Present Truth Part 4
14:6 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, 14:7 Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
I ended last week by saying that the present truth or gospel for today is expressed in the phrase found in Revelation 14:7 which says:
… the hour of his judgment is come.
One might rightfully wonder how the message of God’s judgment can be called the final installment of present truth to the everlasting gospel. Especially in light of what we are told in Ecclesiastes 12:13&14:
12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil. Ecclesiastes 12:13&14 (Emphasis supplied).
The thought of God bringing every work into judgment with every secret thing both good and evil is a very scary thing because we are also told in II Corinthians 5:10:
For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things [done] in [his] body, according to that he hath done, whether [it be] good or bad.
This lets us know that everyone will stand before the judgment seat of Jesus and be judged by the good and the bad things we have done while living on earth. In light of these facts, how can the preaching of God’s judgment qualify as part of the everlasting gospel which summed up says: JESUS SAVES?
The answer to this question is found in a two letter word in the phrase. Notice what that two letter word is:
… the hour of his judgment is come. (Emphasis supplied).
It did not say the hour of God’s judgment will come: It said the hour of His judgment is come. That means that God’s judgment is going on right now. This is good news because of what we are told in I John 1:4-7:
1:4 And these things write we unto you, that your joy may be full. 1:5 This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 1:6 If we say that we have fellowship with him, and walk in darkness, we lie, and do not the truth: 1:7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us from all sin. (Emphasis supplied).
God is light and the closer we walk with Him the more He reveals our sinfulness. If we continue to walk in the light that God sheds the blood of Jesus will cleanse us from every defiling act that is associated with that sin. Through judgment God will reveal every secret thing not to condemn us but to cleanse us from all sin. All we have to do is to walk in the light as God reveals it to us. In I John 1:8-10 we are told what we must do in order to continue to walk in the light of God’s judgment:
1:8 If we say that we have no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. 1:9 If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us [our] sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. 1:10 If we say that we have not sinned, we make him a liar, and his word is not in us. (Emphasis supplied).
This is what makes the phrase; the hour of his judgment is come, worthy to be called the everlasting gospel for this time. This is what Jesus is doing in heaven right now to save this generation. If we do not cooperate with the work of judgment that Jesus is doing to save us now, then we will be condemned by the work of judgement that Jesus will do later in order to destroy sin, Satan and sinners. Jude 1:14&15 says:
And Enoch also, the seventh from Adam, prophesied of these, saying, Behold, the Lord cometh with ten thousands of his saints, 1:15 To execute judgment upon all, and to convince all that are ungodly among them of all their ungodly deeds which they have ungodly committed, and of all their hard [speeches] which ungodly sinners have spoken against him. Jude 1:14&15 (Emphasis supplied).
God’s judgment has always been preached from the context of what we are told in Jude 1;14&15 which can hardly be considered as part of the everlasting gospel: However, when it is preached from the context of Revelation 14:7 it becomes present truth because it tells us what Jesus is doing right now to save this generation.
Next week I am going to deal with the mindset we must have 24/7 in order to cooperate with the work of judgment Jesus is doing now to save us from the condemnation and destruction that will result from the work of judgment Jesus will do later. In the meantime I leave you with this very insightful definition of holiness taken from page 33 of the devotional book entitled, In His Presence written by Ellen G. White:
Holiness is constant agreement with God.