Three angels deployed to announce Eternal Salvation, consequences of trusting Antichrist and false religious system and the ultimate destiny of people who took the mark of the beast.
11 & 12 verses are also part of third angel’s declaration and warning to the people.
Today many people talk light of hell or use it as a cuss word. “Go to hell”
Scripture talks about hell very seriously.
As a matter of fact hell is designed by God for Satan and his devils.
God never wanted any of his human creation should go to that horrible hell hole.
The humans choose to go there because God gave them free will to choose.
Eleventh verse puts a spot light on hell clearly making it visible in all clarity.
Eternity is eternal for both believers as well as unbelievers in Christ.
Eternity is a timeless existence where unsaved people will face punishment in the lake of fire.
Third angel is addressing those people who are still without the mark of the beast.
The angel is warning them that the eternal punishment await them if they take the mark and worship the image.
Today, God is giving repeated opportunities to people to repent and accept the Gospel.
Even in the tribulation period HE is providing that opportunity through angels.
Our world system is becoming so demonic day by day compelling people to adopt lifestyles which are so contrary to biblical truths and principles.
Today many are worshiping the beast in many forms.
During tribulation period many Christians will be persecuted and killed.
Thirteenth verse is such an encouraging to those who die in the Lord are called blessed.
In the fourteenth verse, we see our Lord Jesus Christ is ready for HIS 2nd coming.
We are going to see three more angels in verses 15-19.
Fourth angel comes out of temple and tells the Lord Jesus that harvest of the earth is ripe.
I think that he is talking about the harvest of ripe grain which dry like wheat.
He is asking the Lord to remove the righteous from the earth before HIS return.
So the Lord reaps the harvest of the believers fulfilling the first part of Joel’s prophecy.
Joel 3:13 Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, trample the grapes, for the wine-press is full and the vats overflow so great is their wickedness!”
The fifth angel is also ready with a sickle to judge the world.
The sixth angel, who is in charge of fire, gives the fifth angel the green signal to gather the ripe grapes and throw them into wine press of God’s wrath.
This fulfills the second part of Joel’s prophecy.
These are the people with the mark of the beast and worshipped his image.
Symbolically the sixth angel will gather all unsaved and cast into God’s great wine-press which is the final judgment – White Throne judgment
This judgment will take place outside of Jerusalem city
The massive killing that takes place before Lord touches down on Mount Olives – the blood that flows as result of this killing to 185 miles distance.
It is great slaughter of human being at one place – Valley of Megiddo
From this chapter we understand the certainty of God’s salvation and HIS judgment.
Divine judgment is certain for those who rejecte, ridiculed, and neglect HIS saving grace.
“It is not justice that brings the person to heaven; it is God’s grace and mercy.”
God’s justice that sends a person to hell - People end up in hell get what they deserve.
Matthew 13:39-43 – “The harvest is the end of the age, and the harvesters are angels. As the weeds are pulled up and burned in the fire, so it will be at the end of the age. The Son of Man will send out his angels, and they will weed out of his kingdom everything that causes sin and all who do evil. They will throw them into the fiery furnace, where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Then the righteous will shine like the sun in the kingdom of their Father.”