The Victory of the Lamb

This an excerpt from my commentary on chapter 14 which will be posted very soon.

Revelation 14:1Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.’

The beginning of chapter thirteen was ominous with the emergence of the Antichrist.

Revelation 13:1 ‘And I saw a beast coming out of the sea.’

This chapter begins, by contrast, with a vision of the victorious Lamb, standing on Mount Zion.

Note once again the use of the imagery of the Lamb. God achieved his victory of the enemy by the faithful witness of His beloved son Jesus and the witness of His followers.

Revelation 12:11 ‘They overcame him by the blood of the Lamb and by the word of their testimony.’

Mount Zion is another name for Jerusalem and therefore Jesus has been victorious and reclaimed the holy city.

Zechariah 12:9 ‘On that day I will set out to destroy all the nations that attack Jerusalem.’

Whether this is the earthly Jerusalem, or the heavenly Jerusalem that is to come, is unclear. I would suggest that at this point in time, the veil between heaven and earth is becoming thin and the distinction vague.

John Walvoord comments delightfully: ‘This is a prophetic vision of the ultimate triumph of the Lamb, following the second coming, when he joins the 144,000 on Mount Zion at the beginning of the millennium.’

The 144,000

Revelation 14:1Then I looked, and there before me was the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads.’

The identity of the 144,000 has always been a contentious matter. We first met them in chapter seven where we were told, quite clearly, that they are from all the tribes of Israel. We were also told that a seal was placed on their forehead to protect them from the devastation of the devastation that was to come.

Here, in chapter fourteen, we find that they are complete in number: not one has been lost! God has been faithful in protecting His beloved through the tribulation.

Incidentally, we can contrast this ‘seal‘, or ‘mark‘, of God that protects with the ‘mark of the beast‘ that leads to the wrath of God, as we shall see later in this chapter.

Walvoord comments: ‘The 144,000 are the godly nucleus of Israel that are the token of the redemption of the nation and the glory of Israel that is to unfold in the kingdom.’

Revelation 14:2 ‘And I heard a sound from heaven like the roar of rushing waters and like a loud peal of thunder. The sound I heard was like that of harpists playing their harps. And they sang a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and the elders.’

This delightful verse takes us straightway back to chapters four and five that introduce us to the wonder of praise and worship in the heavenly courts of God. The mention of ‘a new song’ speaks of victory once again.

Revelation 21:5 ‘He who was seated on the throne said, “I am making everything new.”

The curious blend of harps and thunder speaks to me of the mercies and judgements of God.

The ‘roar of rushing waters‘ that we came across in chapter one reminds us of the power and majesty of the voice of God.

Psalm 29:3 ‘The voice of the Lord is over the waters, the God of glory thunders, the Lord thunders over the mighty waters.’

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