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Third Angel - Study of Three Angels of Revelation 14

The third angel covers the three and a half year period of the Great Tribulation that ushers in a new world power in Europe. Those who worship the false Christ and receive the false mark will be cast into the pit.

Study by:  David Cartmel

Revelation 14:9-11 (New King James Version)
9   Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, "If anyone worships the Beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand,
10   he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.
11   And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the Beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name."

Interpretation of third angel

1. Who - The Beast power is a union of nations who during the Great Tribulation give power to the anti-Christ. Those who receive the mark of the Beast will be rejected by God.

2. What - This is the time of the Gentiles after the covenant people have been judged. The Beast power will perform miracles and have a mark to imitate the mark of the Father and the miracles of the true followers of Jesus Christ. Those who worship this false Christ and receive the false mark will be tormented with sores and be judged when Jesus Christ returns.

3. When - During the 3.5 years before Jesus Christ returns. On the day Jesus Christ returns He will judge the world.

4. Where - The Beast power exerts power across the world. Jesus Christ will return to Jerusalem to judge.

5. Why - The Beast power is empowered by Satan because he knows his time on earth is short.

Beast power  Revelation 14:9-13

Image of Beast  Revelation 14:9

The Beast makes an image of the Beast that was wounded, which is made alive and speaks and causes those who will not worship it to be killed Revelation 13:12-15. Shadrach, Meshach, and Abed-Nego are cast into the fiery furnace for not worshiping the image Daniel 3:8-25. The image was 60 cubits by 6 cubits which some scholars compared to 666. The image is constructed after Nebuchadnezzar has a dream which includes ten toes being the ten kings during the Great Tribulation Daniel 2:41-44. We then have this same theme of worshiping the beast. In this case the three men are protected by the Son of God Daniel 3:25. Those who have victory over the beast, his image, and over his mark sing the song of Moses and the song of the Lamb, Revelation 15:1-4. This is a prophecy key that unlocks a prophecy about the Place of Safety and knowledge of the end time in the Song of Moses Deuteronomy 31:30,32:1-43. The image is the part of the Beast that tries to replace Christ with a false god. The Beast is a goverment that represents a way of life that leads to destruction.

Mark of Beast on forehead or hand  Revelation 14:9

The mark of the Beast is a false sign. No one may buy or sell without mark Revelation 13:17. Loathsome sores come upon the men who have the mark during the first bowl Revelation 16:2. The false prophet will work signs to deceive so that people will ignore these prophecies and take the false mark Revelation 19:20. Then I saw the souls of those who had been beheaded for their witness to Jesus and for the word of God, who had not worshiped the beast or his image, and had not received his mark on their foreheads or on their hands Revelation 20:4. Even with the false signs and preventing those who do not have the mark from buying or selling some will reject the mark. Those who do not have the mark are persecuted because they believe in Jesus Christ. A curse will put on those with the mark and they will not be among the first fruits resurrected by Christ.

Mark of the Beast is false mark and those who follow Christ will have the true sign.

  • Having His Father's name written on their foreheads Revelation 14:1
  • His name shall be on their foreheads Revelation 22:3-5

God puts a mark on the foreheads of those who cry for the abominations Ezekiel 9:4. These are those who serve God and morn for the country (Babylon). The fifth retribution starts with the rejection of main stream Christianity as Christians realize they have been lied to Ezekiel 9:5, but instead of repenting they cast blame Leviticus 26:30-31. The priest who preached lies Zechariah 13:1-6 will deny Jesus Christ. Just like in Egypt when the Angel of Death took the first born Egyptians, and the Israelites but a mark of blood on their doors God will mark those who will be spared.

Is this not literally Jerusalem? Ezekiel 9
  • Visions are representative - the temple represents the Christian Church and the men are Angels, one of which is the Angel of Death
  • Remnant will return to Israel from a far away place Isaiah 10:20-23, Isaiah 6 not from Jerusalem
  • Literally it says city and Jerusalem after referring to house of Israel and Judah separately
  • A warning to Christians in the city (Babylon) and also the Jews in Jerusalem

The Bible does not contradict so it has one of these meanings or something similar. If you search out about the end time the temple is representative of Christians. Here we have an overlap with the judgment on Christians also falling on Jews.

Also drink of wine of wrath of God Revelation 14:10

The Beast power shares the fate of fallen Babylon - Christ blood is the wine which is forgiveness of sins - This wine is the wrath of God. The Beast and False Prophet are cast into the lake of fire Revelation 20:10, Daniel 7:11-12.

Fire and brimstone in presence of Lamb  Revelation 14:10

I will rain down on him, on his troops, and on the many peoples who are with him, flooding rain, great hailstones, fire, and brimstone Ezekiel 38:18-23. Gog is the company of nations in the first part of the chapter that destroys Babylon thus we have also will bring to them the judgment of God. God calls the armies of the world to come against Gog which includes an army of 200 million Revelation 9:13-21. The only country in the world currently able to field such a large army is China. Which fits since the army is out of the east and crosses through Iraq over the Euphrates River. China could also be the merchants who weep and are now out of work and ready for reprisal. Assyria (Germany) is destroyed at the end of the Great Tribulation with the flame of a devouring fire, with scattering, tempest, and hailstones Isaiah 30:27-33. This is the same judgment of brimstone and fire that fell on Sodom and Gomorrah Genesis 19:24.

Smoke of torment to those who worship Beast  Revelation 14:11

In Psalm 37:18-40 the wicked into smoke shall vanish. On judgment day God will save His servants because they trust in Him. The wicked in Revelation 14:11 have no rest because they do not keep the Sabbath Genesis 2:2.

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This is an explanation using the Bible and the inspiration of the Holy Spirit.
It is important to pray and ask for God's guidance and rely on what the Bible says.
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