In a world daily bombarded with bad news, it is encouraging to know that there is some good news to be heard. The everlasting Good News.' In scriptural terminology it is called the Everlasting Gospel.
According to scripture prophecy the Everlasting Gospel is scheduled to be preached to all the world just prior to the end of this age, just before the Day of Judgment.
|Revelation 14:||6: And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, |
having the EVERLASTING GOSPEL to preach unto them that dwell on earth, and to every nation and kindred and tongue and people.
Have you ever heard the Everlasting Gospel? Can you tell me what it is, what its requirements are, what's so good about it and why it is called 'everlasting' in the first place?
Believe it or not, comparatively few people know the Everlasting Gospel. To be sure, millions have heard parts of it, and countless billions of Gospel tracts have been published through the centuries. But, astonishingly enough, not many people really know the Everlasting Gospel and what it calls for. If you were to ask a dozen Christians to list the main points or requirements of the Everlasting Gospel, you would probably come away with a dozen different answers, some the very opposite of the others.
Well, let us not speculate any longer. Let us find out what the Everlasting Gospel is. And, more importantly, what its requirements are. The book of Revelation tells us that shortly before the return of Yahusha the Messiah three angels will bear special messages to mankind. The First Angel's Message is called the Everlasting Gospel. It is the message on which we will concentrate in this lesson. Angels, in normal circumstances, do not preach to mankind. The work of preaching the Gospel has been committed to men. Yes, men will preach the Everlasting Gospel to all the world just before the return of Yahusha our King to earth. As you read the Bible text below, notice the two fold requirement of the Everlasting Gospel. In particular notice the second requirement which calls for worship of the Creator.
|Rev.14:||6:And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the Everlasting Gospel to preach unto them that dwell on the earth, and to every nation, kindred, tongue and people, |
7: Saying with a loud voice:
Fear Yahuah and give glory to Him, for the hour of His Judgment is come: and
worship Him who made heaven and earth, the sea and the fountains of waters.
Closely examine the above message. Read it again and again and let its eternal truth sink deep into your mind: for you are in fact reading the Everlasting Gospel encapsulated in a single sentence. Of course you will not understand all that it means - no man on earth does - but here before you in essence are the twin requirements of the Everlasting Gospel, the message which throughout eternity will engage the minds of all the inhabitants of the mighty universe. These instructions are everlasting! They are ageless. They will never become obsolete; but will be carried out by the redeemed host for all time. What's more, the blessings the Everlasting Gospel brings to those who accept it, are eternal! So let us without further delay study the Everlasting Gospel and see what it says.
To briefly answer those questions; especially the one concerning the 'worship of Him who made the heavens, the earth and the sea and the fountains of water.'
To fear Yahuah יהוה means to recognize Him as the supreme authority in the universe; to look upon Him with reverential awe and holy respect. Yahuah יהוה the Holy One of the Hebrew linage Israel, and anyone who will humble themself and repent(cease) sin and walk in his instructions will be grafted in as being Hebrew(Ibre) one of his people. The Almighty One of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob is a Being of absolute holiness, power and truth: One whose character is so noble and whose ability so great that eternity will be too short to tell His worth.
The whole human race is now being called upon to fear Yahuah,יהוה to stand in reverential awe of the Holy One of the Hebrews; to have faith in Him and to respect Him for what He is and what He has done and is still doing for mankind.
Well, to begin with He created mankind to live in perfect happiness with Him. But man sinned, he set aside the Almighty's instructions, which if obeyed would have led to life. Instead man chose the way of doubt, disobedience and death. That was indeed a tragic day for mankind when our first parents sinned; for it wasn't long before sin, suffering, sickness and death engulfed the whole human race. The Almighty, however, was not caught off-guard by man's disobedience. In His infinite wisdom He already had an emergency plan to salvage mankind should sin enter the world. And this is how that plan found expression:
|John 3:||16: For Yahuah so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.|
17: For Yahuah sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.
18: He that believeth on him is not condemned: but he that believeth not is condemned already, because he hath not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of Yah.
|Acts 16:||31: Believe on the Master Yahusha יהושע Messiah and thou shalt be saved.|
This first part of the Everlasting Gospel - of having faith in the Almighty and accepting salvation through His Son Yahusha is very well known to the world. Millions of sermons have been preached about this vital first step towards salvation. But have you personally accepted Yahusha as your (Yasha)Savior? Have you committed your life to Him? Are you giving Yahuah our Father glory for what He has done for you? It is not enough to know that the Almighty's Hebrew name is Yahuah, or how His name is pronounced; or even to believe that His Son Yahusha was a righteous person who died for the sins of the world. The devils know all this; but it avails them nothing. What you must do if the Everlasting Gospel is to benefit you is to repent and confess your sins before the Almighty, make a total commitment to His Son and accept him as your personal Savior. Nothing short of this will do. You may do so at this very moment by praying - in the secrecy of your own home - a short prayer like this:
"Yahuah almighty, Holy One of the Hebrew linage Israel. I now believe in you. I accept your free gift of salvation through your only begotten Son Yahusha. Forgive my sins, cleanse me from my unrightousness and uncleanness, put your Holy Spirit within me and lead me in the way everlasting.
I pray in the blessed name Yahusha HaMashiach"
A simple prayer like this, and of course the words may be changed without corrupting the meaning, will testify to the angel host that you have personally placed your faith in Yah and have begun to glorify Him by accepting salvation through Yahusha.
To glorify Yahuah by personally accepting salvation through His Son Yahusha and then by declaring your allegiance to Him is the first requirement of the Everlasting Gospel. You will not live for eternity if you refuse to meet this requirement. It is mandatory. And now to that second requirement: the one very few preachers proclaim.
This requirement of the Everlasting Gospel, to worship the One who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the fountains of water, is mostly forgotten. The Everlasting Gospel calls all believers to go beyond the first stage of reverential awe and faith into the arena of obedient worship. We need to concentrate on worshipping the Creator by obeying Him; not because it is the most important aspect; but because it is the most neglected. To be sure, a mental acknowledgement of Yahuah's authority and the acceptance of salvation through Yahusha are vital: but worshipful obedience is also vital; especially that form of obedience which commemorates the creation of the heavens, the earth, the sea and the fountains of water. In other words, the Everlasting Gospel is calling upon mankind to worship the Creator of the Universe!
Let us now examine this most neglected aspect of the Everlasting Gospel, the aspect of OBEDIENCE. One day a young man asked Yahusha this question::
"Good Master what good thing shall I do that I may have eternal life? And he said unto him: ... If thou wilt enter into life keep the commandments." (Matthew 19:17)
"Keep the commandments." Is the Master here pointing to an alternative route to salvation? Is he perhaps making a colossal ecclesiastical blunder by stating that obedience, instead of faith, is the real path to eternal life? Could it be that Yahusha is here disagreeing with the Apostle Paul who said:
The answer is obvious: the Master knew very well what he is talking about. He was not defining an alternative route to salvation. He was not disagreeing with Paul or canceling the necessity for faith. He was merely pointing to the other side of the same coin of salvation: that most neglected side of the Everlasting Gospel - the matter of obedience. "keep the commandments." Yes keep the commandments: for that, according to Yahusha, is the way to life.
When questioned further as to which commandments, Yahusha specified the Ten Commandments. In other words obedience to the Ten Commandments is a vital consideration in this matter of salvation. It is a part of the Everlasting Gospel - the neglected part. And that is exactly what the First Angel's Message calls for. It is calling for obedience. So let us now briefly consider this most neglected aspect of the Everlasting Gospel; the one which calls upon mankind to worship the Creator by obeying Him.
"Worship Him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the fountains of waterand the fullness thereof."
How does a bible Believer meet this vital requirement of the Everlasting Gospel? What are we supposed to do to ensure that we are in fact worshipping the Creator, the One who "made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the fountains of water? For example, how can you prove that you are worshipping the One who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the fountains of water? A man may think that he is doing so; but can he prove it? Yes he can. The only one way a true believer can prove that he/she is worshipping the One who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the fountains of water is by keeping the seventh day Sabbath according to the moon which is the divinely appointed Memorial of Creation.
Read the above statement again in the light of the Bible text below, which is the fourth of the Ten Commandments:
No one has yet proven that Yahusha or the desiples changed the sabbath from the 7th day of the week to a fixed day of the month forgetting there is a New Moon day. He gave us a sign in heaven for days, months and years, the Moon. Not even man can change this calendar!
Notice Yahuah tells us to Remember this day in the Fourth Commandment.
|Exodus 20:||8: Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy.|
9: Six days shalt thou labour, and do all thy work:
10: But the seventh day is the sabbath of Yahuah thy Father: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son, nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor thy stranger that is within thy gates:
11: For in six days Yahuah made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the Yahuah blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it.
Can you now see the link between the Sabbath commandment in Exodus 20 and the the First Angel's Message in Revelation 14? Can you recognize the fact that both texts are calling upon mankind to worship the CREATOR! the One who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the fountains of water and the fullness thereof?
To be sure you can. It is an indisputable link which only the spiritually blind will refuse to recognize. The Everlasting Gospel is calling upon mankind to Fear Yahuah and give glory to Him and to worship the Creator! Therefore, we repeat the assertion, that the only way a true believer can be absolutely certain that he/she is worshipping the One who made the heavens, the earth the sea and the fountains of water is by keeping the seventh day Sabbath, which is the divinely appointed Memorial of Creation according to the moon. No other sensible conclusion is possible.
Put another way we may say that believers who ignore Yahuah's seventh day Sabbath are like soldiers who refuse to honor their country's flag. They are like army officers who trample on the official orders issued to them. Sad to say there are thousands of church leaders who are doing exactly that with Yahuah's law. They have little or no respect for His commandments and like rebellious military officers deliberately ignore the orders from above. They reject the Sabbath commandment, which if kept identifies true worship the One who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the fountains of water.
We trust, however, that you will be different: that you will heed the requirements of the Everlasting Gospel and:
The question is, are you willing to meet these two critical requirements?
Also remember that the Everlasting Gospel will continue throughout eternity. It is eternal - everlasting! In other words the redeemed host will respect Yahuah, praise Him for salvation through Yahusha and keep His Sabbath day - throughout eternity! Does the Bible teach this; that believers will congregate on the Sabbath day to worship the Most High - throughout eternity? It certainly does.
|Isaiah 66:||22: For as the new heavens and the new earth, which I will make, shall remain before me, saith Yahuah, so shall your seed and your name remain.|
23: And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to another, and from one SABBATH to another, shall all flesh come to worship before me, saith Yah.
|Revelation 13:4-8||"They worshipped the Dragon. (Satan) |
They worshipped the Beast. (the false messiah)"
The the false messiah has deceived most of mankind into thinking that he has the right to change the Ten Commandments. Because most people are basically unwilling to obey Yahuah's law - His Truth - Yah will hand over millions of souls to believe the false messiah - to believe the Lie. The world will then gladly accept the falsehood taught by the false messiah. This astonishing prediction is detailed in 2 Thessalonians 2 and Revelation 13. This has already taken place weather you like it or not..
"... If any man worships the Beast and his image, and receives his Mark in his forehead or in his hand. The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of Yahuah which is poured out without mixture into the cup of His indignation..."
Here are divine threatening's of an awesome nature. We therefore humbly advise the reader to study Revelation 13 and 14 The Mark of the Beast. You must understand what the Beast's Mark is.
King Solomon, one of the wisest men who ever lived, summed up the twin requirements of the Everlasting Gospel in a single sentence when he wrote in Ecclesiastes 12:13
"Let us hear the conclusion of the matter:
Fear Yah and keep His commandments:
for this is the whole duty of man."
This, then, is the Everlasting Gospel, the good news that will prompt us to worship the Most High throughout eternity. If you accept the Everlasting Gospel and apply it to your life you will be blessed abundantly and will live for all time. That is the wonderful news! But if you reject it you risk losing eternal life at the coming Judgment. So pause awhile and re-consider those twin requirements of the Everlasting Gospel:
It' s time to pray and return to the loving arms of our mercifully Father Yahuah. Through his Son's redeeming blood we are washed white as snow to be accepted by the Father. This is the only way we are to live our lives as Yahusha did when he was here. He taught the people to love. The ten Commandments are summed up in to two categories of love. Love our Father this is the first five, Love thy neighbor is the remaining five. The sabbath day is loving our Father. He loved us so much that he gave His Son to us as the last lamb to be slain for the sin of mankind.
If you have not taken this step, now is the time to pray this prayer,
Dear Father and Creator of the heavens, and the earth and the seas and the fountains of water . I am a sinner and lost in the sea of the world. Please forgive my disobedience and have mercy upon this wretched sinner. I claim the blood of your Son, Yahusha and I ask you to forgive all my sins. I will obey all of your commandments from this day forth waiting for your Son's return. I pledge allegiance to my King and Savior Yahusha Messiah. Please include me in the lamb's book of life for all eternity. Thank you for your mercy and forgiveness. Praise you Yahuah, my Father, now and forever and ever. I pray to you Yah in the blessed name of Yahusha Messiah!
When you take this step of faith, all the host of Angels rejoice and give glory unto Yahuah!