Then I looked, and there was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion! In this way, they force the juice out. (14) And I looked . He went out to conquer (chap. This is not a repetition of the previous verses. "To bear in the hand a sharp sickle, means to be ready and prepared for the execution of a frightful judgment of God against the enemies of the church." Revelation 14:14. The express mention of the sharpness of the sickle shows, that we have to do with a judgment. (1-3) The Lamb and the 144,000 on Mount Zion. Since the sickle is sharp the reaper can do His work swiftly and completely. Revelation 4:4, but the angels never appear arrayed in crowns), the sharp sickle as the symbol of his judicial power toward the enemies of his church,—and what has been urged against Christ as the subject cannot stand examination. A Preterist Commentary on Revelation 14: Summary and Highlights In the following Preterist Bible commentary on Revelation 14, the reader will be exposed to startling historical evidence of the fulfillment Revelation 14 during the Jewish War. drepanon oxy) with which He does the work of judging (cf. This royal, judicial figure is evidently the messiah (drawn from Daniel 7:13, which had been already inter preted thus in En. — The expression implies, not doubt of the identity, but the visionary aspect of the object to the eye. —A nebulous image of “the great white throne” of. In the harvest thewheat is separated from the tares. Six hundred furlongs is about 200 miles, the length of Palestine. Who looked like a man. That the cloud is white, is because of the glory of him who comes to execute the judgment; (see on white as the colour of bright splendour, the symbolical emblem of glory, and hence the prevailing colour in the manifestation of Christ, at ch. Having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. The crown is everywhere in the Revelation the sign of royal dignity, of dominion—comp. And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. The sickle was a harvesting implement comparable to the scythe of our time, which was unknown in scripture language. Judicial judgment is about to sweep the guilty earth with the besom of destruction and clear it of evil. This takes us to the end of the Church age, and the end of this present world via the judgment of God upon the world, as described beginning in verse 7. The time for mercy is past. Israel is full of atheism today. Man has been at-bat, but this judgment is the time when God comes to bat. He Himself treads the, People in the first century tramped the grapes so that the juice would flow to a lower vat. Revelation 12 & 13 makes clear to us that the church is the target of the dragon. The victory, is described, Revelation 19:11-21. Revelation 14:14. Revelation 3:14-22 *Worship in heaven: Revelation 4:1-5:14 *Worship of God who created all things. Revelation 1:13, "And in the midst of the lamps one, who was like a Son of man." The article would make it definite and personal. By the harvest a great multitude of the righteous, by the vintage a great multitude of the wicked are taken from this world." Sharp sickle is an instrument for gathering the fruits of a harvest. We come again to the Final Judgment. After an account of the great trials and sufferings which the servants of God had endured, we have now a more pleasant scene opening; the day begins now to dawn, and here we have represented, I. See Matthew 8:20 and App-98. In a prophetical book like ours, it is from the first probable, that the prophetical use of the figure is the one that would be adopted. Daniel 7:13. There is a further parallel between the vision of chapters 6:2 and 14: 14. Jesus will ultimately triumph over the forces of this world. 14:14-20 give messages from a second group of three angels. 1. The Son of Man’s judgment is swift and immediate. The Final Judgment of the Earth Dwellers Portrayed (Revelation 14:14-20). To the *church in Laodicea. This is Jesus. The cloud symbolizes, John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Robertson's Word Pictures in the New Testament, Expository Notes with Practical Observations on the New Testament, Johann Albrecht Bengel's Gnomon of the New Testament, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, Alexander MacLaren's Expositions of Holy Scripture, Foy E. Wallace's Commentary on the Book of Revelation, Schaff's Popular Commentary on the New Testament, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Gary Hampton Commentary on Selected Books, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ellicott's Commentary for English Readers, E.M. Zerr's Commentary on Selected Books of the New Testament, Hanserd Knollys' Commentary on Revelation, Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. Thus He is uniquely in a position to judge mankind. The sickle, the instrument of reaping the harvest, Christ bears as the Lord of the harvest (Matthew 9:38, comp. (4) The harvest of grain and vintage--14:14-20. 14. Chapter 14: The 144,000 and the Victorious Judgment of the Lamb "1 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." To the redeemed He was the slain Lamb, slain for them. The crown (omitted in Revelation 1:13 f.) was a familiar appurtenance of deity in Phrygia (e.g., of Apollo); for the cloud as the seat of deity, cf. The idea of parable is also healthy and may not be practical in to to. Hi Grant, I am struggling with the reaping of the harvest in this chapter. Having an everlasting gospel— Not the gospel, … One sat - `one sitting' [ katheemenon (Greek #2521) homoion (Greek #3664) in 'Aleph (') A B C, Vulgate, Coptic]. The angel and the vintage of God's wrath, Revelation 14:17-20 4. Revelation 1:13). He is what God intended man to be. Revelation 6:2): He now returns as a conqueror. The Lord Jesus at the head of his faithful followers ( … I agree with Grant. The former is discriminating judgment, the latter unsparing wrath. Jesus is about to win the victory. stephanon) and holding a sharp sickle (Gr. Revelation 14:14-15. — "And I saw, and behold, a white cloud,and on the cloud one sitting like (the) Son of Man, having upon His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. For there, too, the Son of man appears as presiding in the judgment, while the angels are only his servants. It has been already stated that the chapter now under consideration divides itself into seven parts, the first three introducing to us three angels (Revelation 14:1-13), the last three doing the same (Revelation 14:17-20). And another Angel, desiring of him to do justice, by putting in his sickle, because the harvest of the earth was ripe, dry, and withered; i.e. In like manner the Apocalypse expressly teaches, that the Son has nothing which he has not received from the Father—comp. He wears a crown of gold, not thorns. He will harvest His fields thoroughly. The mention of the cloud also points to a work of judgment; wherever Christ appears on a cloud the work immediately in hand is always a judgment. It is a calm, deliberative judgment; no hurry, no haste. Apostate Israel will enter Armageddon. white cloud (upon which one sat like the Son of man), we may understand a glorious appearance of Jesus Christ. The day of vengeance has come. The person John saw was evidently Jesus Christ, though some commentators think he was an angel in view of Revelation 14:15. If it was not Christ who sat upon the cloud, he would be altogether excluded from the judgment— He, to whom, even according to John, the Father has committed all judgment, and whose presence was the more indispensable here, as the judgment to be executed is against the enemies of the Lamb. The time of judgment is here. Revelation 14 – Images of God’s Victory and the Beast’s Defeat A. { Joel 3:13; Jeremiah 51:33}. 14. — "In His hand a sharp sickle." 14. Revelation 1:13; Daniel 7:13-14; Matthew 8:20; Matthew 24:30; Matthew 26:64; John 5:27). In summary fashion, John highlights God’s judgment against the living earth-dwellers (Revelation 14) prior to a detailed description of God’s judgment against the beast, his kingdom and … Joel 3:12-14 and Mark 4:26-29.). At the end of Revelation 13, it almost seemed like Satan and the Antichrist might win. This is the, This is not a repetition of the previous verses. The crowns upon the heads of the locusts were "like gold" (Revelation 9:7). Compare also Revelation 16:20-21; Revelation 19:11-21; Revelation 20:11-15. If any opens the door to Jesus, He will come into them. Revelation 14:14, ESV: "Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and seated on the cloud one like a son of man, with a golden crown on his head, and a sharp sickle in his hand." Upon this cloud is seen one sitting like unto a Son of man, a description which can leave no doubt upon the mind that it is the Lord (comp. Man has been at-bat, but this judgment is the time when God comes to bat. The harvest and the vintage have come. Chapter 14. Security and *salvation. That angel delivers a message from God (comp. It identifies the Revelation symbol with the Lord's description of the destruction of Jerusalem. 15 Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So he who was seated on the cloud … Theirassumption of royal authority was spurious. The actual execution of the final judgment is presented in Revelation 14:14-20, which might be entitled "The Sickle of God," for these are not two visions, but one. Zechariah 14:16-17 Commentary: Because the Christian Saints are Both the New Temple (1 Peter 2:5) and the New Jerusalem (Revelation 21 and 22) and their Lives are Spiritual Sacrifices to God (Romans 12:1), then the Christian Saints May in and of Themselves fulfill All the Stipulations of the Feast of Tabernacles in a Spiritual Sense in the New Covenant Age. {*See remarks on Revelation 1:13.} Last occ of this title. it must be he also, who appears with the sharp harvest-sickle. Your email address will not be published. This is ‘the Son of Man coming on the clouds of Heaven with power and great glory’ (Matthew 24:30; Matthew 16:27; Matthew 25:31; Mark 8:38; Mark 13:26; Luke 9:26; Luke 21:27). White cloud—A nebulous image of “the great white throne” of Revelation 20:11. By the description of his appearance satisfaction is done to the identity of nature, which is brought out with equal distinctness in the Apocalypse and in the Gospel. (See Matthew 25:31; 1 Thessalonians 4:16; 2 Thessalonians 1:7.). The whole description is very similar to Daniel"s prophecy of Messiah"s second coming ( Daniel 7:13-14). The first exhorts to the fear and worship of God; he second proclaims the fall of Babylon; the third gives warning concerning the beast. Notice that the first statement made in verse 12 is that the saints who are keeping God's commandments will need to exercise a great deal of patience and trust Christ to lead them through the trying times ahead. Revelation 14. 15 Then another angel came out of the temple and called in a loud voice to him who was sitting on the cloud, “Take your sickle and reap, because the time to reap has come, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” 16 So he who was seated on the cloud … — "I saw, and behold." 14:9 – And a third angel followed them and spoke 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 will also drink the wine of God’s wrath, which is mixed full strength in the cup of His anger. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him that sat on the cloud, Send Thy sickle and reap; for the hour of reaping is come, for the harvest of the earth is dried. Each section in Revelation brings us up to this point. By the. White cloud ... one like to a son of man ... and upon the cloud one sat like unto the son of man, stephanon},” “garland” of victory; not His, The Final Judgment of the Earth Dwellers Portrayed (. The special allusion to Joel is clear from this, that here, precisely as there, the harvest and the vintage are immediately connected with each other. Previously the Son of Man had been the sower of the good seed (Matthew 13:37), now He has become the reaper (Matthew 13:39-41). This is in contrast with Daniel 7:13 where He was coming before the throne of God to receive His crown and His authority and dominion (see Matthew 26:64; Mark 14:62 and compare Matthew 28:18). People in the first century tramped the grapes so that the juice would flow to a lower vat. 14:6-12 deal with a message from three angels each with his own announcement. Many expositors have supposed that it is not Christ who appears on the cloud, but an ordinary angel. We come again to the Final Judgment. ch. 1 Then I looked again and I saw the Lamb.He was standing on Mount Zion in Jerusalem. .—Better, And I saw, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one seated like to a son of man, having upon his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. With these essential considerations in mind, the latter part of this chapter may be epitomized as follows: 1. As Son of God He quickensnow the spiritually dead (John 5:25), as in the future the physically dead (v. 28). (Witham). The passage in Matthew 24:1-51 states that "all the tribes of the earth shall mourn," which is parallel with Revelation 1:7 :: "Behold, he cometh with the clouds; and every eye shall see him: and all the tribes of the earth shall wail (mourn) because of him." But the marks of Christ are too plain—the form of a Son of man (a word which, from the original passage in Daniel, has been, as it were, set apart for Christ), the sitting on the cloud, the golden crown (the elders might fitly bear a crown, ch. Literally, it means to become dry, withered. The word “crown” is the victor’s crown. In Revelation 14:15 there is a literal allusion to Isaiah 27:11. And He that sat on the cloud put His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped." And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, "Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe." Saddam Hussein said that he was fighting the war to end all wars in the Gulf conflict. In like manner, in Isaiah 27:11, the harvest is the harvest of punishment; it is said there of the world's strong ones, "when their harvest has become dry they shall be broken off." It is not the execution of judgment either moral (Hebrews 4:12) or physical(Revelation 19:15), else a sword would have been named.But the sickle is needed to reap the harvest. Note the stress on the sharpness of the sickle. (For a detailed discussion of the 144,000, see commentary on Rev 5:9-10; 7:2-10) Indulging here in repetition, it is necessary to keep in perspective the fact that this fourteenth chapter is a prolepsis--an interposition between the parts of the apocalypse, relating events out of sequence, on the order of reading the last chapter of a novel first to see how the story ends. Revelation 9:7, Revelation 6:2. Compare note on Revelation 1:13. Flying - Going on swiftly. Revelation 14:14-20. Revelation 5:1-14 . Daily Inspirational - Crossways Ministries, Grant's Verse-by-Verse Logos Bible Software. A golden crown—The token of his lordship over the land. That is, to our Saviour Christ, sitting on a white cloud, with a crown of gold, and in his hand a sharp sickle. 14:1-5 The 114,000: In contrast to the distressing scenes of the last chapter, the triumph of those who gain the victory over the beast and its image is now brought to view.. Jesus is king in his own right, but he is generally represented as accomplishing the work of His kingdom in cooperation with the angels. Every person has either the mark of the beast or the mark of God. Christ bears it as the King of kings and the Lord of lords, to whom, consequently, all judgment is committed, comp. Revelation 14 The Lamb and the 144,000 people. He will first taken away his believers and then punished who did not obeyed him. Revelation 7:2, Revelation 10:1, Revelation 18:1, Revelation 20:1. But the same thing occurs in the Apocalypse as in the Gospel of John, where "the activity of the Son always takes its impulse from that of the Father, and treads in its footsteps" (Koestlin, p. 97), where Christ says in John 5:30, "I can do nothing of myself, as I hear, so I judge," and in John 5:19," Verily, verily, I say unto you, the Son can do nothing of himself, but what he seeth the Father do; for what things soever he doeth, these also doeth the Son likewise;" and where, in John 5:27, the power of Christ to execute judgment is referred back to the Father. There will be a. This is the time when armies of the world swarm over Israel. The Lamb and the 144,000. God will force out judgment in the battle of Armageddon. See Psalms 8:4. But the crown of gold is also the expression of divine righteousness in victorious action. And He Himself will rule them with a rod of iron. —A fresh movement of the panorama reveals a new wonder in the sky. And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.”. John now sees Jesus seated on a white cloud with a golden victory crown upon his head. The phrase “fully ripe” carries a bad connotation. Once more we are at the scene of final judgment, as in Revelation 6:17; Revelation 11:15-18. Revelation 1:7). Crown, [ stefanon (Greek #4735)] - garland of victory; not His diadem as King. Revelation 14:8,9These three denote great messengers of God with their assistants; three men who bring messages from God to men. It is urged that Christ cannot receive a command from an angel (more correctly, through an angel). There are two events. Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.”.

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