6 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.
8 And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication.
9 And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand,
10 The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb:
11 And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name.
12 Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
1 And after these things I saw another angel come down from heaven, having great power; and the earth was lightened with his glory.
2 And he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying, Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and is become the habitation of devils, and the hold of every foul spirit, and a cage of every unclean and hateful bird.
3 For all nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, and the kings of the earth have committed fornication with her, and the merchants of the earth are waxed rich through the abundance of her delicacies.
4 And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye receive not of her plagues.
5 For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God hath remembered her iniquities.
6 Reward her even as she rewarded you, and double unto her double according to her works: in the cup which she hath filled fill to her double.
7 How much she hath glorified herself, and lived deliciously, so much torment and sorrow give her: for she saith in her heart, I sit a queen, and am no widow, and shall see no sorrow.
8 Therefore shall her plagues come in one day, death, and mourning, and famine; and she shall be utterly burned with fire: for strong is the Lord God who judgeth her.
9 And the kings of the earth, who have committed fornication and lived deliciously with her, shall bewail her, and lament for her, when they shall see the smoke of her burning,
10 Standing afar off for the fear of her torment, saying, Alas, alas that great city Babylon, that mighty city! for in one hour is thy judgment come.
The message continues on in great detail concerning the destruction of Babylon.
I have created a graphical illustration of the Four Angels. This picture appears on the
back cover of the book. The picture is designed to portray many symbolic meanings.
This is a description of these symbolic meanings. The obvious part of the picture is the symbolic four angels or messengers, with trumpets giving a message to the world.
The star located on the earth is intended to mark the location of the Mount of Olives in Israel. God has chosen this spot.
For IAUA hath chosen Zion; he hath desired it for his habitation.
This is my rest for ever: here will I dwell; for I have desired it.
This is the spot from where our Messiah left the earth to return to heaven.
And when he had spoken these things, while they beheld, he was taken up; and a cloud received him out of their sight.
This is the spot where our Messiah will return and stand when we come back to the earth after the Sabbath Millennium.
And while they looked stedfastly toward heaven as he went up, behold, two men stood by them in white apparel;
Which also said, Ye men of Galilee, why stand ye gazing up into heaven? this same Jesus, which is taken up from you into heaven, shall so come in like manner as ye have seen him go into heaven.
Then returned they unto Jerusalem from the mount called Olivet, which is from Jerusalem a sabbath day's journey.
And his feet shall stand in that day upon the mount of Olives, which is before Jerusalem on the east, and the mount of Olives shall cleave in the midst thereof toward the east and toward the west, and there shall be a very great valley; and half of the mountain shall remove toward the north, and half of it toward the south.
This great valley created where the Mount of Olives once stood is the site of the New Jerusalem which will be our heavenly home.
And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband.
The 24 stars represent the 24 elders who are currently part of the investigative judgment. This is the jury of our peers. There are two witnesses from each of the 12 tribes.
One witness shall not rise up against a man for any iniquity, or for any sin, in any sin that he sinneth: at the mouth of two witnesses, or at the mouth of three witnesses, shall the matter be established.
The elders are explicitly described several times in Revelation. This verse mentions the judgment of the dead.
And the four and twenty elders, which sat before God on their seats, fell upon their faces, and worshipped God,
Saying, We give thee thanks, O Lord God Almighty, which art, and wast, and art to come; because thou hast taken to thee thy great power, and hast reigned.
And the nations were angry, and thy wrath is come, and the time of the dead, that they should be judged, and that thou shouldest give reward unto thy servants the prophets, and to the saints, and them that fear thy name, small and great; and shouldest destroy them which destroy the earth.
This verse mentions the connection between the thrones and judgment.
And I saw thrones, and they sat upon them, and judgment was given unto them: and I saw the souls of them that were beheaded for the witness of Jesus, and for the word of God, and which had not worshipped the beast, neither his image, neither had received his mark upon their foreheads, or in their hands; and they lived and reigned with Christ a thousand years.
This Old Testament prophetic verse also describes thrones associated with judgment.
For there are set thrones of judgment, the thrones of the house of David.
This verse from Daniel describes the thrones and a scene of judgment.
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his wheels as burning fire.
The colors of the symbolic garment of the angels are from God's sanctuary which is described in numerous places.
And of the blue, and purple, and scarlet, they made cloths of service, to do service in the holy place, and made the holy garments for Aaron; as the LORD commanded Moses.
And he made the ephod of gold, blue, and purple, and scarlet, and fine twined linen.
The background of the picture is a rainbow sunburst of the sanctuary colors.
The relative size of the angels is also symbolic. The first and third angels are described as "saying with a loud voice". However, the second angel is shown in a smaller size because it is described as only "saying". The fourth angel is shown larger because it is described as "he cried mightily with a strong voice, saying". I believe this is prophetic of how strongly the message is presented. The phrase "Loud Cry", which was often used by the Adventist pioneers, comes from Revelation 18:2, the voice of the Fourth Angel.
The first angel is purple, which represents the royalty of the King of Kings. This is appropriate to the message to "Fear God". This message has been properly spread as part of the Three Angel's Message.
The smaller second angel is gold, which represents the riches of God's truth. The smaller size is appropriate because truth has not all been followed. The errors of Babylon have not all been identified and forsaken. Therefore this angel is shown in a smaller size. This message has not been properly spread as part of the Three Angel's Message.
The third angel is scarlet, which represents the blood of the Lamb. This is appropriate to the message of the persecution to come with the Mark of the Beast. This message has been properly spread as part of the Three Angel's Message.
The larger fourth angel is royal blue, which represents God's law. This is appropriate to the repeat of the message of the second angel. All of God's Law is to be identified and followed. The voice of God calls His people to come out of the remaining practices of Babylon. The larger size of the symbolic angel represents the final Loud Cry.
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