Progressive Parallel Interpretive Approach:
Each section begins with the risen Christ & ends with a picture of His coming victory.
First half of Revelation: The conflict between the Church & the world
Ch. 1-3: Christ message to His church
Ch. 4-7: The seven seals
Ch. 8-11: The seven trumpets
Second half of Revelation: The conflict between the Church & the world is a manifestation of the war in Heaven between Christ & satan (the dragon / accuser)
Ch. 12-14:13 - The dragon & the woman:
Today's chapter marks both the end of the fourth perspective on Christ's victory in v13 (v1-13 are a another picture of the victorious Lamb sitting on the throne of God), and the beginning of the fifth perspective in v14 (once again the storyline backs up and John sees the risen Christ).
Just like yesterday, there's another hotly debated number introduced in chapter 14: the 144,000. Does this mean only 144,000 are saved? Are they the super-saints while the rest of us are something less? No, not at all. This group are the firstfruits of all who have been sealed by God.
While this perspective shows Christ in victory, it is not yet the ultimate victory. Three angels are sent out to warn those still living of the impending judgment of man. John echoes his advice for you again in v12: have patient endurance; keep God's commands and remain faithful to Jesus.
Then John records a voice from heaven which should provide a massive amount of comfort for those who lose loved ones:
"Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” - Rev 14:13
It certainly hurts when those close to us die, but in the middle of all sorts of visions of beasts and monsters, Revelation 14:13 reminds you that those who die trusting in the Lord are blessed.
Prayer For The Day: Dear Father in Heaven, thank you for yet another picture of the victory you have had over sin and death through your Son, Jesus Christ. Help me to continue to patiently endure, to keep your commands, and to remain faithful to Jesus. In His name I pray, Amen.