A message from an Angel (Isaiah 44, Rev. 14)

“Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on the earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people.”  Rev. 14:6

There are moments when messages seem to have more impact that at other times.  For example, “You receive a message that you have possibly won a 1000 dollars.  All you have to do is give the people your bank account number and they will transfer the money.”  Such messages, to those with wisdom, is quickly disregarded as fraud.  At other times the message has great impact.  For example, “You wife has gone into labor.  Come quick!”  Such a message, to those with wisdom, is quickly heeded.

This morning I read a message from an angel that needs to be quickly heeded.  Here is the message, “Fear God and give him glory, because the day of his judgment has come…”  

In this moment, I thought about both the seriousness and sorrow of this message:

The seriousness of this message is seen in the need of those who hear to respond to the everlasting Gospel before the day of wrath comes.

The sorrow of this message is seen in the verses that follow, Vs: 8-11, 14-20.  Here we see the masses of people who have given their allegiance to the God of this world. Such people are marked for the wrath of God.

Think it through:

The majority of the world is being taken in by the god of this world.  His message is of self, pleasure, and pride!  This message plunges people into eternal darkness.  Isaiah wrote of the plight of such people, “They do not know, nor do they discern, for he has shut their eyes, so that they cannot see, and their hearts, so that they cannot understand,” Isaiah 44:18.

I wonder, “Could these people understand if an angel spoke to them?”

Answer, “Why should an angel have to cry out in our place?”  God has called each of us to proclaim the everlasting gospel with the world.

This week we are in VBS at FBC Jackson.  Many of the children have responded to the gospel.  One week earlier we were visiting in their neighborhoods.  It is to these people who the wrath of God is coming.  I thought of little boys and girls facing the eternal wrath of God.  I thought of men and women facing the wrath of God.

Finally I thought, “I must proclaim the everlasting gospel!”

Our response:

How does the message of the angel motivate you to respond?  Here are a few suggestions:

1.  Spend one afternoon a week engaging different neighborhoods with the gospel.

2.  Spend each morning training yourself in the Word of God so that you might be read with the message of the angel.

3.  Spend time each day praising God for the everlasting gospel coming to your life.

4.  Spend time once a week with your family in reflection concerning the everlasting gospel.

Heavenly Father, thank you for delivering to me the everlasting gospel.  Because of the gospel I have been delivered from the wrath to come!”

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