THE REDEEMED WILL BE WITH JESUS

THE 7TH TRIUMPH IN DETAIL – PART 3

THE VICTORY OF THE LAMB ASSURED

THE 144,000 ASSURANCE 2: THE GOSPEL WILL BE PREACHED

TO THE WHOLE WORLD, Revelation 14:6-7

Today we continue our study of the 144,000 and what is said about them with the fifth statement.

5. The 144,000 will be: unspotted, undefiled, unpolluted, and without blemish before God. They will commit and set their lives completely apart unto God.

NOTE:  Just imagine being blameless before the God of this universe — living such a life that one would be totally unspotted, undefiled, unpolluted, and without blemish.   What a challenge! The need for today is to have such men and women, so strong that they will commit themselves to being blameless before God and the world.

“Neither yield ye your members as instruments of unrighteousness unto sin: but yield yourselves unto God, as those that are alive from the dead, and your members as instruments of righteousness unto God” (Romans 6:13).

“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that ye present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable unto God, which is your reasonable service.  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God” (Romans 12:1-2).

“What? Know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?  For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s” (I Corinthians 6:19-20).

“According as he hath chosen us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and without blame before him in love” (Ephesians 1:4).

“Forasmuch as ye know that ye were not redeemed with corruptible things, as silver and gold, from your vain conversation received by tradition from your fathers; but with the precious blood of Christ, as of a lamb without blemish and without spot” (I Peter 1:18-19).

We move forward in our study as we examine Assurance 2: The Gospel will be preached to the Whole World, Revelation 14:6-7.

Introduction: (NOTE):  The Preachers Outline Bible.  Make no mistake about it, The Lord Jesus Christ is going to be victorious over the world.  He will be victorious over the evil of the world and Satan.  God will bring righteousness and godliness to earth!  Further, you can be assured that God will reign upon earth and, if you are saved, you will be part of His Kingdom.  How can we rest assured of this?  Because the Scriptures reveal it to us!   This is the purpose of this great chapter, Revelation 14.  God is going to show that the victory of the Lord Jesus Christ over this world and its ungodliness is assured.  In rapid fire Christ gives John seven visions which reveal the triumph of Christ.

In the first vision the redeemed were seen with Jesus (Revelation 14:15).   Now, in the next six visions John hears six of the most exciting and glorious announcements.   The announcements proclaim six events that stagger the human mind, but the events will take place.

John, the true witness of God, has already seen the events and their outcome.  Christ Himself revealed the events to John; they have already been announced by heaven and they are set and fixed to happen.  God cannot lie! These glorious events will take place.  We can know and rest assured that Jesus Christ, God’s only Son, is going to triumph.  The victory of the lamb is assured.  This is the second great assurance given to believers; the gospel WILL BE PREACHED TO THE WHOLE WORLD.

  1. The messenger: an angel will have the everlasting gospel to give to the whole earth (v.6).
  2. The points of the message (v. 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 (Revelation 14:7).

Revelation 14:6 (The everlasting Gospel, the end time, World Evangelism).                                                                            

  • The messenger who will have the gospel will be an angel.
  • Does this mean that he will have the gospel to preach himself or that he will have the gospel to give to believers to preach?
  • Or is this just a picture that the gospel will be preached throughout the whole world in the end time?
  • Christ Himself, when He was on earth, predicted the evangelization of the whole world (Matthew 24:14).
  • There are those who think that evil will be so rampant in the end time and that believers will be on the run so much from the holocaust of the Antichrist that they will not be able to preach and spread the Word.
  • They think that God will have to change His method of getting the gospel out to the world, change it by going back to using angels just like He did in the Old Testament period of history (Luke 2:20f; Hebrews  2:2).
  • There are others who think that this is a vision symbolizing the preaching of the gospel to the world.
  • Whatever the case, remember this:  God’s people and the Jews are going to be scattered all over the earth, hiding and scratching for food wherever they can.   They will have to be fleeing in order to get away from the holocaust of the Antichrist.
  • But God’s people, His true servants, always share the gospel wherever they are to whomever they feel they can trust. Remember, also, that the earth will help to hide and feed the Jews and the followers of Christ.
  • Christians, just as they have in every holocaust, trusted Christ. Not every unbeliever is hard hearted even in the end time and some will help Christians (Revelation 12:16).
  • The Jewish servants, the 144,000 who have committed themselves to minister to God’s people, will certainly be witnessing.  Others will no doubt be helping to hide and feed the Jews and the followers of Christ just as they have in every holocaust.
  • The Jewish servants, the 144,000 who have committed themselves to minister to God’s people, will certainly be witnessing.  They will no doubt be moving out into the wilderness areas and hiding places of the world themselves.  That will be where God’s people, the Jews, will be.  And that is the only place the 144,000 Jewish servants will probably be safe.
  • Also, remember that civilization and the population of the world are going to be shrunk much smaller than what they are now.  There will be vast devastation upon the earth and whole areas of the earth will become uninhabitable, totally unsuitable for human life (Revelation 6:7-8; 6:12-17; 8:6-12; 9:12-21).
  • In addition to all this, think of the witnessing that will be going on among the numberless multitude of Gentiles that will be converted throughout the tribulation of the end time.
  • God’s people, His true followers, are never silent.  They always talk about and share Christ among one another and to those who befriend and help them.
  • And one thing is sure: when so many earthly horrors and supernatural catastrophes and events are taking place in the end time, no true believer will keep silent, not when he is with other believers and people who are kind enough to help him hide from the holocausts.

The point is this: there will be witnessing in the last days (Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).  The glorious gospel will be proclaimed by God’s people.  And if they for some unknown reason hush, God will proclaim the gospel of His Son through angels.  As Jesus Himself said to the religionists of His day: if the people keep silent, then the very stones themselves will cry out (Luke 19:40).

NOTE:  The Gospel MUST BE PROCLAIMED to the whole earth. Not a single place must be missed.  It must be proclaimed to every nation, tribe, language, and people.

“Go ye therefore, and teach [disciple] ALL NATIONS, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of The Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe ALL THINGS whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world” (Matthew 28:19-20).

“And he said unto them, Go ye into ALL THE WORLD, and preach the gospel to EVERY creature” (Mark 16:15).

“But ye SHALL receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me BOTH in Jerusalem, And in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

“[Christ] whom we preach, warning EVERY man, teaching every man in all wisdom; that we may present every man perfect in Christ Jesus” (Colossians 1:28).

“For we cannot BUT SPEAK the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20).

“Be not thou therefore ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor of me his prisoner: but be thou partaker of the afflictions of the gospel according to the power of God:” (2 Timothy 1:8).

“But sanctify the Lord God in your heart: and be ready ALWAYS to give an answer to EVERY man that asketh you a reason of the hope that is in you with meekness and fear:”     (I Peter 3:15).

“Then I said, I will not make mention of him, nor speak any more in his name.  But his word was in mine heart as a burning fire shut up in my bones, and I was weary with forbearing, and I could not stay” (Jeremiah 20:9).  

(Revelation 14:7) – Evangelism – Witnessing – End Time – Gospel:  These are the points of the message.  They are twofold.  Note this: they are the very subjects that would be flooding the minds and conversations of people in the midst of the holocaust and the catastrophic judgments that will be destroying so much of the earth: fear God, for judgment is come.

Worship God the Creator — repent, turn from worship of sin and of the Antichrist and worship God.  This is not a different  gospel.  To fear God and at the same to give Him glory clearly implies repentance, true repentance.  There is no glory ever acceptable to God other than the glory of a truly repentant heart (see Revelation 11:13).

1. There will be the message to fear God.

Today, few people fear God.  This is what God calls the day of GRACE, the day when He reaches out for people in love.  But the day of His judgment is coming.  This is the very message of Revelation.  Therefore, we must fear God even in this day of grace and love.  God tolerates our rebellion and denial of Him only for now, only to give us a chance to be saved and to escape the coming judgment.  But this chance is going to soon pass.  We must, therefore, repent and fear God and do what the next point says, “Worship Him.”

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell” (Matthew 10:28).

“And his mercy is on them that fear him from generation to generation” (Luke 1:50).

“Well; because of unbelief they [Israel] were broken off, and thou standest by faith.  Be not highminded, but fear:” (Romans 11:20).

“And if ye call on the Father, who without respect of persons judgeth according to every man’s work, pass the time of your sojourning here in fear:” (I Peter 1:17).

“And now, Israel, what doth the LORD thy God require of thee, but to fear the LORD thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love him, and to serve the LORD thy God with all thy heart and with all thy soul,” (Deuteronomy 10:12). 

“Now therefore fear the LORD, and serve him in sincerity and in truth: and put away the gods which your fathers served on the other side of the flood, and in Egypt; and serve ye the LORD” (Joshua 24:14).

“Oh how great is thy goodness, which thou hast laid up for them that fear thee; which thou has wrought for them that trust in thee before the sons of men!” (Psalm 31:19).

“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good or whether it be evil”  (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14).

2. There will be the message to worship God (Rev 14:7).

“Then saith Jesus unto him, Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him ONLY shalt thou serve” (Matthew 4:10).

“Jesus saith unto her, Woman, believe me, the hour cometh, when ye shall neither in this mountain, nor yet at Jerusalem, worship the Father” (John 4:21).

“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” (Revelation 14:7). 

“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name: bring an offering, and come before him: worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (I Chronicles 16:29).

“Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness”(Psalm 29:2). 

“O come, let us worship and bow down: let us kneel before the LORD our maker” (Psalm 95:6).

“O worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness: fear before Him, all the earth” (Psalm 96:9).

The Scriptures have pointed out two important facts that you should pay attention to, “saved or unsaved.”

  1. Fear the LORD.
  2. Worship the LORD.   

Good Question:  Do you follow the two commands?  If not …

how can you claim to love God?  Remember, Christ said “if you love Me, keep my commandments” (John 14:15).

Jesus is saying something missed by a lot of folks who claim to be Christians.  However, it is a fact that if a person loves Christ, he WILL keep the commandments of Jesus.  Note a couple of things.

  1. 1. Obedience is not optional for true believers. Jesus stated a simple fact that must be clearly understood:  If you love me you WILL KEEP {tersete] my commandments:  Jesus is saying that the man who truly loves Him WILL KEEP His commandments.  To the true believer, it is not optional.  He loves Jesus; therefore, he keeps His commandments.
  2. What it means to love Jesus must be clearly understood.
  3. To love Jesus is not an emotional thing.  It involves emotions, but it is not BASED upon emotions. It is not FEELINGS: not feeling good today and loving Jesus and feeling bad tomorrow and not loving Jesus. Loving Jesus is not a fluctuating experience, not an up and down emotion.  It is not an emotional love that changes with feelings.
  4. To love Jesus is not a rational or mental commitment. Of course, it involves the mind, but it is not just deciding that Jesus is the Son of God and adopting His teachings and morality as one’s standard in life.   It is not just living by His teachings and doing the best a person can.  It is not a matter of mind alone, not a matter of disciplining one’s life to keep the law and its rules and regulations.

To love Jesus is a matter of the heart and of the spirit; a matter of man’s most vital part, man’s innermost being, all that a man is.  The heart is the SEAT of man’s most vital part, man’s innermost being, all that a man is.  The heart is the seat of man’s affection and will (devotion).  The heart attaches and focuses our affection and will and devotion to an object or a person.

To love Jesus means that a man focuses his heart and affection and will and devotion to an object or a person (Jesus).  The heart causes a man to will to give himself either to good or bad.  To love Jesus means that a man focuses his heart and affection and will (devotion) upon God by giving and receiving the love of God.  It means that a man gives his affection and will (devotion), all he is and has, to Jesus Christ.  It means he…

  • freely accepts Jesus.
  • cherishes and attaches himself to Jesus.
  • sacrificially gives all he is and has to Jesus.
  • commits all he is and has, to serve Jesus and His cause.
  • checks out Matthew 22:37-40; John 13:33-35; 21:15-17.

“If ye keep my commandments, ye shall abide in my love; even as I have kept my Father’s commandments, and abide in his love.  Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you” (John 15:10,14).

“And hereby we do know that we know him, if we keep his commandments” (I John 2:3).

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