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Exploring Revelation
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“Revelation 14:1-5 PT. 1”
by Art Sadlier   
November 1st, 2009

Chapter 13 is the darkest hour in the history of man. The Satanic trinity has usurped the authority over the world of men. The blackest spiritual darkness has descended upon mankind. This is hell's hour on earth. Satan and his man are being worshipped by the world.

Chapter 14 reveals the rising Son who is about to appear. This chapter is a tremendous encouragement to the children of God. We catch a glimpse of the ultimate triumph of Christ. Chapter 14 is like a table of content for the rest of the book of Revelation.

We are given an overview of some end time events.  We have seven visions.  1-The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mt. Sion.  2- The angel with the everlasting gospel.  3- The fall of Babylon.  4- The judgment of the Beast worshippers.  5- The blessing of those who die in the Lord.  6- A preview of the last battle of Armeggedon. 7-The reaping of the earth.

Notice the time element of chapter 14.

--We have a backward look to the beginning of the tribulation period.

--We have a forward look to the end of the tribulation period.

--We have a forward look into the Millenium.

There are seven separate visions and they are in chronological order.

Having seen what takes place in chapter 13, the question that comes to us is, How do God's people fare during these days?  In chapter 14 we are given an overall, general view as to how God's people fare during the tribulation period.

VISION - 1  Verses 1-5  In Revelation 7: we saw the 144,000 ( 12,000 from each tribe). We saw them being sealed at the end of the first half of the tribulation period. In Revelation 14:1 we see them after the tribulation period is over, we see them standing on Mt. Sion with Christ. Satan has sought to destroy them but here they are after the tribulation is over, at the start of the Millenium. Not one has been killed, they are safe with Christ.

"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with Him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads." God's people are on the winning side, Satan can only do what God allows and what God allows is always for His Glory and the blessing of His people.

Notice a contrast between Gentiles and Jews.  Revelation 13:7,15 tells us that the gentile believers, the tribulation saints are slaughtered by the millions. John refers to these gentile martyrs as a number so great that no man could number them. Why does God allow the gentile believers to die and yet preserves alive the Jewish believers?

The answer is very informative. The hope and future for the gentile believers, the Body of Christ is heaven not earth. (Ephesians 1:3).  The Jewish hope and promise of the  kingdom is on earth. (Genesis 48:4).

"And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on mount Sion,"  This is encouraging! Here in the middle of the tribulation period when Satan seems to be winning the war, that here the Lord graciously pauses to give us a look at the final outcome. In this first vision we see the last chapter, we are on the winning side! Jesus is Lord!

The message is, "For ye have need of patience, that, after ye have done the will of God, ye might receive the promise." Hebrews 10:36.

The Site - Verse 1:  " mount Sion"  That's an earthly scene, Jerusalem, this is a forecast of Christ's literal return to the earth as recorded in Zechariah 14:4 and Psalm 2:6.

Next we will finish the first vision.

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