Many bible scholars consider this to be a scene in heaven, while others .. of the word judgment, a term that has the same meaning as wrath (see ; ).
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Observe the description of those that are and shall be blessed: such as die in the Lord; die in the cause of Christ, in a state of union with Christ; such as are found in Christ when death comes. They rest from all sin, temptation, sorrow, and persecution; for there the wicked cease from troubling, there the weary are at rest.
Their works follow them: do not go before as their title, or purchase, but follow them as proofs of their having lived and died in the Lord: the remembrance of them will be pleasant, and the reward far above all their services and sufferings. This is made sure by the testimony of the Spirit, witnessing with their spirits, and the written word. The harvest time is when the corn is ripe; when the believers are ripe for heaven, then the wheat of the earth shall be gathered into Christ's garner. And by a vintage. The enemies of Christ and his church are not destroyed, till by their sin they are ripe for ruin, and then he will spare them no longer.
The wine-press is the wrath of God, some terrible calamity, probably the sword, shedding the blood of the wicked. The patience of God towards sinners, is the greatest miracle in the world; but, though lasting, it will not be everlasting; and ripeness in sin is a sure proof of judgment at hand.
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Commentary by Matthew Henry, King James Bible Online. Commentary for Revelation Discussion for Revelation Could this allude to the address of the White House? Enough blood to fill 1, furlongs as high as a horse's bridle. What has that got to do with the White House? It specifically states an amount of blood. It makes no mention of this amount of blood coincidentally also matching an address.
Do not add or take away from God's word. God's word said there will be blood as high as a horse's bridle for 1, furlongs. The 7 th trump is the key. In the days of the voice of the 7 th trumpet the mystery shall be finished. Behold I come quickly. Then we shall all be changed in a moment in the twinkling of an eye at the last trump for the trumpet shall sound and the dead shall be raised incorruptible. To meet the lord in the air. The son of man sitting on the cloud. After the firstfruits the Disciple As it were in the days of Noah they were eating, drinking and having a party.
No doubt we are not able to fulfill the Law in modern times to the extent that could be done in ancient times, at least partially because there is no Temple or Priesthood. God knows this; and so our job as Believers is to try to conform ourselves and our behavior to the intent or spirit of each law and especially when doing the letter of that law is highly impractical within our culture, perhaps illegal, or even impossible. Let's continue with Revelation chapter 14 by re-reading the final passages. Verse 13 says that the dead in the Lord those who die in the End Times are actually blessed because, continues this verse, now they can rest from their efforts.
Since the previous couple of verses dealt with the severe persecutions and temptations that Believers will be under in the End Times, especially when the Anti-Christ begins to rule, then verse 13 is in reference to these sufferings.
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Bottom line: death will be a welcome respite for God worshippers because of what is going to happen to us on earth, beginning with the issue of being required to wear the number on our bodies or being prohibited from buying or selling in what will no doubt be a government controlled cashless society. I want to pause for a moment to point out something that I have spoken about before, but it is appropriate in this context to bring it up again.
Clearly the tribulation that Believers are undergoing in these passages in Revelation during the time the Anti-Christ is in power, is horrific. A time when death will be a welcome thing for Christ followers. So what happened to the Rapture?
According to the Dispensational Pre-Tribulation Rapture adherents a doctrine that is so well accepted in modern Christianity Believers shouldn't even be around to be suffering such degradations and pain. Yet, these passages clearly show Believers alive and suffering during this time, as they receive encouragement from God to persevere. This is one of several reasons that I cannot accept the notion of a pre-tribulation Rapture that whisks Believers away to Heaven in order to avoid suffering at the hands of men's evil.
We've read several passages now that directly addresses the suffering of Believers before and during the time of the reign of the Anti-Christ. The principle I go by is this: God saves His people that He deems innocent from the wrath that He pours out from Heaven, but He does not tend to save those same people from oppression and suffering caused by rampant evil on earth.
Rather the Lord tends to see such oppression and persecution as an opportunity for us to witness to our faith, and to be refined in the fire of sufferings as was Our Savior. Thus I cannot see God rapturing away Believers any sooner than just before the 6th seal judgment.http://ipdwew0030atl2.public.registeredsite.com/309997-monitoring-mobile-phone.php
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It is possible that perhaps the Believers we're reading about in chapter 14 are new Believers that have come to faith after the Rapture; but nothing has even hinted at such a thing and so it can only be considered as speculation. Or more likely such a speculation is an attempt to make the Pre-Tribulation Rapture doctrine workable.
So what I council is the same thing that the Prophets and even Christ Himself counseled: be prepared.
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Be spiritually and mentally prepared to face the worst; and if it turns out that in God's mercy we are lifted off this planet and not required to face the holocaust of men's evil that is coming, then hallelujah. But if we're not removed and instead remain to go through it, then we will have been equipped to endure and not question or stumble in our faith. Verse 14 says that John now sees one like a Son of Man Yeshua coming on a cloud. This of course references the prophecy of Daniel 7.
He approached the Ancient One and was led into his presence. His rulership is an eternal rulership that will not pass away; and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed. Interestingly we also find this thought in the Gospel of Mark, however it is more directly associated to the End of Days. Here's the Messiah! I have told you everything in advance!
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Notice here in Mark all the things that are going on at the time that the Son of Man comes in the clouds. Watch out, we're told, there will be a false Messiah Who else can this be but John's Sea Beast There will be major cosmic disturbances. And it is during this time that God will send out His angels to gather His chosen people from all over the earth. So this passage from Mark fits hand in glove with John's Apocalyptic visions. Besides wearing a crown to indicate His glory as king over God's Kingdom, we find the Son of Man who comes in the clouds with a sickle in His hand. A sickle is used for harvesting what has grown and ripened.
Interestingly Yeshua does not begin harvesting until an angel gives the order. We have to remember that angels do not act on their own; they are God's servants and seem to be mostly used as messengers of God's oracles. In fact the Hebrew word that we translate in English as angel is malach , and it literally means messenger. So here we find once again that the Son of God does not act until God the Father issues an instruction to do so; in this case the message is sent through a heavenly angel. God the Father is preeminent and God the Son is essentially the Father's servant.
Following the proclamation of the angel, Messiah swings His sickle and harvests the earth. Might this be the moment of the Rapture? If it isn't, and instead is an event that comes later after an earlier Rapture, then this means that there are two harvests of Believers in the End Times and not one. I cannot say that this is impossible; but nothing in Revelation or anywhere else in the New Testament hints of two harvests of God Worshippers in the End Times. And if there are two, then exactly what is this second harvest when the Son of Man swings His sickle?
How does this "harvest" occur? The Rapture that we're familiar with seems to be about a sudden disappearance. Therefore it seems to me that the Rapture is the only means that God uses to harvest His Believers from earth and I cannot see where the Scriptures reference more than one harvest or Rapture. Therefore it is my conclusion that the harvest of Believers with Christ swinging His sickle is but another way of speaking of the Rapture. Now hear me: the Bible regularly speaks of events that are done in Heaven that might not yet be done on earth.
So there might be a sort of spiritual harvest of Believers that occurs before a physical harvest happens.
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Interestingly enough, some commentators such as Beale say that this is not a harvest of Believers by Messiah but rather it is Messiah's judgment of the wicked. That is, Christ is harvesting non-Believers. While that can't be completely discounted, I find it odd because in the next verse a different angel shows up, bearing his own sickle, and he gathers what is referred to as clusters of grapes from the earth's vine. And then the verse after that verse 19 explains that indeed that angel swings his sickle, gathers those grapes, but he throws them into God great winepress of fury!
So in the first instance, Christ Himself harvests; and in the second instance an angel gathers. Look carefully at those verses. What Christ does is to harvest; however what the angel does is to swing His sickle but it is characterized as gathering and not harvesting. Moreover, while nothing is said of what happens to the harvest that Christ brings in, verse 19 clearly says that it is what the ANGEL with the sickle gathers that is thrown into the winepress of God's fury. It is true that Joel 4 uses harvesting and grapes to indicate judgment, and indeed we do have judgment in that regard here in Revelation Harvesting in the Bible is used in both a positive and a negative sense.
So how do we decide how to take the meaning of the harvest statement about Christ here in Revelation 14?