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Repeating the three angels' messages

Query for the Month

of

April 2009

Next up-date: May 1st 2009 (God willing).

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Is there really an immortal soul?

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Query:               

Revelation 14:6-11

 And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach to 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”.

And there followed another angel, saying, “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication [her false doctrines]”.

And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, the same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: and the smoke of their torment ascends up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receives the mark of his name”.

 Revelation 10:11

And He said to me, “You must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings”.

What do these three messages mean, and why do they need to be repeated?   

Answer: 

The three angels’ messages began to be preached between 1840 and 1846 and were seen as a background picture of the Advent Movement of that time. 

The first called the people back to a Creator God as an alternative to the new idea of evolution which was soon to begin sweeping the globe.  It also uplifted the “everlasting gospel” (the one which has always been preached regarding how to be saved as individuals), and this caused the anger of those who wanted a religion of group salvation, activated by being “in the church”. 

The second message from God warned the people that the professed Christian churches of the time which had been quite active in opposing the preaching of the second coming, were not really God’s churches at all, but were the “daughters of Babylon”. 

These institutions and their leaders had never given up the distinguishing marks of Babylon even after separating from the Roman Catholic system which was the spiritual “Babylon” of the time.  They continued in the belief in the use of force through the law of the land against those who disagreed with their doctrines, and retained their worship on the day of the sun despite the clear command of God to recognise His Sabbath day.  As a result of these two points many left them and formed separate groups.

As time went by the third angel joined the first two with the message that an image or copy of the persecuting “beast” of the Bible (seen most clearly through the dark ages of Europe, and the Spanish Inquisition) would be set up by those opposers in the last days just before the second coming.  This would eventually cause many unsuspecting OUTWARDLY religious people to agree with a death penalty against those who persist in teaching the Bible truths of freedom of conscience and the seventh day Sabbath.

The “mark” of both the beast and its image, is the same – the character of a fighting creature as evidenced by the desire to eliminate all opposition to the point of death.  This is Satan’s way of combating the “Sabbath rest” (ceasing to do their own works) of those who are following the truth.

In the years between the sounding of those three angels’ messages and 1858 there came a realisation to the people of God that they were really preparing the way for the fulfilling of Revelation 18:1-5 which they called “the loud cry” of the third angel (aka the 4th angel).

“And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.  And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen [mother and daughters], is fallen [in the minds of God’s people], and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.  For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her [the union of church and state all over the world], and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies”.  And I heard another Voice from heaven, saying, “Come out of her, My people, that you be not partakers of her sins, and that you receive not of her plagues”.   Revelation 18:1-4.

Unfortunately, around the same time, Satan was able to infiltrate the church with the false gospel which gives an assurance of salvation without any great change in the believer.  He had been very successful with that angle very soon after the “Pro-testant” churches left the Roman Catholic system, and so he found a ready market for his sales pitch in those who still thought of the Protestant churches as being part of what they called “Christendom”, a universal church.  That’s when the branch of God’s church called Laodicea came into existence and God’s work on earth stalled! 

Not completely, of course, for God is never left without some witnesses for His Sabbath “rest”, but they were few and far between.

What happened was a sudden and severe drop in the standard expected by the leaders in the Laodicean branch of the church to the point where He had to say of its members, “Because you say, ‘I am rich, and increased with goods, and have need of nothing’; and know not [refuse to know] that you are wretched, and miserable, and poor, and blind, and naked [totally without the robe of righteousness]: I counsel you to buy of Me gold tried in the fire [pure faith], that you may be rich; and white raiment [the wedding garment], that you may be clothed, and that the shame of your nakedness do not appear; and anoint your eyes with eyesalve [the leading of the Spirit], that you may see [the truth for the time]”.   Revelation 3:17-18.

That’s why He says that the messages will have to go out again to all the world to warn them of the impending danger.

For over a hundred years most of those who professed to have the present truth have ignored God’s call to give a clear message, to the point that in the last fifty years especially many have been actively courting the leaders of the daughters of Babylon and calling them, “Fellow Christians” when God says that they are not!  Don’t misunderstand me here, for there are true-hearted Christians in those denominations (God is calling them out of them), and maybe even some among the leaders, but the systems themselves (and the majority of their leaders) are NOT CHRISTIAN and never have been.  They worship the pagan gods who require payment for their blessings.

Jesus told us: 

“Not every one that says to Me, ‘LORD, LORD’, shall enter into the kingdom of heaven; but he that does the will of My Father which is in heaven.  Many will say to Me in that day,’ LORD, LORD, have we not prophesied in Your name? And in Your name have cast out devils?  And in Your name done many wonderful works?’  And then will I profess to them, ‘I NEVER knew you: depart from Me, you that work iniquity’.”   Matthew 7:21-23.

And the mutual admiration works in reverse as well.  Today Seventh Day Adventists are generally known by Anglicans, Presbyterians, Methodists, Baptists etc. as rather peculiar “Christians”, but not really that bad.   But God says, “Woe to you, when all men shall speak well of you!  For so did their fathers to the false prophets.  But I say to you which hear, Love your enemies, do good to them which hate you, bless them that curse you, and pray for them which despitefully use you”.   Luke 6:26-28.

Not until there is a shaking in the church over the Laodicean revelation can a definite and pointed call be made to the confused people of God still in those other denominations to “Come out” and accept the Sabbath “rest” publicly.

The LORD has faithful servants who in the shaking, testing time will be disclosed to view, first in the church, then in the Babylonian system.  There are precious ones now hidden who have not bowed the knee to Baal.  They have not had the light which has been shining in a concentrated blaze upon SDA’s, but they have lived up to all they have had.  (Except the coming out, of course, for that call comes from God Himself, and in this they have been slack.)  But it may be under a rough and uninviting exterior that the pure brightness of a genuine Christian character will be revealed.  In the daytime we look toward heaven but do not see the stars.  They are there, fixed in the firmament, but the eye cannot distinguish them.  It is in the night that we behold their genuine lustre.  So, on every occasion that persecution takes place the witnesses make decisions, either for Christ or against Him.  Those who show sympathy for the men and women who are wrongly condemned, who are not bitter against them, show their attachment for Christ.

Let opposition arise, let bigotry and intolerance again bear sway, let persecution be kindled, and the half-hearted and hypocritical will waver and yield the faith; but the true Christian will stand firm as a rock, his faith stronger, his hope brighter than in days of prosperity, and those who are still in the persecuting churches will leave them.

 

Conclusion:

The majority of the people in the Laodicean church today are “lukewarm”, which means that they are sitting on the fence without the robe of righteousness and the Son of God is sick with worry over them.  What He would like to do is energise a few who will hold up the standard and call others to their side.  Then the three angels’ messages will go to all the world again, and He will be able to finish the work by cutting it short in righteousness.  So we should all be praying, “Here am I, LORD, send me”.    


Who wants to add (or subtract!) from these thoughts? I won't argue as I have stated, but I will publish your Scriptures so that we may review all the words of God on the subject.

Next query. To be discussed from May 1st, 2009.

Revelation 4:5  

And out of the throne proceeded lightnings and thunderings and voices: and there were seven lamps of fire burning before the throne, which are the seven Spirits of God.Why are there seven Spirits of God mentioned here?

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