SYNOPSIS – Revelation moves inexorably from the Death and Resurrection of Jesus to the Great Dénouement, the final day when God judges the wicked and vindicates the righteous.
At the conclusion of his ‘Olivet Discourse,’ Jesus presented the parable of the Sheep and the Goats. On the day when the “Son of Man arrives in his glory,” his angels will gather all the nations before him for judgment – They will be divided into two groups, just as the shepherd of a flock separates the “sheep” from the “goats.” The latter will “depart into everlasting destruction,” but the former “into everlasting life.”
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SYNOPSIS – The final ingathering of the “fruit of the vine” portrays the outpouring of the “wrath of God” on all men who take the “mark of the Beast” – Revelation 14:17-20.
The “war in heaven” that began in Chapter 12 now reaches a climax in Chapter 14, but in two very different harvests – The reaping of the grain, and the ingathering of the fruit of the vine into the “winepress of the wrath of God.” At the end of the day, all humanity is divided into two camps – Those who follow the Lamb, and, the men and women who give allegiance to the “Beast.” A different “harvest” awaits each group accordingly.
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SYNOPSIS – Two different “harvests” are to occur at the end of the age – The reaping of the “grain,” and the ingathering of the “fruit of the vine” – Revelation 14:12-16.
The book of Revelation continues to contrast two different groups – The men and women who follow the “Lamb,” and those who render obeisance to the “Dragon” – And now, the two very different fates that await each group.
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SYNOPSIS – Revelation nowhere describes the physical removal of the Church from the earth to escape the tribulation – Overcoming saints remain faithful in tribulations – Revelation 3:10.
Some proponents of the Pre-Tribulation Rapture cite Revelation 3:10 as a promise to the Church of escape by a rapture from the “Great Tribulation.” This interpretation ignores the context of the passage and the language used, especially when it assumes the “hour of trial” is synonymous with “tribulation.”
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