Many churches throughout the world use a Bible reading schedule called a "lectionary." It's just a fancy word meaning "selected readings." Posts like this reflect on the readings for an upcoming Sunday or other Church holiday, as found in the historic one-year lectionary.
The word "gospel" is a peculiar one. It really refers to good news. And often we will make handy definitions. One common definition among Lutherans is that the Gospel is what tells us what God has done for us. Yet here in Revelation 14 the gospel which is proclaimed calls all the nations to fear God, to give him glory, and to worship him in his hour of judgment. This is not the message of good news which we might expect. Granted, it is good news that God's judgment is coming to bring his people into eternal blessedness with him. But those who are subject to the negative judgment of God face sorrows, wrath, and even condemnation.
The truth of God is a matter of good news regardless - it shows that all God's plans and decrees are for the good, since they demonstrate that he has always told the truth. None of his words has ever proven void. In that light, his act of putting all to rights again is a matter of good news and great glory.
The Lord God, king of all, remains on his throne. He reigns by his merciful decree. In light of that, then, let us all give him glory, because that is his call to each and every one of us.
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