Download PDF

sabbath MAY 19

Rev. 14:7

Introduction The Hour of Judgment Has Come!



As young children, my brother and I loved to run around and explore castles along the coast of western Africa in a country called Ghana, where we grew up and lived as missionaries. We would jump on old British-era cannons and run through tunnels. There was one particular castle experience that I will never forget: Elmina Castle.

The Lord delivered them to freedom in the most amazing way.

Like many of the other castles around Ghana’s coast, Elmina Castle was built more than five hundred years ago! It was one of the most important stops on the Atlantic slave route under the Portuguese, the Dutch, and then, later, the British. The castle has several prison cells, where men, women, and children from all over the Gold Coast were held and inhumanely treated until they were shipped off to Europe and North America as slaves.

The conditions these people were subjected to were unimaginable, and many of them died on the voyage across the Atlantic Ocean. But many of these slaves, in spite of the severe oppression, sang songs and praised God while they labored in the fields. They sang songs of hope, hope for Jesus’ second coming when they would finally be delivered and taken to paradise, where they would be free.

This inspiring piece of history reminds me of my favorite Bible character, Paul, and his friend Silas. Together they were imprisoned in Philippi after being flogged. “About midnight, Paul and Silas were praying and singing hymns to God, and the other prisoners were listening to them. Suddenly there was . . . a violent earthquake. . . . At once all the prison doors flew open, and everyone’s chains came loose” (Acts 16:25, 26, NIV). The Lord delivered them to freedom in the most amazing way.

As the hour of judgment and persecution draws near, can you confidently say that you are willing to praise God even on the darkest of days? Revelation 14:7 says, “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’ ” (NIV). What a beautiful task God has given us! He is reminding us of His glory and majesty. God is encouraging us to prepare and make haste because the end is drawing near, when He will finally come back and take us prisoners of this sinful world to paradise—where we will be free!

{day-reference}

Komal Nunfeli Swansi, Silang, Cavite, Philippines

sunday MAY 20

Rev. 14:6

Evidence God’s Cup of Wrath



In chapter 14 of the book of Revelation, the three angels’ messages are revealed to us in the most mesmerizing way. The eternal gospel is to be proclaimed to all who live on earth that all who inhabit this place will worship the One who made the heavens and earth.

It is the fulfillment of all of our hopes as believers.

The three angels’ messages given in Revelation 14:6–12 are some of the foundational beliefs of our church! This is especially true for all of those who are living in the last days, waiting for the second coming of Christ. It is the fulfillment of all of our hopes as believers. Furthermore, in verse 6, the word gospel actually means “good news.” This good news is not simply the announcement that God is delivering and restoring His people, it is also the announcement that He is bringing forth judgment on His enemies and the wicked nations.

Furthermore, in verse 8, the second angel says, “She has fallen! Great Babylon has fallen! She made all the people drink her wine—the strong wine of her immoral lust!” (GNT). The word fallen refers to Babylon. The Israelites referred to Babylon as a symbol of idolatry, lust, and immorality because they had previously experienced exile in Babylon.

Verses 9 and 10 declare that those who worship the beast will drink wine from God’s cup of wrath. Scripture regularly uses the symbol of the cup to represent a measured out portion of God’s anger against sin and the wicked nations. But don’t worry, there is a promise in verse 13.

The good news is that those who die in the service of the Lord will enjoy rest from their hard work. The promise goes out to all who love God and will be saved for eternal life. Those who are wicked will be unable to touch you, and God’s cup of fury will be poured out to torment the wicked.

I don’t know about you, but I don’t want to be among those who will drink from God’s cup of wrath. I want to fear God and give glory to the One who made the heavens and the earth—the same One who died on the cross for my sins. If that is what you want, then God calls for your endurance to obey His commandments and be faithful to Jesus.

REACT

1. What does the “everlasting gospel” carried by the three angels mean?

2. “Babylon is a symbol of idolatry, lust, and immorality.” Discuss specifically what Babylon signifies in today’s modern context.

3. In what way can we as Adventists avoid the wine of God’s fury that is poured out of God’s cup of wrath (Rev. 14:10)?

{day-reference}

Komal Nunfeli Swansi, Silang, Cavite, Philippines

Rev. 14:6;

2 Pet. 1:12

Logos Going to Share a Global Gospel



Present Truth (Rev. 10:1; 14:6)

The messages of the three angels in Revelation 14 are the fulfillment of what was commissioned by the angel in Revelation 10. The mention of “another angel” refers the reader back to the seven angels who introduced the trumpet judgment and is a reminder of judgment. The progressive unfolding of truth is a recurring biblical theme throughout Scripture.

The Gospel (Matt. 24:14; Rom. 1:1)

Revelation 14:6 is the fulfillment of Matthew 24:14. The gospel is not a different gospel but the same Christ-centered message that the whole Bible is all about. The final proclamation of this gospel began at Pentecost. It includes the good news about Christ’s life, death, resurrection, and ascension to heaven.

The combined message of the three angels, at its very core, is a special invitation for the whole world to worship the living God.

Revelation 14:6 is the only place this word gospel appears in the book of Revelation (although the verb form is also found in Rev. 10:7).

The accompanying verb “to preach” gives special force to the importance of what is proclaimed. This is the first of three angels who proclaim God’s final message to the world. Most commentators, including non-Adventist ones, agree that this is “a final chance to repent” that is “being given the nations.”1 Thus in the overall context of Revelation, the gospel includes the good news about Christ’s second advent when He rescues His people.

Those Who Dwell on the Earth (Rev. 1:6; 13:8; 14:6)

The phrase “those who dwell on the earth” occurs frequently in the book of Revelation. It “functions almost as a technical expression for the wicked, namely, those who resist the gospel and persecute God’s faithful people (cf. 3:10; 6:10; 8:13; 11:10; 13:8, 14; 17:2).”2 They are those who worship the beast, whose names are “not written in the book of life” (Rev. 13:8). This picture stands in contrast to “those who dwell in heaven” (Rev. 13:6, NASB) and reign in heavenly places (cf. Rev. 1:6; 5:9, 10). This message is not for believers but is, instead, a final warning message to unbelievers.

Global Reality (Matt. 24:14; Rev. 10:11; 13:7, 8)

The message of the “everlasting gospel” is global in scope. The reference to “every tribe and people and tongue and nation” relates to Revelation 10:11, where John is commissioned to prophesy again “concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings” (NASB).

Thus this earlier commission means that there is a continuing reality for the church. This global warning comes as the sea beast is given authority “over every tribe and people and tongue and nation” when all render their allegiance to Satan to worship him (Rev. 13:7, 8, NASB).

Since Satan’s work is global in scope, in the same way the end-time gospel message is just as much a global message. Jesus through this message is warning the world about the fulfillment of Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” The combined message of the three angels, at its very core, is a special invitation for the whole world to worship the living God before it is too late.

REACT

1. In what way can you help share the good news of the gospel?

2. In what ways have you grown in your understanding of truth?

3. How do God’s end-time people have a special message for the world?

1. Grant R. Osbourne, Revelation, Baker Exegetical Commentary on the New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2002), p. 535.

2. Ranko Stefanovic, Revelation of Jesus Christ: Commentary on the Book of Revelation, 2nd ed. (Berrien Springs, MI: Andrews University Press, 2009), pp. 245, 451.

Michael W. Campbell, Silang, Cavite, Philippines

tuesday MAY 22

Rev. 14:6–20

Testimony The Power of Proclamation and Personal Labor



“The proclamation of the judgment is an announcement of Christ’s second coming as at hand. And this proclamation is called the everlasting gospel (Rev. 14:6, 7). Thus the preaching of Christ’s second coming, the announcement of its nearness, is shown to be an essential part of the gospel message. “The Bible declares that in the last days men will be absorbed in worldly pursuits, in pleasure and money-getting. They will be blind to eternal realities. . . .

“Men are rushing on in the chase for gain and selfish indulgence as if there were no God, no heaven, and no hereafter. . . . The message of Christ’s soon coming is designed to arouse men from their absorption in worldly things. It is intended to awaken them to a sense of eternal realities, that they may give heed to the invitation to the Lord’s table. . . .

“We are not to wait for souls to come to us; we must seek them out where they are.”

“The world is perishing for want of the gospel. There is a famine for the word of God. There are few who preach the word unmixed with human tradition. Though men have the Bible in their hands, they do not receive the blessing that God has placed in it for them. The Lord calls upon His servants to carry His message to the people. The word of everlasting life must be given to those who are perishing in their sins.

“To a great degree this must be accomplished by personal labor. This was Christ’s method. His work was largely made up of personal interviews. He had a faithful regard for the one-soul audience. Through that one soul the message was often extended to thousands.

“We are not to wait for souls to come to us; we must seek them out where they are. When the word has been preached in the pulpit, the work has but just begun. There are multitudes who will never be reached by the gospel unless it is carried to them. . . .

“None should be neglected because of their apparent devotion to worldly things. Many in high social positions are heartsore, and sick of vanity. They are longing for a peace which they have not. In the very highest ranks of society are those who are hungering and thirsting for salvation. Many would receive help if the Lord’s workers would approach them personally, with a kind manner, a heart made tender by the love of Christ.”1

1. Ellen G. White, Christ Object Lessons, pp. 227–229, 231.

Editors, Silver Spring, Maryland, USA

wednesday MAY 23

Rom. 12:2;

2 Cor. 7:1

How-to Preparing for the End Times



In Matthew 24, during the last days of Jesus’ ministry on this earth, Jesus gathered His small group of believers on the Mount of Olives to relay His last message before He returned to His father in heaven. He told them that He would be going away, but before He returned there would be different kinds of signs that would happen. Jesus told them that in order to identify the signs of His coming, they must be faithful to Him.

How do we prepare?

He foretold many others who would try to deceive them by claiming that they were sent by God. Every corner of this earth would hear of wars and fighting, but it would not be the end of the world just yet. Different natural disasters would cause pain on the earth, and the sins of the people of the earth would increase. There would be hunger and diseases that would contribute to heartaches and sorrows, but the end would not come until every person had heard the Word of God.

The signs are there to help us realize that Jesus’ coming is very soon and these are indeed the end times. How do we prepare?

Renew our minds. Our minds are channels that store information that helps us make decisions in life. Many things in this world affect us through our minds. When we renew our minds and allow the Holy Spirit to work through us, we are running in the right direction. To renew your mind and enrich your relationship with Jesus, read the Bible and the Spirit of Prophecy, which show us the signs that will happen in the end times.

Purify ourselves. In 1 Corinthians 6:19, 20, it mentions that our bodies are the temples of God, and to keep our bodies pure, we must not participate in the sins of this world by breaking the law of God. To purify our lives we need to keep the commandments of God with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Perfect holiness. When we love God, we will keep His law, because the law is holy and His will for us is nothing but the best. We cannot be completely faithful followers of God if we are not conscious of being faithful to God. To love Him and be faithful to Him, we are not to break His law.

REACT

1. How can you stand strong in the midst of trials and temptations?

2. How can you live a holy life in this world?

{day-reference}

Loloma Gairo, Silang Cavite, Philippines

thursday MAY 24

Rev. 14:7

Opinion God’s Picture in the Mind



People are always expecting to hear news. Citizens expect presidential addresses. Fans follow their star’s latest announcements. Rarely does the news come in the form of a command. However, Revelation 14 shares endless good news, or the eternal gospel, for each person to take heed to and follow. What is it about? Verse 7 states, “Fear God and give him glory.”

People picture God differently. Some see Him as a close Friend with whom they can joke or laugh. Others say that He is far away, judging wrongdoings and sending blessings to the holy ones and curses to the wicked. Yet others may see Him as a compassionate King who has power and uses it to help them in their great trials. Our picture of God will determine whether we decide to worship Him or to be afraid of Him.

Our picture of God will determine whether we decide to worship Him or to be afraid of Him.

What does it mean to fear God? Fear is not usually used as a nice word. However, the word fear in Revelation has another connotation. It stands for respect, admiration, recognition, reverence, honor, praise, and worship. This fear and exaltation has its foundation in love and thankfulness from humanity to the Hero, Creator, and Savior of all.

God has the power to do as He pleases. Through His Word, works, and nature, God reveals His choice to love and care for humanity. For that reason, to worship God is not just to attend a meeting in the church or to bow down the head. It is to bow down the heart before Him and give Him the glory and the best in terms of honor, time, resources, abilities, and service. From the giving of His Son and descriptions in His Word to the everyday miracles, God shows His desire to be with us. Even nature is a living witness of His care for the details of our lives. Seeing all that He does, there is no other response but to be thankful and return that love. The good news of Revelation 14 becomes just a reminder of our solemn duty to Him. This joy in people’s hearts to respect and reverence the One they most admire and recognize as the Sovereign of the universe has no end. Their worship is centered in completely giving their lives to His honor.

REACT

1. How do you picture God in your mind?

2. How does this picture help you to honor Him?

{day-reference}

Francis Gabriela Correa Carrión, Silang, Cavite, Philippines

friday MAY 25

Matt. 28:19, 20

Exploration “I Am With You Always”



CONCLUDE

As time grows short on earth, we hear of wars, we see disasters and violence, and we may, at times, feel afraid. But Jesus assures us that we are not to be afraid but, rather, to draw closer and closer to Him. Jesus is not only our Rescuer; in the end, He is also our Judge, so we do not need to be afraid. Jesus calls us to action rather than to fear—to care for those who are disadvantaged and to reach out to those who have not heard of His plan to save us. For Christians, the end-time events are not to be terrifying days but days of joyful anticipation knowing that Jesus will come soon to take us away from this sinful world of sorrow to live forever with Him and to wipe every tear from our eyes. He will be with us always, even to the end. So let us have confidence in Him and praise Him for His wonderful rescue plan for us.

CONSIDER

CONNECT

Matthew 25:31–46; John 5:22–30; 14:1–6.

Ellen G. White, The Desire of Ages, chapter 86, “Go Teach All Nations”; The Great Controversy, chapter 38, “The Final Warning.”

Derek Morris, The Radical Teachings of Jesus, chapter 6, “What Jesus Taught About the Judgment.”

{day-reference}

Heidi Campbell, Silang, Cavite, Philippines