Revelation 16:14 Parallel Verses [⇓ See commentary ⇓]

Revelation 16:14, NIV: They are demonic spirits that perform signs, and they go out to the kings of the whole world, to gather them for the battle on the great day of God Almighty.

Revelation 16:14, ESV: For they are demonic spirits, performing signs, who go abroad to the kings of the whole world, to assemble them for battle on the great day of God the Almighty.

Revelation 16:14, KJV: For they are the spirits of devils, working miracles, which go forth unto the kings of the earth and of the whole world, to gather them to the battle of that great day of God Almighty.

Revelation 16:14, NASB: for they are spirits of demons, performing signs, which go out to the kings of the entire world, to gather them together for the war of the great day of God, the Almighty.

Revelation 16:14, NLT: They are demonic spirits who work miracles and go out to all the rulers of the world to gather them for battle against the Lord on that great judgment day of God the Almighty.

Revelation 16:14, CSB: For they are demonic spirits performing signs, who travel to the kings of the whole world to assemble them for the battle on the great day of God, the Almighty.

What does Revelation 16:14 mean? [⇑ See verse text ⇑]

This verse identifies the three unclean spirits that John saw coming out of the mouths of the dragon, the beast, and the false prophet. The symbolism of those "frogs," as they were described in the previous verse, is explained here. They are demons, and they perform miraculous signs.

This passage is building to an event often referred to as a "battle," when in reality it's more of a "war," referred to using the name of a particular location: Armageddon. The mission of these three spiritual beings is to gather leaders of the world together for this conflict. The time is set for "the great day of God the Almighty." This looks ahead to Revelation chapter 19, which describes the return of Christ, who strikes down the nations and "tread[s] the winepress of the fury of the wrath of God the Almighty" (Revelation 19:15). All the armies of earth with all their deadly, sophisticated weaponry will be no match for the Almighty!

There is no scholarly consensus about the immediate reasons why these armies gather. Some teachers believe they assemble to battle the beast—the Antichrist—but why would the Devil draw men into battle against his ally? Other teachers offer a more plausible explanation. They think the international armies assemble in order to join the armies of the beast in an all-out attempt to annihilate the Jews and to dethrone God and His Son. It's possible that they may be initially brought with the intent of fighting against Antichrist, but then turn and join him to fight a common foe.