QUESTIONS ON THE EVERLASTING GOSPEL
11:22 AM (3 minutes ago)
I will give you what I perceive to be answers to your questions below:
Revelation 14:6-7 says, 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 the heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters'.
My questions are:
What is the everlasting gospel? They say the gospel means good news. If it is good news, why does verse 7 start with 'Fear God'? Is fear a positive response to good news? And then further, still in verse 7, it continues with 'the hour of His judgment is come' which again is another seemingly fearful scene(or is it).
Then looking at the phrase IS COME, I wonder what this really means? I looked at the other version like NKJV which says the hour of His judgment HAS COME.
IS or HAS the judgment COME already? If so, when? If not, why did the Apostle John use IS or HAS COME? What did he really mean? I hope someone from the group can help give clarity to above questions. This, again, may not be a hot issue, but perhaps something we need to have a better understanding since we as SDAs are called to proclaim this message with all truthfulness and honesty.
Ron's response: These questions involve very HOT issues, since only the SDA church gives the FULL EVERLASTING GOSPEL on these issues.
∑ Using this LINKED BIBLE PROJECT: http://www.linkedword.com/rev/14/-14/0 you can click on any word in the KJV and it will give you the meaning in the upper right hand column of the page. For example, the definition of the word gospel in Revelation 14 gives the following rendering:
1. the glad tidings of the kingdom of God soon to be set up, and subsequently also of Jesus the Messiah, the founder of this kingdom. After the death of Christ, the term comprises also the preaching of (concerning) Jesus Christ as having suffered death on the cross to procure eternal salvation for the men in the kingdom of God, but as restored to life and exalted to the right hand of God in heaven, thence to return in majesty to consummate the kingdom of God
2. the glad tidings of salvation through Christ
3. the proclamation of the grace of God manifest and pledged in Christ
4. the gospel
5. as the messianic rank of Jesus was proved by his words, his deeds, and his death, the narrative of the sayings, deeds, and death of Jesus Christ came to be called the gospel or glad tidings
∑ When you click on the word FEAR, the word reverence is the best meaning because taking all the weight of evidence into consideration, we know that the Bible says that the fearful won't be saved. Search the word FEARFUL in this Blue Letter Edition of the KJV: http://www.blbclassic.org/index.cfm
∑ So definition 2C is the best for interpreting Revelation 14:7, as follows: 2C: to reverence, venerate, to treat with deference or reverential obedience For Synonyms see entry 5841
∑ The HOUR OF JUDGMENT is not a FEARFUL time to the born again Christian who obeys God an is indwelt with the Holy Spirit of Christ. It will be a time of FEAR to all others.
∑ The reference to the Judgment IS COME AND HAS COME is the same thing. Seventh-day Adventists believe that the Judgment began in 1844 when Christ entered the Most Holy Place after ministrating in the Holy Place, for the final cleansing of the Temple in Heaven, cannot take place until the final judgment upon sins that have been confessed. We believe that the INVESTIGATIVE JUDGMENT began in 1844 after the 2300 days (Daniel 8) ended. This is a study we can pursue further if you so desire.
∑ The expressions IS COME AND HAS COME were both true in John's day as well, as the gospel began with the coming of Christ. But when viewed in its totality of the weight of evidence in other passages of Scripture and the Spirit of Prophecy, these designations also have a PROGRESSIVE DEVELOPMENTAL MEANING.
Hope this helps. If you or others have further questions on this and/or other matters, I will try with the Holy Spiritís aid, to give the proper answers.