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Revelation 10

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 A PAUSE AND A LITTLE BOOK

 

PARENTHESIS

 

 

We are in Revelation 10. Altogether, six trumpets have sounded. The last of the seven trumpets is about to blow, but it does not.

 

 

God is trumpeting the judgements, bringing them to the edge, and then parenthesis. He is waiting in His mercy for more to turn to Him.

 

 

 

Parenthesis Before the Last Trumpet
Parenthesis Before the Last Trumpet

AN ANGEL

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.”

Scholars still debate the identity of this angel. Is it Jesus Christ or an angel sent by God? There are three plausible clues indicating that it is an angel:

1. The word “allos” is used in Greek, not “heteros”, translated in English as “another.” There is a distinct difference. “Allos” means another of the same kind, indicating another angel like the ones before him. “Heteros” would have told another of a different kind.

2. Jesus is clearly associated with the Angel of the Lord in the Old Testament but never in the New Testament. 

3. This angel swears by God and not by himself. See Revelation 10:6.

We do know this angel has come from the very presence of God, and he has might and authority.

The “rainbow upon his head” is a token of divine favour and a symbol of God’s covenant with Noah. See Genesis 9:8-17.

NOTE! 

The covenant with Noah was God promising not to destroy the world again with water. In the end time, God will use fire and brimstone. He will refine and burn up everything on earth built out of selfishness. 

THE LITTLE BOOK

Revelation 10:2: “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.”

The angel is standing with one foot on the sea and one on the earth, a stance of complete authority over the earthly situation. 

John used a different Greek word to describe this little book from the scroll we encountered in Revelation 5. The contents of this little book are not revealed, but it is most probably God’s design long concealed and now about to unroll.

SEVEN THUNDERS

Revelation 10:3 “And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.”

David wrote about the same seven thunderous voices of God.

Psalm 29

“3 The voice of the LORDis upon the waters: the God of glory thundereth: the LORD is upon many waters.

The voice of the LORDis powerful; the voice of the LORD is full of majesty.

The voice of the LORD breaketh the cedars; yea, the LORD breaketh the cedars of Lebanon.

The voice of the LORD divideth the flames of fire.

The voice of the LORD shaketh the wilderness; the LORD shaketh the wilderness of Kadesh.

The voice of the LORD maketh the hinds to calve, and discovereth the forests: and in his temple doth every one speak of his glory.”

 

SEAL IT UP

Revelation 10:4 “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.”

Many ask themselves, why John recorded this incident if we cannot know what is in the little book? But God reveals to us everything when the time is right.

Years before, Daniel was told to “seal the book” till the right time.

Daniel 12:4: “But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.”

 

NO MORE WAITING

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, swearing solemnly by God that the end is irrevocably in motion. God is waiting no longer, and there is no turning back now. 

A MYSTERY

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.”

NOTE!

We find the term “mystery” throughout Scripture, the things God had in His plan all along, but He unveils it to us at the right time. More items in Scripture that were a mystery until God revealed it was:

1. The gospel. See Colossians 4:3.

2. The indwelling of the Holy Spirit. See Colossians 1:27-2:3.

3. The church. See Ephesians 3:3-11.

4. The conversion of the Jews. See Romans 11:25. 

In Revelation 10, “the mystery of God” most probably refers to the unfolding of the end times and God establishing the kingdom of God on earth.

EATING 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 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 command to “eat” a scroll or book was not the first time we encountered it in Scripture. God had told Ezekiel to eat the scroll and then to go and tell. See Ezekiel 3:1-3.

Eating implies absorbing, digesting, and making it his own, a prerequisite to confidently proclaiming its content.

The sweetness is the realisation that the long-awaited kingdom of God on earth, promised to David, is here. And the bitterness is understanding what it will take to usher in this promised kingdom, seven troublesome years. The last half, or 3.5 years if you’d like, gets even worse. It is known as the Tribulation.

GO AND TELL

Revelation 10:11: “And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.”

Go and tell.

 

THE END

BOOK OF REVELATION

Revelation, Scope and Sequence

Revelation, Introduction

Revelation 1

Revelation 2

Revelation 3

Revelation 4

Revelation 5

Revelation 6

Revelation 7

Revelation 8

Revelation 9

Revelation 10

Revelation 11

Revelation 12

Revelation 13

Revelation 14

SOURCES FROM THE WEB:

Missler, Chuck at koinonahouse.org

Korman, Baruch at  loveisrael.org

Barnett, John at dtbm.org

Ice, Thomas at pre-trib.org

Breaker, Robert at thecloudchurch.org

De Young, Jimmy at sermonaudio.com

BOOKS:

Johnson, Ken. Ancient Church Fathers.

Missler, Chuck. Daniel’s 70 Week’s: Profiles in Prophecy.

Hitchcock, Mark. 101 Answers to Questions About the Book of Revelation.