God's Everlasting Gospel

English
Revelation 14
Year: 
2019
Quarter: 
1
Lesson Number: 
10

Lesson 10 God’s Everlasting Gospel

(Revelation 14)

 

Copr. 2019, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D. All scripture references are to the New International Version (NIV), copr. 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society, unless otherwise noted. Quotations from the NIV are used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers. Suggested answers are found within parentheses. If you normally receive this lesson by e-mail, but it is lost one week, you can find it by clicking on this link: http://www.GoBible.org. Pray for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as you study.

 

Introduction: This week Revelation turns to one of my favorite topics: the everlasting gospel! While I’ve been warning you that I might not be right in my understanding of some of our past studies in Revelation, I feel confident about the gospel. Let’s dive into our study of the Bible and learn more about end times and the everlasting gospel of Jesus!

 

  1. Song of the Redeemed

 

    1. Read Revelation 14:1. Where are we now? (In heaven.)

 

      1. Notice that the 144,000 have God’s name “written on their foreheads.” Why does it not mention their hands? (God’s name on their forehead means that they believe in God. They are not forced into doing His will.)

 

    1. Read Revelation 14:2-3. What is an important part of heaven? (Music!)

 

      1. Is this the soft singing of an old time hymn? (In the “music wars,” those arguing against contemporary praise songs find little support in the text of the Bible. This song of praise is compared to the “roar of rushing waters” and a “loud peal of thunder.”)

 

        1. What instrument is specifically mentioned? (A harp!)

 

        1. How does that make sense? I think of harp music as the kind that puts you to sleep? (This is roaring, thundering harp music!)

 

    1. Read Revelation 14:4-5. Is this talking about sex? If so, how do you apply this if you are a women? (Read Revelation 17:1-3 and 2 Corinthians 11:2. John is not writing about sex. This is about being the bride of Jesus as opposed to “prostituting” yourself to the forces of evil.)

 

  1. The Timing

 

    1. Read Revelation 14:6-7. Wait a minute! When does this take place? After the righteous are in heaven? (Read Revelation 14:13. This is before, not after, the Second Coming of Jesus.)

 

    1. Let’s go back and read Revelation 7:1-4. We have been reading these verbal pictures in Revelation of what is happening in heaven. In our past studies, I’ve sometimes relied on these pictures of heaven to give us a sense of the timing. Is that always reliable? (The first verses of Revelation 14 show that it is not. It appears that God gives John these periodic views of what is happening in heaven, but not necessarily as part of the chronology of what is being described elsewhere in the chapter.)

 

  1. Three Angels Messages

 

    1. Read Revelation 14:6-7. What hour is this? (The hour of judgment. This is a warning that the Second Coming is soon.)

 

      1. What are we called to do in light of the impending judgment? (Fear, glorify and worship God.)

 

        1. What kind of an attitude is described here? Is it being afraid of God? (No. These are Christians who take God seriously. They recognize His great power and love. They are grateful for what He has done to redeem them. They worship Him because they cannot keep from praising Him.)

 

      1. What reason is given for worshiping God? (The previously mentioned hour of judgment, and because God is the Creator of everything.)

 

    1. Read Revelation 14:8. Is this about drinking alcohol? (This is no more about drinking then the prior references to adultery and not defiling yourself with women is about sex. This is about adopting the view of Babylon, the opponent of God. You reject God and His law and you follow God’s enemy.)

 

      1. I like the term “maddening wine of her adulteries.” Why is the view of Babylon like “wine” and why is it a “maddening view?” (Drinking too much wine clouds your thoughts. Being “mad” refers to having ridiculous thoughts. A sane person would say, “You are not thinking clearly, that is a crazy idea.”)

 

      1. Are there things about Babylon that are just crazy? If you moved the clock back to the time of your grandparents, would they think the Babylon things of today are crazy? (Yesterday, I read a news account that they could not get enough Members of the United States Senate to pass a bill that would require medical care for babies who were born alive. People are opposed to providing medical care for a new born baby? What about the idea of two men getting married? What about the idea that your child should decide its own gender? What about the idea that a man can decide “he” feels more like a woman, and can therefore can compete against women in sports and use their bathrooms? Had I mentioned any of these things to my grandparents, they wouldn’t believe it.)

 

    1. Read Revelation 14:9-10. What else do the worshipers of Babylon drink? (“The wine of God’s fury.”)

 

      1. We previously discussed the idea that a “mark” in the “forehead or on the hand” represents someone who believes in an idea or goes along with it. What does it mean to “worship” the beast? (These are people who embrace the beast and its ideas.)

 

      1. Are both worship and the mark required? Must you embrace the ideas of the beast? (Read Revelation 14:11. While verse 9 seems to require both, verse 11 says that either qualify you for punishment.)

 

      1. What, exactly, are these people drinking? (God’s fury at “full strength.” Their end is the torment of burning sulfur!)

 

      1. Who witnesses this torment? (“The holy angels and the Lamb.”)

 

        1. Let’s just pause a minute. Jesus loves us so much that He was tortured and died so that we can live eternally. Would someone who loves that much watch the tortured death of the wicked? (I trust God. I trust that these people are so wicked, and their deeds so evil, that this is just. What I would like to do is to avoid being the victim of these evil people.)

 

    1. Read Revelation 14:12 and compare Revelation 12:17. Are these the same people, or at least the same kind of people?

 

      1. If so, what characterizes them? (These are both descriptions of the saints. We spent time discussing Revelation 12:17. This text once again tells us that they are serious about obedience to God, and they accept Jesus as their source of salvation.)

 

      1. Why are they patient and what are they enduring? (They are waiting for vindication. They are enduring the wicked who deserve a tormented end.)

 

  1. The Dead and the Reaping

 

    1. Read Revelation 14:13. What is the future of those who “die in the Lord?” (Their blessed future is contrasted with the future of the wicked.)

 

    1. Read Revelation 14:14-16. Are these good or bad people who are being harvested? (This harvest is connected with Jesus. Thus, I think this symbolizes the saving of the righteous. This is the salvation of the righteous at the Second Coming.)

 

    1. Read Revelation 14:17-20. Are these good or bad people being harvested? (The angel in “charge of the fire” calls for this harvest. The grapes are “from the earth’s vine.” The flow of blood shows that these people are being destroyed. Thus, they symbolize the fate of the wicked at the Second Coming.)

 

    1. Friend, will you join in sharing the messages of the three angels? Will you bring the gospel to a fallen world so that people will turn from evil and its terrible end? Why not commit to doing that right now?

 

  1. Next week: The Seven Last Plagues.