“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).
John saw a symbolic vision. The first angel of Revelation 14 represents God’s saints engaged in the task of proclaiming the everlasting gospel to the world. The message preaches the gospel, which makes it plain that people are saved by faith in -and acceptance of- Jesus Christ alone (Acts 4:12; Mark 10:26, 27).
The call is to fear God which means to revere God and look upon Him with love, trust, and respect. This Holy fear protects humans from sin “By the fear of the Lord men depart from evil” (Proverbs 16:6). Solomon, the wisest man said, “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man” (Ecclesiastes 12:13). Humans are accountable to God for the judgment is now in session in the heavenly courts.
Then, the world is called to glorify God by obeying and praising Him for His goodness. One of the major sins of the last days is un-thankfulness (2 Timothy 3:1, 2).
The message of the first angel of Revelation 14 declares the Lord as the Creator of heaven and earth and, therefore, rejects idolatry and repudiates evolution. Worshiping the Creator includes worshiping Him on the day He set aside as a memorial of Creation (the seventh-day Sabbath – Genesis 2:2, 3). Therefore, the Sabbath will be a point of controversy in the closing crisis (Rev. 13:16).
The message of the second angel:
The message of the third angel:
In His service,