Study Guide: Revelation 14:1-5 - True Discipleship
Then I looked, and behold, on Mount Zion stood the Lamb, and with him 144,000 who had his name and his Father’s name written on their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven like the roar of many waters and like the sound of loud thunder. The voice I heard was like the sound of harpists playing on their harps, and they were singing a new song before the throne and before the four living creatures and before the elders. No one could learn that song except the 144,000 who had been redeemed from the earth. It is these who have not defiled themselves with women, for they are virgins. It is these who follow the Lamb wherever he goes. These have been redeemed from mankind as firstfruits for God and the Lamb, and in their mouth no lie was found, for they are blameless.
In contrast to the beast, following the Lamb results in ecstatic worship.
Immediately following the bleakness of Chapter 13 and the triumph of the beasts, John looks and sees the Lamb standing in power on Mount Zion. With Him are His redeemed people. After John looks, he hears a voice rocking heaven like the roar of many waters and the sound of loud thunder. This voice is the unified worship of those who have been redeemed and are followers of the Lamb.
- Who are the different characters in this passage? Who do you think is the main focus?
- How are the 144,000 described? What characterizes them?
- Compare Revelation 1:15 and 4:5 with 14:2. What is the significance of the similarity of these passages (see Genesis 1:26–28)?
- Skim through chapter 13. Contrast the beasts with the Lamb and the followers of the beast with the followers of the Lamb.
- A major aspect of salvation involves being transformed into the image of God (2 Corinthians 3:18). In what ways do Christians reflect who God is? How should this truth affect our evangelism?
- Notice that for the redeemed to reflect and worship God in this passage, they are unified as one voice. How does a unified church reflect God? What does this unity practically look like? What are some ways our church could grow in unity?
- The 144,000 are so devoted to the Lamb that they are described as “virgins” who “follow the Lamb wherever he goes” (v. 4). What are some challenges that you face as you follow Jesus? How would you counsel another believer who was struggling to follow Jesus because of something difficult that He was calling them to?
Praise God together that we follow a Savior in whose presence there is fullness of joy! Ask that we would be united as a church that follows Him wherever He goes.
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