14:6 Revelation 15:6
Three Angels Messages and
the Close of Mercy
far, we have completed a verse-by-verse study in
the book of Revelation through Chapter 14:5.
At this point, a matrix of
many parts is coming together.
Many of you have told me
that you find it easy to follow along as we study
a specific prophecy, but when it comes to
synchronizing everything together, all of a
sudden theres total confusion because there
are so many parts. Yes, it takes time and effort
to put this story together. But, it can be done!
You can do it if you try.
Consider this: A day is
coming when all of these things will be easy to
understand. As we go through the Great
Tribulation, sincere people will be able to
synthesize all of these prophetic parts because
we will see them and experience them.
When the Great Tribulation
begins, the traditional rubbish that has been
heaped on the Bible will be removed. Scholars
will be humiliated. Pastors will be embarrassed.
Popular TV Evangelists will be held in contempt
for misleading millions of people because a day
is coming when the Bible will speak plainly for
The Bible will not be a
complicated book during the Great
Remember, the Bible is one
of Gods Two Witnesses. God has seen to it
over the past 200 years that Bibles have been
translated and distributed most everywhere, and
the Holy Spirit will give every honest hearted
person the ability to see and understand Bible
truth once the walls of religion paradigms are
Revelations story will
be as easy to understand as 2 + 2 during the
Great Tribulation for the honest in heart.
None of the wicked will understand, but those who
are wise will understand.
Because the Great
Tribulation has not begun, it is difficult to
project ourselves and our thinking into the
future into a different world order.
But, once the first four
trumpets have occurred, it will be quite easy to
open up the book of Revelation and to show people
that Revelation 8 speaks about fiery showers of
burning hail, tow asteroid impacts and darkness
over a third of the Earth. At that time, people
will not be able to stand firm on their
traditional beliefs because their traditional
beliefs will have been proven worthless.
The destruction of
traditional beliefs at the beginning of the Great
Tribulation is very important to understand. A
shattered paradigm is the best thing that God can
do to open up the mind and heart of an honest
person so that he can intelligently consider the
testimony of Jesus that the 144,000 will speak.
Ok, you might be wondering,
if the Bible is going to be easy to understand
during the Great Tribulation, why do we need to
understand the prophecies of Daniel and
Revelation right now?
Good question. A lot of
people dont want to be bothered with the
However, which would you
rather experience: Sheer terror when you behold
Gods wrath or would you rather experience
awesome respect for a God who has been abundantly
patient with mankind, but His patience has run
out because humanity has become hopelessly
Which is better: Knowing Gods
objectives and the means through which He is
accomplishing them or hating God because of your
Which is better: knowing the
Great Tribulation is 1,335 days in length or
believing it is 7 years in length?
God wants us to know and
understand Him. Hes about to do something
He wants everyone to know IF
they want to know.
Before we begin todays
study with Revelation 14:6, lets do a quick
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We now turn our attention to
the 7th prophecy in Revelation and it
begins with Revelation 14:6 because chronological
order is broken with verse 6.
In other words, the first
angels message in verse 6 does not occur after
the 144,000 are standing around Gods
Because each apocalyptic
prophecy has a beginning point in time and an
ending point in time, lets read a few
verses of this prophecy to see if we can figure
out the beginning point in time
Revelation 14:6 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.
Revelation 14:7 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.
Revelation 14:8 A
Second angel followed and said, Fallen,
Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the
nations drink the maddening wine of her
Revelation 14:9 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
he too, will drink of the wine of Gods
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.
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.
These three messages are the
most serious messages recorded in the Bible and once
you understand what they mean, you will be
impressed at howoffensive they are. Once you
understand the meaning of these three messages,
you will understand how these messages will
separate the people of Earth into two groups.
These messages will have atomic power
when they are delivered. There is nothing quite
like them in the entire Bible.
At first, you are going to
think these messages are out of character with
the God that you have loved and known all of your
life. But, you should know by now that Gods
wrath is a part of His character.
You have heard me say many
times that one of the hardest things the 144,000
will say during the Great Tribulation is that
God is love. When the world is lying
in ruins and 1.75 billion people are dead, many
people will sneer at the testimony of the 144,000
saying, How could a God of love do
such hateful things?
One more introductory point:
There is a reason why these
three tiny messages are represented in Scripture
by angels flying in midair. These massages come
they are not of human origin.
They come directly from Gods throne. These
thee messages will be carried by Gods
prophets to every person on Earth.
With these things in mind,
The first angels
message is painfully blunt. The first message
comes from an angry God an indignant God.
His first message does not invite discussion
The first angels
message is a direct head on
conformation with all of the false religions of
the world. Jesus Christ is about to confront
mans arrogance and ignorance with a brutal
Think about the context of
this message for a minute: When the censer is
cast down. Gods attitude and behavior
toward Earth appears to change. When there
is no intercession for sinners, there is wrath
in this case, corporate wrath (wrath
against the world as a whole).
This is a starling
Jesus has been corporately
interceding for mankind every since the day that
Adam and Eve sinned, so the world has not seen a
time when corporate intercession was not
If you remember our studies
on the Jubilee Calendar, (March-June, 2004), you
know that I believe that Gods patience with
Earth expired in 1994 with the fullness of 70
Jubilee Cycles, and at that time, the seven
trumpets were given to the seven angels that
stand before God.
And you already know that
the first four trumpets have been delayed
four angels have been waiting for Jesus to
declare, There is no more delay.
When Gods clock
strikes the appointed hour, the time of the end
begins, the censer comes down and Day 1 of 1,335
days occurs. On that day, Jesus will rise up in
anger to do His strange work --- He
will release divine wrath against a sinful world.
This is something that has not been done for a
long time. [Isaiah 28:21]
When the wrath of God is
released, the Great Tribulation will begin. This
is why Daniel 8 refers to the appointed time of
the end as a time of wrath. It is in the
context of displayed wrath that we have to
view and understand the proclamation of the three
angels messages in Revelation 14.
These three messages will
operate like a giant magnet they will
attract those who love truth. The rest of mankind
will find them offensive!
The fist angels
message will come as an outright demand. Fear
. The second message will come as
a defiant declaration. Babylon is fallen
The third message will come as an ultimatum. If
anyone worships the beast
1. An outright
2. A defiant
3. An ultimatum
1. What is the
meaning and timing of each message?
2. Why are they
3. Who delivers
4. What are the
Lets see if we can
answer these four questions:
1. What is the
meaning and timing of each message?
Each of these three messages
aligns with a specific development on Earth and
they are cumulative as the Great Tribulation
In other words, the first
message begins at a point in time and it continues
sounding until the 1,260th day, the
end of mercy. Later on, the second message begins
and it continues sounding until the end of mercy,
etc. The net effect is that eventually, all three
messages will be heard together.
Lets look at the first
message (an outright demand) to see how it
Fear God and give Him
glory for the hour of His judgment has come.
Worship Him who made the heavens, earth, sea and
the fountain of waters.
This message is similar
in structure to the Ten Commandments. This
message is a direct order, a divine command.
Nothing less. The first angels message
carries the force and weight of the law. There is
no room for negotiation or deviation from the
demand. It simple means what it says.
This law will be proclaimed
in every nation by the 144,000 at the same time.
Everyone will hear this demand. Heres an
The God mentioned in the
first angels message is Jesus Christ, The
Creator of Heaven and Earth. The 144.000 will
tell everyone that Jesus Christ now demands
respect and worship because He is the Creator-God
of Heaven and Earth who rules the Universe.
As you can guess, this
message will be so inflammatory in some
parts of the world that it cannot be presented to
the world until the world has been humbled by a
show of divine wrath.
I need to emphasize this
highly important fact again. The God in the
first angels message is Jesus Christ, the
Creator of Heaven and Earth.
The first demand is not a
demand to honor the Father nor the Godhead, nor
is it a demand to honor any of the gods that men
presently worship. This is an usual message demanding
that everyone on Earth suddenly fear and worship Jesus
Christ, the Creator-God of Heaven and Earth.
And, if it were not for the
overwhelming destruction that sets the stage for
this message, it would enrage the people of
Earth. Most of the 144,000 would be killed within
a few days.
Consider these statistics:
billion people have never heard of Jesus Christ.
billion people reject the idea that Jesus is God.
billion Christians have no idea who Jesus really
2. Why is the
message so harsh?
This message is light and
truth sent from Jesus Christ and it appears harsh
because it confronts the great darkness that
surrounds the truth about the Creator of this
Colossians 1:15 He
[Jesus] is the image of the invisible God [the
Father], the firstborn over all creation.
Colossians 1:16 For
by him all things are created; things in heaven
and on earth, visible and invisible, whether
thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all
things were created by him and for him.
Colossians 1:17 He
is before all things, and in him all things hold
So, the first angels
message comes to earth as a direct
order, a divine command.
This message will
immediately initiate controversy all over the
world and a growing controversy always forces
people to take sides. The first angels
message will confront mans religious
arrogance, the devils lies and human
The first angels
message begins on Day 1 when the day the
censer is thrown cast down and the global
earthquake occurs. In a physical sense, the whole
world will come to a screeching halt as a result
of this earthquake.
This earthquake will come
with dramatic displays of lightening, loud peals
of thunder and deep rumblings (eerie voices). The
people of Earth will be terrified. Everyone will
be physically forced to stop, look and listen.
This global earthquake will
separate the past from the oncoming future. Life
as we presently know it will end on a single day.
The world will be put in lock down (a
term used in prison and schools to indicate that
everyone is locked in their cell or classroom).
The people of Earth will be
locked down in geographic cells. Geographic cells
will be created by broken bridges, broken power
lines, broken water mains, broken highways,
broken runways and broken lines of communication.
High-rise building will fall over and lie in
Of course, the global
earthquake on Day 1 will destroy
everything. God spares some things for later
destruction, but rest assured, everything
including all of the wicked will be
destroyed by Day 1,335. With no
electricity, silence will quickly fall upon the
And during this silence a
clarion message will be heard. It will begin with
one mouth in each geographical cell. The
testimony of Jesus will begin small but as time
passes, it will fill each cell as waves ripple
outward from a pebble tossed into a pond.
A new and powerful
revelation of Jesus Christ will be told and His
generous offer of salvation will be heard in
Matthew 24:14 And
this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in
the whole world as a testimony to all nations,
and then the end will come.
The Holy Spirit will
heighten peoples fear of God so people will
give the three angels messages due
consideration. [Do you remember the story when
the Holy Spirit killed Ananias and Sapphira?].
Acts 5:11 Great
fear seized the whole church and all who heard
about these events.
Think about this: 144,000
prophets will be saying the very same thing in
every language at the very same time
without knowing each other! This is why the Bible
says the first angels message is presented
with a loud voice
hear Gods prophets loud and clear
without a radio or TV!
144,000 will inform the
people of Earth that Jesus Christ, the Creator of
Heaven and Earth is returning to Earth to gather
up everyone who will love and serve Him and that
He will destroy all who rebel against His
They will also justify Jesus
wrath. They will explain that the depths of our
decadence, our sins and rebellion anger Jesus. As
you might expect, the fist angels message
will not go over well. People dont take
kindly to being told their religion is wrong.
Now, you know why four
trumpet judgments are necessary after the global
earthquake. The carnal nature cant be
humbled without overwhelming destruction. What
does Pharaohs rebellious experience with 10
plagues teach us about the carnal nature?
As the people of Earth
consider the consequences of the global
earthquake, they will be forced by circumstances
to acknowledge that there is a Sovereign God that
rules over Earth but which God? Many will
ask, how can this be Jesus Christ? He is not God!
Like Pharaoh, many will be
unable to submit to the light and truth and
acknowledge that Jesus Christ is Sovereign; so
many judgments will be necessary.
The bible does not teach
this, but I believe the 144,000 will announce
the date and time of each of the first four
trumpets. This ability to accurately predict
Gods judgments will affirm that they indeed
speak for Jesus Christ who controls the timing of
the trumpets judgments. (Parallel: Moses and
Aaron announced Gods judgments to Pharaoh.)
When the predicted events
occur wise people will be able to put the
pieces together. They will see in Scriptures and
from circumstances that the 144,000 are prophets
of Jesus Christ. The wise will confess that Jesus
Christ is the only true God and He is to be
feared and worshiped! These people will have
a Nebuchadnezzar moment.
Remember, after seven years
in the forest, eating and living like an animal,
the king wrote, Daniel 4:37 Now
I, Nebuchadnezzar, praise and exalt and glorify
the King of Heaven, because everything He does is
right and all his ways are just. And those who
walk in pride he is able to humble.
acknowledgement is so different than Pharaohs
who said, Exodus 5:2
the Lord, that I should obey him and let Israel
go? I do not know the Lord and I will not let
Now hear this: If the Great
Tribulation were only 60 in length, people would
do most anything Jesus demanded. But, there will
be 1,260 days of testing. The dust has to settle
and persecution has to test the faith and love of
Christs followers. So, like will resume,
albeit under very difficult circumstances after
the fist four trumpets.
Jesus grants a period of 3
½ years to the Two Witnesses to give people a
chance to understand what the kingdom of God is
all about. It takes time to understand the plans,
the ways and the character of Jesus.
We know that about 60
days after the global earthquake occurs, the
composite beast will arise. In its effort to
appease Gods wrath, it will demand that
people worship God according to various
traditions in various nations. It will persecute
those who accept the testimony of the 144,000.
The people of Earth will be
trapped between two demands. The demand of Jesus
and the demand of Babylon. The juxtaposition of
those two demands will test the living.
Our choice will reveal our
faith and love for God.
Revelation 3:10 Since
you have kept my command to endure patiently, I
will also keep you from [through] the hour of
trial that is going to come upon the whole world
to test those who live on the earth.
Three Eternal Truths
The first angels
message is called the eternal or everlasting
gospel because it contains three truths:
The first truth is this:
Jesus is God. He is co-eternal and equal with the
Father in every way.
Jesus is worthy to rule over
the universe as Sovereign God as is the Father.
The Father affirmed this stunning truth in 1798
when He turned the throne over to Jesus.
Ephesians 1:9 And
he [the Father] made known to us the mystery of
his will according to his good pleasure, which he
purposed in Christ,
Ephesians 1:10 to
be put into effect when the times will have
reached their fulfillment to bring all
things in heaven an don earth together under on
head, even Christ.
The Father has put
everything under Jesus to tell the universe that
Jesus is an equal with Himself! So, the demand:
Fear God and worship Him as it pertains to Jesus
Christ in not in conflict with the position and
authority of the Father.
The second truth in the eternal
gospel is this: Jesus Christ is our Creator and
Judge. He holds every created being accountable
for his actions. This is why the first angels
give Him glory for the
hour of His judgment has come. The Judgment
Bar of Christ is based on the rule of law. His
royal law is the Ten Commandments. Jesus is the
Author of the Ten Commandments. He wrote them
with His own finger and He spoke from Mt. Sinai
with His own voice.
He requires every human
being to obey and fulfill these commandments
no one is exempt. When a person refuses to
obey and fulfill the Ten Commandments, he shows
contempt for the authority of Jesus.
Notice Pauls words:
2 Corinthians 5:10
For we must all appear before the judgment
seat of Christ, that each one may receive what is
due him for the things done while in the body,
whether good or bad.
2 Corinthians 5:11
Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord,
we try to persuade men [to do the same]
is the most importance difference between obeying
and fulfilling the law. At no time in Earths
history has obedience to the Ten Commandments
produced salvation from sin and this remains true
during the Great Tribulation! Sinners cannot obey
the Ten Commandments and expect to receive
Some Christians who observe
the seventh day Sabbath think that the great test
coming upon the world during the Great
Tribulation is one of obedience, that is, obeying
the 4th commandment. In simple terms,
many Sabbath keeping Christians think that God is
going to test mankind to see who will keep the
Sabbath and who will not.
The end result is that those
who obey the Ten Commandments, specifically the
fourth commandment, will be saved and all others
will be lost. This is not the case at all! The
Bible does not teach this.
If this were the case,
salvation would come through obedience and not
through faith in Christ. If salvation came
through obedience, Jesus would not have needed to
die on the cross. So lets make sure that we
correctly understand a very important topic that
concerns the Great Tribulation:
Yes, Jesus requires
obedience of His followers.
John 14:15 If
you love me, you will obey what I command.
John 15:14 You
are my friends if you do what I command.
Even before sin began, Jesus
put Adam and Eve under the obligation of the law.
Genesis 2:16 And
the Lord God (Jesus) commanded the man, You
are free to eat from any tree in the garden;
Genesis 2:17 but
you must not eat from the tree of knowledge of
good and evil, for when you eat of it you will
Everyone created by Jesus,
including the angels, were put under the
obligation of the law. If this were not the case,
there would be no sin because sin is lawlessness,
a violation or disregard for law and order. (1
The Ten Commandments are not
ten suggestions. They are divine laws and Jesus
commands that everyone obey them, but not for the
purpose of achieving salvation. The Ten
Commandments were designed to do two things for
First, on a secular level,
the Ten Commandments were designed to produce
social order. Jesus gave us the Ten Commandments
to that mankind could live together in a healthy
and prosperous way.
If everyone obeyed the Ten
Commandments, there would be good within and
among families that make up every nation. Nations
prosper when a majority obeys and exalts the
divine principles expressed in the Ten
The Ten Commandments also
serve a second purpose: Once a person is
born-again, he relates to the Ten Commandments in
a very different way than before. A born-again
person discovers the Ten Commandments to be
expressions of what his heart would do if he
loved God with all his heart and his neighbor as
In other words, the royal
law reveals that a pure heart of love would naturally
do! For example:
If a man obeys the 7th
commandment that forbids adultery because the law
demands it, his family, his children and even his
coworkers will be blessed. Theres no
scandal or bitterness caused by unfaithfulness.
But, after awhile, lets
suppose this mans lust overcomes him and he
violates the 7th commandment.
The social benefit of the 7th
commandment is lost. His children are crushed.
His coworkers are upset because he cant do
his job. His wife is angry and sues him for
divorce. And in the divorce, she gets the
elevator and he gets the shaft.
Do you understand this
secular benefit that comes with obeying the 7th
James 1:14 But
each one is tempted when, by his own evil desire,
he is dragged away and enticed.
James 1:15 Then,
after desire has conceived, it gives birth to
sin; and sin, when it is full-grown, gives birth
James 1:16 Dont
be deceived [sinful desire can pop up at anytime,
so be on your guard], my dear brothers.
Now, lets look at the
spiritual process of the 7th
One day, a born again man
sees a naked woman and he momentarily entertains
the idea of having an adulterous affair with her.
Immediately, the Holy Spirit confronts this man
with the light of truth: This man doesnt
love his wife, as he should.
This man has to admit that
he is not fulfilling the law! Yes, he may have
been keeping the law for many years by avoiding
adultery, but he is not fulfilling the law if he
wants to have an affair with another woman. The 7th
commandment reveals that a loving husband would
not want to commit adultery.
A heart of pure love says, I
cannot commit adultery, because the 7th
commandment reveals what a heart of pure love
will do, this man is forced to admit that he
doesnt love his wife as he should.
He confesses to God that he
loves himself more than he loves her and he
cannot fulfill the intent of the 7th
commandment until he loves his wife, as God would
have him love his wife. The point here is that
even though he has been keeping the
law for years, he has not been fulfilling it!
The Pharisees rigorously
kept the law, but they could not fulfill it!
Romans 7:9 Once
I was alive [self righteous in my own eyes but I
was living] apart from [the intent] law; but when
the commandment came [to my knowledge, saying
Thou shalt not covert], sin sprang to life [because
I had to admit that I was coveting] and I died
[that is, my self-righteousness died from this
Romans 7:10 I
found the very commandment that was intended to
bring life [by showing me what a heart of pure
love will do] actually brought death [because the
law condemned me and my self righteousness.]
A human being cannot love
as God loves unless the Holy Spirit generates the
love of God within him. Listen carefully: These
things have been said about the two purposes of
the Ten Commandments because the Ten Commandments
show born-again people what pure love will do.
The object of the Great
Tribulation is to become sealed. Yes,
everyone will be tested to see (a) if they will
obey the Ten Commandments. Jesus has carefully
designed the Great Tribulation to produce both
texts. He will text our knowledge and our love.
Both tests will be
administered within the context of persecution.
And all who pass both tests will be sealed.
The carnal heart will be removed so that
selfishness will never again have any part in Gods
From our point of view, the
object during the Great Tribulation is to become
sealed with the seal of the living God! Yes,
observing the Sabbath will play a role, but
obedience is only a part of the test!
1 Corinthian 13:1
If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels,
but have not love, I am only a resounding gong or
a clanging cymbal.
1 Corinthians 13:2
If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all
mysteries and all knowledge, and If I have the
faith that can move mountains, but have not love,
I am nothing.
1 Corinthian 13:3
If I give all that I Possess to the poor and
surrender my body to the flames, but have not
love, I gain nothing.
King David understood the
spiritual purposes and process of the Ten
Psalm 19:7 The
law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul.
The statues of the Lord are trustworthy, making
wise the simple.
Psalm 19:8 The
precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the
heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant,
giving light to the eyes.
Psalm 19:9 The
fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The
ordinances of the Lord are sure and altogether
Psalm 119:97 Oh,
how I love your law! I mediate on it all day
Do you remember what
happened to king David? One day he saw a naked
woman taking a bath. Her name is easy to
remember: Bath Sheba. Dont ask me
how she got this name. After committing adultery
with Bath Sheba, David killed he husband by
having his general, Joab, put Uriah on the front
line of battle. Later, the prophet Nathan
confronted David with his adultery and murder.
When David saw the enormity
of his sin as God saw it, he was deeply shaken by
his failure. David knew that he had drifted away
from having a heart of love. He had killed Uriah
one of his best friends all because of
David earnestly prayed:
Psalm 51:10 Create
in men a pure heart, O God, and renew a steadfast
spirit within me.
Every Christian should know
that in order to be saved from the penalty of
sin, we have to be clothed with a righteousness
that comes only from God. This righteousness
does not come from obedience. Rather, Jesus
grants this righteousness to us when we become
willing to love God with all our heart, mind and
soul and our neighbor as our self. True love for
God and others fulfills the demands of the
The Holy Spirit wants us to
look often into the perfect law of God to see how
pure love for God and man is expressed. Yes,
every born again person knows the problem with
sin. We cant fulfill the intent of the law
all of the time.
Romans 7:15 I do
not understand what I do. For what I want to do I
do not do, but what I hate I do.
In other words, born again
Christians have two natures that war against each
other. Sometimes the carnal nature wins. This
happened in king Davids case. Sometimes the
spiritual nature wins. Born again Christians
understand this warfare. This is why the seal of
God is so wonderful.
Gods children will be
tested to see if they really want their selfish
carnal nature removed. When they pass the test,
Jesus will fulfill their desire.
The first angels
message demands that we give glory to Jesus. What
does this mean? We bring glory to Jesus by
exalting the eternal principle of love that he
lives by. This is a beautiful point. God is
pleased when we keep His law and God is overjoyed
when we fulfill the intent of His law through
This is the meaning of
Give glory to Him
I have taken several minutes
to explain the differences between keeping the
law and fulfilling the law because the
third truth in the eternal gospel centers around
The third truth in the
eternal gospel is that Jesus is to be worshiped
as God. He is the Creator of Heaven, the angels,
the Earth and mankind. The first angels
message demands that everyone worship and honor
Worship Him who made
the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs
There is no wiggle room on
this demand. These four times, the heavens,
the earth, the sea and the springs of water
are mentioned in this verse because they are the four
items that are destroyed by the first four
The heavens, 4th
The earth, 1st
The sea, 2nd
Springs of water, 3rd
Worship and the Ten
The Greek word for worship
means, to kiss as in an act of
submission. In Arab countries, people often greet
one another with the kiss of
submission. Kissing is an act of submission
-- The first angels
message begins with the opening of the 4th
-- The first angels
message begins with the censer being cast down.
-- The first angels
message begins at a time when the world will be
willing to listen.
-- The first angels
message marks the beginning of the judgment of
the living the hour of judgment has
come upon us.
-- The first angels
message is an announcement that the judgment bar
of Jesus just began!
Three eternal truths are
found in the first angels message:
1. Jesus is
Sovereign God, Fear God
2. Jesus is the
Judge of mankind the hour of His judgment
3. Jesus is
entitled to worship that belongs to God and
worship Him who made
2. Who delivers
the first angels message?
The 144,000 will deliver the
three angels messages. The 144,000 do not
yet exist, and the three angels messages
have not been given out yet. The 144,000 will be
selected, sealed and empowered to give the three
angels messages. This will be their mission
and destiny and it could not be done any other
way. One cannot carry out this mission and
destiny without being selected by God, empowered
by His Holy Spirit and having the sinful nature
Its humanly impossible
to give the three angels messages!
I know of a church group in
particular claims to be preaching the three angels
messages, but their claim is not valid. For that
matter, various religions, church groups and
church leaders make all kinds of claims that are
not Biblical, so this is not new nor surprising.
Heres a short list
showing why the three angels messages havent
1. The first
angels message sets up a universal test to
see who will worship Jesus Christ and during this
test, Jesus judges mankind on the basis of
In other words, the first
angels message impacts the entire world
everyone on Earth at the same time
because judgment day for the living begins on Day
1. The demand to worship the Creator comes as a
test that everyone will either submit to or
reject. The length of this test is 1,260 days
because this is the duration of Gods Two
2. Although we
havent yet examined it in detail, it is not
possible for the second angels message to
have been given. Babylon does not yet exist. No
one can give a message saying that Babylon is
fallen when Babylon (the composite beast) hasnt
even come up out of the sea!
3. The third
angels message, the warning against
worshiping the beast and receiving his mark hasnt
been given because: (a) the beast has not yet
appeared on Earth and (b) the mark of the beast
doesnt exist at this time.
The point here is that the
three angels messages are yet future.
They occur at a specific time and they are
specific message that address the context and
circumstances of the moment for the whole world.
Each message impacts the whole world all
144,000 cells in a timely setting!
4. What are the
The options to these three
messages is painful. Because the three angels
messages are so blunt and decisive, there will we
no wiggle room. We will either submit and obey
Gods Ten Commandments as commanded by Jesus
This brings the composite
beast into focus. The composite beast rises (the
crisis government is formed) for the purpose of
appeasing God, but it sets up laws contrary to
Gods laws. The composite beast will
persecute the saints because obeying God is
contrary to its authority.
The gulf between obeying the
three angels messages and obeying the laws
of the crisis government will be so great that no
one will be able to straddle the fence very long.