Then a third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, “If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. He shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels and in the presence of the Lamb. Revelation 14:9-10 NKJV
The third angel brings us a divine message of warning to God’s people. God is telling us in the messages of the three angels in Revelation 14 to give Him honor and glory and not be caught off guard with the deceptions of Satan. The three angels’ message is about worship. Verse 7 was about worshipping God, our creator, and redeemer. Verses 9 – 10 is about worshiping the beast. How do we worship the beast? It is through living a self-centered life that is independent of God and disobedience to His commands. It focuses on self and not on Jesus.
What is the solution? The solution is Jesus – His grace, power, and love filling our hearts and lives. The third angel’s message should cause us to get on our knees in humble submission to Christ. It should lead us to pray for His Spirit to purge us from sin and work His divine grace in our hearts. It also leads us to pray for our family, friends, and neighbors that they too will open their hearts to Christ.