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SUBJECT: Revelation 18:1
AIM: To show from the Spirit of Prophecy that Rev. 18:1 is a message that unites with the Third Angel's Message to finish the work.
GEM THOUGHT: "When the books of Daniel and Revelation are better understood, believers will have an entirely different religious experience." Testimonies to Ministers, p. 114.
"We are to throw aside our narrow, selfish plans, remembering that we have a work of the largest magnitude and highest importance. In doing this work we are sounding the first, second, and third angel's messages, and are thus being prepared for the coming of that other angel from heaven who is to lighten the earth with his glory." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 6, p. 406.
Inspiration here declares:
1. Seventh-day Adventists have a very important work.
2. This work is the proclamation of the Three Angel's Messages.
3. The Third Angel's Message prepares for "that other angel" -- Rev. 18:1.
Yes, the Third Angel prepares the world for the repetition of the Second Angel's Message of Rev. 14:8 by the Angel of Rev. 18:1.
"The second angel's message was to go to Babylon (the churches) proclaiming her downfall and calling the people to come out of her. This same message is to be proclaimed the second time. 'And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power and the earth was lightened with his glory." Testimonies to Ministers, p. 59.
Plain facts are these:
1. Rev. 14:8 is to be repeated the second time.
2. It is to be repeated by the Angel of Rev. 18:1 -- "...another angel..." (message).
"But God still has a people in Babylon; and before the visitation of His judgments, these faithful ones must be called out, that they 'partake not of her sins, and receive not of her plagues.' Hence the movement symbolized by the angel coming down from heaven lightening the earth with his glory...In connection with his message, the call is heard 'Come out of her, My people.' These announcements, uniting with the third angel's message, constitute the final warning..." Great Controversy, p. 604.
God's servant, E.G. White, makes clear that:
1. The Angel of Rev. 18:1 symbolizes a movement: "Hence the movement..."
2. He has a message: "...his message..." "...uniting with the third..."
"...when the work goes forward under the direction of the angel who joins the third angel in the message to be given to the world...The workers will be surprised by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work..." Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300.
The True Witness speaks:
1. Rev. 18:1 directs the last work of the Third Angel.
2. The workers will be surprised at the "...simple means..."
In short, Brethren:
"Furthermore, in the eighteenth chapter of the Revelation, in a message which is yet future, the people of God are called upon to come out of Babylon." Great Controversy, p. 383, 1889 Edition (underlined is now omitted)
(NOTE: The S.D.A. Church is not Babylon as some teach.)
AIM: To identify the Angel of Revelation 18:1.
GEM THOUGHT: "And the earth shall be lightened with His glory." Christ Object Lessons, p. 79:3.
"...the one hundred and forty-four thousand...they feel most deeply the wrongs of God's professed people." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 3, p. 266.
"Those who receive the pure mark of truth, wrought in them by the ...man in linen, are those that 'sigh and cry for all the abominations that be done' in the church...Read the ninth chapter of Ezekiel." Id., p. 267.
The pointed facts we must face:
1. 144,000 receive "pure mark of truth" because they lament sins in the church.
2. Those who do not "sigh and cry" are unmarked--lost, shut out to "wail".
Of what does the "pure mark of truth" constitute?
"The 144,000 were all sealed and perfectly united. On their foreheads was written, God New Jerusalem, and a glorious star containing Jesus' new name." Early Writings, p. 15.
144,000 marked (sealed) UNITED by 3 truths, 3 messages:
1. God---represents Third Angel's Message, the Sabbath: ----------------------------Seal #1
"The seal of God's law is found in the fourth commandment." G.C., p. 452:1.
2. NEW JERUSALEM---represents message of Rev. 7:1-8, the Kingdom: -----Seal #2
3. JESUS' NEW NAME---represents the message of Rev. 18:1 --------------------Seal #3
"Him that overcometh will I make a pillar in the temple of my God...and I will write upon him the name of my God, and the name of the city of my God...and I will write upon him my new name." Rev. 3:12.
1. 144,000--overcomers, receive a new name. Early Writings, p. 15
2. "Only those who have withstood temptation (overcome) in the strength of the Mighty One will be permitted to act a part in proclaiming it when it shall have swelled into the Loud Cry." Review & Herald, Nov. 19, 1908.
What is this NEW NAME, the identity of the He--Angel of Rev. 18:1?
"And speak unto him (Joshua) saying, Thus speaketh the Lord of hosts, saying, Behold the man whose name is The BRANCH;...and he shall build the temple (144,000) of the Lord:" Zech. 6:12.
NOTE: "Zechariah's vision of Joshua and the Angel applies with peculiar force to the experience of God's people in the closing up of the great day of atonement." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 472.
1. Closing up of atonement---Judgment for Living.
"The bottles of God's wrath (plagues) cannot be poured out to destroy the wicked...until all the people of God have been judged...living as well as the dead..." Testimonies to Ministers, p. 446.
2. Closing work---sealing time of 144,000.
"...closing work for church...sealing time of 144,000..." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 3, p. 266.
3. "The work of Christ as man's intercessor is presented in that beautiful prophecy of Zechariah concerning Him whose name is The BRANCH." Great Controversy, p. 415.
THUS WE SEE THAT ZECHARIAH'S VISION OF JOSHUA AND THE ANGEL ("...Christ Himself..." Testimonies for the Church, Vol. 5, p. 469), The Branch (Isa. 11:1) APPLIES TO THE CHURCH NOW, THE CLOSING TIME.
Yes, Brethren, THE BRANCH builds ("work of Christ" Great Controversy, p. 415) the temple of the Lord: 144,000.
THE BRANCH is the Lord, the Angel of Rev. 18:1, Whose glory shall fill the whole earth, and it has now come to join the third angel to direct the work and surprise the workers by the simple means that He will use to bring about and perfect His work of righteousness. (Testimonies to Ministers, p. 300)
Yes, dear Brothers and Sisters and young people, "When the books of Daniel (Dan. 2:44) and the Revelation (Rev. 18:1) are better understood, believers will have an entirely different religious experience." Testimonies to Ministers, p. 114.
SUMMARY: Mark these points with care unto your salvation:
Rev. 18:1 is Jesus, The BRANCH--(His New Name)
"Some have asked me if I thought there was any more light for the people of God. Our minds have become so narrow that we do not seem to understand that the Lord has a mighty work to do FOR US; for 'the path of the just is as the shining light, that shineth more and more unto the perfect day.'" Counsels to Writers and Editors, p. 34, 35.
"Jesus (The BRANCH) is coming in to give the individual members of the church the richest blessing (His New Name, Rev. 3:12), if they will open the door to Him." Remnant Church, p. 52.
BEHOLD, I (The Branch) STAND AT THE DOOR, AND KNOCK:..." Rev. 3:20.
Yours to "open the door",
(Signed) Ben L. Roden