The Loud Cry: Part Two

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The Loud Cry: Part Two

THE Loud Cry. It’s about the cross: (Psalms 148:14, Eph 2:13, Eph 1:7, Rev 14:6-7, Rev 5:9).

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

Rev 14:7  And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”  (ESV)

Thy Word Is A lamp
Thy Word Is A lamp

I know Jesus as a God of comfort, and so based on that idea, because of my own personal experiences, I would first offer this verse regarding what the Loud Cry is:

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, The father of sympathy, pity, and mercy and The God who is the Source of every comfort, consolation and encouragement. Who comforts us in every trouble so that we may be able to comfort those who are  in any kind of trouble or distress, with the comfort which we ourselves are comforted by God…” (2 Cor 1:3-4, AMP).

My specific prayer for some people this week has been for this kind of comfort. I know that it is THAT comfort which pulled me out of the experience of dying twice on the operating table years ago when I was burned, and it is this same comfort which helps me today as well. It got me through the experience of my late wife, dying in my arms, and so many other terrible things. Prayer is the key in the hand of faith by which we access Jesus in our troubles today. There is a page about prayer on the main web site that might interest you.  I have found the information on this link below to be of real help in my personal life.

The Privilege Of Prayer

Now, in last week’s message, we talked a bit about “The Loud Cry: Part One.” Here is where we left off:

“Have I not told you to only believe; and then you would see the glory of The Lord?” (see John 11:40).

So this week, let us remember that first step of whatever journey we are on. THAT first step is always Jesus. And this week, we will delve more into The Loud Cry. And it might be that some of us will be very surprised at what the Bible actually tells us about that.

Suffice it to say that this “first step” to Jesus is going to be the Loud Cry of Bible prophecy that will “move the world,” and usher in the second coming of Jesus. THAT first step is when His people will be ready for the second coming of our Lord.

But you might have to do it when you are afraid!

The Loud Cry: Part Two

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

Rev 14:7  And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.”  (ESV)

The Wrong Types Of Loud Cry

Num 14:1  Then all the congregation raised a loud cry, and the people wept that night. 

Num 14:2  And all the people of Israel grumbled against Moses and Aaron. The whole congregation said to them, “Would that we had died in the land of Egypt! Or would that we had died in this wilderness! 

Num 14:3  Why is the LORD bringing us into this land, to fall by the sword? Our wives and our little ones will become a prey. Would it not be better for us to go back to Egypt?” 

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Num 14:4  And they said to one another, “Let us choose a leader and go back to Egypt.” 

Prov 27:14 – He that blesseth his friend with a loud voice, rising early in the morning, it shall be counted a curse to him.

Some use a loud voice to complain and to spread fear. When we Christians do this it is no different that Big Media with all of their FEAR-mongering. FEAR sells more ads and generates more clicks. Each click is more money for some people!

Rev 14:8 Another angel, a second, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality.” 

There is NO LOUD CRY for the second angel’s part of the message! Yet many give this the loudest voice they can muster.

Another angel proclaims part of the bad news of judgment to those among all nations (Mat 28:19) who will not receive the Good News of the gospel (Rev 14:6). Babylon is first mentioned in Revelation here, and it becomes the focus of God’s judgment in the following section… (Rev 16—18). The great city here is Babylon; earlier the phrase was used to describe the city where “our Lord was crucified” (Rev 11:8), perhaps meaning Jerusalem in that reference.

Babylon: A Symbol Of Evil

In Revelation, Babylon (Rev 14:8) probably represents, more than a city, an entire world system in rebellion against God. The OT prophets often prophesied the fall of Babylon, the capital of an empire that destroyed Jerusalem and carried away God’s people into captivity. So here Babylon becomes a fitting image for a world-wide society that persecutes believers but which God will ultimately destroy.

The Genuine Loud Cry

The simple fact that there is no such thing as a $3.00 bill explains why there is no such thing as a counterfeit $3.00 bill. With The Loud Cry of Bible Prophecy, which is very real, of course there will be a fake one brought before the people with the very same methods used by the Big Media industry to convince us that we need whatever they try to proffer to us.

Jesus offers us the first clue on what the real Loud Cry is supposed to be about.

Mat 27:46 – And about the ninth hour Jesus cried with a loud voice, saying, Eli, Eli, lama sabachthani? that is to say, My God, my God, why hast thou forsaken me?

Mark 5:7 – And cried with a loud voice, and said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of the most high God? I adjure thee by God, that thou torment me not.

Luke 8:28 – When he saw Jesus, he cried out, and fell down before him, and with a loud voice said, What have I to do with thee, Jesus, thou Son of God most high? I beseech thee, torment me not.

The Real Loud Cry during the “time of the end,” (Dan 8:14, Dan 11:40), will be that which glorifies God, and lifts up Jesus. (John 3:14, John John 12:32). It is NOT going to be anything like taking pot shots at this church or at that religion:

Then one of them, when he saw that he was healed, turned back, praising God with a loud voice; (Luke 17:15). We can note here first that the Samaritans were a despised race (Luke 9:52). And that the Bible reflects upon how a hated foreigner was the only former leper who gave glory to God for his cleansing.

As was mentioned in last week’s message, the Loud Cry, starts with Jesus. The Loudest Cry and lifts up The Saviour. Not the Beast or the Catholic Church. In the portion of the three angel’s message dealing with Babylon, there is NO LOUD CRY associated with this at all, anywhere in scripture! Why then, do so many choose to give this the LOUDEST VOICE, over and above and beyond what Scripture teaches? The angel who preaches the gospel to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people helps to fulfill God’s promise that the gospel “will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations” (Mat 24:14) before Christ returns.

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The word gospel, which literally means “good news,” is used here only in Revelation. Even at this late stage in God’s judgment He continues to offer everlasting life to the world (John 3:16). The gospel message at this point beseeches unbelievers to fear God and give glory to Him and to escape the hour of His judgment. Earlier, some people had responded in this manner after the miracle of the two witnesses’ resurrection (Rev 11:11-13). The activity of this angel may be behind the scenes, prompting a worldwide proclamation of the gospel by those who will declare the truth even at the cost of their lives. The Loud Cry will most certainly be heard and seen wherever people want to glorify God. “Fear God and give him glory…” (Rev 14:6).

Jesus sees us. Jesus knows what is in us. Jesus will resurrect all things that are for our own best good. Jesus will once again fill hearts that are hurting with The Hope and Light of heaven. This is what it means to have faith. When we think we have nothing – we reach for something. In the darkness, and in the very worst of it all; and even in the absence of Light and hope, We pray, we sing, we grieve, and then we hope.

Restore unto me the joy of Thy salvation,” (Psalms 51:12) reflects upon the good news is that JESUS WILL DO JUST THAT!

That same hand that dealt us our hardship, that same hand will make us whole.

Salvation By Breaking: Being Perfectly Broken

“By reason of breakings they purify themselves” (Job 41:25).

The things that God uses the most for His glory, are such people and things which are most “perfectly broken.” “No more shadow in my heart.”

The sacrifices He accepts are “broken and contrite hearts.” (Psalms 34:18, Psalms 51:17)

It was the “breaking” down of Jacob’s natural strength at Peniel that got him where God could clothe him with spiritual power.

It was “breaking” the surface of the rock at Horeb, by the stroke of Moses’’ rod that let out the cool waters to thirsty people.

It was when the 300 elect soldiers under Gideon “broke” their pitchers, a type of breaking in and of themselves, that the hidden lights shone forth to the consternation of their adversaries.

It was when the poor widow “broke” the seal of the little pot of oil, and poured it forth, that God multiplied it to pay her debts and supply means of support.

It was when Esther risked her life and “broke” through the rigid etiquette of a heathen court, that she obtained favour to rescue her people from death.

It was when Jesus took the five loaves and “broke” them, that the bread was multiplied in the very act of breaking, sufficient to feed five thousand.

It was when Mary “broke” her beautiful alabaster box, rendering it henceforth useless, that the pent-up perfume filled the house.

It was when Jesus allowed His precious body to be “broken” to pieces by thorns and nails and spear, that His inner life was poured out, like a crystal ocean, for thirsty sinners to drink and live. This was the most perfectly broken thing ever.

In Bible prophecy, (HIS_STORY), there is no need for conspiracy theories and all of their attendant baloney. The Loud Cry of Bible prophecy has it’s loud cry in those who are “perfectly broken…” the very means that will move the world,” and have a testimony about Christ in their life! (1 John 1:1-3). THAT testimony, that ‘giving glory to God is the “trumpet” that sounds the “warning” that Jesus is coming soon! Jesus and His followers have all become “perfectly broken;” as evidenced by the scripture accounts, and of the personal testimony of millions of Christians today…

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It is when a grain of corn is “broken” up in the earth by DEATH, that its inner heart sprouts forth and bears hundreds of other grains. And thus, on and on, through all history, and all biography, and all vegetation, and all spiritual life,

Surely, God must have BROKEN THINGS. (Gen 50:20, Rom 8:28)

Those who are broken in wealth, and broken in self-will, and broken in their ambitions, and broken in their beautiful ideals, and broken in worldly reputation, and broken in their affections, and broken oft times in health; those who are despised and seem utterly forlorn and helpless, the Holy Spirit is seizing upon, and using all these breakings for God’s glory. (Rom 3:26). As Isaiah once told us:

“The lame take the prey,” (Isa 33:23).

O break my heart; but break it as a field

Is by the plough up-broken for the corn;

O break it as the buds, by green leaf seated,

Are, to unloose the golden blossom, torn;

Love would I offer unto Love’s great Master,

Set free the odour, break the alabaster.

O break my heart; break it victorious God,

That life’s eternal well may flash abroad;

O let it break as when the captive trees,

Breaking cold bonds, regain their liberties;

And as thought’s sacred grove to life is springing,

Be joys, like birds, their hope, Thy victory singing.

— Thomas Toke Bunch

Today, someone who has a terminal illness sent me a note. This person is not “churched” and rarely attends a church. Some would say that he is “not a committed Christian. But today he told me that

 “One thing I have done is to come to terms with my eventual death by putting my life in the loving hands of God. I am released from fear.”

This is one of the most miraculous ways I have seen someone glorify God. And this kind of glorifying of God IS and will be The Loud Cry. It is the kind of glory that will move the world!

Believing in Christ and receiving His transforming grace is not guesswork, but a work which causes Christ’s virtues to be reflected in mind and character. When you gain this experience, you will say,

“I have tasted and seen that the Lord is good. The Lord Jesus shall be my portion forever.” (that is the loud cry).

The power of the cross will move in you the mysterious springs of hope and fear, adoration, and love. Angels are watching and waiting, and will witness to the fact that the world has not claimed you. (the loud cry).

Jesus has found you sitting at His feet to learn from Him, the Way, the Truth, and the Life. Henceforth, surrendering your will to the will of Christ, you are drawn into a region where the cross is the central object. The world fades from your view. The glory shining from the threshold of heaven is the all-attractive influence. The riches of the grace of Christ hold you in willing obedience. You are only too glad to impart to others the gift you have received. {LHU 252.3}

Christ passed no human being by as worthless and hopeless, but sought to apply the saving remedy to every soul who needed help. Wherever he was found, he had a lesson to present that was the right one for the time and circumstance.”

The cross is the right message. The Message From The Three Angels: It really is about The Cross! (Gal 6:14, Eph 2:13, etc will be the loudest cry of all). Praise God from whom all blessings flow.

IT’S About The Cross!

Next Week: The Loud Cry: Part Three
We will take a look at Rev 14:9-12

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