Revelation 14:1-20
"Courage in Crisis"

After the difficult news of chapters 12 and 13, the next vision Jesus provides begins with images to instill courage in his people for whatever lies ahead — a vision of the victory of the redeemed.  This is followed by the declarations of three angels, one proclaiming the gospel, one proclaiming the defeat of Babylon, and the last proclaiming God’s judgment upon those who persist in worshipping the beast.  The vision of God’s coming judgment is terribly sobering but even within this vision, we are reminded of the good news that through faith in Jesus, forgiveness can be found by all who will choose to worship him.