Angel Messages (17 of 32) by Jerry Vines

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Angel Messages (17 of 32)
Revelation
Jerry Vines
Rev. 14:6-20
3/24/02

In the whole chapter of Revelation 14 you have
something like a brief pause in a bitter battle. It's
as if the troops have come to a summit and they look
at the summit around them and they look at the valley
below where the battle is going to continue.

In the first five verses we have been looking at Mount
Sion. It's as if the Holy Spirit, in the midst of all
of the Great Tribulation activity has given us this
pause in the battle on the earth and has given us a
magnificent vision of Mount Sion.

Looking at the valley below, to the things which are
following, he gives us a series of pictures
anticipating what will take place in Revelation 14
right on in to the 19th chapter. So you have a pause,
anticipating the things that are going to take place.

You will discover as you read through these verse in
the remaining portion of The Revelation 14, that we
have a flurry of angelic activity. You will notice one
angel after the other. You will notice the repetition
of the statement, another angel, another angel,
another angel.

In ancient Greek dramas it was impossible for them to
stage everything that took place in the drama on their
stages at that time. So when they would get to places
that could not reasonably be portrayed on the stage,
they would have a messenger. He was called an angel.
The word, angel, means messenger. This angelic
messenger would announce what was taking place in the
drama.

For instance, if the city was burned, the messenger
would announce that the city had been burned. Or if
there was a battle upon the sea, the messenger would
announce that there was a battle on the sea. Then the
drama would go forward. What you have in these verses
is something similar to this. A series of angel
messages.

I want us to read about the first one in verse 6.
There is first of all an angelic message of-

I. PROCLAMATION.

An angel, flying in the mid heaven. The angel
proclaiming, preaching the everlasting gospel.

We see here a change of methodology. This is not the
way God does it in our age of grace. God uses people
to preach the gospel. Angels do not preach the gospel
in the age of grace (our day). But in this Great
Tribulation time there is going to be a change of
methodology. God can always change His method if He so
desire. One way or the other God will get His message
to the world. Jesus said one time, "If these do not
praise me, the rocks will cry out and give praise to
my name." Here the angel in mid heaven givens an
announcement-a proclamation.

Today people do it. Then and in the Great Tribulation
there will be this angelic messenger flying mid heaven
announcing the everlasting gospel.

It says the angel flies to deliver this message. I
wonder if sometimes the angels might look at us in
amazement and wonder that we are so reluctant to carry
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