Revelation 10 is part of a parenthesis that last from chapter 10 – chapter 14. So far, seven seals opened, and six trumpets have sounded.
|CHAPTER 10||LITTLE BOOK|
|CHAPTER 11||THE TEMPLE|
|CHAPTER 12||THE WOMAN|
THE MAN CHILD
|CHAPTER 13||THE TWO BEASTS|
The 7th trumpet will unroll the seven vials. God is pouring out His wrath on earth. The intensity of the plagues is ever increasing, and the worst is still to come.
VERSE BY VERSE
Revelation 10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow was upon his head, and his face was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire: 2. And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
This “mighty angel” is not Jesus Christ, even though he looks impressive to John. He is an angel, send by God. There are three clues that indicates this:
- The word “another” in the Greek used here is “allos.” That is another of the same kind. To clarify, another angel like the ones before him. The Greek word “heteros” is not used which is another of a different kind.
- Jesus is not once referred to as “an angel” in the rest of the book of Revelation.
- This angel swears by God in verse 6, and not by himself.
The “rainbow upon his head” is a token of the divine favour, and a symbol of God’s covenant made with Noah.
Note! The covenant with Noah was God promising not to destroy the world again with water. This time God will destroy with fire for the purpose of refinement. All the work on earth, done out of selfishness, will be burned up.
Revelation 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
This mighty angel cries out with a loud voice, like the roar of a lion. But, John is not allowed to write down what he heard. Thus, we do not know the content.
Note! Every time thunders occur in Revelation, it is the foreboding of coming judgments. It is gathering attention, and focusing on what is coming. See Revelation 8:5, 11:19, and 16:18.
NO MORE DELAY
Revelation 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven. 6. And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer;
This mighty angel is lifting his hand to heaven, and he is swearing by God. Time is running out! If God was holding back, the full force of His judgment is about to fall.
Note! The sea refers to that what is turbulent, and the earth to what is constant. Transition is coming. Turbulence will become constant, at the end.
Revelation 10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
We are in a parenthesis, but the 7th trumpet will sound. It will bring God’s judgment on earth to completion. And, it will usher in God’s kingdom on earth, as prophesied by the Old Testament prophets.
THE LITTLE BOOK
Revelation 10:8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
John was being told to go up to the mighty angel, and to take the little book out of his hand.
SWEET AND BITTER
Revelation 10:9. And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey. 10. And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
The act of “eating” the little book is to absorb the words in it. To make it his own.
The sweetness in his mouth is knowing the promised kingdom has come, it is happening.
The bitter taste in John’s mouth is understanding what it will take to usher in this promised kingdom. Seven years of Tribulation to put an end to the present things on earth.
Note! God made a covenant with David, and the Old Testament prophets hammered on about it. A Messiah will come to sit on the throne in Jerusalem, and from here He will reign over the earth. See more End Times, Israel Jesus Christ came to do so, but they rejected Him, and Israel is in a parenthesis for the last 2000 years. But, the waiting is over now, “they kingdom come.”
MORE TO COME
Revelation 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
John is being told there is more for him to prophesied about. We read this in the next chapters in Revelation.
THIS IS PART OF A SERIES:
- Revelation, Why bother?
- Revelation, Overview
- Revelation, Chapter 1
- Revelation, Chapter 2
- Revelation, Chapter 3
- Revelation, Chapter 4
- Revelation, Chapter 5
- Revelation, Chapter 6
- Revelation, Chapter 7
- Revelation, Chapter 8
- Revelation, Chapter 9
SOURCES FOR REVELATION, CHAPTER 10:
- The Seven Letters to the Seven Churches by Dr. Chuck Missler
- Revelation by Dr. Baruch Korman
- The Unveiled Christ of Revelation by Dr. John Barnett
- A Light in the Darkness by Rick Renner
- 101 Answers to Questions About the Book of Revelation by Dr. Mark Hitchcock
- Revelation: A Chronology by Dr. Jimmy De Young
OTHER SOURCES FOR REVELATION, CHAPTER 10: