The First Angel’s Message
“Then I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people—saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water” (Revelation 14:6-7 NKJV).
God has given human beings the privilege to take the everlasting gospel to every nation, tribe, tongue and people. “Holy angels have been employed in directing this work… but the actual proclamation of the gospel is performed by the servants of Christ upon the earth” (Great Controversy p. 312.1). The ‘angel’ or ‘messenger’ sends us this message to take to the world. This message calls the created human beings to do what they were created to do. Worship the Creator. Human beings have a tendency to become distracted spending more time thinking about ourselves, work, people, possessions, or other things besides worshiping the Creator. No wonder we have all have a huge hole in our hearts! Don’t get me wrong, working is important too, but sometime we forget to give God the glory. Verse 6 also mentions “the hour of judgment” which was once thought to be a prophetic announcement of the second coming on October 22, 1844, but after more study was found to be the announcement of Jesus, our advocate and High Priest, transitioning from the holy place to the most holy place in the heavenly sanctuary. The time to choose to worship the Creator is now for we do not know when our day of judgement will be. Jesus planned that not one soul should be lost but for everyone to be redeemed from sin and death and have an opportunity to choose eternal life.
The Second Angel’s Message
“And another angel followed, saying,“Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8 NKJV).
Babylon, an ancient city and a powerful nation, is a symbol in the Bible of a people who have not worshiped the true God. A woman in the Bible represents the church. The bride of Christ represents God’s church and Babylon represents the fallen church or papal Rome. The fallen church has worshiped other gods (money, sex, possessions, whatever comes between us and God) and not followed the instruction in the ways of life. Christ has called us out of Babylon.
The Third Angel’s Message
“Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment ascends forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name” (Revelation 14:10-11 NKJV).
In the book Pilgrim’s Progress by John Bunyan, Christian discovered his need of forgiveness and was burdened with the weight of his sins after reading from the little book (The Bible). As he was on his way to the celestial city, he came to a hill where Jesus allowed himself to be crucified on the cross. Filled with emotion, Christian fell at the foot of the cross overwhelmed with thankfulness for what His beloved Savior had done for him and his huge burden of sin fell from his shoulders down the hill and dropped into an abyss. Three shining ones came to him and gave him a scroll, new clothing that was wrinkle-proof and or spot-proof as long as he stayed in the narrow way, and a mark was placed on his forehead that could only be seen by the heavenly angels. The shining ones gave him a mirror but he could not see the mark. Each of us will receive a mark on our foreheads and hands from whom we worship – the Creator or Satan. The marks will be determined by who our thoughts dwell upon and who holds our fondest affections. Our thoughts will lead to actions and our actions will determine our destiny.
We can praise and thank God Almighty because “from the beginning He chose us for salvation through sanctification by the Spirit and belief in the truth, to which He called us by the gospel, for the obtaining of the glory of our Lord Jesus Christ” (2 Thessalonians 2:13-14). Christ wants to share this message with the world. Will you be His messenger?
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