Then I looked, and behold, a Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with Him one hundred and forty-four thousand, having His Father’s name written on their foreheads. ( These are all JEWS who followed Jesus Christ) ( These saints had most likely seen Jesus, and the resurrection and Pentecost and I think had been persecuted by SAUL of Tarsish! And I heard a voice from heaven, like the voice of many waters, and like the voice of loud thunder. And I heard the sound of harpists playing their harps. 3 They sang as it were a new song before the throne, (here on earth these 144,000 sang songs of hope of the Messiah coming to redeem them, they are now in heaven where Jesus is THE KINGS OF KINGS AND LORD OF LORDS, and are singing this new song most likely at this very moment!) before the four living creatures, and the elders; and no one could learn that song except the hundred and forty-four thousand who..”key word is “WERE REDEMED” were redeemed from the earth. These are the ones who were not defiled with women, for they are virgins.
(These 144,000 saints had completely separated themselves from the world, they had had their sins forgiven and were very thankful to God, but unlike Lots wife they did not look back!)
These are the ones who follow the Lamb wherever He goes. ( Praise God, these saints actually walked with Jesus Christ! )These were redeemed from among men, being firstfruits ( These were the first Christians to be martyrs) to God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no deceit, for they are without fault before the throne of God. ( These saints could not deny Jesus Christ was raised from the dead, henceforth they loved not their lives even unto death!)
Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, ( Paul knows of a man who went to the third heaven! ) having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people— ( These Are gentiles; This is speaking of PAUL THE APOSTLE! ) saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.” ( Praise God for the Apostle PAUL!)
And another angel followed, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” (JAMES or PETER… Please read all of James and Peter!)
Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, (THANK YOU JOHN THE REVELATOR!) “If anyone worships the beast and his image (Love not the world 1 John 2 )( You would be wise to read all of 1 John ), and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, ( The lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes and the pride of life!) 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.”
Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. ( The above Christians were indeed patient even unto death, and they kept the commandments which means they were Jews that believed Jesus Christ is The Messiah!)
Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me,“Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’” ( Blessed are those who do not love their life even unto death!)
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” ( We trust God to fulfill His promise of eternal life in His presence)Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, ( This is Jesus Christ ) having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped. (This is the Christians who are in the grave , and us Christians who will be alive and remain to see that day with them, in a moment ….in the blink of an eye!)
Then another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
And another angel came out from the altar, who had power over fire, (The Holy Spirit has power over fire) and he cried with a loud cry to him who had the sharp sickle, saying, “Thrust in your sharp sickle and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth, for her grapes are fully ripe.” (4718. staphule staf-oo-lay' probably from the base of 4735; a cluster of grapes (as if intertwined):--grapes.
(The clusters of the vine of the earth are those who refuse to let go of this world and it’s good’s, and it’s god!….. REMEMBER THE DOOR HAS ALREADY BEEN CLOSED FOR THESE PEOPLE WHO HAVE MADE SUCH A HORRIBLE CHOICE!)
So the angel thrust his sickle into the earth and gathered the vine of the earth, and threw it into the great winepress of the wrath of God. And the winepress was trampled outside the city, and blood came out of the winepress, up to the horses’ bridles, for one thousand six hundred furlongs.