Video Title: Why has God revealed information about the end time events?
Article Title: End Times 26, Revelation 14:9-13, Doom For Worshipers Of The Beast.
I. Introduction. In the opening video discussion of Dr. Jimmy DeYoung, we are briefly told about the events that will take place during the Tribulation, in the form of the judgments of God.
A. The Tribulation Judgments will be, Per Ryrie Study Bible:
1. Seal Judgments (Rev 6:1-8:6).
2. Trumpet Judgments (Rev 8:7-9:21).
3. Bowl Judgments (Rev 15:1-16:21).
B. Each Tribulation Judgment will as a direct result of God:
1. Seal Judgments come as a direct result of the actions of Christ: Rev 6:1, 3, 5, 7, 9, 12; 8:1.
2. Trumpet Judgments come as a direct result of the actions of Angels: Rev 8:2-6, 7, 10, 12; 9:1, 13; 11:15.
3. Bowl Judgments come as a direct result of the actions of Angels: Rev 16:1, 3, 4, 8, 10, 12, 17.
C. In each of the Judgments, the seventh of those judgments opens up the following series of seven judgments:
1. Rev 8:1, the seventh seal opens up the seven trumpet judgments.
2. Rev 11:15-19, the seventh trumpet opens up the seven bowl judgments (Prelude: Rev 15:1-8; bowl judgments described: 16:1-21).
D. Tribulation Particulars:
1. Is designed for Israel, and not for the Church (Jer 30:7).
2. Will happen after a peace treaty is confirmed between the anti-Christ and Israel (Dan 9:27).
3. Has a purpose of drawing unbelieving Jews to saving faith in Christ (Mt 23:37-39).
4. Will last until Jews recognize Christ as Messiah (Zech 12:10), which will occur at the end of the Tribulation.
5. Nothing in the Tribulation is designed to draw any Christian to saving faith in Christ, because they will have already come to saving faith in Christ; will have spiritually been “born again” (2 Cor 5:17); will have a spirit as righteous as the Spirit of Christ (2 Cor 5:21); will have the Spirit of Christ dwelling within their spirit (Col 1:27); will have their spirit dwelling within the Spirit of Christ (Col 1:28); will be spiritual light, dwelling within the Spirit of God, “who has no darkness dwelling within Him (1 John 5:5); will forever be light due to the cleansing power of Christ (1 John 5:7).
6. Nothing in the Tribulation will make a born again believer in Christ any more righteous than the day of such a person’s being born again.
7. Nothing in the Tribulation will make a pre-rapture born again believer in Christ any more deserving of spending eternity with Christ; because such a person will already be spiritually “in Christ,” whether dead or alive, at the time of the catching up of the saints (1 Thes 4:16-17; 1 Cor 15:52); because born again believers in Christ will be taken by Christ to Heaven (John 14:6); because the born again believers in Christ, who are the bride of Christ (2 Cor 11:2; Eph 5:32..vs 22-33), will be wed to Christ at the marriage of the Lamb in Heaven (Rev 19:7-8); because such born again believers in Christ will return to earth from heaven, with Christ, for the Battle of Armageddon (Rev 19:11-21); because such born again believers in Christ will rule and reign with Christ (1 Cor 6:2) for the 1,000 years of the Millennial reign of Christ (Rev 20:4).
8. Because Christ is “the Bridegroom of all bridegrooms,” He will not subject His Bride to any of the Judgments that He will cause to come on “all those who dwell on the earth” (Rev 3:10). The Bride of Christ will already have “passed the test,” at the time of coming to saving faith in Christ.
II. Text. Revelation 14:9-13.
9 Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10 he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11 And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” 12 Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
13 And I heard a voice from heaven, saying, “Write, ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on!’” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “so that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow with them.”
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, AMW=The Coming Kingdom; 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; WC= Walvoord Commentary. Credentials for individual commentators can be found on my “About Sources” page. Note: AMW=Andrew M. Woods; JDP=J. Dwight Pentecost.
V. Dates of scriptures come from the Scofield Study Bible, copyright 1909.
VI. Comments. (MSB, unless otherwise indicated).
A. 14:9 worships the beast. See notes on 13:14, 15; cf. 13:8.
1. 13:14 make an image. This refers to replication of Antichrist that is related to the throne he will erect during the abomination of desolation, halfway into the Tribulation period. This will happen in the Jerusalem temple when Antichrist abolishes the former false world religion and seeks to have people worship him alone as God (cf. Dan. 9:27; 11:31; 12:11; Matt. 24:15; 2 Thess. 2:4). The false prophet and Antichrist will later return and reign from the true throne in Jerusalem.
2. 13:15 speak. The false prophet will give the image of Antichrist the appearance of life, and the image will seem to utter words—contrary to what is normally true of idols (cf. Ps. 135:15, 16; Hab. 2:19). cause . . . to be killed. His gentleness is a lie, since he is a killer (7:9–17). Some Gentiles will be spared to populate the kingdom (Matt. 25:31–40), and Jews will be protected (12:17).
3. 13:8 Book of Life. Antichrist’s rule will extend to all except believers whose names have been written in “the book of life.” The phrase “from the foundation of the world” relates to the writing of the names (RSB).
4. 3:5. “I will not erase his name.” Not a threat but an assurance that saved peoples’ names will always be in the “book of life” (RSB).
B. 14:10 cup of His indignation. Anyone loyal to the Antichrist and his kingdom will suffer the outpouring of God’s collected wrath, done with the full force of His divine anger and unmitigated vengeance (cf. Ps. 75:8; Is. 51:17; Jer. 25:15, 16). Divine wrath is not an impulsive outburst of anger aimed capriciously at people God does not like. It is the settled, steady, merciless, graceless, and compassionless response of a righteous God against sin. fire and brimstone. These are two elements that are often associated in Scripture with the torment of divine punishment (Gen. 19:24, 25; Is. 34:8–10). Here the reference is to hell, the lake of fire (cf. 19:20; 20:10; 21:8). Brimstone is a fiery sulfur (see note on 9:17).
C. 14:11 torment ascends forever and ever. A reference to the eternality of hell (cf. Matt. 3:12; 13:41, 42; 25:41; Mark 9:48). Torment is the ceaseless infliction of unbearable pain (cf. Luke 16:23, 24), here prescribed for all who are loyal to Satan’s leader.
D. 14:12 This is excellent scriptural support for the doctrine of perseverance, which assures all true believers in Christ that they will never lose their faith. The regenerate will continually endure, right to the end, in obedience to the truth, no matter what may come against them (see notes on Rom. 8:31–39; Phil. 1:6; cf. Jer. 32:40; Matt. 24:13; John 6:35–40; 10:27–30; 1 John 5:4, 11–13, 20).
E. 14:13 Blessed. See note on 1:3. 1:3 Blessed. This is the only biblical book that comes with a blessing for the one who listens to it being read and explained and then responds in obedience. This is the first of 7 beatitudes in the book (v. 3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7, 14). time is near. “Time” refers to epochs, eras, or seasons. The next great epoch of God’s redemptive history is imminent. But although Christ’s coming is the next event, it may be delayed so long that people begin to question whether He will ever come (cf. Matt. 24:36–39; 2 Pet. 3:3, 4).
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John Ankerberg Show. Why has God revealed information about the end time events?
From our series “Through the Book of Revelation with Dr. Jimmy DeYoung”.
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