"DO YOU KNOW THAT THERE ARE THREE IMPORTANT MESSAGES FOR YOU"
Just before we look at these messages consider this list. Do you recognise any of these events happening in the world today?
Wars and rumours of Wars
Famines and Pestilences
False prophets deceiving many
Lack of natural affection
Men lovers of pleasure
Increase in knowledge
Have you watched the newspaper lately, heard the radio or watched the news?
This is a list of events, which the Bible-that Book of ancient origin, prose and prophecy-predicts will increase before the end of earth's existence, as we know it. (see Matthew 24, 2Timothy 3, and Daniel 12:4) That's right! This is talking about the closing scenes of the history of the world!
That is why there are three important messages for you! Since the Bible has accurately set forward these "signs of the times' let's take a look at the three messages it has for this time.
A glance at some texts in the last book of the Bible, Revelation, discloses the setting.
Three angels are depicted as flying through the sky proclaiming certain messages to mankind.
Angels simply represent messengers and since they are flying in heaven we know that what they have to say are messages from heaven.
The Bible, especially Revelation, has some unusual ways of explaining these important messages so let's look carefully and find out what each message is talking about.
"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." -Revelation 14:6, 7
This first messenger is said to have "the everlasting gospel" to preach to the people that live on the earth. He summons earth's millions to reverence God and to worship the Creator of heaven and earth because "the hour of His judgment is come!"
"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." -Revelation 14:8
The second messenger announces the moral fall of "mystical Babylon".
"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 ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus." -Revelation 14:9-12
This third angel declares the awesome judgments that will befall the worshipper of the beast and his image and whoever is a recipient of his mark.
This leaves us with a lot of questions. But taking note of these texts we do know that:
1. These messages, given by God, have to do with religion in view of the use of the word "worship"
2. We learn that Babylon-some power which influences the whole world-will collapse. We therefore need to identify what "Babylon" is.
3. We know that a power-here called "the beast"-will enforce a type of worship which is opposed to the worship of God. We therefore need to identify who this "beast" power is.
4. We also see that this beast has an image, which will give support to the work of the beast. So we need to identify who the "image" of the beast is.
5. We see that the beast power enforces its mark-"The mark of the beast". We need to identify what this "mark" is.
6. Last, but more importantly, God says that those who submit to this power when its mark is enforced will in effect be committing the unpardonable sin and will be subject to the judgments of God to be lost for eternity. We therefore need to find out how to avoid this mark-whatever is may be.
To reveal the identity of "Babylon", "the "Beast", the "Image to the Beast", and the "Mark of the Beast" a comprehensive study of the Bible is required-much more than it would be possible to fit on this piece of paper.
In the meantime let's look at a few more important questions;
Who does the Bible reveal, is our best friend to aid us in uncertain times?
Our best friend is God. "For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved." -John 3:17
Who does the Bible reveal is our enemy?
The Devil. "Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:"-1Peter 5:8
What is God's mission?
"I came not to call the righteous, but sinners to repentance." Mark 2:17
"And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come." -Matthew 24:14
What is Satan's mission?
To deceive the whole world into rejecting the gospel "And the great dragon was cast out, that old serpent, called the Devil, and Satan, which deceiveth the whole world:" -Revelation 12:9
"For there shall arise false Christ's, and false prophets, and shall shew great signs and wonders; insomuch that, if it were possible, they shall deceive the very elect." -Mathew 24:24
So what is God saying to me?
First God encourages you to consider the signs. Which His Word-the Bible-predicted would occur. As you see these signs about us today and learn of the judgments to come, you can choose to accept Him as a friend with the honour and respect due.
Also He warns us all to be prepared for a collapse of a great power which is opposed to God and to be aware of men or religious bodies which will control conscience and force religious issues. We know that God will honour those who honour Him and He will protect you from deception and foil the intents of the enemy of human kind.
Obedience will be the test of loyalty in the final crisis that is coming upon the earth
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