Further Study: For the view of the three angels’ messages by Ellen G. White, see “Heralds of the Morning,” pp. 299–316,” “An American Reformer,” pp. 317–342, “Light Through Darkness,” pp. 343–354, “A Great Religious Awakening,” pp. 355–374, in The Great Controversy for the first angel’s message. For the second angel’s message, see “Prophecies Fulfilled,” pp. 391–408, “What Is the Sanctuary,” pp. 409–422, “In the Holy of Holies,” pp. 423–432, in The Great Controversy. For the third angel’s message, see “God’s Law Immutable,” pp. 433-450, “A Work of Reform,” pp. 451–460, in The Great Controversy.
“Of all professing Christians, Seventh-day Adventists should be foremost in uplifting Christ before the world. The proclamation of the third angel’s message calls for the presentation of the Sabbath truth. This truth, with others included in the message, is to be proclaimed; but the great center of attraction, Christ Jesus, must not be left out. It is at the cross of Christ that mercy and truth meet together, and righteousness and peace kiss each other. The sinner must be led to look to Calvary; with the simple faith of a little child he must trust in the merits of the Saviour, accepting His righteousness, believing in His mercy.”—Ellen G. White, Gospel Workers, pp. 156, 157.
- Warnings play a significant role in our society and in our daily dealings with each other. In most cases, warnings are for the good of those being warned. How can we present the fearful warnings found in the three angels’ messages in a way that reveals the wonderful hope that they offer?
- Nothing Seventh-day Adventist makes sense with evolution as any kind of background to our beliefs. To paraphrase a fundamentalist atheist, evolution is an “acid” that erodes everything it touches. This would especially include the three angels’ messages’ of Revelation 14, which have the central theme of Creation and Redemption, two truths nullified by evolution, even a “theistic” kind. (Who would want to worship a theos who created like that, anyway)? Why must we as a church never allow the false science of evolution to make any inroad into our teachings?
- In the Seventh-day Adventist Church, the three angels’ messages of Revelation 14 are a treasured beacon that encapsulates the divine end-time message that we are called to proclaim. Although many church members have certainly heard about these messages, some may still have questions about what they really mean. How would you explain briefly the meaning of the last call of God to this world, and what it entails?
- “A healthy perspective of life involves a healthy dose of fear.” Do you think this is true for a Christian’s life? Explain your answer.