Who are these angels?
*Hebrews 1:14* “Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?”
Angels at this point of three angels, refers to a ministry done for God in a significant swift manner. The angels could refer to any creation acting on behalf of God, including the believers, nature and even actual angels themselves. They act on behalf of God. What matters is not their angelicness but the ministry they offer or the message they carry. The angelicness points to the significance of the message and how it will spread, the focus is not on the angel agent.
The Three Angels depicts God’s final message to all humanity. Kind of God making a last appeal to people, before its too late and regrettable. This message will be preached universally by agents of preaching. Agents of preaching according to Matthew 28:18-20. Disciples of Jesus of all time are agents of preaching. Their work and importance of their message is symbolised by these three angels.
First Angel is first part of God’s final message as preached by the church.
*_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. *(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.”
Angel flying in the mid air refers to the larger territory covered at ago by this ministry. At this point the gospel is no longer in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, it is now going to the ends of the earth. See Acts 1:8. Hence the angel flying mid-air!
The message is eternal…it is not time bound. The message is designed for all human beings, regardless of their classes, divisions and uniqueness from others.
The summary of the message is (1) Judgment time is here. Referring to judgement based on heavenly records, that takes place unknown to human beings – hence the warning. People need to know that unknown to them – there is a judgment taking place now, that is determining their eternal destiny.
(2) Safety of everyone at such a time is to worship God as a Creator. God is many things – He is a Healer, a Savior, etc. But it is the worship of God as Creator that is significant and critical at these times.
We worship God as a Creator by keeping the true biblical Sabbath. Look at the similarities of wordings in the angel’s message and the Sabbath command in Exodus 20:8-11.
The biblical Sabbath perpetually commemorates God as a Creator.
The first Angel therefore is saying – Judgment is here, keep the true Sabbath.
The first angel’s message is what the church should be preaching all over the world, if it’s acting on God’s behalf to appeal to the world. Judgment and true Sabbath is the first important message from God to the world, through the true church.
The message is not prosperity gospel. Or Emphasis of charisma or rituals. The message is Judgment and true Sabbath keeping.
Now such a message is not interesting or entertaining, but, if we are faithful to the prophetic voice (speaking on behalf of God) God gave the church – this is our message as individuals and as a church to the world, all the time.
We don’t preach the message of Judgment and true Sabbath in abusive, arrogant way. No! Ephesians 4:15 we preach in love! The method is as important as the message.
*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 adulteries.”
Babylon symbolises opposition of God. Anything and everything that has ever opposed God is symbolised by Babylon. Satanic forces acting in history through governments and Religious organisations are depicted as Babylon.
Second important message is that opposition to God has been defeated. It’s over! It is finished. Therefore join the winning side. Therefore whatever efforts Babylon puts should not scare you…they are kicks of a dying horse. Do not be afraid of Babylon and Babylonians – they are defeated.
Babylon’s maddening wine refers to false teachings and beliefs held by all those who oppose God. Both religious and non-religious beliefs that oppose God, are Babylon’s maddening wine.
Adulteries refers to mixing of true worship and false practices. Hypocrisy. Double standards. Believers who believe in witchcraft. Believers who have two lives, for church and out there. They have taken maddening wine. Adulteries, where there is little difference between religious event and a night club. When preachers and entertainers are in the same trade. Church-boards and individuals who can’t forgive sinners and those who can’t discipline them…are both drunk with Babylon maddening wine!
Second angels message is – no opposition against God is sustainable any longer. Teachings are wine. Practices are depicted as adulteries. Quit the opposition by rejecting it’s teachings and practices.
*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 the hand, *(14:10)* 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 *.(14:11)* 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.” *(14:12)* This calls for patient endurance on the part of the saints who obey God’s commandments and remain faithful to Jesus.”
The third angel warns against worshiping the beast and it’s image. This is worship opposed to God and what He has revealed in scriptures.
The beast as progressively taught by the Bible in the books of Daniel and Revelation, is a religious organisation that came when civil Rome collapsed. The organization that reigned after civil Rome, is religious Rome led by the Bishop. This is known since then to date as Roman Catholicism.
The image of the beast is that which looks like the beast. If the beast is a combination of Catholicism and Roman state, then it’s image is a similar combination. State and protestantism coming together is the image of the beast. This image will be formed in the USA at the behest of Catholicism.
Just for purposes of clarity. The image of the beast as described above, is different from the mark of the beast. The mark of the beast which is repeatedly mentioned in the book of Revelation, is that which identifies Roman Catholicism and is opposed to God, which is Sunday worship. Sunday worship is the mark of the beast…while Sabbath keeping is the seal of God.
Receiving the mark on the forehead refers to believing that Sunday is a true way of worship regardless of what the Bible says. Forehead has to do with believing. Receiving the mark on the right hand has to do with accepting Sunday worship because of convenience it affords. Convenience of work, business and other activities of life. One who receives on the right hand, knows Sunday worship is not biblical, but for convenience, they continue this practice.
The third angel warns that anyone who joins those who oppose God will suffer eternal punishment (meaning of Eternal punishment is explained in the other article “Sequence of End-Time Events” ). Those who oppose God are generally referred to as Babylon. This angel specifies the need to be consistently opposed to the beast, it’s image and it’s mark.
Summary of Three Angels Message
1- Judgment is coming therefore keep the Sabbath.
2- All that and all those who oppose God have failed. Don’t fear them and don’t join them. If you are part of them desert them and join God’s side!
3 – God will punish severely and eternally anyone who persists in Catholicism, it’s teachings, Sunday keeping and obedience to its political moves that oppose God.
The Three Angels message is God’s final appeal to the world through the church. The message is specific. The message identifies the true church. False churches cannot preach this message.
What is your response to God’s final message? Will you prepare for judgment and keep the biblical Sabbath? Will you cease fearing Babylon and cut any ties you have with Babylon? Will you disassociate yourself from anything and everything Catholic that opposes God? Let your answer be known to God. May the day or night depending on where you are be good in Jesus name. Amen!
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