The Proclamations of the Three Angels

THE PROCLAMATIONS OF THE THREE ANGELS/ 88-001 (Rev. 14:6-13)/ Bible Study Guide/ Doctrines/ Three Angels’ Messages/ Lesson # 1.

LAST CALL FOR HEAVEN: INTRODUCTION.

“The three angels’ messages of Revelation 14:6-12 bring the themes of the everlasting gospel into keen focus. They give us safe guidance in an age of relativism, doubt, counterfeit gospels, and lying wonders. These angels speak to help us both discern error and appreciate the truth as it is in Jesus.

We shall better understand the content, purpose/ and unity of the three angels’ messages if we bear in mind their prominent characteristics.

1. These messages are the everlasting gospel, permeated with light, life, and love. Even in their sternest features, their purpose is, not to condemn, but to save us. Rejection, however, invites the judgment of God.

2. They apply with equal relevance to all the world, excluding no person, culture, or condition of humankind.

3. They are highly concentrated, summarizing divine revelation in a celestial shorthand. We can best understand their intent by studying them phrase by phrase in sequence, letting Scripture explain itself. We do not, however, want to lose sight of their organic unity, for they blend into one harmonious appeal to earth’s last generation. They contain no chord that clashes with the essential truth that God is love.

4. Finally, we should consider these messages in light of the world conditions they address. Christ and His prophets forecast the unparalleled evil, error, and turmoil of our time. It is no wonder that these messages are distinguished by urgency and depth of concern for the human family in its current plight.

We have every reason to thank God for the all-sufficiency of His answers found in the three angels’ messages. They teach us to follow the Lamb wherever He leads.” (Adult Sabbath School Lesson; Oct Nov Dec 1994, p. 9)

QUESTION AND ANSWERS.

[1] Very early in the book of Revelation, how is Christ’s second coming emphasized? — “Behold, He is coming with clouds, and every eye will see Him, even they who pierced Him. And all the tribes of the earth will mourn because of Him. Even so, Amen.” (Revelation 1:7, NKJV)

[2] What is the concluding subject of the book of Revelation? The Second Coming of Jesus Christ. — “He who testifies to these things says, “Surely I am coming quickly.” Amen. Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” (Revelation 22:20, NKJV)

[3] What two articles are mentioned in Revelation14:14-16 which show Jesus comes as a King and a Judge? A golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle.

“Then I looked, and behold, a white cloud, and on the cloud sat One like the Son of Man, having on His head a golden crown, and in His hand a sharp sickle. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to Him who sat on the cloud, “Thrust in Your sickle and reap, for the time has come for You to reap, for the harvest of the earth is ripe.” So He who sat on the cloud thrust in His sickle on the earth, and the earth was reaped.” (Revelation 14:14–16, NKJV)

[4] What is the meaning of “an angel”? The angel represents God’s saints engaged in the task of proclaiming the everlasting gospel, especially the features mentioned in this verse, at a time when the “judgment is come” (v. 7)—(SDA BC 7:827).

“No one hears the voice of these angels, for they are a symbol to represent the people of God who are working in harmony with the universe of heaven. Men and women, enlightened by the Spirit of God and sanctified through the truth, proclaim the three messages in their order.” (Selected Messages; Book 2, p. 387).

[5] What did the First Angel have to preach to the world? The Everlasting Gospel (Rev. 14:6)

[6] What is the message of the First Angel? — “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, NKJV)

[7] How did Paul indicate that the Judgment was yet future in his day? — “Now as he reasoned about righteousness, self-control, and the judgment to come, Felix was afraid and answered, “Go away for now; when I have a convenient time I will call for you.”” (Acts 24:25, NKJV)

[8] What is the message of the Second Angel? — “Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she has made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.”” (Revelation 14:8, NKJV)

[9] What is the term Babylon used to describe in the book of Revelation? Babylon, both literal and mystical, has long been recognized as ‘the traditional enemy of God’s truth and His people.’ In Revelation, the name is symbolic of all apostate religious organizations and their leadership, from antiquity down to the close of time.

[10] What is the call to God’s people in other churches at this time? — “And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues.” (Revelation 18:2–4, NKJV)

[11] What is the message of the Third Angel? — “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. 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 forever and ever; and they have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.”” (Revelation 14:9–11, NKJV)

[12] How are God’s faithful remnant described in Revelation 14:12? — “Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” (Revelation 14:12, NKJV)

DEVOTIONAL IMPLICATION: The Three Angels’ Messages are the three last messages of love from God to be preached to the earth by the end-time remnant before Jesus Christ arrives in the clouds (Rev. 14:14). Who are the Remnant in the Bible? A remnant is that part of God’s people that remains faithful to Him, especially in times of crisis and apostasy (Is. 10:20–34; Rom. 11:5; 2 Pet. 3:11–14; Rev. 12:17; Rev. 14:6–13; Rev. 18:4)  

These are the messages that were commissioned in Rev. 10. — “And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.” (Revelation 10:11, NKJV) The mission of the Remnant is to call all people of every walk of life to come out of Babylon before it is too late! “Come out of her, my people.”

Should we study the Three Angels’ Messages? Are they of the great import for this generation? Yes. “The evidences of the abiding, ever living truth of these grand messages, that mean so much to the church, that have awakened such intense opposition from the religious world, are not extinct. Satan is constantly seeking to cast a shadow about these messages, so that the people of God shall not clearly discern their import, their time and place.” (Testimonies for the Church, 6:18).

“The theme of greatest importance is the third angel’s message, embracing the messages of the first and second angels. All should understand the truths contained in these messages and demonstrate them in daily life, for this is essential to salvation. We shall have to study earnestly, prayerfully, in order to understand these grand truths; and our power to learn and comprehend will be taxed to the utmost”— (Ellen Gould White, Evangelism, p. 196).

THE GOSPEL’S VOICE: Notice what task the Lord is giving His faithful remnant to proclaim, in addition to the Three Angels’ Messages:

“After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory. And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, “Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of demons, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird! For all the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury.” And I heard another voice from heaven saying, “Come out of her, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues. (Revelation 18:1–4, NKJV)

ACTION STEP: What response do you think this lesson should inspires us to do? Is it your intention to become a part of God’s remnant church; those who are commissioned to preach the messages of the three angels?

Have a Blessed Day: And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14, NKJV)

The Gospel’s Voice/ Bible Study Guide/ Core Doctrines/ Three Angels’ Messages/ Lesson # 1.