The Three Angels’ Messages
We believe the messages of Revelation 14:6-12 are valid for the end time. In their connection as a threefold message, they constitute the last message of warning and salvation to a perishing world and are to be proclaimed to every nation, kindred, and people.
The message of the first angel points to the everlasting gospel and announces that the hour of judgment has come. It urges all mankind to fear the God of creation, give Him the glory, and worship Him.
Revelation 14:6, 7 – 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.
The second angel’s message announces the fall of Babylon. In the course of the centuries, religious systems that were false and contrary to Scripture developed, leading to enormous confusion (Babylon). This was shown in a special sense in the middle of the 19th century, when the churches rejected the Biblical message of Christ’s soon return.
The message of the third angel points to the results of accepting false religious systems. It contains the most fearful threat ever addressed by God to mankind. According to Revelation 14:9-12, the mark (Sunday) stands in contrast to the fourth commandment (Sabbath) of the Bible. Mankind’s attention is directed to God’s law, especially the Sabbath commandment (the seal of God).
Exodus 20:8-11 – Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the sabbath of the LORD thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates: For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
The purpose of this last message of mercy is to point men to the binding force of all ten of God’s commandments and to prepare a people for the second coming of Jesus Christ. It is also pointed out that the hour of judgment has begun and only through Jesus Christ is acquittal from the guilt of sin possible. These three messages, symbolized by the three angels, bring about a reformation, leading to repentance and conversion. The characteristics are unmistakable: “Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.”
Revelation 14:12 – Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
All who reject this merciful call will suffer the predicted judgments of God, poured out in the seven last plagues.
The preaching of the three angels’ messages began with the rise of the Advent Movement and will close with the loud cry of the third angel.