The Decisions of the Living and the Destiny of the Dead

Revelation 14

Adrian Rogers

Sermon Overview

Scripture Passage: Revelation 14

Adrian Rogers tells us, “It is decision that determines destiny.” It was true when it was first stated and it is still relevant today. In this message, we learn how this truth will remain relevant, even in the End Times.

Just as there are consequences for the decisions made by the saints of this age, there will be consequences for those who follow Jesus in the tribulation age.

We see one specific consequence unfold in Revelation 14, regarding the mark of the beast. At some point during the Great Tribulation, the antichrist will figure a way to cause everybody to receive a mark on his right hand or his forehead. You will not be able to buy or sell without this mark. You will face persecution of the utmost severity.

However, if you take the mark of the beast, you have committed a sin. If you decide to take the mark, there will be no hope for you whatsoever, for you will have taken orders from the beast, led astray from the Lamb of God.

In Revelation 14, we see the 144,000 who God has ordained to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus during the Great Tribulation. These are people who know, believe, and tell the truth in the midst of deceit. They will not be mouthing the slogans and propaganda of the antichrist like those who are bossed around by the beast.

Rather, they will be led by the Lamb. They are sealed by the Holy Spirit. And what God has sealed, no man can break. Millions will come to know Jesus during this time because of these anointed tribes and will also be sealed by the Holy Spirit.

The beast may put these tribulation saints to death but the Bible says to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord. That seal can never be broken.

So, whether you are a tribulation saint or a saint in this age, thank God, we have been saved and sealed.

Apply it to your life

There is no “neutral” ground when you are presented with the Gospel: either you follow Jesus, or you reject Him. Today, choose to follow Jesus. Pray for the strength and courage to live for Him today. Pray for the wisdom to make decisions to honor Jesus.