And I looked, and, lo, a Lamb stood on the mount Sion, and with him an hundred forty and four thousand, having his Father's name written in their foreheads. And I heard a voice from heaven, as the voice of many waters, and as the voice of a great thunder: and I heard the voice of harpers harping with their harps: And they sung as it were a new song before the throne, and before the four beasts, and the elders: and no man could learn that song but the hundred and forty and four thousand, which were redeemed from the earth. These are they which were not defiled with women; for they are virgins. These are they which follow the Lamb whithersoever he goeth. These were redeemed from among men, being the firstfruits unto God and to the Lamb. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God. 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, Saying with a loud voice, 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 sea, and the fountains of waters. And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. And the third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, If any man worship the beast and his image, and receive his mark in his forehead, or in his hand, The same shall drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out without mixture into the cup of his indignation; and he shall be tormented with fire and brimstone in the presence of the holy angels, and in the presence of the Lamb: And the smoke of their torment ascendeth up for ever and ever: and they have no rest day nor night, who worship the beast and his image, and whosoever receiveth the mark of his name. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. Revelation 14:1-12.

Part I
by Brother Emerson A. Wilson

Another Angel
The hand of God still rules the universe. The hand of God still vindicates His people. God is still able to take care of every circumstance if we have enough patience and faith to leave it with Him. He will bring it to pass: He will bring judgment upon every circumstance.

In our previous message, John saw a picture of a group of people back on Mount Zion. We explained that they were not only blood redeemed, but that they were also redeemed from the earth. They were redeemed by the Word. We proved that there is redemption by the Word, as well as by the blood. This was symbolized by the singing of a new song that had never been sung before which the saints before them could not sing.

The former saints were redeemed by the blood, but these were redeemed from earthly organizations when they heard the voice of God and the voice of Christ. As they obeyed it, my friends, they were delivered into an experience where they could sing a new song that people who had never been delivered out of Babylon (false religion) could not sing. The message The Church preaches is distinct: it is not preached anywhere else. This new song just can't be sung in a strange land--and anywhere but The Church is a strange land.

After John saw this picture of people on Mount Zion, he began to see something else. He said, And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting gospel to preach... Most systems of religion have the people working themselves to death, financially and every other way, to build up their system. When, however, you can get people delivered from the systems and from the strain of building up those systems, you will see a people do just what the lesson is telling us. The burden of bearing the everlasting Gospel to a lost and dying world will fall on those people's hearts.

After John saw this group gathered together who were redeemed from the earth, who were without fault before the throne of God, he saw an angel, or a ministry, fly in the midst of heaven with the everlasting Gospel to preach. That word fly doesn't mean he is up in the air floating around. This word fly means, "rapidly, moving quickly". If we could really see a picture of our world as God sees it and the shortness of the time, there would be a little more rapid moving. I wonder if there would be a night go by but what we would be delaring the Gospel somewhere.

Here was a people who got close enough to Christ to get a vision of what was going on. We need to be stirred today. Too many people's vision is not keen enough. That is why we are so slow in some respects of bearing the everlasting Gospel to a lost and dying world. If you get close enough to Jesus, you will be a little more rapid in your efforts of reaching the world. This is definitely sure. Nobody ever got close to Jesus without feeling a stirring burden to help a world and bear the Gospel to them.

Heavenly Places
So here we have a picture of a ministry flying in the midst of heaven. This heaven refers to the heavenly position of Mount Zion, The Church. We are caught up into heavenly places (Ephesians 2:6). When you get up in the top of Mount Zion, you will think you are in Heaven. Too many are living only halfway up the mountain. Someone might say, "You couldn't call it heaven." Yes, you can. When you get a people awake from the systems, they come to where Jesus is. When we come to Mount Zion, we come to God and to Jesus (Hebrews 12:22-24). We have come to a clean people. We have come to a people who love the Lord, who live square lives. There is no one on top of Mount Zion who backbites or talks out of both sides of their mouth. No, everyone comes without fault before the throne of God. When we get where Jesus is, where there is a clean people, who think clean, talk clean, act clean, dress clean, smell clean, and with no guile in their mouth, you have reached the heaven on earth. I know there is a Heaven to go to, but Thank God, there is a heaven on earth.

We know that when you see Zion, you will see people harping on their harps, a picture of praise, thanksgiving, and rejoicing. Certainly that is necessary, but there is more to being in Zion than just rejoicing. Every one of us needs to realize that we are the firstfruits, and that firstfruit can be updated. The firstfruits are actually a picture of Brother Warner, some of the early reformers, and the early people who came into the evening time light of truth. They were just the firstfruits of a harvest of many, many other people. The work is not done; there are many more out there who need the experience that you and I are rejoicing in. They are not going to get hold of it, however, unless we get stirred within our hearts and take the Gospel to them.

John saw an angel flying in the midst of heaven, or in the midst of The Church, having the everlasting Gospel to preach to them who dwell on the earth. Those who are dwelling on the earth are those who are building on the sand, dwelling on earthly things. Remember, these firstfruits have been redeemed from the earth, showing you that they have been delivered from earthly organizations and from living on an earthly level.

Any church you can join which was started by some man or group of men will never get any higher that man can exalt it. As far as church joining is concerned, it doesn't lift you a bit more off the earth than someone who doesn't go to church, who never even considers a church. You are just as earthly as they are. Brothers and Sisters, there is NONE but Jesus Christ Who can change your position and lift you up from the earth to a higher plane of living. None other can do it. When we leave Him out, my friends, we are still dwelling on the earth.

So this Gospel was to be preached to them who dwell on the earth and to every nation. The Jews need it too. If the Jews are ever saved, they will have to hear the everlasting Gospel, believe it, and meet the mandates of the Gospel, or they will never be saved. So we have the everlasting Gospel to preach to every nation, kindred, tongue and people.

The Gospel is Everlasting Because...
Someone might question, "Why is it called the everlasting Gospel?" It is called the everlasting Gospel for many different reasons. First of all, the everlasting Gospel is an unchanging as Christ Himself. Jesus said, Heaven and earth shall pass away, but my words shall not pass away. Matthew 24:35. It will not change; it will be just as real in eternity as it is today. His Word is forever settled in heaven: For ever, O Lord, thy word is settled in heaven. Psalm 119:89. So when we talk about everlasting, he is talking about something that doesn't pass away. When he talks about the everlasting Gospel, he is talking about that which has been from the beginning. It is the same Gospel that was preached to Abraham: And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed. Galatians 3:8. It is the same Gospel that will be declared by God and His true ministry clear through to the end of time.

When we speak of it as being the everlasting Gospel, we are talking about a Gospel that Rome could not burn or destroy. We are talking about a Gospel that Protestantism could not destroy. Even though they killed the two witnesses, the Word and the Spirit, and made merry over them while they were dead, yet God resurrected them and raised them up. They were just as bold as they ever were before. As they rise up, they are a witness against those who killed them.

I tell you again, Protestantism today, as a system, is the same old Protestantism that killed the Word and the Spirit back in the 11th chapter of Revelation. She will still kill the Word and the Spirit just as much as she ever did. Don't be deceived, my friends, by the garb that Protestantism has put on today, or by the false love that she tells you she has for the truth. The real spirit of that second beast is to kill the Word and the Spirit. Why? Because they have their own vicars; they don't want the Word and the Spirit to rule. So when we speak of the everlasting Gospel, we are talking about something that the beast or the second beast could not destroy.

It is everlasting because it deals in everlasting things. This everlasting Gospel proclaims the mind of the everlasting God. Moses prayed in Psalm 90:2, Before the mountains were brought forth, or ever thou hadst formed the earth and the world, even from everlasting to everlasting, thou art God. One of the first things the everlasting Gospel talks about is an everlasting God Who existed before this time world. He still exists today! He is everywhere. There is nowhere you can go to get away from God. My friends, you can go to the other side of the world, and He will be there (before you, because He is already everywhere). There is nothing hidden from Him. He knows the end from the beginning. The light and the darkness are the same to Him.

It is an everlasting Gospel because it talks about the everlasting things of an everlasting God. It is based on the everlasting covenant. God had promised old Israel that the day would come when He would make a new covenant and it would be an everlasting covenant that He would make through the New Testament.

It is called the everlasting Gospel because it brings everlasting experience and puts us in everlasting habitation. Someone might ask, "Where is there an everlasting habitation here on earth?" In THE CHURCH. Brothers and Sisters, when you get in The Church, death doesn't take you out. Thank God, you have reached an everlasting habitation. The Church reaches from the door, Jesus Christ, right here on the earth, to the portals of Heaven.

Over there are Abraham, Isaac, Jacob, the patriarchs and the millions of saints who died in the past. They found an everlasting habitation. Abraham ...looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. Hebrews 11:10. What did he want? He wanted an everlasting habitation. He died without finding it, but thank God, you and I are come unto Mount Zion, the city of the living, everlasting God. The door of The Church is the door of Heaven. There is no way you can get into Heaven without coming through the door of The Church. So it is an everlasting Gospel, and it brings everlasting habitation.

Fear God
What is the Gospel? In verse 7, this angel came, Saying with a loud voice, 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 sea, and the fountains of waters. In Romans 1:16 and 18, Paul said, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth...For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who hold the truth in unrighteousness. Here is a people who have just come out of Babylon, and God had promised that He would put judgment on those conditions which were deceiving the minds of men and offering false gods for the true God.

My friends, when this Gospel began to sound out, the first words this angel said were, "Fear God." It was said with a LOUD voice. Why a loud voice? It had to be lifted above the din of this world. If there is any one portion of the Gospel that NEEDS to be cried aloud, it is, "Fear God!" We are living in a day and age, among a people, many times who claim to be "Christian", who don't live a God-fearing life.

One of the first thoughts in God's mind in sending a Gospel was of bringing redemption to man. Why did He send it? Because God is God, and we, His creatures, need to learn to respect and fear Him. So the first cry was to "Fear God!" As much as it was needed back in 1880 or 1900, it is needed even moreso today.

It was said with a loud voice because people are rocked to sleep in carnal security. Even God's good people are sleeping or slumbering today (Matthew 25:1-13). The wise ones right to sleep, along with the foolish. Why is there a loud voice sounding out there? Because if we wait until we hear THAT cry, it will be too late to wake up! That FINAL cry, "The bridegroom cometh," is the announcement: Whatever you have or have not done--it is all settled now! Whoever sleeps in an state unprepared to meet the bridegroom will awaken on the OUTSIDE of a closed door, pounding and pleading, "Please let me in." They will hear the Master say, "I know you not!" Too late, too late, too late. Sadly, sadly, sadly, so many are being TAKEN IN by "theories of second chance"--they are LIES from the pits of hell to deceive you into waiting too long to receive salvation, to make things right with God!

The virgins sleeping did not mean they were sitting in a corner snoring, with their feet propped up and their false teeth in their pockets. This, too, is a SPIRITUAL lesson. When it says that they were asleep, it means that they were not awake--aware. They were not awake/aware to what? To the fear of God! We are not awake to the fear of God as we ought to be. If you get some old-fashioned fear of God, you will be more punctual in getting to church. You will be more vigilant to witness to those you interact with EVERY day. You will clean up your life, your speech, your attitude. You will change your mind about hanging on to those old habits, those old friends who keep you defeated and disillusioned about the necessity of completely selling out to God!

We have little, if any, regard for the light handed, careless disregard we keep for the things of God. Such as that simple thing of dragging in to church just "whenever" we get there. Why don't you try dragging in a half hour late to your job every day next week? "Oh, I am afraid the boss would get after me." Well, let me tell you, you have MORE to fear from God and the lukewarm, don't care, lazy idleness in your way of conducting your life for Him, than you ever have to fear from your boss!

Let's get right down to where we need to be with this. You see, God does NOT let everybody put out the Gospel. This angel appeared having the everlasting Gospel. You must HAVE it before God will ever let you preach it, and if you don't LIVE it, you DON'T have it!

I am telling you, we need an old-fashioned revival of fearing God. This carnal security hash so many in our world rocked to sleep; they are not awake to their own condition. It is so. You can talk to people, and you can't even get them disturbed about their own soul! Some of them, even after the doctor tells them they have only a few days to live, are not disturbed about their soul. They are lost and don't even want to give it a thought. What's the trouble? They are rocked to sleep in carnal security.

The spirit of this old world has benumbed them until they can't get any real feeling about what's going on, and that is the same spirit that can get hold of us if we get sloppy or careless in our attitude toward God, in our living, or in our deportment. Start from Genesis and study the thought of the fear of God. Men who had the fear of God on their lives lived pretty straight. They did not do a lot of things other people did. Why? They had the fear of God on them!

A Door of Utterance
My friends, this angel came with a loud voice. I am not talking about squalling loudly. Listen: the thing that makes your voice loud is when God anoints, when God gives you the message. Just hollaring loudly will not wake up someone who is asleep spiritually. Just hollaring loudly will not wake him up a bit more than it will wake up a dead person in the graveyard.

If they are ever awakened, it is going to take a loud voice as the Bible talks about it, one that is anointed with God's Spirit. God is still able to cause our voice to have more effect if we are willing to live as God wants us to live. My friends, it will ring and roar in the corridors of mankind's conscience and bring an awakening into his life, no matter how slumbering he is.

This angel cried out with a loud voice above all the sleepiness and carnal security, and above the cry of "Peace and Safety" of false prophets. This is what stirs me to no end. There would be a greater awakening in our nation if the nominal ministry would stop patting people to sleep. A man can hear a message on the radio, pick up a tract and read it, or attend a service somewhere where the Gospel is laid out, and his heart gets stirred. There is an awakening which begins in his life, but when he goes back to where he is used to worshipping, the preacher will put him back to sleep.

SO MANY TIMES, the preachers of this day and age get up and say, "Don't be alarmed by people talking about holiness. I sin, you sin, everybody sins. Nobody lives holy. If God marks us according to our sins, we would all be lost." Well, Hello! God DOES mark us according to our sins! And it IS COMPLETELY POSSIBLE to live a HOLY LIFE BEFORE GOD, even in THIS day and age! You had BETTER be worried about sin! Yet as the souls of these folks hear the lies coming from the pulpits today, their soul, which had been stirred, is lulled back to sleep.

So this messenger cam crying out with a loud voice, above the cry of "Peace and safety" of false prophets. This has been my burden: "My God, give me a voice to speak!" Paul called it a "door of utterance": Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds. Colossians 4:3. That is the same as saying, "Give me a voice to speak." I don't mean a voice that is free from harshness, or hoarseness, my friends. We are talking about an amplification that only the Holy Spirit can bring which can break through upon people and bring the abrupt awakening that is so desperately needed in our lives today!

If they needed to be loud back then, it needs to be EXTRA loud today. Why? We are on the precipice of eternity. Those preachers could not stand and say that Jesus may come tomorrow, because every one of them who had understanding of prophecy knew there was more that had to be fulfilled. Who is there who has understanding of prophecy that can say there is much yet to be fulfilled, and look for years and years and years? Only God knows the hour when it will come, but I am saying that you and I are the closest to the brink of eternity as any people have ever been in the history of the world. Eternity is right out there. I say, my friends, we are certainly at a time when the Word of God, the everlasting Gospel, needs to be sounded out loudly and clearly as never before.

Loving, Reverential Fear
What was the message? Fear God, give honor and glory to Him, and worship Him. Why did people need to hear such a message? My friends, they had been doing creature worship. Romans the first chapter calls this creature worship: worshipping a man who claims he is God. Creature worship: it is going on in America--it is going on in our city! Oh, how the message needs to sound out: "Quit worshipping the creature. Worship the Creator!"

Natural religion is not sufficient to keep up the fear of God, or to secure for God glory from men. No national knowledge, no knowledge we can gain, can put man beyond the need of this experience I am preaching about. My friends, no philosophy or anything that men or devils can come up with will ever substitute the need of the everlasting Gospel finding its place in your heart and life.

There are probably people reading this message who would say, "Brother Wilson, I am God-fearing. I live in America." Psalm 111:10 says, The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom... We have not begun to be wise until we get to the place where we truly fear the Lord. However, this kind of fear is NOT the paranonia that most people associate with the word "fear". "Fear of the Lord" is reverential fear--NOT being "scared" of Him, but respecting, holding Him in reverence. Reverential fear--where you stand in awe, do obeisance to Him, and live humbly before Him. It is not a fear that you are scared He will kill you, but a fear where you are afraid you will hurt or grieve Him.

This is talking about the real fear that the Gospel brings. The Gospel will bring you an experience of salvation where you will have a reverential fear: because you love God, you are fearful that you will grieve Him, or hurt Him, or fail Him. It is just the same if really love your companion: there is a fear that comes with love if it is real, true love. Because you love that person, the only fear you have is that you will hurt or grieve, or cause them to be hurt or grieved.

I bring this up because all some people can think about in the "fear of God" is just being afraid that God will strike them dead, so they go right on and get bold in their sins because of God's mercy. Brothers and Sisters, anyone who has cursed God and dared God to destroy him is the biggest fool to ever live. Psalm 14:1 says, The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God... There is NO bigger fool than that.

Now, I am not talking about that fear where you are scared God will strike you dead with lightning or let your house burn down while you are asleep in it. I am talking about an experience of salvation where you come in old-fashioned, old-time repentance and really turn your life over to God. He will clean you up from sin, make a new creature out of you, and there will be a fear over your life where you will fear God--with a reverential fear. You would rather hurt yourself, or anyone else, than grieve God. Too many do not live under that fear. Here is the scale that measures and weighs us.

Gospel Perversion
It is the Gospel that retrieves for God His glory. Nothing but the Gospel preached and believed will do this. Why has the fear of God been lifted off the people as it has? It has been lifted off the people by false religion. It is lifted off the people by anyone who claims to be the Church of God (Body of Christ), but does NOT live a God-fearing life. The world in sin and corruption does not lift the fear of God off the world. Who lifts it off? False religion and people who claim to be Christians, but who live careless lives.

Paul, even back in his day, marvelled that people were so soon removed from the grace of God and from the Gospel that had saved them to another gospel. He said, I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: Which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. Galatians 1:6,7. There is ONLY ONE Gospel, but men have PERVERTED that Gospel by adding to it, taking away, and doctoring it up to SUIT THEMSELVES!

You can read in the newspaper about sex perverts, and how terrible are their actions! It will make cold chills go up and down your spine, but there are perverts worse than them: Gospel perverts. I will say it again: the worst perverts on the face of this earth are Gospel perverts. Why? All the other perverts, if they will hear and obey the Gospel of Jesus Christ, can be saved, but when men pervert the Gospel, there is NO hope of people being saved.

That is why salvation is out on such a limb. Who lifted the fear of God? I say false religion--popes and priests sitting in the temple of God, saying they are God, but living lives of devils. It has been lifted off by preachers who claim to be God-called, but are failing to preach and live the Gospel.

Jeremiah, in Jeremiah 6:13, prophesied of this condition: For from the least of them even unto the greatest of them every one is given to covetousness; and from the prophet even unto the priest every one dealeth falsely. Coveteousness took hold of them, and they coveted wealth, silver, and gold.

Don't tell me that this did not begin in Roman Catholicism. What were indulgences started for? Why did they start charging for forgiveness of sin? They coveted silver and gold. It comes right over into the realms of religion. Too many prechers are guided by their salary. More are afraid of losing their pensions than fearing God.

"Peace, Peace"
Jeremiah also said, They have healed also the hurt of the daughter of my people slightly, saying, Peace, peace; when there is no peace. Crying "Peace, Peace," when there is NO PEACE! This is a picture of false religion telling people to just "have peace" and "no worries". There can be no peace with God or peace within your soul until you get born again, get cleaned up, and measure up to the teachings of the everlasting Gospel.

There is NO peace without being clear with God and clear with your fellowmen. Why? God made you with a conscience. Preachers can cry, "Peace," all they want to, but there will be NO peace! God set the conditions for peace, and there will be NO peace short of meeting HIS conditions!

Someone might say, "That is terrible for preachers to be so covetous that they would deal so falsely." Well, Revelation tells us that Babylon's merchants deal in gold and silver, precious stones, and the souls of men (Revelation 18:11-13). The souls of men are thrown right in with paychecks and gold and silver. They will buy and sell your just as they do gold and silver. Your soul does not mean a bit more to them, and not as much as some money!

It is sad to think that the prophet and priest deal falsely, but the saddest part is that the people WANT IT THAT WAY! Jeremiah 6:16 tells us, Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein. Some people would RATHER have it FALSE! They would rather have preachers and teachers crying, "Peace, Peace," when there is no peace!

"Stand ye in the ways and see..." See what? See if what you call your salvation lines up with God's requirements. We are told in Proverbs 14:12, There is a way which seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death. Matthew 7:13,14 warns, Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.

Is there anything about your religion that can really bring the life of Christ to you? If it cannot, my friends, it is not worth a dime and let's face it, a dime doesn't get much at all any more, does it? There is so much natural religion today that people have seemingly forgotten about the supernatural.

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