The Three Angels’ Messages

three-angels-sm1The great controversy between God and Satan will reach its climax through the preaching of the three angels’ messages (Revelation 14). They are the final warning to the world, given by God’s remnant people at the end of time. Their purpose is to polarize men into two great camps:

  • Those who stand on the Word of God alone, wash their robes in the blood of the Lamb, and receive the seal of God.
  • Those who trample on the Word of God, trust in their own works, and receive the mark of the beast.

When this separation of the wheat and the tares is accomplished, probation will close, and Jesus will come to liberate His people.

The First Angel’s Message

The first angel’s message (Revelation 14:6-7) is a divine message of impeding judgment. Yet it is not only judgment, but also a message like Elijah’s of old: of reformation and restoration. It demands a choice, effectually severing the true followers of Jesus from those who worship the Beast and her harlot daughters.

The everlasting gospel that this angel brings to the world is the crucial theme of salvation, the only solution to men’s fallen condition and separation from God: the blood of the Lamb. Without this blood, men cannot hope to overcome sin, which is the only prerequisite to surviving in the presence of a sinless God. The blood of Jesus enables us to completely overcome sin.

Satan knows that Christ’s blood is the only way that men can overcome, so his war is against any understanding of how law and grace work together. He will either exalt the law and crucify the Lamb or elevate the Lamb and destroy the law.

The Second Angel’s Message

The second angel’s message announces the fall of Babylon (Revelation 14:8). Like Babylon of old, the anti-typical Babylon in the end of time will lead the whole world away from God through a chameleon religious system. Men must be alerted to Satan’s deceptions so that God’s sincere people in all churches may understand present truth, leave the harlots of Babylon, and join God’s remnant.

The Third Angel’s Message

The third angel’s message (Revelation 14:9-12) is more dreadful than any other warning God has given to men. The message is clear: Come out of Babylon so you will not receive her judgments. Revelation 18:4 reiterates the message even more clearly saying, “Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.” It is a message of separation from Babylon, in direct opposition to Babylon’s cries for unity.

The Eternal Choice

The three angels’ messages will thrust a choice before every inhabitant of the world. When all have made that choice, probation will close and Jesus will come. This is why this message goes hand in hand with the message of judgement and the antitypical fulfillment of the great Day of Atonement observed by ancient Israel.

God bleeds with us, proving that He longs to deliver us from the body of this death. This deliverance was the purpose of the first coming of Jesus. He is our example. Everything He overcame, we can overcome. This is the message of the three angels’ messages in verity. We can have the faith of Jesus. By faith in Jesus, we can keep God’s law perfectly, as He did.

Those who refuse to worship God with this complete faith will worship the beast instead. Those who will not keep the commandments of God will drink the wine of Babylon instead. The cries of the angels yet ring in this world. Listen carefully while there is yet time. Do not harden your heart.