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
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
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.
Here 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.
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.
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.