“And I saw another angel flying through the sky, carrying the eternal Good News to proclaim to the people who belong to this world—to every nation, tribe, language, and people. “Fear God,” he shouted. “Give glory to him. For the time has come when he will sit as judge. Worship him who made the heavens, the earth, the sea, and all the springs of water.” Revelation 14:6-7
To every nation, tribe, tongue, and people: This can be a valid fulfillment of Jesus’ promised. “And the Good News about the Kingdom will be preached throughout the whole world, so that all nations will hear it; and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14) But this can never be a valid excuse for neglecting the urgency of missions. God has not given the responsibility for spreading the Gospel to angels, but unto His people. This is the only place in the New Testament where we see angels preaching the Gospel. In God’s sublime wisdom, He has chosen to give that responsibility to people alone, apart from the rarest of exceptions. John says this is the everlasting gospel, and it may sound different than the gospel we hear preached today. It isn’t all that different, but it is preached to a different, specific time – to those in the latter part of the great tribulation.
Fear God, not Satan, nor Antichrist; this is the theme of Scripture, calling people to give honor, glory, worship, and reverence to God, the hour of His judgment has come. The last moment arrives to repent and believe before God’s wrath is poured out. This is the book’s first use of the word judgment, a term that has the same meaning as wrath (see 6:17; 12:12). “Him who made heaven and earth.” Creation is the great proof of God, which preachers will appeal to as the grounds for all people to believe in Him and worship Him. Fear God and give glory to Him: This is what the angel will tell the whole world to do. They can do this and give glory to God and worship Him willingly in this life, or be compelled to give glory to Him later.