Revelation 14

Highlight:

Revelation 14:12–13 (NLT) 

12 This means that God’s holy people must endure persecution patiently, obeying his commands and maintaining their faith in Jesus. 13 And I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Write this down: Blessed are those who die in the Lord from now on. Yes, says the Spirit, they are blessed indeed, for they will rest from their hard work; for their good deeds follow them!” 

Explain:

Revelation 14: 1-5: Then John sees the Lamb standing on Mt. Zion, followed by 144,000 who have the Father’s name on their foreheads. The heavens erupt with a new song which is sung by a great choir. Only the 144,000 can learn this song and they have kept themselves pure and follow the Lamb wherever He goes. 6-13: Another angel flies through the sky calling on man to Fear God and bring Him glory. Another angel flies pronouncing that Babylon is fallen. A third angel follows shouting that anyone receiving the mark of the beast is under the judgment of God and will be tormented forever. God’s holy people must endure persecution and maintain their trust in Christ. Those who die in the Lord will be blessed by God. Their good deeds will follow them. 14: Jesus, seated on a white cloud, has a sharp sickle in his hand and he harvests the earth. The grapes are gathered and trampled out into the winepress of God’s wrath. The result is that a flow of blood is released that is 180 miles long and as deep as a horses bridle.

Specifically 14:12-13: The people of God will endure the persecution and obey God through their faith in Christ. The result of this faithfulness will be that they “die in the Lord.” Those who die in the Lord are blessed, they rest from their works, and their good deeds follow them.

Apply:

I must be willing to endure persecution since it is endurance that will be rewarded.

I must be willing to obey God by faith since, this is what will produce endurance.

I must desire to die in the Lord since these rest from their works and are blessed by God.

Respond:

I will meditate on what obedience is in my life today.

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