We were overlooking the Wilderness of Judaea where Jesus was tempted by Satan. The man in the photo I call my brother, because of his hospitality and kindness. I pray that he knows Jesus, the One he raised his arms to in praise. Hallelujah! Jesus was tempted, but did not sin. “Behold, the lamb of God who takes away the sin of the world!” (John 1:29)
I spent this morning reading Revelation 14. I admit to being a child who simply believes what his Father has said. It is so much easier than putting words into His mouth. Man’s lofty ideas about what God really means is beyond my ability to sort out. I am content to simply believe what is written. Revelation from Jesus and our Father is given to explain God’s determinations for the future. But more than that, the Book of Revelation also reveals our Father’s heart.
God is not willing that any perish, and at the hour of His judgement He will go to great lengths to get man’s attention. “Then I saw another angel flying in mid-heaven, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; and he said with a loud voice, ‘Fear God and give Him glory, for the hour of His judgement has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the fountains of water.” (Revelation 14:6-7)
Now some would claim that Christian broadcasting is the “angel flying in mid-heaven.” The Seventh Day Adventist’s teach that they are the “remnant” church who preach the angel’s message. Most would understand these words as being fulfilled through the completion of the great commission. “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation.” (Mark 16:15) Jesus said, “this gospel of the kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, as a testimony to all nations; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14) Revelation tells us how this testimony will be given ….. an angel with a loud voice.
All men will hear the eternal gospel as an angel calls for God to be feared, glorified and worshiped. The end of this age will experience wonders greater than those the Almighty displayed in Egypt. God is not willing that any perish, but man has a mind of his own.