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Commentaries for Revelation Chapter 14

The Redeemed of the Earth

"Sweet is the melody, so hard to come by," according to songwriter Iris DeMent...
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The Reward of the 144,000

The turmoil of conflict is over, and the people of God, 144,000 strong, now stand triumphantly with the Lamb on Mount Zion...
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The Firstfruits and the Harvest

The two parts of this chapter (vv...
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Their Identity and Qualifications

In keeping with his practice of identifying certain figures he has seen by explaining who or what they "are" (1:19-20; 4:5; 5:6, 8; 7:14; 11:4), John now becomes more specific about the 144,000: These are those who did not defile themselves with women, for they kept themselves pure...
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The Harvest

The mention of "firstfruits," with the stipulation that the sacrificial victims are "blameless" (14:4-5), leads us to expect that the "harvest" will soon begin, and we are not disappointed...
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The Three Angels

John sees next another angel (v...
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The Voice from Heaven

The series of angels flying overhead is abruptly interrupted by a voice from the same direction...
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The Next Two Angels

The series of angels in the sky continues unnumbered...
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The Last Two Angels

The statement that "the earth was harvested" has a ring of finality to it, but the harvest is not over...
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