The Second Angel's Message
“Then I saw another angel flying in midair, and he had the eternal gospel to proclaim to those who live on the earth—to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water.” A second angel followed and said, “ ‘Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great,’ which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.” Revelation 14:6-8 NIV
The First Angel of Revelation 14 comes with the everlasting gospel of God's goodness and the call to honor and worship the author of life. The first angel also declares that the time has come, the hour of judgement. For those looking to Jesus as their only hope, the hour of their redemption has arrived. For God and his righteous law this judgement heralds complete vindication. The enemies accusations against God and his government are proven utterly baseless. Jesus our advocate defends our redemption. Our savior silences the accuser by revealing the faith of the faithful in his righteousness on their behalf.
The second angel comes with more good news. The corrupt earthly empire founded upon rebellion and selfishness has fallen. The enemy's theories are proven manifestly false and responsible for the misery of mankind. The rule of darkness upon the earth has been broken. A new heaven and a new earth are about to swallow up sin and death forever.
The good news of the second angel is intended to arouse men to fully divorce themselves from Babylon's influence. We have all been impacted in one way or another by the confusion of this fallen city. No place is that confusion felt more keenly than in how we perceive God. The darkness surrounding the Father's heart will clear for all who desire to know God as he is and who exercise their faith to this end.
The second angel pleads with fallen men to turn from a fallen city full of broken cisterns and drink from the source of all life, light, and joy. Redemption involves on a practical level, fundamentally new ways of managing stress and the burdens of this life. By faith we can acknowledge that there is nothing in this world for us and turn in trust to God to meet our needs, to lead us beside still waters and restore our souls. Now is the time to turn away from Babylon's empty distractions and corrupting influence.
The fall of one city heralds the establishment of another. Heaven is gaining ground throughout the earth. The New Jerusalem begins in the heart but does not stop there. Our supreme privilege this side of heaven is to taste, see, and share the goodness of God, delivering as many souls from Babylon's seductive influence as possible.
If we truly believe Babylon is coming to an end then we should be encouraged to charge the gates of hell that scripture declares have already begun to fall. The second angel's message is a rallying cry for the faithful to lean upon God for the strength to break entirely free of the enemy's influence. Only through a personal connection to the source of light can we effectively lead souls out of the darkness of this crumbling city.
Still Seeking His Face,