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SPECIAL PROPHECY UPDATE NUMBER 117C

April 30, 2003

The Second Messenger’s Warning of Judgment


Please consult Special Prophecy Update Number 117B in our Archives before reading this Update. It outlines why I believe the “angel” in the following verse is a “messenger” of the churches in the last days, rather than a heavenly angel. The First Messenger is in Update 117B.

Revelation 14:6,7 – And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, [7] Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.

The 12th and 14th Chapters of Revelation are parenthetical to the general chronology of the book. This warning, like the warning in Revelation 8:13, is issued before the rapture on the seventh trumpet.

Revelation 8:13 – And I beheld, and heard an angel flying through the midst of heaven, saying with a loud voice, Woe, woe, woe, to the inhabiters of the earth by reason of the other voices of the trumpet of the three angels, which are yet to sound!

Revelation 14:6,7 is followed by a description of the rapture in verses 14 to 16, which in turn is followed by the wrath of God in verses 17 to 20.

Revelation 14:14-16 – And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle. [15] And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud, Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe. [16] And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.

Jesus, the Son of man and the Son of God, pictured sitting on a cloud, is not visible on the earth, just as he was not visible to the first church after he passed through a cloud on his ascent.

Acts 1:9 – And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.

He is probably referred to as “the Son of man” to picture his humility as the man who came to restore man’s position that we all lost in Adam. We no longer “see” the defeat and humiliation we inherited from the first Adam, “But we see Jesus,” who won the victory for us, and is crowned as King of Kings.

Hebrews 2:6-9 – But one in a certain place testified, saying, What is man, that thou art mindful of him? or the son of man, that thou visitest him? [7] Thou madest him a little lower than the angels; thou crownedst him with glory and honour, and didst set him over the works of thy hands: [8] Thou hast put all things in subjection under his feet. For in that he put all in subjection under him, he left nothing that is not put under him. But now we see not yet all things put under him. [9] But we see Jesus, who was made a little lower than the angels for the suffering of death, crowned with glory and honour; that he by the grace of God should taste death for every man.

Revelation 14:16 – And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle ON the earth; and the earth was reaped.

His sickle sweeps across the earth ON the earth, as one would hold wheat in one hand while sweeping across it near the ground to collect it in small bundles. This is the rapture of the saved that occurs on the blowing of the seventh trumpet. Following the reaping by Jesus, there occurs what I call a “rupture” of the earth in verses 17 to 20. For a full exposition of these verses, please look at Birth Pang Numbers 16 and 15 by clicking backwards on our Birth Pangs Archive Listings. This is a reaping where the sickle goes INTO the earth, and the resultant reaction of the earth is his judgment on those who failed to heed the final message by the church messenger in Revelation 14:6,7. They would not believe the “everlasting gospel” message, and “the hour of his judgment is come” upon them.

Revelation 14:6,7 – And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people, [7] Saying with a loud voice, Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters.