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The Bible letter, The Revelation of Jesus Christ, is God’s last message to a dying planet. In Revelation 14:6-12, three angels shout a warning to “those who dwell on the earth;” people who hate God and hate those who love God. It’s a message given in great love because God is willing to go to the uttermost to reach even his most aggressive enemies.

Please consider the second half of Revelation 14:10: “He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb.”

If you’ve ever read this passage before, even if you are reading it for the first time, did you get a picture that sounded like: he will be tormented BY the lamb? If you did, you wouldn’t be the first. It’s a picture that has been painted by those who don’t like God, pop culture, and even Christians.

However, if we remember that the “he” in this verse is anyone who has chosen to be “those who dwell on the earth.” These are those who have so completely aligned with the Beast (a symbol of a Christian looking politcal-religious institutional power on earth that is the Dragon’s main agent in the world now) they have become beast-like. As worshippers of the Beast, they manifest it’s character or in other words, receive it’s mark.

Does it make sense that, for such a person, being in the presence of the lamb would be torment?