There are several strange verses in the Book of Revelation, but one found in chapter 14 has always caught my attention. In the midst of the end-times judgements hitting the earth and increased persecution of Christians, the Apostle John saw an angel flying in the mid heavens preaching the Gospel.
6 And I saw another angel flying in midheaven, having an eternal gospel to preach to those who live on the earth, and to every nation and tribe and tongue and people; (Revelation 14:6 NASV)
The angel would preach this message to every nation, every tribe and tongue. No one would be exempt.
So what would be the purpose of an angel preaching the Gospel in the mid heavens? I suspect that this message being spoken from the invisible spiritual realm would in some way impact those living in the natural.
Why else would God have an angel do this?
I have written on this in the past, but we have an interesting account involving the prophet Daniel’s encounter with a Godly angel while sitting along the banks of the Tigris River.
As we read this story recorded in Daniel 10, we see the unusual impact this had on the prophet. As a result of angelic touches and words, Daniel was unable to speak (Daniel 10:15), fell to the ground fast asleep (Daniel 10:9), collapsed to the ground on his hands and knees trembling (Daniel 10:10).
Then, when the angel spoke courage to Daniel a different thing happened;
He said “O man of high esteem, do not be afraid. Peace be with you; take courage and be courageous!” Now as soon as he spoke to me, I received strength and said, “may my Lord speak, for you have strengthened me.” (Daniel 10:19 NASV)
Notice how Daniel acknowledged the immediate impact of the angelic words. As soon as the angel spoke, the prophet said he felt strengthened.
So if Angelic words on courage can have such a profound impact on Daniel, what would happen if there was an angel preaching the Gospel in the spiritual realm?
I am not sure that people would become Christians, but at the very least it would result in many becoming more open to the Gospel during some very anti-Christian times. It may even explain the dreams, particularly among the Muslims, who are having encounters with God and Christ and wanting to become Christians.
The question I ask is this, if we are entering the end times as some believe, has this angel started preaching yet? A survey undertaken by the American Bible Society may show something is stirring.
Though Christians are being persecuted and mocked in the public square, a survey by the American Bible Society is seeing a growing interest in the Bible with 57% of Americans stating they desired to use their Bible more.
This increased interest appeared not only among those who read their Bible regularly, but even among those who don’t. In addition the survey conducted by the Barna Group revealed:
- 66% of Americans expressed “some curiosity” in what the Bible had to say with nearly 30% saying that interest was very strong.
- 63% said they wanted to know more about Jesus with 31% stating that interest was very strong.
With increasing attacks on the Christian faith through the courts and by society’s elites, you would expect the interest in Christianity to decline. Yet this is not the case. I have always found it curious how the church not only grows but often thrives during times of persecution.
So the only question unanswered is what is causing this renewed interest?
- New Report: Americans crave more time in the Bible: Charisma News
- State of the Bible: American Bible Society