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The Flight of the Gospel Angel

Gospel Angels

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” (Revelation 14:6-7).

As Jesus was preparing to ascend to Heaven, His curious disciples asked, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” (Acts 1:6). To their utter disappointment, Jesus replied, “It is not for you to know times or seasons which the Father has put in His own authority” (Acts 1:7). Rather, Jesus left them with the monumental task of establishing the Church across the globe and over the centuries.

While the question, “When will the kingdom come?” may have still been troubling the Apostle John’s mind decades later while he was scribing the book of Revelation, he probably had an inkling that the answer lay with an important teaching Jesus made during His earthly ministry. Jesus foretold that the “end will come” when “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations” (Matthew 24:14).

A Misunderstanding

Understandably, some Christians today have misunderstood this prophecy to mean that every single person on the planet must hear the Gospel before the Rapture of the Church. But, that is incorrect. The prophecy instead looks forward to the time when Jesus will become King over all the earth, and that will not occur until the end of the Tribulation. Therefore, this prophecy does not mean the Church will evangelize the entire world before we are raptured and before the Tribulation begins. It is talking about the Second Coming, not the Rapture.

Sure, Christians are making a good run of the Great Commission, as various missions agencies report the joyous news that all but the smallest of remote people groups, numbering 50,000-100,000 people or less, have already been reached with the Bible in their own languages. But, no, God has in mind a special final crusade for the inhabitants of the Tribulation, for it is during those seven years that every single person on the planet will be presented with the Gospel.

Salvation During the Tribulation

With the Church long gone due to the Rapture, how will those left behind learn about Jesus Christ and His offer of salvation? To begin with, at the onset of the Tribulation, the removal of millions of Christians off this earth in the Rapture should provide a huge wake-up call. Those left behind will have access to all our Bibles and other Bible teaching media. Also, the wrath that will be poured out through the 21 Tribulation Judgments is meant to bring people to the end of themselves so that they will repent and turn to God.

The Two Witnesses will preach mightily from Jerusalem during the first half of the Tribulation (Revelation 11:3-12). Furthermore, throughout the first half of the Tribulation and on into the second half, 144,000 Jewish evangelists commissioned by God will evangelize the world (Revelation 7:3-8). And, finally, entering into the second half of the seven years, God will send His mighty angels directly to each and every person to share the Gospel, fulfilling Christ’s prophecy (Revelation 14:12).

Proclaiming Angels

In God’s plan to present the Gospel to every single person on the planet before the Second Coming, the Almighty will release three proclaiming angels near the end of the Tribulation. One will warn people not to take the mark of the Antichrist. A second will announce God’s judgment on the headquarters of the Antichrist. The third, which we can call the Gospel Angel, will serve as the one who will proclaim the Gospel to all the world.

John witnessed the Gospel Angel flying across the heavens preaching to every “nation, tribe, tongue and people” (Revelation 14:6). The angel will proclaim the “everlasting gospel,” saying in 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” (Revelation 14:7).

The four elements of his message are: fear God, glorify God, realize your judgment is at hand and so worship Him.

The Meaning of Fearing God

When it comes to the Bible’s command to fear God, we often misunderstand its meaning. Prophecy expert Daymond Duck clarified what fearing God actually means in the Bible when he wrote:1

Satan would have us believe it means to be afraid of God, but that is incorrect. To fear God means to have a holy respect for him, believe he exists, and believe he reigns and will judge all mankind. This kind of fear is the beginning of wisdom, and it pleases God.

Likewise, the author of Ecclesiastes concluded his message emphasizing the necessity of keeping such a reverent attitude. He wrote: “Fear God and keep His commandments, for this applies to every person” (Ecclesiastes 12:13).

The Gospel Angel will proclaim, “The hour of His judgment has come” (Revelation 14:7). For those who heed the Gospel Angel’s Good News proclamation, they will surrender to the fact that Jesus died for our sins and beat death by resurrecting Himself from the dead.

When we place our faith and trust in Jesus Christ, we are saved from the just punishment for our sins. The judgment we deserve is taken off of us and placed onto Christ at the Cross. Those saved can then stand before the Father holy and pure, having nothing to fear.

But, for those during the Tribulation who continue to reject the Gospel Angel’s message, a warning given by Jesus will apply to them: “But I will show you whom you should fear: Fear Him who, after He has killed, has power to cast into hell; yes, I say to you, fear Him!” (Luke 12:5).

References

1) Daymond R. Duck, The Book of Revelation, (Nashville, TN: Nelson Reference, 2006), page 209.

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      • Then why not clip the clip art. If your asking people to believe in your words don’t distract them with untruths. The matter at hand is serious and we can’t give the impression that we believe one thing to be true and allow for unbiblical presentations, art or otherwise.

      • Thanks for the truth Nathan, the world is so deceived by satan and God will blind the people who do not want to believe in his son Jesus. Happening as we live today.

  • Great article. Thank you for your thoughts on the “Gospel” being preached around the world prior to 2nd Coming.
    May I suggest not “21 judgements” during the Tribulation, but rather, 28, which includes the often neglected “7 thunders”. In gematria studies that makes 4, 7’s, 4 = creation of world on 4th day, 7 = completion. Thus, being interpreted “ the complete judgment of the world.” Just a thought to add to your great wealth of prophetic knowledge. Blessings. And thank you, again, John

  • In my understanding, angels were messengers to direct humans where to go to share the Gospel. This happened to Peter in Acts 10. But in the book of Revelation,
    chapter 14, an angel is to preach the Gospel? I had always thought that they do
    not “understand” the Gospel, never having been redeemed. What is the difference?

  • Revelation 14:6 The Angel will proclaim the “everlasting gospel” saying in a voice, “Fear God and give Him glory to Him, for the hour of judgment has come; and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.

    Message: Fear God, Glorify God, realize your judgment is at hand, and worship Him.

    Ecclesiastes 12:13. “Fear God and keep His Commandments, for this applies to every person.”

    There are many angels, the ones that are mentioned by name are Gabriel and Michael.

    Gabriel in Luke 2:18 announcing the birth of Jesus to the shepherds.

    They make announcements of things to come, and carry out deeds for the Lord.

  • God is gracious and merciful, not desiring anyone to perish but all to come to repentance. He will make sure that no one will have the excuse of never hearing the Gospel before His final judgment comes.

    I disagree that fearing God has nothing to do with being afraid. Per 1 John 4:18, “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear, because fear involves punishment, and the one who fears is not perfected in love.” Perfect love does not cast out awe and reverence. As believers grow in our understanding of God’s perfect love for us and the removal of all punishment through the complete work of Christ, we are freed from being afraid: it is a paradigm shift from being afraid to awe and reverence.

    The lost will never experience that. As Hebrews 10:26-31 warns, “For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and the fury of a fire which will consume the adversaries. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, “Vengeance is Mine, I will repay.” And again, “The Lord will judge His people.” It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”

    The lost have much to be afraid of. Satan would have them believe they don’t.

    Maranatha.

  • 2 Thessalonians 2 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    Our gathering to the Lord does not take place until after the abomination of desolation.

    • 2 Thessalonians 2 shows the state of mind of the church at Thessalonica. They were worried that due to a false letter they had received that somehow they were living in the “Day of the Lord,” which is the 7-year Tribulation culminating in Jesus’ Second Coming (Joel 1:15; 2:1-2,11, 31; Acts 2:20; 2 Thes. 2:3; Rev. 6:17). The Day of the Lord, Paul is assuring the Church, will not happen until the Antichrist makes a peace covenant with Israel for 7 years (Dan. 9:27) and a great rebellion or falling away from God occurs.

      The Bible makes it clear that the Tribulation is God’s wrath poured out upon the unbelieving world, and not for those who are saved from Christ’s resurrection to the Rapture – called the Church. True believers in Christ during the Church Age, represented by the Church of Philadelphia, are promised in Revelation 3:10, “Since you have kept my command to endure patiently, I will also keep you from the hour of trial that is going to come upon the whole world to test those who live on the earth.” Paul states in 1 Thessalonians 1:10, “and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.” He also states in 1 Thessalonians 5:9, “For God did not appoint us to suffer wrath but to receive salvation through our Lord Jesus Christ.” Romans 5:9 states, “Since we have now been justified by his blood, how much more shall we be saved from God’s wrath through him!” Ephesians 5:6 states, “Let no one deceive you with empty words, for because of such things God’s wrath comes on those who are disobedient.” Colossians 3:4 states, “When Christ, who is your life, appears, then you also will appear with him in glory.” Again and again, Scripture states the Church is not meant to endure God’s special time of wrath.

      Paul earlier gives the Church of Thessalonica and all believers encouragement in the hope of the Rapture that we will not live into this terrible time (1 Thes. 4:18). And so, later in 2 Thes. 2:5 Paul reminds them of this teaching so that they don’t have to worry. He also encourages the church in verse 15 to hold on to these teachings on the Rapture so as not to be swayed by false teachings, and so we have the “eternal encouragement and good hope” that the Lord gives to strengthen us.

      For information on why we believe the Pre-Tribulation Rapture is the best argument for the timing of the Rapture, please check out these articles on our website at http://www.lamblion.com/articles/articles_rapture7.php and http://www.lamblion.com/articles/articles_rapture4.php and our “Christ in Prophecy” shows posted at http://www.lamblion.com/television/programs.php#Rapture.

      We also have three short Inbox videos explaining the Rapture and its timing: http://christinprophecy.org/sermons/the-inbox-20-is-the-rapture-and-second-coming-the-same-event/, http://christinprophecy.org/sermons/the-inbox-21-why-do-i-believe-in-a-pre-trib-rapture/ and https://christinprophecy.org/sermons/the-inbox-5-what-are-some-misconceptions-about-the-rapture/.

  • 1 Corinthians 15:20-58 New American Standard Bible (NASB)

    Paul again gives us a clear timing of things. Believers will be resurrected at his coming and be given immortality. At the last trumpet, which is the seventh trumpet in the Book of Revelation.

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