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 Sermon on Revelation 14

Three Angel's Messages

By Brian Pepper

In one of the leading Art Galleries of Europe there hung a magnificent portrait of the crucified Christ. Into that Art Gallery there wandered a young man, shabby, unkempt, bleary eyed. Drink and fast living were robbing him of both self respect and friends. Idly he gazed around until his eye settled upon that wonderful portrait of the dying Saviour. He read the caption, "All this I have done for thee, what hast thou done for Me.” Then as he gazed upon that scene something touched his heart. He sat there for a long time drinking in the scene. And right there in that Public Art Gallery he yielded his heart to the Christ. This young man was Count Zinderdorf. Later on he was responsible for the great revival among the Moravians; the very ones who later on had such an influence upon the Wesley brothers. Yes the more we gaze upon the uplifted Christ the more we see the great love of God for sinful man.

The Book of Revelation is another great portrait of Christ. We see more than the crucified Christ. We see the great love that Christ has for His church. The Book of Revelation is chiefly a picture of the church of Christ. The trials of that church, the persecutions, the purifying and the refining: in order to perfect a people for the eternal kingdom. It is a marvelous revelation of a soon coming Saviour.

10 Specification of the the Beast Power

And in this book is also portrayed the great enemy of Christ and God’s people. In Revelation chapter 13 we have described the rise of the great Papal power. In this chapter we have (10) clear cut specifications of this power. Everyone fits perfectly.

1. It arose after the breakup of the old Roman Empire.
2. It arose within the old Roman Empire.
3. It was a religious power.
4. It spoke blasphemies.
5. It persecuted.
6. Held sway for 1260 years.
7. It opposed God.
8. Received a deadly wound which was later healed.
9. Once again the whole world will bow down to it. 
10. It has a number; the number is 666. And it does not matter whether you add it up in Latin, Hebrew or Greek it still adds up the same.

Of the papacy the prophecy says, in Revelation 13:3,”…all the world wondered after the beast.”

Compelled to Worship the Beast Power

One day soon all the world is going to be compelled to worship this power. Verse 8 says, “And all that dwell upon the earth shall worship him, whose names are not written in the book of life of the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world.” 

The dissenters will be persecuted. Everyone will be forced to fall into line. There is no question of this.  But no matter what trouble comes God will make a way of escape.

Dr David McAllister, one time President of National Reform Association said, "Those who oppose this work now (Sunday laws) will discover when the religious amendment is made to the Constitution, that if they do not see fit to fall in with the majority, they must abide the consequences or seek some more congenial clime."

That should be clear enough. The lamblike beast is beginning to speak like a dragon. And very soon the great test will come. But God will stand by us. He will allow nothing to come upon us that we cannot stand.

Remember that Jesus prayed that He might be allowed to escape the hour of His trial. In His humanity He hesitated but God will give us the same grace in our hour of trial.

Everyone who isn’t a true follower of God will worship the papal power. But no matter what trouble comes, if we trust in God He will have a way of escape.

God Warns Us of What is Coming

Amos 3:7 says, "Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.”

God warns us of what is coming, and He tells us what to do. We are warned of the rising power of the great Antichrist. In Revelation chapter 13 and in chapter 14 we are told what to do. Yes it is God’s answer to this problem. It is God’s instruction to His people.

Revelation 14:6 says, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven…”
Verse 8 says, “And there followed another angel…”
Verse 9 says, “And the third angel followed them…”

The Message of the Three Angels

In the Book of Revelation an angel represents a message from God. The word “angel” in both Hebrew and Greek means “messenger”. God always sends His messages to the world through His church.

So the three angels of Revelation 14 represent those who accept the light of God’s messages and go out to sound this warning throughout the earth.

So you see it is a special proclamation of a worldwide nature. Verse 14 says, "And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle."

And it goes forth just before the coming of Jesus Christ.

Meaning of Sharp Sickle and Harvest

A sharp sickle. Why a sharp sickle? A sickle symbolizes a harvest.

What harvest?  Matthew 13:38, 39 says, “The field is the world; the good seed are the children of the kingdom; but the tares are the children of the wicked one;
The enemy that sowed them is the devil; the harvest is the end of the world; and the reapers are the angels.”

Verse 41 says, “The Son of man shall send forth his angels, and they shall gather out of his kingdom all things that offend, and them which do iniquity;” 

The harvest is the end of the world: when Christ comes to raise the dead, to raise the people of God, to translate the living saints. 

So you can see that the Message of the three angels is the last message to this world. It is God’s last movement; a people carrying the truth of this hour to all the world, just before the second advent of Christ.

What is the Everlasting Gospel?

And what is this message that is so important to the people of these last days?

Revelation 14:6 says, “And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people,”

A special gospel message that goes to all the world. But why does it say the everlasting gospel? Isn’t that the gospel that is being preached by all the churches today? No, I am afraid not!

You see there is only one plan of salvation. There is only one true church, not hundreds of so called churches. There is only one Holy Spirit who guides believers into truth and not into error. There is only one faith, not scores of faiths.

The reason it is called the everlasting gospel is because it is the pure gospel, not tainted with man’s ideas and errors. And it is the pure gospel that is given to the world right down at the very end of time.

Verse 7 says, “Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” 

The hour of His judgment is come. It does not say “is coming” or “is to come” but “is come”. That means it is on now. 

1844 was the commencing date of the great Investigative Judgment; the looking into the books. So you can expect this final movement to arise in the same year.

Don't We All Worship the Creator? 

There is something else that is mentioned here, “… worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.”

Why should the gospel message of the last days call for men and women to worship the Creator? Doesn’t every Christian worship the Creator? Why, millions of so called Christians do not believe in the record of Genesis. Millions believe in evolution.

I was talking to a prominent layman in one of the leading churches and he tried to convince me of evolution. A leading clergyman wrote an article in the newspaper stating that the Book of Genesis was only a book of myths or Jewish fables. God, through the writings of St Peter, told us that they would do this.

However the last message emphasizes the worship of the Creator.

Two Choices - Worship the Beast or the Creator

In the 13th Chapter Beast worship is pointed out. So the great issue at stake is Creator worship or Beast worship. Yes, it is either going to be Beast worship or Creator worship.

The Bible lays down instructions on how to worship the Creator. You will find that instruction in the Ten Commandments.

The first tells us to worship God.
The second - not to make images or to bow to them.
The third - our attitude in worship is be reverent.
The fourth - when to worship the Creator: to remember the 7th day, not a 7th day or any day but the 7th day.

Yes, God tells us in this one that we are to worship Him.

If we keep the Sabbath holy God says that it is a sign or our sanctification. It has a sanctifying influence upon us. And more than that, by doing this we worship the Creator. 

Exodus 20:11 says, “For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.” 

Yes, the Sabbath is a memorial of creation.

The Second Angel's Message

And now the second angel’s message. What do we find here?

Verse 8 says, “And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.” 

Babylon is fallen. You might say who is Babylon? Revelation 17:5 says, “And upon her forehead was a name written, MYSTERY, BABYLON THE GREAT, THE MOTHER OF HARLOTS AND ABOMINATIONS OF THE EARTH.”

Revelation shows that she is the church of Rome, and she has daughters who practice the same things as the mother: Protestants who have fallen away from the truth.

As one man put it. Take the ‘protest’ out of protestants and what have you got? Ants. Yes, ants crawling back to Rome.

Wine in the Bible symbolizes doctrine. Babylon has intoxicated the nations with her doctrines. Today there is religious confusion. Rome has made the world so drunk that it cannot see the truth.

There is only one church that has the key to Revelation and that is the Adventist church. You can see very clearly why. Unless you understand the 2,300 days prophecy, the sanctuary service, and the Sabbath truth, there is no hope in all the world of ever understanding it, none at all.

Yes, Babylon is fallen alright. They have fallen away from the truth.

The Third Angel's Message

And now the third angel’s message. Verses 9 and 10 say, “And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:”

If any man worship the beast. It is right here that we have God’s answer to the rising power of the Antichrist. All the word will worship the beast.

Chapter 13:16 says, “And he causeth all, both small and great, rich and poor, free and bond, to receive a mark in their right hand, or in their foreheads:”

When the law of the state says “Stop work on Sunday” men will. They will accept it in their minds. They will stop using their hands for work. Most folk will say “what is the difference of a day anyway”? 

There is a coming boycott. Chapter 13:17 says, “And that no man might buy or sell, save he that had the mark, or the name of the beast, or the number of his name.”

Even now the ground is being prepared. Listen to this. Dr (Divinity) Bascom Robins said in Burlington, Kansas, USA. “There is a class of people in this country who will not keep the Christian Sabbath (Sunday) unless they are forced to do so; but that can be easily done. We have twenty millions of men, beside women and children in this country, who want this country to keep the Christian Sabbath. If we would say we will not sell anything to them, we will not buy anything from them or hire them to work for us, the thing could be wiped out, and all the world would keep the Christian Sabbath.” 

I want to tell you that it is going to come more quickly than most of us expect. God says, “If any man worship the beast the same shall receive of the wine of the wrath of God.” On that man or woman will come the anger of God. That is a terrible thing.

If you follow the beast in any shape or form God will punish you. It does not matter if we follow Babylon or her daughters. It is just the same with God. As far as God is concerned there is no sitting on the fence. There is only two classes: those who worship the beast and those who worship God. 

How to Worship the Creator

“If any man worship the beast.” The word ‘worship' means to obey. It is Christ or the beast.

Revelation 14:12 says, “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” 

This text sweeps away thousands of professing Christians in a few short words; for the people that Jesus greets on that great and terrible day are honoring Him by keeping all of His Father’s commandments.

Remember this, there is only one way to go to heaven and that is God’s way.

Revelation 15:2,3 says, “And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire: and them that had gotten the victory over the beast, and over his image, and over his mark, and over the number of his name, stand on the sea of glass, having the harps of God. And they sing the song of Moses the servant of God, and the song of the Lamb, saying, Great and marvelous are thy works, Lord God Almighty; just and true are thy ways, thou King of saints.” 

Two Different Coronations

We need to ask the question, is this going to be our experience? There are two kings to choose between. We will have to decide the Coronation that we wish to take part in.

Some years ago the Pope died and a new one had to be chosen. The cardinals cast their lot and one of their number was selected. When the Coronation hour drew near, thousands of people gathered in Rome. The nations sent their ambassadors to his Coronation just as if he were an earthly king. Thousands fell down and worshipped him. One of the cardinals stepped up and placed upon his head the triple crown saying, “I now crown thee Vicarius Filii Dei, the ruler of heaven, earth and hell.” And that mighty throng prostrated themselves in adoration and worship.

But we see another Coronation scene. It is that of Jesus. But we see how they crowned Him. They placed a crown of sharp thorns upon His brow, then with their rods they drove those spikes into His forehead. They placed on His shoulders the mock robe and said, “Hail, King of the Jews”. They took that King and laid Him on that cruel cross. They drove those spikes into His hands and through His feet. They jolted that cross into position and put a sign above His head, the King of the Jews.

A choice has to be made. You would think that everyone would chose Jesus of Nazareth as their king, but sadly they do not. But what a reward there is for those who do. They will stand on the Sea of Glass and sing the Song of the Lamb and praise God for His mercy and compassion.

I ask you once again, is that going to be your experience? It can be if we accept Jesus as our King.


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