I posted on Sept 10, 2018. What does Revelation 3:10 Mean To the Believer and to the World As We and They Observe Approaching Tribulation?
After posting this I was indirectly challenged in class that Sunday by Greg Abbott, who I’ve mentioned here on this site before, to do additional study on another subject. The subject was the last Trumpet and I’ve since posted an article on that as well. But while studying this I became intrigued by the following passage connected to this hour that we will be kept from.
And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue 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.” And another angel, a second one, followed, saying, “ Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, she who has made all the nations drink of the wine of the passion of her immorality.” Then another angel, a third one, followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives a mark on his forehead or on his hand, he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is mixed in full strength in the cup of His anger; and he will be tormented with fire and brimstone 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; they have no rest day and night, those who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.” Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus.
Revelation 14:6-12 NASB
In this passage I have underlined the words that the Holy Spirit had stand out to me. But they are not just to me because He has appointed me to point them out to you who are and will someday in the future need them for yourselves and others. It is not my intent here to take away the meaning or to add to its meaning. The meaning I believe is clear. This is a prophecy that is packed full of meaning. It prophecies the spread of the gospel to all people groups, something that Jesus said would happen before the end would come. It prophesies the final destruction of the world system, something that will happen as Jesus sets up His reign. It prophesies the coming of Messiah with His angels in wrath, which we see portrayed in various ways in scripture (Isa. 63:1-6; 2 Thessalonians 1; and in Rev. 19). It contains encouragements, and warnings.
The parts of the messages I was pointed to, by that I mean these stood out and spoke to me as I was reading.
1. The first angel: the hour of His (God’s) judgment has come. (This is the hour that we will be kept from).
2. Second angel: Fallen, fallen is Babylon the great, (this hour is herein prophesied to be about the happenings surrounding Babylon’s fall which will occur at the end of the age).
3. The third angel: if anyone receives… he also will drink of the wine of the wrath of God, (This is the prophecy concerning what takes place during this hour, listen: the Bible is clear that we are not to love the world or the things of the world. We are to love the Lord our God. During the reign of Antichrist men are in Joel’s valley of decision. Eternal decisions will be made.)
4. Again the third angel: he will be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. (From this statement it becomes clear that this hour prophesied by the first angel will take place when Jesus and His angels are once again present on earth Rev. 6:16-17 also speaks to this time, as does Rev. 11:15-18).
The wrath spoken of in these passages is Orge. This is not only the hour from which we are kept by the first resurrection and the Rapture, but it is the very wrath (Orge) from which we are promised to be kept, and which all men will suffer who are of the world.
God is faithful in His word to explain His word. But we must have eyes to see and ears to hear. And within this passage of scripture is the call of God for the saints, you and I to persevere.
Here is the perseverance of the saints who keep the commandments of God and their faith in Jesus (Rev. 14:12).
One final comment I will make here. We who are of the bride about whom it is said: “and the bride hath made herself ready”, but just how can we make ourselves ready? I believe that this verse in Rev.14:12 is telling us what this means. We are called upon to keep God’s commandments. His law is written upon our heart. We are to keep it, and we are to keep our faith. Paul says that faith is a gift given us by which we are saved. A gift if cherished will be guarded. It will not be taken for granted or given away. We are to persevere during this time in these things. Walking in our faith in Him alone.