Revelation 14:1-20

Heaven’s Glory and Hell’s Torments

Introduction:

The book of Revelation may be said to have two sides of a coin. One side speaks of the bliss of believers in heaven and the other side the torments and punishment of the wicked in hell. Jesus summary statement in Matthew 25:46 “And these will go away into eternal punishment, but the righteous into eternal life.” Paul’s summary statement in II Thess. 1:6-8 also applies here.


  1. The Lamb With His Church – v.1-5

  1. A scene in heaven – Psa. 125:1; Heb. 12:22

  1. None of God’s people are missing – John 6:39; Rev. 7:4-9

  2. Heavenly sound – v.2; Rev. 4:1,5,9-11; Rev.5:9-14

  3. Saints singing a new song – v.3

  4. Purchased by the blood of Christ – I Cor. 6:19,20; 7:23; I Pet. 1:18,19

  1. The Redeemed – v.4

  1. Keep themselves from the beast – Turn To: Revelation 17:1-6

  2. Blameless – II Thess. 2:13

  1. The Angels With Their Message – v.6-13

  1. The First Angel – v.6-7

  1. The gospel summary:

  2. The gospel means good news of God’s Grace to those who know Christ

  3. The gospel means bad news to those reject Christ as their Redeemer – II Cor. 2:16

  1. The Second Angel – v. 8

  1. The doom of Babylon – Rev. 16:19; 17:5; 18:2,10,11

  2. Babylon stands for the pride of man – Gen. 11:9

  1. The Third Angel – v.9-11

  1. Those who choose to follow Satan and the Antichrist will perish with them.

  2. Excruciating suffering of the wicked

  1. Severe Judgment:

  1. Hell is eternal as heaven is – v.11 (Matt. 25:46; 18:8; 25:41; II Thess. 1:9; Jude 1:7

  2. Utter darkness – Matt. 8:12; 22:13; 25:30

  3. Torment – Matt. 8:29; Luke 16:23-28

  4. Gnashing of Teeth – Matt. 8:12; 13:12,50; 22:13; 25:30

  5. No rest – v.11, Rom. 5:1; 8:6; Isa. 57:21 ( The funeral of Charles Spurgeon, officiating Pastor Archibald Brown)

  1. The Harvest Judgment – v.14-20

  1. Who is this “son of man”? Christ or an angel? v.15; Dan. 7:13

  1. Jesus states explicitly that angels possess sickles of judgment – Matt. 13:36-43

  2. Note. The context – v.17,18

  1. God’s Wrath – v. 19,20

  1. The crushing power of God’s Wrath - 19:15

  2. Old Testament background – Joel 3:13; Isa. 63:2

Conclusion:

The exposition of this chapter is twofold:

  1. The security and assurance of the believer because of the infinite grace of the Lamb, therefore their true worship continues throughout eternity.

  2. The destruction of the wicked on that day of the Lord Jesus returns. It will be a cataclysmic destruction where there will be no escape.


Pastor Nick Iamaio

Reformed Presbyterian Church

207 South First Street, Fulton, NY 13069

Web site; fultonrpc.org

7/20/2014