Lesson 8

Worship the Creator

(Revelation 14, Luke 23, Psalms 19)
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Introduction: An important part of the end time gospel message is that God is our Creator. Is this something that we have to take on faith? Is it a message that is contrary to science? Let's dive into the Bible and see what it declares about God in His role as our Creator!

  1. The Messenger


    1. Read Revelation 14:6. Let's look at the first angel for a moment. The text says "I saw another angel." What do you think it means by "another" angel? Isn't this angel the first of three? How can it be "another?" (If you review the book of Revelation, you will see that there are many angels who either give or receive heavenly messages.)


      1. This angel flew in "midair." What is the significance of flying in midair? Is this angel a prudent flier who is unlikely to crash anytime soon? (If you wanted to be seen and heard you would get high enough where everyone could see you - but not too high. The significance is that this angel has a message that needs to be heard.)


      2. What is the message of this angel? (The "eternal gospel.")


        1. To whom is this gospel to be given? (To everyone of every language.)


        2. How difficult is it to achieve that goal? Think of all of the new people being born. Think of all of the people who live in areas which are hostile to Christianity. Is God sending an angel because humans have not presented the gospel to everyone? (Consider several possible meanings here. First, no one will be lost because we failed in our duty to share the gospel. God will be sure that everyone makes an informed decision. Second, the "air" is the most efficient way to reach large numbers of people. Think about radio, television, and the Internet.)


        3. Is this angel real? Or, is this symbolic of the message we are supposed to give? (Revelation is full of symbols, but it seems reasonable that at a minimum an angel in heaven has been assigned this mission. We help fulfill this goal.)


    2. Read Revelation 14:7. Imagine that you want a raise or want to change your work hours. Would you just walk into your boss's office without previously contemplating about what you would say?


      1. We have an angel with a message to the world about the gospel and the final judgment. Do you think the angel's words were carefully planned? Or did God just say to an angel, "Say a few words about my coming to the world" and the angle ad-libbed a few lines? (Whether or not symbolic, this angel planned the perfect flight path to be seen and heard, thus it surely considered how it would present the eternal gospel. That means the expression is important. Let's look at that next.)


  2. The Message


    1. Read again Revelation 14:7. What part of the angel's message really grabs your attention?


      1. Have you noticed a common trend in news programs, fund raisers, and store advertising? What pattern do they all follow? (They start out with something that they hope will grab your attention. Our store is going out of business! Our organization is in desperate need of money! We have breaking news!)


      2. Would the idea that you are being hauled before a court for judgment get your attention? (No doubt. This shows the presentation is perfectly considered.)


        1. Is there a lesson in this for how we present the gospel? (A hundred years ago Christians evangelized by warning sinners about hell. Many today laugh at that approach. We need to carefully consider how we can impress the world that judgment is coming. We need to direct attention to this message!)


        2. Do you think people want judgment? (No doubt they want judgment to come. But, it is just like speeders in your neighborhood. You want the police to ticket them. You don't want the police to ticket you.)


    2. Read Luke 23:35-42. How difficult was it to raise the subject of judgment with the "other criminal?" (He was already experiencing judgment. As our world situation becomes more difficult, we need to keep our eyes open to the possibility of sharing the gospel with those who believe that things are not right.)


    3. Let's revisit Revelation 14:7 in light of Luke 23:35-42. The "other criminal" was in deep trouble. The final judgment is deep trouble. What was the outcome for the "other criminal?" (Jesus saved Him. This is the essence of our gospel message. The words in Revelation 14:7 like "fear," "give glory" and "worship" all point to our gratitude towards Jesus for what He has done to save us from the judgment. The Greek word for worship is "Proskeneo." "Pros" means "towards," and "kuneo" means "to kiss." Kisses to God! Now there is a great approach to evangelism about the judgment. We have been rescued from impending disaster!)


    4. We recently discussed in this series of lessons the importance of accepting that God is our Creator. That means rejecting evolution with its "worship" of vast time and natural selection. What is the first thing that the angel says God created? (The heavens.)


      1. I remember when I was a little boy I argued with my friend about whether his Dad was stronger than a gorilla. He was sure his Dad was stronger, I was sure the gorilla was stronger. Do you think my friend really thought his Dad was stronger? (He thought the issue was whether his Dad was superior - which, of course, he was. But, that was not the issue.)


      2. When Christians get into debates with scientists, how important is it for us to properly understand and frame the issues? (The worst thing is argue against science to vindicate our misunderstanding. We must not create conflict where none exists.)


    5. Read Psalms 19:1-4. What do the heavens tell us? (They explain the glory, work, and knowledge of God in a way that transcends language barriers. Think of Revelation 14:6! God tells us that the science of the heavens brings glory to God.)


      1. I've been reading Hugh Ross's book on the six day Creation. Ross is an Astrophysicist who believes in a literal interpretation of the Bible. I do not agree with Ross on all of his points, for example, his long day argument for the creation and death of animals. However, his scientific explanation of what happened at the "Big Bang" and his proofs about the age of the heavens are exciting.


      2. Do you remember your math problems from high school? Assume you are in a car going 60 miles an hour. If I tell you how much time has elapsed, can you tell me the distance traveled? If I tell you the distance traveled, can you tell me how much time has elapsed? (Yes! You recall how to do this.)


      3. Ross asserts (and I believe) that current science can measure the expansion speed and distance of the heavens. What does that tell you? (You can calculate the time when the heavens were created! You can date the "Big Bang.")


      4. What is the lesson in this for atheists? (Revelation 14:7 is scientifically correct when it states God is our Creator. The heavens have a birthday. The Creation event that scientists call the "Big Bang" was so precise and ordered that the only logical conclusion is that it was done by an intelligence far beyond our understanding.)


      5. When Psalms 19 says that the heavens "declare" and "proclaim the work of [God's] hands," is the Psalmist telling us that God is not a matter of mere faith? (This is the conclusion you should reach. The existence of God is provable. We should not concede that our worship and our message are founded on our opinion. The Bible says that the heavens testify of God and the most modern science backs that up!)


    6. Friend, if you doubt that God is our Creator, please accept that foundational fact now. Testifying that our Creator God is worthy of worship is essential to the Three Angels Message of the end time.


  3. Next week: End-Time Deceptions.

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