What do the First Angels Messages Tell us?
Revelation 14:6-7 ‘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, 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 first thing we need to consider is are these LITERAL Angels flying around the world proclaiming these three messages? I don’t believe they are. There are two reasons. First, I don’t believe we will see with our own eyes literal Angels flying around in the sky giving these three messages, do you? The second reason is that Revelation is full of symbolic images, and I believe these three Angels are also symbolic. God uses His Angels as messengers, and I believe that these 3 Angels represent God’s messengers on earth, ie. His people, His church. Therefore, these Angels represent God’s end time church proclaiming the three angels message from the pulpit, on radio, television, in print and on the internet.
This end time remnant of God’s people realize the importance of standing on the truth of God’s Word. Psalm 60:4 “Thou hast given a banner to them that fear thee, that it may be displayed because of the truth”. They reject worldly fables, and traditions of man and declare the truth, to counteract the tidal wave of error sweeping the earth, brought about by Satan and his Jesuit teachings. Unfortunately, most of the world will follow after error and lies. Friend, Satan is preparing the world for his final deception before Jesus Christ returns at the second coming, which is why we need to stand firm on the Rock of truth.
So this Angel, (God’s church) has the everlasting gospel to preach. This message is proclaimed with a loud voice to ‘fear God’. Does the Christian world of today fear God? I don’t believe it does. This is why sin continues, because the fear of the Lord is not in us. Should we fear God? Does loving God mean we can’t fear Him? What would you do if you stood in front of God as you are? I’m sure you would fall flat on your face in reverence and fear. This doesn’t mean we don’t love Him. The Bible writers feared God as we can see from the following verses:
Genesis 42:18 …’And Joseph said unto them the third day, This do, and live; for I fear God.’ Ecclesiastes 12:13 …’Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.’ Hebrews 12:28 …’Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve God acceptably with reverence and godly fear.’
This is just 3 of about a hundred verses telling us to fear God in the Bible. We are not to serve God out of fear alone, for this would not produce a loving relationship with Jesus. But we are to fear Him as a God who can give life and take life away. He is our awesome creator and we are to give Him reverence for who He is. Sadly, you will unlikely see any reverence for God in many churches today. The message from pulpits today is more focused on ‘nice feelings’, rather than fear and reverence for our Creator. Let’s get back to the old Bible way of reverence and fear for our awesome eternal Creator God.
By James Muthoka