Adventists Listen Again
to the First Angel
by Jack Hoehn
And I saw another angel
Heaven has many messengers, Seventh-day Adventists are surely one of them
and this is our charter, this is our mission.
Flying in the midst of heaven
We are to fly in the middle, not too high, not too low,
not too right, not too left,
in the middle with a ministry of reconciliation,
or bringing together,
of common ground.
Having the everlasting gospel
The good news we have is not to be dependent on Darwin or Newton or Einstein or Hubble.
It is also not dependent Luther, Calvin, Dwight L. Moody or Ellen G. White.
To preach to those who dwell on the earth—
All creatures that on earth do dwell need to give Him praise.
To every Nation
This news is for Islamic nations, Buddhist nations, Confucian nations,
Hindu nations, Catholic nations, Protestant nations, Communist nations, Socialist nations, Capitalist nations, big nations, little nations, every nation.
Tribe, Tongue, and People.
Our message must be global, universal, ecumenical, trans-cultural,
trans-philosophical, trans-doctrinal, trans-theoretical.
Saying with a loud voice
This truth dare not be whispered, hidden, buffered, silenced by disputable detail,
personal interpretations, and minority opinions.
It needs to be a loud, bold, universal truth
that can be heard on front pages everywhere.
Fear God and Give Glory to Him–
Withdraw glory from chance, randomness, and purposelessness.
Withdraw fear of meaningless, hopeless insignificance
and replace it with universal awe for the Creator.
For the Hour of His Judgment has come
There is now a tipping point, a pivot of history, everything depends
on one broad, universal, trans-cultural, widely acceptable fact.
And Worship Him
(Please church, It does NOT say worship WHEN, it says Worship HIM.)
(The angel does not ask humans to worship HOW God made.
It demands no vote on WHEN God made
only WHO made.)
Heaven and Earth, the Sea and Springs of Water.
God is your Creator.
every theory of creation: God did it. Worship Him with us.
excluded from this grand program of common worship
only by unwillingness to agree—God did it
it is the beginning of wisdom.
careful exegesis, thoughtful coordination of the facts of science with the truths of revelation.
Each theory of how and when God created will have to bend and learn from each other.
don’t muffle its voice of universal unity,
by a narrowing or restriction
of the grand truth of Creation
to one narrow
opinion on its
and open to all willing to worship God as our Creator.
(Reprinted with permission of the editor from ADVENTIST TODAY print magazine, Summer 2015, page 52.)
Illustration from Edward Burne-Jones, Days of Creation (First), 1870-76, Original in the Harvard University, Fogg Art Museum. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license..