By Eusebio Tanicala
This article further explains the issue raised by the question of Reggie A. Samonte.
Mr. Felix Manalo claimed that he is the fulfillment of the “ascending angel” of Revelation 7:1-3. He explained that another meaning of “angel” is “messenger” and he claimed to be the “last messenger of God in the last days.” And that with the advent of his preaching in 1914, the last era of the world started.
Let’s notice several things that are prompted by Mr. Manalo’s claims:
If Mr. Manalo were truly an angel-messenger in fulfillment of Rev. 7:1-3 and he said he is the last messenger of God he virtually said there’s no more angel after Rev. 7:1-3 and no more angel-messengers after Rev. 7:1-3.
This interpretation of Mr. Manalo which is promoted by INC apologists today is very illogical and not factual based on the Book of Revelation. Why? Because after Rev. 7:1-3 we read many more angel-messengers in the Book of Revelation. Notice verses that tell us of other angel-messengers: Rev. 8:3 “another angel came and stood;” 8:7 “the first angel sounded;” 8:8 “the second angel sounded;” 8:10 “the third angel sounded;” 8:12 “the fourth angel sounded;” Rev. 9:1 “the fifth angel sounded;” 9:13 “the sixth angel sounded;” 9:15 “Four angels release;” 10:11 “another angel came down;” 10:5 “the angel which I saw;” 11:15 “the seventh angel sounded;” 14:6 “I saw another angel fly in the midst of heaven having the everlasting gospel;” 14:8 “another angel followed;” 14:9 “the third angel followed them;” 14:15 “another angel came out of the temple, crying with a loud voice to him that sat on the cloud;” 14:17 “another angel came out of the temple which is in heaven, he also having a sharp sickle;” 14:18 “another angel came out of the altar;” Rev. 15:6 “Seven angels came out of the temple;” 16:1-21 there are seven angels acting one after the other; 18:1 “I saw another angel come down from heaven;” 18:21 “a mighty angel took a stone;” 19:17 “I saw an angel standing in the sun;” 20:1 “an angel coming down from heaven;” 22:8 “the angel who showed me these things;” 22:16 “Jesus sent his angel.”
By saying that he was the last messenger-angel, Mr. Manalo denies the existence of these angels we have just cited. Which do you believe, the claim of Mr. Manalo or what you read in the Bible?
By claiming that he is God’s last angel-messenger in the last days, Mr. Manalo was saying that his ministry belongs to the last era of the world. But Rev. 6:12-17 and 7 is under the Sixth Seal. There’s a Seventh Seal or a Seventh Era that starts in Rev. 8:1 with other angel-messengers. This means that Mr. Manalo and his apologists today do not pay attention to other details in the Book of Revelation.
Very interesting indeed is Rev. 14:6- 7 which says, “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.’” This should tell us that the claim of Mr. Manalo that he is the “last angel-messenger” is false because Rev. 14:6-7 is much later than Rev. 7:1-3. This angel in Rev. 14:6-7 preached the everlasting gospel to all that dwell on earth, every nation, every kindred, every tongue, and people. Note that the angel in Rev. 7 was assigned to mark only 144,000 of the tribe of Israel before the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 as claimed by INC interpreter. It would be interesting to ask if Mr. Manalo and his ministers limited their ministry to the 144,000 of Israel before the First World War. If not, why not?