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Lesson 8 - Worship the Creator


Posted: 26 May 2018 05:00 AM PDT
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.


Copr. 2018, Bruce N. Cameron, J.D. All scripture references are to the New
International Version (NIV), copr. 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society,
unless otherwise noted. Quotations from the NIV are used by permission of
Zondervan Bible Publishers. Suggested answers are found within parentheses. Pray
for the guidance of the Holy Spirit as you study.