Verse By Verse Through Revelation (14:16-20)

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Those who dare to go against the Living God will pay for it with their lives

16 So the One seated on the cloud swung His sickle over the earth, and the earth was harvested.

The angel seized those who have rejected Jesus Christ and cast them into God’s wrath.


17 Then another angel who also had a sharp sickle came out of the sanctuary in heaven.

It seems that this angel came to help the other one seated on the cloud to gather the people and make them ready for judgment.


18 Yet another angel, who had authority over fire, came from the altar, and he called with a loud voice to the one who had the sharp sickle, “Use your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of grapes from earth’s vineyard, because its grapes have ripened.”

The phrase “Yet another angel, who had authority over fire” most likely refers to the angel mentioned in Revelation 16:8 which will bring a plague upon those who dwell on the earth by making them burn, causing the sun to get extremely hot.

The angel with the authority over fire, tells the other angels that it is time to gather the clusters of grapes which refer to the disobedient. Their sin has come to its full capacity and now they will answer for it (Joel 3:13).


19 So the angel swung his sickle toward earth and gathered the grapes from earth’s vineyard, and he threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath.

This passage could refer to bringing the nation’s army against Israel so that the Lord can judge them and wipe them out (Ezekiel 38:1-9, 14-16, 18-22).


20 Then the press was trampled outside the city, and blood flowed out of the press up to the horses’ bridles for about 180 miles.

“Then the press was trampled outside the city” this will take place outside of Jerusalem.

The 180 miles give a clear indication that it will be an immense army that will come against the Jewish people to wipe them out off the face of the earth if it is referring to Gog. But nonetheless, whichever army or nation(s), it makes it very clear that many people who attempt to go against the Living God will pay for it with their lives.

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A Message From The Lord

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Deuteronomy 7:6 (HCSB)

6 For you are a holy people belonging to the Lord your God. The Lord your God has chosen you to be His own possession out of all the peoples on the face of the earth.

This verse is a reference to the Israelites who came from the line of Abraham, Issac, and Jacob who was renamed Israel. That statement wasn’t only for the Jewish people but for all who would put their faith and trust in the true Living God, Jesus Christ. Scripture is always meant to be taken in two different ways so that we may live according to it.

  • Scripture is understood in its full context and in light of the time that it was written. For prophecies, one looks for future fulfillment and for those things that have been fulfilled. But the general way for Biblical interpretation is left to two ways of interpreting.
  • Scripture is understood in way of application to one’s life or situation.

For examples of  these two ways of interpretation we go to verses like: 

Romans 15:4

For whatever was written in the past was written for our instruction, so that we may have hope through endurance and through the encouragement from the Scriptures.

Psalm 102:18

This will be written for the generation to come, That a people yet to be created may praise the LORD.

Romans 4:22-25

22 Therefore, it was credited to him for righteousness. 23 Now it was credited to him was not written for Abraham alone, 24 but also for us. It will be credited to us who believe in Him who raised Jesus our Lord from the dead. 25 He was delivered up for our trespasses and raised for our justification.

Now saying that the Lord Jesus Christ has chosen you to be his special possession, He wants us to be holy because He is holy and to live a life that reflects His so that He may bless you with plenty of rewards. He will bring the rewards with Him when He comes for us. If you look at it, Jesus wants us to live in righteousness to reward us even though it isn’t us working but it is the Spirit who dwells inside us. Everything that Jesus does for His children is good. He chose you, to love you, to bless you so that you may enjoy your blessing with Him in the place that He has prepared for you.

The starting point for living for Christ takes place in our conversion by faith in Jesus then, we read about Him in Scripture, talk to Him in prayer and walk like Him in life. You don’t want people to see you but you want people to see Jesus in you.

In my cell phone today, I got a message that read: “a message from the Lord” which is a Bible app that I have which gave me Deuteronomy 7:6. Mind you, it never said it like that before. I know it wasn’t for me to keep in my heart but to share it with all believers in Jesus Christ. This message is for you too. God bless you all.

Verse By Verse Through Revelation (14:11-15)

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11 and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or anyone who receives the mark of his name.

“and the smoke of their torment will go up forever and ever” This phrase gives the clear indication that Hell will never end for those who are cast into it. Hell will be an eternal place for those who reject Jesus Christ as their Lord and Savior.

“There is no rest day or night” This means that the torment that will be encountered in Hell will be a continuous one without any breaks in between.

To worship Satan and the image of the Antichrist is by receiving their mark (666). Once that is done there is no turning back.


12 This demands the perseverance of the saints, who keep God’s commands and their faith in Jesus.”

This verse makes it very clear that once a person has decided to receive the mark of the beast, they cannot repent. This is due because their decision was made from the heart.

That is why the verse is telling those who have put their trust in Christ to persevere in not taking the mark. For those who do take it and claim to be a follower of Christ will show that they were never one (1 John 2:19, Revelation 13:8).


13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write: The dead who die in the Lord from now on are blessed.”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “let them rest from their labors, for their works follow them!”

Those who persevere (verse 12) and die for rejecting the mark of the beast will rest from this sinful world and enter into an eternal rest with the Lord Jesus. Everything that a Christian has done here on earth for the Lord will follow them into eternity, to receive their rewards.


14 Then I looked, and there was a white cloud, and One like the Son of Man was seated on the cloud, with a gold crown on His head and a sharp sickle in His hand.

It is presumed by some that the person mentioned on the clouds is Jesus Christ because of some key phrases:

  • Like the Son of Man
  • Seated on the white cloud
  • Gold crown on his head

I can say with certainty that the angel with the sickle mentioned is not Jesus Christ. Jesus in the Gospel of Matthew already revealed the identity of the angel with the sickle in his hand. Read below

Matthew 13:37-42

36 Then He dismissed the crowds and went into the house. His disciples approached Him and said, “Explain the parable of the weeds in the field to us.”
37 He replied: “The One who sows the good seed is the Son of Man; 38 the field is the world; and the good seed—these are the sons of the kingdom. The weeds are the sons of the evil one, 39 and the enemy who sowed them is the Devil. The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. 40 Therefore, just as the weeds are gathered and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. 41 The Son of Man will send out His angels, and they will gather from His kingdom everything that causes sin and those guilty of lawlessness. 42 They will throw them into the blazing furnace where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

In the passages above, Jesus is describing the role that His angels will play in the end times. The harvesters are angels with sickles which is used as a metaphor to gather up the unrighteous and throw them to their final destination. God’s angels will be the ones to separate the righteous from the unrighteous.


15 Another angel came out of the sanctuary, crying out in a loud voice to the One who was seated on the cloud, “Use your sickle and reap, for the time to reap has come, since the harvest of the earth is ripe.”

The angel that gives the command seems to have a higher rank and relays the message to start separating the righteous from the unrighteous. This verse refers back to Matthew 13:37-42