Beyond Imagination (Revelation 14; John 13; Zechariah 10)

“And the winepress was trodden outside the city and blood flowed from the winepress as high as a horses brindle, for 184 miles.”  Revelation 14:20

As we edge closer and closer to Christmas I remember those days when as a child that I used to have wild imaginations of what would happen on Christmas Eve.  I wondered how Santa Claus could get to every house in the world in one night.  I could not imagine how he could carry all the presents for the children of the world in one sleigh.  “It was beyond my imagination.”

This morning I came to Revelation 14 trying to imagine all that was being placed before John.  John sees and hears things that are beyond our imagination:

  • John sees the Lamb of God standing on Mount Zion.

Here in verses 1-5 we see the victorious lamb standing with the victorious church.

  • John sees the angel with the everlasting gospel.

This gospel has been proclaimed in every nation (still beyond our imagination) and the completion of the gospel message is at hand.  Jesus Second-Coming is in view.

  • John hears the angel make a powerful announcement.

The evil empire of the world (represented by the name Babylon) has been defeated.

  • John hears the angel make a painful announcement.

In verses 9-11 Gods wrath will be poured upon those who obey Satan.  God’s eternal torment will be carried out against all rebels.

Even though this is beyond our imagination, we should walk by faith in following Christ because we know the day of our rest is coming, Revelation 14:12-13.

  • John hears the announcement of Christ Second-Coming.

Verses 14-20 reveal to us the harvest of both the righteous and the unrighteous.  Those who know Christ are redeemed from the earth.  Those who are rebels will be judged by the one who created the earth.

The blood of the slain is beyond my imagination.  However, it is not beyond my belief.  This chapter always leads me to both be thankful for God’s salvation and to be intentional in sharing God’s everlasting gospel.

You and I have little time, let us be about the business of the eternal gospel which is also beyond imagination of its impact when we share.

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