1PT 2 Pet. 1:12. We are to be established in the present truth. Then we need
to study God's Word that we may learn what is His present truth for our time. Present truth
for a certain age is the truth that is especially adapted and applicable to that particular
2PT 2 Pet. 2:5. When the Flood was about to come, a special message of warning
was sent to the world by the Lord through His servant Noah. That message about the impending
Flood, and the essential preparation needed in order to be saved when it came, was God's
present truth to those who lived just before the Flood. The salvation of those people depended
on their obedience to that present truth. All who rejected that message of present truth
3PT Matt. 3:1-3. When Christ was about to be manifested as the Messiah at His
first advent, a special message of present truth adapted to that very hour was sent by the
Lord through John the Baptist to prepare God's people to receive the Messiah as their Saviour.
4PT Matt. 24:33. We have now come to the time when that same blessed Christ is
about to appear to all the world to complete His great work of redemption. As surely as God
has a special message of present truth for Noah's time just before the Flood, and for John's
time just before the appearance of Christ to Israel as the Messiah, He has a special message
of present truth for our day.
5PT Rev. 14:15. This describes the coming of Jesus at the last day to reap the
harvest of the gospel, and bring an end to the wickedness of this present evil world.
6PT Rev. 14:6-12. Just before Christ appears on the cloud, God sends a special
message to all the world to tell men to fear God because the hour of His judgment is come,
to tell men that Babylon is fallen and to come out of her (Rev. 14:8; 18:2,4), to warn men
against the mark of the beast, and to lead them to keep the commandments of God and the faith
of Jesus. Rev. 14:12. This prophecy of Rev. 14:6-12 cannot mean that visible angels will ever
audibly preach this special message to every nation. This message is the everlasting gospel
(Rev 14:6), and the preaching of the gospel has been committed to men, not to angels. This
prophecy therefore means that God will raise up men who will preach this special message to
every nation during the closing era of earth's history just before the appearing of Christ
as described in Rev. 14:14, which follows the proclamation of the message to all the world.
This message of Rev. 14:6-12 exhorting everybody to obey God because the judgment hour has
come, telling of the fall of Babylon, warning against the mark of the beast, and calling
upon all to keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus, must of necessity constitute
God's present truth for these last days in which we are now living.
7PT Acts 10:5,6. This message of Rev. 14:6-12 tells us what we ought to do
at this time. The message of Rev. 14:6-12 is just as important for our day as was the message
of the impending Flood in Noah's time, and the message of the impending manifestation of
the Messiah in the time of John the Baptist. Above everything else, it is most important
that we now give heed to this special message of Rev. 14:6-12.
8PT Luke 1:4. When you accept this message of Rev. 14, you can be absolutely
sure that you have the right message for this hour, because this is the very message that
God has put in His prophetic word for these last days in which we are now living. In our
study of Dan. 8 and 9 we learned how the hour of God's judgment is come. Our next lesson
will show that the wrath of God without mixture, mentioned in Rev. 14:10 is the seven last
plagues. Then we will follow on to learn the meaning of the warning against the mark of
the beast, and what is meant by Babylon's being fallen, and by the call to come out of her.