Revelation 10

Revelation 10 has a “mighty angel coming down from heaven”.  The seventh trumpet has not yet been blown, and this angel provides a break with a purpose, showing mercy in allowing more opportunity for repentance. It is as if God brings things to the brink, then pulls back a little to grant mankind more time to repent.  We don’t know the angel’s exact identity, but he is obviously direct from God.  The angel carried “a little scroll open in his hand” which we don’t know the contents of.  There are many different interpretations of what that scroll contained, but scripture doesn’t tell us.

John prepares to record what was happening, and is told “Seal up what the seven thunders have said, and do not write it down”.  Lots of speculation around exactly what was going on and what John saw, but God wasn’t ready for it to be recorded.  The angel “raised his right hand to heaven and swore by him….that there would be no more delay”.  The mighty angel gives a solemn oath declaring that the end has been set in motion, that there should no longer be any kind of delay. There is absolutely no turning back.

The end is coming and “the days of the trumpet call to be sounded by the seventh angel, the mystery of God would be fulfilled, just as he announced to his servants the prophets”. God freely acknowledges that life today is full of mysteries; but it will not always be so. A day will come when all questions of this age will be answered.  Until then, and including what we read in the book of Revelation, there are many things we can merely speculate about and try to interpret if we must.  The activity that will lead to the end is ready to continue with the seventh trumpet to be blown.

We then see a rather curious instruction to John.  “Go, take the scroll that is open in the hand of the angel….take and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey”.  Strange directions to John.  But he does what he is asked to do.  John can only proclaim the Word of God if he has taken it in – so this is preparation to share God’s truth by making it part of himself. After John eats the scroll he is told “You must again prophesy about many peoples and nations and languages and kings”.  Whatever the content of the scroll, it is connected to John’s command to prophesy to all men.

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