From the last post, I asked you to read through Revelation 14:6,7. I hope that you have read it a few times in anticipation for this post. What is going on at this point? These scriptures are the beginning of what is called “The Three Angels’ Messages”. The Lord is sending three angels with three very specific messages to the church and its members, and also to the world-at-large. The first angel calls us to preach the Gospel to the world, fear/respect God, and worship Him. The second angel calls the people out of Babylon, just like in the time of Daniel. Finally, the third angel talks about the mark of the beast, and its consequences. And it also talks about God’s mark on His faithful people.
Let’s start with the first angel. What is an angel? They are God’s messenger to us. They are the ones who receive the truth, and with power, open the gospel to the world (Ellen White, Letter 79, 1900 – you can look this up in the Ellen G. White app I discussed). In my mind, when I hear about angels flying through the heavens, I see Superman flying at lightning speeds. This angel is going at great speed to tell the people of God what their duty is: spread the “everlasting gospel unto those that dwell on the earth and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people” (KJV). Wow, what a feat this will be, but it is well underway.
What is the everlasting gospel? It is the message of Jesus Christ, and His loving sacrifice to save you, to save me, and everyone. We have a savior who came to redeem us from sin. If we will accept Him, salvation and eternal life can be ours. In Roman 3:23, we learn that “all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God”. Then if we flip back to John 3:17, Jesus tells us that “God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through Him might be saved”. So I have come short of being worthy to be in God’s presence because of sin; however, Jesus came to save me and bring me into reconciliation with God so I can be with Him. John 6:47 reinforces this idea: “Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that believes in me has everlasting life”. And we see the love for our relationship in Romans 5:8: “But God commends His love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us”. Wow! What a sacrifice for little old me and you!
This is the first of the invitation of an eternal life with Him. In Revelation 22:17 it says “the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let him that hears say, Come. And let him that is thirsty, come. And whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely”. In other words, you have an open invitation to come to God’s house for all you need. Jesus also says in Matthew 7:7, “Ask, and it will be given you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you”. If all you ask for glorifies the work of the Lord, He will be faithful to throw open the windows of heaven to bless you. Our riches lie in Jesus: “In whom we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, according to the riches of his grace” (Ephesians 1:7).
This is simply a sample of the gospel message that we are to spread to the world. And we are to reach the people where they are, in a manner that they can understand. It will do no good to talk farming to a stock broker, if the stock broker does not understand farming. And the same goes for a stock broker discussing trade with the farmer.
We have a mission which brings a deeper meaning to our lives. Let us live it.
(Stay tuned for part two of this first angel’s message.)