The Meaning of Revelation 11:14 Explained

Revelation 11:14

KJV: The second woe is past; and, behold, the third woe cometh quickly.

YLT: The second woe did go forth, lo, the third woe doth come quickly.

Darby: The second woe has passed; behold, the third woe comes quickly.

ASV: The second Woe is past: behold, the third Woe cometh quickly.

What does Revelation 11:14 Mean?

Verse Meaning

This verse is transitional (cf. Revelation 9:12). It refers to the end of the second woe (the sixth trumpet, Revelation 9:21) and ties this judgment in with the third woe (the seventh trumpet). It clarifies that God interjected the revelations of the mighty angel and the little scroll ( Revelation 10:1-11) and the two witnesses ( Revelation 11:1-13) into the chronological sequence of trumpet judgments. He did so to give supplementary, encouraging information. The final woe will follow "quickly" (Gr. tachy, "soon," cf. Revelation 2:16; Revelation 3:11; Revelation 22:7; Revelation 22:12; Revelation 22:20), on the heels of the second woe.

Context Summary

Revelation 11:14-19 - "he Shall Reign For Ever And Ever"
The kingdom is even now Christ's, but it is hidden, even as He is. One day it will be manifested. For a long time David was the anointed king of Israel, but Saul sat on the throne until the predestined hour came when the tribes of Israel made David their chosen monarch. This surely is a type of that which will one day become apparent to the whole creation. The kingdom of the world will wholly and permanently become Christ's. Suffering and sorrow will then flee away, as birds of ill omen at dawn. War will cease to the end of the world. The glad populations of mankind will walk in the light of life, and the long night and travail of nature will be ended. It may be that each great era of human history ends with a scene of judgment; or that these series of visions are concurrent, viewing the earth-order from different standpoints.
What comfort is derived from this vision of the Ark of God's Covenant, which abides in the inner sanctuary! He is true to us. His word cannot alter, neither will He recede from His pledge to overthrow our enemies, to undo the devastation they have caused, and to realize His original purpose in man's creation. [source]

Chapter Summary: Revelation 11

1  The two witnesses prophesy
6  They have power to shut heaven so that it rain not
7  The beast shall fight against them, and kill them
8  They lie unburied;
11  and after three and a half days rise again
14  The second woe is past
15  The seventh trumpet sounds

Greek Commentary for Revelation 11:14

Is past [απηλτεν]
Second aorist active indicative of απερχομαι — aperchomai See Revelation 9:12 for this use and Revelation 21:1, Revelation 21:4. The second woe (η ουαι η δευτερα — hē ouai hē deutera) is the sixth trumpet (Revelation 9:12) with the two episodes attached (10:1-11:13). [source]
The third woe [η ουαι η τριτη]
(η ουαι η τριτη — hē ouai hē tritē feminine as in Revelation 9:12) is the seventh trumpet, which now “cometh quickly” (ερχεται ταχυ — erchetai tachu), for which phrase see Revelation 2:16; Revelation 3:11; Revelation 22:7, Revelation 22:12, Revelation 22:20. Usually pointing to the Parousia. [source]

Reverse Greek Commentary Search for Revelation 11:14

Revelation 2:16 I come [ερχομαι]
Futuristic present middle indicative, “I am coming” (imminent), as in Revelation 2:5 with ταχυ — tachu as in Revelation 3:11; Revelation 11:14; Revelation 22:7, Revelation 22:12, Revelation 22:20. As with εν ταχει — en tachei (Revelation 1:1), we do not know how soon “quickly” is meant to be understood. But it is a real threat.Against them (μετ αυτων — met' autōn). This proposition with πολεμεω — polemeō rather than κατα — kata (against) is common in the lxx, but in the N.T. only in Revelation 2:16; Revelation 12:7; Revelation 13:4; Revelation 17:14 and the verb itself nowhere else in N.T. except James 4:2. “An eternal roll of thunder from the throne” (Renan). “The glorified Christ is in this book a Warrior, who fights with the sharp sword of the word” (Swete).With Instrumental use of εν — en For the language see Revelation 1:16; Revelation 2:12; Revelation 19:15. [source]
Revelation 9:12 The first woe [η ουαι η μια]
Note feminine gender ascribed to the interjection ουαι — ouai as in Revelation 11:14, perhaps because τλιπσις — thlipsis is feminine, though we really do not know. Note also the ordinal use of μια — mia (one) like πρωτη — prōtē (first) as in Revelation 6:1; Mark 16:2. [source]

What do the individual words in Revelation 11:14 mean?

The woe - second has passed Behold third is coming quickly
Οὐαὶ δευτέρα ἀπῆλθεν ἰδοὺ τρίτη ἔρχεται ταχύ

Οὐαὶ  woe 
Parse: Noun
Root: οὐαί  
Sense: alas, woe.
Parse: Article, Nominative Feminine Singular
Sense: this, that, these, etc.
δευτέρα  second 
Parse: Adjective, Nominative Feminine Singular
Root: δεύτερον 
Sense: the second, the other of two.
ἀπῆλθεν  has  passed 
Parse: Verb, Aorist Indicative Active, 3rd Person Singular
Root: ἀπέρχομαι  
Sense: to go away, depart.
ἰδοὺ  Behold 
Parse: Verb, Aorist Imperative Active, 2nd Person Singular
Root: ἰδού  
Sense: behold, see, lo.
τρίτη  third 
Parse: Adjective, Nominative Feminine Singular
Root: τρίτον 
Sense: the third.
ἔρχεται  is  coming 
Parse: Verb, Present Indicative Middle or Passive, 3rd Person Singular
Root: ἔρχομαι  
Sense: to come.
ταχύ  quickly 
Parse: Adverb
Root: ταχύς  
Sense: quickly, speedily (without delay).

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