Introduction: The book of Revelation is generally considered to be a
book of “last day” events. Among those events is a message from God
brought by three angels. This week, we turn our attention to the
important message of the first angel. Let’s jump in!

  1. The Messenger

    1. Read Revelation 14:6. Let’s look at this 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 there are many angels who either give
      or receive heavenly messages.)

      1. This angel flies in “midair.” What is the significance
        of flying in midair? Is this angel is a prudent flier
        who is unlikely to crash anytime soon? (If you wanted to
        be seen and heard you would get up where everyone could
        see you. The significance is that this angel has a
        message that it wants us to hear.)

      2. What is the message of this angel? (The “eternal

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

        2. It seems so hard to be able to give the gospel to
          everyone. Think of all of the people who live from
          the edge of Eastern Europe to the Eastern boarder
          of China. This is a vast area in which the gospel
          has not thoroughly penetrated. Will God finally
          send an angel because we have not presented the
          gospel to everyone?

        3. The gospel is described as the “eternal” gospel.
          What does that mean to you? (The gospel does not

        4. Our lessons this quarter are about “the pillars”
          of faith. Why do you think that the first angel’s
          message is the eternal gospel? (First and foremost
          is the gospel of Jesus Christ. Some might argue
          this is the only pillar of our faith.)

  2. The Preparation

    1. Imagine that you want a raise or want to change your work
      hours, would you just walk into your boss’s office without
      thinking about how you will approach the issue?

      1. Do you remember when you were dating? Did you ask for
        your initial date with a girl without planning what you
        were going to say first?
      1. If you were a girl who wanted to date a specific guy,
        did you plan how you could meet him and what you would
        say to show that you were interested in him?

      2. We’ve got an angel with a message to the world about the
        gospel. 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 angel ad-libbed a few lines? (This idea sounds impossible,
        doesn’t it? If you were sent by God, went “midair” to be
        sure everyone could hear, and then proclaimed what was
        supposed to be the “eternal gospel” I would think your
        words would be very carefully chosen.)

  1. The Message

    1. Read Revelation 14:7. What part of the angel’s message really
      grabs your attention? (The angel ties it to the judgment. He
      tells us that the gospel is relevant now, because the time of
      judgment is now.)

      1. We were talking about planning important discussions. If
        God especially planned to start out with a declaration
        about the judgement, why do you think He started that
        way? (This message is to make us think seriously about
        our relationship with God.)

      2. We concluded earlier that the gospel of Jesus Christ was
        the first part of the message because of its extreme
        importance. However, we did not discuss what the
        “everlasting gospel” meant. What does Revelation 14:7
        suggest is the eternal gospel? What are the elements of
        the message? (List them.)

        1. Fear (respect) God

        2. Glorify God

        3. Hour of judgment has come

        4. Worship the Creator.

      3. Does this seem to be the gospel that you know about? (It
        does not seem, at first glance, to be the message of the
        cross. So, let’s look deeper.)

      4. What does it mean to fear God? (Fear in Greek is
        “phobeo” which means to be in awe of God.)

      5. What does v. 7 suggest is the reason for us to fear God?
        (Judgment time has arrived.)

        1. We are also told to give God glory because His
          judgment is at hand. Why would you glorify God
          because He is judging? Is that a “glorious” event?

          1. Do you like people judging you?

          2. Would you like someone judging you who could
            kill you?

        2. Perhaps it will be clearer by putting these two
          ideas together. The first angel says to be in awe
          and give glory to our God because of His judgment.
          Under what circumstances can you imagine you would
          both be in awe and give glory to someone who
          judged you? (When you successfully passed the
          judgment! The gospel is not some little story
          about a teacher, who we decided to follow, who it
          turns out died like a criminal and we are ashamed
          about it. This is the watershed event in the
          history of the world. And our God prevailed! If
          we decide to follow Him, we too will prevail in
          the judgment. So fear God. Be in awe of Him and
          what He did for us!)

      6. What do you think it means to “give God glory?” (The
        Greek word is “doxa.” Vines says this word means “good
        opinion, praise, honor, glory, an appearance commanding
        respect, magnificence, excellence, manifestation of

      7. Let’s get practical: How can we give God glory? (List)

    2. Revelation 14:7 also tells us to worship God. When we read
      that we should worship God, what comes to mind? That is, what
      does it mean to worship? (List)

      1. Consider that the Greek word for worship is “Proskeneo”
        which literally means to “pros” “towards” and “kuneo”
        “to kiss.” Kisses to God! Friend, do you give “kisses to
    1. The angel links fearing God to the judgment. To what does the
      angel link worshiping God in Revelation 14:7? (His Creation.)

      1. Is believing in the Creation a key element to true
        worship of
      1. If you do not believe in the Creation, are you able to
        worship God?

      2. If you did not believe in the Creation, on what basis
        would you be worshiping God? (A literal Creation is one
        of the most controverted aspects of the Bible. A lot of
        people believe in God, “believe” in the Bible, yet do
        not believe in a literal Creation.)

        1. Is a literal Creation a fundamental truth? Or is
          this just one of those debated and debatable
          things that has little, if anything to do with
          your salvation? (I believe it is fundamental. This
          first angel links our worship of God to the
          Creation. If you do not believe that God made us,
          then it is more difficult to believe that He
          “recreated us” when He arose from the grave. If
          you don’t believe either of those (creation or
          recreation), it is hard to understand the basis
          for your worship.)

  1. Practical Application

    1. We have discovered that the first angel has this judgment-time
      gospel message that our Creator God has given His people
      victory in the judgment. That is good news! Should we just be
      sitting back waiting for this angel to share this news with
      the world? (The word translated “angel” means “messenger.” If
      you look at the first chapters of Revelation you see messages
      “to the angel of the church” and then it mentions a specific
      church. Since these messages are to the people of these
      churches, it seems that “angel” is being used in a much
      broader sense than just a heavenly angel. The NIV Study Bible
      has a note on Revelation 1:20 which says that “angels” may be
      either “heavenly messengers” or “earthly

    2. Friend, do you think that God has given part of the
      responsibility of this “first angel” to spread the
      “everlasting gospel” about that the time of judgment is at
      hand? (In Matthew 28:19-20 Jesus tells us that we are to be
      His messengers to share the gospel. So we have the opportunity
      and responsibility to share the first angel’s message.)

      1. Will you decide, this week, to help share this important
        end-time message?

  2. Next week: Crisis of Loyalty