Video Title: What are the three main events in the book of Revelation?
Article Title: End Times 25, Revelation 14:6-8, The Vision of the Angel with the Gospel.
I. Introduction. In the opening video discussion of Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, we are told about three key events that are yet to happen in the future. We are told about the Rapture of the Church (1 Thes 4:16-17); the Tribulation (Rev 6:1-19:10); and the Second Coming of Christ with His raptured saints (Rev 19:11-21).
Revelation 14:6-8. The Vision of the Angel with the Gospel.
6 And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; 7 and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and sea and springs of waters.”
8 And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.”
III. Translation Considerations. “The New American Standard Bible (NASB) translation was chosen for this, and other studies, because of two main reasons. First, the NASB capitalizes the first letter of pronouns that relate to God (Father, Son, Holy Spirit); not all Bible translations show that same respect for God. Second, the NASB has a history of correctness in translation.”
IV. Comment Providers. Unless otherwise indicated, BKC=The Bible Knowledge Commentary. DHC=David Hocking Commentary; HC=Holman Commentary; JDP=Things To Come; MSB=MacArthur Study Bible; MBC=Moody Bible Commentary; NAC=New American Commentary; NIV=NIV Study Bible; NKJV= New King James Study Bible; RLT=Robert L. Thomas Commentary; RC=Ryrie Commentary; RSB=Ryrie Study Bible; SRN=Scofield Reference Notes; WRC= Walvoord Commentary. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page.
V. Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.
VI. Comments. (MSB, unless otherwise indicated).
A. 14:6. “midst of heaven.” From a Gr. term (“mid-heaven”) denoting the point in the noonday sky where the sun reaches its zenith. This is the highest and brightest point, where all can see and hear. “the everlasting gospel.” The angel is preaching the good news concerning everlasting life and entrance into the kingdom of God (cf. Matt. 24:14; 1 Cor. 15:1–10). He is urging the people of the world to change their allegiance from the beast to the Lamb. The whole world will hear this preaching by the angel as God graciously calls all to salvation.
B. My notes on 14:6.
1. MSB note, “entrance into the kingdom of God.” It is important to remember the “Tribulation context” of this verse. The people that are hearing this message from the angel, in vs 6, have been left behind from the rapture of the church (1 Cor 15:50-54; 1 Thes 4:13-18; John 14:2-6). The invitation to OT Jews was the Kingdom (Matt 3:2, 4:17). The invitation to everyone during the church age is heaven (John 14:2-5,6; Rev 19:11-14). The Kingdom Age will be an earthly reality, and is not, “of the mind, or in the spirit.” The Kingdom Age will consist of a literal “land, people, and blessing” that was promised to Jews, and will be present “on earth” after Christ returns to earth after the Tribulation, for 1,000 years. Resurrected (OT and NT) saints, and raptured NT saints will rule and reign during the Kingdom Age of the Millennium
2. Those saints that will be caught up in the rapture, prior to the Tribulation, will be taken to Heaven by Christ, and will return with Christ for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21), and are not the audience of the message of the angel.
3. The listeners of the angel’s message, whom are left behind from the rapture, are present during the Tribulation, and are being subjected to Godly Tribulation judgments; their eternity will depend on whether they come to saving faith in Christ, or not.
4. “Left behind Jews” that are alive at the end of the Tribulation are discussed in Matt 24:40-41. Those “taken” did not come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation; they will be taken in death to the end of the Millennium, to the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15), where they (the unbelieving dead, vs 13) will stand before Christ and be cast into the lake of fire. (In 1 Thes 4:16, the “dead in Christ” are “believing” resurrected saints, and are taken to heaven by Christ). In Matt 24:40-41. those who are left came to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation; they are left to enter the Kingdom Age of the Millennium. (In the rapture, those who are left, are left behind to be present during the Tribulation and will come under its Godly judgments; those that are taken, are taken to heaven by Christ (John 14:2-4, 6) to remain there with Christ until the end of the Tribulation, when they return with Christ for the Battle of Armageddon).
5. “Left behind Gentiles” that are alive at the end of the Tribulation are discussed in Matt 25. In vs 34, those left behind Gentiles that came to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation, will enter the Kingdom Age of the Millennium. In vs 41, those left behind Gentiles, that did not come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation, are taken in death to the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15). In vs 46, the fate of both groups are repeated.
6. Old Testament born again saints will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation to enter the Kingdom Age of the Millennium (Dan 12:2a). Old Testament “unborn again” people will be resurrected at the time of the Great White Throne Judgment (Dan 12:2b).
7. Left behind Jews and Gentiles, who come to saving faith in Christ during the Tribulation, and die during the Tribulation, will be resurrected at the end of the Tribulation to enter the Kingdom Age of the Millennium (Rev 20:4). In Rev 20:5, the phrase, “first resurrection” refers back to vs 4 (RSB). In vs 5-6, we see the blessings of the Millennium that await the righteous dead after being resurrected at the end of the Tribulation.” These vs 5-6 blessings also apply to all saints in the Millennium who are there in resurrection bodies.
8. Deceased unbelievers of the church age, and of all times, will be raised at the Great White Throne Judgment (Rev 20:11-15). They will be cast into the lake of fire. They are, “the rest of the dead” (20:5a), and “the dead” (Rev 20:13), as opposed to “the dead in Christ”, (1 Thes 4:16).
9. Matt 24:14 relates to the gospel of the Kingdom (Matt 3:2. 4:17, 10:17), which was preached to Jews.
10. 1 Cor 15:1-10 relates to the gospel of the death, burial, and resurrection of Christ, which has been, and still is, being preached to all people in the church age.
C. 14:7. “Fear God.” Not Satan, or Antichrist. This is the theme of Scripture, calling people to give honor, glory, worship, and reverence to God (cf. Prov. 23:17; 1 Pet. 2:17). See notes on Rom. 1:18–21. “hour of His judgment has come.” The last moment arrives to repent and believe before God’s wrath is poured out. This is the book’s first use of the word judgment, a term that has the same meaning as wrath (see 6:17; 12:12). “Him who made heaven and earth.” Creation is the great proof of God, which preachers will appeal to as the ground for all people to believe in Him and worship Him (cf. 4:11; 10:6; John 1:9; Acts 14:15–17; 17:23–28).
D. My note on 14:7. MSB note, “repent.” metanoeó: to change one’s mind or purpose (concerning Christ).
E. 14:8. “Babylon is fallen.” Lack of response to the first angel’s message causes a second angel to pronounce this judgment. Babylon refers to the entire worldwide political, economic, and religious kingdom of Antichrist. (cf. 16:17–19 for details of this fall.) The original city of Babylon was the birthplace of idolatry where the residents built the Tower of Babel, a monument to rebelliousness and false religion. Such idolatry was subsequently spread when God confounded man’s language and scattered them around the world (cf. Gen. 11:1–9). “wine of the wrath of her fornication.” This pictures Babylon causing the world to become intoxicated with her pleasures and enter an orgy of rebellion, hatred, and idolatry toward God. Fornication is spiritual prostitution to Antichrist’s false system, which will fall for such iniquity.
F. Note on 14:8. (WRC)
1. Revelation 17 discusses Religious Babylon.
a. Focus: Babylon as a System.
b. Timing: Falls at the Beginning of the Great Tribulation.
c. Destroyer: The Beast and the Ten Kings.
d. Result: No Mourning.
2. Revelation 18 discusses Political/Commercial Babylon.
a. Focus: Babylon as a City.
b. Timing: Falls at the End of the Great Tribulation.
c. Destroyer: Jesus Christ at His Second Coming.
d. Result: Great Mourning.
G. We have said that born again believers in Christ will be caught up to Heaven, prior to the Tribulation, at the time of the Rapture. We have also said that Christ, and those same raptured saints will return to earth with Christ for the Battle of Armageddon. On earth, the Kingdom will cover an area of land, that will be known as Israel, and that will be about ten times the size of current day Israel. There will be a Godly government that rules over Israel, with Jewish King David having a key role of leadership. Outside of Israel, other nations will reside, and will come under the rule of Christ. At the end of the Kingdom Age, amazing thing will happen. Let’s read the account of what the Apostle John saw, and what he recorded in Revelation 21:1-5, as follows:
1.The New Heaven and Earth described.
1 Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth; for the first heaven and the first earth passed away, and there is no longer any sea. 2 And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, made ready as a bride adorned for her husband. 3 And I heard a loud voice from the throne, saying, “Behold, the tabernacle of God is among men, and He will dwell among them, and they shall be His people, and God Himself will be among them, 4 and He will wipe away every tear from their eyes; and there will no longer be any death; there will no longer be any mourning, or crying, or pain; the first things have passed away.”
5 And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.”
2. The New Heavens, New Earth, and New Jerusalem explained.
There will be new heavens, a new earth, (Isa 65:17, 66:22) and new Jerusalem (Isa 65:18…”I create Jerusalem for rejoicing and her people or gladness”). The former heavens and earth will be destroyed (2 Peter 3:10). Consider the “new Jerusalem.” This heavenly city will be the abode of all the saints (Heb 12:22-24), the bride of Christ (vv 9-10), and the place that Christ is preparing for His people (John 14:2). During the Millennium the new Jerusalem (described in detail in Rev 21:0-22:5), apparently will be suspended over the earth, and will be the dwelling place of all believers during eternity (as is emphasized in 21:1-8). With the new Jerusalem hovering above the earth, and with the earthly Jerusalem existing on earth, it will be the earthly Jerusalem that will be destroyed, along with “the heavens and the earth.” The new Jerusalem will apparently be withdrawn from its proximity to the earth when the earth will be destroyed at the end of the Millennium, and then will come back after the new earth is created. People will enjoy a new intimacy with God, and the elimination of those sorrows that sin brings. The city will come down out of heaven. Both Jewish and and Christian saints will inhabit the city. The names of the 12 tribes and the 12 apostles will be a witness to their continued distinction (Rev 21:12-14). The names of the 12 sons of Israel will be on the 12 gates (vs 12). The names of the 12 apostles will be on the 12 foundation stones (vs 14)). Shaped “four square” like a cube, the city is 1380 miles (2,220 km) on each face, including height, with a wall of 72 yd (66 m) thick. It has been calculated that even if only 25 % of this space were used for dwellings, 20 billion people could be accommodated spaciously (BKC; JDP; MSB; RSB; WRC; MBC).
VII. Video details.
John Ankerberg Show. What are the three main events in the book of Revelation?
This clip is from our series entitled, “Step by Step through the Book of Revelations.” For speaker credentials, see my “About Sources” page. The speaker is Dr. Jimmy DeYoung.
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