An exhaustive Bible word-study on the term “gospel” will reveal only two complete definitions other than the following.
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, 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.
This passage from the Apocalypse (specifically, Revelation 14:6-7) contains the last mention of the term “gospel” in the Bible.
The gospel explanation of the above passage uses very different language than the Bible’s other two gospel definitions. In it, the word “believe” does not make an appearance. Nor does the passage mention “the kingdom,” repentance, or salvation. Revelation 14′s explanation verse (7) sounds more like the Old Testament than anything else.
Revelation 14:6-7 is one of the “big reveals” at the Bible’s end. It shows what commonly used Old Testament terminology was really speaking of – the everlasting gospel.
Does verse 7 agree with the gospel fundamentals established in Mark 1:14-15 and Romans 1:16? Yes it does, and WOW…praise God…
- “Fear God” – Yes, this obviously corresponds with the first fundamental of the gospel – “God.”
- “Give glory to him” – It is the “fruits of righteousness” which are “unto the glory and praise of God” (Philippians 1:11). It is “whatsoever ye do” that you are to do “to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31). True righteousness is the same as body, mind, action, and intelligence fully believing/relying on God as He reveals himself in his commands – “every command is a promise” (Ed 126) – and in his promises – “The promise of God to us is on condition of obedience, compliance with all His requirements” (CH 377). “In every command and in every promise of the word of God is the power, the very life of God, by which the command may be fulfilled and the promise realized. He who by faith receives the word is receiving the very life and character of God“ (COL 38). “And he [Abram] believed in the LORD; and he [the Lord] counted it to him for righteousness” (Genesis 15:6). “And it shall be our righteousness, if we observe to do all these commandments before the LORD our God, as he hath commanded us” (Deuteronomy 6:25). Active, practical belief in God gives glory to Him. Yes, we see “believe” in “give glory to him.”
- “The hour of his judgment is come” – According to Psalms 54:1, God judges by his strength. But then the “power of God” is the gospel (Romans 1:16). This means that God judges by his gospel. Romans 2:16 provides secondary testimony – Jesus’ judgment will be based on the gospel. The gospel is the basis of the third element of the Revelation’s gospel explanation. It is seen that Revelation 14:7 only confirms what is established “not by sight” in the earlier gospel explanations of the Scriptures – “believe” is followed by “the gospel,” a third fundamental component.
- “And worship him” – What have we here? A fourth fundamental in a gospel definition? Yes and no. “Worship him” is clearly a more potent expression of “give glory to him,” just as realization of God’s judgment is an intensified experience in His fear (see Psalms 90:11; 76:6-9). Worship is a intensified repeat of the second fundamental component of the gospel. “Give unto the LORD the glory due unto his name; worship the LORD in the beauty of holiness” (Psalms 29:2).
Summarizing, we note that Revelation 14:6-7 emphasizes the following points.
- There are really only two established fundamentals of the gospel – “God” and “believe” ≈ “Fear God” and “give glory to him” ≈ “Judgment is come” and “worship him.”
- For those who have taken the interpretive step of faith to see “the gospel” in Romans 1:16′s explanation (“…to every one that believeth [the gospel]“), Revelation 14:7 provides a second witness to the three-part, sequential pattern of gospel fundamentals – 1) “God”/”Fear God,” 2) “believe”/”give glory to him,” and 3) “the gospel”/”his judgment is come.”
- The “good news” is a repeating, strengthening pulse.
Fear God, give glory to Him… Judgment is come, worship Him…