Summary: This is part 1 of a 3-part sermon. John witnessed God’s final summons to those of earth. What will comprise God’s final summons to earth? Earth’s final summons is A Call to....
EARTH’S FINAL SUMMONS-Part I—Revelation 14:6-13
People may say....God always gives a little more time....He doesn’t want anyone to go to hell so things will continue as they are....Science tells us that all things are a result of ‘natural’ cause & effect... Men’s hearts will change when they see God’s power in miracles & judgments....
God will not give more time....Will not allow things to continue as is....The course of human affairs is not determined by ‘nature’ but by God’s design....Men’s hearts will not be swayed by circumstances no matter how miraculous.
But God being merciful, summons all mankind to the point of individual/personal decision.
John witnessed God’s final summons to those of earth.
God will extend a final summons to mankind.
What will comprise God’s final summons to earth?
How will God extend His final summons to mankind?
5 avenues for earth’s/man’s final summons.
*This section previews generally what follows in detail.
1—Man’s final summons is A Call to
:6—“And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, & to every nation & tribe & tongue & people;”
“Another angel”—The 7th angel(trumpet judgment) was the last reference to specific angels(11:15)(apart from Michael & his angels—12:7).
“Flying in” “Midheaven”—mesouranhma—Highest point occupied by the sun at noon; Apex; Where what is done/said can be heard by all. This message is available to the largest possible audience. Flying—gains attention visually & vocally. No mistaking message.
“An eternal gospel”—
“Eternal”—aiwnioV—Without beginning & end; Never ending. Applicable for all time & every age of man.
“Gospel”—euaggelion—Good tidings/news. from eu—‘To wish well’; & aggeloV—Angel, messenger or envoy— ‘Good tidings from heaven/God’s throne.’
“To Preach”—euaggelizw—To announce/bring good news/tidings.
—Most do not like to be preached to. No one likes to be told they have been wrong. Generally, Men choose pride/self over surrender/God.
“Those who live on earth”—“Live”—John’s subtle designation for those who have made a concious choice to live upon earth—as opposed to those who have chosen to live in heaven by Christ Jesus.
“Nation”—Separation by means of political ends/barriers.
“Tribe”—Separation by blood ties/barriers.
“Tongue”—Separation by language barriers
Acts 2:6-11—READ—“...they were each one hearing them speak in his own language. And they were amazed & marveled, saying,....“And how is it that we each hear them in our own language to which we were born?....we hear them in our own tongues speaking of the mighty deeds of God.””
“People”—Separation by vocation/occupation, or any 2 or all of the above. Hold the same ideals.
*No one is unaware of or immune to this declaration/message of good news!
:7—“& he said with a loud voice, “Fear God, & give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; & worship Him who made the heaven & the earth & sea & springs of waters.”
“Fear God”—fobew—Fear, Put to flight...often of a Protracted /Continual nature.
“Give Him glory”—
Willful ascription/placement/bestowal of recognition for specific action(s).
“The hour...has come”—
Acts 17:29-31—“Being then the offspring of God, we ought not to think that the Divine Nature is like gold or silver or stone, an image formed by the art & thought of man. “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all everywhere should repent, because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”....
....Acts 10:40-42—“God raised Him up on the third day, & granted that He should become visible, not to all the people, but to witnesses who were chosen beforehand by God, that is, to us, who ate & drank with Him after He arose from the dead. And He ordered us to preach to the people, & solemnly to testify that this is the One who has been appointed by God as Judge of the living & the dead.”....
Jn. 5:21-23—“For just as the Father raises the dead & gives them life, even so the Son also gives life to whom He wishes. “For not even the Father judges anyone, but He has given all judgment to the Son, in order that all may honor the Son, even as they honor the Father. He who does not honor the Son does not honor the Father who sent Him.”
“Worship”—proskunew—Bow down before; Honor; Reverence,Worship.—From proV before/towards & kuwn—a dog.
“Him who made....”—
When evangelizing pagans, Paul(Acts 14, 17) introduced them to God as Creator.
These are the very things to which those of earth cling, in which they trust, yet which was made by the very God they reject.
A CALL TO GLORY(:6-7)
Ex. 24:16-17—“And the glory of the LORD rested on Mount Sinai, & the cloud covered it for six days; & on the seventh day He called to Moses from the midst of the cloud. And to the eyes of the sons of Israel the appearance of the glory of the LORD was like a consuming fire on the mountain top.”