What Constitutes the 3 Angels Message?

For those who reject the understanding of the 2520 and Islam I often refer them to a series of different quotes, the following are two of them:

a.            Those who stand as teachers and leaders in our institutions are to be sound in the faith and in the principles of the third angel’s message. God wants His people to know that we have the message as He gave it to us in 1843 and 1844. We knew then what the message meant, and we call upon our people today to obey the word, “Bind up the law among My disciples.” In this world there are but two classes,–the obedient and the disobedient. To which class do we belong? (GCB April 1st 1903)

b.            The warning has come: Nothing is to be allowed to come in that will disturb the foundation of the faith upon which we have been building ever since the message came in 1842, 1843, and 1844. I was in this message, and ever since I have been standing before the world, true to the light that God has given us. We do not propose to take our feet off the platform on which they were placed as day by day we sought the Lord with earnest prayer, seeking for light. Do you think that I could give up the light that God has given me? It is to be as the Rock of Ages. (GCB April 6th 1903)

When the point that is being established is that the 2520, 2300, 457, 508, are all on the chart of 1843 What then I am told that these are not really the 3AM or they may agree but selectively deny the 2520 which just amazes me. So my question to those who are detractors of this message is, what constitutes the 3AM? Yes, we know and understand that the message is given to us in Revelation 14:6-12. But is that all? So in asking this question to myself, I thought it would be a good idea to find out what those who were in the Message during that time period thought the 3AM meant to them. The following are some of the quotes, I will include some commentary as we go through the quotes.

In this first quote from James White in 1854 they are speaking about Revelation 13:11. So we see that prophecy is part of the 3AM.

I am glad that Bro. Loughborough has taken up the subject of the two-horned beast, and has done it so much justice. It has been on my mind a great deal. It is an important part of the third angel’s message. {April 18, 1854 JWe, ARSH 103.4}

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Now this one is even more interesting, they are now including the health message as part of the 3AM.

Ellen White’s visions in 1863 and December 1865 on the importance of health reform opened the door for him to join her and James in promoting it as part of the third angel’s message that would help prepare for translation. He remained active in church work into his old age, preaching at least 100 times the last year of his life. Joseph Bates died March 19, 1872, at the age of 79, at the Health Reform Institute in Battle Creek, and is buried at Monterey, Michigan.

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In this quote we see it is the law of God. Now the Exodus 20 has been included.

The last church will be sanctified through the last message of mercy, viz., the third angel’s message; and the law of God constitutes a prominent part of this message. {1864 DTB, SLH 119.1}

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The seal of God “Sabbath” is part of the Message.

We have found the seal of God connected with his law, and in the third Angel’s message the worship and mark of the beast are put in contrast with the commandments of God and faith of Jesus; consequently they are in direct opposition;-the worship of the beast is in opposition to the commandments and the faith in general, and the mark of that power stands opposed to the sign of God in particular. It is well known that the Roman church has not only corrupted the commandments of God, so as to allow of bowing down to images, but that she has changed and corrupted the institutions of the gospel-baptism and the Lord’s supper. To follow her in these corruptions is, at least to them that know the truth, a part of the worship of the beast. But the mark of the beast is not any one or all of these things, but a single, definite institution, opposed to the sign of God, which is a sign of his authority to make all these changes and corruptions of the word of God. It must therefore be a counterfeit Sabbath, instituted as a rival to the Sabbath of the Lord our God. Has the self-styled Catholic church given us such sign of her power? She has. Read carefully the following from the “Abridgment of Christian Doctrine,” a Catholic catechism of the first authority, from which I have already quoted: {ND RFC, MBSG 13.8}

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Here in this one we see it is the Books of Daniel and Revelation,

LET us look again at the books of Daniel and Revelation. You see that in all of Daniel and all of Revelation is the coming of the Lord. That is one great thing that must be taught if we teach the third angel’s message, if we teach the books of Daniel and Revelation; and we are not doing justice to sinners who never heard of it, to whom we are to preach salvation and carry the salvation of Christ, unless we tell them that the Lord is coming. I do not say that we must plunge the coming of the Lord upon them the first thing. The Testimonies have told us to go to them with the salvation of which they may not, or may, have heard; but to go in the power that they never yet heard; but to go in the power that they never yet heard, and with the blessing that they never yet knew; and when they have received them, to lead them on. We owe it to them to tell them that the Lord is coming: the coming of the Lord is an essential part of the message that we have to give to the world. {June 20, 1899 ATJ, ARSH 392.1}

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In this one it can be seen that righteousness by faith is part of the 3AM.

A person may announce to the world the fall of Babylon, and may proclaim the warning against the worship of the beast and his image; and yet, if that person is not justified by the faith of Jesus Christ, and has not in him and upon him the righteousness of God, which is by faith of Jesus Christ, he himself will be a part of Babylon, and will worship the beast and his image. The Third Angel’s Message is not a message in mere word: the message consists in the spirit and the truth of the gospel of God, which is righteousness by faith: the very keeping, in heart and life, of “the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.” And when he who would preach the Third Angel’s Message has that message in his life, and when that message is his life; when he is justified by faith, and lives by faith, and is clothed with the righteousness of God, which is by faith, and THEN announces the fall of Babylon and the warning against the worship of the beast and his image, there will be power in his message to deliver souls from Babylon, and to hold them back from worshiping the beast and his image. In his message there will be power to deliver souls from the bondage of corruption into the glorious liberty of the children of God, which is the only true religious liberty. {January 9, 1900 ATJ, ARSH 24.14}

In this one it is easily seen that the book of Galatians is fully part of the 3AM.

And this is why the book of Galatians is so fully a part of the Third Angel’s Message. {January 9, 1900 ATJ, ARSH 24.15}

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The understanding of the image of the beast is part of the 3AM. In essence what AT Jones is saying here if you do not understand the image of the beast i.e., the 3AM you are asleep.

Thus this national repudiation of the principles of republicanism to-day, is just as certainly an element in the National Reform movement, is just as certainly a part of that movement, as was the national repudiation of the principles of Protestantism seven to eight years ago. This to-day is just as certainly an element in the making of the Image of the Beast, as was that of seven to eight years ago. Is it possible that there are any who profess to know the Third Angel’s Message, who cannot see that this is so? And if this be possible, then is it not high time for them to awake out of sleep, and look diligently lest they themselves shall be found taking part in the making of the Image of the Beast? {June 19, 1900 ATJ, ARSH 392.23}

To-day, while it is called to-day, is the most thrilling and the most critical time that the people of the Third Angel’s Message have ever seen. Who is awake to this time and its work? Who is studying the Third Angel’s Message as for his life? Who is proclaiming the Third Angel’s Message, as that message is to-day, for to-day? {June 19, 1900 ATJ, ARSH 392.24}

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Again we see that the Health reform is part of the 3AM.

The object of the third angel’s message is to fit us to meet Christ alive. And the health reform is part of the third angel’s message. We will come to that presently in another way. Then health reform is just as much in its place fitting people to be like Christ and to be translated to immortality when he comes, as the main body of the third angel’s message is to make us like Christ in character. {November 1893 ATJ, HOMI 11.17} Then Vol. II., p. 356:— {November 1893 ATJ, HOMI 12.1}

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In this one we see that not only is the health message part of the 3AM but is being compared with righteousness by faith, seven last plagues the seal of the living God all in one short paragraph.

In other words, righteousness by faith brings us to the perfection of Jesus Christ in character, and health reform by faith brings us to the perfection of Christ in our bodies. Between the point where we are sealed with the seal of the living God, and the coming of Christ, there are the seven last plagues, and our bodies have got to go through them unscathed, before they become like the glorious body of Jesus. When we preach to the people the coming of the Lord, and the necessity of meeting him, and the motive in keeping the Sabbath, and all that, their bodies are not prepared by that in itself, to meet him. So that the health reform has to come in in its place, and fit the people to meet the events brought before them in the preaching of the message; and that is just as much a part of the third angel’s message, in its place, as is the other. {November 1893 ATJ, HOMI 12.12}

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The the 3AM is about who you worship.

THE Third Angel’s Message being that part of the truth of God which is designed especially to warn the world against the worship of the beast and his image, and which embodies the truth, the love of which will save from the deceptions of Satan all who receive the love of it; and as the enforcement of the worship of the beast and his image, and the accompanying power and signs and lying wonders, is, as we have seen, most dangerously near, it becomes especially important that we should study this message with the most intense interest. This message presents the truth of God which is to save the people of this generation, whosoever of them will be saved when the Lord comes. {December 8, 1887 ATJ, SITI 743.1}

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Temperance is part of the 3AM.

But this also involves a practical believe in true temperance, for that is a vital part of the Third Angel’s Message. True temperance, or health reform, as it is termed, has been declared to bear the same relation to the last message that the right arm does to the body. Then if we do not believe and practice it, our faith is a crippled faith. {February 22, 1883 EJW, SITI 92.3}

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I like this quote that is in bold below, it kind of sums it all up. That there are many truths that are part of the 3AM, but note what he Brother Wagoner had to say that ; “A simple belief that Jesus is the Son of God, and that all the ten commandments are still as binding as when they were given, will not save it anybody from his perspective it also includes the SOP, if a person does not believe in the SOP they do not believe in the 3AM.

How few there are who believe with all their heart. But a belief that admits of a doubt is not faith. True faith is that condition into which not the slightest element of disbelief enters. Who has the faith of Abraham, or Noah, or Moses? We think we have faith because we assent to the most prominent doctrines of the Bible, or to what is known as the “Third Angel’s Message.” A simple belief that Jesus is the Son of God, and that all the ten commandments are still as binding as when they were given, will not save it anybody. “The devil’s believe and tremble,” their belief is not imputed to them for righteousness; they are devils still. Genuine faith in the Third Angel’s Message is evinced by a practical reception and of all the truths brought out by it. Among them may be mentioned the spirit of the prophecy. One who does not believe in this is not a believer in the message, it is one of the main points. Compare Rev. 12:19 with Rev.19:10, etc. But this also involves a practical believe in true temperance, that is a vital part of the Third Angel’s Message. True temperance, or health reform, as it is termed, has been declared to bear the same relation to the last message that the right arm does to the body. Then if we do not believe and practice it, our faith is a crippled faith. {August 4, 1887 EJW, SITI 470.4}

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In closing it is not only the Sabbath and the keeping of the commandments of God but the confession of sins, which brings us to the keeping of His Royal Law.

Do you inquire “what is the present truth – the gold tried in the fire, the eye-salve,” etc.? I answer, “the commandments of God, and the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Said John, “The dragon was wroth with the woman, and went to make war with the remnant of her seed, which keep the commandments of God, and have the testimony of Jesus Christ.” Rev.xii,17. {September 1850 JWe, ADREx 2.3}

“Bind up the testimony, seal the law (the ten commandments) among my disciples.” Isa.viii;16. A part of the third angel’s message is – “Here is the patience of the saints, here are they that keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.” The commandments here referred to, are those which were engraven in two tables of stone, “written with the finger of God.” Nine of them are universally admitted to be binding on mankind. But the fourth, the Holy Sabbath commandment, is trodden under foot and must be restored, and this breach be made up before the third angel finishes his message and before it can be truly said, ‘here are they that keep the commandments of God.’ It is highly necessary that we also “remember,” and confess “all the way” the Lord our God has led us in our Advent experience, which brings us to the keeping of his commandments under the voice of the third angel.   {September 1850 JWe, ADREx 2.4}

In conclusion, the 3AM encompasses all of scripture, the SOP including the Health message and the prophecies found on the 1843 & 1850 Charts. This is of particular importance for SDA since we are God’s denominated people. Is it not time we set aside our own preconceived ideas and once again believe in those messages that brought us out of the churches from 1840-44.

a.             We have, as had John, a message to bear of the things which we have seen and heard. God is not giving us a new message. We are to proclaim the message that in 1843 and 1844 brought us out of the other churches. We need the Holy Spirit to kindle in our hearts the zeal and earnestness that were then seen among God’s people. I thank the Lord that there are still living a few who can remember those days, and who know whereof they speak.(RH Jan 19th 1905)

b.            The truths that we received in 1841, ’42, ’43, and ’44 are now to be studied and proclaimed. The messages of the first, second, and third angels will in the future be proclaimed with a loud voice. They will be given with earnest determination and in the power of the Spirit.(15MR Ltr 75 1905)

c.            All the messages given from 1840-1844 are to be made forcible now, for there are many people who have lost their bearings. The messages are to go to all the churches.  {21MR 437.1}(LTR 54 1906)

d.             God bids us give our time and strength to the work of preaching to the people the messages that stirred men and women in 1843 and 1844.  {MR760 30.1}(July 4th 1907)

God Bless and have a wonderful Sabbath.

Randy Moeller

 

3 Responses to What Constitutes the 3 Angels Message?

  1. Marcus says:

    to the publisher of this article, I was hoping to get a little more understanding about why the 2520 is important in relevance to the three angels messages, you post many quotes that which help me understand that the 3 angels messages are important, and maybe i’m just slow of mind, but I still don’t see how the 2520 is apart of that message, and what power is in that message to bring out the 144,000

  2. “And the third angel followed them.” The first and the second angels’ messages are of great importance, and are followed by the third angel’s message. All three should be understood and combined. The warning contained in these messages means much more to the whole world than the majority of God’s people comprehend. {17MR 236.2}

    What surprises me is that most Adventists have no idea that the prophecy about the false prophet power in the context of all three angel’s messages is being fulfilled right now. http://everythingimportant.org

  3. I have been blessed the post on what constitutes 3AM. I also wish that you shade more light on 2520.God bless you and all the readers.

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