LAMB ON MOUNT ZION, PART 2
I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel
to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and
people—saying with a loud voice, “Fear God and give glory to Him, for the
hour of His judgment has come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the
sea and springs of water.” Revelation 14:6–7
John looked down the centuries of time he saw the history of the church Jesus
built along with the forces that fought against it. In the 14th chapter he sees
a lamb standing on Mount Zion which we learned depicts the gospel truth of the
church being restored in practice. We learned that this church is produced by
Christ’s work of atonement that causes people to be born again and added to
the church through the work of the Holy Spirit of God.
movement that began around 1800 A.D. is generally called the Primitive Church
Movement, but rather than just limiting what happened to a particular group of
people at a particular time, John sees this as 144,000 who follow the Lamb
wherever He goes. While looking at this 144,000 he suddenly sees three angels
flying in the midst of heaven each having a specific message. The message they
proclaim is Christ’s last message to the world before the end of time. This
message has three parts as represented by the three angels in verse 6–11.
fact that there are three angels suggests that God does not commit the entire
message to just one ministry or one particular group or movement but to
ministries He chooses and gifts to carry a part of the message. Some are good at
proclaiming the gospel; some are good at proclaiming a come out message; and
some are good at pronouncing God’s judgments. All these messages are
necessary; one is not more important than the others—they are equal and they
all add up to one last message from God. This is a lesson we must learn: do not
lift up one preacher over another because he/she is good at preaching his
part—it takes all of God’s called ministry to preach the complete message.
I saw another angel flying in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel
to preach to those who dwell on the earth—to every nation, tribe, tongue, and
people. (Verse 6)
first angel is given the responsibility to preach the everlasting gospel—the
gospel that lasts forever. This is the gospel as God intended it to be preached
and not the theological contortions devised by men and called a gospel. John the
Baptist was the first to introduce the everlasting gospel in Matthew 3:11–12,
indeed baptize you with water unto repentance, but He who is coming after me is
mightier than I, whose sandals I am not worthy to carry. He will baptize you
with the Holy Spirit and fire. His winnowing fan is in His hand, and He will
thoroughly clean out His threshing floor, and gather His wheat into the barn;
but He will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.
taught the forgiveness of sin but he also declared there is a gospel greater
than what he taught. Speaking of Jesus, John said He will do more than bring
forgiveness; He will also give the Holy Spirit. The beast of the sea and the
beast of the earth taught a theoretical work of the Holy Spirit but Jesus brings
the real and practical work of the Holy Spirit in the lives of people. The work
of the Holy Spirit in gospel salvation is to clean sin out of the human heart as
a fire burns straw and dried grass. Under the gospel, people repent of their
sins and the Holy Spirit comes into their hearts to fill the void left behind.
The presence of the Holy Spirit enables people to live a holy life as Jesus
lived a holy life.
Apostle John understood the power and magnitude of the everlasting gospel; keep
in mind, he heard it directly from the mouth of Jesus. He writes in 1 John
is the message which we have heard from Him and declare to you, that God is
light and in Him is no darkness at all. If we say that we have fellowship with
Him, and walk in darkness, we lie and do not practice the truth. But if we walk
in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the
blood of Jesus Christ His Son cleanses us from all sin. If we say that we have
no sin, we deceive ourselves, and the truth is not in us. If we confess our
sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all
of all, light is in Christ and there is no darkness whatsoever. In these verses
light stands for holiness and darkness stands for sin. There is no sin in Christ
and there can be no sin in Christ and John says that it is not possible to walk
or live in sin and walk or live with God. The Apostle states a cardinal truth of
the atonement in Christ—“the blood of Jesus Christ His son cleanses us from
all sin.” Adam Clarke emphasized the imperative in this statement:
being cleansed from all sin is what every believer should look for, what he has
a right to expect, and what he must have in this life, in order to be prepared
to meet his God. Christ is not a partial Savior, he saves to the uttermost, and
he cleanses from ALL sin.
expect a gospel that does not cleanse from ALL sin is to be cheated. Such a
gospel is the work of the beast of the sea or the beast of the earth. Being
cleansed from all sin is prerequisite for being prepared to meet God. Yes, the
God of love but also the God that abhors sin. John categorically states that to
profess salvation and habitually commit sin is to be a liar.
Apostle also states that the everlasting gospel produces a real purity of heart
in verse 9, “If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our
sins and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness.” Let’s allow Adam Clarke to
speak to what is written here.
only to forgive the sin, but to purify the heart. Observe here, A. Sin exists in
the soul after two modes or forms: (1.) In guilt, which requires forgiveness or
pardon. (2.) In pollution, which requires cleansing. B. Guilt, to be forgiven,
must be confessed; and pollution, to be cleansed, must be also confessed. In
order to find mercy, a man must know and feel himself to be a sinner, that he
may fervently apply to God for pardon; in order to get a clean heart, a man must
know and feel its depravity, acknowledge and deplore it before God, in order to
be fully sanctified. C. Few are pardoned, because they do not feel and confess
their sins; and few are sanctified or cleansed from all sin, because they do not
feel and confess their own sore, and the plague of their hearts. D. As the blood
of Jesus Christ, the merit of his passion and death, applied by faith, purges
the conscience from all dead works, so the same cleanses the heart from all
unrighteousness. E. As all unrighteousness is sin, so he that is cleansed from
all unrighteousness is cleansed from all sin. To attempt to evade this, and
plead for the continuance of sin in the heart through life, is ungrateful,
wicked, and even blasphemous; for as he who says he has not sinned, 1 John 1:10,
makes God a liar, who has declared the contrary through every part of his
revelation; so he that says the blood of Christ either cannot or will not
cleanse us from all sin in this life, gives also the lie to his Maker, who has
declared the contrary, and thus shows that the word—the doctrine of God is not
in him. Reader, it is the birthright of every child of God to be cleansed from
all sin, to keep himself unspotted from the world, and so to live as never more
to offend his Maker. All things are possible to him that believeth; because all
things are possible to the infinitely meritorious blood and energetic Spirit of
the Lord Jesus.
hearing Dr. Clarke’s comments, do you suppose he may have been part of this
angel that preaches the everlasting gospel?
Apostle Paul was taught the everlasting gospel by Christ and he makes an
uncompromising statement of what it means to be in Christ in 2 Corinthians
5:17–18, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation; old
things have passed away; behold, all things have become new. Now all things are
of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ.” To have Christ
in the heart by faith makes one a new creation meaning: His old condition has
radically changed; he was a child of Satan but now is a child of God; he was a
slave to sin but now has been freed from sin; his actions resulted in spiritual
death but now he has the fruit of holiness in his life; he used to live only for
this world but now He lives for God; he used to look only at the things that
could be seen but now he looks to the things that are eternal. All things have
become new. The person is not simply repaired, he has been totally torn down and
remade so that he is new. And furthermore, there is a new moral standard in his
life. As a sinner his moral compass was focused on the flesh and produced acts
of sin. As a new creation his moral compass has been reset to focus on the
spirit and the things of God.
also discourses at length on the everlasting gospel in the sixth chapter of
Romans. For simplicity sake, we will look at three salient points in what he
old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with,
that we should no longer be slaves of sin. (Verse 6)
gospel received puts an end to the body of sin. The old man is a metaphor for
the sinful and morally corrupt nature. In accepting Christ that nature is
immediately crucified and put to death. Barnes describes what happens here:
the apostle here, by the expression “is crucified,” doubtless refers to the
painful and protracted struggle which every one goes through when his evil
propensities are subdued; when his corrupt nature is slain; and when, a
converted sinner, he gives himself up to God. Sin dies within him, and he
becomes dead to the world.
intent of the everlasting gospel is that we should no longer be salves of sin.
Gospels that allow people to continue in sin are not the everlasting gospel; do
not accept a sinning Christian religion.
who has died has been freed from sin. (Verse 7)
everlasting gospel is about a death to sin. Verse 8 states that in salvation
Christians identify with the death of Christ—if we died with Christ we are
made dead to sin. If we are dead to sin then we are freed from sin; sin no
longer has dominion over us. Verse 8 goes on to say that if we died with Christ
we shall also live with Him. In the context of this teaching this does not mean
living in eternity: we are alive in Christ and as he lives so do we live in
holiness. This leads to the conclusion in verse 14.
shall not have dominion over you, for you are not under law but under grace.
shall not have dominion—the word dominion
in Greek means to be lord of. You cannot have two lords. Your lord has to be
either Jesus Christ or sin. If you allow sin in your life, you automatically
reject the lordship of Christ. Paul emphasizes this in verse 16,
you not know that to whom you present yourselves slaves to obey, you are that
one’s slaves whom you obey, whether of sin leading to death, or of obedience
leading to righteousness?
everlasting gospel is plain in that it cites sin as the dividing line between
death and life: sin leading only to death and obedience to Christ leading to
righteousness. This form of doctrine is the everlasting gospel that if people
will believe and receive it leads to everlasting life.
concludes his teaching in verses 22–23,
now having been set free from sin, and having become slaves of God, you have
your fruit to holiness, and the end, everlasting life. For the wages of sin is
death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.
gospel sets people free from sin and places them in a life-giving relationship
with God. The gospel bears the fruit of holiness in the lives of people that
truly receive it.
Significance of the Message
first angel had the everlasting gospel to preach to all who dwell on the earth.
Let’s consider the significance of this message in verse 7, “Saying with a
loud voice, ‘Fear God and give glory to Him, for the hour of His judgment has
come; and worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and springs of water.’”
ministry sent by the Lamb on Mount Zion is in earnest with the everlasting
gospel. The preaching of this gospel is not limited to the moment in time the
angel first appears, it is to be preached to every nation, tribe, tongue, and
people until the second coming of Christ. If the everlasting gospel is preached
it generates fear of God that responds in giving Him glory. Fear, respect for
God, is to be expressed in our daily lives as taught in 1 Corinthians 10:31,
“Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory
of God.” How much sin can people commit to the glory of God? Salvation impacts
the whatever you do as whatever
you do will be without having to commit sin. The hour of God’s judgment
comes with the preaching of the everlasting gospel. The Greek word hour
means a certain definite time or season fixed by natural law and returning with
the revolving year. Here, the hour of God’s judgment is a fixed time in
history when God puts judgment on the gospels that are not the everlasting
gospel. Jesus spoke of this judgment in John 5:22, 27 and 30,
the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son . . . and
has given Him authority to execute judgment also, because He is the Son of Man .
. . I can of Myself do nothing. As I hear, I judge; and My judgment is
righteous, because I do not seek My own will but the will of the Father who sent
the true gospel of Christ was the judgment of God on sin at the first coming of
Christ, so it is in the time that immediately precedes the second coming of
Christ, the time of the Lamb on Mount Zion. The hour of God’s judgment began
with the revival of the truth of the church built by Jesus as part of the work
of salvation beginning around 1800 A.D.
everlasting gospel closes with the exhortation to “worship Him who made heaven
and earth, the sea and springs of water.” This sounds very simple but there is
a truth we will miss if we take it literally. Heaven, earth, sea and springs of
waters all represent people in some relationship to God, whether or not they
might be saved. The point here is to worship God and not people. People have a
tendency to trust their souls to any gospel that is preached to them without
searching the Scriptures to see whether what is preached is true just because it
is convenient for what they want.
exhorts people in John 5:39 to “search the Scriptures, for in them you think
you have eternal life; and these are they which testify of Me.”
and Silas encounter some people living in Berea that followed this principle
when they heard the gospel preached: “These were more fair-minded than those
in Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness, and searched
the Scriptures daily to find out whether these things were so.” (Acts 17:11)
are not to put our trust in confessions, creeds, or doctrinal statements of
churches and denominations for our salvation. We are to put our trust only in
the blood of Jesus Christ. Only the blood of Christ can save from sin. No man or
any church devised by man can save anyone from sin in this life and take him to
heaven for eternity.
life is found only in the blood of Christ that saves us from all sin. This is
strong judgment because it puts the churches in which people are trusting for
their salvation in a bad light. It is strong judgment because it condemns sin in
the lives of people that profess Christianity and it takes away their foundation
for their sense of salvation.
short, the everlasting gospel is summed up in Acts 4:12, “Nor is there
salvation in any other, for there is no other name under heaven given among men
by which we must be saved. That name is Jesus Christ.”
Lamb on Mount Zion is the Lamb slain from the foundation of the world; and no
man ever came, or can come, to the Father but by Him.