Come Out of Her My People
THE final divine call to humanity provides the urgent
invitation to separate from the Roman Catholic Church and the fallen
Protestant churches which have adopted her apostasy.
And I heard another voice from heaven, saying, Come out
of her, my people, that ye be not partakers of her sins, and that ye
receive not of her plagues. For her sins have reached unto heaven, and God
hath remembered her iniquities. (Revelation 18:4, 5)
This call comes with the everlasting gospel that is
proclaimed to all the inhabitants of the earth. Jesus gave His disciples a
precious promise when they asked Him when the end of the world would be.
And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all
the world for a witness unto all nations and then shall the end come.
That promise has always been the dynamic force that has
motivated Christís true followers to proclaim His message of love,
salvation, and soon coming to this world. Jesus was not dealing in general
terms, for He said "this gospel," not just "a
gospel." Evidently, this gospel was not temporary or transitory. It
is most clearly defined, in Revelation 14, in what is frequently referred
to as the first angelís message, which is part of the other two messages
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. (Revelation 14:6, 7)
It is one thing to be called out of Babylon; it is
another thing to know where to go. When the Jews were given the
opportunity to leave literal Babylon, many remained. So it will be when
the final invitation is given. God will have an authentic church with His
true believers. The book of Revelation frequently refers to the pure woman
at the end time. Such symbolism is always representative of Godís true,
And there appeared a great wonder in heaven; a woman
clothed with the sun, and the moon under her feet, and upon her head a
crown of twelve stars. (Revelation 12:1, emphasis added)
And 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. (Revelation 12:17,
And the Spirit and the bride say, Come. And let
him that heareth say, Come. And let him that is athirst come. And
whosoever will, let him take the water of life freely. (Revelation 22:17,
It is self-evident that it will be this church which
will give the invitation of Revelation 18:4 to the world. It will present
the everlasting gospel of Revelation 14:6, 7 to earthís inhabitants.
Those honest souls who reach the conviction that they are members of a
church from which God is calling them now have the opportunity to join
that group of people who will take this everlasting gospel to the world.
It is essential that we discover the message of the
everlasting gospel, and discern which church espouses it in its fullness.
A review of Revelation 14:7 reveals that there are four interwoven
elements of this message:
1. Fear God.
2. Give glory to Him.
3. The hour of His judgment is come.
4. Worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and the
sea, and the fountains of waters.
An understanding of these principles will reveal the
church that has accepted these truths. It is possible that some readers
will not possess a thorough understanding of the meaning of each of these
components. We will use the good Protestant principle of biblical
interpretation as we explore the Scriptures because the Bible surely is
its own best expositor, the only flawless guide to its own meaning.
1. Fear God. John, the author of
Revelation, undoubtedly was a great student of the Old Testament, for he
frequently quoted from it. The book of Revelation, in many places,
parallels the book of Daniel and other Old Testament prophecies. John
acquired his concept of godly fear from what he read in the Old Testament.
Consequently we must turn to the Old Testament to discover the broad scope
of the command to fear God.
The experience of Abraham, when he was about to offer
Isaac on Mount Moriah, clarifies the meaning of implicit and unwavering
obedience to Godís command.
And he said, Lay not thine hand upon the lad, neither
do thou any thing unto him: for now I know that thou fearest God,
seeing thou has not withheld thy son, thine only son from me. (Genesis
22:12, emphasis added)
These words are of major significance, for they were
spoken by Christ Himself. Since the book of Revelation is the revelation
of Jesus Christ (Revelation 1:1), consistence requires that we apply the
same meaning to the use of the same term in each passage.
Abrahamís faith was so firm that he obeyed Godís
awesome request, and believed that God could and would raise his boy from
the dead. He believed it despite the fact that there is no inspired record
that a single human had ever been raised from the dead prior to the Mount
Moriah experience. This, in reality, was absolute faith that was
manifested by unquestioning obedience to our God.
By faith Abraham, when he was tried, offered up Isaac:
and he that had received the promises offered up his only begotten son, of
whom it was said, That in Isaac shall thy seed be called: accounting that
God was able to raise him up, even from the dead; from whence also he
received him in a figure. (Hebrews 11:17Ė19)
In the book of Deuteronomy, Moses explained the meaning
of the requirement to fear God.
That thou mightest fear the Lord thy God, to keep all
his statutes and his commandments, which I command thee. (Deuteronomy 6:2)
Therefore thou shalt keep the commandments of the Lord
thy God, to walk in his ways, and to fear him. (Deuteronomy 8:6)
And now, Israel, what doth the Lord thy God require of
thee, but to fear the Lord thy God, to walk in all his ways, and to love
him, and to serve the Lord thy God with all thy heart and with all thy
soul, to keep the commandments of the Lord, and his statutes, which I
command thee this day for thy good? (Deuteronomy 10:12, 13)
These passages call Godís people to obey the law of
God and His Word. To fear God is to so implicitly trust God that our lives
will not reflect our own fallible, human judgment. Instead, we will be
ready to follow Godís leading whatever it may be. Only such a people
will be able to be used by God to take the everlasting gospel to every
nook and cranny of this world.
They overcame him [Satan] by the blood of the lamb, and
by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the
death. (Revelation 12:11)
The Roman Catholic Church is not the only church that
refuses to acknowledge Godís power to keep His people from falling into
sin. Most Protestant churches today deny that Godís people will possess
perfection of character before Christ returns. The Bible is replete with
assurances that, in His power, Christís humble flock will overcome all
sin. In confirmation of this fact, we cite a selection of passages from
For what the law could not do, in that it was weak
through the flesh, God sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful
flesh, and for sin, condemned sin in the flesh: that the righteousness of
the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not after the flesh, but after
the Spirit. (Romans 8:3, 4)
If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to
forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness. (1 John
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath
appeared to all men, teaching us that, denying ungodliness and worldly
lusts, we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present
world. (Titus 2:11, 12)
Wherefore he is able also to save them to the uttermost
that come unto God by him, seeing he ever liveth to make intercession for
them. (Hebrews 7:25)
Forasmuch then as Christ hath suffered for us in the
flesh, arm yourselves likewise with the same mind: for he that hath
suffered in the flesh hath ceased from sin; that he no longer should live
the rest of his time in the flesh to the lusts of men, but to the will of
God. (1 Peter 4:1, 2)
Many have a form of godliness but do not possess the
genuine love of God essential for those who are seeking to serve Him.
Having a form of godliness, but denying the power
thereof: from such turn away. (2 Timothy 3:5)
Such will not receive the crown of life. It must be
remembered that we cannot, by our human effort, have day-by-day victory
over sin. It is the grace of God that provides such strength.
For the grace of God that bringeth salvation hath
appeared to all men. (Titus 2:11)
Only Christ, the victorious One, can keep us from
Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and
to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding
joy . . . (Jude 24)
He has promised that those who have submitted their
will to Him will not be tested above their endurance.
There hath no temptation taken you but such as is
common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted
above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a way to
escape, that ye may be able to bear it. (1 Corinthians 10:13)
A daily commitment of our lives to Jesus requires us to
truly fear God. Freedom from the enslavement of sin is the greatest
blessing that God desires to give us.
2. Give glory to Him. At first
thought, it would seem impossible that fallen humans could give any glory
to the God of the universe. God possesses infinite glory, and we innately
possess none. Glory represents character. Adam and Eve lost their garments
of light when their characters were marred by sin. The all-perfect One
surely possesses infinite glory. We must trust the Lord that somehow we
will be empowered to "give glory to Him." The Bible does not
leave us in ignorance. Jesus Himself addressed the issue.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven. (Matthew
Righteous characters reflect works of righteousness.
Our works must always be for the glory of God, and never for ourselves.
Paulís writings add another dimension to this command to "give
glory to Him."
Whether therefore ye eat, or drink, or whatsoever ye
do, do all to the glory of God. (1 Corinthians 10:31)
Even in our daily food and drink, our dietary habits,
we need to reflect the glory of God. Paul also tells us that we are the
temple of God.
Know ye not that ye are the temple of God, that the
Spirit of God dwelleth in you? If any man defile the temple of God, him
shall God destroy; for the temple of God is holy, which temple ye are. (1
Corinthians 3:16, 17)
What? know ye not that your body is the temple of the
Holy Ghost which is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own?
For ye are bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in
your spirit, which are Godís. (1 Corinthians 6:19, 20)
And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?
for ye are the temple of the living God; as God hath said, I will dwell in
them, and walk in them; and I will be their God, and they shall be my
people. Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the
Lord, and touch not the unclean thing: and I will receive you. (2
Corinthians 6:16, 17)
Note the striking relationship between 2 Corinthians
6:16, 17 and idolatry. The image worship of the Roman Catholic Church can
never lead to God dwelling in the human temple.
1 Corinthians 10:31 makes evident the fact that our
health habits need to reflect the glory of God. Many churches have given
little heed to the relationship of biblical health habits to Christian
character; also they have not taken a stand against alcohol or tobacco.
They do not educate their members in those dietary principles which will
enhance their Christian commitment, service, and honor to God. It is
evident that Godís faithful church will practice these true health
Godís true end-time church will teach the
commandments of God and claim Christís provision to keep His faithful
servants from falling into sin. They will also honor God with their habits
of a healthful lifestyle. Sadly, most churches of Protestantism do not
measure up to these requirements.
3. The hour of His judgment is come. This
judgment-hour message is little understood in Christendom. It cannot be
understood by most Christians, for they have accepted the Greek-pagan
concept of immediate life after death that has been consistently taught
since the time of the ancient city of Babylon. The Bible consistently
teaches that death is a dreamless sleep. Each deceased person awaits the
call of the Life-give at His second coming.
For the living know that they shall die: but the dead
know not anything, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of
them is forgotten. (Ecclesiastes 9:5)
Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy
might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the
grave, whither thou goest. (Ecclesiastes 9:10)
And many of them that sleep in the dust of the earth
shall awake, some to everlasting life, and some to shame and everlasting
contempt. (Daniel 12:2)
These things said he: and after that he saith unto
them, Our friend Lazarus sleepeth; but I go, that I may awake him out of
sleep. Then said his disciples, Lord, if he sleep, he shall do well.
Howbeit Jesus spake of his death: but they thought that he had spoken of
taking rest in sleep. (John 11:11Ė13)
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be changed. (1 Corinthians 15:51)
For if we believe that Jesus died and rose again, even
so them also which sleep in Jesus will God bring with him.
(1 Thessalonians 4:14).
Job recognized that he would see God in his (Jobís)
flesh instead of in a spirit body.
And though after my skin worms destroy this body, yet
in my flesh shall I see God. (Job 19:26)
Godís reference to souls means living humans
who sin and will be destroyed if they do not repent of their sins. There
is no indication of eternal punishment in Scripture.
Behold, all souls are mine; as the soul of the father,
so also the soul of the son is mine: the soul that sinneth, it shall die.
The Bible plainly states that only God possesses
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which
no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be
honour and power everlasting. (1 Timothy 6:16)
The Word of God teaches that the faithful receive
immortality only at the resurrection of the righteous dead.
Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep,
but we shall all be changed, in a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at
the last trump: for the trumpet shall sound, and the dead shall be raised
incorruptible, and we shall be changed. For this corruptible must put on
incorruption, and this mortal must put on immortality. (1 Corinthians
The Bible teaches that man is presently mortal.
Jesus wished to give His disciples the hope of eternal
life. He did not point them to the moment of their deaths; instead, He
directed their minds to His second comingóthe time when they would be
resurrected. Study this passage carefully.
Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God,
believe also in me. In my Fatherís house are many mansions: if it were
not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you. And if I
go and prepare a place for you, I will come again, and receive you unto
myself, that where I am, there ye may be also. (John 14:1Ė3)
God, in His infinite wisdom, allows His fallen creation
to rest in the grave until He calls them forth in the resurrection; thus
Godís redeemed are spared the agony of observing the effects of sin upon
their living loved ones. In His justice, God allows the unfallen angels of
the universe to review the records of the human race before one soul is
I beheld till the thrones were cast down, and the
Ancient of days did sit, whose garment was white as snow, and the hair of
his head like the pure wool: his throne was like the fiery flame, and his
wheels as burning fire. A fiery stream issued and came forth from before
him: thousand thousands ministered unto him, and ten thousand times ten
thousand stood before him: the judgment was set, and the books were
opened. (Daniel 7:9, 10)
John identifies these myriads of beings as multitudes
of angels who are present at the judgment.
And I beheld, and I heard the voice of many angels
round about the throne and the beasts and the elders: and the number of
them was ten thousand times ten thousand, and thousand of thousands.
This judgment is presently in progress in heaven. It
takes place just prior to the return of Jesus. Daniel refers to the
establishment of Christís kingdom that is immediately after the judgment
of the beast power.
And there was given him [Christ] dominion, and glory,
and a kingdom, that all people, nations, and languages, should serve him:
his dominion is an everlasting dominion, which shall not pass away, and
his kingdom that which shall not be destroyed. (Daniel 7:14)
In this judgment, all who have claimed loyalty to God
are judged. God formally declares who are His faithful people. It is
important to note that this judgment begins just after the end of the
medieval reign of the Papacy. Daniel mentions the papal power.
And he shall speak great words against the most High,
and shall wear out the saints of the most High, and think to change times
and laws: and they shall be given into his hand until a time and times and
the dividing of time. But the judgment shall sit, and they shall take away
his dominion, to consume and to destroy it unto the end. (Daniel 7:25, 26)
The 1260 days were indeed symbolic of the 1260 years of
papal dominance over Europe. (See chapter 5, entitled "The Medieval
Reign of the Papacy.") This time period began in 538 when Pope
Vigilius exercised the role of Pontifex Maximus, and concluded with Pope
Pius VIís imprisonment in 1798. This prophecy, the 1260-year period of
papal dominance, is represented by the term, a time, and times, and
half a time, literally one year, two years, and half a year, or 1260
prophetic days (1260 literal years).
The Papacy (here represented by the little horn) will
be judged as unfaithful, and all those who worship him will similarly be
judged as unfaithful. This same judgment considers the lives of Godís
And at that time shall Michael stand up, the great
prince which standeth for the children of thy people; and there shall be a
time of trouble, such as never was since there was a nation even to that
same time: and at that time thy people shall be delivered, every one that
shall be found written in the book. (Daniel 12:1)
Until the Ancient of days came, and judgment was given
to [in favor of] the saints of the most High; and the time came that the
saints possessed the kingdom. (Daniel 7:22)
Godís judgment is against the little horn (the
Papacy) and in favor of His people. What a wonderful message to the world!
Christ stands up for His people in the judgment. It would be a fearful
experience to have to stand alone before Godís judgment bar without the
One who lived a perfect life and died for our salvation. Our Lord, our
Saviour, stands up for us in the judgment. What a thrilling prospect! Both
authors have preached this message around the world, and both have
thrilled at the response of Protestants, Catholics, Christians, and
non-Christians to this message.
We have found only one church which preaches this
messageóthe Seventh-day Adventist Church. We have been especially
blessed to recognize that it also upholds the Bible principle declaring
that Godís saints will keep the commandments of God through the faith of
Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that
keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus. (Revelation 14:12)
We also realize that this church has, for well over a
century, placed emphasis upon the message of healthful living.
4. Worship Him that made heaven, and earth, and
the sea, and the fountains of waters. This final facet of
the everlasting gospel calls for worship of the Creator. This command
incorporates an explicit reference to the Sabbath commandment.
Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Six days
shalt thou labor, and do all thy work: but the seventh day is the sabbath
of the Lord thy God: in it thou shalt not do any work, thou, nor thy son,
nor thy daughter, thy manservant, nor thy maidservant, nor thy cattle, nor
thy stranger that is within thy gates: for in six days the Lord made
heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh
day: wherefore the Lord blessed the sabbath day, and hallowed it. (Exodus
There is only one day that God has ordained as the
reminder of His creative poweróthe seventh day of the week.
And on the seventh day God ended his work which he had
made; and he rested on the seventh day from all his work which he had
made. And God blessed the seventh day, and sanctified it: because that in
it he had rested from all his work which God created and made. (Genesis
This day was honored by the ancient patriarchs and
reestablished by Moses. God is particular. It is not within manís
province to determine the day which should be hallowed.
And it came to pass, that on the sixth day they
gathered twice as much bread, two omers for one man: and all the rulers of
the congregation came and told Moses. And he said unto them, This is that
which the Lord hath said, To morrow is the rest of the holy sabbath unto
the Lord: bake that which ye will bake to day, and seethe that ye will
seethe; and that which remaineth over lay up for you to be kept until the
morning. (Exodus 16:22, 23)
This day was set aside as a sign or seal (see Romans
4:11) of sanctification.
Speak thou also unto the children of Israel, saying,
Verily my sabbaths ye shall keep: for it is a sign between me and you
throughout your generations; that ye may know that I am the Lord that doth
sanctify you. (Exodus 31:13)
Moreover also I gave them my sabbaths, to be a sign
between me and them, that they might know that I am the Lord that sanctify
them. (Ezekiel 20:12)
This day was kept by the faithful throughout the Old
Testament era. Christ worshiped on this day when He was on earth.
And he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up:
and, as his custom was, he went into the synagogue on the sabbath day, and
stood up for to read. (Luke 4:16)
Christ claimed this day as His very own.
Therefore the Son of man is Lord also of the sabbath.
Paul also worshiped on this day.
And he reasoned in the synagogue every sabbath, and
persuaded the Jews and the Greeks. (Acts 18:4)
During life in the new earth, all of Godís redeemed
will worship Him on that special day.
And it shall come to pass, that from one new moon to
another, and from one sabbath to another, shall all flesh come to worship
before me, saith the Lord. (Isaiah 66:23)
Some Christians who are not very knowledgeable about
the Scriptures have questioned whether Saturday is the Sabbath referred to
in the fourth commandment. The Bible establishes this fact in relation to
the death and resurrection of Jesus Christ. Jesus died on what has become
known as Good Friday, and rose from the dead on Easter Sunday. There is
only one day between these two daysóSaturday. Luke refers to the day of
Christís death (Friday).
And that day was the preparation, and the Sabbath drew
on. (Luke 23:54)
The Sabbath was observed, in Christís day, from
sunset on Friday evening and extended to sunset on Saturday evening, as
God had commanded; thus, when Jesus died at 3 p.m. on Friday, it was still
the preparation day, and the Sabbath soon followed.
Matthew recorded the day of Christís resurrection
In the end of the Sabbath, as it began to dawn toward
the first day of the week, came Mary Magdalene and the other Mary to see
the sepulchre. And, behold, there was a great earthquake: for the angel of
the Lord descended from heaven, and came and rolled back the stone from
the door, and sat upon it. (Matthew 28:1, 2)
Scripture decisively declares that the Sabbath is
indeed Saturday. History testifies to the fact that no alteration in the
weekly cycle has occurred since apostolic times.
This day was the one upon which most of the faithful
Christians, up to at least the seventh century (see chapter 5, entitled
"The Medieval Reign of the Papacy"), worshiped. We recognize
that the Roman Catholic Church proudly boasts that it was not Christ or
the apostles who changed the Sabbath from the seventh day (Saturday) to
the first day (Sunday). As previously mentioned, many gave their lives in
loyalty to the Creator. At the end of time, the Sabbath will once more
become the great test of loyalty to Christ.
Satan hates the Sabbath because it is an acknowledgment
of the One to whom we justifiably owe total allegiance. Ever since the
controversy in heaven, Satan has sought to claim the rulership of this
world. Worship on the pagan day of the sun is an acknowledgment of Satanís
rulership. One shows, by the day upon which he worships, his loyalty to
the sovereignty of the Creator in his life. God desires to recreate His
image in our hearts.