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Rev 10:1-11 KJV

(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,
(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.
(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:
(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.
(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.
(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.
(11)  And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

THE INTRODUCTION:

In our study of God’s wrath that will fall during His second coming we just finished looking at 6th trumpet judgment in 9:13-21.  The next trumpet judgment, the 7th trumpet is found in Rev 11:14-19 and detailed in Rev 16:.  From Rev 10:1-11:14, we find an interruption from the series of trumpets.  In this interruption, we will learn about John’s commission from the Lord Rev 10:1-11, and the reason why God’s wrath must fall at His second coming Rev 11:1-13.

  1. 6th Trumpet Judgment – Rev 9:13-21
  2. John’s Commission – Rev 10:1-11
  3. The Reason For God’s Wrath To Fall – Rev 11:1-13
  4. 7th Trumpet Sounds Rev 11:14-19

THE EXPOSITORY STUDY:

In this text, we will be looking at John’s commission given to him by the Lord.

Rev 10:1-11 KJV

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:

Based upon this angel’s description, this is probably speaking of Christ Himself.  He is calling John to a specific ministry. Note the description of the angel:

  1. mighty angel – strong, forcible messenger – Acts 10:38, Mal 3:1
  2. come down from heaven, – descended from heaven – John 1:1,14
  3. clothed with a cloud: – God’s presence – Ex 16:10; Coming and Ascension of Jesus – Mat 26:64, Rev 1:7, Acts 1:9
  4. a rainbow was upon his head, – Faithfulness – Rev 4:3, 2 Thess 3:3
  5. his face was as it were the sun – Rev 1:16; Wisdom – Luke 2:40; Glory – 2 Cor 4:6; Truth – John 8:12
  6. his feet as pillars of fire: – Rev 1:15; Purity – 2 Cor 5:21; Judgment – 2 Tim 4:1

(Note: The OT “Angel of the Lord (Jehovah)” is another example where the title “angel” is describing Christ – Gen 16:7-14, 22:11-18, 31:11-13 etc)

 

(2)  And he had in his hand a little book open:

Christ has in His hand a little “book” or scroll.  This is a different scroll from the seven sealed scroll.  This book has no seals and its contents can be immediately revealed.  This scroll’s contents will be revealed in Revelation 11:.  (Please note: here in chapter 10 and 11, is the only time this little book is described in Revelation.)

Christ, having this book in His hand, teaches us that He is in control of the contents of this book, just like He controlled the contents of the 7-sealed scroll.

 

and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,

Christ now declares Himself as the authority holder over all.  Planting His feet on the earth and sea is claiming ownership of them.  It is saying… these are mine and I control them.  This principle is seen in Ruth 4:7… where a shoe planted on soil represented ownership, when this shoe was given to Boaz, it was a sign of transfer of ownership of the property.

In Ephesians 1:20-22, we are clearly told that all things are “under His feet”… in other words, he is sovereign controller over all.

(3)  And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth:

Christ, authoritatively cries aloud, much like the supremacy declared by the roar of a lion.

 

and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

In response to Jesus’ cry, seven thunders sounded aloud.  Back in Rev 4:5 these thunders represented God’s presence, strength, authority and judgment.

Seven in number of completeness, revealing that Christ, as God, possesses complete strength and authority over all which will be seen by the complete overthrow of His enemies at His second coming.  Probably, these seven thunders were in anticipation of the seven vials of judgment that are yet to be revealed.

 

(4)  And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write:

John now prepares to write the message of the seven thunders. In other words, he is prepared to receive the vision of the seven vial judgments and complete his revealing of the great strength, authority and judgment of the Lord at His second coming.   In other words, John was thinking that he would be continuing to the narrative that was ended in Revelation 9:21.

 

and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

God intervenes and stops John from revealing the seven vials (They will be revealed as a part of the seventh seal on the sealed scroll… the seventh trumpet that will be seen in Revelation 16:).  For now, John is to reveal the message found in the little book.

 

(5)  And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

Christ, as sovereign over all creation, now raises His hand to swear by God (Himself)…  For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself, (Heb 6:13 KJV)

 

(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,

God is described as:

  1. liveth forever and ever – The eternally existing One (Rev 4:9-11, Col 1:17)
  2. created heaven and the things that therein are… created earth and the things that therein are… created the sea and the things that therein are (Gen 1:1-31, Col 1:15-16)

 

that there should be time no longer: (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.

Christ now swears that time will no longer exist (ie eternity will begin).  This includes the complete renovation of this sinful heaven and earth, the end of the powers of darkness and the kingdoms of this world, the completion of God’s wrath and the second coming of Christ to the earth.

When will time come to an end?  It will end when the seventh angel blows his trumpet which will bring to an end the wrath of God as He arrives on the earth.  At the same time “the mystery of God” is accomplished.  This mystery is the establishment of God’s eternal kingdom with His people on a renovated Heavens and Earth….

“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.”  (Rev 11:15 KJV) (see also Eph 1:9-10, Eph 3:4-6)

Teachings concerning the coming eternal kingdom were given to the OT and NT prophets (Daniel 2:29-45, Eph 3:4-6 etc).

(8)  And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said,

The Lord then speaks to John once again.

 

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 to take the little book from Christ.  Notice the book is now open, meaning John is able to read the contents and share it with us immediately. These things are taking place now… not like the sealed scroll whose contents has not taken place as of yet but will in the future.

 

(9)  And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book

John obeys the command of God and approaches Christ, asking Him to be given 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.

Jesus now explains what John is to do with the message of the little book:

  1. Take it – receive it from Christ – Christ would reveal to John the contents of the book.
  2. Eat it up – consume it, understand it and make it a part of yourself  (The symbolic language of eating a scroll is found in Ezek 2:8-3:3, 14)

The 2 results of John’s actions would be:

  1. It shall make thy belly bitter – it will be an irritation to you – the message includes trials, sin, martyrdom, judgment, wrath
  2. It shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey – it will be a joy and pleasure for you to eat. – ultimate victory, salvation, blessings

What is the message of this book?  This book answers the question… “Why does God’s wrath fall at His second coming?“.

It will be a message that includes many sins of the world, the abuse of God’s people and the role of political and spiritual world systems (these would irritate John).  But also it would include a message of deliverance, victory, and eternal blessings (these would bring pleasure and satisfaction to John.

(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.

John obeys the commission given to him.  It is just as Christ had said.  As he consumes the contents of the book, it irritates him and pleases him as well.

(11)  And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

Christ now gives John another commission, to share the contents of the book with others.  John reveals to us the contents of the book in Revelation 11:, thus fulfilling the last of the responsibilities given to him concerning this book.  As a part of God’s Word, the message of the little book has been received by many, many people. They come from every family, political kingdom, and language.  Even the Rulers of nations would John’s message and come to understand why God’s wrath will fall upon men at His second coming.

CHRIST REVEALED:

Here, we see Christ as not only the Sovereign Lord who will judge lost mankind in the last day, but we see Him as the gracious and kind Lord that warns mankind of the reason for His wrath many years before it falls.  The message of this little book was received by John directly from the Lord’s hand.  Jesus wanted to leave with mankind a clear warning of the causes of His great wrath.  As Kings and paupers, young and old, rich and poor, masters and slaves read Revelation 11:, they will all be forewarned of the cause of God’s wrath and the need to submit to the will of God for their lives (including repentance and belief)

THE PRACTICAL APPLICATION (SUMMARY)

As we see John willingly submitting to the call of God for his life, we can see the great need for us to obey the calling of God for our lives. Keep in mind, if John had not been willing to obey God’s calling for his life, from a human standpoint, we would not have the record of Revelation 11: which explains the great sins that bring God’s wrath upon lost mankind and the need for lost mankind to consider their ways and submit to Christ’s will for their lives.

Folks, this same principle can apply to each and every Christian.  If we do not submit to God’s call to be witnesses of His grace in our lives, there will be one less warning of sin and its results entering the ears of the lost.  How very sad to think that, because of our neglectful attitude, fewer lost men will hear of their great spiritual need from us.

May the Lord bless us as we seek to see Jesus in the pages of the book of Revelation.

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3 Comments

  1. SLIMJIM says:

    Thanks for this study!

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