Chapter 14 tells us more about the 144,000 Jewish converts who were
introduced in chapter 7; and discloses the proclamations of 3 angels,
concerning pending judgements.
Verse 1 describes "a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one
hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on
obviously refers to Jesus Christ, who at that time is standing on Mount
Zion. With him are the 144,000 Jewish converts who have been sealed from
judgement (chapter 7).
"sealed" with the name of the Father on their foreheads. This seal keeps
them from the effects of judgements that are to follow.
2 and 3, John describes hearing "a
voice from heaven, like the voice of loud thunder". There have been
several references to voices that sound like thunder. I don’t know about
you, but thunder is very unsettling and makes you very aware of its
But along with the "voice of loud thunder", there was the sound
of "harpists playing their harps", providing a little more
soothing atmosphere to the "thunder voices".
sang as it were a new song before the throne, before the four living
creatures, and the elders"
(v 3). The elders and the living
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When God calls you to do a job, and you answer
that call, he will remove any obstacles that hinder you from doing
Let’s say God calls you to write a monthly
article about end-time prophecy, and you are excited to begin the
For a couple years, you are pretty consistent
with your writing, studying prophetic events, reading other people’s
ideas on end-times prophecy, learning how to listen to what God
wants you to know, and discovering through trial-and-error how to
actually put your thoughts on paper.
Then you evolve into other activities that seem
important at the time, but that gradually pull you away from the
ministry that he called you into.
You get involved in a critical ministry team at
your church. You are very qualified to do the ministry and flourish
in the work. You are making a difference.
You get involved in a retirement business to
supplement Social Security. The business doubles in size quickly
until it consumes way too much of your time.
You get involved in the Christian ministry of a
dear friend, providing immeasurable assistance to the ministry that
nobody else would have been able or willing to do.
You get involved in the political campaign of a
dear friend, who was called by God to bring Christian principles to
the government office he was seeking.
cannot talk – can they?
If God tells your
donkey to talk, it will talk!
Numbers 22 records a
very interesting story about a prophet named Balaam, who was riding
on his favorite donkey.
God was angry with
Balaam and sent his angel to block his path. The angel of the Lord
stood in the road with a drawn sword in his hand. Balaam did not see
the angel, but his donkey did, and turned off the road. Balaam beat
the donkey to get it back on the road.
Then, a second time,
the angel of the Lord stood in a narrow path, with walls on both
sides. When the donkey saw the angel, it pressed close to the wall,
crushing Balaam’s foot against it. So, he beat the donkey again.
A third time, the
angel of the Lord stood in a narrow place where there was no room to
turn. When the donkey saw the angel, it lay down under Balaam, who
beat it again with his staff.
Then the Lord
opened the donkey’s
mouth and it asked Balaam why he had beat him 3 times.
see. The donkey could see things that Balaam could not see. And the
donkey obeyed the angel of the Lord. Balaam did not know what was
going on, and punished the donkey for not continuing on the path.
Then the donkey spoke to Balaam. Wow, this is
amazing. Can our animals talk to us? I have always maintained that
our pets can communicate with us to let us know their desires, but
never in an audible voice.