YouTuber John Stapleton shares his fourth teaching on the Advent Series.
The Eternal Gospel
Last time, we saw the rise of a demonically empowered government that is backed by a another false prophet who deceived people with miraculous signs and forcing everyone to receive the mark of the beast. It also killed the saints. It was a bleak picture without God. However, the point was that God works behind the scenes. That’s at the forefront today.
The scene opens up with “the Lamb, standing on Mount Zion” (Rev 14:1). The Lamb is the last animal mentioned left standing. He’s also on Mount Zion. Think of Zion as heaven on earth, the place where God is (Heb 12:22). He is surrounded by his Church (though some would argue that the 144,000 are only Israelites), and they are singing to the Lamb “a new song” (Rev 14:3) because God is doing a new thing.
The scene switches from earth to heaven as an angel proclaims “the eternal gospel” (Rev 14:6). The inhabitants of the earth are instructed to “fear God and give him glory, because the hour of his judgment has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water” (Rev 14:7). God is both Creator and Judge. People are to worship God because as the Creator, he has sovereign rights over what he created. He created to life to work the way he alone has designed it. This is a gospel not only of salvation but judgment as well.
CONCLUSION: The Lamb is the last beast to stand. It’s intriguing that the singing comes before the proclamation of the gospel which preludes God’s wrath. Hang on to your joy and hope by singing.Try Audible Premium Plus and Get Up to Two Free Audiobooks