"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 ... " (Revelation 14:6-7).
The books below will help answer your questions concerning difficult to understand stories and phrases in Scripture. What does it really mean to "Fear God"? What is His way of expressing anger and wrath and how is it different than our way? What does God mean when He cries out, "Vengeance is Mine!"? Is there something deeper to explore when Scripture quotes God as saying, "I will destroy"?
"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 ..." (Revelation 14:6-7).
These are books which emphasize the truth concerning God's judgment and forgiveness. How do we reconcile the many passages in Scripture which speak of God judging the nations with the words of Christ: "For the Father judgeth no man, but hath committed all judgment unto the Son" (John 5:22)? What does it mean that all judgment has been comitted to the Son when Christ Himself says, "Ye judge after the flesh; I judge no man" (John 8:15)? Who really is on trial? " ... Let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That Thou (God) mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome (be found not guilty) when Thou (God) art judged." (Romans 3:4). After all, is it not the hour of HIS judgment?
"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).
These are books which exalt God as the Creator and Designer of all life. It is not only vital to know God's character, but we must know we are worshipping the one true God and His Son Jesus Christ (John 5:20).
"But the LORD is the true God, He is the living God, and an everlasting king ... Thus shall ye say unto them, The gods that have not made the heavens and the earth, even they shall perish from the earth, and from under these heavens." (Jeremiah 10:10-11).
God’s creatorship sets Him apart from the other false gods that people worship. God created all things through one other being – His only begotten Son, Jesus (Genesis 1:26-27; Psalms 33:6; John 1:1-3; Colossians 1:12-17; Hebrews 1:1-2; Exodus 31:17).
“But to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in Him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by Him.” (1 Corinthians 8:6)
The words “of whom” and “by whom” denote a source and channel unity between the Father and His Son. God is the source “of whom are all things”, while Jesus is the channel “by whom are all things.” As Sabrina Reedy writes:
“Christ is the image of the invisible God, and by Christ were all things created. (Col 1:15-16) … If we can understand the relationship of God to His only Begotten Son, and their relationship to the rest of the universe, we have a key to understanding creation itself and everything in it. For everything was created in this pattern of the Father-Son, and in this relationship is the loving pattern for all relationships.” (Blueprint of Blessing)
God has designed a memorial of His Creatorship in His Sabbath:
"Remember the Sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work: But the seventh day is the Sabbath of the LORD thy God ... [why?] ... 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 hallowed it. (Exodus 20:8-11).
The Sabbath, as a holy assembly, is God's appointed time in which we rest in our Creator and become refreshed with His Holy (selfess) Spirit (Presence, Attitute, Life) through the indwelling presence (Spirit) of His only begotten Son (Galatians 4:6).
"Moreover also I gave them My Sabbaths, to be a sign between Me and them, that they might know that I am the LORD that sanctify them ... I am the LORD your God; walk in My statutes, and keep My judgments, and do them; And hallow My Sabbaths; and they shall be a sign between Me and you, that ye may know that I am the LORD your God.." (Ezekiel 20:12)
Scripture speaks of the seventh-day Sabbath as God's great weekly Feast day (Leviticus 23:1-3). Throughout the remainder of Leviticus 23 God goes on to describe His annual Feast days and Sabbaths such as Passover week, Pentecost, Trumpets, Day of Atonemenet, and Tabernacles. The Hebrew word for God's Feasts here is מוֹעֵד (mo'edim). God's mo'edim are mentioned in the narrative of Genesis 1 and 2 speaking of the creation of this earth before sin ever entered. In Genesis 2:1-3 it says:
"Thus the heavens and the earth were finished, and all the host of them. And on the seventh day God ended His work which He had made; and He rested on the seventh day from all His work which He had made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in it He had rested from all His work which God created and made."
This is easy enough to see, but what people most-often overlook is Genesis 1:14 which the King James Version says:
"And God said, Let there be lights in the firmament of the heaven to divide the day from the night; and let them be for signs, and for seasons, and for days, and years."
The word for "seasons" here is the Hebrew word mo'edim. Notice how the Holman Christian Standard Bible translates it:
"Then God said, 'Let there be lights in the expanse of the sky to separate the day from the night. They will serve as signs for festivals and for days and years.' "
And here's Adam Clarke's commentary:
" 'For Seasons' - For the determination of the times on which the sacred festivals should be held. In this sense the word frequently occurs; and it was right that at the very opening of his revelation God should inform man that there were certain festivals which should be annually celebrated to his glory."
God speaks of all His "Sabbaths" as being a "sign" between Him and His people (Ezekiel 20:12, 20). A sign is a directional. The Sabbath is a sign of a daily walk in God's righteousness - His character of love. A character that has its foundation on love, mercy and peace and shuns condemantion, coercion and force.
"And He said, My presence shall go with thee, and I will give thee rest." (Exodus 33:14).
"Come unto Me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you, and learn of Me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls." (Matthew 11:28-29).
"For the Son of man (the Messiah/Christ) is Lord even of the Sabbath day." (Matthew 12:28).
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