The Angels in Revelation 14

(Matthew 13:41; Luke 21:35; Revelation 14: 6-9, 15)

In Revelation 14, we find the angels whom Jesus will send at the end of the age to remove “all stumbling blocks and those who commit lawlessness.”1Mat 13:41

Jesus said that the day of the Lord would come as a snare for “all those who sit (καθημένους) on the face of the earth.”2Luke 21:35 In Revelation 14:6, John sees an “angel flying in midheaven having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who sit on earth, and to every tribe and tongue and nation and people.” The expression “every tribe and tongue and nation and people” comes from the Book of Daniel. King Nebuchadnezzar set up an image for everyone to worship, representing the image of the beast. After he repented, he told every tribe and tongue and nation and people to give God glory,3Dan 3:29; 4:1-3 and King Darius told all people to “fear God”4Dan 6:25-26 after he was fooled by “the law that could not be changed,”5Dan 6:8,12,15 the mark of the beast.6Dan 7:25

The angel said, “Fear God and give Him glory, worship Him who made the heaven and the earth and the sea and springs of water.”7Rev 14:7 The expression “who made the heaven and the earth and the sea” was first used to introduce the commandment of the Sabbath day.8Exod 20:11 Here, the angel adds “springs of water” to signify the Holy Spirit received by those who keep the commandments of God, as described in verse 12.

A second angel says, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the Great, she who made all the nations drink of the wine of her immorality.”9Rev 14:8

Then a third angel called out, “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God…. They have no rest day or night.” The words “no rest day or night”10Rev 14:9-11 tell us which commandment was broken in the kingdom of the beast.

In the end of the Chapter, an angel with a sickle gathered the vines of the earth, and the Rider on the White Horse treads the winepress outside the city, “and blood came out from the wine press, up to the horses’ bridles.”11Rev 14:20