Feng Xiang (annotation): sickle (Revelation 14:1-20)

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Both Jesus and Paul believed that “the kingdom of heaven is at hand” and looked forward to the end of this world. How terrible the end can be, and how will the kingdom of heaven come? This is what the Book of Revelation is about. The Book of Revelation is the finale of the New Testament and the only other than the four Gospels that conveys “the Word of God and the testimony of Jesus Christ”, martyria, and bears witness to it, emartyresen, Rev 1: 1-2. If you go back to the Hebrew Bible or the Christian “Old Testament”, then the “sword, famine and plague” and the last judgment recorded in this book are the time when God “hiding his face” and leaving the holy city, Isaiah 8:17, Ezekiel 10:18, the first and final appearance, the permanent preview of his “coming again.” Here he is still “the Ancient of Days”, “the one who was, was, and will come”, 1:4, but 7:9, still full of vengeful anger. And the author publicly declares “victory” – “let all who have ears hear” – the purpose of that high throne is set: to recall all the children of Jacob who suffered and sacrificed in the holy name, “to give honor and glory / to Israel remnant”, 2:7, 3:21, Isaiah 4:2. The author tells us that his name was John, a “brother of the Word who shared in the affliction and the kingdom of heaven, and who shared in the perseverance of Jesus”, and lived on an island in the Aegean Sea, 1:9. Scholars therefore speculate that John was a Jew, from Jerusalem, and perhaps knew or had been taught by the leader of the congregation in the Holy City, the brother of Jesus, James the Righteous. Therefore, the Son of Man is also identified as the Anointed One/Messiah/Christ of Israel (Peggles, p. 55), who firmly believes that “the second coming of the Lord is near”, with a special emphasis on the blessing of “perseverance”, James 1:3-4 , 5:7-11. It was said that this prophet was not another one, but the disciple whom Jesus received on the shore of the Lake of Galilee at the beginning of his preaching, John the son of Zebo, Matthew 4:21, that is, the author of the Gospel of John. However, as early as the middle of the third century AD, the archbishop of Alexandria, St. Dionysius, questioned that the Greek text of the Fourth Gospel was far more elegant than the Book of Revelation, and the two styles were so different that they could not have come from the same person. handwriting. Martin Luther went a step further and at one point advocated the deletion of the Book of Revelation, stating that there is no Christ in it (Pegleth, pp. 2-3). Indeed, the “King of kings and Lord of lords” who the prophet saw “spitting out a sharp sword” and slaying foreign races is very different from the Son of Love who loves his neighbor as well as his enemy as described in the Gospels, 19:15 The following (Introduction to “Love the Enemy”). However, if one learns that the end of the day will be bloody and bloody, “there will be no way out for all the flesh”, “the sun will be dimmed, and the moon will have no light, and the stars will fall into the sky, and the heavens will shake”, Matthew 24:22, 29, Isaiah 13:10, 34:4, who does not want to learn from the prophets and see “in the spirit” the wrath and power of the Son of Man? Ecce homo, behold, this is the man: with a robe reaching his heels, with a golden girdle around his chest, a head of silver hair, white as wool and snow, his eyes like fire, his feet like fine copper smelted in a furnace, and his voice But it was like a roar of water. He holds seven stars in his right hand, he holds a double-edged sword in his mouth, and his face is like that of the sun, 1:13-16. Seeing such glory, the prophet fell to the ground “as if he were dead.” Christ put his right hand on him and said: Don’t be afraid. It is I, the first and the last, the eternal one. I’ve died, but behold, I’m alive again… Well, write down what you see, now and what’s to come, 1:17-19. At this time, the righteous spirits protruded from the altar of heaven, who were “witnessed and slaughtered for the word of God”, and they were still waiting: how long will it take, ah most holy and true master, you are too late Not to avenge our blood, not to judge the inhabitants of the earth? 6:9-10. And I saw, oh, the Lamb standing on Mount Zion, and with him one hundred and forty-four thousand, with his name and the name of the Father written on their foreheads. 2 Just listen to a sound from heaven, like a roar of floods or thunder; and again, that sound is like a harpist playing the harp, 3 and a new song they sing beyond the throne, before the four heavenly deities and the congregation. Before the elders—this [new] song, no one could learn except the 144,000 redeemed from the earth. 4 These are the virgins who have not had an affair with a woman, and they will follow the Lamb wherever they go; these are the first fruits of redemption from the world to God and to the Lamb, 5 they There is never a lie in the mouth, and the whole body is flawless. 6 Then another messenger flew over the middle of the sky, carrying the gospel of eternity, and went to preach to all peoples, peoples, languages, and peoples who lived in the four corners of the earth. The time has come! Worship quickly, heaven, earth, ocean and water springs are all his creations! 8 Immediately after that, the second angel cried out: Destroyed, destroyed, great city Babylon! She took the anger of the sky caused by her fornication and gave it to Wanbang to drink! 9 Then the third angel shouted: Whoever worships the beast and the image of the beast, who has his brand on his forehead and his hand, 10 drink the wine of God’s wrath, the wine of his holy wrath. wine! They shall be thrown into fire and brimstone, and shall be tortured at the feet of the Lamb in the presence of holy angels. 11 The scorched smoke of torture will continue to rise for eternity. Whoever worships monsters and beast statues and branded their names will not rest in peace day and night! 12 Here is the perseverance of the saints, those who keep the commandments of God and put their faith in Jesus. 13 Just listen to the next voice from the sky, saying: You write – Blessed, the dead die in the Lord! Yes, the Holy Spirit said, from now on they will no longer work hard, rest in peace, and follow them with good deeds. 14 I raised my eyes and looked, ah, there was a cloud of white clouds sitting there, like a son of man wearing a golden crown and holding a scythe. 15 At this time, a messenger came out of the palace and shouted to the one sitting on the cloud: Raise your scythe and reap it. The harvest time has come, for the earth’s crops are yellow! 16 So he who sat on the cloud swung his scythe on the earth and cut the crops. 17 Another messenger came out of the heavenly palace, also carrying a quick sickle. 18 Then the angel who held the fire came down from the altar and shouted to the one who carried the sickle: Wave your quick sickle, and harvest the bunches of grapes from the earth, for the grapes are ripe! 19 So the messenger swung his sickle over the earth and threw the grapes of the earth into the great cistern of the wrath of God. 20 The wine pond is just outside the city–to step on the bridle of the raging blood that overflows to the horse’s bridle for six hundred miles. Note 14:1 The lamb, arnion, according to the vision the author saw, had seven eyes and seven horns, and was called “the lion of the tribe of Judah, the root of David,” a metaphor for Jesus, Rev. 5:5-6. 144,000: The perfect number, 12 x 12 x 1000, matching the New Jerusalem, below 21:12; the first known as the “remainder”, specifically, the twelve tribes of the people who have withstood the various tests of massacre and persecution, The remnants of the population will join the “New Israel”, note 7:4, Isaiah 4:3. His name is also the name of the Father: Father and Son are holy, but do not seem to be considered one, cf. John 1:1 note (Introduction to The Hate of the World). 14:3 Throne: The throne of God, after Jesus rose to heaven, sat at the right hand of the Father, 3:21, 4:2 below, Psalm 110:1, Matt 22:44. A New Song, Universal: Like a New Song, 5:9, Psalm 33:3, 98:1. Tianzun, zoa, living creature, divine beast, is actually the son of God, responsible for pulling the imperial chariots of heaven, 4:6-7, Eze 1:5 (introduction to “The Two Sisters”). 14:4 Not having an affair with a woman: Note, the “remainder” are all men, or warriors. Preserving virginity: It is an ancient custom, one must abstain from intercourse when offering sacrifices to gods, Exodus 19:15, Deuteronomy 23:10. Follow the Lamb: Shepherd by Christ, 7:17, Psalm 23:1-3 (The Shepherd). Dedication to God and the Lamb/Firstfruits: The Lamb/Christ is both the atoning sacrifice of man, “to make one remember sin”, and also to enjoy the sacrifice with the Father, “to consummate all who are consecrated”, Ex. 23 :19, Hebrews 10:3, 14. 14:5 Lies: The consecrated do not call the names of alien gods, Zep. 3:13. Whole body without defect: likened to sacrificial sacrifice, in accordance with holy law, Exodus 12:5. 14:7 The heavens, the earth, and the oceans are his creation: Say Psalm 146:6. 14:8 Destroyed, destroyed, the great city of Babylon: Isaiah 21:9. City, a feminine noun, is personified as “she”. The wrath of fornication, the literal translation: the wine of fornication. Pun and Metaphor Obsessed with idols, 17:2, incurring punishment from God, verse 10 below. 14:9 Monsters and images of beasts: a symbol of false prophets, a metaphor for Rome. The beast, the therion, came out of the earth, “with the horns of lambs, and spoke like a horned dragon”, 13:11ff. 14:10 Angry Wine: Entry 51:17. Alcohol brewing, literal translation: (wine) not against (water). The ancients usually add water to drink to slow down its intensity. Fire and Brimstone: Inferno, 19:20. 14:11 Smoke/Ascension of Torture: Reminiscent of the Fall of Sodom, Genesis 19:24, Isaiah 34:9-10. …

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