The Loud Cry Part Four: Take Off Your Shoes

Reading Time: 8 minutesThe Loud Cry: Take Off Your Shoes!

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.” (Rev 14:6-7).

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THE “Loud Cry” of Bible prophecy is THE antidote for the rampant, shrinking church syndrome and all the other, very real threats so many churches are facing these days. The Loud Cry of Bible prophecy is not new. It has been around since the earliest times in the Old Testament.  And this Loud Cry is the very point upon which all the falsehoods currently in the church will be dismantled. The Loud Cry is about the cross.

To illustrate what The Loud Cry Is, and how it actually happens, let us take a short visit to the book of Exodus:

God said, “Do not come any closer. Take off your sandals, because you are standing on holy ground. (Exodus 3:5)

At God’s command, Moses removed his sandals and covered his face. Taking off his shoes was an act of reverence, conveying his own unworthiness before God. God is our friend, but he is also our sovereign Lord. To approach him frivolously shows a lack of respect and sincerity. When you come to God in worship, do you approach him casually, or do you come as though you were an invited guest before a king? If necessary, adjust your attitude so it is suitable for approaching a holy God.

Most of the so called sermons we are hearing in some churches love to parrot Big Media and dramatize out of Biblical context all the “Beast Talk” they can muster. And they are so proud of themselves when they see how their “message” shocks and scares the people who had the misfortune to hear it. As if such fear will force people into the church! Guess how long people stay who come in for THAT reason!

One of the first loud cries are found in the Old Testament:

“These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly, in the mountain from the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and He added no more. And He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me. (Deut 5:22).

And this Loud Cry was direct from God when He said with a loud voice, The Ten Commandments. And so the Bible is starting to give us a picture of The Loud Cry which is not like what we usually hear. In the message from the three angels of Rev 14, we read something else that starts to open up the truth on what The Loud Cry in Rev 14 is really about.

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.” (Rev 14:6-7)

According to the Bible, one of the ways we “give glory to God” is not by yattering away about ‘the beast,” more than we do of Christ and Him crucified; but by talking MORE about Jesus, The One who defeats the beast/s of Bible prophecy. We show God’s glory when we keep His commandments. And these commandments are certainly a core part of the message from the three angels.

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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 that they may be able to face the hour of His judgment without fear. THIS first part (Rev 14:6,7), of the one whole message, is done with a Loud Cry, the second part of the message in Rev 14:8 has NO LOUD CRY mentioned at all!  And the third portion of this message can only be a Loud Cry if the other two portions are included in the same mouthful especially the first part of the message. There is no such thing as “an everlasting gospel,” without it being about all three angels and the parts they contributed to the message. Three parts. One whole.

The Bible gives us no indication that the three parts of these three angels of Rev 14 are to be separated and segregated in any way, one from one another so that all we hear about is “the beast. We are not “taking our shoes off,” (Exodus 3:5), when we  won’t humble ourselves to give the message the same emphasis that God does. The “first loud cry” that I mentioned from Deut 5:22 was something that God spoke in a very Loud Voice, out of the darkness upon the mount. And in the end times, when its really dark, Jesus directs three angels to give a LOUD CRY, and it sounds much like this first loud cry of the Old Testament:

“These words the LORD spoke to all your assembly, in the mountain from the midst of the fire, the cloud, and the thick darkness, with a loud voice; and He added no more. And He wrote them on two tablets of stone and gave them to me. (Deut 5:22).

THE first part of the one message, is done with a Loud Cry, the second part of the message in Rev 14:8 has NO LOUD CRY mentioned at all! And the third portion of this message can only be a Loud Cry if the other two portions are included in the same mouthful as the first part of the message. There is no such thing as “an everlasting gospel,” without it being about all three angels and the parts they contributed to the message. The Bible gives us no indication that the parts each of these three angels of Rev 14 are to be separated and segregated one from another, for it will always make the message just one third of what Jesus intends for the message of the three angels.

Moses had to take his shoes off in God’s presence. Maybe this is where we are going wrong? We are not taking off our shoes.  And putting on the gospel shoes of the Bible:

“…having shod your feet with the preparation of the gospel of peace…” (see Eph 6:15).

Our greedy penchant for preaching fighting words has become a disaster, and a shame to God’s people. When we side step God’s mercy as we pour ourselves into all of the mighty acts of the beast, (whatever you think that is),  we are NOT preaching The Loud Cry or The Message Of The Three Angels at all!  We are just making the devil very happy when we do that. When you get up and abuse the pulpit in the Lord’s church with all your cynical pointed beast talk, are you wearing THOSE shoes?  The “preparation of the gospel of peace?” Are you wearing the shoes whereby you walk in the light of the cross with everything you preach? And is His mercy how you live when you constantly draw people to your “beast talk?”

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Perhaps we need to consider more closely the following:

There is one great central truth to be kept ever before the mind in the searching of the Scriptures–Christ and Him crucified. Every other truth is invested with influence and power corresponding to its relation to this theme. . . . The soul palsied by sin can be endowed with life only through the work wrought out upon the cross by the Author of our salvation. {FLB 50.2}

If you cannot or will not do this with your message, then the message is not a Christian one at all. No matter how much beast talk you do. Its not Christian unless the cross is central and foundational to the subject matter. (see Gal 6:14, Eph 2:13, etc).

In the Christian life we battle against rulers and authorities (the powerful evil forces of fallen angels headed by the devil, who is a vicious fighter, see 1 Pet 5:8).

To withstand such attacks, we must depend on God’s strength and use every piece of his armor. Paul is not only giving this counsel to the church, the body of Christ, but to all individuals within the church. The whole body needs to be armed. As you do battle against the “mighty powers in this dark world,” fight in the strength of the Christ of The Cross, whose power comes from the Holy Spirit. Because The Spirit is where we also get our power, and our message:

“For the Holy Spirit will teach you in that very hour what you ought to say.” (Luke 12:12)

Here is an Old Testament example of a Loud Cry:

Then the Commander of the LORD’s army said to Joshua: “Take your sandal off your foot, for the place where you stand is holy.” And Joshua did so. (Joshua 5:15)

This was an angel of superior rank, the commander of the Lord’s army. Some say he was an appearance of God in human form. As a sign of respect, and that Joshua took off his sandals. Although Joshua was Israel’s leader, he was still subordinate to God, the absolute Leader. Awe and respect are the responses due to our holy God. How can we show respect for God? By our attitudes and actions. We should recognize God’s power, authority, and deep love, and mercy and our actions, our message, must model our absolute reverence for God. Respect for God; and everyone Jesus died for is just as important today as it was in Joshua’s day, even though physically removing shoes is no longer our usual, cultural way of showing it.

By His death on the cross Jesus triumphed over the forces of evil. He who subjugated the demonic spirits during His earthly ministry has broken their power and made certain their ultimate doom. Jesus’ victory gives us victory over the evil forces that still seek to control us, as we walk with Him in peace, joy, and assurance of His love. Now the Holy Spirit dwells within us and empowers us. Continually committed to Jesus as our Savior and Lord, we are set free from the burden of our past deeds.

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No longer do we live in the darkness, fear of evil powers, ignorance, and meaninglessness of our former way of life. In this new freedom in Jesus, we are called to grow into the likeness of His character, communing with Him daily in prayer, feeding on His Word, meditating on it and on His providence, singing His praises, gathering together for worship, and participating in the mission of the Church.

As we give ourselves in loving service to those around us and in witnessing to His salvation, His constant presence with us through the Spirit transforms every moment and every task into a spiritual experience where Jesus is very near.

And just like on the mount with Moses, the ten commandments are reaffirmed in a LOUD CRY during these last days:

Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus. Then I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, “Write: ‘Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.’ ” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “that they may rest from their labors, and their works follow them.” (Rev 14:12-13)

Blessed (Rev 14:13), signals the second of seven beatitudes in Revelation (Rev 1:3; Rev 16:15; Rev 19:9; Rev 20:6; Rev 22:7, Rev 22:14).  I know two preachers who call these seven beatitudes “little islands of praise.”  Six of the seven are clustered in the latter third of the Book of Revelation, perhaps as promises to encourage Christian response in the extremely difficult circumstances of the end times. From now on may mean from the point in the tribulation John is referring to, or from the time John was writing to his original readers.

Spiritual rest is available to anyone who comes to Jesus Christ in faith (Mat 11:28). The martyrs under the fifth seal had been told by the Lord to rest “a little while longer” (Rev 6:11), until God’s plan was complete. We, the believers of today may indeed rest from our FEAR, in the knowledge that our good works will be remembered and rewarded (1 Tim 5:25, Rev 22:11-12)

Those who wash their robes are those who seek to purify themselves from a sinful way of life. They strive daily to remain faithful and ready for Christ’s return. It is difficult to imagine how blood could make any cloth white, but the blood of Jesus Christ is the world’s greatest purifier because it removes the stain of sin. White symbolizes sinless perfection or holiness, which can be given to people only by the death of the sinless Lamb of God on our behalf. This is a picture of how we are saved through faith (see Isa 1:18; Rom 3:21-26). When it comes to any Loud Cry; its always about the cross!! Its really that simple! Nothing else matters half as much in the “time of the end.” (Dan 8:17).

Friend, are you finding yourself drawn to what you can’t understand? Why not go to Jesus; and His Word, (Heb 4:12)? The everlasting gospel is simply wonderful, and wonderfully simple. Its about the cross; from where mercy said NO!

“The everlasting gospel” means that there is NO NEED FOR ANYONE ELSE except Jesus!!   (John 14:6).

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