The Lamb and the 144,000

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Revelation 14:1-5

Revelation chapters 12 & 13 reveal the darkest time in human history. Satan (the dragon) cast down to earth will vent his rage against Israel through the Antichrist (beast out of the sea) and the False Prophet (beast out of the earth). Rising to world power, the Antichrist will crush mankind under the heel of his totalitarian regime. Freedom of conscience and freedom of religion will be persecuted under the False Prophet’s campaign to replace all religions with the worship of the Antichrist. Dissent will not be tolerated. Those refusing to worship the image of the Antichrist will be executed. Those refusing to take the mark of the Antichrist will be denied access to basic necessities. Millions the world over will die. It will be the darkest, most brutal period in human history.

Against the dark backdrop of Revelation 13, Revelation chapter 14 shines a ray of hope. All will not be lost. The unholy trinity will not win. The Lamb will stand on Mt. Zion with His redeemed! The vision given the Apostle John in Revelation 14:1-5 was given as a direct contrast to Revelation 13. The vision is of the future. It is a vision of the Millennial Kingdom. The purpose of this vision is to encourage believers that as terrible as the last 3 ½ years of the Tribulation will be it will not last; Jesus and His saints will triumph. As we read Revelation 14:1-5 keep in mind the dark days of the Antichrist’s regime revealed in chapter 13.

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