Now that we understand that God is Three in One, and that the Ten Commandments are important, we will examine the pertinence of the Three Angels’ Messages.
In Revelation 14, John looks and sees, “a Lamb [standing] on the mount Zion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father’s name written in their foreheads” (Revelation 14:1). This Lamb is Jesus the Son of God, the Second in the Godhead. And the 144,000 are the men and women, “which were redeemed from the earth” (Revelation 14:1). After describing the character of these faithful ones, John the Revelator sees three angels fly in one after another, and each give distinct but connected messages before the other flies in, (Revelation 14:6-12). This is what John records:
First Angelic Message
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 seas, and the fountains of waters.
Second Angelic Message
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.
Third Angelic Message
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.
Now, the first message highlights God as Creator of all things. In fact, while God is preparing the children of Israel to receive the the Ten Commandments He tells Moses to tell them that, “all the earth is mine” (Exodus 19:5). And by virtue of the plurality of Genesis 1:26, we confirm again that God the Father, God the Son, God the Holy Spirit is God and Maker of all things.
So we return now to Exodus 19 and see that God tells Moses to, “Go unto the people, sanctify them today and tomorrow, and let them wash their clothes, And be ready against the third day: for the LORD will come down in the sight of all the people upon mount Sinai.” Notice how Moses is a symbol of Jesus, as he mediates between God and His people. Take note also of the three days that herald the coming of Jesus on the mountain, which parallel the three days Jesus spent in the grave, and His resurrection on the third (1 Corinthians 15:3-6). Therefore, like the third angelic message beckons, we must have faith in Jesus to enter the kingdom of heaven.
In light of this, we must consider the great controversy, the war between good and evil (General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists). As Jesus is being tempted by the devil on the, “exceeding high mountain” and is “[shown]…all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them” (Matthew 4:8), the devil says, “All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me” (Matthew 4:9). Not only does this undermine the sovereignty of Jesus but directly contradicts what God tells Moses to tell the people in Exodus 19:5: “Now therefore, if ye will obey my voice indeed, and keep my covenant, then ye will be a peculiar treasure unto me above all people: for all the earth is mine”. Ergo, the great conflict of the last days. We either determine in our hearts to overcome like Jesus or, “drink of the wine of the wrath of [Babylon’s] fornication.” We either worship God, or worship the devil.
We each have mountain to climb, and on this mountain top we will be tempted. God will not leave us alone, though, for He is on the mountain, but so is the devil: the devil is vying for our worship and praise. Let us make a conscious decision to serve God in everything we do. The end is near. Let us Go to the mountain top.
-Holy Spirt Inspired
This is the end of the “Go to the Mountain Top Series”. It is a very hefty study and requires much prayer and consecration. So, let us pray we love God and be numbered among the redeemed.
General Conference of Seventh-day Adventists. “The Great Controversy.” The Official Site of the Seventh-day Adventist world church. N.p., 04 Oct. 2016. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.
Vieth, Professor Walter J. “The Third Angel’s Message.” Amazing Discoveries. N.p., 07 July 2011. Web. 26 Mar. 2017.