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Revelation Chapter 10
Rev. 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:
He Will Wear A Cloud
John saw a mighty angel in Revelation 5:2 . Now we read he will see another mighty angel. We do not know the identity of this angel, but we do know that he will have great authority. He will be allowed to stand in the presence of God and will speak for God. He will probably be an archangel who will come down from heaven wearing some unusual garments.
First, this mighty angel will be clothed in a cloud. In the Bible, clouds have been associated with at least two things; the presence of God and the return of Jesus. God came down to Mt. Sinai in a cloud and led the Israelites with a pillar of cloud; Jesus ascended to heven in a cloud and will return in the clouds. This mighty angel's clothing could be a reminder that he will be a messenger from God, or it could also be a reminder that Jesus will be reutuning soon.
Second, this mighty angel will either wear a "hat" that looks like a rainbow or he will have a rainbow circling his head. the rainbow is a reminder that God promised to never destroy the world with a flood again. he even placed a rainbow around his throne is a reminder. We can only speculate about the rainbow on the mighty ange's head, but it probably will symbolize that God is a God of grace, a God who keeps his promises, a God who will not let the world destroy itself, and a God whose Son is coming back.
Third, this mighty angel's face will shine like the sun. When Moses came down from Mt. Sinai with the Ten Commandments his face shined from being in the presence of God. when John saw Jesus on the Isle of Patmos, Christ's face shined like the sun. The shekinah glory of God on this mighty angel's face will indicate he has been in the presence of God.
Fourth, this mighty angel's legs will be as pillars of fire. When John saw Jesus on the Isle of Patmos, his feet were like burning bronze-a symbol of judgment. This angel's fiery legs will represent God's plan to take control of the earth through divine judgment
Rev. 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,
In The Name Of My King
The mighty angel will carry a small open book in his hand. While he is holding it, he will plant his right foot on the sea and his left foot on dry land. This is a symbolic gesture that has been played out in the movies many times. The main character sails to some new island or far-off country. When he arrives he leaves his ship, gets into a rowboat, and his sailors row him to land, and claims that island or country in the came of his ruler. The same is true in this angel. He will have one foot on the sea and one foot on the land as he stakes a claim in the name of his King because the earth is the Lord's.
Rev. 10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
He Speaks With Thunder
This mighty angel will shout with a loud voice like the roar of a lion to speak of behalf of the King of kings. At the same time he speaks, a voice in heaven will roar like the seven thunders. The seven thunders is a symbol for the voice of God. The Almighty will make a strong statement when this angel speaks.
Rev. 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.
Seal It Up
God will make an imphatic remark in his voice of seven thunders that even John will be able to hear. Unfortunately, John will be told not to write it down. No one knows why John was prevented from recording what he heard, but just remember that thrunder is also a symbol of God's wrath, and what he utters will probably coincede with divine judgment.
Rev. 10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
Rev. 10:6 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:
The Time To Act Is Now!
Just as a witness raises his right hand to take the oath to tell the whole truth in a courtroom, this angel will raise his right hand toward heaven to swear to tell God's truth, His oath will emphasize the fact that he has the authority and power of God behind him.
There will be no more delay!!! It will be the answer the martyred Tribulation Saints have been waiting for. God will no longer delay his vengeance for their persecution and death. To the believers on earth who have been running, hiding, and waiting, these words will mean they will no longer have to wait for God to move against the wicked, And to the unbelievers on earth, they will mean God is now going to fulfill his wrath with no more delay.
This message should be a word of consolation to the saved and a word of terror to the lost. In a moment, the awesome, final judgments of God will start falling and nothing will stop it.
The Tribulation Saints asked in Revelation 6:10-11 How long, Sovereign Lord, holy and true, until you judge the inhabitants of the earth and avenge our blood? Then each of them was given a white robe, and they were told to wait a little longer, until the number of their fellow servants and brothers who were to be killed was completed. Now that the time of vengeance has come. there will be no more delay!!!
Rev. 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.
God's Mystery Accomplished
Jesus has now opened all seven seals, and six of the angels have sounded their trumpets. The last trumpet will bring the seven bowl judgments. But before the seventh angel blows his trumpet, a voice from heaven will declare, The mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets. One of God's secets will unfold during the seventh trumpeh judgment exactly as the prophet predicted.
The Bible identifies several mysteries. One of them is called the mystery of iniquity or the mystery of lawlessness. It is a mystery why God allowed Satan to cause the fall of mankind, a mystery why he allowed sin to do so uch damag in the world, a mystery why hewill allow his people to be persecuted and martyred in the Tribulation Period, and a mystery why he will allow the Antichrist and the False Prophet to reign. All of these mysteries will binally be answered when we reach heaven.
So Many Things We Do Not Know:
1.) The Mystery of the Rapture - I Corinthians 15:51
2.) The Mystery of Israel's blindness - Romans 11:25
3.) The Mystery of God's wisdom - I Corinthians 2:7
4.) The Mystery of Christ and the Church - Ephesians 5:31,32
5.) The Mystery of Christ in us - Colossians 1:26,27
6.) The Mystery of the Kingdom of Heaven - Matthew 13
7.) the Mystery of Godliness - I Timothy 3:16.
Rev. 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.
Be A Doer Of The Word
Now John must be more than just a listener, he must also be a doer. The same voice of the seven thunders tells John to go and take the open book out of the mighty angel's hand. The same is true for all believers. Serving God requires doing, not just listening. The Word of God should be like a cavalry bugle blowing for an attack-sparking believers to action.
Rev. 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.
Eat The Book
Whether John will move from heaven to earth or whether he will already bo on earth is a matter of debate, but he will go to the mighty angel and request the little book. This is a form of receiving a commission or special task from God. John was switched from being a spectator of these amazing things to being a participant in them. God does that with all of his people. Before Jesus ascended to heaven he instructed his disciples to go and preach the good news to everyone. Christians are not saved to be waited on; they are saved to serve.
The angel tells John to take the book and eat it. This may sound off-the-wall, but it's not new to the Bible. Jeremiah ate the words of God. Ezekiel ate the scroll from God. The implied idea is that the Word of God must be taken to heart (not left outside one's body). The Bible will profit us little unless it becomes part of us, so it must be brought inside of one's self and assimilated. We need to read the Bible, and then obey its instructions.
The instruction to eat the little book will come with a warning that the Word of God will taste sweet but will turn sour once digested. Learning the Word of God with its plans and mysteries can be enjoyable and exciting, but understanding the reality of its judgments is sickening. Isn't it sweet to know that Satan will soon be bound and chained, but bitter to contemplate what people will go through beforehand? Isn't it sweet to know that final victory is assured, but bitter to contemplate the plagues, pain, loss of life, and eternal destiny of the lost? It was pleasant for John to receive the message from God, but painful for him to contemplate the steps toward fulfullment.
Rev. 10:10 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.
Get The Word
John did what he was instructed to do. He took the little book and ate it. it tasted good at first, but later it was sickening. But there's more to the verse.
True prophets hear the voice of God just like John did. What did John do? He got the WOrd of God (took it from the angel). This is the only place to find a prophetic message. Go and get the Word of God. Digest it. Here is a test. If everything comes up roses, you have eated the wrong thing. True prophets prohesy because God loves the lost. He cares about what will happen to them.
When the prophet Ezekiel was called he was told to stand on his feet while God spoke to him. Then the Spirit raised him up and spoke to him. He told Ezekiel, I am sending you to the Israelites, to a rebellious nation that has rebelled against me; they and their fathers have been in revolt against me to this very day. The people to wohm I am sending you are obstinate and stubborn. Ezekiel was told to speak God's words wheather the people listened or not.
When the Prophet Jeremiah was called he was told God had appointedd him to be a prophet before he was born. Jeremiah did not want the assignment and said he was too young, But Jeremiah was only about twenty, he still obeyed.
Rev. 10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
For Them To Read
When John was told to eat the book, he was also given a commission from God. he was told to prophesy about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings. This was his great privilege, his great calling, and his great responsibility;
John was not told to deliver the message to many peoples, nations, languages, and kings but about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings. This is what John does in the remaining chapters of Revelation. During the Tribulation Period, many peoples, nations, languages and kings will open these last chapters and read what John had to say about them.