Introduction

\\INTRODUCTION TO REVALATION 14\\

This chapter contains three visions; one of the Lamb on Mount Zion,
another of the three angels preaching against Babylon, and the third
of the harvest and vintage. The vision of the Lamb is in \\#Re 14:1\\,
which is no other than Christ, described by his similitude, as a
Lamb; by the place where he was, Mount Zion; by his position there,
standing, and by the company that were with him, whose number were
144,000, and their character, his Father's name written on their
foreheads; at the same time a voice was heard from heaven,
comparable to the sound of many waters, of thunders, and of harps:
and a song sung which none learn but the above number with the Lamb,
\\#Re 14:2,3\\, who are described by their purity, chastity, and strict
adherence to Christ; by their redemption through him; by their being
the firstfruits of God and of the Lamb, and by their integrity and
unblemished character, \\#Re 14:4,5\\; next follows the account of the
three angels; the first comes with the everlasting Gospel, to preach
it to all men, loudly calling upon all to fear and worship God, and
give glory to him, since he is the Creator of all, and the hour of
his judgment is come, \\#Re 14:6,7\\; the second proclaims the fall of
Babylon, with the reason of it, \\#Re 14:8\\; and the third denounces
the wrath of God upon the worshippers of the beast in the most
public manner, and that for ever, \\#Re 14:9-11\\; and this vision is
closed with some expressions, showing that, till this was done, the
patience of the saints would be tried, and the true worshippers of
the Lamb be discovered, and comforting them with an assurance of
that rest that remains after death for the faithful followers of
Christ, \\#Re 14:12,13\\; after this is the vision of the harvest and
vintage of the earth. The reaper is described by his form, like the
son of man; by his seat, a white cloud; by a golden crown on his
head, and by a sharp sickle in his hand, \\#Re 14:14\\; who is called
upon by an angel out of the temple to make use of his sickle, and
reap, because the time of reaping was come, the harvest being ripe,
\\#Re 14:15\\, upon which he thrusts in his sickle, and reaps the earth,
\\#Re 14:16\\; after this, another angel appears out of the temple, with
a sharp sickle, to whom another angel from the altar, that had power
over fire, calls to make use of his sickle, and gather the clusters
of the vine, since the grapes were fully ripe, \\#Re 14:17,18\\; upon
which he thrusts in his sickle, and gathers them, and casts them
into the winepress of divine wrath, which being trodden, blood
comes out of it to the horses' bridles for the space of a thousand
and six hundred furlongs, \\#Re 14:19,20\\.