REVELATION Chapter 10
I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven, clothed with a cloud,
and the rainbow was upon his head, and his face was like the sun,
and his feet like pillars of fire
2 and he had in his hand a little book which was open.
He placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land
3 and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars,
and when he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices.
4 When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write,
and I heard a voice from heaven saying,
�Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and
do not write them.�
5 Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land
lifted up his right hand to heaven,
6 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever,
WHO CREATED HEAVEN AND THE THINGS IN IT,
AND THE EARTH AND THE THINGS IN IT, AND THE SEA AND THE THINGS IN IT,
that there will be delay no longer,
7 but in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is
about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached
to His servants the prophets.
Then the voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking with me,
and saying, �Go, take the book which is open in the hand of the angel
who stands on the sea and on the land.� 9 So I went to the angel,
telling him to give me the little book. And he said to me,
�Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter,
but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.�
10 I took the little book out of the angel�s hand and ate it,
and in my mouth it was sweet as honey; and when I had eaten it,
my stomach was made bitter.
11 And they said to me,
�You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.�
Now read Revelation 11 - The Two Witnesses
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Revelation Teachings by Eileen Smith, 2008
The earth has been hit with 6 trumpet judgments. There has been
destruction to the industry and shipping one third of the water
supply has been contaminated, one third of the daylight has been
temporarily wiped out, demonic like locusts have caused
unbearable torture to the ungodly, & a demonic like military
attack has killed one third of the ungodly left on earth.
Just as there was an interlude between the sixth and seventh
seals, there is one between the sixth and seventh trumpets,
which seems to be a time of preparation for the seventh trumpet.
This interlude lasts through chapter 10 and much of chapter 11.
Let"s take a look at what happens during the interlude.
John see1s another powerful angel coming from heaven. This one
he has never seen before. John see1s this one come down from
heaven which indicates that John is viewing this from the earth.
How he changed locations the Bible does not explain. We need to
remember that an angel is a messenger.
Let1s look at the description of this angel. He comes down from
heaven. From the very presence and straight from the throne of
He is clothed with a cloud symbolizing a majestic, glorious, and
heavenly appearance. He has a rainbow on his head which
symbolizes the glory and mercy of God. The rainbow was a sign of
God1s mercy shown to Noah. Genesis 9:12-13 The glory of God and
the mercy of God are seen in this angel.
This angels face was it were the sun symbolizing the light,
brightness, and brilliance, and splendor. The he has feet like
pillars of fire. This symbolizes the purity, holiness,
righteousness, and strength of the angel. Some have thought this
angel to be Jesus, but Jesus is not called an angel elsewhere in
the Book of Revelation and He would hardly be referred to as
simply "another angel." No one worships this angel, and the way
he makes an oath by God in Verse 6 of this chapter would be
appropriate for an angel, but not for the Son of God.
The angel is simply drawing attention to his heavenly glory.
This angel holds a little book open . What is this book?
It has been suggested that is was the seven sealed scroll and
since the seven seals have been broken and has been revealed
perhaps there is no longer need for the this book. So John is
told eat it.
There is another thought and this to me seems to be more
reasonable. This little book is a scroll, therefore, it is more
likely new revelation to John of events from this point on to
chapter 19. It has to do with events that are to happen on the
earth. Eating a scroll is a symbolic reference to "digesting or
eating the Word of God." Before someone can be a spokesman for
God, he must digest the Word of God, or mentally feed on the Word
of God. One Commentary made this observation: One of the reasons
for so much stagnation in the Church of Jesus Christ tody is that
in spite of all the translations and writings available, God1s
people are not "digesting the Word of God." They have a tendency
to read more about what other people have said concerning the
Word of God than to read the Word of God itself.
This angel is not only great in power but also great in size.
As soon as he comes down to earth he puts his right foot on the
sea, and his left foot on the land. This symbolizes his gigantic
size, strength, and power. He is claiming the land and the sea
with a message that will affect the whole universe.
Verses 3 4
This angel has a mighty voice and he cries out loudly like the
roar of a lion. At the angel's shout, seven thunders utter their
own voices. The number seven symbolizes completeness, fulfillment
and finality. Thunder symbolizes the power and strength of God's
voice. The seven thunders do not roar, but speak, they have an
intelligible message. In other words they have a message that can
be understood and is clear. The seven seals and the 7 trumpets
involve a sequence of events, so it is reasonable to assume that
the thunders also reveal a sequence of events, so terrible that
God in his mercy withholds them.
If we were to look in the rest of Revelation each time that
thunder is mentioned (8:5, 11:19, 16:18) indicates the wrath and
judgments of God. In Chapter 1:19 John was commanded to write
and now he has been told to seal up and write them not. The voice
is not identified other than as being "from heaven." It is
possible that the voice could be God or Jesus. Who ever the voice
belongs to the sealing seems to indicated there is a sense of
urgency. The message of the thunders is not to be passed on.
Sealing them without writing them is a way of saying that they contain
revelation God does not want the people of this age to know. Daniel was
told in his vision to seal this book until the time of the end.
Daniel 12:4, 9
The very fact that the Bibles tells us about these 7 thunders is
important. It lets us know that some things are going to happen during
the end times that we have not been told. We should not try to
speculate what the message of the 7 thunders is.
If God wanted us to know, He would have told us.
John obeys the voice, and now turns his attention back now to the
angel standing on the sea and the earth. The angel lifts his right
hand toward heaven in a gesture that declares he recognizes God is
on the throne and of one about to take an oath. The judgment of
the world is about to come because the eternal God and His Christ
who also shared in all God1s work of creation are in control. At
the time the angel makes this oath there is a considerable time
ahead, for the thousand years of the millennium are still in the
future at this point. But his message is that there will be no
more delay once the seventh trumpet sounds. The events that
follow will occur rapidly. This may also imply that the time in
which sinners may repent is getting very short. God1s purpose for
the end of the age is about to have its final revelation.
There has been speculation that this angel is Jesus but I want to
read what Tim LaHaye says in his commentary:
"The unusual action of the angel lifting his hand toward heaven
and swearing "by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the
heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it,
and the sea and all that is in it" (10:6) certainly indicates
that this mighty angel is not the Lord Jesus Christ.
During the days of the sound of the seventh trumpet which is
about to sound and which will continue sounding, the mystery of
God, the good news of salvation in Christ, which he had announced
to his servants the prophets will be finished, (Carried out,
fulfilled, completed). The ungodly and evil of the world should
have accepted the message of the prophets, but they chose to go
their own way.
Mystery is often used in the Bible for something only partially
revealed in the Old Testament and then fully revealed in the New.
So this mystery could also mean a new understanding of the
nature, plan, and purpose of God. As these things take place the
complete fulfillment of the Old Testament prophecies about
judgment and restoration will fulfilled. It will be clear then
that God is a faithful God who knows what He is doing. The
prophets of the Old Testament made it clear that sin and
corruption must be purged from the earth before God1s kingdom
could be established. That the Kingdom must be brought in through
judgment is good news, for it means that everything that falls
short of the glory of God in the present world system will be
gone, replaced by better things of the coming kingdom of Christ,
which include the new heaven and the new earth. This is the
coming kingdom of Christ. Read 2 Peter 3:1013
John's Little Book
John again hears a voice from heaven command him to go to the
angel, who is still standing with one foot on the sea and one
foot on the earth, and take the little book. What is the contents
of this little book, since it is in the hand of this mighty
angel, it must be in some way representative of the Word and
purpose of God. In obedience John goes to the angel and asks for
the little book. Let1s stop right here for a minute, John goes in
obedience and asks for the book.
There are two lessons for us in this:
1. The Word of God is never just handed to us, it is never
forced on us. If we are to receive its message, we have to go
over to the bookshelf, table, or drawer, take it and study it.
2. God commands us to take the Word of God and study its messages
They searched the scriptures daily. Acts 17:11
Study to show thyself approved to GOD 2 Timothy 2:15
All scripture is given for instruction in righteousness
2 Timothy 3:16
As of yet he hasnt been told what to do with the book. Now the
angel instructs him to eat all of it. John is told that there
will be sweetness in his mouth but bitterness in his stomach.
The Bible does not explain the meaning of eating the book here
but in we read where Ezekiel was told a similar message. The
meaning was that he was to digest the God given message and make
it part of him before going out to proclaim it to the people.
Ezekiel 2:8 and 3:3
Jeremiah spoke also of finding and eating God1s Word and
having it become joy and rejoicing of his heart, which include
the mind and innermost thoughts. Jeremiah 15:16
What is this saying to us? Those whose hearts are open to receive
God1s Word find the Holy Spirit anointing it and bringing with it
a sense of the nearness and presence of God that is indeed sweeter
than honey. We too must eat it, digest it, let the Holy Spirit who
inspired it illuminate it, and apply it to our own hearts & lives.
There is something we need to remember also & that is that the
Word of God is not all sweetness. There is judgment as well as
mercy. Sometimes we have bitter experiences, and feel like
The book John eats contains more than sweetness. It becomes
bitter in his belly. In the Bible belly often speaks of the heart
and the emotions or the inner being. After he digests the message
and realizes what he is required to proclaim, the bitterness
No one who has had the love of Christ fill his or her heart
rejoices at the thought of judgment to come. God himself does not
will that any should perish, that is why he sent His only Son to
die on the cross while we were yet sinners.
John is recommissioned, he is to proclaim the Word of God to the
whole world. He is to proclaim the bitter as well as the sweet,
the judgments that are to come as well as the salvation that is
coming. In the coming days there would be some judgments beyond
anything ever experienced before. There were also the glorious
promise of a new world to be proclaimed also.
The mighty angel let him know that even though he was still on
the Island of Patmos, he had a great ministry before him. This
prophesy was not just about the people of his own day and time
but about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings.
Every minister and teacher of God1s Word is called to proclaim
both the sweet and the bitter of God1s Word, both the grace and
judgment of God. The minister and teacher is to be faithful to
his calling. He or she is to hold nothing back. The truth must
be proclaimed, for the eternal fate of the people is at stake.
Acts 5:20 Titus 2:15 Jeremiah 1:7 Ezekiel 3:17
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