“Then I saw another angel flying in the
midst of heaven, having the everlasting
gospel to preach to those who dwell on
the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue,
and people—saying with a loud voice,
„Fear God and give glory to Him, for the
hour of His judgment has come; and
worship Him who made heaven and
earth, the sea and springs of water‟ ”
Revelation 14:6 - 7
The 19th Century reformation began with the
study of the End Time prophecies in the book
of Daniel; it was led by William Miller.
After the great disappointment in 1844, the
Adventist Church arose based in the study of
the Sanctuary in Daniel’s prophecies.
This lesson we are studying the raison d’être
and the message of the Seventh-Day
Adventist Church today.
The prophetic resurgence of the Church (Rev. 10)
The prophetic message of the Church
1. The message of the first angel (Rev. 14:6-7)
a) Fear God.
b) The hour of His judgment.
c) Worship the Creator.
2. The message of the second angel (Rev. 14:8)
The fall of Babylon.
3. The message of the third angel (Rev. 14:9-12)
The patience of the saints.
The creation The gospel
The judgment message of Daniel 7 and 8 links
directly to the great controversy scenario
depicted in Revelation 12–14. Here we find the
three angels’ messages, which contain the
themes of creation, judgment, and gospel
(Rev. 14:6–12). These texts present God’s
urgent and final call to prepare for the second coming of Jesus.
That angel is Jesus.
The little book is the book of Daniel. Its seal was
removed in 1798.
The message John could not write down is the
interpretation of the time prophecies in Daniel.
That message was spread both in densely and
sparsely populated places.
The sweet flavor is the announcement of Christ’s
Second Coming in 1844.
The bitter flavor is the great disappointment that
wrong expectation created.
This chapter announces the beginning of the
Adventist Church as a prophetic Church.
Our work is to keep preaching to all peoples,
nations, tongues and kings.
The three angels that raise their voices
are a symbol of the last message from
God to the world: Revelation 14:6-12.
The first angel begins. A second angel
joins him while he is speaking. Then a
third angel joins them while they are still
speaking. Thus the triple message is
simultaneously heard all around the
In those final moments of our history, the
Church is the voice of God that preaches
that triple message.
“The angels are represented as flying in the midst of heaven,
proclaiming to the world a message of warning, and having a direct
bearing upon the people living in the last days of this earth’s history. No
one hears the voice of these angels, for they are a symbol to represent
the people of God who are working in harmony with the universe of
heaven. Men and women, enlightened by the Spirit of God and sanctified
through the truth, proclaim the three messages in their order”
E.G.W. (Selected Messages, vol. 2, cp. 50, pg. 387)
“Then I saw another angel flying in the
midst of heaven, having the everlasting
gospel to preach to those who dwell on the
earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and
people—saying with a loud voice, “Fear God
and give glory to Him…”” (Revelation 14:6-7)
The eternal gospel that is preached all
over the world begins with a warning:
“Fear God”. That phrase has two
1. Reverent fear.
Believing in God (Rev. 11:18)
Honoring God (Rev. 14:7)
Praising God (Rev. 19:5)
Obeying God (Rev. 14:12)
Glorifying God’s name (Rev. 15:4)
2. Being afraid.
Fearing the verdict in the judgment
Fearing God in reverent fear is the right
way to worship God. Nevertheless, we
are warned that we must fear the
Judgment; that fear drives people to
seeking the Savior and to embrace the
“…for the hour of His judgment has come…”
The message of that angel does not deal with a future judgment, but a present one: “*it+ has come”.
“The nations were angry, and Your wrath has
come, and the time of the dead, that they
should be judged, and that You should reward
Your servants the prophets and the saints, and
those who fear Your name, small and great, and
should destroy those who destroy the earth”
We learn from Revelation 11 that the judgment must begin after the testimony of the two
witnesses. That testimony lasted for 42 months; that is, 1,260 prophetic days (Rev. 11:2-3)
That prophetic period began in 538 and ended in 1798. As we studied in the last lesson, the
judgment began soon after that, in 1844.
When did that judgment begin?
“…and worship Him who made heaven and earth,
the sea and springs of water” (Revelation 14:7)
The core of Revelation is worship: We
worship either the Creator (Rev. 14:7) or
the creature (Rev. 13:15)
Satan is redoubling his effort to keep us
from worshipping the Creator.
How could anyone believing in evolution
worship the Creator?
How could anyone rejecting His
Commandments worship the Creator
(even if he/she only rejects the Sabbath
commandment, the monument of
Choosing the one we worship is a
decision that has eternal consequences.
Since the rise of the theory of evolution, it has become particularly
us to uphold and affirm our belief in a six-day Creation.
This teaching is the foundation of our worship of the Lord as Creator.
The verse that describes God as having “made heaven and earth, [and]
the sea” alludes to the Sabbath commandment (Exod. 20:11).
The Sabbath is the central issue in the conflict over God’s
commandments. As with no other commandment, the designated day
of worship is suited for a test of loyalty because it cannot be deduced
by logical reasoning.
We keep it only because God has commanded us to do so.
Nothing we believe as Seventh-day
Adventists makes sense when taken
apart from the Lord as Creator, and
nothing in the Bible is as clear a sign
of God‟s creatorship as the Sabbath.
How seriously do you take the
How can you have a deeper
experience with the Lord through
obedience to this commandment?
“And another angel followed, saying,
“Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that
great city, because she has made all
nations drink of the wine of the
wrath of her fornication.””
Babylon means confusion (Gn. 11:9)
The fall of Babylon is a symbol of the
alliance between the apostate churches
and the political corrupt power in this
“The Bible declares that before the coming of the Lord, Satan will work
“with all power and signs and lying wonders, and with all deceivableness of
unrighteousness;” and they that “received not the love of the truth, that
they might be saved,” will be left to receive “strong delusion, that they
should believe a lie.” 2 Thessalonians 2:9-11. Not until this condition shall be
reached, and the union of the church with the world shall be fully
accomplished throughout Christendom, will the fall of Babylon be complete.
The change is a progressive one, and the perfect fulfillment of Revelation
14:8 is yet future” E.G.W. (The Great Controversy, cp. 21, pg. 389)
The “Patience” of the Saints
The second and third angels’
messages of Revelation are a
warning to all who do not heed
the divine call of the first angel’s
message. If people continue on
their wrong path, they will par-
take of God’s seven last plagues,
which are seen as “the wine of
the wrath of God” (Rev. 14:10),
and this wine will be poured out
on those who remain in Babylon.
In the Bible, Babylon stands for rebellion against God (Gen. 11:1–9; Jeremiah 50, 51).
Babylon arrogantly assumes the place of God and is the enemy of God’s people. By the
time of the New Testament, Babylon had become a code word for Rome (1 Pet. 5:13). In the
book of Revelation, the harlot Babylon is a religious-political power in opposition to God
and to His people and, as such, attempts to control the world. Revelation 13:15–17
describes the “Babylonian crisis” when the beastly powers of Revelation 13 join forces to
persecute the remnant of God. Babylon is thus a symbol of the end-time alliance of
apostate churches together with the corrupt political powers of the world.
“Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships
the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he
himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full
strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and
brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb…
Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of
God and the faith of Jesus”” (Revelation 14:9-10, 12)
The first and second messages are closely related to the third one.
Those who don’t accept the message of the first angel and don’t worship the Creator will
drink of the wine of Babylon which the second angel announces.
Those who don’t accept the first and the
second messages will worship the beast
and his image and will drink of the wine of
the wrath of God.
The third message is the last call to
worship the Creator, to have faith in Him
and to keep His commandments.
God wants to justify, save, free and
vindicate His people. He invites us to be
patient and to live reflecting the character
of Jesus until the day He’ll “give to every
one according to his work” (Rev. 22:12)
The message of the three angels calls God’s followers in Babylon to come out and
join the faithful and visible end-time remnant of God (Rev. 18:4, 5). Yes, there is
still a faithful remnant in Babylon, and they need to hear the Seventh-day
Adventist end-time message. As we saw yesterday, Revelation 14:12 clearly
depicts God’s faithful remnant. The “perseverance,” or “patience,” of the saints
does not describe so much a passive endurance of hostile activities but, rather, a
steadfast awaiting of Christ. The believers not only follow the commandments but
also proclaim them to the world.
At the same time, the “faith of Jesus” can refer to the believers’ “faith in Jesus” (NASB)
and also to Jesus’ loyalty that carries the believers faithfully through. The end of the third
angel’s message directs our eyes to Christ. Through His merits and His loyalty, God’s
people are able to persevere and keep His commandments. “Several have written to
me, inquiring if the message of justification by faith is the third angel’s message,
and I have answered, ‘It is the third angel’s message in verity.’ ”—Ellen
G. White, Selected Messages, book 1, p. 372.
“We must learn to put our entire dependence upon God, and yet we
must ever bear in mind that the Lord God has need of every agency
that holds the truth in righteousness.
As workers for Christ we are to stand in view of the cross of Calvary,
proclaiming to the world, “Behold the Lamb of God, which taketh
away the sin of the world.”
We are to proclaim the third angel’s message with our human voices,
and it is to go to the world with power and glory”
E.G.W. (Testimonies to Ministers and Gospel Workers, cp. 9, pg. 214)
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