Revelation 14:6–13 (NKJV)
After the scene where the 144,000 worship before the Lord and declare there praise unto Him, the scene shifts again rather abruptly, as three angels appear to announce the preeminence of God, the fall of the kingdom of the earth, and the judgment upon those who take the mark of the beast.
6 Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—7 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.”Revelation 14:6-7
The first angel delivers the message of the gospel to all people on the earth, again described as every nation, tribe, tongue, and people. His gospel primarily addresses the greatness of God in order to inspire others to worship Him and be saved. He warns the listeners and readers to “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.” This specific instruction tells of His greatness and power to judge. Therefore all should worship Him, the creator of the earth and all within it, including the very water that sustains the animals of the sea and land and air. This advice and command are well-stated and worthy of acceptance so that those who do may be saved.
8 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.”Revelation 14:8-9
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.
The second angel comes declaring the fall of the great city Babylon. This city, perhaps a great political or cultural center for the Tribulation-age society, has been a source of enticement to fornication, whether physical, political, or spiritual we do not know, However, all are possible as a result of the seduction of this city. It is emblematic of the false religion and worship of the antichrist, and is the cause of wrath upon its adherents and members.
A third angel then appears to announce the fate of those who take the mark of the beast. It simply states that anyone who worships the beast and takes his mark will receive the same judgment and wrath as the city of Babylon. That wrath includes the indignation of God, and the torment of fire and brimstone before the Lamb and his holy angels. This is an extreme result, but the warning is clear: worship God, not the beast. The consequences are harsh and clear, therefore fair. Worship God and Him alone!
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.”Revelation 14:11-13
12 Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.
13 Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ”
“Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.”
The picture is dire, as the “smoke of their torment” rises up forever. There is no rest day or night, and those who worship the beast and is image and take the mark of his name are destined for destruction and torment for eternity. Again, the speaker gives an explanation. He has said already that wisdom is knowing the number of a man. Now, he says that patience is keeping the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. So, have the wisdom to recognize that which is definitely not of God, and patiently worship God, obeying His commandments, and exercise your faith in Jesus Christ. Those who worship the beast suffer fire and brimstone, but those who worship God have a different end. The voice declares that those who die in the Lord are blessed, they rest from their labors, and their works follow them. Do your works toward the eternal reward, and watch them follow you to heaven. Rest and recognition come to those who work, worship, and withstand the evil of this world. Stand with God and for God, and He will give you rest on all sides.