Further Thought: Read Ellen G. White, “The Final Warning”, pages 603-612, in The Great Controversy.
Revelation shows that at the time of the end, God’s people are commissioned with the proclamation of the end-time gospel to the world.
The work before us seems daunting, all but impossible. However, we have the promise of God’s power.
“The great work of the gospel is not to close with less manifestation of the power of God than marked its opening. …
The message will be carried not so much by argument as by the deep conviction of the Spirit of God. The arguments have been presented. The seed has been sown, and now it will spring up and bear fruit”. – Ellen G. White, The Great Controversy, pages 611, 612.
The conclusion of the proclamation of God’s final message will result in a great separation that divides people in the world into two camps: those who love and obey God and those who follow and obey the beast. This separation is portrayed in terms of two harvests: the gathering of the wheat into the storehouses (Rev. 14:14-16) and the grapes to be trampled in the winepress (Rev. 14:17-20). This final separation is the subject of Revelation chapters 17 and 18.