Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” (Revelation 14:6-8 ESV)
There are those who speak of a turning point in their lives, a turn back to God. It may come after hitting rock bottom, loss of a job, death in the family, a marriage on the rocks, or some other tragedy in life. Still there are other times when we believe we have been walking in God’s path only to be confronted with God’s Word through a sermon, scripture reading, hymn/song, or witness that proves otherwise. It is during that time we turn repent of our sins and turn back to God.
In the teaching, preaching, and witness inside and outside of the church, we should all know that the Word of God does miraculous things to those that hear it. Throughout the Old and New Testament there are recorded accounts of God’s Word preserving, convicting, and delivering His people. Jonah knew the power of God’s Word could change a city’s heart. He knew it to the point that he didn’t want to go to those people to share God’s Word with them. We will be the first to say that we have troubles sharing God’s Word with others. We assume it is because it is simply hard to talk about our faith, but have you ever wondered if the reason is that you can’t fathom God changing their lives or is it we don’t want God to change their lives?
Can you remember the last time God’s Word changed you? Hopefully, it is every time you are confronted with God’s Word. In reading Revelation 14:6-8, this is the proclamation of the first of three angels. The proclamation is to everyone nation, tribe, language, and people on earth. Sounds like what Jesus directs us to do in the Great Commission. In order to make disciples of all nations, there must be a proclamation of the Gospel to every nation, tribe, language, and people who dwell on earth. There is something beautiful about angel leading the charge with the gospel. This isn’t just some worldly gospel that passes like the fades of this world. No, this is a eternal gospel.” A gospel that reminds us to: “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come.”
Just as each of us are confronted with God’s Word, we realize that the hour of His judgment has come. Since Christ’s ascension to the right hand of the Father, we have been moving closer to that very Judgment Day. This is the very reason why when the Word of God gets us it is beautiful in all aspects. Whether it be the surgical knife that cuts us to reveal the cancerous sin within us or the healing Gospel that restores us in God’s eyes. The Word of God is eternal and it leads to our eternal life. What is our response to the Word of God and the angel’s proclamation? We humbly “worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” May your days be blessed by God’s Word that both convicts and restores.
Heavenly Father who gives us Your Word and who bestowed upon us the Word made Flesh, grant us your forgiveness for every sin we have committed in thought, word, and deed. We thank you humbling for sending Your Son who stood in our place taking on Your full wrath so that we might live eternally. Gracious Lord, we thank you and implore You for the work of Your Spirit that convicts us through the Word and restores us by showing us the Grace you have bestowed upon us. Lord continue to lead by the proclamation of the eternal gospel for the sake of Your Son, Jesus Christ. Amen.