Reading Time: 11 minutesThe Everlasting Gospel:
What shall we then say to these things? If God be for us, who can be against us? He that spared not his own Son, but delivered him up for us all, how shall he not with him also freely give us all things? Who shall lay any thing to the charge of God’s elect? It is God that justifieth. Who is he that condemneth? It is Christ that died, yea rather, that is risen again, who is even at the right hand of God, who also maketh intercession for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter. Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us. For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,
Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:31-39)
These words were written to a church that would soon undergo terrible persecution. In just a few years, Paul’s hypothetical situations would turn into painful realities. This passage reaffirms God’s profound love for his people. No matter what happens to us, no matter where we are, we can never be separated from his love. Suffering should not drive us away from God but help us to identify with him and allow his love to heal us. These verses contain one of the most comforting promises in all Scripture. Believers have always had to face hardships in many forms: persecution, illness, imprisonment, and even death. These sometimes cause them to fear that they have been abandoned by Christ. But Paul exclaims that it is impossible to be separated from Christ. His death for us is proof of his unconquerable love. Nothing can separate us from Christ’s presence. God tells us how great his love is so that we will feel totally secure in him. If we believe these overwhelming assurances, we will not be afraid.
In The Loud Cry of Bible prophecy, we will always see that it is about the cross. The amazing “love of God” which provided the way of the cross for us all, is exactly what nothing or no one can take away from us and this is why, even for the worst parts of Bible prophecy during the ‘time of the end,” we will always be able to sing along with Paul and many others from ages past that “nothing can separate us!” THAT my friends is the loudest cry ever, in Bible prophecy! This is why the message from the three angels begins in Rev 14:6-7 with “the cross.”
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. (Rev 14:6-7)
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. 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 survive and to thrive in the hour of His judgment.
The message described in these two verses is the first of what are known as “the three angels’ message of Revelation 14.” We are justified by the prophecy itself in designating them the first, second, and third. In the verses that follow, the last one is distinctly called “the third angel,” from which we infer that the one preceding was the second angel; and the one before that, the first angel. These angels are evidently symbolic, for the work assigned them is that of preaching the everlasting gospel to the people. But the preaching of the gospel has not been entrusted to literal angels; it has been committed to people, who are responsible for this sacred trust placed in their hands. Each of these three angels, therefore, symbolizes those who are commissioned to make known to their fellow men the special truths which constitute the burden of this message. It is given in part, by three angels, but it constitutes just one message. A fitting illustration for the great controversy between Christ and Satan.
Literal angels are intensely interested in the work of grace among men, being sent forth to minister to those who shall be heirs of salvation. As there is order in all the movements and appointments of the heavenly world, it may not be fanciful to suppose that a literal angel has charge and oversight of the work of each message. (Heb 1:14; Rev 1:1; Rev 22:16.)
In these symbols we see the sharp contrast the Bible draws between earthly and heavenly things. Wherever earthly governments are to be represented, even the best of them, the most appropriate symbol that can be found is a wild beast. But when the work of God is to be set forth, an angel clad in beauty and girt with power is used to symbolize it. The importance of the work set forth in Rev 14:6-12 will be apparent to anyone who attentively studies it. Whenever these messages are to be proclaimed, they must from the very nature of the case constitute the great theme of interest for that generation. It does not mean that the great mass of mankind then living will give them attention, for in every age of the world the present truth for that time has been too often overlooked. But they constitute the theme to which the people will pay most earnest regard if they are awake to what concerns their highest interests. And that highest interest for all Christians of all ages is about the cross. Christ and Him crucified. How do we know this? Its in the very text itself:
When God commissions His ministers; His church, to announce to the world that the hour of his judgment is come, that Babylon has fallen, and that whoever worships the beast and his image must drink of His wrath poured out un-mingled into the cup of His indignation–a threat more terrible than any other that can be found in the Scriptures–no person, except at the peril of their own soul, can treat these warnings as nonessential, or pass them by with neglect and disregard. Hence the necessity in every age for the most earnest endeavour to understand the work of the Lord, lest we lose the benefit of the present truth. This is especially true today, when so many evidences speak in a LOUD VOICE the soon coming of earth’s final crisis, followed by the Loudest Cry Ever at the second coming of Jesus:
“For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first:” (! Thes 4:16).
This angel of Rev 14:6 is called “another angel,” from the fact that John had previously seen an angel flying through heaven in a similar manner, as described in Rev 8:13, proclaiming that the last three of the series of seven trumpets were woe trumpets:
“And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!” (Rev 8:13)
Habakkuk once used the image of an eagle to symbolize swiftness and destruction (see Hab 1:8). The picture here is also of an eagle flying over all the earth, warning of the terrors yet to come. And then there was Isaiah, using the picture of an eagles wings to symbolize the regenerating power of “waiting on God.” (Isa 40:31).
While both believers and unbelievers experience the terrors described in verses Rev 8:7-12, those “who belong to this world” are the unbelievers who will meet spiritual harm through the next three trumpet judgments. God has guaranteed believers protection and strength to help them remain close to Jesus during some of the most terrible events of Bible prophecy – “the beast and his image.” (Rev 7:2-3). Rev 13 describes the onslaught of evil that will occur when Satan and his helpers control the world. Rev 14 gives us a glimpse into eternity to show believers what awaits them if they endure “by grace, through faith. Are we ready to enjoy the eternal benefits and blessings of life with God forever? The three angels contrast the destiny of believers with that of unbelievers; and yes, we can still “choose this day whom we will serve!” (Joshua 24:15)
A wonderful feature of the prophetic word is that the people of God are never brought into positions of trial and difficulty, and there abandoned. After taking them into scenes of danger, the voice of prophecy does not leave them there to guess their fate, in doubt, perhaps despair, as to the final result. Rather, it takes them through to the end, and reveals the final triumph of the faithful. The first five verses of Revelation 14 are an example of this. The thirteenth chapter closed with a view of the people of God, a small and apparently weak and defenceless company, in deadly conflict with the mightiest powers of earth which the dragon is able to muster to his service. A decree is passed, backed up by the supreme power of the land, that they shall worship the image and receive the mark, under pain of death if they refuse to comply. What can the people of God do in such a conflict and in such an extremity? What will become of them? Glance forward with the apostle to the very next scene in the unfolding drama, and what do we behold?–The same company standing on Mount Zion with the Lamb, a victorious company, playing on symphonic harps in the court of heaven. Thus are we assured that when the time of our conflict with the powers of darkness comes, deliverance is not only certain, but will immediately be brought to the people of God.
Now The Loud Cry that will literally save the day when the mark of the beast has been imposed is at the second coming of Jesus: Listen to these amazing, prophetic words again:
The Coming of the Lord
But I would not have you to be ignorant, brethren, concerning them which are asleep, that ye sorrow not, even as others which have no hope. For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him. For this we say unto you by the word of the Lord, that we which are alive and remain unto the coming of the Lord shall not prevent them which are asleep. For the Lord himself shall descend from heaven with a shout, with the voice of the archangel, and with the trump of God: and the dead in Christ shall rise first: Then we which are alive and remain shall be caught up together with them in the clouds, to meet the Lord in the air: and so shall we ever be with the Lord. Wherefore comfort one another with these words. (1 Thes 4:13-18)
Paul wrote the words about the Loud Cry of Jesus at His second coming to challenge believers to comfort and encourage one another WITH THOSE WORDS.
THIS IS THE ONLY PASSAGE IN THE WHOLE BIBLE THAT SAYS “COMFORT ONE ANOTHER WITH THESE WORDS!”
This passage can be a great comfort when any believer dies. The same love that should unite believers in this life (1 Thes 4:9) will unite believers when Christ returns and we are united with our lost loved ones “in the clouds” and “with Jesus” and this is why we must see Light In The Clouds of our experience now. For it is Jesus who is THE Light of the world, and He will be in that great retinue of clouds at His soon return. I recall with grief and yet gladness when my wife was dying last year. We read this promise together every day for a while. even when she could no longer speak and the shadow of death was in the room, I would still read it to her every day, I would hold her hand, and “comfort her with THOSE words.” We were both so happy about the fact that THESE WORDS promised us that we would not be separated and segregated by her going to heaven, and me crying the blues down here. We both wondered how there could be “no tears in heaven” () if she was there, and could see my intense intractable grief down here! It just didn’t make sense to us, and I am happy to see the Bible agrees with that! We rejoiced that thats what the resurrection was for and that Jesus was really into that word TOGETHER (1 Thes 4:16-17) for we would both be raised TOGETHER to meet the Lord IN THE AIR! THATS GOING TO BE SOME REUNION!
MY FRIENDS, ARE YOU READY FOR THAT DAY?
What would you say to Jesus if he came to your house today?
What will you say when he knocks on the door of your heart? (REV 3:20).
Listen! I am standing and knocking at your door. If you hear my voice and open the door, I will come in and we will eat together. Everyone who wins the victory will sit with me on my throne, just as I won the victory and sat with my Father on his throne. If you have ears, listen to what the Spirit says to the churches. (Rev 3:20-22).
This message to this church (Laodicea) brings to view the closing scenes of probation. It reveals a period of judgment. It is the last stage of the church on earth, so to speak. It applies to believers under the three angel’s message, the last message of mercy (everlasting gospel) before the coming of Christ. (Rev14:6-14.)
Friends, there will always be Light In The Clouds! Look at this amazing part of the message from the three angels of Rev 14:
I looked and saw a bright cloud, and someone who seemed to be the Son of Man was sitting on the cloud. He wore a gold crown on his head and held a sharp sickle in his hand. (Rev 14:14).
Jesus, the Light In all clouds.
Jesus, the One who cannot be separated from us by any circumstance.
Jesus who died for you and me!
And THAT death cannot ever be separated from anyone!
Its already happened and The beast has lost; The Lamb has won!
Friends, Jesus could have called 10,000 angels to save himself, (mat 26:53), yet he died alone a criminal’s death for you and me. (Rom 5:6) Please, know from today and on wards, what Jesus did cannot be separated from anyone.
Christ lives in you. You are alive because God has accepted you, even though your bodies must die because of your sins. (Rom 8:11). Yet God raised Jesus to life! God’s Spirit now lives in you, and he will raise you to life by his Spirit.(Rom 8:10-11, CEV)
Invite Jesus today to be The Light in your clouds. He is waiting. You can be a part of The Loud Cry where a great many people, at His coming raised their voices to cry, “Behold, the Bridegroom cometh!” (Jer 16:9, Mat 25:6)’
It is only when the sinner feels the need of a Saviour, that their heart goes after the One who can help them. When Jesus walked among people on earth, it was the sick that wanted a physician. The poor, the afflicted and distressed, always followed after Him, to receive the help and comfort which they could not find elsewhere. Blind Bartimaeus is waiting by the wayside; he has waited long to meet Christ. Throngs of people who possess their sight are passing to and fro, but they have no desire to see Jesus. One look of faith would touch His heart of love, and bring them the blessings of His grace; but they know not the sickness and poverty of their souls, and they feel no need of Christ. Not so with the poor blind man. His only hope is in Jesus. As he waits and watches, he hears the tread of many feet, and he eagerly inquires, What means this noise of travel? The by-standers answer that “Jesus of Nazareth passeth by.” With the eagerness of intense desire, he cries, “Jesus, thou Son of David, have mercy on me!” (Mark 10:37). They try to silence him, but he cries the more vehemently, “Thou Son of David, have mercy on me!” This appeal is heard. His persevering faith is rewarded. Not only is physical sight restored, but the eyes of his understanding are opened. In Christ he sees his Redeemer, the Light in his clouds; and the Sun of Righteousness shines into his soul.
All who feel their need of Christ as did blind Bartimaeus, and who will be as earnest and determined as he was, will, like him, receive the blessing which they crave. (John 6:37)
“Everything and everyone that the Father has given me will come to me, and I won’t turn any of them away.” (John 6:37, CEV)