Revelation 14:6-12

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Rev 14:6  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Rev 14:7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
Rev 14:8  And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
Rev 14:9  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,
Rev 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Rev 14:11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever 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.
Rev 14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Introduction

There are three angels in these seven verses, all speaking with one voice, bringing into our spiritual view the process which is ordained to reveal to us “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations”. The first angel brings to us the first part of that process and sets the stage for the next two parts of the process which will finish the mystery of God. This first angel tells us that this whole process is part and parcel of the eonian gospel, and that good news includes “the hour of God’s judgment within our lives”, which thunderous and fiery judgment will bring us to “fear God and give Him glory”, as we are four times commanded to do under these very circumstances of judgment in Psa 107: 8, 15, 21, 31.

Psa 107:8  Oh that men would praise the LORD for his goodness, and for his wonderful works to the children of men!

In verse six we read “And I saw another angel flying in the middle of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to them that dwell on the earth”. In verse eight we read “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” Finally, in verse nine we read, “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 out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb”.
So this is a three- step process, just as the festivals of God were a three- step process leading up to the salvation of all in the fall harvest “in the end of the year”.

Exo 23:14  Three times thou shalt keep a feast unto me in the year.
Exo 23:15  Thou shalt keep the feast of [1] unleavened bread: (thou shalt eat unleavened bread seven days, as I commanded thee, in the time appointed of the month Abib; for in it thou camest out from Egypt: and none shall appear before me empty:)
Exo 23:16  And [2] the feast of harvest, the firstfruits of thy labours, which thou hast sown in the field: and [3] the feast of ingathering, which is in the end of the year, when thou hast gathered in thy labours out of the field.
Exo 23:17  Three times in the year all thy males shall appear before the Lord GOD.

Those three festival seasons typify God’s dealings with mankind and with each of us individually. First we cry out to God, and He brings us out of the world, as Israel came up out of Egypt. But we are still “in the wilderness” and are “yet carnal” (1Co 3:1-4), and we rebel against God ten times in the wilderness.

Num 14:22  Because all those men which have seen my glory, and my miracles, which I did in Egypt and in the wilderness, and have tempted me now these ten times, and have not hearkened to my voice;

The second part of our experience includes crossing the Jordan and fighting against and subduing the giants in the land. Those giants in the land are types of the passions and carnal lusts within us. But we do not drive out all those giants, and for that very reason we end up being carried away captive into Babylon. At this point we are God’s called- out people, but the mystery of God is still not finished within us. This is why within us we are told:

Rev 14:8  And there followed another [ seconed] angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

The “fall of Babylon” has far more to do with our coming out of Babylon, in every generation of mankind, than it has to do with the physical destruction of a physical city called Babylon. So all those who are looking for the physical city of Babylon to be rebuilt and the physical temple in Jerusalem to be rebuilt are assuming that these words are dispensational words, which apply only to the last generation who happen to be standing on this earth when Christ returns to set up his ‘thousand year’ reign. For these people these words are all external and impersonal. They have completely forgotten the admonition of Rev 1:3.

Rev 1:3  Blessed is he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

But “in the end of the year” is “the feast of ingathering”. This festival typifies our coming out of Babylon and returning to the land of promise victorious, to rebuild the temple which temple will be more glorious than the temple of Solomon.

Hag 2:6  For thus saith the LORD of hosts; Yet once, it is a little while, and I will shake the heavens, and the earth, and the sea, and the dry land;
Hag 2:7  And I will shake all nations, and the desire of all nations shall come: and I will fill this house with glory, saith the LORD of hosts.
Hag 2:8  The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, saith the LORD of hosts.
Hag 2:9  The glory of this latter house shall be greater than of the former, saith the LORD of hosts: and in this place will I give peace, saith the LORD of hosts.

Let us keep in mind that everything we are reading is proceeding directly “out of the mouth of God” (Mat 4:4 and Rev 1:1), and is therefore to be kept by those who are given by our heavenly Father to “read… hear… and keep the things written in this book” (Rev 1:3). Let us also remember that everything written from chapters 11 through chapters 15 happens “in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when the seventh angel shall begin to sound”. What we are reading here in these five chapters from chapter 11-15 prepares us for what is happening in “the days of the voice of the seventh angel”, and is preparing us for what will be revealed in us, in the events which are revealed at the sounding of the seventh angel. It is the events of the seventh trumpet judgment within us which prepares us and makes us fit for the “finishing of the mystery of God”. These are the things that we must endure before that mystery of “Christ in you the hope of glory” can be realized. That is why these five chapters are interjected between the sounding of the seventh trumpet and the revelation of what comprises this seventh trumpet. Let’s read it again.

Rev 10:7  But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

Put another way, this seventh trumpet and keeping and fulfilling the experience of this seventh trumpet, is what must be done within us, before, “the mystery of God, which He has declared to His servants the prophets” can be finished within us. Notice how similar are Rev 10:7 and Rev 15:8:

Rev 15:8  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

As we will see below, “the mystery of God is Christ in us, the hope of glory”. It is not Christ in us the glory, but “the hope of glory”, and that hope cannot come into us until we have entered into the temple of God, and that temple is “Christ in us, and we in Him” (Joh 14:20).
Now let’s look at the message of this first angel:

The first angel

Rev 14:6  And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,
Rev 14:7  Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

“The everlasting gospel” this angel brings to us is “the gospel of the kingdom of God” which is within us (Luk 17:20-21).

Mar 1:14  Now after that John was put in prison, Jesus came into Galilee, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God,
Mar 1:15  And saying, The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand: repent ye, and believe the gospel.
Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.

That gospel of the kingdom of God within us is the same as “the mystery which has been hidden from ages and from generations.” That mystery is the revelation that Christ Himself actually lives within us, is taking up residence where the beastly “man if sin” once lived, and that we are actually and truly part and parcel of “the Christ” who has been sent to save the entire world.

Col 1:25  Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God;
Col 1:26  Even the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints:
Col 1:27  To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:

“The mystery of God should be finished, as he has declared to His servants the prophets… has been hid from ages and generations… whereof I am made a minister… is Christ in you the hope of glory”. This ministry “which is given to me for you” are words which have an application for the entire body of Christ, because the entire body ministers to that “body”, not just the apostle Paul.

Eph 4:15  But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
Eph 4:16  From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.

Rev 10:7 tells us “in the days when the seventh angel begins to sound, the mystery of God should be finished”. Whatever else we can glean from that statement, the one truth we cannot deny is that that mystery of Christ living His life in us is not finished in ten seconds or even in a day. Rather He “begins” to “finish” His work through the symbol of “three angels”. The fact that this is all brought to us by three separate angels who are speaking with one voice, reveals to those with the spiritual “eyes to see” it that there is a process in motion, which is the process of Christ taking over His throne in His temple, “which temple we are”. What we are being told here is that the process of destroying and dethroning our beastly “man of sin” and gradually and daily replacing him with our “new man”, is initiated “in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound”.

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are.
1Co 15:31  I protest by your rejoicing which I have in Christ Jesus our Lord, I die daily.

1Co 3:16-17 is “the mystery of God which has been hid from ages and from generations” because we are told this:

Rom 8:9  But ye are not in the flesh, but in the Spirit, if so be that the Spirit of God dwell in you. Now if any man have not the Spirit of Christ, he is none of his.

So “the spirit of God” and “the spirit of Christ” are one and the same spirit, which is exactly what Christ Himself tells us:

Joh 10:30  I and my Father are one.

The very same thing is said of us and Christ.

1Co 6:17  But he that is joined unto the Lord is one spirit.
1Co 12:13  For by one Spirit are we all baptized into one body, whether we be Jews or Gentiles, whether we be bond or free; and have been all made to drink into one Spirit.

Since Christ and His Father are one, then “Christ in you, the hope of glory”, which is “the mystery of God which has been hid from ages and from generations”, is really Christ and His Father in us and we in them.

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

“At that day”? What day is “that day”? “That day” is when “the mystery of God should be finished”, and that mystery of Christ dwelling in us becomes a reality. But that day cannot become a reality until the seventh angel has sounded and all the events that comprise that seventh trumpet have been fulfilled. This is what we are told:

Rev 15:7  And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
Rev 15:8  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

So Christ cannot truly abide in us “till the seven plagues of the seven angels are fulfilled” within us. This is not a “smooth thing” to have to teach. The Truth of Rev 15:8, and 14:11-12 has been replaced throughout Babylon by various forms of a rapture doctrine. The entire Christian world denies that God’s elect live by and keep these words concerning the living and keeping or enduring of the wrath of God. These words in Rev 14:11-12, and 15:8, are the modern equivalent of Jeremiah telling Israel that it is God’s will for Israel to be carried away into Babylon to serve the king of Babylon and to suffer the wrath of God upon their sins. So Rev 15:8, and 14:11-12 are simply reaffirming what the Old Testament scriptures have already told us many hundreds of years earlier in the book of Jeremiah.

Jer 25:15  For thus saith the LORD God of Israel unto me; Take the wine cup of this fury at my hand, and cause all the nations, to whom I send thee, to drink it.

No one wants to hear that Rev 14:11 is something which has “proceeded out of the mouth of God, is written in the sayings of the prophecy of this book, and is to be kept by each and every one of us”. Nevertheless, those verses are part of what the scriptures call “the strong meat… for them that are of full age.”

Heb 5:12  For when for the time ye ought to be teachers, ye have need that one teach you again which [ be] the first principles of the oracles of God; and are become such as have need of milk, and not of strong meat.
Heb 5:13  For every one that useth milk is unskilful in the word of righteousness: for he is a babe.
Heb 5:14  But strong meat belongeth to them that are of full age, even those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.

But what did God tell Jeremiah concerning anyone who subscribes to any form of a doctrine which excludes anyone from “living by every word which proceeds from the mouth of God”, or telling us that we can somehow avoid drinking of the cup of His wrath? Here are God’s own words to all who subscribe to any form of a rapture theory, which declares that there are parts of God’s Word which are only for those whose hearts God hardens, but are not for you and me if we will only repent.

Jer 25:28  And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts;  Ye shall certainly drink.
Jer 25:29  For, lo, I begin to bring evil on the city which is called by my name, and should ye be utterly unpunished? Ye shall not be unpunished: for I will call for a sword upon all the inhabitants of the earth, saith the LORD of hosts.
Jer 25:30  Therefore prophesy thou against them all these words, and say unto them, The LORD shall roar from on high, and utter his voice from his holy habitation; he shall mightily roar upon his habitation; he shall give a shout, as they that tread the grapes, against all the inhabitants of the earth.

These verses in Hebrews five should begin to be make clear that the phrase, “in the days when the seventh angel shall begin to sound” is speaking of the days which precede Christ is us, the hope of glory”, and all the seals and trumpets which lead up to this seventh trumpet, are experienced within us while we are yet in Babylon. These are the days which immediately precede the day when Christ dethrones the beast that occupies the throne of our hearts and begins His fiery judgment which teaches us righteousness. “Christ in us, the hope of glory” is the very subject of “that day” spoken of in Joh 14:20 and Rev 15:8, where we are in Christ, and He is in us and we are in the Father.

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.
Rev 15:8  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Now let’s look at the verses preceding Joh 14:20, and while we are looking at these verses let’s remember that none of Christ’s unconverted disciples had yet denied Him. Let’s realize that all of them, at this point considered themselves incapable of such a dastardly deed. Here is Christ speaking of that day when He would be dwelling within His disciples.

Joh 14:17  Even the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.
Joh 14:18  I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.
Joh 14:19  Yet a little while, and the world seeth me no more; but ye see me: because I live, ye shall live also.

It was Christ who was in His Father and had His Father in Him, and it was Christ who was at that moment “dwelling with” His disciples, and it was Christ who, at the day of Pentecost, began to take up His residence within His disciples. But for his disciples this was yet “the days of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound.” At this time, “the mystery of God [ was not yet] finished” within His disciples, and “no man [ no disciple] was able to enter into the temple of Christ till the seven plagues of the seven angels should be fulfilled” within them.
You will say to me, “Wait a minute, we are the temple Christ dwells within according to 1Co 3:16-17. “

1Co 3:16  Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, and that the Spirit of God dwelleth in you?
1Co 3:17  If any man defile the temple of God, him shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are

And I will say to you that “Yes, you are indeed that temple, but you are not that temple of yourself or of anything you have done. You are the temple of God only if you are first in Christ.”

Rom 8:1  There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.

So we have to be in Him before He can be in us. Which takes us right back to Joh 14:20:

Joh 14:20  At that day ye shall know that I am in my Father, and ye in me, and I in you.

Now what does “the hour of His judgment is come” mean? This again is strong meat which simply cannot be accepted by those who use milk and are “unskillful in the word of righteousness” (Heb 5:13). Here is what “the hour of His judgment is come” means:

1Pe 4:17  For the time is come that judgment must begin at the house of God: and if it first begin at us, what shall the end be of them that obey not the gospel of God?

“The hour of His judgment is come” is the same as “the time comes that judgment must begin at the house of God.” “The house of God” is “the temple of God”. But this judgment doesn’t even begin until after “the seven plagues of the seven angels are fulfilled” within us. Only then can we “enter into the temple of God” and begin being judged and begin “learning righteousness”.

Isa 26:9  With my soul have I desired thee in the night; yea, with my spirit within me will I seek thee early: for when thy judgments are in the earth, the inhabitants of the world will learn righteousness.

Put another way, when God’s judgments “begin at the house of God, the inhabitants of the earth” within us will learn righteousness.

The second angel

Rev 14:8  And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.

Four chapters later, after the seven plagues of the seven angels have been poured out upon the doctrines of Babylon within us, we read these words:

Rev 18:4  And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
Rev 18:5  For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
Rev 18:6  Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
Rev 18:7  How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.

This seventh verse should make us remember the words we have kept in Rev 3:17:

Rev 3:17  Because thou sayest, I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing; and knowest not that thou art wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked:
Rev 3:18  I counsel thee to buy of me gold tried in the fire, that thou mayest be rich; and white raiment, that thou mayest be clothed, and [ that] the shame of thy nakedness do not appear; and anoint thine eyes with eyesalve, that thou mayest see.

Rev 3:17-18 are words which we read, hear and keep. They describe each of us to a tee. God’s people all “come out of Babylon” where we all said in our hearts “I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow”. We have all thought that these curses were all placed upon the sins of some blasphemous sinner, and of that we were right. The only way to avoid partaking of her sins and receiving of her plagues is to confess that we have done so and to fulfill the seven plagues of the seven angels, and enter into the heavenly temple which is Christ. The very purpose of those plagues of the seven angels is to purify us so that Christ can enter into us and we into Him.

Rev 15:8  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

So we must keep the words of this third angel who is just as much a part of “the everlasting gospel” as are the first two angels:

The third angel

Rev 14:9  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,
Rev 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Rev 14:11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever 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.
Rev 14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

Are we to believe that this “loud voice ” is mentioned here so that we will know that this angel is intent on getting the attention of someone else, other than you and me? Not so! It is you and I who are to “read, hear and keep the things written ” in this 14th chapter of Revelation. We have firmly established in the previous chapter that all men are born with the mark, number, name and image of the beast.

Rev 13:16  And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:

We demonstrated that we are all beasts and “children of wrath, even as others” by birth and “by nature”.

Ecc 3:18  I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:
Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.

So verse nine is not offering us a way out of “drinking of the wine of the wrath of God”, rather it is simply a statement to the contrary, and is informing us that we shall surely drink of it.

Jer 25:28  And it shall be, if they refuse to take the cup at thine hand to drink, then shalt thou say unto them, Thus saith the LORD of hosts;  Ye shall certainly drink.

Here is how that was done within Peter and within all of Christ’s disciples. Here is Peter “being tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb”:

Mat 26:69  Now Peter sat without in the palace: and a damsel came unto him, saying, Thou also wast with Jesus of Galilee.
Mat 26:70  But he denied before them all, saying, I know not what thou sayest.
Mat 26:71  And when he was gone out into the porch, another maid saw him, and said unto them that were there, This fellow was also with Jesus of Nazareth.
Mat 26:72  And again he denied with an oath, I do not know the man.
Mat 26:73  And after a while came unto him they that stood by, and said to Peter, Surely thou also art one of them; for thy speech bewrayeth thee.
Mat 26:74  Then began he to curse and to swear, saying, I know not the man. And immediately the cock crew.
Mat 26:75  And Peter remembered the word of Jesus, which said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice. And he went out, and wept bitterly.

Matthew’s account tells us that Peter actually denied Christ “with an oath” and then with cursing and swearing, telling us that Peter then “remembered the words of Jesus” concerning denying Him before the cock crowed. But Luke’s account is far more poignant, and adds many more flames to an already very hot fire.

Luk 22:56  But a certain maid beheld him as he sat by the fire, and earnestly looked upon him, and said, This man was also with him.
Luk 22:57  And he denied him, saying, Woman, I know him not.
Luk 22:58  And after a little while another saw him, and said, Thou art also of them. And Peter said, Man, I am not.
Luk 22:59  And about the space of one hour after another confidently affirmed, saying, Of a truth this [ fellow] also was with him: for he is a Galilaean.
Luk 22:60  And Peter said, Man, I know not what thou sayest. And immediately, while he yet spake, the cock crew.
Luk 22:61  And the Lord turned, and looked upon Peter. And Peter remembered the word of the Lord, how he had said unto him, Before the cock crow, thou shalt deny me thrice.
Luk 22:62  And Peter went out, and wept bitterly.

  Did any of the apostles avoid drinking of this cup of God’s wrath? I think not:

Mar 10:38  But Jesus said unto them, Ye know not what ye ask: can ye drink of the cup that I drink of? and be baptized with the baptism that I am baptized with?
Mar 10:39  And they said unto him, We can. And Jesus said unto them, Ye shall indeed drink of the cup that I drink of; and with the baptism that I am baptized withal shall ye be baptized:
Mar 14:22  And as they did eat, Jesus took bread, and blessed, and brake it, and gave to them, and said, Take, eat: this is my body.
Mar 14:23  And he took the cup, and when he had given thanks, he gave it to them: and they all drank of it.
Mar 14:24  And he said unto them, This is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many.
Mar 14:25  Verily I say unto you, I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God.
1Co 11:24  And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me.
1Co 11:25  After the same manner also [ he took] the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me.

“They all drank of it… I will drink no more of the fruit of the vine, until that day that I drink it new in the kingdom of God“. When does Christ again drink of the fruit of the vine? He does so “new in the kingdom of God”. Where is that kingdom where Christ again drinks of that cup and is again crucified? Here are the verses which answer those questions.

Luk 17:20  And when he was demanded of the Pharisees, when the kingdom of God should come, he answered them and said, The kingdom of God cometh not with observation:
Luk 17:21  Neither shall they say, Lo here! or, lo there! for, behold, the kingdom of God is within you.
Gal 2:20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

Christ’s disciples had no idea what Christ was having them to do and to admit to when “they all drank of that cup” (Mar 14:23). What they were confessing in drinking that cup was that they themselves were guilty of the shedding of Christ’s blood and would therefore partake of the wrath of God, “even as others”.

Eph 2:3  Among whom also we all had our conversation in times past in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind; and were by nature the children of wrath, even as others.
Col 3:5  Mortify therefore your members which are upon the earth; fornication, uncleanness, inordinate affection, evil concupiscence, and covetousness, which is idolatry:
Col 3:6  For which things’ sake the wrath of God cometh on the children of disobedience:
Col 3:7  In the which ye also walked some time, when ye lived in them.

Who are these : children of disobedience who must endure “the wrath of God… even as others”? Here is who they are:

Eph 2:2  Wherein in time past ye walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit that now worketh in the children of disobedience:

Is our denying of Christ something that we do and repent of, never to do that again, or is the wrath of God, always present to burn out of us any wood, hay, or stubble that may reappear within us? In other words, did Peter ever again deny Christ? Well, as a matter of fact he did, and when he did he again had to repent. Here is the account of that second denial of Christ on the part of Peter who a type of us all:

Gal 2:11  But when Peter was come to Antioch, I withstood him to the face, because he was to be blamed.
Gal 2:12  For before that certain came from James, he did eat with the Gentiles: but when they were come, he withdrew and separated himself, fearing them which were of the circumcision.
Gal 2:13  And the other Jews dissembled likewise with him; insomuch that Barnabas also was carried away with their dissimulation.
Gal 2:14  But when I saw that they walked not uprightly according to the truth of the gospel, I said unto Peter before them all, If thou, being a Jew, livest after the manner of Gentiles, and not as do the Jews, why compellest thou the Gentiles to live as do the Jews?

It was “the fear of them which were of the circumcision” which caused Peter to deny Christ the first time, and now here he is doing so again.

Mat 25:40  And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me.

So don’t permit anyone to tell you that Rev 14:11 is addressed to those who are the children of disobedience, but not to you. You and I are those “children of disobedience” who were born with, and who have lived with, the mark, number, name and image of the beast. It is you and I who must first “fulfill the seven plagues of the seven angels” before Christ will take up His residence within us. He is not innately within us. We are innately opposed to having Him sitting on the throne of our hearts and minds, and we must endure the seven plagues of the seven angels before we will be willing to surrender that throne to Him. It is not a matter of free will on our part. It is a matter of being dragged to that decision, “through much tribulation, and through the burning out of all of the wood, hay and stubble of the lusts of our flesh and the lies of Babylon which are all innately within us.
It is you and I who will be tormented day and night in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb, for the eon of the eons, “till the seven plagues of the seven angels are fulfilled” in our lives (Rev 15:8). We are then purged of all the lies and uncleanness that is that man of sin who withholds the coming of Christ within us. It is these seven plagues and the torment of Rev 14:11-12, which will serve to dislodge that man of sin from upon the throne of God within us, because the “brightness of Christ’s coming” is the light of His fiery Words, which reveals to us who has been ruling our lives for so long.

2Th 2:3  Let no man deceive you by any means: for that day shall not come, except there come a falling away first, and that man of sin be revealed, the son of perdition;
2Th 2:4  Who opposeth and exalteth himself above all that is called God, or that is worshipped; so that he as God sitteth in the temple of God, shewing himself that he is God.
2Th 2:5  Remember ye not, that, when I was yet with you, I told you these things?
2Th 2:6  And now ye know what withholdeth that he might be revealed in his time.
2Th 2:7  For the mystery of iniquity doth already work: only he who now letteth will let [ will withhold], until he be taken out of the way.
2Th 2:8  And then shall that Wicked be revealed, whom the Lord shall consume with the spirit of his mouth, and shall destroy with the brightness of his coming:
2Th 2:9  Even him, [ the “two horned beast which speaks as a dragon” within us] whose coming is after the working of Satan with all power and signs and lying wonders,
2Th 2:10  And with all deceivableness of unrighteousness in them that perish; because they received not the love of the truth, that they might be saved.
2Th 2:11  And for this cause God shall send them strong delusion, that they should believe a lie:
2Th 2:12  That they all might be damned who believed not the truth, but had pleasure in unrighteousness.

We have all “believed not the Truth, and we have all been damned while in that deception.
Here is how this process is described in scripture:

Joh 6:44  No man can come to me, except the Father which hath sent me draw (Greek – drag) him: and I will raise him up at the last day.
Joh 6:45  It is written in the prophets, And they shall be all taught of God. Every man therefore that hath heard, and hath learned of the Father, cometh unto me.

“Hearing” is a necessary gift of God, which gift is an essential part of the dragging process. We are told to “work out our own salvation”, but we are also told why we will work out our own salvation. Is it because we of our own free will choose to serve God? Absolutely not!

Php 2:12  Wherefore, my beloved, as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but now much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.
Php 2:13  For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure

The willing and the doing are both His work within us. Neither are of ourselves.

Rom 9:15 For he saith to Moses, I will have mercy on whom I will have mercy, and I will have compassion on whom I will have compassion.
Rom 9:16 So then it is not of him that willeth, nor of him that runneth, but of God that sheweth mercy.

It is God who has willed that “we will live by every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God”. It is God who has willed that “all things, things present and things to come, are ours”. It is God who has willed that we will “read, hear, and keep the things which are written in this book”, and this verse is “written in this book”:

Rev 14:11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever 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.

What is the product of keeping these verses of God’s Word within our lives?

Rev 14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

This is simply repeating what we were told in chapter 13:

Rev 13:4  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who [ is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Rev 13:5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [ and] two months.
Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Rev 13:9  If any man have an ear, let him hear.
Rev 13:10  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

It is the saints who keep the things written in this book, and both chapters 13 and 14 are “written in this book”.

Rev 1:3  Blessed [ is] he that readeth, and they that hear the words of this prophecy, and keep those things which are written therein: for the time is at hand.

Which is what was prophesied many hundreds of years earlier “as he has declared to His servants the prophets”.
He declared all of this in Jer 25, but He also declared it in these verses of scripture:

Isa 54:6  For the LORD hath called thee as a woman forsaken and grieved in spirit, and a wife of youth, when thou wast refused, saith thy God.
Isa 54:7  For a small moment have I forsaken thee; but with great mercies will I gather thee.
Isa 54:8  In a little wrath I hid my face from thee for a moment; but with everlasting kindness will I have mercy on thee, saith the LORD thy Redeemer.
Isa 54:9  For this is as the waters of Noah unto me: for as I have sworn that the waters of Noah should no more go over the earth; so have I sworn that I would not be wroth with thee, nor rebuke thee.

Here is the ultimate fulfillment of these verses:

Mat 27:45  Now from the sixth hour there was darkness over all the land unto the ninth hour.
Mat 27:46  And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Truly our Lord was “in all ways tempted like as we are, yet without sin.” It was not a sin for Him to recognize that the darkness over all the land was the symbol of God’s rejection of all sinful flesh and blood. That is right, God really had rejected the physical flesh of Christ as “corruptible flesh”. Not even the flesh and blood of Jesus Christ was fit to inherit the kingdom of God and had to be rejected by God. But on “the third day”, Christ was perfected and raised a spiritual body which was capable of appearing as flesh and bone.

1Co 15:50  Now this I say, brethren, that flesh and blood cannot inherit the kingdom of God; neither doth corruption inherit incorruption.
1Co 15:44  It is sown a natural body; it is raised a spiritual body. There is a natural body, and there is a spiritual body.
1Co 15:45  And so it is written, The first man Adam was made a living soul; the last Adam was made a quickening spirit.
1Co 15:46  Howbeit that was not first which is spiritual, but that which is natural; and afterward that which is spiritual.

Summary

We have seen in this study that there is a three- step process which is essential to bringing us to the “finishing of the mystery of God” within us. We have seen that the three angels of these seven verses of Rev 14 are all one spirit which is working through this process to prepare our hearts and minds for the reception of the King of the kingdom of God to take up His residency within our hearts and minds and upon His rightful throne within our hearts and minds.
What we have learned is that like the three seasons of the festivals of ancient Israel, these three angels are all necessary and essential to prepare us for the “finishing of the mystery of God, which is Christ in you the hope of glory” within us.
We saw that the second angel of these verses proclaimed the fall of Babylon, and the third angel in this process is the pouring out of the wrath of God upon the Babylonian seat of the beastly “man of sin” who we all are by nature within our own hearts and minds.
So we have learned that the torment of these verses 9-11 in Rev 14 is the same as the pouring out of the seven plagues of the seven angels in Rev 15:8.

Rev 14:9  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,
Rev 14:10  The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
Rev 14:11  And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever 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.
Rev 15:7  And one of the four beasts gave unto the seven angels seven golden vials full of the wrath of God, who liveth for ever and ever.
Rev 15:8  And the temple was filled with smoke from the glory of God, and from his power; and no man was able to enter into the temple, till the seven plagues of the seven angels were fulfilled.

Both are “the wrath of God,” upon all the lies and uncleannesses which are the essence of our Babylonian experience. We saw that all of this is just a repeat of the same statement concerning this same experience in the previous chapter concerning the wrath of God upon our two horned beast who speaks as a dragon and gives life to the image of our first beast which he causes us to build. Here is how this same experience is worded in that chapter:

Rev 13:4  And they worshipped the dragon which gave power unto the beast: and they worshipped the beast, saying, Who [ is] like unto the beast? who is able to make war with him?
Rev 13:5  And there was given unto him a mouth speaking great things and blasphemies; and power was given unto him to continue forty [ and] two months.
Rev 13:6  And he opened his mouth in blasphemy against God, to blaspheme his name, and his tabernacle, and them that dwell in heaven.
Rev 13:7  And it was given unto him to make war with the saints, and to overcome them: and power was given him over all kindreds, and tongues, and nations.
Rev 13:8  And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.
Rev 13:9  If any man have an ear, let him hear.
Rev 13:10  He that leadeth into captivity shall go into captivity: he that killeth with the sword must be killed with the sword. Here is the patience and the faith of the saints.

Both events bring us to the same conclusion:

Rev 14:12  Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus

So we have learned that if we have the patience and the faith of the saints, then we are really the ones who must “read, hear, and keep the things which are written in this book”, including being tormented in the presence of the holy angels and the Lamb, and the seven plagues of the seven angels of the seventh trumpet. In other words, all of these things are ours and are “the patience and faith of the saints”.
Next week, Lord willing, we will learn how clearly the scriptures speak of the work of Christ and the work of His Christ. It is revealed to us in the angels who are used of God to reap the harvest of the earth. Here are the verses we will be covering in our next study:

Rev 14:13  And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them.
Rev 14:14  And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
Rev 14:15  And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
Rev 14:16  And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
Rev 14:17  And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
Rev 14:18  And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
Rev 14:19  And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast [ it] into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
Rev 14:20  And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand [ and] six hundred furlongs.

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