Revelation 14:4

4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for 1they are virgins. It is these 2who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as 3firstfruits for God and the Lamb,

Revelation 14:4 Meaning and Commentary

Revelation 14:4

These are they which were not defiled with women
With the whore of Rome, and her harlots, she is the mother of; while the kings and inhabitants of the earth were drunk with the wine of their fornication, or committed idolatry with them, which is spiritual fornication, and is here meant by being defiled with them, these were free from such pollutions, or idolatrous practices:

for they are virgins;
for their beauty and comeliness in Christ, chastity, sincerity of their love, uncorruptness in doctrine and worship, and for the uprightness of conversation; (See Gill on Matthew 25:1);

these are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth;
as the sheep follow the shepherd of the flock, and which is a character of Christ's sheep, ( John 10:4 John 10:5 John 10:27 ) . These follow Christ in the exercise of the graces of humility, patience, and love; and in the performance of the several duties of religion, and subjection to ordinances, and in the path of sufferings; and in every way in which Christ the Lamb has gone before them, or in his word and providence leads and directs them to, whether it be grateful to the flesh or not; particularly they follow where he is preached, and his Word and ordinances are faithfully administered; and they follow him to heaven, where he is: it was part of the oath taken by the Roman soldiers, (toiv strathgoiv akolouyein opoi pot' ai agwsi) , "to follow the generals wherever they should lead" F14, to which it is thought there is an allusion here; see ( 2 Samuel 15:21 ) ;

these were redeemed from among men;
"by Jesus", as the Syriac and Arabic versions add, and so the Complutensian edition; by the blood of Christ, for all men are not redeemed by it; and in consequence of this they were called, and delivered from this present evil world, and the men of it, and from a vain, wicked, and idolatrous conversation with it:

[being] the firstfruits unto God, and to the Lamb;
in allusion to the firstfruits under the law, which represented and sanctified the lump, and showed that harvest was coming; so these persons are called the firstfruits to God, and to the Lamb, being called by grace, and consecrated to their worship and service, with reference to the harvest of souls, or that large number of them which will be gathered in during the spiritual reign of Christ, which these persons will be at the beginning of; and as those who are first called and converted in a country or nation are said to be the firstfruits of it, ( Romans 16:5 ) ( 1 Corinthians 16:15 ) ; so these being the first, in the period of time to which respect is had, bear this name; and as the converted Jews received the firstfruits of the Spirit, on the day of Pentecost, and at other times, so these will receive the firstfruits of the far greater pouring forth of the Spirit in the latter day, which will begin, and usher in the kingdom of Christ; see ( Romans 8:23 ) .


F14 Vid. Lydii Dissert. de Jurament. c. 2. p. 258.

Revelation 14:4 In-Context

2 And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps,
3 and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth.
4 It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb,
5 and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.
6 Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.

Cross References 3

  • 1. 2 Corinthians 11:2
  • 2. [Revelation 3:4; Revelation 17:14]
  • 3. James 1:18
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