The mark of the beast on the forhead

Judgment

Revelation 14 graphically declares some of the terrible judgments that will be placed on the world. These are especially for those that reject Christ and follows the beast, the false prophet and Satan. However, taken as a whole, this chapter seems to refer to the preservation of the 144,000 during the Tribulation.

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c.   The third Angel foretells the doom of those who deny the Lord (vv. 9-12). This angel has a message of judgment for the worshipers of the beast and the recipients of his mark. They will be objects of God’s wrath and will be destined for eternal torment along with Satan, the demon world and all unsaved people.

d.   A special blessings is promised to the Saints who are Martyred (v. 13). There is a special blessing promised to all Christians who die during the Tribulation. Although it is always blessed to die in Christ it will be peculiarly so during this time. These people will not only be released from persecution, torture, and trial but will be delivered into the glorious presence of the Lord for all eternity.

Application

God is not only a God of love but He is a God of justice. He will bring judgment  to those who deny Him  as well as blessing for those who are persecuted for their faith. I realize that this applies to those who are living in the time of the great tribulation and not to me as I will already be raptured. My job now is to warn people about this terrible time that is coming.

Revelation 14:8-13 (English Standard Version)

Another angel, a second, followed, saying, "Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality." And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God's wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name." Here is a call for the endurance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying, "Write this: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on." "Blessed indeed," says the Spirit, "that they may rest from their labors, for their deeds follow them!"

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