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John details the three angels messages as he related his visions. Their messages are startling and most relevant for the last generation:
● Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” (Rev 14:6,7)
It is clear in v. 6 that John is having a vision of all this as he writes what he sees. The first angel declared a message under the umbrella of the eternal gospel. That message is the perfect message for that especially dark time when the antichrist will be in power. That message, which somehow will be heard globally by all, is: (1) fear God, (2) give God glory and (3) worship God. That is the perfect message for the society then. Perhaps, God will have his angels, rather than people, deliver those precious words because of what Jesus once predicted:
... Night is coming, when no one can work. (John 9:4)
Spiritual night will be present at that time when those three angels messages will be proclaimed.
NOTE: We are to worship the creator—the one who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water (Rev. 14:7). To worship anyone or anything else is idolatry, as is also greed.
● A second angel followed and said, “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.” (Rev 14:8)
The timing of the second angel’s message will be when Babylon the Great is fallen. Until that happens, this angel’s message will not go forth. Babylon the Great is described by all the spiritual harm done by it. Because such evil is still being done, Babylon is still present and such disproves the false interpretation that Revelation was already fulfilled. The fall of Babylon is also announced four chapters later:
After this I saw another angel coming down from heaven. He had great authority, and the earth was illuminated by his splendor. With a mighty voice he shouted: “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great! She has become a home for demons and a haunt for every evil spirit, a haunt for every unclean and detestable bird. For all the nations have drunk the maddening wine of her adulteries. The kings of the earth committed adultery with her, and the merchants of the earth grew rich from her excessive luxuries.” (Rev 18:1-3)
The double reference to the same event shows that not everything in Revelation is in sequential order. The fall of Babylon is one of the major events at the very end of this age.
● A third angel followed them and said in a loud voice: “If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives his mark on the forehead or on the hand, he, too, will drink of the wine of God’s fury, which has been poured full strength into the cup of his wrath. He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. (Rev 14:9,10)
This angel’s message is a warning about the chief single danger then—worshiping the beast and his image and receiving his mark. That single sin is so grave that anyone, including Christians, who buckle under the pressure of the day and sin in that way will be damned. John wrote: Dear children, keep yourselves from idols. (1 John 5:21)
● And the smoke of their torment rises for ever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image, or for anyone who receives the mark of his name. (Rev 14:11)
The judgment for all who receive the mark of the beast is again restated for emphasis. Among other things there will ne no rest for the transgressors.
●This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus. (Rev 14:12)
All of this and more will occur before the rapture. The faithful saints alive then must have patient endurance. The chief sinful temptation then will be idolatry—false worship.
● Then I heard a voice from heaven say, “Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” (Rev 14:13)
To die in the Lord has always been a sign of being blessed, but to do so at that time will probably mean to give up one’s life to remain faithful. This blessed group will find rest, while the group which takes the mark will find no rest. See 14:11. NOTE: Our deeds will follow us after death:
The sins of some men are obvious, reaching the place of judgment ahead of them; the sins of others trail behind them. In the same way, good deeds are obvious, and even those that are not cannot be hidden. (1 Tim 5:24, 25)
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