Verse 1-5) And I looked and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beast, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersosever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. (John 1:29 ) Jesus is the Lamb of God. Mount Zion refers to Jerusalem and Israel. The hundred and forty four thousand were also mentioned in our study in Revelation Chapter 7. God’s name in their foreheads could be referring to the seal that was placed on them. God has many names, Jehovah, I Am, Heavenly Father, Ancient of Days, etc. We don’t know which name this is referring too. We will have to wait and find out. WE DO KNOW the only way to get to the Heavenly Father, God, is through his Son Jesus Christ. “ Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the father , but by me.” ( John 14:6). Maybe the name in their foreheads will be Jesus ,since he is part of the Trinity and one with God spiritually. “ I and my Father are one.” ( John 10:30). We don’t know what the song is. Maybe the reason that no man could learn this song is because it is in Hebrew. The 144,000 we know are Jews, or perhaps this is symbolic of this special elite group of people. These are God’s special forces. Not being defiled with women is also spiritually significant and symbolic. They are not defiled by Babylon the whore and all the other harlots or cities and their idols and abominations. Being virgins has also a spiritual meaning which is that they are following Jesus and are born again, and cleansed by his blood. “ But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin.” ( I John 1:7). Many of these 144,000 will probably be women.They are Spiritual virgins and separate from the world. “The first fruits unto God and the Lamb,” could be referring to the first Jewish converts in Israel to Jesus during the last seven years, who become the leaders and teachers of the other converts. The Catholics use this verse, “being virgins”, and “not defiled with women”, to support their doctrine of Priest’s and Nun’s not being married. What a sad waste. How can anybody lead others who have families but have not had any of their own? “In their mouth was found no guile”, the worse type of guile is false doctrine, especially denying that Jesus is the Son of God and the only way to God and Salvation is by grace through faith, and not of works. “For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God: Not of works, lest any man should boast.” ( Ephesians 2:8,9).
Verse 6,7) And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,” “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.No big bang, no evolution theory, just get back to the Bible and Creation. (Genesis Chapter 1). There will be angels flying around and preaching the Gospel. The people will be without excuse.
Verses 8-10) And there followed another angel saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, 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: These verses speak of the Seven Vials of the Wrath of God which takes place on the earth while all the saved are having a big party in Heaven called the Marriage Supper of the Lamb. God will give you grace and strength to not take the mark “There hath no temptation taken you but such is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it.” ( I Corinthians 10:13). God will make a way of escape, or give you the grace and anointing to refuse the mark. “ And they that understand among the people shall instruct many: yet they shall fall by the sword, and by flame, by captivity, and by spoil, many days. Now when they shall fall, they shall be holpen with a little help:” ( Daniel 11: 33,34a). A little help from God, and Jesus, and the Holy Spirit is a lot of help.
Verse 11-13) And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. Notice it says the smoke of their torment acsendeth up forever and ever, not their torment forever. God will someday give them another chance after going through a time of torment and hell. Just like when Jesus went to hell and preached to the spirits in prison when his body was in the tomb. The patience of the saints comes from knowing the future for the saved and the future of the unsaved. There is no rest for the unsaved, day and night. “ But the wicked are like the troubled sea, when it can- not rest, whose waters cast up mire and dirt.” ( Isaiah 57: 20) “ Precious in the sight of the Lord is the death of his saints.”( Psalm 116:15) God has a special place in his heart for those who give their lives for the Lord and special rewards especially for those who take up their cross daily for Jesus ( Luke 9: 23,24). “ Their works do follow them.”This is referring to the souls that you win, or help win for Jesus, that you will see in Heaven forever.
Verse 14-16) And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap; for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped. These verses are talking about the Rapture, when Jesus takes all the saved to Heaven, which takes place Immediately after the Great Tribulation and the mark of the beast. (SEE: Matthew 24:15-31)
Verse 17-20)And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, “ Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand six hundred furlongs. These verses take us from the Rapture to the battle of Armageddon when the cup of iniquity of the unsaved is completely full. A furlong is 220 yards. Times 1,600 furlongs = 352,000 yards divided by 3 ft. in a yard = 117,333.33 ft. divided by 5,280 ft.(feet in a mile) = 22.222 miles. That is a lot of blood, over 22 miles of blood up to the horses bridles resulting from the Battle of Armageddon when Jesus takes over the world and destroys the armies of this world and the devil.
Say this prayer to be saved: Jesus, I want to know you, and to live forever in Heaven, I know I have made mistakes and done bad things- and I am sorry. Please forgive me. I know I don’t deserve it, but I accept your love and I accept you as my Saviour. I believe you died on the cross for my sins ,and rose from the dead. Please come into my heart and life and fill me with your Holy Spirit and give me peace. Amen.