Revelations 14:6 through 14:12 gives us a very important look at end time prophecy. In this quick study we will break them down and see what it’s all 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, Revelation 14:6
The word “angel” in our bible is translated from the Greek word “angellos”, which means “messenger”, so this angel is shown to have “an everlasting gospel to preach”, a message to deliver. Also if we use our Strong’s concordance we also see the word “angellos” can also be translated as “by implication a pastor”. So this “everlasting gospel” is something our pastors of the end times are also supposed to be preaching.
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 14:7
This message tells us specifically to “worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.” For this messenger, be it either angels or pastors, they are reminding us that we should be worshiping our creator. The only reason that this message would be needed is if we had forgotten something that had to do with worshipping our creator GOD. Is it then ironic that the only commandment of GOD that starts with the word “Remember” is the fourth commandment? The only reason GOD would start that commandment with the word “Remember” is if HE expected us to forget it, which is exactly what mankind has done. We have forgotten the commandment to keep holy the Sabbath day. And also, it is directly within this commandment that GOD states almost word for word as in the messengers warning above that HE alone is creator. “Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy…For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. Exodus 20:8,11
The next verse reads…
And there followed another angel, saying,
The scope of this short study doesn’t allow me to fully explain this verse, but in it the messenger is telling us that a certain authority “Babylon” has fallen, and this authority made all the nations “drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication”, which in context with the other verses around it means that this authority made the entire world break the law of GOD. (There is a definite world wide authority that has descended from ancient
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, Revelation 14:9
The messenger is warning us not to take the “mark” of the beast in our forehead or hand. The “mark of the beast” is a counterfeit of GOD’s “mark” on HIS people. GOD shows us in the bible that his mark is his Sabbath Day. “And hallow my Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God. Ezekiel 20:20. The word “sign” in the verse above is translated from the Hebrew word “oath”, which literally also means a “mark”. The Sabbath is the “mark of GOD”. And when the bible references that a mark is in our foreheads or hands, it is just simply saying that we know something, in our foreheads or minds, and that we do it, which is our actions represented with doing something with our hands. So we should know GOD’s law and do GOD’s law, thereby having GOD’s mark, the Sabbath and commandments, in our foreheads and hands instead of “the mark of the beast”.
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: Revelation 14:10
Those that break GOD’s law are not spared HIS wrath in the end.
And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up forever 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. Revelation 14:11
Once again we see that the ones who incur GOD’s wrath are those that accept Satan’s “mark” of authority over GOD’s. Notice also that they have no “rest” day or night. The Sabbath is a day of “rest”, and those who take the mark have given up their day of rest and therefore no longer have rest day or night.
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14:12
The messenger makes it very simple in Revelation 14:12 above to tell who reject the mark of the beast. They are those that “KEEP THE COMMANDMENTS OF GOD AND HAVE THE FAITH OF JESUS.” Notice it doesn’t say “or” has the faith of Jesus. Commandments and faith are both expected. Also remember that the book of Revelation was given by GOD to Jesus to show John, so it is Jesus Christ himself who is showing us to “keep the commandments of GOD”.
In this quick study we are focusing on the angel’s last messages to mankind concerning the mark of the beast as opposed to the mark of GOD which is the breaking or keeping of GOD’s holy Sabbath day and commandments. So am I trying to say that everyone who attends church on a day other than the seventh day sabbath, which is our present Saturday, is without eternal life?
Absolutely not. The Apostle Paul tells us…
And the times of this ignorance God winked at; but now commandeth all men every where to repent: Because he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness by that man whom he hath ordained; whereof he hath given assurance unto all men, in that he hath raised him from the dead. And when they heard of the resurrection of the dead, some mocked: and others said, We will hear thee again of this matter. Acts 17:30-32
Paul shows us that all men need time to learn new things and they often mock that which they do not understand. GOD understands that there are millions of his loyal children all over the world that worship him on Saturday and Sunday alike that have been misled in various ways. HE does not hold them into account when HE knows that in their hearts they sincerely want to obey him but have just been given incorrect information that they are not aware is incorrect. Paul says “GOD winked” at these instances. When a person winks it means they momentarily close their eyes. So GOD has momentarily closed his eyes to this error in the keeping of his law, but Paul also states “…he hath appointed a day, in the which he will judge the world in righteousness…” Acts 17:31. After the mark of the beast goes into effect, and the buying and selling of goods is only allowed to those who take the mark of the beast then the time of GOD’s wink will be over and all will have to decide to obey GOD’s commandments or continue to break them.
So we can continue to pretend that this issue doesn’t matter. We can pretend that a day means nothing, that it’s ok to ignore GOD’s Sabbath because GOD, who created time itself and maintains it, somehow “forgot” or let all his people forget what day of the week it was. But the truth is if GOD can maintain HIS Holy Bible and Holy Word, as complex as the bible is, HE can maintain HIS holy Sabbath day and seven simple days a week. It is Satan’s deception that the day was lost or changed, but the odds against every human being on earth simultaneously forgetting what day it is would be astronomical if calculated. The facts are these, there is no scientific or other evidence that the weekly cycle has ever changed, and yet much evidence that it has stayed exactly as GOD created it. I would implore all mankind to honor GOD’s commandments, including HIS holy Sabbath day before it’s too late. GOD and Jesus are both very blunt on the importance of these issues. Don’t be misled by the carelessness, pride and arrogance of men who have more concern with their current comfortable state than obedience to GOD. The bible is very clear that in the last days Satan will draw his lines along the Commandments of GOD, especially focusing on GOD’s Sabbath day. The reason that day is so important is that in GOD’s eyes by keeping it we publicly and physically acknowledge GOD as our creator and Satan does not want us to publicly recognize this fact and witness it to those around us. Also The Sabbath commandment has just been the easiest to attack. To divide GOD’s people on the issue of a day was much easier than trying to deceive loving Christians that it is ok to steal, kill or commit adultery.
The clock is ticking and our families and children are just too important to “take a chance” that it’s ok to ignore GOD. It took me 38 years to come to understand the importance of GOD’s Ten Commandments and for most people understanding these prophecies will be nearly impossible. Right now it is very easy to start following the commandments of GOD, including the Sabbath commandment. Because there is virtually no pressure not too other than the opinions of men who teach otherwise and the fact that most Christians are very tightly snuggled up in their comfort zones and don’t want to come out. But for mothers, fathers and friends of loved ones who wait until the last minute and then suddenly realize this truth and have to almost overnight or within weeks or days try and convince their loved ones to return to following the commandments of GOD including the Sabbath day it will be nearly impossible. At that time returning to following GOD’s commandments will be a sentence of death or imprisonment and for those that have not mentally and spiritually prepared for it resisting the “mark of the beast” will be too frightening to contemplate. These will be very sad and horrible days as Christians have to decide whether or not to walk away saving themselves while leaving families and loved ones behind or forsake GOD and take the “mark of the beast” to be with their families in the last days and losing eternal life.
We need to teach our children now, not later. Later will be too late and there will be no time to make our loved ones understand. Time will have run out.
Then Peter and the other apostles answered and said, We ought to obey God rather than men. Acts 5:29
ken elliott jr – august 2010
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…Why do I spend so much time on this topic? The Obedience to GOD’s Ten Commandments and focusing on the Sabbath commandment? Simply because it’s SO IMPORTANT, and so many people are ignoring it at the risk of their future salvation. Every one understands the concept of love for Jesus and GOD and there has already been so much written on it that I see no need to add anything. But when it comes to the obedience of GOD and HIS Ten Commandments with every year that passes more and more people forget. I feel I have been led by GOD to help them “Remember”.