The Three Angels Message

The Three Angels Message

The Three Angels Message

The three angels’ message is related to the second coming of Jesus Christ. What is it, and to who is it directed? This article will explain The Three Angels Message.

What is the Three Angels Message?

The Three Angels Message

The three angels’ message is an interpretation of the messages given by the three angels in Revelation 14:6–12 and is part of John’s vision of the end time while exiled on the island of Patmos and is part of John’s vision of the end time while exiled on the island of Patmos.

In this passage, three angels contrast the destiny of Christians with that of unbelievers. This contrast is a shift from the picture of the coming triumph of God’s people (vss.1-5) and the pouring out of the seven bowl judgments upon the earth prior to the return of Jesus. In essence, God will judge evil.

The doctrine is that these messages are given to prepare the world for the second coming of Jesus Christ.

The Three Angels Messages

To look at these messages, we look first at Rev 14:6-7.

6 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,

7 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.

The Three Angels Message - The First Angel

The first angel’s message pronounced people to fear God and worship him because the hour of his judgment had come. The “everlasting gospel” was still the Good News. Even in these final moments of judgment, God gave the people the opportunity to repent. This announcement may be the final fulfillment of Jesus’ prophecy, “If the Lord had not cut short those days, no one would survive. But for the sake of the elect, whom he has chosen, he has shortened them.” (Mark 13:20 NIV ).

The phrase “fear God, and give glory to him” is the essence of the believers’ duty to God. The word “fear” refers to respect and reverence. The word “glory” means recognizing God’s power and giving him the honor He is due.

Some students of the Bible see this as an announcement of judgment rather than an appeal. The world’s people have had their chance to proclaim their allegiance to God, and now God’s great judgment is about to begin. However, in all probability, this is a final, worldwide appeal to all individuals [“every nation, and kindred, and tongue, and people”] to acknowledge and accept “the everlasting gospel” of Jesus, the Son of the one true God who is to be honored. No one would have the excuse of never hearing God’s truth. Since this is the vision of a scene in the future, it is unknown if God will, at that point, give the world one more chance. What is known, however, is that He offers that chance to the ones who read and study John’s vision now (Rev. 1:3).

The message will be proclaimed to everyone; therefore, no one will have the excuse that they did not know the gospel message. As Paul wrote in Romans 1:20, “…they have no excuse for not knowing God.” NLT

This truth is a central theme of Revelation. Whenever there has been a time of judgment, there has been a preceding time of warning. Scripture states in Amos 3:7,Surely the Lord GOD will do nothing, but he revealeth his secret unto his servants the prophets.” One of Jesus’ functions on earth was that of a prophet. He issued numerous warnings through His discourses and parables of His return and the need to be prepared for the same.

People are being granted the opportunity to repent. However, those who refuse want nothing to do with God. Therefore, their punishment will be justified.

The Three Angels Message - the second angel

Revelation 14:8

8 A second angel followed and said, “Fallen! Fallen is Babylon the Great, which made all the nations drink the maddening wine of her adulteries.” NIV

The second angel’s message came from the angel that followed the first one through the skies pronouncing that Babylon is fallen. This event was also prophesied in the Old Testament (Isa. 21:9, Jer. 51:8).

In the Old Testament, Babylon was synonymous with an evil city and an evil empire — a world center for idol worship. Outside that city, King Nebuchadnezzar had built a great statue for himself, and everyone needed to worship it (Dan 3:1-6; compare Rev 13:14-15).

Nebuchadnezzar had reached the height of power and pride but found himself judged by God (Dan 4:28-33). The Babylonians had gone through Jerusalem and taken many of the citizens of Judah into captivity (see 2 Kings 24 and 2 Chron. 36).

As Babylon had been Judah’s worst enemy, the Roman Empire was the worst enemy of the early Christians. John, who in all probability did not dare write openly against Rome, was, in this case, symbolically applying the name “Babylon” to this enemy of God’s people (Rome) — and, by extension, to all of God’s enemies of all times. However, there is a literal connection between Rome and Babylon, and the saints are strongly encouraged to abandon Babylon as she will fall and be judged. (Rev. 18:1-4).

Babylon” is the name of the civilization seduced by the beast (see also 17:1-9).

Presently this world system is filled with idolatry, corruption, and sexual sin (18:2-3, 7), a wellspring of ungodly religion, government, and economics.

The Three Angels Message - the 3rd Angel

Rev 14:9-11

9 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,

10 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:

11 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.

The third angel’s message explained to the nonbelievers what would happen to them if they received the beast’s mark. Their eventual judgment would be much worse, and the consequences eternal. The beast’s mark is false worship, and churches that fail to abandon this worship become churches of Babylon. For more details on the beast mark, please read 666 Mark of the Beast on this website.

While those who belong to God will suffer and be killed, they would have a glorious eternity awaiting them (14:1-5). These are the saints that have endured and kept the Commandments of God. This is where the seed that Jesus planted on the cross comes to fruition.

Those who worship the beast and accept his mark, however, would choose to operate according to the Antichrist’s world economic and religious system and ultimately face God’s judgment. These individuals would have turned away from God to get what the world values and violated Christian principles.

Therefore, they will have to drink “the wine of the wrath of God.” The Old Testament regularly depicts God’s anger as being in a cup, prepared to be poured out (e.g., Job 21:20; Ps. 75:8; Isa 51:17; Jer. 25:15-38). This cup of wrath is undiluted, “without mixture.” This description refers to the usual Roman practice of diluting wine with water. God’s wrath will be in its most potent form. The full extent of his anger, not watered-down by mercy and grace, would soon be poured out on those individuals who had steadfastly declined to repent from sin and receive His salvation.

The Three Angels Message - Revelation 14:11

Their anguish will be with fire and burning sulfur. This description is a depiction taken from the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah, two sinful cities that God had destroyed with “fire and burning sulfur” that “rained down from heaven” (Gen 19:24). Fire and sulfur are used as instruments of torture in Revelation 19:20, 20:10, and 21:8. The actual picture may be symbolic. Still, there is no question about the horror and conclusiveness of this judgment, as “the smoke of their torment” rises forever and ever.

In contrast to the redeemed, who could “rest from all their toils and trials” (14:13 NLT), the unbelievers will have no release day or night from their suffering. Having chosen the side of the beast, they will suffer for it. Jesus described eternal punishment as “fire that never shall be quenched” (Mark 9:44, cf. Rev. 20:10).

God has assured in other passages that He will penalize sin (e.g., Rom 2:6-11; 12:19). The wicked will be avenged for how they have discarded God and neglected their fellow human beings (Matt 13:41-42; 16:27). Jesus assured that Satan, his demons, and the wicked would be cast into hell at the final judgment (Matt 25:41).

While Scripture uses the imagery of fiery sulfur, destruction, and darkness for hell (Matt 7:13; 18:8; Jude 13; Rev 14:10), few details are given. Jesus used the Greek word Gahanna to depict hell. The word hell alludes to the valley of Ben Hinnom, where, at times, Old Testament Israelites would sacrifice their children to idols (2 Chron. 28:3), and later where they burned their garbage and refuse (Jer. 7:31). Jesus continually warned that hell would be a fatality far worse than physical death. The Scriptures repeatedly describe hell as a place where one is utterly alone, rejected by God, and excluded from His presence (Matt 25:12, 41; Luke 13:24-28; 2 Thess. 1:8-9).


The Three angels’ message is a solemn one. It encourages decisive actions on our part and severe consequences for not taking them. However, note that there are significant and glorious blessings as well. Rev 14:13 reads, “Then I heard a voice from heaven say, Write: Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord from now on.” “Yes,” says the Spirit, “they will rest from their labor, for their deeds will follow them.” NIV

Blessed are they that die “in the Lord,” meaning those who have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior and keep the Commandments of God. In addition, “their deeds” include heeding the three angles’ messages and encouraging others to do the same.

The Three Angels Message - 2 Peter 3:9

Upon reading this article, you have already witnessed God’s truth. You know that God’s final judgment will not be delayed eternally (2 Peter 3:9). If you have joyfully received the everlasting Good News, confessed your sins, and trusted in Christ to save you, then you have nothing to fear from God’s judgment. The Judge of the whole earth, Jesus Christ is your Savior! Rom 8:1 reads, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

The whole human race is on death row, on its way to hell, justly condemned for repeatedly breaking God’s holy law. Were it not for  Jesus there would be no hope at all. But praise God! For He has declared those who have accepted His Son as not guilty and has offered us freedom from sin and power to do his will.


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36 thoughts on “The Three Angels Message”

  1. Hello Nathaniel it’s nice to see another Christian spreading the good news. although some don’t see it that way, but like we used to be before we found Christ we didn’t see it that way either. The Message of the three Angles is a sobering one indeed. i was looking at some of your other articles I was impressed with the content. Your site is easy to follow please continue to talk about our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. God bless Brother

  2. Thank you for the detailed explanation of the Three Angels Message. It’s interesting to see how it ties in with the idea of judgment and the opportunity for repentance before Jesus’ return. My question is, how do different interpretations of the Three Angels Message differ, and how do these differences impact the way it is understood and taught within various Christian denominations?

    1. Greetings, Leo, and thanks for this insightful question.

      The general consensus is that the Three Angels Messages is a call to repentance and the honoring of God through His Son Jesus.

      The differences arise concerning the first angel. The Seventh-Day Adventists believe that it refers to them as the remnant that keeps the Commandments of God mentioned in Revelation 12:17. On the other hand, Lutheran commentators apply the first angel to Doctor Martin Luther and the Reformation. For he, as the angel of the Lord, different from the other angels spoken of in the previous chapters, brought back and preached the eternal Gospel of the justification of a poor sinner through the merits of Jesus Christ alone, by faith. Still, others prefer the idealistic interpretation that the angel’s work was not limited to one defined time and one particular event.

       Also, the second angel’s announcement regarding Babylon the Great has differing interpretations. Some would suggest that Babylon the Great is a figurative allusion to the great powers of ancient Rome. This view is primarily held by those who hold to the eschatological system known as preterism (and its various forms). Others would argue that Babylon the Great
      is used as a general figure of speech regarding evil nations. Theologians have also concluded that Babylon the Great is a revived and rebuilt Babylon. The futurist interpretation of Revelation sees Babylon the Great as an evil world system based in Babylon (possibly signifying Rome) and controlled by the Antichrist during the last days before Jesus’ return. Others see it as false worship based on Roman Catholicism.

      There are also different interpretations of identifying the mark of the beast.

      In my observation, the good news is that despite these differences, the general consensus holds and is taught; fear God and worship Him, for His judgment is approaching.

      Thanks for commenting!

  3. Thank you for the detailed and well researched explanation of the the three angels and the messages they brought to the world. The overwhelming message from the three angels is that we need to accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior, as well as keep the Commandments of God. 

    This it the only way to receive everlasting life in the Kingdom of God. 

  4. Just read your interesting article about the three angels’ message in Revelation and the significance of it in relation to the second coming of Jesus. It’s always fascinating to delve deeper into biblical teachings and try to understand their meanings and how they apply to our lives today. The message of fearing God and giving glory to him is an important reminder to always strive to honour and serve the Lord in all that we do. And the warning of the second and third angels serves as a reminder to not be swayed by the temptations and deceptions of the world but to stay true to our faith and beliefs. Thanks for sharing this thought-provoking article.

  5. Hello thanks for sharing this article here. I strongly believe this in not a message to be overlooked. Every revelation that God sends is for a purpose and will definitely manifest and of course some are already manifesting. I think it’s high time people come to the realization that there’s just one true God and accept him before it’s too late

    1. Absolutely Apexvilla, the clock is ticking, and we must accept Him and His ways and be obedient before it is too late.

      Thanks for commenting!

  6. Nathaniel,

    The Good News has been with us for 20 Centuries and sadly there are those who refuse to acknowledge God’s Word, Law, and Commandments. If a person refuses to see the works of God’s hand everyday then they are more blind than St Paul before the scales fell from his eyes. It was at that time that he came to realize that Jesus Christ was the Redeemer of the world.

    How long before the people open their eyes, hearts, and souls to the Lord Our God. It is only from Him that we can hope for Salvation. We must tell others that it is not too late for them to seek and receive Redemption.


  7. I see the three angels’ message as one of God’s priorities – evangelism. The first angel started with a word of caution, and the last angel ended it. The first angel stressed the need to fear and worship God. The last emphasized the beast and the event of the last days. If we take to the caution of the first angel, then we will escape the beast and the event of the last days

    1. For sure, Dejato, we must fear and worship God and draw near to Him to be protected during the events of the last days and the beast.

      Thanks for commenting!

  8. Hi Nathaniel,

    It is wonderful that you have the faith and determination to spread the gospel. I love how you provided the contrast in what our eternities may be based on our decisions upon this earth. But, what I love more is that you are explaining the meanings of the messages, as well as the opportunity that will be given to all, even if they were not able to receive that message here on Earth. 

    I truly liked how you pointed out that we are not to fear our Lord, but show respect and reverence for him. Many people are confused by that point. I feel like so many live in despair because they feel they are alone, and they fear for the wrong things. 

    1. Hi Merry – To be clear, The Three Angel’s Messages are for all who are here on earth. After the close of probation or at death, it will be too late to accept Christ for those who haven’t. In Rev 22:11, the angel said to John, “He that is unjust, let him be unjust still: and he which is filthy, let him be filthy still: and he that is righteous, let him be righteous still: and he that is holy, let him be holy still,and in verse 12 Jesus said, “And, behold, I come quickly; and my reward is with me, to give every man according as his work shall be. Once probation closes, Jesus will soon be arriving with His rewards.

      Thanks for commenting!

  9. This article is very timely because there are just a few days before Christmas, thank you for putting it together.

    It’s very true that when judgment comes, no one can say that they never heard of the Gospel message. We can see evidence of God all around us, yet many people are still purposely denying the existence of God and the biblical fact that Jesus is coming again not as Savior but as King and Judge.

    The three messages of the three angels are sure to take place at the Second Coming of the Lord. But God is very gracious because He is giving us ample time to repent and acknowledge Him as our Lord and Savior. It’s not yet too late to make things right with God by fearing and glorifying Him.

    For those of us who are in the right relationship with God, may we not stop warning others about what awaits them if they do not repent. May we take this season to share the Gospel message of salvation with those who are still in darkness.

    1. Greetings, Alice – To be clear, the three angels messages take place before the second coming of Christ. The three angels messages are given to prepare the world for His arrival. It is indeed upon us to share the Gospel message of salvation with the lost.

      Thanks for commenting!

  10. what this world need is hope and that hope can only be found in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, the world as we know it will one day come to an end. We are living in the last days of earth’s history and it is so important that we heed the message of the gospel and make Jesus Lord of our lives. Thanks so much for sharing and giving the world hope. Let’s give our hearts to Jesus, love and serve Him. God Bless you.

  11. Nathaniel, very inspiring article that I believe is for everyone today. When reading Revelation, it can be very confusing, especially in the King James version. But you took the time and break it down in such simplicity that brought a new approach. in my eyes. I personally believe that we are living in the days of the angel that bears the everlasting gospel.

    I was told that it may be difficult to just read Revelation alone to have an understanding, but when making reference to Daniel, Isaiah, and other books in the Bible, you will have a clearer understanding of the book of Revelation. I clearly see that you did just that. Thank you for your detailed understanding of the three angels’ message.


    1. Greetings, David – I am happy to know that you found the article inspiring. We are indeed living in the days of the first angel carrying the gospel. We must worship God and encourage others to do so as well. What makes Revelation challenging is its symbolism. But through prayer and the aid of the Holy Spirit, we can understand it.

      Thanks for commenting!

  12. Thank you very much for this explanation. I wanted to ask whether there is a specific date or period when we should expect the coming of Jesus Christ. And what will be the fate of the world if he eventually comes? 

    Another concern that I have is that a friend of mine says that the Kingdom of God has been talked about is going to be this earth. That there is no hellfire anywhere. Please how do you react to this?

    1. Greetings, Harmony – Thank you for your insightful questions. Unfortunately, there is no date for the second coming of Christ. Jesus said in Matt 24:36, “But of that day and hour knoweth no man, no, not the angels of heaven, but my Father only.” Also, His answer to His disciples when they inquired of His return is found in Acts 1:7, where He is quoted as saying,
      “It is not for you to know the times or the seasons, which the Father hath put in his own power.”
      So we see that only the Father knows when Christ will return to earth.

      Concerning the period, that would be now, the last days. When Christ ascended back into heaven, the last days began. So, He could arrive at any time. So we must be ready for His return. As Jesus is quoted as saying in Matt 24:44, So you also must be ready, because the Son of Man will come at an hour when you do not expect him.” NIV

      In reaction to your friend’s statement, there will be a new heaven and a new earth, and there will also be a hellfire known as the lake of fire and brimstone. You can read about these things in Revelation 20:10-15 & 21:1-27.

      Pray as you study.

      Thanks for commenting!

  13. I really agree with you’re talking about regarding about the world filled with corruption and other vices. That’s why I always put my faith in God and the universe first. I believe God is already within us, and all the answers are already within us, so there’s no need seeking anything from the outside. But overall, I think the outter world is a reflection of our inner world. As long as we have faith in God, then everything will be alright. Thanks for sharing!

    1. Greetings JD, – If we have accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior, the Holy Spirit is indeed within us. I’m not so sure about the outer world reflecting our (Christians) inner world. If it did, the world would be a much better place. In the meantime, as you stated, we must maintain our faith in God.

      Thanks for commenting!

  14. Nathaniel, 

    Thank you for bringing these scripture passages to real life, where anyone can see and get an understanding about the Bible. This is the perfect time of the year to remind us of Christianity. I also appreciate learning what the bible says about staying in control of our actions. I truly believe that it is quintessential for everyone to practice self-control. We all must be accountable of our behavior here. 

    Unfortunately, the moral guidelines that direct our thoughts and behaviors, are no longer accepted in the Western world, and there is a great need for reconnection with God, the Father of creation. He is so patient with his children. Thank you for carrying the torch of faith and Christianity. Merry Christmas and Happy New Year. 


    1. Hello, Rachele – It is so true that the moral guidelines in the Scriptures are no longer wholly accepted in the Western world. I wrote about this in the article, The Bible and Cancel Culture. It is no wonder that things are becoming more and more chaotic.

      Have a blessed Holiday Season, and thanks as always for commenting!

  15. Such a great read about the Three angels and their message.

    Your quote within the article: “Those who worship the beast and accept his mark, however, would choose to operate according to the Antichrist’s world economic and religious system and ultimately face God’s judgment. These individuals would have turned away from God to get what the world values and violated Christian principles.” made it clear that in todays times, this statement seems to have some truth to it, in my opinion. 

    I’ve also heard many Christians explain how the Bible is predicting world events as we speak and it’s best to take these revelations into consideration.
    I’m not sure if you have the same belief? 

    God Bless!

    1. Yes, Jeremy, the Bible has clearly predicted today’s events and the days to come. All through the Scriptures, we are offered a choice; either friendship with the world or friendship with the Lord. The Scriptures instruct us by stating in 1 John 2:15-17 ” Do not love the world or anything in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. 16 For everything in the world — the cravings of sinful man, the lust of his eyes and the boasting of what he has and does — comes not from the Father but from the world. 17 The world and its desires pass away, but the man who does the will of God lives forever.” NIV

      The choice is ours; love the world and pass away with it, or love God and live with Him forever.

      Thanks for commenting!

  16. We are thankful for your thorough exploration of the three angels and the important messages they shared with humanity. Three celestial beings spreading the same message: Believe in Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior, and abide by God’s Commandments. I think it is good that you write about this and that people know that this is the only path to eternal life in God’s heavenly Kingdom.

  17. Hey, Nathaniel, thank you for what you are doing to bring to the world this religious awakening. I take time to see the three Angels’ messages online, and you have done it. That said, I have these suggestions: a) you expound on the hour of his judgment. I feel that you came a bit too early to address why we should not fear judgment. It is good to know that Ecclesiastes 12: 13-14 will be fulfilled to the letter. However, I think knowing that Jesus is our judge and savior will remove such fears and draw us closer to Him; b) to clearly show us what Babylon is in our time, and why we should come out of her. Otherwise, one may think the message has only historical application; and c) the beast and his image. Who is this beast and what is his image? I find that these are not clearly covered and one remains with these questions. Once again thank for the good work you are doing to give to the world a timely message.

    1. Greetings, Hawumba; many thanks for your thoughtful suggestions.

      The last paragraph of the article contains the following “If you have joyfully received the everlasting Good News, confessed your sins, and trusted in Christ to save you, then you have nothing to fear from God’s judgment. The Judge of the whole earth is your Savior!” These statements appear to acknowledge that our faith in Jesus keeps us from fearing judgment.

      However, I made the following adjustments.

      If you have joyfully received the everlasting Good News, confessed your sins, and trusted in Christ to save you, then you have nothing to fear from God’s judgment. The Judge of the whole earth, Jesus Christ, is your Savior! Rom 8:1 reads, “There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit.”

      The whole human race is on death row, on its way to hell, justly condemned for repeatedly breaking God’s holy law. Were it not for Jesus, there would be no hope at all. But praise God! For He has declared those who have accepted His Son as not guilty and has offered us freedom from sin and power to do his will.

      Your last two points concerning Babylon and the mark of the beast are covered in the article 666 Mark of the Beast, which you are welcome to review.

      Thanks for commenting!

  18. The Three Angels message is very important for the salvation of sinners and believers in the Book of Revelation. It shows that many people have the ability to be saved if they follow God’s commandments. Unfortunately, many people don’t pay attention and don’t turn their lives around. But the Last Judgment will find them mourning…

    1. It is indeed a message that is intended to lead individuals to the salvation of their souls. But it is always a choice to heed or not heed the message.

      Thanks for commenting!

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