The Old Testament in the Book of Revelation (Revelation 14:6–13)

This entry is part 37 of 49 in the series Revelation and Its Connections to the OT

Passage Summary

Another angel (cf. 12:7) was flying above, proclaiming his gospel to the world (14:6). Commands therein were to fear God and give Him glory in light of the final outpouring of His wrath, as well as to worship Him as the Creator of all things (14:7). A second angel announced the fall of Babylon (likely a literal city, yet symbolic of and related to the nations) as if it had taken place already (14:8). A third angel loudly warned his hearers of God’s eternal wrath for those who worshiped the beast and received his mark (14:9–11). The saints are then called to endure, which, in context, is to bear the wrath of the beast on earth than that of God forever in fire (14:12). God or Christ (cf. 1:11, 19) commanded John to write, promising blessing to those who die at the hands of the beast, specifically that they would rest (unlike their enemies; cf. 14:11) as a reward for their good deeds (14:13). 

Old Testament in the New 

Revelation Old Testament Connection Between the Two
14:7 Exod 20:11 God created all things, represented by some of its parts.
14:8 Isa 21:9; Jer 51:7–8 Babylon fell for making the earth drink from its cup of sin.
14:10 Gen 19:24 Sulfur, fire, and brimstone are elements used by God in executing His wrath.
14:10 Ps 75:8; Isa 51:17; Jer 25:15–18 God’s wrath is pictured as the content of a cup poured out on its recipients.
14:11 Isa 34:9–10; 66:24 God’s fiery punishment lasts forever, during both night and day, and yields unending smoke.

A Parting Thought

This is perhaps the most horrific picture of eternal torment and what happens to those suffer it forever. May we endure and know that this punishment is not for us and also know that our good works assure us of rest and yield us reward in heaven in time to come.

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