Revelation of John 14* Those faithful to Christ celebrate the praises of God. (1-5)Three angels; one proclaiming the everlasting gospel; another,the downfal of Babylon; and a third, the dreadful wrath of Godon the worshippers of the beast. The blessedness of those whodie in the Lord. (6-13) A vision of Christ with a sickle, and ofa harvest ripe for cutting down. (14-16) The emblem of a vintagefully ripe, trodden in the wine-press of God's wrath. (17-20)1-5 Mount Sion is the gospel church. Christ is with his church,and in the midst of her in all her troubles, therefore she isnot consumed. His presence secures perseverance. His peopleappear honourably. They have the name of God written in theirforeheads; they make a bold and open profession of their faithin God and Christ, and this is followed by suitable actings.There were persons in the darkest times, who ventured and laiddown their lives for the worship and truth of the gospel ofChrist. They kept themselves clean from the wicked abominationsof the followers of antichrist. Their hearts were right withGod; and they were freely pardoned in Christ; he is glorified inthem, and they in him. May it be our prayer, our endeavour, ourambition, to be found in this honourable company. Those who arereally sanctified and justified are meant here, for nohypocrite, however plausible, can be accounted to be withoutfault before God. 6-13 The progress of the Reformation appears to be here setforth. The four proclamations are plain in their meaning; thatall Christians may be encouraged, in the time of trial, to befaithful to their Lord. The gospel is the great means wherebymen are brought to fear God, and to give glory to him. Thepreaching of the everlasting gospel shakes the foundations ofantichrist in the world, and hastens its downfal. If any persistin being subject to the beast, and in promoting his cause, theymust expect to be for ever miserable in soul and body. Thebeliever is to venture or suffer any thing in obeying thecommandments of God, and professing the faith of Jesus. May Godbestow this patience upon us. Observe the description of thosethat are and shall be blessed: such as die in the Lord; die inthe cause of Christ, in a state of union with Christ; such asare found in Christ when death comes. They rest from all sin,temptation, sorrow, and persecution; for there the wicked ceasefrom troubling, there the weary are at rest. Their works followthem: do not go before as their title, or purchase, but followthem as proofs of their having lived and died in the Lord: theremembrance of them will be pleasant, and the reward far aboveall their services and sufferings. This is made sure by thetestimony of the Spirit, witnessing with their spirits, and thewritten word. 14-20 Warnings and judgments not having produced reformation,the sins of the nations are filled up, and they become ripe forjudgments, represented by a harvest, an emblem which is used tosignify the gathering of the righteous, when ripe for heaven, bythe mercy of God. The harvest time is when the corn is ripe;when the believers are ripe for heaven, then the wheat of theearth shall be gathered into Christ's garner. And by a vintage.The enemies of Christ and his church are not destroyed, till bytheir sin they are ripe for ruin, and then he will spare them nolonger. The wine-press is the wrath of God, some terriblecalamity, probably the sword, shedding the blood of the wicked.The patience of God towards sinners, is the greatest miracle inthe world; but, though lasting, it will not be everlasting; andripeness in sin is a sure proof of judgment at hand.
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