Understanding the Second Angel’s Message
The Second Angel warns of the false prophets and leaders who will try to deceive us and keep us from following the truth.
Revelation 14:8 …….”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.”
In this message we find the same type of warning that Jesus gave in Matthew 24:24:
“For there shall arise false Christs, and false prophets, and shall show great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect.
Jesus wants us to understand that there is an Enemy whose sole desire is to deceive us and keep us from being saved. Satan has even created false worship to achieve his purpose. Jesus does not want us to be left in ignorance about this false system of worship and who is behind it. If we simply adhere to God’s true worship, we can avoid all forms of false worship and the deceptiveness of Babylon.
“What does it mean to “drink the wine of the wrath of her fornication (Revelation 14:8)”?
In Isaiah 55:1 God gives an invitation to buy wine and milk without money and without price. He refers to this as His truth and His words of life. Wine in the Bible can be used as a symbol for teachings. So the “wine of her fornication” would be false teachings.
Babylon has disregarded the only commandment that identifies which God we serve, the Creator of heaven and earth. This has been accomplished by replacing seventh-day Sabbath of the Fourth Commandment. God made the world in six days and rested on the seventh. He established it as a day when all humanity would recognize Him as the Sovereign Lord of the universe. But the man of sin who exalts himself above God thought to change the day of rest from the seventh to the first day.
By recognizing this false day of worship, the world follows after the Beast and drinks the wine of false teachings, which are substitutions of what God has established. Our call from God is to “come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins” (Revelation 18:4). We can prove our allegiance to God by keeping His commandments, including His command to keep the seventh day holy.