Reflections on Revelation #245

Day 245

“And I saw another angel flying in midheaven with an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation, tribe, language, and people; and he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give Him glory, because the hour of His judgment has come; worship Him who made the heaven and the earth, and sea and springs of waters.” Revelation 14:6-7. (NASB) 

This is the first of the three angels’ messages that are proclaimed in the end of our world’s history that will bring a polarization of the earth’s population under one of two banners – before or against God.

In this text, God shows his caring concern for people from every nation, every family group, every language group, every colour and culture, and every ethnic type. No matter how much they oppose Him, no matter how perverse their behaviour may seem, Jesus died for them (Rev 5:9; 2 Cor 5:14). They are valued in terms of the infinite value of the cross. God shows a breath-taking lack of prejudice. Multi-culturalism is not just a politically correct fad; it is fundamental in God’s attitude toward people in all their infinite variety. God shows no partiality; He cares for all people. 

In year 8 English I teach a unit on voice where among other things we look at the “I have a dream” speech of Martin Luther King and examine its context in the civil rights movement in America during the 1960s and 70s. Other things in year 8 English are designed to help them see the world through others’ eyes – refugees, other cultures, and the marginalised. 

Imagine what it is like to be looked at with suspicion wherever you go. To be stopped by the police on a regular basis, simply because you are black and driving a nice car. To be ignored in a clothing store while others get lots of help. To face a glass ceiling on the job; positions only open to the “right kind of people.” To be unwanted even in some churches, simply because of differences. 

We need to learn to see through God’s eyes. It was God who chose to create human beings in all their variety. It is God who dwells inside people of every nation, tribe, and language. It is Jesus who died for everyone. How they feel and how they live matters to Him. The “everlasting gospel” NKJV is a wonderful message of “whosoever will” may come and drink freely from the well of salvation and eternal youth.  (Revelation 22:17)  

The “eternal good news” (NLT) is very simple, and yet extremely complicated. A child can understand it, and yet the most learned can’t comprehend its depths. God invites humanity to receive eternal life – whosoever will. But why do we need this offer? Because we are sinners, and the wages of sin is death (Romans 3:23 and 26.). How do we receive this eternal life? It’s simple. “Ask…” (Matthew 7:7) Confess our condition (Ephesians 1:7) Receive his offer (John 3:16-17.

By accepting Him we receive life. ““I tell you the truth, anyone who believes has eternal life.” John 6:47

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