Revelation Chapter 10

Revelation Chapter 10

The Little Book

 

1And 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: 2And 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, 3And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth:and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 4And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write:aand I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not. 5And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 6And 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

Revelation 10:1-6

Here we find a mighty angel with his feet on the sea and the earth. There is a debate about who this angel is. Some say it is the Lord Jesus Christ and the heaviest weight to that argument is that he is clothed with a cloud. Jehovah is associated with being clothed with a cloud. On the other hand, it says another angel which usually means one that was not previously mentioned, and the second part is that this angel is told to swear by him that liveth for ever and ever, but Jesus is the one who is eternal. I will not try and solve this debate. What I do want to mention is if this is not Jesus, instead an angel, and we shall be like the angels, then it can be a glimpse of what is in store for those who serve the Lord faithfully and to whom the Lord bestows a great honor. We get to share in the righteousness of Jesus Christ.

21But now the righteousness of God without the law is manifested, being witnessed by the law and the prophets; 22Even the righteousness of God which is by faith of Jesus Christ unto all and upon all them that believe:for there is no difference

Romans 3:21-22

Wow! What an awesome thought this is! It does not seem possible.

The Sea and Earth

It is time to discuss the sea and the earth. This angel has his feet on both the earth and the sea. A careful student of the word will also notice that the first beast rises out of the sea (Revelation 13:1) while the second beast rises out of the earth (Revelation 13:11). A common thought is the sea represents the gentiles and so the first beast is then determined to be a gentile. We will discuss this more in detail in chapter thirteen, but for now, I need to say the sea represents the spiritual world (angelic) while the earth represents the physical (human) world. The reason I make this case for the sea is because men (waters Rev. 17:15) are moved by spiritual forces. Jesus says in John chapter three that as the unseen wind moves does the Holy Spirit work in the heart of men. At Pentecost, there was a mighty rushing wind of the Holy Spirit. It is important to note this as it will develop as the book goes on. So this angel is standing on the sea and the earth for judgment of both the fallen angels and the men of the earth.

Time No Longer

Many Christians often state that there is no time in Heaven, however, how does one prove that? Here is a statement that has led people to that conclusion erroneously. The angels declare that “time shall be no longer.” People jump to conclusion base upon their first understanding of something, and here is no exception. What this means is let there be no longer a delay or your time is up. That is exactly what is being said here, Satan and this corrupt world’s time is up and they will face judgment.

There is this little book

9And 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. 10And 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. 11And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

Old BookHere was a little book that contained God’s revelation about the end and John was told to eat the book. We need to eat the book too. The words that John was told were to be given to the people and nations—that means us. To eat the book means to not just hear the words, but to make them part of who we are. Ezekiel was told to eat a scroll and it would be sweet to the taste. More than Ezekiel, I think of the words of our Savior in John chapter six. In this chapter, the people asked Jesus what they could do to have Jesus take care of them and Jesus said this:

8Then said they unto him, What shall we do, that we might work the works of God? 9Jesus answered and said unto them, This is the work of God, that ye believe on him whom he hath sent.

John 6:8-9

So they wanted to work for their salvation, but Jesus said what they needed to do was believe in what He was going to do for them. Then Jesus goes on to tell them that they must eat him.

Then Jesus said unto them, Verily, verily, I say unto you, Except ye eat the flesh of the Son of man, and drink his blood, ye have no life in you.

John 6:53

Jesus did not literally mean to eat his flesh, but rather to truly believe. The idea is that if one sees or possess food it does them no good. Only when someone eats the food and the body absorbs the food does it give them life. Just like the manna, if you did not eat it you died. So to just say you believe Jesus, just to know about Jesus is not enough. One must take the time to meditate and assimilate who Jesus is and accept Jesus Christ as their LORD.

Jesus is the word as John chapter one tells us so to absorb the Bible is to absorb or eat Jesus. Now let us switch back to Revelation. John was to eat this book and when He did it was sweet. The Word of God is sweet to hear. Men love to hear that God sent His Son to die for our sins that we will have eternal life. However upon deeper thought it reveals that we are sinners and there is a judgment to come, which is bitter. John heard how Jesus was going to take back the earth and bring peace which is very sweet, but then the reality that many, many people are going to perish, sets in and it becomes bitter. This is the message we need to eat, this is the message of Revelation.

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The Sixth Trumpet

The Sixth Trumpet

The Final Battle

Sixth Trumpet

12One woe is past; and, behold, there come two woes more hereafter.
13And the sixth angel sounded, and I heard a voice from the four horns of the golden altar which is before God, 14Saying to the sixth angel which had the trumpet, Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. 15And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men. 16And the number of the army of the horsemen were two hundred thousand thousand:and I heard the number of them. 17And thus I saw the horses in the vision, and them that sat on them, having breastplates of fire, and of jacinth, and brimstone:and the heads of the horses were as the heads of lions; and out of their mouths issued fire and smoke and brimstone. 18By these three was the third part of men killed, by the fire, and by the smoke, and by the brimstone, which issued out of their mouths. 19For their power is in their mouth, and in their tails:for their tails were like unto serpents, and had heads, and with them they do hurt.
20And the rest of the men which were not killed by these plagues yet repented not of the works of their hands, that they should not worship devils, and idols of gold, and silver, and brass, and stone, and of wood:which neither can see, nor hear, nor walk: 21Neither repented they of their murders, nor of their sorceries, nor of their fornication, nor of their thefts

Revelation 9:12-21

It seems clear when you place the trumpet and the vials next to each other they are not separate events rather they are the same events seen in a different way. When I say this think of the Gospels and how each one is different and yet they speak of the same events. As we come to the sixth trumpet it seems hard to believe that the breaking of the barrier of the Euphrates river happens twice.The Euphrates river is a dividing landmark. It was to be the end of the promise land. It was the border of the Roman empire. It was also to me more significantly that it is where Babylon was. Remember as I have been trying to show that the earthly Babylon was a type of the spiritual Babylon that exists in Heaven right now. It is where Satan and all of his principalities in darks rule from. It is this kingdom that troubles the world and will until the great tribulation ends.

The Euphrates river is a dividing landmark. It was to be the end of the promise land. It was the border of the Roman empire. It was also more significantly that it is where Babylon was. Remember as I have been trying to show that the earthly Babylon was a type of the spiritual Babylon that exists in Heaven right now. It is where Satan and all of his principalities in darknesss rule from. It is this kingdom that troubles the world and will until the great tribulation ends.

We will go into this in detail when we get to chapter seventeen because there it describes what is taking place. But for now know that this is the battle of Armageddon.

Seals Trumpets Vials Comments

THE FIRST SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

And I saw, and behold a white horse:and he that sat on him had a bow; and a crown was given unto him:and he went forth conquering, and to conquer there followed hail and fire mingled with blood, and they were cast upon the earth:and the third part of trees was burnt up, and all green grass was burnt up there fell a noisome and grievous sore upon the men which had the mark of the beast, and upon them which worshipped his image This is the fall of spiritual Babylon. The fall brings down Satan to earth who will go forth to conquer it before Christ’s returns.

THE SECOND SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

I heard the second beast say, Come and see. And there went out another horse that was red:and power was given to him that sat thereon to take peace from the earth, and that they should kill one another:and there was given unto him a great sword as it were a great mountain burning with fire was cast into the sea:and the third part of the sea became blood; And the third part of the creatures which were in the sea, and had life, died; and the third part of the ships were destroyed the sea; and it became as the blood of a dead man:and every living soul died in the sea The sea represents the spiritual influences the satanic influences has on humanity. As a result, there is much death.

THE THIRD SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

I heard the third beast say, Come and see. And I beheld, and lo a black horse; and he that sat on him had a pair of balances in his hand. And I heard a voice in the midst of the four beasts say, A measure of wheat for a penny, and three measures of barley for a penny; and see thou hurt not the oil and the wine there fell a great star from heaven, burning as it were a lamp, and it fell upon the third part of the rivers, and upon the fountains of waters; And the name of the star is called Wormwood:and the third part of the waters became wormwood; and many men died of the waters, because they were made bitter the rivers and fountains of waters; and they became blood The fall of Babylon brings upon the earth a great deception that if it were possible even the very elect would be deceived. This poisons the water which should be life giving, but rather becomes death.

THE FORTH SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

I heard the voice of the fourth beast say, Come and see. And I looked, and behold a pale horse:and his name that sat on him was Death, and Hell followed with him. And power was given unto them over the fourth part of the earth, to kill with sword, and with hunger, and with death, and with the beasts of the earth the third part of the sun was smitten, and the third part of the moon, and the third part of the stars; so as the third part of them was darkened, and the day shone not for a third part of it, and the night likewise the sun; and power was given unto him to scorch men with fire. And men were scorched with great heat, and blasphemed the name of God, which hath power over these plagues:and they repented not to give him glory With Satan’s removal from heaven he draws a third of the angels with him. These are angels that rebelled. The people of the earth are ruled with cruelness.

THE FIFTH SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

I saw under the altar the souls of them that were slain for the word of God, and for the testimony which they held: And they cried with a loud voice, saying, How long, O Lord, holy and true, dost thou not judge and avenge our blood on them that dwell on the earth? And white robes were given unto every one of them; and it was said unto them, that they should rest yet for a little season, until their fellowservants also and their brethren, that should be killed as they were, should be fulfilled a star fall from heaven unto the earth:and to him was given the key of the bottomless pit. And he opened the bottomless pit; and there arose a smoke out of the pit, as the smoke of a great furnace; and the sun and the air were darkened by reason of the smoke of the pit. And there came out of the smoke locusts upon the earth the seat of the beast; and his kingdom was full of darkness; and they gnawed their tongues for pain, And blasphemed the God of heaven because of their pains and their sores, and repented not of their deeds The angels that have been chain in the pit are let loose and they torture the a certain unsealed group. The seal judgment looks at this in a different way because at this point many saints have been martyred and they are pleading for the end.

THE SIXTH SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

there was a great earthquake; and the sun became black as sackcloth of hair, and the moon became as blood; And the stars of heaven fell unto the earth, even as a fig tree casteth her untimely figs, when she is shaken of a mighty wind. And the heaven departed as a scroll when it is rolled together; and every mountain and island were moved out of their places. And the kings of the earth, and the great men, and the rich men, and the chief captains, and the mighty men, and every bondman, and every free man, hid themselves in the dens and in the rocks of the mountains; And said to the mountains and rocks, Fall on us, and hide us from the face of him that sitteth on the throne, and from the wrath of the Lamb: For the great day of his wrath is come; and who shall be able to stand Loose the four angels which are bound in the great river Euphrates. And the four angels were loosed, which were prepared for an hour, and a day, and a month, and a year, for to slay the third part of men the great river Euphrates; and the water thereof was dried up, that the way of the kings of the east might be prepared. And I saw three unclean spirits like frogs come out of the mouth of the dragon, and out of the mouth of the beast, and out of the mouth of the false prophet This is the end the final battle. The stage is set with those who refuse to repent. Those who believe they can resist the King of Kings.

THE SEVENTH SEAL/TRUMPET/VIAL

And when he had opened the seventh seal, there was silence in heaven about the space of half an hour. I saw the seven angels which stood before God; and to them were given seven trumpets 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 into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying, It is done It appears that the sixth seal is the same as the seventh trumpet and vial. The seventh seal moves us back to the beginning of the tribulation to see it from a spiritual standpoint. Meaning that the events of the trumpets are seen form the view of the fallen angels and the vials from the temple of God. The trumpets and vials run parallel and the difference are simply the event seen from a different perspective just as the gospels see the same events from a different perspective.