And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, … saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come. Revelation 14:6, 7.
The proclamation of the first, second, and third angels’ messages has been located by the Word of Inspiration. Not a peg or pin is to be removed. No human authority has any more right to change the location of these messages than to substitute the New Testament for the Old. The Old Testament is the gospel in figures and symbols. The New Testament is the substance. One is as essential as the other. The Old Testament presents lessons from the lips of Christ, and these lessons have not lost their force in any particular.
The first and second messages [Revelation 14:6-8] were given in 1843 and 1844, and we are now under the proclamation of the third; but all three of the messages are still to be proclaimed. It is just as essential now as ever before that they shall be repeated to those who are seeking for the truth. By pen and voice we are to sound the proclamation, showing their order and the application of the prophecies that bring us to the third angel’s message. There cannot be a third without the first and second….
The book that was sealed was not the book of Revelation, but that portion of the prophecy of Daniel that related to the last days…. When the book was opened, the proclamation was made, “Time shall be no longer.” The book of Daniel is now unsealed, and the revelation made by Christ to John is to come to all the inhabitants of the earth. By the increase of knowledge a people is to be prepared to stand in the latter days.
[Revelation 14:6, 7 quoted.] This message, if heeded, will call the attention of every nation and kindred and tongue and people to a close examination of the Word, and to the true light in regard to the power that has changed the seventh-day Sabbath to a spurious sabbath…. The Sabbath memorial, declaring who the living God is, the Creator of the heavens and the earth, has been torn down, and a spurious sabbath has been given to the world in its place. Thus a breach has been made in the law of God….
In the first angel’s message people are called upon to worship God, our Creator, who made the world and all things that are therein…. The message proclaimed by the angel flying in the midst of heaven is the everlasting gospel, the same gospel that was declared in Eden when God said to the serpent, “I will put enmity between thee and the woman, and between thy seed and her seed.”—Manuscript 32, 1896 (Manuscript Releases 17:6, 7).
Christ Triumphant p. 338
—-Please pray for Geanina who fell and broke her wrist very badly. Rose
—-My good friend, Jewell, is having heart related issues. She is seeing her cardiologist in the morning. Please keep her in your prayers. TIA.
—-I have a friend who needs a miracle after being hit by a car. Pain that drugs will not take away. Please pray for healing, increased faith. Sylvia
Someone I know well spends much of his time reading the news on the Internet. He listens to talk radio every day. As he hears all these dreadful things, he gets so worried and upset. His whole focus is on the negative. His very countenance shows the worry that fills him. This is how the enemy of souls would have it, for as we focus on the frightening things transpiring in this world, we take our eyes off from Jesus, our Lord and Saviour.
Truly, this sinful, old world is showing signs that “the end of all things is at hand.” 1 Peter 4:7 It is totally out of control! Wars and rumours of wars, famines, pestilences, earthquakes, man’s inhumanity to man, all foretell that Jesus is coming again. As we see all of the sin and sadness in this world, our heart should not only break for those who are in great trials but also can be filled with expectation. Our focus should be upon the blessed hope of Jesus’ soon return. Think of it! Soon we “shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. And he shall send his angels with a great sound of a trumpet, and they shall gather together his elect from the four winds, from one end of heaven to the other.” (Matt 24) Praise God! All of the heartache, all of the sadness, all of the unfairness of life, all of the pain, all of the death will be a thing of the past when our Dear Saviour comes again!
There is an old hymn by Jessie E. Strout that exclaims the joy we should feel as we see these things come to pass. “Lift up the trumpet, and loud let it ring: Jesus is coming again! Cheer up ye pilgrims, be joyful and sing; Jesus is coming again! Coming again! Coming again! Jesus is coming again! Echo it, hilltops; proclaim it ye plains, Jesus is coming again! coming in glory, the Lamb that was slain; Jesus is coming again! Coming again! Coming again! Jesus is coming again! Heavings of earth, tell the vast, wondering throng: Jesus is coming again! Tempests and whirlwinds, the anthem prolong; Jesus is coming again! Coming again! Coming again! Jesus is coming again! Nations are angry— by this we do know Jesus is coming again! Knowledge increases; men run to and from; Jesus is coming again! Coming again! Coming again! Jesus is coming again!”
“Be ye therefore ready also: for the Son of man cometh at an hour when ye think not.” Luke 12:40