This third angel announces the doom of those who are worshipping the Antichrist and his image, and who have received the mark “666” in their foreheads or hands.
For the weak-kneed sisters of Christendom who claim that “the God of love could never punish sinners,” verses 9 through 11http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14%3A+9-11&version=KJV are probably the Bible’s most graphic picture of judgment.
Although the text before us is self-explanatory, I feel it prudent to practically state the same truths twice, in order that mockers may see that there is a judgment of hellfire taught in this book, as well as throughout the Bible.
Those individuals who have received the mark of the beast taste of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture [without dilution or weakening of his wrath as it is stirred up] into the cup of his indignation. The judgment is so horrendous as it is administered in the presence of Christ and his angels that the smoke of [the Antichrist’s partners and pawns] ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
Contrary to the teaching of certain cultists, this judgment is also endless.
The words everlasting for the lost and eternal for the saved are identical in the Greek, both places-heaven and hell-last for the ages of ages-eternally, everlastingly.
Thus, Matthew 25:46 states: [The lost] shall go away into everlasting punishment: but the righteous into life eternal.
I repeat, both are of equal duration.
Some may raise an objection that this punishment cannot be eternal because of the words “day and night.” Nonsense!
The apocalypse, or Book of Revelation, constantly uses this terminology in place of “unceasingly.” For example, in chapter 4, verse 8,http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+4%3A+8&version=KJV the four living creatures before the throne of God rest not day and night, saying, Holy, holy, holy, Lord God Almighty, which was, and is, and is to come.
Isaiah declared this truth in chapter 66, verse 24,http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Isaiah+66%3A+24&version=KJV For their worm shall not die, neither shall their fire be quenched.
Jesus himself had this text in mind when He said in Mark 9:43, And if thy hand offend thee, cut it off. it is better for thee to enter into life maimed, than having two hands to go into hell, into the fire that never shall be quenched.
The most terrible experience of time and eternity is to be lost. My wife, Rexella, sings a song that creates a soul-winner’s heart within those who hear it.
The chorus states: Think what it means to be lost forever,No one to guide you across that cold river.Darkness, crying, none to deliver
Think what it means to be lost.
Thank God, this awesome portrait does not have to be the future of any human being, for Romans 10:13 victoriously announces that whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
Don’t delay making life’s most important decision.
Now, the subject of fire also causes us to recall that time during the Tribulation hour when one-third of the earth’s population is reduced by fire, smoke, and brimstone (chapter 9, verse 18).http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+9%3A+18&version=KJV
Possessing a foreknowledge of all these events, and knowing that earthly sorrows can last only as long as one has life, the Holy Spirit, through John, gives an assuring promise about the future.
This will be especially true during the Tribulation hour when the toils of life are so great. Remember, this is the worst time of heartache in history.Jesus said, For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be (Matthew 24:21).
Now, at last, it is over for some. They have died and happiness is theirs. They rest from the heartbreaks of life, exchanging them for rewards as their good works and deeds follow them.
A white cloud-the Shekinah or “glory of God” cloud-is usually associated with Christ.
This is the same cloud that went before the Children of Israel as they wandered through the wilderness (Exodus 13:21, 22). It was also present at the giving of the Law (Exodus 19:9). This glorious cloud illuminated the transfiguration scene (Matthew 17:5) and received [Christ] out of their sight at His ascension (Acts 1:9).
At the Rapture, all church-age saints, living and dead will be caught up together… in the clouds (1 Thessalonians 4:17). Finally, when the Lord Jesus Christ returns to planet earth, he cometh with clouds (Revelation 1:7). Thus, in verse 14http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14%3A+14&version=KJV of this chapter the Son of Man is seen situated upon the cloud as He comes to thrust in His sharp sickle of judgment.
One cannot get away with sin forever: Be sure, your sin will find you out (Numbers 32:23).
Sin will catch up with you, and when it does, they that plow iniquity, and sow wickedness, reap the same (Job 4:8).
The time of reaping has come, and the sickle, sharp and steady, does its judgmental work. Verses 17-20http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14%3A+17-20&version=KJV describe this hour as the greatest bloodbath in history.
This final scene of Revelation 14http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+14&version=KJV describes the work of two angels. The one with a sharp sickle comes from the temple in heaven, while the other with power over fire emerges from the altar. The one in command is the angel from the altar. He immediately orders that the vine be cut off and cast into the great winepress of the wrath of God. Since true children of God are branches of the vine (see John 15:5), the members of the one-world church of the Antichrist and false prophet are called members of Satan’s vine. The time of their pruning or destruction has arrived at last, and they are cut off and cast into the great winepress of God’s indignation.
Oh, what a purging of branches takes place during this hour! The conflict begins in the Valley of Jehoshaphat and becomes centered in the Valley of Jezreel, which is on the plain of Esdraelon near the hill of Megiddo (chapter 16, verse 16).http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+16%3A16&version=KJV
I will also gather all nations, and will bring them down into the valley of Jehoshaphat, and will plead with them there for my people and for my heritage Israel, whom they have scattered among the nations, and parted my land. Beat your plowshares into swords, and your pruning hooks into spears: let the weak say, I am strong. Assemble yourselves, and come, all ye heathen, and gather yourselves together round about: thither cause thy mighty ones to come down, O Lord. Let the heathen be wakened, and come up to the valley of Jehoshaphat: for there will I sit to judge all the heathen round about. Put ye in the sickle, for the harvest is ripe: come, get you down: for the press is full, the fats overflow; for their wickedness is great. Multitudes, multitudes in the valley of decision: for the day of the Lord is near in the valley of decision (Joel 3:2, 10-14).
Eventually the battle encompasses the entire nation of Israel and is, of course, global in involvement as the armies of the world meet in the Middle East for the final holocaust of history-the Battle of Armageddon (see Zechariah 14:2).
The result is a 200-mile-long area soaked with blood, (one thousand six hundred furlongs, in American mathematics, is a distance of 200 miles.) Interestingly, the nation of Israel is 200 miles long, from north to south. According to Ezekiel 39:8-16, seven months will be required to bury the dead and the armaments of war will be burned for seven years afterward! The tense Middle East situation certainly signals the return of Christ.
In light of the unprecedented devastation just described, a few additional thoughts are appropriate at this time.
First of all, when Russia, under the names Gog, Magog, Mechech, Tubal, and Rosh, invades Israel, the largest armies in the history of the world will converge on the Middle East. Ezekiel states that they will come up like a cloud (see Ezekiel 38:16). John tells us that the number of the army of the horsemen [is] two hundred thousand thousand-or two hundred million (chapter 9, verse 16).http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Revelation+9%3A16&version=KJV No wonder the conflict is so incredible.
Secondly, the weapons are the deadliest ever used in the history of mankind.
A fire goeth before him (Psalm 97:3).
For, behold, the Lord will come with fire (Isaiah 66:15).
The flaming flame shall not be quenched (Ezekiel 20:47).
A fire devoureth before them (Joel 2:3).
The northern army from Russia that is driven back to Siberia.
Hear God’s statement: But I will remove far off from you the northern army, and will drive him into a land barren and desolate, with his face toward the east sea, and his hinder part toward the utmost sea, and his stink shall come up, and his ill savour shall come up, because he hath done great things (Joel 2:20).
The retreat is effectual in Joel 2:30, for the prophet states: And I [saw] wonders in the heavens and in the earth, blood, and fire, and pillars [or literally columns] of smoke.
These are the exact characteristics of a nuclear blast!
The whole land shall be devoured by the fire of his jealousy (Zephaniah 1:18). For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven (Malachi 4:1).
Now we understand why the nation of Israel will be drenched with blood. No wonder Jeremiah 30:7 says, Alas! for that day is great, so that none is like it.
Daniel 12:1 adds, There shall be a time of trouble, such as never was.
This time is so horrendous that there will never have been anything like it in the past nor shall there be anything like it again in the future.
Jesus agreed. He said in Matthew 24:21, For then shall be great tribulation, such as was not since the beginning of the world to this time, no, nor ever shall be.
Revelation 9:18 adds, By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths.
Finally Russia is going to be smashed in the Middle East.
Proof: Therefore, thou son of man prophesy against Gog, and say, Thus saith the Lord God; Behold, I am against thee, O Gog, the chief prince of Meshech and Tubal: And I will turn thee back, and leave but the sixth part of thee (Ezekiel 39:1,2).
Later, the Battle of Armageddon will be fought and will assuredly become history’s most terrifying holocaust. However, the good news is that, as a Christian, you will not be present-and if you are not yet a believer, you do not have to be present.
So I plead with you to receive Christ without delay.
A MESSAGE OF HOPE FROM DR. JACK VAN IMPE
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