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The third angel’s message can be found in Revelation 14:9-12 and reads as follows:
“A third angel followed them, saying with a loud voice, ‘If anyone worships the beast and his image, and receives his mark on his forehead or on his hand, he himself shall also drink of the wine of the wrath of God, which is poured out full strength into the cup of His indignation. . . . They have no rest day or night, who worship the beast and his image, and whoever receives the mark of his name.’ Here is the patience of the saints; here are those who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”
The Third Angel’s Message demands a decision. It divides the entire world into two groups. On one side stand apostate Christians who worship “the beast and his image” and receive “his mark on his forehead or on his hand.” On the other side stand those who reject the authority of the beast; these are the saints “who keep the commandments of God and the faith of Jesus.”
Note the contrast between the two opposing groups. Those who receive the “mark of the beast” follow convenient, man-made ideas and practices. They are professed Christians who choose not to follow the Bible and the Bible alone. God’s faithful Christians, called “saints” in these verses, have as their distinguishing traits: patience, obedience to God’s commandments, and the faith of Jesus.
The deciding factor is worship. Will you worship God as described in the Bible? Or will you worship man-made ideas and practices?