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Before we can answer that question, we
must first understand where the phrase "good news" comes from. The
New Testament comes to us in the Greek language. The Greek word
"euangelion" is usually translated "gospel" in English translations.
"Gospel" comes from the Anglo-Saxon god-spell , ie., God-story. Since "God" is a man-made
title that is erroneously substituted for the Creator's true name,
Yahweh, this author chooses to use the more correct meaning of the
word "euangelion" which is "good news."
The word "euangelion" occurs over seventy-five times in the NT with the meaning of "good news." Several English translations use "good news" as well; The American Standard Version, The Twentieth Century New Testament, The Berkeley Version of the New Testament, The New Testament: A Translation in the Language of the People (Williams), The New Testament: An American Translation (Goodspeed), etc.
The New Testament speaks of the good news in several ways. There is the; "good news of Yeshua Messiah, the Son of [Yahweh]" (Mk.1:1), "good news of [Yahweh]" (Rom.1:1), "good news of the kingdom of [Yahweh]" (Mk.1:14), "good news of the glory of Messiah" (II Cor.4:4), "good news of peace" (Rom.10:15), etc. Each of these aspects of the good news have major importance in the overall message of salvation preached in the NT. The "everlasting good news" encompasses all aspects of the good news as found in Scripture. For those who refuse to heed the good news it is utter foolishness, but to those who accept the good news it is the "power of [Yahweh] unto salvation" (Rom.1:16).
This site is concerned primarily with that aspect of the everlasting good news that is proclaimed in Rev.14:6,7.
"And I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven, having the everlasting good news 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 [Yahweh], 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 water." KJV
This message is for all people as verse
6 tells us. It is not just for "religious" people, but for the worst
of sinners as well. The main concern of verse 7 is that all people
"Fear [Yahweh]" who is identified as the Creator. Most English
versions say, "Fear God," but, once again, "God" is a man-made title.
The Holy Scriptures reveal the Creator's personal name to be
"Yahweh." Many times in the OT we are admonished to "Fear [Yahweh]."
The following are just a few examples;
Ps.33:8 - "Let all the earth fear Yahweh. . ."
Ps.34:9 - "O fear Yahweh, ye His saints. . ."
Ps.115:13 - "He will bless them that fear Yahweh. . ."
Pr.3:7 - "Be not wise in thine own eyes, fear Yahweh and depart from evil. "
Fear can come in two forms. It can be fear as in reverence or it can be fear as in fright. The context of Rev.14:7 can include both forms of fear, but certainly that of fright since it concerns the "hour of His judgment." As Heb.10:30,31 tells us;
"For we know Him that said, 'Vengeance belongeth unto me, I will recompense, saith Yahweh.' And again, 'Yahweh shall judge His people.' It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living Mighty One."
Friends, if you do not want to be on the receiving end of Yahweh's vengeance, you need to respond appropriately to the good news of Rev.14:7. Begin to fear Yahweh who created you. Contrary to popular belief, you did not evolve from monkeys. You were created by a loving being who has a great plan for your life.
How does a person come to fear Yahweh, you may ask? Click here to find out. "The fear of Yahweh is the beginning of wisdom . . ." as the psalmist wrote. But that fear will eventually turn into a deep love for Yahweh once you come to know Him in a more intimate way. As we read in I Jn.4:18;
" There is no fear in love; but perfect love casts out fear: because fear has torment. He that fears is not made perfect in love."
We need to be "made" perfect in love. One does not love naturally. As we experience something more and more we make a conscious decision to love. As you learn about Yahweh through His written word, the Bible, and as you realize the great love He has for all His creatures, you will grow to love Him and all your fears will be abated.
Rev.14:7 also commands us to "give glory to Him" (Yahweh). The word "glory" is translated from the Greek word "doxa". As used throughout the New Testament, it has the meaning of holding a good opinion about someone, resulting in praise and honor towards that person. There is no being in the universe worthy of more praise and honor than the Creator Himself.
We are admonished similarly in Ps 29:2;
"Give unto Yahweh the glory due unto his name; worship Yahweh in the beauty of holiness."
To give glory to Yahweh is a form of fearing Yahweh in the sense of reverence. Ps 89:7 reads;
"El (the Mighty One) is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about Him."
Here we see the two commands of Rev.14:7; to fear Him and to give glory or reverence to Him. We also see both in Heb.12:28.
"Wherefore we receiving a kingdom which cannot be moved, let us have grace, whereby we may serve Elohim acceptably with reverence and fear."
Yahweh will not allow His glory to be given to another through idolatry as we read in Isa.42:8;
"I am Yahweh: that is my name: and my glory will I not give to another, neither my praise to graven images."
Israel failed to give Yahweh the glory due His name when they fell into idolatry, so He warned Israel to do so or face dire consequences.
"If ye will not hear, and if ye will not lay it to heart, to give glory unto my name, saith Yahweh of hosts, I will even send a curse upon you, and I will curse your blessings: yea, I have cursed them already, because ye do not lay it to heart." Mal.2:2
One of the most important ways to give glory to Yahweh is by confessing His Messiah, Yeshua, as one's Master.
"And that every tongue should confess that Yeshua Messiah is Master, to the glory of Elohim the Father." Php 2:11
Messiah Yeshua is the "way" of salvation according to Yahweh's great plan of salvation which He devised before the foundation of the world. To embrace Yeshua as Messiah and confess him as one's Master is to give glory to Yahweh. To reject him as Messiah and Master is to reject Yahweh's plan of salvation. It sends a message to Yahweh that the individual deserves the glory for devising his own means of salvation contrary to Yahweh's method.
The everlasting good news being preached in Rev.14:7 makes it quite clear that the object of our worship is the one who "made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and the fountains of waters." Since most English translations attribute creation to "God" in verse 7, and since this general title is applied to several beings including Yahweh, His Son Yeshua, Satan, men, and angels, we need to search the Scriptures to determine the true identity of the Creator.
We won't go into great detail about that subject here since it is dealt with in other studies at this site. Suffice it to say that the Scriptures emphatically declare the Creator to be "Yahweh" over 100 times. A few examples follow;
Is.44:24 - "Thus saith Yahweh, thy redeemer, and He that formed thee from the womb, I am Yahweh that maketh all things ; that stretches forth the heavens alone; that spreads abroad the earth by myself."
Is.45:11, 12 - "Thus saith Yahweh . . .I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded."
Is.45:18 - "For thus saith Yahweh that created the heavens; Elohim Himself that formed the earth and made it; He has established it, He created it not in vain, He formed it to be inhabited: I am Yahweh; and there is none else."
If we direct our worship at any other being, we commit idolatry. If we glorify any other being as the Creator of the heavens and the earth, we commit idolatry. That includes glorifying Yahweh's Son Yeshua as Creator. This is one of Christianity's greatest failings. Satan has deceived the "church" into misdirecting its worship from the Father to the Son. He knew he couldn't get them to worship himself, so the next best thing would be to misdirect their worship to another being. This Christians will gladly do all the while believing they are doing what is right. Satan is the father of lies and this is one of his greatest whoppers.
Do not misunderstand me. Yeshua is truly the Son of Yahweh, the Savior of the world, the Messiah. He deserves all the honor due him, but only where honor is due. He is not to be honored as Creator because that honor goes to his Father, Yahweh. He is also not to be honored as Yahweh Himself as many like to do. The Son is not the Father and Yeshua is not Yahweh.
So, we need to fear Yahweh who is the Creator. We need to worship Him as well. But Jn.4:24 says we must worship the Father "in truth." Here is where true doctrine becomes important. If our doctrine is false, then our worship is false. Its a good thing we have the blood of Yeshua to cleanse us from our sins of ignorance. For an outline of the fundamental doctrines of true faith and worship, click here.
The most important truth concerning the worship of Yahweh is to do it the way that He provided. Yeshua the Messiah said, "I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me" (Jn.14:6). Before a person can approach Yahweh in true worship, he must first accept Yeshua as his personal savior. This entails confessing with your mouth the Master Yeshua, and believing in your heart that Yahweh raised him from the dead (Rom.10:9). Click here to learn more about what you must do to be saved.
The admonition to "fear [Yahweh] and give glory to Him" is given in reference to a specific time frame; "the hour of His judgment". In the context of Revelation, "the hour of His judgment" began with the opening of the seventh seal of Rev.8:1 which began the Day of Yahweh. It is at that time that Yahweh will judge this world and the wicked in it by fire.
"But the heavens and the earth, which are now, by the same word are kept in store, reserved unto fire against the day of judgment and perdition of wicked men." 2 Pe.3:7
To fear Yahweh and give glory to Him is a loving warning from our Creator. It is His hope that, by embracing those words and doing them, we will avoid being recipients of that judgment. As we saw before, it is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living Mighty One.
In conclusion, to fear Yahweh and
worship Him as Creator is the everlasting good news. It has been
preached since the beginning of time and will continue to be preached
forever. The angel of Rev.14:7 is merely reminding the inhabitants of
earth to do what they should have always done, but failed to do. I
hope you will embrace this good news for it is truly powerful and
life changing. It is your salvation!
Fundamental Doctrines of True Faith and Worship
Other Important Doctrines