The most recent individual angel we encountered was the seventh angel who sounded his trumpet in Revelation Rev. 11:15+
. Another angel (eagle
texts) flew with a similar message of warning for the earth dwellers
concerning the woes attending the sounding of the final three trumpets (Rev. Rev. 8:13+
). in the midst of heaven Μεσουρανήματι
] : The highest point of the suns circuit in the sky zenith, midair, directly overhead.1 having the everlasting gospel
The gospel is founded upon the New Covenant, which is an eternal covenant (Heb. Heb. 13:20
) resulting in eternal life (Isa. Isa. 51:6
; Tit. Tit. 1:1-3
). to preach Εὐαγγέλιον
] : To announce good news.2
The angel gospelled the gospel
to those below on the earth. Not only was his message one of good news, but the very fact of his delivery of the message was a manifestation of that good news. For this angel on his lonely mission above the ravaged earth below stands as a beacon to the grace and mercy of God. He has not left these on the earth during the final week of His wrath without recourse. In the midst of terrible devastation and turmoil, He has not left those who have not yet heard subject to the well-intentioned, but often ineffective, witness of men. He provides a supernatural messenger who will finally fulfill the gospel mandate to all the earth (see below). There is no record that it is believed or heeded. It may not be. Noah was a preacher of righteousness, in view of the coming flood; but no one believed him except his own family.3 to those who dwell on the earth
The gospel is preached to the same individuals who are undergoing the time of testing (Rev. Rev. 3:10+
). A key purpose of the time of testing is to turn those who will be turned to salvation and to manifest those who are hardened and will continue to reject it. See Earth Dwellers
. to every nation, tribe, tongue, and people
Those over whom the Beast
was granted authority (Rev. Rev. 13:7+
) receive the gospel message from a supernatural source. Although it is the Churchs mandate to preach the gospel to every creature (Mark Mark 16:15
; Luke Luke 24:47
; Acts Acts 1:8
) and to make disciples of all nations (Mtt. Mat. 28:19
), it will not be her who ultimately fulfills the words of Jesus concerning the gospel reaching the entire world prior to the end:4
Then many false prophets will rise up and deceive many. And because lawlessness will abound, the love of many will grow cold. But he who endures to the end shall be saved. And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come. (Mtt. Mat. 24:11-14 cf. Mark Mark 13:10) [emphasis added]
The gospel message of the angel, founded upon the redeeming power of Christs work on the cross, will likely include a significant emphasis upon the coming kingdom about to be ushered in on earth. In this, it will have much in common with that which was preached by John the Baptist and the disciples before they realized the destiny of Jesus upon the cross (Mtt. Mat. 3:1-2
; Mat. 4:17
, Mat. 4:23
; Mat. 9:35
; Mat. 10:7
The gospel of the kingdom as announced by John (Mtt. Mat. 3:3), by the disciples who were specially commissioned (Mtt. Mat. 10:7), by the seventy (Luke Luke 10:9), and by the Lord (Mtt. Mat. 4:17) proclaimed the good news that the promised kingdom was at hand. The Lord indicates this same good news will be announced again. . . . Although the news at the first advent was restricted to Israel, prior to the second advent it will be announced not only to Israel but to the whole world. This preaching . . . marks the beginning of the final step in the realization of the theocratic kingdom program.6
See The Arrival of Gods Kingdom
While the majority of the Churchs teachers are loudly proclaiming that the day of the Lord will not come till the worlds conversion comes, the Spirit and truth of God are declaring that day shall not come until the apostasy comes (2Th. 2Th. 2:3). While the majority of the Churchs teachers are maintaining that the world is not yet good enough for Christ, the Spirit is declaring in the Word that the world is not yet bad enough.7
See Trouble Ahead
1 Timothy Friberg, Barbara Friberg, and Neva F. Miller, Analytical Lexicon of the Greek New Testament (Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Books, 2000), 259.
2 Frederick William Danker and Walter Bauer, A Greek-English Lexicon of the New Testament and Other Early Christian Literature (Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press, 2000), 317.
3 William R. Newell, Revelation: Chapter by Chapter (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1994,c1935), 220.
4 Why? Because she will be absent from the earth at the time of the end, having been taken in the Rapture.
5 This is the good news that God purposes to set up on the earth, in fulfilment of the Davidic Covenant (2S. 2S. 7:16, and refs.), a kingdom, political, spiritual, Israelitish, universal, over which Gods Son, Davids heir, shall be King, and which shall be, for one thousand years, the manifestation of the righteousness of God in human affairs. . . . Two preachings of this Gospel are mentioned, one past, beginning with the ministry of John the Baptist, continued by our Lord and His disciples, and ending with the Jewish rejection of the King. The other is yet future (Mtt. Mat. 24:14), during the great tribulation, and immediately preceding the coming of the King in glory.C. I. Scofield, The Scofield Study Bible (New York, NY: Oxford University Press, 2002, 1909), Rev. 14:6.
6 J. Dwight Pentecost, Things to Come: A Study in Biblical Eschatology (Grand Rapids, MI: Zondervan Publishing House, 1958), 472.
7 E. W. Bullinger, Commentary On Revelation (Grand Rapids, MI: Kregel Publications, 1984, 1935), 110.