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“Revelation 14:9-11”
by Art Sadlier   
November 29th, 2009

Vision Four - The doom of the Beast worshippers

"And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand. The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured without mixture inti the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the pesence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment  ascendeth up forever 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.  Revelation 14:9-11

We have said that chapter 14 is not a part of the chronology (the story line) of the book, it is parenthesis which looks back, at the present and to the yet future. We have a series of visions that present valueable information.

Today we see vision four in which we see the fate of the beast worshippers. It will be a great encouragment to the tribulation saints as they read these verses, as they watch the beast martyring their fellow believers and as they face martyrdom themselves.How it will strengthen their faith to be reminded that they are on the winning side. "And the smoke of their torment ascended up forever and ever and they have no rest day nor night", how the enemies of Christ are to pitied, how tragic their position.

What a confirmation to those tribulation saints as they realize they are on the right side!

One of the most neglected truths is the truth concerning the wrath of God against sin and the sinner who will not repent. The Old Testament is literally filled with this truth. We see Joshua being commanded to take Achan and his wife and children and stone them to death and burn them with fire and all their possessions. Achan had disobeyed God and it cost him his life. We see Joshua going against the enemies who dwell in the land, and who have become depraved by sin. God says kill them all and leave nothing alive that breathes. God hates sin! God will never allow sin to go unpunished! God went so far as to punish His own Son for our sins that we might escape the fire of God's wrath.

It is true that God's mercy is great, but there is no mercy apart from repentence. Jesus said, "Except ye repent, ye shall all likewise perish."  Here in our text the worshippers of the beast have blasphemed God by worshipping Satan's man and they have crossed the line of God's mercy.

This next line in our text gives us further evidence of God's wrath against sin. "tormented  with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb,"  This should cause all to tremble in God's presence. The fire of God's wrath against sin will never go out, it will burn for all of eternity, and God takes satisfaction in that punishment. You may say I do not accept such a God, to bad for you, that is the God with whom you have to do, you should fall on your face and beg Him for mercy!

It will do you no good to recreate God into the image you wish Him to be!

We see in verse 9 the commitment that places these people beyond the grace and mercy of God. "Receive his mark in his forehead, or in his right hand."  We have an act that seals the fate of these Satan worshippers, an act from which there is no turning back. Men today need to fear lest they should so resist the convicting influence of the Spirit God that they might cross the line of no return.

 

 


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