“Fear God, and give glory to him; for the hour of his judgment is come: …” (Revelation 14:7). This angel’s message tells us why we are to fear God and give Him glory. The hour of His judgment has now come. What does that mean? It means that the case of each believer is presently being judged in the heavenly sanctuary. This is to determine the genuineness of each conversion. I learned this in an online bible study I am currently doing.
God has a book in which all of our names are written. It’s first mentioned in Exodus 32:32, 33. Moses said to him, Oh, this people have sinned a great sin, and have made them gods of gold. Yet now, if thou wilt forgive their sin–; and if not, blot me, I pray thee, out of thy book which thou hast written.”
This was after the people worshipped the gold calf Aaron carved. Their idolatry was in direct violation of God’s commandment which forbids the worship of idols and images–the worship of anyone or anything but the Creator Himself. I think this scene in Exodus reflects the message of the angel. The people were not genuine converts even though they had seen the power of God. They did not fear Him as they should have. They did not give Him the glory for bringing them out of captivity in the land of Egypt. They did not obey His commandment which stated, “Thou shalt have no other gods before me. Thou shalt not make unto thee any graven image, or any likeness of any thing that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. Thou shalt not bow down thyself to them, nor serve them: for I the LORD thy God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children unto the third and fourth generation of them that hate me” (Exodus 20:3-5).
This is why God said to Moses, “Whosoever hath sinned against me, him will I blot out of my book” (Exodus 32:33). Genuine converts will respect God by giving Him glory and honor and living in obedience to His law which represents Him.
Solomon said, “Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this [is] the whole [duty] of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether [it be] good, or whether [it be] evil” (Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14). Solomon makes it clear here that fear of God, keeping His commandments are linked to His judgment. This judgment is described in detail in Revelation 15:4-6:
Who shall not fear thee, O Lord, and glorify thy name? for thou only art holy: for all nations shall come and worship before thee; for thy judgments are made manifest.
And after that I looked, and, behold, the temple of the tabernacle of the testimony in heaven was opened:
And the seven angels came out of the temple, having the seven plagues, clothed in pure and white linen, and having their breasts girded with golden girdles.
These plagues of God’s wrath would fall on those whose names are not in the Book of Life. God will blot out the names of the untrue converts from the Book of Life and then execute judgment on those who didn’t give Him glory. This is why the angel is warning us to fear God, give Him glory and worship Him. He is calling us to obey the entire message. Revelation 4:11 says, “Thou art worthy, O Lord, to receive glory and honour and power: for thou hast created all things, and for thy pleasure they are and were created.” We fear, give glory and honor to the Creator.
The angel’s message brings the fourth commandment to mind. It says, “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 20:11). The word used here for LORD is Jehovah which means, “the existing One”. It is the proper name of the one true God. When we keep the seventh day Sabbath, we are honoring the one true God. We express our reverential fear of God by putting all of His commandments, including the one for the Sabbath into practice.
When Jesus was here, He glorified the Father (John 17:4). He lived in obedience to the Father, even unto death. He honored the Father by the way He lived and conducted Himself and the work He did. He completed the work the Father gave Him to do. So, likewise, we are to glorify God while we are here on earth by bearing good fruit and finishing the work we are given to do. While we wait for Jesus to return, we work, motivated by love for God and others.
There will come a time when believers who recognize God as their Creator and pay Him honor and respect and give Him glory will face persecution from those who choose not to glorify Him but Jesus offers us these encouraging words, “He that overcometh, the same shall be clothed in white raiment; and I will not blot out his name out of the book of life, but I will confess his name before my Father, and before his angels” (Revelation 3:5).
Look around you, the invisible things of God since the creation of the world is there for us to see. We have no excuse. God’s handiwork is all around us to appreciate. Let’s not make the same mistake as the people Paul wrote about in Romans 1:20, 21, who when they knew God did not glorify Him as the Creator God. Give God the glory He deserves, fear Him and keep His commandments.