Rev. 14:6-13 2 SECONDS AFTER DEATH
Intro: In ancient Greece, the theater was very important to the people. However,
things were different for them that for us. In our day, the action never stops. Then,
they had to change the scenes and the props. When the curtain fell, it was customary
for people to come onto the stage and preview the upcoming scene. That is exactly
what we see here! The scenes are changing and the angelis messengers are here to
tell of the upcoming scenes. In these verses, we are allowed to look around the curtain
of time and take a little peek at eternity. What we see is that there is a vast difference
between the eternity the sinner can expect and that which awaits the saints of the
Lord, Matt. 25:46. This passage, in it's context, it mainly for those who bear the mark
of the Beast. However, there is application for our day and for everyone seated here
tonight. I want us to think on the thought tonight, "2 SECONDS AFTER DEATH!"
I. v.6-11 THE FUTURE OF MISTER SINNER
A. v.6-7 Their Rejection Confirmed - (Ill. Angels preaching - Not in our day!)
In the Trib.,there will be no one else to do it, the angels will have to! Ill. The
odebience of the angels! (Ill. The everlasting Gospel - Gal. 1:8) (Ill. The Hour
of His judgment - Ill. How He has spoken to men and people have rejected, they
will then also!)(Ill. these are the "Earth Dwellers".)
1. Ill. There is no response to the Gospel from the dead! Ill. There are no
second chances! Ill. Luke 16:31! They will not repent anyway! Ill. Churches
of our day!
B. v.8-9 Their Fornication Is Concluded - (Ill. Babylon is a type of the world!
This is a picture of a harlot enticing victims!) Babylon will fall! Ill. After
death, the entire world will be taken away from the sinner! No more bottles, needles,
or brothels! (Ill. People who live for the world will have nothing after this life!)
C. v.10-11 Their Condemnation Is Continued - (Ill. This is the most
frightening!) (Ill. Condemnation of sinners - Jn 3:18; 36) (If you drink of the cup of this
world, you will drink of the cup of God's wrath! - Ill. Wrath = Thumos,
(Thermonuclear, Thermos, etc.); Ill. Orge = To become red-faced, Ill. A Dam and water!
(Ill. There is a choice between two cups, if the cup of grace is refused, then the
cup of wrath must be drunk!) (Ill. Brimstone - Theion - The fire from God - Ill.
Sodom and Gomorrah!)
(Ill. Is Hell literal? Do you believe it? (Ill. Matt. 13:42) (Ill. The difference between
reality and symbolism; reality is always worse than the symbol! You better hope Hell is
real! Ill. Hell forever - Chains, demons, fire, pain, no rest - forever!) (Ill. There is no such thing
as Hell on earth!
II. v.12-13 THE FUTURE OF MISTER SAINT
v.12 - The hope of the saved!
A. A Blessed Release - There are only two ways to die! (Ill. Jesus took the sting
of death - 1 Cor. 15:55-57!) Death is only victory for the saint - Phil. 1:21!
B. A Blessed Refreshment - (Rest = A pause to reflect, implies activity without
labor!) (Ill. Finally get to serve God and not grow weary in the work!)
Ill. We will be more alive in Heaven that we are here!
C. A Blessed Reward - Everything done for the Lord will be rewarded!
(Ill. Works will also follow the lost!) Rev. 22:12
Conc: Ill. It won't even take two seconds for any person to realize where they have
ended up. When the saints get to Heaven, there will be glory and praise and the
face of the Lord Jesus Christ! For the sinner, there will only be misery and screams
and eternal seperation from the only One who ever loved him enough to give Himself
for him. Where will you be 2 seconds after death?