In between the Trumpet Judgments and the Bowl Judgments there is an interlude in the book of Revelation. In this interlude is a series of visions that give much greater detail to significant parts of the story that will unfold. While the book of Revelation is largely chronological, many of the “detail popouts” are overlapping.
In this vision, John sees 3 “Announcing Angels”:
- Angel 1 – Proclaims Eternal Gospel
- Angel 2 – Announces Judgement Upon Mystery Babylon
- Angel 3 – Announces Eternal Damnation for Those Who Receive the Mark of the Beast
We are given no reason to believe other than that the sequence of the announcing angels is as presented. However, whether they follow one shortly after another or are separated by some gap in time we are not told. It seems quite likely that they “follow” each other in short order as mentioned.
Based on their messages, it seems to me that the announcing angels are given their assignments near the end of the Day of the Lord / 70th Week of Daniel / Antichrist’s rule. This can be surmised because Angel 2 announces judgement upon Mystery Babylon, who we have learned entices all the world to worship the beast. It is unlikely that the beast turns on her until near the end of his reign. As well, it seems that Mystery Babylon’s complete destruction occurs as part of the 7th trumpet / 7 bowl judgements based on the detailed description given in Revelation chapters 16-18. That is our best clue as to the time placement of the Announcing Angels. If the 3rd angel follows in order, it would seem that the Mark of the Beast may only be implemented near the END of the beast’s rule, rather than earlier as is so often assumed. Personally, I think this is because the mark may alter human DNA – and thus “if the days were not cut short, no human would be saved”.
Let’s examine the messages of the 3 angels in more depth. The first angel is described as flying “directly overhead”, which suggests up in the middle of the sky for maximum visibility. I would also suggest the angel circles around the globe. The entire earth, every nation and tribe and language and people, is reached with the angel’s message. This is assumed to be true for the two subsequent angels’ messages as well, although it is not explicitly stated. Here are their announcements:
Angel 1: Eternal Gospel
Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. And he said with a loud voice, “Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgement has come, and worship him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the springs of water.” (Rev 14:6-7 ESV)
This angel will complete what the church began, by proclaiming the gospel message to the entire earth. This will fulfill Jesus’ words in Matthew 24:14, “And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (ESV) While the earth will have been undergoing God’s wrath (judgement) for some time now, this angel is announcing the final outpouring of judgement, which will come via the 7 Bowls. This is the final call for salvation before fate is sealed. Once this message is proclaimed, the “end will come”, which supports that it comes near the end of the beast’s rule and the outpouring of the Bowls of Wrath.
I’m wondering if this gospel-proclaiming angel perhaps flies on the last Feast of Trumpets. This first angel’s announcement would then maybe mark the start of the final “10 Days of Awe” (repentance).
Whenever it is, it is certain that this is the final, supernatural call to Repent! For the Kingdom of Heaven is Here!
Angel 2: Judgment Upon Mystery Babylon
Another angel, a second, followed, saying, “Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who made all nations drink the wine of the passion of her sexual immorality.” (Rev 14:8 ESV)
The second angel announces the imminent destruction of Mystery Babylon, which I have detailed elsewhere that I believe is the end-times city of Jerusalem. The Beast and his 10-king confederacy turn on Mystery Babylon at the end of his reign and destroy her. This comes much to her surprise, as she has been drunk in worship of him all this time. This also will come to the surprise of the nations who have become intoxicated in worship of the beast through Mystery Babylon. Her destruction is certain and will come to pass in short order (perhaps that day or the next?).
Angel 3: Eternal Damnation to Those Who Receive the Mark of the Beast
And another angel, a third, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and its image and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink the wine of God’s wrath, poured full strength into the cup of his anger, and he will be tormented with fire and sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment goes up forever and ever, and they have no rest, day or night, these worshipers of the beast and its image, and whoever receives the mark of its name.” (Rev 14:9-11 ESV)
This angel gives a final warning not to worship the beast or receive his mark. To everyone who does, God’s wrath will be poured out full strength upon them. This wrath will come not only in the form of the 7 Bowls of Judgment, but also throughout eternity. To take the mark of the beast and to worship him seals one’s eternal fate, and destines one for the Lake of Fire.
Are you CERTAIN of your Salvation, beyond a shadow of a doubt? Do you KNOW that no matter when the rapture occurs, you will be counted worthy to escape? If not, please read What Must I do to Be Saved.
The Bible is infallible. I am not. Be a Berean – examine the scriptures for yourself to see if these things are so!