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Milepost 41: Gospel preached worldwide

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Milepost 41: Gospel preached worldwide

Primary References: Revelation 14:6-13

 

The worship of both the beast and his image along with the introduction of his mark brings a final ultimatum from God. His time of longsuffering (2 Peter 3:9) has ended and He will no longer afford people the luxury of deferring their spiritual decisions. God uses three angels to deliver His ultimatum in three separate messages:

1. Fear God, give glory to Him, and worship the God of creation

2. Mystery Babylon is judged and is fallen

3. God's judgment will fall on anyone receiving the mark of the beast and worshiping the beast or his image

Each angel preaches their message to everyone person on earth in their own languages. The proclamation of the first angel fulfills Jesus' description of the ‘end-times' (Matthew 24:4-14). Now, the great tribulation sees angels preaching the gospel throughout the entire world and fulfilling the gospel's worldwide preaching. Despite the best efforts of the church, they never accomplished what these three angels will - the simultaneous worldwide preaching of the gospel to every person in their own language. This definitive fulfillment of Jesus' prophecy only occurs after the rapture, not before as most often taught today. The next verse (Matthew 24:15) further supports this position as Jesus ties the worldwide preaching of the gospel to the great tribulation by warning of the abomination of desolation.

The first angel calls men to repent, turn back to God, reject the unholy trinity, and reject the beast's image while the third angel proclaims judgment on those rejecting the message of the first angel and, consequently, God. People demonstrate their rejection of God by:

  • Worshipping the image of the beast
  • Worshipping the beast
  • Receiving the mark of the beast (in either the forehead, or the hand)

Once they meet all three conditions, then the judgments pronounced by the angel are borne by them (it is debatable whether people must meet all three conditions but the text suggests this interpretation).

Following the reward of the wicked, the angel gives the reward of the righteous dying during the great tribulation. These people will be blessed, will rest, and will be rewarded for their works. These righteous will also be guests at the marriage feast of the Lamb and God the Father will offer them white garments washed in the blood of the Lamb, eternal life, and eternity in heaven. The second angel's message pronounces Mystery Babylon's fall. John introduces Mystery Babylon and her fall in much more detail shortly.