The first angel’s message:
“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” (Revelation 14:6, 7). Here are the distinctive points about the fist angel’s message:
- Fear God. This means we should revere God and look upon Him with love, trust, and respect – eager to do His bidding. This keeps us from evil. “By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil” (Proverbs 16:6). Solomon, the wisest man, also said, “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).
- Give glory to God. We fulfill this command when we obey, praise, and thank God for His goodness to us. One of the major sins of the last days is un-thankfulness (2 Timothy 3:1, 2).
- The hour of His judgment is come. This indicates that everyone is accountable to God, and it is a clear statement that the judgment is now in session. A number of translations say “has” come instead of “is” come.
- Worship the Creator. This command rejects idolatry of all kinds -including self-worship- and totally repudiates evolution, which denies that God is Creator and Redeemer. Worshiping the Creator includes worshiping Him on the day He set aside as a memorial of Creation -the seventh-day Sabbath (Exodus 20:8-11).
The second angel’s message:
“And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen.” (Revelation 14:8). “I saw another angel come down from heaven. … And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen. … And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people” (Revelation 18:1-4).
The second angel solemnly states that “Babylon is fallen,” and the voice from heaven urges all of God’s people to come out of Babylon at once. Spiritual Babylon is the church of Rome that is fallen because of its false doctrines and for the saints they murdered.
The third angel’s message:
“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” (Revelation 14:9, 10).
The third angel’s message warns people against worshiping the beast and his image and receiving the mark of the beast in their foreheads or hands. The first angel commands true worship. The third angel tells of the awesome consequences connected with worshiping the beast.
At the end of these messages, God gives the description of His saints:
“Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus” (Revelation 14:12). The saints of God are those that obey His Ten Commandments by His grace (Exodus 20) and have the faith of Jesus.
In His service,