Understand the Third Angel
“saying, "Do not harm the earth or the sea or the trees, until we have sealed the servants of our God on their foreheads."
Revelation 7:3 NIV
God's intention is always protection and preservation. The One who is not willing that any should perish works tirelessly to secure eternity for all who are willing to receive it. Before we enter into a consideration of the mark of the beast and the demise of those who receive it, let us remember that God's first order of business was not the destruction of evil. Several chapters before we encounter anyone receiving the beast's mark, Revelation describes a God working to place salvation's seal upon as many as possible.
As we consider the 3rd angel's message as recorded in Revelation 14:9-12, let us pray for insight to understand both God's purpose and his heart. This angel's message is the most specific of the three and typically the most misunderstood. God is eager to grant us clarity and insight into his word if we will but ask. Let us claim the promise of Jeremiah 33:3 which reminds us that God desires to reveal great and unsearchable things to us that we do not yet know.
Still Seeking His Face,