The Lamb and the 144,000
1Then I looked, and behold, a #Rev. 5:6Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him #Rev. 7:4; 14:3one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name #Ezek. 9:4; Rev. 7:3; 22:4written on their foreheads. 2And I heard a voice from heaven, #Rev. 1:15; 19:6like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of #Rev. 5:8harpists playing their harps. 3They sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song #Rev. 5:9except the hundred and forty-four thousand who were redeemed from the earth. 4These are the ones who were not defiled with women, #(Matt. 19:12; 2 Cor. 11:2; Eph. 5:27)for they are virgins. These are the ones #Rev. 3:4; 7:17who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. These #Rev. 5:9were redeemed from among men, #Heb. 12:23; James 1:18being firstfruits to God and to the Lamb. 5And #Ps. 32:2; Zeph. 3:13; Mal. 2:6; John 1:47; 1 Pet. 2:22in their mouth was found no deceit, for #Eph. 5:27they are without fault before the throne of God.
The Proclamations of Three Angels
6Then I saw another angel #Rev. 8:13flying in the midst of heaven, #Eph. 3:9having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—#Rev. 13:7to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— 7saying with a loud voice, #Rev. 11:18“Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; #Neh. 9:6and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.”
8And another angel followed, saying, #Is. 21:9; Jer. 51:8; Rev. 18:2“Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because #Jer. 51:7; Rev. 17:2she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”
9Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, #Rev. 13:14, 15; 14:11“If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his #Rev. 13:16mark on his forehead or on his hand, 10he himself #Ps. 75:8shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is #Rev. 18:6poured out full strength into #Rev. 16:19the cup of His indignation. #Rev. 20:10He shall be tormented with #Gen. 19:24; Ezek. 38:22; 2 Thess. 1:7; Rev. 19:20fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. 11And #Is. 34:8–10; Rev. 18:9, 18; 19:3the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”
12#Rev. 13:10Here is the patience of the saints; #Rev. 12:17here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
13Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: #Eccl. 4:1, 2‘Blessed are the dead #1 Cor. 15:18; (1 Thess. 4:16)who die in the Lord from now on.’ ”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, #2 Thess. 1:7; Heb. 4:9, 10; Rev. 6:11“that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow #(1 Cor. 3:11–15; 15:58)them.”
Reaping the Earth’s Harvest
14Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. 15And another angel #Rev. 16:17came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, #Joel 3:13; Mark 4:29; Rev. 14:18“Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest #Jer. 51:33; (Matt. 13:39–41)of the earth is ripe.” 16So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.
Reaping the Grapes of Wrath
17Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18And another angel came out from the altar, #Rev. 16:8who had power over fire, and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, #Joel 3:13; Mark 4:29; Rev. 14:15“Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” 19So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into #Is. 63:2; Rev. 19:15the great winepress of the wrath of God. 20And #Is. 63:3; Lam. 1:15; Rev. 19:15the winepress was trampled #Heb. 13:12; Rev. 11:8outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, #Is. 34:3up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.