Revelation 14:13 Index
"And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them."
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"I heard another voice . . . "

  • The voice is not identified, but is apparently distinguished from the voice of the third angel (Revelation 14:9-12). (7BC 833)

" . . . write . . . " (Revelation 1:11)

" . . . blessed are the dead . . . "

" . . . in the Lord . . . "

  • Not the dead generally are here pronounced blessed, but only those who die "in the Lord." These are they who died with their faith fixed in Jesus (1 Corinthians 15:18; 1 Thessalonians 4:16). (7BC 833)

" . . . from henceforth . . . "

  • This doubtless refers to the period of the three angels' messages, which embraces the period of persecution by the beast and its image, when the boycott is imposed and the death penalty passed (Revelation 13:12-17). Those who go to their graves in this period rest, as it were, a little moment until the indignation be overpast. Then they will be privileged to come forth in the special resurrection preceding the general resurrection of the righteous (Daniel 12:2). (7BC 833)

" . . . the Spirit . . . " (Revelation 1:4)

" . . . from their labours . . . "

" . . . works . . . "

  • Greek erga, "activities," a general term here contrasted with kopoi, labours. (7BC 833)

" . . . follow them . . . "

  • This expression has been interpreted in two ways:
    • (1) On the basis that the Greek reads, literally, "follow with them," that is accompany then, some consider that John here refers to the laying down of the burdens of this life and the continuation of activities in the future world. Activity would, of course, cease during the period between death and the resurrection, for that is a time of unconsciousness and inactivity (Psalm 146:4; 2 Corinthians 5:1; 2 Corinthians 5:2; 2 Corinthians 5:3). But heaven will be a place of pleasurable activity.
    • (2) Others interpret the clause "their words do follow them" as referring to the influence a good man leaves behind when he dies. (7BC 833-834)