The Seventh-day Adventist Church is a Protestant Christian denomination that was founded in the mid-19th century. One of the central beliefs of the Adventist Church is the Three Angels Message, which is a prophecy found in the Book of Revelation, chapter 14. In this message, three angels are sent by God to proclaim messages to the world, just before the end of time. In this blog post, we’ll discuss the Adventist belief in the Three Angels Message, what each of the three messages entails, and why it’s an important part of Adventist theology.
The first angel’s message, in Revelation 14:6-7, is a call to worship God: “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 sea, and the fountains of waters.” According to Adventists, this message is a call for all people to turn from their sinful ways and to worship God alone. It emphasizes the importance of keeping God’s commandments and to live a holy life.
The second angel’s message, in Revelation 14:8, announces the fall of Babylon: “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.” This message, according to Adventists, refers to a religious system that has strayed from the truth and has become corrupt. It is a warning to people not to be misled by false teachings and to hold fast to the truth of the Bible.
The third angel’s message, in Revelation 14:9-12, warns against receiving the mark of the beast: “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.” This message, according to Adventists, is a warning against aligning with a worldly power that is in opposition to God and his principles. It is a call to remain faithful to God and to reject the false teachings and practices of the world.
The Three Angels Messages are a central part of Adventist theology and serve as a call to action for Adventists and all people to turn to God and follow his teachings. Adventists believe that the messages are more relevant today than ever before, as the world becomes increasingly secular and people are being misled by false teachings and practices. The Three Angels Messages serve as a reminder that God is still in control and that there is still time for people to turn to him and be saved.
In conclusion, the Adventist belief in the Three Angels Message is a vital part of their theology and serves as a call to worship God, to reject false teachings, and to remain faithful to God. As the world continues to change, the Three Angels Messages will remain just as relevant and important as they were when they were first proclaimed.
- “The Three Angels’ Messages” (Adventist.org)