THE LORD GOD TRIUMPHANT: Part two
Text: Revelation 14:9-20
This continuation of chapter fourteen, beginning in verse number nine lets us know that God deals with sin and He does so in a very firm manner. During the tribulation, the Lord God Almighty will bring His powerful anger against those who “worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand”. This begins with a very strong warning from the third angel.
III. THE GRAVITY OF THE WARNING MIDST THE TRIBULATION. (Vv.9-13)
It is an awesome thing to have to endure the judgment of God when it does not have to be so. The Book of Hebrews shows how the judgment of God being predicted should cause men to be warned. The warning given in Hebrews tells us that we should not refuse Him that is speaking. Notice what Hebrews 12:25-29 says about judgment.
See that ye refuse not him that speaketh. For if they escaped not who refused him that spake on earth, much more [shall not] we [escape], if we turn away from him that [speaketh] from heaven: Whose voice then shook the earth: but now he hath promised, saying, Yet once more I shake not the earth only, but also heaven. And this [word], Yet once more, signifieth the removing of those things that are shaken, as of things that are made, that those things which cannot be shaken may remain. Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear: For our God [is] a consuming fire.
These verses certainly indicate to us the severity of God’s judgment. We are told by the writer of Hebrews that God keeps His Word. It was true when he originally “shook the earth”. The writer of Hebrews is warning the reader not to refuse “him that speaketh”. Just as the one “that speaketh” had previously brought judgment, He will also bring judgment again. In this Revelation study, we learn that the Lord is fulfilling that which was previously predicted.
A warning is compassionately given many times in the Scripture for the purpose of turning people from their paths that lead to destruction. Even as we live in the economy of grace, this grace dispensation is being tempered by the fact of God’s impending judgment. Men can not sin willfully continuously against God and not expect to face the judgment. This is one of the reasons that the Lord gives us the warnings in the Revelation prophecy.
A. Not Heeding the Warning Against Beast Worship Meant Death. (Vv. 9-11)
Our Text tells us that “if any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation: and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:”
This is the way that the scriptures express the intensity of the punishment. He refers to their punishment as drinking of the wine of God’s wrath. His anger is not diluted; it is full strength. The unbeliever will be cast into the place of everlasting torment and will remain there for ever. There will be no hope of annihilation or release from the awful torment. The same will also be true for every Christ rejecting soul today who goes out into eternity without being saved. Today is the day of salvation.