LESSON 10

THE SECOND ANGEL'S MESSAGE


Scriptures

Revelation 14:8 | Revelation 17:4| Revelation 17:5 | Revelation 17: 6 | Ephesians 5:25 | Matthew 15:9 | Revelation 13:1 | Revelation 13:2 | Revelation 13:3 | Revelation 13:4 | Revelation 13: 5 | Daniel 7:1 | Daniel 7:2 | Daniel 7:3 | Daniel 7:4 | Daniel 7:5 | Daniel 7:6 | Daniel 7:7 | Revelation 13:11 | Revelation 13:12 | Proverbs 31:3 | Proverbs 31:4| Proverbs 31: 5 | Revelation 18:1 | Revelation 18:2 | Revelation 18:3 | Revelation 18:4 | Revelation 14:12


And another _______________ followed, saying, _______________ is _______________, is _______________, that great _______________, because _______________ has made all _______________ drink of the _______________ of the wrath of her fornication” (Revelation 14:8).

This second angel’s message is a warning to the world about the false teachings of Babylon, which is described as a _______________ who was _______________ in _______________ and _______________ color and adorned with _______________ and _______________  _______________ and _______________, having a golden _______________ full of _______________ and the filthiness of her fornication (Revelation 17:4). A woman in Bible prophecy represents a _______________ (Ephesians 5:25). Therefore, Babylon represents a religious power. This is the very same desolating power described as the little horn in Daniel 7. The Bible goes on to say that upon her _______________ a _______________ was written, _______________ , _______________ the _______________, the _______________ of _______________ and of the abominations of the earth (Revelation 17:5). The woman was _______________ with the _______________ of the martyrs of Jesus (Revelation 17:6).

The Roman Church, as foretold by prophecy, had persecuted the people of God for 1,260 years when its reign was temporarily ended in 1798. But this church would go on to have “daughters,” other churches that would follow her example. Ironically, the churches that came out of the “mother” church of Catholicism are the Protestant churches.

In holding on to the errors of the mother church, such as Sunday sacredness and infant baptism, the Protestants became like her, no longer protesting her false doctrines. In rejecting the message of the first angel, in rejecting the law of God, the Sabbath, and the judgment message, these churches place themselves on the side of the little horn, worshiping God in _______________ teaching as doctrines the _______________ of _______________ (Matthew 15:9).

Babylon and her daughters are described under different symbols in Revelation chapter 13. John stood upon the _______________ of the sea and saw a _______________ rise up out of the sea having seven _______________ and ten _______________ (Revelation 13:1). The description of this beast, the number of heads and horns, is similar to what Daniel saw. The beast John saw was like a _______________, his feet were like the feet of a _______________, his mouth like the mouth of a _______________, and the _______________ gave him his power, his _______________, and great authority (Revelation 13:2). Whereas Daniel saw this power as four separate beasts (Daniel 7:1–7), John saw this power as one composite beast. It had a _______________ speaking great things and _______________, and he was given _______________to continue for _______________ months (Revelation 13:5), the exact same time period as the 1,260 years of Daniel 7.

It opened its mouth in _______________ against God, to blaspheme His name, His _______________, and the angels who dwell in heaven (Revelation 13:6) just as the little horn of Daniel 7. However, John saw that this beast would receive a _______________ wound (Revelation 13:3). This occurred at the end of the 1,260 years when, in 1798, France took the pope captive and abolished the papal state. But we are also told that the deadly wound would be _______________ and that the whole world would again follow after the beast (Revelation 13:3). We will come to the wound healing shortly.

Soon after the wounding of the beast called “Mystery Babylon,” the book of Revelation records another beast coming up out of the _______________, and he had _______________  _______________ like a _______________ and _______________ like a _______________ (Revelation 13:11). Since a beast represents a nation, this beast would be coming upon the scene during the late 1700s around the time of the wounding of the first beast, and would be lamblike, or peaceful, in appearance. Only one nation really fits the characteristics of this kingdom—the United States.

The prophecy speaks of the lamblike nature of this beast, and since the lamb is a symbol of Christ, it speaks to the “Christian” element of this nation, namely, Protestants, the “daughters” of the Roman Church, who at one time had made bold protest against the mother church but soon became, in essence, just like her by promoting her erroneous teachings.

While the French Revolution was based on a denial of God because of the tyranny of the papacy, the American Revolution, occurring at just about the same time, was based on the Bible and religious freedom from the tyranny of the papacy. This second beast, however, while appearing like a lamb, speaks like a dragon and _______________ all the power of the first beast before him (Revelation 13:12), the papacy.

In an amazing prediction, the Bible reveals that Protestant America would seek to recreate the country to be run by religion, just as the Catholic Church had done during the Dark Ages. And just as Satan had used the atrocities of Catholicism during the Dark Ages to anger the people and to pave the way for Atheism to take root, he would use Atheism to anger Protestants in America into eventually forcing religious rule upon the people and, ultimately, the Bible predicts, upon the world, through military and political might.

The wine of Babylon is specifically designed to bring about spiritual drunkenness. Notice the warning of Proverbs 31: “Do not give your strength to _______________, nor your ways to that which destroys _______________… It is not for kings to drink _______________, nor for princes _______________ drink; lest they drink and _______________ the _______________, and pervert the justice of all the afflicted” (Proverbs 31:3–5). Those who drink the wine of Babylon are drunk on the wine of the harlot and her daughters, “forgetting” the law and what God said to remember—specifically, the Sabbath day.

The warning of the second angel is a call to come out of the fallen churches that cling to the error of the mother church.

The warning of the second angel is a call to come out of the fallen churches that cling to the error of the mother church. “After these things I saw another angel coming down from heaven, having great authority, and the earth was illuminated with his glory (Revelation 18:1). And he cried mightily with a loud voice, saying, ‘Babylon the great is fallen, is fallen, and has become a dwelling place of _______________, a prison for every foul spirit, and a cage for every unclean and hated bird (Revelation 18:2)! For _______________ the nations have drunk of the wine of the wrath of her fornication, the kings of the earth have committed _______________ with her, and the merchants of the earth have become rich through the abundance of her luxury (Revelation 18:3).’ And I heard another voice from heaven saying, ‘____________________________________________________________, my people, lest you share in her sins, and lest you receive of her plagues’ ” (Revelation 18:4).

While the first angel’s message points to the truth of God and the Bible, the second angel’s message reveals the errors of Babylon. As millions have learned of these errors through the preaching of the first and second angels’ messages, they have indeed come out of Babylon to join the remnant of God, those who _______________ the _______________ of _______________ and have the _______________ of Jesus (Revelation 14:12). Those who heed the second angel’s message escape Babylon, just as God delivered ancient Israel out of the captivity of Egypt.

And God has millions of sincere people in these fallen churches, people who are living up to all the light they have. Yet many of them realize that some things are not quite right with what their pastors are teaching. They are waiting for clarity and, upon hearing the preaching of the first and second angels’ messages, they will obey God’s call to come out. They will separate from that which separates from God!

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