The Health Message in the First Angel’s Message

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Many are aware that God has sent heavenly messages to his people of every age. To his people in the time of Noah, God sent a warning message to his servant Noah and his family that the world would soon be destroyed by a flood because of its iniquities. Through Elijah, God sent the message to choose who the people will finally follow, “if the LORD be God, follow him: but if Baal, then follow him.” 1 Kings 18:21. Through John the Baptist, the wonderful heavenly Message in regards to the Lord’s appearing came: “Make straight the way of the Lord” – John 1:23.

Today, we learn through the studies of the symbols in the book of Revelation, that God has a three-fold heavenly message for his people. These messages come in the form of Angels, starting in Revelation 14:6-10. The Greek word translated “Angels” is “aggelos” which simply means a “Messenger.” A messenger, or course, bears a message. This same Greek word is used to describe John the Baptist and his message as the “messenger” in Matthew 11:10. Before Jesus entered into Jerusalem, he sent people, his disciples, to Jerusalem first to make ready for him to be received there. Those he sent were “messengers” or as the Greek implies, “aggelos” because they bore a message, which was to make way for the entrance of messiah – John 9:52.

Because the book of Revelation is heavily written in symbols, we therefore conclude that these three angels in Revelation 14:6-10, symbolize three very important message’s, bore by the people of God, to our world in these last days. These are not three literal angels, since their messages include not worshiping the “beast” – verse 9. This beast has seven heads and ten horns, and is a mixture of a bear, a lion and a leopard (Revelation 13:1-2). This is obviously symbolic, since no such beast has ever existed. This very message which you are now reading is part of the three angels message, a message from God above. Let us now see the “Health Message” within the First Angel’s Message:

“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, 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.” -Revelation 14:6-7.

The first and most noticeable thing we observe is that this angel bears the “everlasting gospel.” What is that everlasting gospel? Explains the angel, “…fear God and give glory to him…” First, to fear God means to “hate all evil” which includes pride and arrogance – Proverbs 8:13. To fear God also means to acknowledge that God is mercy (Psalm 118:4) and to obey him (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14). Second, to give God true glory is to have Jesus Christ in our hearts, accepted in our lives as the true messiah and redeemer:

“To whom God would make known what is the riches of the glory of this mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory.”
Colossians 1:27

And to bear much fruit, which is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, and temperance (Galatians 5:22-23)

“Herein is my Father glorified, that ye bear much fruit; so shall ye be my disciples.” John 15:8.

Joined to this, is the part of this angels message which reads… “and worship him that made heaven, and earth, and the sea…”

Take note that this phrase is an exact expression by God himself found within the fourth commandment:

“Remember the Sabbath day to keep it holy… for in six days the Lord made heaven and earth, the sea and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Lord blessed the Sabbath day, and hollowed it.” Exodus 20:8-11.

Notice that part of this heavenly message called “everlasting gospel” by this angel, is a reminder to worship the true creator. In keeping the Sabbath, we claim to worship the only and true God, for the very wording of the fourth commandment gives God that title as “true and only creator.” Without this commandment we can worship any other god and still keep the other nine commandments. None of the other laws specifically calls God the “creator” as does the Sabbath.

Since it’s true that this angel is urging the world to not only believe in Jesus Christ, but also to obey him, even his Sabbath law, then we learn by close examination that this angel is in fact calling the world to return to Gods true health principles by his plea to keep the Sabbath. How? Well the Sabbath means to “rest,” and resting is part of being in health.

God is not only calling the world to rest in Christ spiritually, but also physically, and the reason why is simple. When our minds are clear of worry and stress, when we are in health, when we are not sick, we can better discern the right from the wrong. We can better concentrate and understand when we study from his words.
When we are healthy, disease does not interrupt us from learning and understanding eternal truths found within the Holy Scriptures. Health is part of the first angel’s message, because God is calling the world to “understand” clearly who he really is.


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About The Author

Edwin Cotto

With years of experience in evangelism and youth directing, Edwin has worked with various ministries including Our Higher Calling and Spanish ministry El Ministerio Internacional Jesús es la Solución where he had the opportunity to travel conducting evangelistic meetings. Edwin has also appeared on 3ABN, worked as the main apologist at the Adventist Defense League, and is trained and certified with the Amazing Facts Center of Evangelism. He is also a Bible Worker for the Florida Conference of Seventh-day Adventists.

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