BIBLE: Revelation Chapter 14 – Headline “A Flood Sweeps Through the Valleys of Jerusalem … A Flood of Blood”

Words in italic type have been added for clarity. They are not found in the original Hebrew or Aramaic.

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Revelation is written from three different vantage points: Seals, Trumpets, and Bowls. When the 7th Seal is finished, the story begins again with the 1st trumpet, when the 7th trumpet is reached the story begins again with the 1st bowl. All three 7s converge at the end of the tribulation with Earthquakes, Hail, Thunder, Lightning, and Noises (which is all the same event).

Revelation 14

The Lamb and the 144,000

Revelation 14:1 Then I looked, and behold, a (the) Lamb (Jesus) standing on Mount Zion (in Israel), and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name (God the Father) written on their foreheads.
  • Note: The Father’s name is only seen in the spiritual realm.
  • The Father’s name is in contrast to the Mark of the Beast which is written on the hand or on the forehead in the physical realm.
  • In this scene John the author is seeing Jesus standing on Mount Zion with 144,000 young Jewish virgin men who are sealed with the Father’s name.
Revelation 14:And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters (peoples), and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps.
  • John notices the sounds are heard from heaven. The “voice of many waters” is the voices of many people all speaking at once as “one”.
  • The Greek word for “voice” is “phone” Strong’s 5456.
    • phōnḗ, fo-nay’; probably akin to G5316 through the idea of disclosure; a tone (articulate, bestial or artificial); by implication, an address (for any purpose), saying or language:—noise, sound, voice.
Revelation 14:They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth.
  • The scene has switched from earth to heaven before the throne of God. He sees the four living creatures, the twenty four elders, and the 144,000 young Jewish men.
  • How did the 144,000 get to heaven since they were sealed and protected by God?
Revelation 14:These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins. These are the ones who follow the Lamb (Jesus) wherever He goes. These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb (Jesus).
  • Who are the 144,000? They are young Jewish men who are virgins.
  • These are the firstfruits of the resurrection of the tribulation saints. (Is firstfruit a tithe? ten percent) (10% of x = 144,000 where x= 1.44m speculating that 1.44 million are saved during the tribulation)
  • 10% of 1,440,000 =144,000 young, virgin, Jewish men.
  • Being firstfruits means being resurrected. If they are resurrected then they are not the remnant who is left alive at the end of the tribulation.
Revelation 14:And in their mouth was found no deceit (falsehood), for they are without fault before the throne of God.

The Proclamations of Three Angels

Revelation 14:6 The First Angel: Words of Warning – Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—
  • The scene is on earth. This angel represents the 144,000 who are traveling the world spreading the gospel.
Revelation 14:saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”
  • These are the words of the 144,000: Fear God, Recognize His judgment, and Worship Him. He is the Creator.
  • The hour of His judgment is the seven years of tribulation. It takes seven years to begin with a prosperous, peaceful Jerusalem to a place of foulness and utter desolation. In one hour Jerusalem will be decimated.
  • One hour appears to be the entire seven years of tribulation which could also be applied to other verses:
    • Revelation 8:1 [Seventh Seal: Prelude to the Seven Trumpets] When He opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven for about half an hour. (Three and a half years?)
Revelation 14:8 – The Second Angel: An Announcement – And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon (Jerusalem where the Antichrist is reigning and overseeing a global government) is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication (the mark of the beast).”
  • The Antichrist is reigning and overseeing a global government from Jerusalem which is called Babylon for her global government and idolatry, because of the Mark of the Beast.
  • Jerusalem is also called Egypt for her worldliness and Sodom for her debauchery.
    • Revelation 11:8 And their dead bodies (the two witnesses) will lie in the street of the great city which spiritually is called Sodom and Egypt, where also our Lord was crucified.
    • Jerusalem has become the place of everything that is foul. A spiritual waste bucket.
  • Note: Everywhere in the book of Revelation “that great city” refers to Jerusalem.
Revelation 14:9 – The Third Angel: Words of Condemnation. – Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,
Revelation 14:10 he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
  • What is the FULL STRENGTH of the wrath of God? Did God use His Full Strength when He created the heavens and the earth?
  • Is it worse than the holocaust? YES.
  • Concerning these seven years:
    • Daniel 12:1 [Prophecy of the End Time] “At that time Michael shall stand up, the great prince who stands watch over the sons of your people; And there shall be a time of trouble, Such as never was since there was a nation, Even to that time. And at that time your people (the Jews) shall be delivered, everyone who is found written in the book.
      • Daniel’s people are the Jews. There will be a remnant left who will be spared. Every single one of them will recognize Jesus as the Messiah. Every single remnant has his name written in the book of life. Not one took the Mark of the Beast.
      • And – Each one is on the Antichrist’s slate to be exterminated. Only at the last moment when that extermination is about to take place will Jesus appear with the saints to fight on their behalf.
  • The cup of God’s indignation is full and it is spilling out over the remaining seven years like acid on flesh. The seven year tribulation is also called the Day of God’s Indignation.
    • Psalm 69:24 Pour out Your indignation upon them, and let Your wrathful anger take hold of them.
    • Psalm 78:49 He cast on them the fierceness of His anger, Wrath, indignation, and trouble, By sending angels of destruction among them.
    • Isaiah 26:20 [Take Refuge from the Coming Judgment] Come, my people, enter your chambers, and shut your doors behind you; Hide yourself, as it were, for a little moment, until the indignation is past.
    • Ezekiel 22:24 “Son of man, say to her: ‘You are a land that is not cleansed or rained on in the day of indignation.’
    • Daniel 8:19 And he said, “Look, I am making known to you what shall happen in the latter time of the indignation; for at the appointed time the end shall be.
    • Micah 7:9 I will bear the indignation of the Lord, because I have sinned against Him, Until He pleads my case And executes justice for me. He will bring me forth to the light; I will see His righteousness.
    • Nahum 1:6 Who can stand before His indignation? And who can endure the fierceness of His anger? His fury is poured out like fire, And the rocks are thrown down by Him.
    • Habakkuk 3:12 You marched through the land in indignation; You trampled the nations in anger.
    • Zephaniah 3:8 [A Faithful Remnant] “Therefore wait for Me,” says the Lord, “Until the day I rise up for plunder; My determination is to gather the nations To My assembly of kingdoms, To pour on them My indignation, All My fierce anger; All the earth shall be devoured With the fire of My jealousy.
    • Malachi 1:4 Even though Edom has said, “We have been impoverished, But we will return and build the desolate places,” Thus says the Lord of hosts: “They may build, but I will throw down; They shall be called the Territory of Wickedness, And the people against whom the Lord will have indignation forever.
  • What happens to those who take this mark? Revelation chapter 13 describes what this mark is.
    • A biochip is different from a computer chip. It is an implanted chip in which data can be passed back and forth from a brain to the biochip and from the biochip to the brain. In other words a person’s memory and abilities can be transferred to the biochip.
    • Furthermore, these biochips can be linked up so that one person’s data/information can be shared with others who also have a biochip. For this to happen, these biochips must have a “server” which directs all information; shares what it wishes to share and with whom, and is the single source of all information. This “server” will be the Antichrist.
    • The people taking this chip are completely controlled in every way, and tormented because the chip will cause sores, damaging the nervous system because the human body is not equipped for this kind of implant.
  • Hybrid Insect Micro-Electro-Mechanical System (HI MEMS):
  • Another weapons system straight out of science-fiction, this time in the form of bugs. Though it might look like someone’s just strapped a circuit board to the back of a beetle, it’s actually a basic representation of a technology that’s been worked on for decades. Micro Air Vehicles (MAVs) and Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) have been in the works since the 1940s and are essentially cyborg bugs and winged creatures that have been enslaved to do man’s bidding. 
    • A freedom of information request to DARPA revealed some interesting truths behind this military hardware that included the implanting of technologies into insects at the larva and pupae stage for the greatest chance of viability. Cameras and tracking devices obviously provide perfect tracking capabilities that no one would expect – ideal for surveying enemy bodies or even a government’s own citizens. 
Revelation 14:11 And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
  • God is rest. Satan is a slave driver. God leads the sheep, Satan drives them.
  • Satan has a heart as hard as a mill stone and he crushes people with it.
  • What is Satan’s agenda? He made his agenda clear when he asked Jesus to fall down and worship him. He wants to be worshiped. He wants to be the god of the universe. He wants all power. He wants to replace God. He doesn’t care about people but he doesn’t want God to have them. He doesn’t care about people but he needs them for his agenda. People are used by Satan as his fan club-to worship him.
  • Isaiah 14:13-14 For you (Satan/the devil) have said in your heart: ‘I will ascend into heaven, I will exalt my throne above the stars of God; I will also sit on the mount of the congregation on the farthest sides of the north; I will ascend above the heights of the clouds, I will be like the Most High.’
  • Matthew 4:8-10 The devil took Him (Jesus) up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” 10 Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you (Get behind me!), Satan! For it is written, ‘You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.’ ”
  • Jesus refused Satan’s offer, even though He would have been able to reign without going to the cross.
    • Jesus refused, but the Antichrist has accepted this offer.
    • It is interesting to note that Hitler was made this same offer and he also accepted it, but he was betrayed by Satan, and ended up in physical and spiritual death, pulling all of Germany and the world into hell with him.
    • Hitler’s supernatural rise to power is connected to the occult.
      • The Independent
        Tim Martin
        July 30 2017 02:30 AM “In the 1930s, Hitler made extensive notes on a book called Magic: Theory, History, Practice and underlined passages such as “He who does not carry demonic seeds within him will never give birth to a new world”. In 1934, the year after he was appointed chancellor of Germany, he hired a dowser to go over the Reich Chancellery in search of ‘death rays’ that might damage staff in the building. He and Himmler held frequent conversations about ‘the World Empire of Atlantis, which fell victim to the catastrophe of the moons falling to Earth’ and about a discredited pseudoscience called Welteislehre, or World Ice Theory, which taught that the cosmos was made of ice and which they saw as a ‘Germanic’ counterbalance to the “Jewish” theory of relativity.”
      • The Atlantic
        Timothy W. Ryback
        May 2003 issue

        In the spring of 1943, while the outcome of World War II hung in the balance, the U.S. Office of Strategic Services—forerunner to the CIA—commissioned Walter Langer, a Boston-based psychoanalyst, to develop a “psychological profile” of Adolf Hitler. As Langer later recalled, this was the first time the U.S. government had attempted to psychoanalyze a world leader in order to determine “the things that make him tick.”

        Over the course of eight months, assisted by three field researchers and advised by three other experts in psychology, Langer compiled more than a thousand typewritten, single-spaced pages of material on his “patient”: texts from speeches, excerpts from Mein Kampf, interviews with former Hitler associates, and virtually every printed source available. Langer wrote,

        “A survey of all the evidence forces us to conclude that Hitler believes himself destined to become an Immortal Hitler, chosen by God to be the New Deliverer of Germany and the Founder of a new social order for the world. He firmly believes this and is certain that in spite of all the trials and tribulations through which he must pass he will finally attain that goal. The one condition is that he follow the dictates of the inner voice that have guided and protected him in the past.”

        In his summary Langer outlined eight possible scenarios for Hitler’s course of action in the face of defeat. The most likely scenario, he suggested in a prescient moment, was that Hitler’s belief in divine protection would compel him to fight to the bitter end, “drag[ging] a world with us—a world in flames,” and that ultimately he would take his own life.
Revelation 14:12 Here is the patience (steadfastness, perseverance) of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
Revelation 14:13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ”
  • These are the ones who are beheaded for refusing to take the Mark of the Beast.
  • Revelation 20:4 [The Saints Reign with Christ 1,000 Years] And I saw thrones, and they sat on them, and judgment was committed to them (from the main harvest). Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands (from the gleanings). And they (also) lived and reigned with Christ for a thousand years.
Revelation 14:13 “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”
  • “Rest” is having peace knowing that God has everything under HIS control and that Satan’s attempts are futile.
  • The Sabbath is a time to rest in God.
  • Types of “Rest”
    • The Millennium
    • the Sabbath
    • The Jubilee
    • Heaven
    • The Garden of Eden
    • The Promised Land
    • , and Celebrations are times of rest.
  • Rest is a Time, a Place, an Event, and a State of Mind, away from drama. Satan is the Prince of Drama. He causes the sea of people to boil.
  • Job 41:31 He makes the deep boil like a pot; He makes the sea like a pot of ointment.
  • Rest comes from God; it is David’s 23rd Psalm.
    • Psalm 23 A Psalm of David.
    • 1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want (lack).
    • He makes me to lie down in (the tender grass of)green pastures;
    • He leads me beside the still waters. (Literally the waters of rest)
    • He restores my soul;
  • Resting in Christ is abiding in “still waters” in contrast to Satan’s “boiling waters”.
  • Waters are relationships: they can be stormy, driven, or peaceful. Only Jesus can calm the seas, even our personal seas.
  • Psa 107:29 He calms the storm, so that its waves are still.
  • Matthew 8:23- Wind and Wave Obey Jesus 23 Now when He got into a boat, His disciples followed Him. 24 And suddenly a great tempest arose on the sea, so that the boat was covered with the waves. But He was asleep. 25 Then His disciples came to Him and awoke Him, saying, “Lord, save us! We are perishing!”
    26 But He said to them, “Why are you fearful, O you of little faith?” Then He arose and rebuked the winds and the sea, and there was a great calm. 27 So the men marveled, saying, “Who can this be, that even the winds and the sea obey Him?”

Reaping the Earth’s Harvest

The Earth’s Harvest is the resurrection of the tribulation saints or “the gleaning” of the harvest of the faithful which occurs at Jesus’ return on The Day of Atonement.

By this time, two other resurrections will have already taken place: the resurrection of Jesus as the First Fruit along with the Wave Offering when the tombs of the saints were opened (in our past), then the main harvest at the rapture when the dead in Christ are raised (in our future), which is the Feast of Trumpets, and now — the gleaning, the tribulation saints on the Day of Atonement. These are the three stages of what is known in scripture as “the first resurrection”.

The Three Harvests – Resurrections associated with the Jewish Feasts
Revelation 14:14 Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.
  • ! Important ! There is also a resurrection of those who died in their sins. It is called the second resurrection (after three of the first resurrections). There is no feast associated with it.
  • Although, in speculation, I wonder if it is associated with Kislev 20 on the Jewish calendar when the people gathered and Ezra read the law during the “Heavy Rains”.
    • Ezra 10:8-9 Whoever would not come within 3 days, according to the instructions of the leaders and elders, all his property would be confiscated, and he himself would be separated from the assembly of those from the captivity. So all the men of Judah and Benjamin gathered at Jerusalem within 3 days. It was the 9th month, on the 20th of the month; and all the people sat in the open square of the house of God, trembling because of this matter and because of heavy rain.
  • Note: Rain is symbolic of Jesus coming down from heaven. Rain is also translated “teacher” and “faithful rain” is the Jewish Messiah. See Topic: Jesus as Rain.
  • The harvest is symbolic of resurrections. The early and late rains come before and after the resurrections. 
  • Be glad then, you children of Zion, And rejoice in the Lord your God; For He has given you the former rain (teacher) faithfully (faithfully can also be translated: judge or teacher of righteousness of the Davidic kingdom Messiah), And He will cause the rain to come down (from heaven) for you— The former (autumn) rain, And the latter (spring) rain in the first (resurrections). Joel 2:23
  • They do not say in their heart, “Let us now fear the Lord our God, Who gives rain, both the former and the latter, in its season. He reserves for us the appointed weeks of the harvest.” Jeremiah 5:24
  • [Be Patient and Persevering] Therefore be patient, brethren, until the coming of the Lord. See how the farmer waits for the precious fruit of the earth, waiting patiently for it until it receives the early and latter rain (the early and latter harvest.) James 5:7
  • His going forth is established as the morning; He will come to us like the rain, like the latter and former rain to the earth.  Hosea 6:3
  • He shall come down like rain upon the grass before mowing (reaping), like showers that water the earth.  Ps 72:6
Revelation 14:15 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.”
Revelation 14:16 So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.

Reaping the Grapes of Wrath

  • Note: This is different from the “earth’s harvest” (the resurrection of the saints). The Grapes of Wrath are God’s judgment on the wicked actions of men on the earth when armies have surrounded Jerusalem seeking the annihilation of the Jews. It occurs towards the end of the tribulation.
Revelation 14:17 Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
  • Note: the temple in heaven is a template for the temple in Jerusalem on earth.
  • This even occurs at the end of the tribulation: during the 7th year.
Revelation 14:18 And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire (judgment), 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.”
  • Grapes symbolize blood. Here it means the produce of the wicked in the earth. It means a “flood of blood”.
  • The Hebrew for the word “blood” is “dam” which means either “red blood” or “red wine” (grapes).
Revelation 14:19 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 fruit, or produce, of the works of evil men, are ripe and now the consequences are due.
Revelation 14:20 And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred (Lit. stadia) furlongs (about 184 miles in all).
  • Jerusalem is surrounded by valleys. Imagine this landscape as a wine vat where the armies of the nations have packed themselves into the valleys and where the blood of these armies will flow through the valley due to a catastrophic event.
  • In these valleys, the armies have surrounded the city to attack it and God is about to require the consequences of their sins. Blood, like wine, will flow for 184 miles as high as a horses’ bridle through Jerusalem’s valley. This is a day of reckoning.
  • The Hebrew word “Dam” is used for both blood and red wine. Therefore; the analogy of God’s grapes of wrath is quite appropriate. When grapes are pressed, the blood of the grapes runs out and is collected.

Below: Ancient wine press in Hurvat, Judean Foothills, Israel
By Davidbena

Remains of an ancient wine press from the Second Temple Period made larger in the Byzantine era. People walked and smashed the grapes on the flattened rock, the round hole and the channel to which the juice drained are from the Second Temple Era and the two rectangular holes are Byzantine, a column was put in the holes around which a tool smashing the grapes revolved. The ancient Middle East was the wine industry world center. Horvat Etri, the Shfela Hills or Judean Foothills, Israel. 03.03.2017

(My Note: The vines that make the best wine are those grape vines which grow in distressed soil.)

  • Note: The Grapes of Wrath are God’s day of vengeance:
  • Deuteronomy 32:35 Vengeance is Mine, and recompense; their foot shall slip in due time; For the day of their calamity is at hand, And the things to come hasten upon them.’
  • Hebrews 10:30 For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,” says the Lord. And again, “The Lord will judge His people.”
  • Proverbs 6:34 For jealousy is a husband’s fury; Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
  • Isaiah 34:8 For it is the day of the Lord’s vengeance, the year of recompense for the cause of Zion.
  • Isaiah 61:2 To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, And the day of vengeance of our God; To comfort all who mourn,
  • Isaiah 63:4 For the day of vengeance is in My heart, And the year of My redeemed has come.
  • Luke 21:22 For these are the days of vengeance, that all things which are written may be fulfilled.
  • Jeremiah 25:30 “Therefore prophesy against them all these words, and say to them: ‘The Lord will roar (the Lion of Judah) from on high (the heavens), and utter His voice from His holy habitation (the highest of heavens); He will roar mightily against His fold (His sheep, the Jews). He will give a shout, as those who tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.
  • Note: The Garden of Gethsamene was a place for pressing olives and grapes.
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