140. Eternal Gospel.
'Then I saw another angel flying in midair and he had the ETERNAL GOSPEL to proclaim to those who live on earth - to every nation, tribe, language and people. He said in a loud voice, "Fear God and give him glory, because the hour of judgement has come. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea and the springs of water." (Revelation 14:6-7) The Gospel is all that matters in the light of eternity. Every other matter on earth will become irrelevant. When earth burns, what does its glories matter! "Surely the day is coming; it will burn like a furnace. All the arrogant and every evildoer will be stubble and the day that is coming will set them on fire," says the Lord Almighty. (Malachi 4:1) The Gospel is our fire insurance! Those who have taken it will escape from the fires of hell but those who haven't, won't ! The proclamation of Gospel by an angel in midair is the last chance given to mankind to believe the Gospel and repent of their sins. But many will still reject the Gospel! (Revelation 16: 9 -11) The third angel who followed, warned the inhabitants of the earth against taking the mark of the beast, even though they would reject the Gospel. "If anyone worships the beast and his image and receives the mark on the forehead or on the hand ... He will be tormented with burning sulfur in the presence of the holy angels and of the Lamb. And the smoke of their torment rises forever and ever. There is no rest day or night for those who worship the beast and his image or for anyone who receives the mark of his name." (Revelation 14: 9-11) Those who end up in hell have none to blame but themselves for their fate! Nobody will be cast to hell for their sins because it was atoned for by the blood of Christ, whether they acknowledge it or not. They will be cast to hell, only for rejecting God's offer of salvation through Christ. There is pardon for every other sin (except for the sin against the Holy Spirit) but for the sin of rejecting Christ, there is no sacrifice remaining. How blessed we are to believe the eternal Gospel ! That would be the best thing that happened to us while we were on earth! Though every other decision we took in our lives may be wrong, yet for this one right decision to receive Jesus as our personal Saviour, we get to be on the winning side! Our achievements on earth doesn't really matter in eternity, if it were not for the Gospel. Also our failures to achieve anything significant, while on earth, doesn't really matter either, if it were not for the Gospel ! All that matters is our response and our labour for the eternal Gospel, because that will decide where we will spend eternity. 'Now to him who is able to establish you by my gospel and the proclamation of Jesus Christ, according to the revelation of the mystery hidden for long ages past, but now revealed and made known through the prophetic writings by the command of the eternal God, so that all nations may believe and obey him - to the only wise God be glory forever through Jesus Christ! Amen.' ( Romans 16:25-27)