“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 and kindred and tongue and people.”
Many opinions and speculations have been set forth concerning this angel and his activity. The reference to angels in the revelation of Jesus Christ is numerous and the existence of angels is well documented in the scriptures. These servants of Yehovah are set as ministering spirits for the children of the kingdom as they journey in the wilderness of this world. Yet the doctrines and superstitions of man have placed these beings, in many occasions, to be almost separate from the Godhead and, being independent of His purpose, i.e., the angels are the ones to be petitioned for redress of hardships and troubles.
John, being lifted up in the Spirit to the eternal abode of God, was given the testimony of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah. Here he saw a specific angel in a specific place unto whom was given a specific message to a select group of people. Since the purpose for John being shown these wonderful things was the revelation of Jesus Christ it seems difficult to contrive that this angel, as well as all others mentioned herein, are anything other than the manifestation of the work which Yehovah God has done from the beginning, Since there never was nor ever shall be any of the creation that understands the mind of God or has the fullness of His power to perform His perfect will, the only One who has both the authority and the power to save His people from their sin is the Holy One of Israel; “and He saw that no man and wondered that no intercessor, therefore His arm brought salvation unto Him and His righteousness sustained Him” (Is. 59:16)
This angel was commissioned of God to preach glad tidings of great joy to all that dwell on the earth. He therefore must be able to be in the heavens, where John saw Him, and on the earth where His work was manifested. No man is capable of such things nor can any man properly give account of the good news. The blind man, after his eyes were opened, did not even know who had performed this great miracle; all he knew was that before he was blind but now he could see.
Jesus, however, being the fullness of the Godhead, became partaker of flesh and blood and became a servant unto the Father. He was made in the likeness of sinful flesh while He knew no sin; neither was there guile found in His mouth. The Spirit or breath of Yehovah God anointed Him to preach the gospel to the lowly as He came to seek and to save that which was lost (Is. 61:1). He did not come simply for the nation of Israel who boasted saying, ‘we have Abraham as our father’, nor did He come for the religiously pure and pious of the land. The Anointed Salvation of Yehovah came for the lost sheep of the house of the Israel of our God who had been scattered by the hand of the great Shepherd into every kindred, tribe, tongue and nation of the world. These are not of the house of Israel who are the circumcision of the flesh but are of the true Israel having the circumcision not made with hands thus the mission of this Angel is to every nation.
The nation of Israel and the teachers thereof held and professed an arrogant premise that they were the chosen of God. Even today many theological positions revolve around the hope that one day God will return and re-establish the nation of Israel as the preeminent people of the world. The testimony leaves ample evidence that not all Israel of Jacob are the chosen people of God for they are not all Israel who are Israel. There are also many types portrayed in the characters of the scriptures that indicate the right of God to have mercy upon whom He will have mercy because of His eternal love for His people. He brought Abram out of the land of the Chaldeans, being not of Israel, and blessed him with the evidence of the Spirit, being faith. He brought forth from Moab, Ruth, being protected and ‘tightly en-wrapped’ in the house of Lot, for she was a child of grace.
Many others are set forth to show that the love of God was upon His Beloved no matter where He had placed them for their journey through this world and the message He sent unto this remnant according to grace, is the salvation of Yehovah. Jesus came forth as the manifestation of that which was finished from the foundation of the world. He proclaimed that God according to His eternal love for His people, from generation to generation, of every race of people where He had planted His seed, sent forth His only begotten Son to preach the glad tidings of good news; “and the angel said unto them, Do not be afraid for, behold I bring you good tidings of great joy which shall be to all people; for unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour which is the Anointed Master” (Luke 2:10).
“…midst of heaven….”
This Messenger cannot be any of the sons of Adam for He did fly in the upper most of heaven. He is manifested in the extreme or highest point of the heavens where all may see. This is not to infer that there are geographical manifestations in the eternal abode of God but rather to present the fact that God did not hide or conceal this Messenger. Many today accuse the truth of being morosely esoteric, limited to only a select few who have graduated and advanced through the predetermined stages of learning. These then are empowered by their fellow pundits to then enter into the realm of teach others as they climb the ladder. Such is not the case!
The message of God’s salvation is not hidden from any of His creatures. When the fullness of humanity was in Adam, God showed forth His deliverance by covering Adam and Eve with an hide and thus all men were delivered. Is this to infer that every seed of Adam is the elect of God? Not at all! But God showed His salvation to the only representatives of the body of man and. Wherefore, as by one man sin entered into the world and death by sin, for all sinned in Adam, so all were partakers in the deliverance which God provided for Adam (not dependent upon his acceptance or rejection) and all saw the salvation of Yehovah in Adam.
The sons of Noah came forth from the Ark seeing the judgment of God upon the earth. They were eye witnesses to the power of God and were the only living representatives of the seed of Adam to experience the salvation of Yehovah. These eight people were the sole progenitors of the human race and they alone gave testimony to His work. Is this to infer that all who proceeded from the seed of these four men are the chosen of God? Not at all! These stand again as type of the fact that all flesh saw the salvation of Yehovah.
The Messenger of Yehovah has not appeared unto a select few with these glad tidings; He has openly manifested the fullness of the Godhead in all of creation, given every son of Adam the knowledge of good and evil and has made bare His Holy arm before all nations. He alone has walked upon the mountains and beautiful are His feet for He publishes glad tidings of great joy in the salvation of Yehovah saying “Yehovah, your God reigns” (Is. 52:7). His glory is revealed in the creation as the heavens declare the glory of the Lord and the firmament shows forth His handiwork (Ps. 19:1), and whether they will hear or they will forbear (for it the work of God that you believe – Jn. 6:29), “the heavens declare His righteousness and all the people shall see His glory” (97:6).
“The voice of him crying in the wilderness, Prepare the way of Yehovah, make straight in the desert a highway for our God” (Is. 40:3)
John came preaching and baptizing in the Jordan. He was not Elijah but rather the Spirit of ‘Yah is my God’ was upon him. He did not preach the works of man for the forgiveness of sin nor had he any power to save those who were not of the household of faith. He came forth in the fullness of time to proclaim the advent of the Lamb of God. This is the Lamb which was seen standing as it had been slain from the beginning for from the beginning, ere man was even formed from the dust of the earth, the perfect sacrifice for sin had been made, accepted and consummated for His people. Thus the John the ‘dipper’ preached, “Behold the Lamb of God which takes away the sin of the world” (Jn. 1:29).
Did all inhabitants of the world at that time see Jesus? Not at all! But God had revealed that which was from the beginning which the Spirit foretold by the mouth of the prophets as a sign for His people unto deliverance and a sign of condemnation to those outfitted for destruction; “therefore you are without excuse Oh man that judges.”
God manifested the Lamb whom He had provided for the sacrifice. He did not seek out the best man available and present him for the people; He made Himself of no reputation and fulfilled the prophesy of Abram “My son, God will provide Himself a Lamb for a burnt offering” (Gen. 22:8). He came forth having His work before Him and His reward with Him and He finished the work in all righteousness.
He sought out His Beloved and found her. He gathered together the scattered and brought them into His pastures. He delivered those in bondage, set free the captives and presented the children before the Father before time began for He has ever overcome the world. Yet in the fullness of time, God showed forth His works that they might know that a prophet was among them (Ezek. 33:33). He made the land, Egypt and the house of Israel desolate that all might know that He is Yehovah God (32:15 & 33:29). He manifests to His Beloved, every man in his order, that it was he who delivered them into the lands of this world and made them subject to the vanity of this life when He gathers them again unto Himself. He is the Messenger who cries out to thrust in the sickle for the harvest is ripe for the gathering. He is also the Messenger who commands that the earth is well dry, prepared for the harvest unto destruction; “then shall they know that I am Yehovah their God, which caused them to be led into captivity among the nations but I have gathered them into their own land and have left none of them any more; neither will I hide My face from them for I have poured out My Spirit upon the house of Israel, said Yehovah God” (Ezek. 39:28-29).
So then, faith comes by hearing and hearing by the Word of God? Absolutely! But though all have heard and all have seen the salvation of Yehovah yet all do not believe. Have they not all heard, of a truth their sound went forth into all the earth and their words to the ends of the earth (Rms. 10:18). The gospel was preached from the beginning unto all and in the fullness of time the gospel is preached upon the earth; “for the hope which is laid up for you in the heavens, whereof you heard before in the word of truth of the gospel which is come unto you as in all the world and brings forth fruit as in you since the day you heard and knew the grace of God in truth” (Col. 1:5f).
The evidence of God of His authority and sovereign rule over all flesh is openly set forth but although all see it yet not all know the truth. Jesus told the lawyers that His word had no place in them for they were none of His. They indeed heard Him speak and understood His meaning for their wrath was agitated by the Spirit of God. Their hatred grew unto the point where they took Him, according to the determinate counsel and foreknowledge of God, and slew Him. They indeed had ears to hear and they understood His meaning for the gospel was preached unto them yet they had not faith to believe. The preaching of the cross is therefore foolishness (without strength) unto them which perish but unto those whom God has delivered from their sin in Adam it is the power of God.
The redeemed of the Lord are of every kindred, nation, tribe and tongue of this world and His Spirit manifests His people from generation to generation. These are drawn by the cords of man, though they are not aware of it, as the hand of the Father brings them unto the point where he reveals Himself in them. He then, in the light of His glory, reveals the uncleanness of their ways and the vanity of this world. The world draws neigh unto their concept of God with their mouth but the truth is not in their hearts. These stand in judgment over the poor and meek of the world who cry out to the Father; Lord, why am I thus? They know that they have no right to call themselves children of the King for they find in themselves, that is in the flesh, dwells no good thing. They know that in Adam they are cursed children who cannot cease from sin, whose eyes are full of adultery for the light has disclosed that cage of unclean birds.
“Who shall believe our report and to whom is the arm of Yehovah revealed?” (Is. 53:1)
The neo-evangelical concept of the gospel is that it was to bring all men unto the Lord in an offer of deliverance. The truth of the gospel of the Anointed Salvation of Yehovah is that He is despised and rejected of men, a man of sorrow acquainted with grief. This does not fit well into man’s theology for there is no room for the wrath of God which is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness of men. There is room for the universal love of God and His wonderful plan for the life of the individual but no place for the wrath of God poured out in measure against the Lamb before the foundation of the world that His incorruptible seed should not be polluted by coming in contact with a dead body. The sovereignty of God is replaced with the free will of man and the power of God is controlled by the choices made by the creature. Although that which may be known of God is manifested in man for God has shown it unto them, when they knew God they did not glorify Him as God, neither were they thankful but their foolish hearts were darkened. Therefore man loves the darkness for his deeds are evil
The blood is the life of the body and the wages of sin is death. If a son of Adam had perfect blood (which is not possible for in Adam all have sinned) then he could shed his blood for his sin. The perfect blood of the perfect sacrifice then cannot be of the seed of Adam for in him all are dead in trespasses and inability. The eternal Lamb of God shed His blood, being the perfect sacrifice for sin, and cleansed out the leaven from the vessels afore prepared unto glory. This indeed was the right of God to do for His people, the power of God to perform and the will of God who works all things after the counsel of His perfect will.
The Arm of Yehovah is His strength and by that strength He made Himself obedient to death, even the death of the cross. He has borne our grief and carried our sorrow for the sin of His people was imputed unto Him. He who knew no sin became the sin of His people and we esteemed Him stricken, smitten of God and afflicted. He was wounded for the inability of His people in Adam to measure up to the perfect holiness of God and He was crushed for our ‘perverse depravity’. The chastisement of our peace upon Him who fulfilled the Law in righteousness and with the union of the perfect sacrifice to the righteous judgment of God His people are healed.
No man can argue this matter for it pertains to things unlawful for man to utter. No action of the creature could begin to ascend unto the throne for justice or redress in the mater for the children of the dust are unclean; we like sheep have all gone astray, we have turned every one to his own ways and Yehovah has laid on the Lamb the perverse depravity of us all (Is. 53:6). The Messenger of Yehovah preaches that the Lamb of God by the will of God has endured the wrath of God for the love of God for His people; “therefore being justified by His faith we have peace with God” (Rms. 5:1).
“Fear God and give glory to Him for the hour of His judgment is come: and worship Him that made heaven and earth and the seas and the fountains of waters.”
The commission of Jesus to His disciples was to go out from the nation of Israel and preach the glad tidings of great joy to the nations of the world for the mystery of the gospel was now made known. He did not instruct them to go and convert anyone for they did not have that power; “Then Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that you believe on Him whom He sent” (John 6:29). Man does not possess the ability to believe in Messiah for faith is a gift of God. All who have the Spirit of God dwelling in them have the fruit of the Spirit and therefore they believe; yet they also are acutely aware that their unbelief remains. These doubts and fear surround them causing them to despair as they walk in the shadow of death and if in this life only they have hope in Christ they are of all men most miserable (I Cor. 15:19).
The fear, reverence and respect of God are the testimony of the Spirit to His people to “be still and know that I am God”. The worship of God cannot come from the heart or mind of the natural man for God is Spirit and they that worship Him must worship in spirit and truth. The comfort to the children of the kingdom is to Behold your God. See Him seated upon the throne in the heavens, ruling over the kingdoms of this world. Hear Him dispatch the wicked one to roam to and fro upon the face of the earth having hooks in his jaw being led about by the will of God. Know by the teaching of the Spirit that he has overcome the wicked one, He has vanquished the enemy of His people and He has overcome the world for He indeed is King of kings and Lord of lords. The children are comforted knowing that He has orchestrated every thought, word and deed of the whole of creation to work together for the Beloved for He has created all things for His good pleasure. They find as they walk in the barren wilderness of this life that he has fashioned all things for them that they may know their weaknesses and their frailties; that they may see the limitations of their lives and the vanity of all that pertains to this existence. Thus the children know what sin is and thus they are grieved with the tabernacle of this habitation. They are shown that they are without hope in this world for they cannot find peace through the medium of the works of the flesh. Thus they cry out to the Father, “Be merciful to me a sinner.”
The gospel is preached by the Messenger of Yehovah to each and everyone as the seed of the sower is cast upon the soil. The seed falls upon the hard and impenitent heart and the wicked one is dispatched to take it away. Some falls upon the wayside but it has no root so it quickly fades away. But the seed that falls of the good ground which is prepared of the Lord to receive His seed, it springs up and brings forth fruit. If this be natural then the fruit is natural but if the seed and the plant be spiritual, then the fruit is the peaceable fruit of righteousness. The gospel is not an invitation or an offer from God to anyone; it is the work of God for and in His people.
“O Zion, that brings forth good tidings, get up into the high mountain; Jerusalem, that brings forth good tidings, lift up your voice in strength; lift it up and be not afraid, say to the cities of Judah, Behold your God?! Behold the Lord your God comes with a strong hand and his arm shall rule for him behold His reward with Him and His work before Him” (Is. 40:9).
Your servant in Christ,
(Elder) Chet Dirkes
November 5, 2017