"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," (Rev. 14: 6)
Embedded in the very heart of Revelation is heaven’s word for those who live in earth’s closing hours. What is God trying to tell us? No one should be ignorant of this message. In Rev. 13, is presented Satan’s final and most successful effort to control the world. In Rev. 14 is presented God’s answer to Satan’s final attempt. The Three Angels’ Messages present a dire warning to all who refuse to resist the popular trends of the last days.
What did Jesus tell about the Gospel to his disciples?
(Mark 16:15) - “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature”
Note: Preach the Gospel to every creature [person].
When will the end come according to Jesus?
(Matthew 24:14) – “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come”
Note: Preaching of "this gospel of the kingdom" to all the world and then the end shall come. Jesus is telling us that there would be a gospel message that would have to be preached to the whole world before His second coming and then the end will come.
What is preached under the first angel? Rev. 14:6-7.
(Revelation 14:6-7) – “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,(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.”
Note: The everlasting gospel is the message that is to go out into the whole world. It is to be preached to every nation around the world. The word that is translated angel in Revelation 14:6 means messenger. God has always had messengers to preach his message of grace to the world. God doesn’t send literal angels to preach His gospel from house to house and from church to church, on the radio or television. He uses people. The message is not whispered – it goes with a “loud voice.” It has to be heard! To be proclaimed to all the corners of the world.
It is called the Everlasting Gospel because it is impossible to destroy the gospel of Christ. Another reason is that its effects or fruitage are everlasting. The third reason is because it is a gospel of God’s love for man; God’s suffering for man, God’s plan of salvation for man, which will be retold and studied for eternity. “The Everlasting Gospel” is in a special sense, the message of the Three Angels of Revelation 14. It is an international or worldwide message.
What are the messages that are given to us as the everlasting gospel?
Everlasting Gospel includes a three part message:
a) (Revelation 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.”
Note: The Everlasting Gospel includes the message by the first angel which is:
1) Fear God
2) Give glory to him
3) The hour of judgment is come
4) Worship the creator of heaven and earth
b) (Revelation 14:8) – “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.”
Note: The Everlasting Gospel includes the message by the second angel which is: - “Babylon is fallen”
c) (Revelation 14:9-11) – “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb”
Note: The Everlasting Gospel includes the message by the third angel which warns against:- Worshipping the beast and receiving his Mark.
What does the gospel do to those who believe?
(Romans 1:16) – “For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ : for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth”
Note: Gospel is the power of God to save everyone from sin, that believeth in Jesus. The word Gospel [Gr. euaggelion] means “GOOD NEWS”. The good news is the message of salvation from sin [both power and guilt] through Jesus Christ.
If the gospel is the power of God to save us, where is the power of God manifested?
(1 Corinthians 1:18) – “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God”
(John 12:32) – “And I, if I be lifted up from the earth, will draw all men unto me”
Note: The power of God is revealed by preaching the cross. The cross is the power of God because it makes peace and reconciliation (Col. 1:20, Eph. 2:16). If we preach the cross [Christ and him crucified], Jesus will draw people out of sin and Babylon!
If preaching of the cross is the power of God to save us from sin, what does this mean to the preaching of “Everlasting Gospel”?
This means that God’s people are to preach nothing but “Christ and him crucified” through the Three angel’s messages. In other words, we are to preach or introduce Christ Jesus through the Three Angel’s messages.
What two things does the fourth angel add to the three angel’s messages?
(Revelation 18:1) – “And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power ; and the earth was lightened with his glory’
Note: Power and Glory
Where is the power and glory of God most clearly seen in all of scriptures?
(Gal 6:14) – “But God forbid that I should glory , save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.”
(1 Corinthians 1:18) – “For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.”
Note: The final piece that this angel of revelation descends with, to add power to the three angel’s messages is nothing else but Jesus Christ and him crucified.
This is for our Adventist bretheren:
Hanging upon the cross Christ was the gospel . Now we have a message, "Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh away the sins of the world." Will not our church members keep their eyes fixed on a crucified and risen Saviour, in whom their hopes of eternal life are centered? This is our message, our argument, our doctrine, our warning to the impenitent, our encouragement for the sorrowing, the hope for every believer. If we can awaken an interest in men's minds that will cause them to fix their eyes on Christ, we may step aside, and ask them only to continue to fix their eyes upon the Lamb of God. They thus receive their lesson. Whosoever will come after Me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow Me. He whose eyes are fixed on Jesus will leave all. He will die to selfishness. He will believe in all the Word of God, which is so gloriously and wonderfully exalted in Christ. (SDA Bible Commentary, Vol. 6, p.1113)
Of all professing Christians, Seventh-day Adventists should be foremost in uplifting Christ before the world. The proclamation of the third angel's message calls for the presentation of the Sabbath truth. This truth, with others included in the message, is to be proclaimed; but the great centre of attraction, Christ Jesus, must not be left out. It is at the cross of Christ that mercy and truth meet together, and righteousness and peace kiss each other. The sinner must be led to look to Calvary; with the simple faith of a little child he must trust in the merits of the Saviour, accepting His righteousness, believing in His mercy. (Gospel Workers p.156)
Who is connected to the Three Angels messages? Rev. 14:1-5.
The Three Angels’ Messages are connected with the 144,000. This number represents the final product of the Three Angels’ Messages. These messages reveal how the 144,000 are produced.
What follows the proclamation of the Three Angel’s messages?
(Rev. 14:14-16). – “And I looked and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man.”,;
Note: We need to be aware of the setting. Immediately following these messages, John sees the coming of Jesus in the clouds of heaven. That means that they must be given immediately before Christ’s Second Coming.
Next we will expands the four part message of the first angel’s message (Rev. 14:7):
Part 1) Fear God
Part 2) Give glory to him
Part 3) The hour of his judgment is come
Part 4) Worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.
These messages cannot be given until the judgment time is near, or it could not be said that the judgment hour is come in v. 7. The Judgment has already began and that should make us aware that with each passing year until Jesus comes, these messages become increasingly important and meaningful.