Revelation - Chapter 10
The mighty Angel with the Scroll:10:1-7.
John sees another mighty angel who is coming down from heaven. This mighty angel is surrounded by a cloud, has a rainbow upon his head and has a face like the sun and his feet like pillar of fire. Many think this angel resembles Christ. But in the book of Revelation, angels are always angels and often referred to as messengers. Since this angel swears an oath in the name of God it is clear that the angel has come in the authority of the Lord and not the Lord Himself (10:6). In his hand there is an open scroll. The angel stands with right foot on the sea and left foot on the land. This shows God’s authority over all of humanity. The angel gives a great shout like the roar of a lion. John hears seven thunders from heaven. John is about to write but he is commanded to seal up the seven messages and not to write them (10:4). God is sovereign over His judgment and its timing. There is no further delay for the final judgment. When the seventh angel blows his trumpet the mystery of God will be fulfilled as He has revealed to His servants the prophets. This will mark the beginning of the end of the age when Jesus will bring perfect justice.
John Consumes the Scroll: 10:8-11. John hears a voice from heaven saying “Go and take the open scroll from the hand of the angel and eat it and it will make your stomach bitter but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey (10:8-10). Prophet Jeremiah and Ezekiel had similar experiences (Ezekiel 2:9-3:4; Jeremiah 15:16-18). This is the proof that they are the true prophets. The false prophet will soon enter the picture (13:11-18). It will be a bitter sweet experience. The open scroll is a reference to the word of God. It is sweet to John because he finds delight in the new revelation but he feels bitter because of the content of the revelation. He will rejoice over the coming glory but is troubled by the judgment that precedes the final glory. Only God’s word can satisfy us. It is sweeter than honey comb (Psalms 119:103). The lack of nourishment of the scripture will spoil our spiritual appetite. God’s word always will accomplish its purposes (Isaiah 55:11). God’s word convicts us of our sins and makes us wise unto salvation (2 Tim 3:15-17). Our responsibility is to preach and teach the word of God regardless of how people respond (2 Tim 4:1, 2). This message is sent to all people, reminding them that what is unfolding is relevant for the entire world.