First of Three (part 2)

In the first post we mainly focused on Revelation 14:6, and now we are going to look at 14:7 to complete out the picture. In 14:6, the angel tells us it is our mission to take the everlasting gospel to the entire world. Not only that, it is our mission to make sure the people of world can understand it. Now that we turn to the last part of the first angel’s message, we are going to look at who should be worshipped and why. Not only that, but it helps us understand why we should be sharing the everlasting gospel.

As this section begins, the angel tells us to “Fear God”. Um, why? Is some boogeyman bully that will zap me with lightning if I don’t? Absolutely not. This is a linguistic issue. Most people read this, and reason that it should mean afraid or scared of God. However, it should really be read as a term of respect, or deep loving respect. It’s that respect and love we have with our parents or grandparents. In Ecclesiastes 12:13 we read, “Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole duty of man”. Then we turn to John 14:15 where Jesus tells us, “If you love me, keep my commandments.” So how do we show that we love, fear, and respect God? We keep His commandments, all of them. This also one way we reflect the character of God. Since we are wonderfully made by our Creator in His likeness, everything we do reflects on Him. We must do all we can to make the best impression and reflection of our God and Jesus.

Next, John and the angel tells us that there is a hour judgment, and it has arrived. I would say there is no need to be afraid, but there could be if we are not right with God and His will. In Revelation 22:11-12 we are given a declaration about our character: “He the is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still. And, (Jesus speaking) behold I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work will be.” What’s being said? One day we will have to answer for everything we have done in this life: good or bad. And this means that those decisions will stand forever. Matthew 16:27 is Jesus telling us that “the Son of man will come in the glory of His father with His angels; and then He will reward every man according to His works”. Does this seem pretty dark and upsetting? Don’t worry, there is something else.

In dying on the cross, Christ  ransomed you from the evils of this world. He has snatched you from the clutches of Satan. He does not force Himself upon you, but he calls you to loving embrace. However, Satan will force himself upon your conscience about how unworthy you. Know this from 1 Corinthians 6:20: “For you were bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which are God’s.” In the heavenly courts, one day, you will stand before God answering for you life. If you have accepted Christ as your lord and savior, sought heartfelt forgiveness, He will stand as your lawyer, and say to His Father, “I cover this child in my blood which was shed for the forgiveness in the new covenant for the remission of sins” (Matthew 26:28).

We have been given a mission: Take the Gospel message to the whole world. We are to share the Word about our loving, and merciful God. No one needs to be lost, but some will choose to say, “I will live my life, and no god will be there.” That is then between them and God. When learning and sharing the Word, we must asked for a plain: “Thus says the Lord.” Anything else risks leading us astray. Follow Jesus’s example from the wilderness when he rebuked Lucifer.

In this day and age, we must be on fire for Christ. Lethargy and apathy are all that is needed for evil to succeed. Pray that the Lord would touch you with a coal from the heavenly alter so you would be on fire for sharing your faith. Befriend people, and let them see how the Lord has worked in your life so they are brought to ask: “How can I have more of what they have?” All to the glory of God. Bid these friends to study and walk with you as you walk with Christ.

We must be about our Father’s business.

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