Present Truth Part 40
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 started this series by showing that Revelation 14:6-14 embodies the Present Truth gospel for this generation: It is the final revelation that will prepare God’s people to meet Him in peace, without spot and blameless (see II Peter 3:9-14 & I John 3:1-3. See also Revelation 22:10-12). Revelation 14:6 lets us know that it is the final call of God because it tells us it will be preached to the whole world and Jesus said when this happens then shall the end come (see Matthew 24:14): Not the end of life but the end of sin because Jesus will come and establish His kingdom of righteousness which will reign forever (see Revelation 20:1 – Revelation 22:21).
However, because Jesus is not willing that anyone be lost but that everyone has a chance to be saved He has delayed His coming so that the final installment to the everlasting gospel can be preached as a witness for everyone who wants to meet Him in peace (see II Peter 3:9-14). That final installment to the everlasting gospel is given by 3 angels and it starts in Revelation 14:7 which says:
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.
In the first part of v. 7 it tells us the mindset Jesus’ followers must have in order to make it through these times: It tells us that we must have only one fear or one focus in life and that focus should be to glorify God with our lives (see Psalms 111:10).
The second part of v.7 tells us the reason Jesus’ followers must live with this focus is because the hour (time) of God’s judgment is come. Without going into a deep explanation of what God’s judgment entails it basically means that the time has come when God will be judged by the way He puts an end to sin and sinners. The major question will be has God been loving as well as just in saving those who have been saved while condemning those who have been lost. It will be the awesome privilege of God’s people who are living at this time to show with their lives the power of God’s love to save even the worse sinners thereby showing to all those who are lost have no excuse other than the fact that they choose to reject God’s love offered in the sacrifice of His only Son: Jesus the Christ. In other words, it is the privilege of every true follower of God to play an important part in vindicating God’s loving character before the unfallen angels and unfallen worlds (see Ephesians 3:8-11): Thereby settling the sin question forever and ensuring that it will never rise again because all the universe will know that God is love and He is just and true in all of His ways. John the revelator was given a vision of the end result of God’s judgment and was inspired to write these words of description in Revelation 5:1-4:
5:1 And I saw another sign in heaven, great and marvellous, seven angels having the seven last plagues; for in them is filled up the wrath of God. 15:2 And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, [and] over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. 15:3 And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvellous [are] thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true [are] thy ways, thou King of saints. 15:4 Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for [thou] only [art] holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
Verse 4 tells us that all will worship God in the end because his judgments have been made manifest. Verse 2 lets us know that the reason God’s judgments have been made manifest is because His followers had gotten the victory over the beast, his mark and the number of his name: In order to do that they had to live with the single purpose of bringing glory to God.
This brings us to the third part of Revelation 14:7 which tells God’s faithful followers how to live in order to give glory to Him. It says, and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
This is a direct reference to the 4th commandment as expressed in Exodus 20:8-11. It also agrees with what Jesus said in Matthew 6:24-34 where He expressed the two principles that the 4th commandment is built on:
- You cannot serve God and mammon. You either serve/worship one or the other 24/7.
- If you are going to serve God you only focus on glorifying Him by seeking His kingdom and righteousness.
Those who live by these two principles will enter God’s rest because they will realize and live by the promise of God to add all the things they need and desire to them (see Matthew 6:33). In other words, they will keep it holy by remembering not to do any of their work and depending fully on God working in and through them(see Exodus 20:8-11; Hebrews 4:8-11 and Galatians 2:12&13).
So we can see here that the essence of the first angel’s message is a call to worship the God of creation 24/7 which when heeded will result in keeping the 4th commandment in its’ full application. Only those who heed this call will be prepared to heed the next call given by the second angel.
Next week we are going to take a look at the call given by the second angel and see how the 4th commandment is the key to understanding and obeying it. Until t then I leave you with this portion of scripture to ponder and pray over:
And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Revelation 14:8