1. 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.
2. 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:
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. And in their mouth was found no guile: for they are without fault before the throne of God.
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.
8. 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.
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 forever 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.
12. Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.
Note: While this judgment is passing in heaven, a special message of the everlasting gospel is to be proclaimed to the world, declaring, "The hour of His judgment is come." It calls men to worship the Creator who made heaven and earth, the sign of whose power as Creator is the Sabbath day. The message warns against the Papacy and its mark, and against the image to the Papacy, that will be made when religious organizations outside the Roman Church succeed in their plans to secure civil laws enforcing the Sunday, the mark, or sign, of the papal power. The Catholics say plainly: "The observance of Sunday by the Protestants is an homage they pay, in spite of themselves, to the authority of the church."-- "Plain Talks About the Protestantism of Today," Segur.
The apostasy from the truth began in early times, soon after apostolic days, and developed into the great system of the Roman Papacy, which has exalted church tradition above the Holy Scripture, and has fulfilled the prophecy of Daniel 7:25 as the power that was to "think" to change the times and the law of the Most High. The message of the judgment hour lifts up the truth of God that has been trodden under foot, and brings out a people that "keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus." They are springing up in every land today. As observers of the Sabbath, the seventh day, and as believers in the near approach of the second advent of Christ, they are known as Seventh-day Adventists, Seventh-day Baptists, Seventh-day Christians, and Sabbath-keepers of many different groups.
13. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labors; and their works do follow them.
14. And I looked, and behold a white cloud, and upon the cloud one sat like unto the Son of man, having on his head a golden crown, and in his hand a sharp sickle.
15. And another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud. Thrust in thy sickle, and reap: for the time is come for thee to reap; for the harvest of the earth is ripe.
16. And he that sat on the cloud thrust in his sickle on the earth; and the earth was reaped.
17. And another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle.
18. And another angel came out from the altar, which had power over fire; and cried with a loud cry to him that had the sharp sickle, saying, Thrust in thy sharp sickle, and gather the clusters of the vine of the earth; for her grapes are fully ripe.
19. And the angel thrust in his sickle into the earth, and gathered the vine of the earth, and cast it into the great winepress of the wrath of God.
20. And the winepress was trodden without the city, and blood came out of the winepress, even unto the horse bridles, by the space of a thousand and six hundred furlongs.
"Have you heard the threefold message, have you listened to its call,
As angel-borne, o'er sea and land, it comes to one and all?
From the shining courts above they come, those angels pure and white,
To earth's dull, gloomy regions, they tarry not in flight;
They unfurl a gospel message on the banner of the skies,
Its golden secret open to the wisdom of the wise.
"'Tis no momentary gleaming, that soon will pass from sight,
Like a brilliant meteor falling o'er earth's dark and troubled night;
'Tis a heavenly message, brightening until the earth shall roll,
Bathed in a sea of glory spreading from pole to pole;
'Tis a living, glowing message from the Father's heart on high;
With most solemn import freighted comes its awful warning cry.
"It gilds John's Revelation till, beneath its burning rays,
The mystic visions of the seer with holy luster blaze.
It unseals the old-time prophets, from the dim and distant past.
O'er mighty modern Babylon a vivid light is cast,
Till line by line to open view her swollen features start,
As by God's finger pictured on the old prophetic chart.
"Like a heavenly searchlight turning, its living splendors fall
Upon the old clock-tower of Time, its ancient crumbling wall,
Revealing on its gleaming dial that soon its dying chime
Will, solemn and majestic, boom earth's closing hour sublime.
"Ah! then, its mission ended, its warning message given
To every clime and nation beneath the dome of heaven,
'Tis then its greatest brightness will sink into eclipse.
When sounds the shout triumphant from the Archangel's lips,
Then o'er the scene transcendent, time's latest moment sped,
The Sun of Righteousness will His eternal glory shed.
"Have you heard this threefold message? is it of your life a part?
Is its high and holy burden resting on your inmost heart?
Have its sweet, persuasive accents fallen on your listening ear,
Like captivating music, melodious and clear?
"O'er the earth its myriad voices, in one grand harmonious strain,
Filled with solemn cadences of mercy's last refrain,
From shore to shore are calling; speeding on from sea to sea,
Rolls the threefold angel's message, with momentous, urgent plea:
'Fear God, and give Him glory, and worship Him alone,
Who formed earth's deep foundations in the hollow of His hand,
Who set on high the firmament, a blue, encircling band.'
"'Tis a message born in weakness, but it grows to mighty power.
It tells of Christ's soon coming, of that awful, fateful hour
When, seated on a shining cloud, He comes as King of kings,
And assumes His rightful kingdom and unveils all secret things.
"Ah! then, heed this holy message, listen to its winning call;
Let its earnest, warning accents on your inmost being fall.
Soon its mission will be ended, time's latest moment sped--
Eternity, and judgment at the great tribunal dread."