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Revelation 10 Mighty Angel

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Revelation 10 Mighty Angel

A mighty angel stood with one leg on the land and one on the sea. John ate a little book. It was sweet in his mouth but bitter in his stomach.

I saw another strong angel coming down out of heaven,

“This strong angel is distinct from the seven angels who sound the seven trumpets.” (MacArthur, New Testament Commentary: Revelation 1-11. [Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1999], 278)

“The other strong angel to whom we were introduced was back in Revelation 2. There is no argument there; it was not Christ.” (McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V: [Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983], 973)

Some believe that this angel is Jesus.

MacArthur lists five reasons this may not be Jesus.

1. The Greek word for another indicates the angel is exactly like other angels who are trumpet angels.
2. John gave Jesus a title each time He appeared. There is no title mentioned here.
3. At least two other times John mentioned strong angels (Revelation 5:2; 18:21).
4. In verses 5 and 6 this angel swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it. Jesus would swear by Himself (Hebrews 6:13).
5. This angel came down out of heaven to the earth. This would mean that Jesus came an additional time. This “is not in accord with the biblical descriptions of the Second Coming (Matthew 24:30; 25:21; 2 Thessalonians 2:7-8). (MacArthur, 278)

Clothed with a cloud

“This is his uniform as a special envoy from Christ.” (McGee, 973)

The rainbow was upon his head

“This is the cap for his uniform and is a reminder of God’s covenant with man…this rainbow indicates that God will not send a flood to destroy man again.” (McGee, 973)

His face was like the sun

“This is his badge of identification. This is the signature of the glorified Christ (see Revelation 1:16). (McGee, 973)

His feet like pillars of fire

“This is still part of his uniform…All of these features of identification are his credentials and connect him to the person of Christ as His special envoy.” (McGee, 973)

2. He had in his hand a little book

This book is the angel’s authority for claiming both the sea and the earth for Christ.

The little book is now open.

“The judgments are now on display.” (McGee, 973)

He placed his right foot on the sea and his left on the land

The angel is claiming both for God.

3. and he cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars

The angel cried out with a loud voice, as when a lion roars

He was a big angel and his voice reflected “the power, majesty, and authority of God.” (MacArthur, 282)

Jeremiah 25:30       Hosea 11:10       Joel 3:16       Amos 1:2; 3:8

The angel was speaking loudly to get your attention.

What the angel said is recorded below in verse 6.

When he had cried out, the seven peals of thunder uttered their voices.

Seven speaks of completeness, finality, and perfection.

Thunder is often a harbinger of judgment in Scripture. (MacArthur, 282)

Revelation 8:5; 11:19; 16:18           1 Samuel 2:10           2 Samuel 22:14

Psalm 18:13                                        John 12:28-30

Psalm 29 says: ‘the voice of the Lord’ occurs seven times. Israel spoke of thunder as being the voice of the Lord, the seven voices of God.” (McGee, 975)

4. When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, I was about to write

John heard the seven peals of thunder speak and he was about to write.

Then he heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.”

He was commanded not to write what the seven peals of thunder said.

While on earth we will not know what they were saying.

Daniel was also told not to write some of the things he was told.

Daniel 8:26           Daniel 12:9           See also 2 Corinthians 12:4

We will just have to ask Jesus about the seven thunders when we get to heaven.

Want to know for sure that you are going to heaven?

Trust Jesus with your heart. Go to page 2

5. Then the angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land lifted up his right hand to heaven

“What impressed John most about the mighty angel was that he stood both on the sea and on the land, for he tells us this three times (verses 3, 5, 8). (Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. [Nashville: B&H, 1998], 174)

Lifted up his right hand to heaven

This is “the standard gesture for taking solemn vow (Deuteronomy 32:40;    Daniel 12:7). (MacArthur, 284)

This vow meant that he was speaking the truth. (MacArthur, 284)

6. Swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things in it, and the earth and the things in it, and the sea and the things in it,

“The angel swore by another; not by himself, because he is not God, and therefore he is not the Lord Jesus.” (McGee, 976)

I do not know if “swearing or Swore by Him” means the same as making a vow but when I read this, I thought of taking a vow and found this:

Deuteronomy 23:21-23 (ESV) I have read several translations about vowing and many use the wording pay for a vow. I like the ESV because it uses the wording “fulfilling” the vow instead of paying. To me, to pay means getting something for your money. Fulfilling means you are completing the task in this case, a vow. Reflect on the vows you made to your spouse.

I have always heard that if you make a vow to God it must be kept.

Delay no longer

“It does not mean that there shall be time no longer…The meaning is that now it will be a very brief time until Christ returns.” (McGee, 976)

Matthew 24:22

“The kingdom is coming at this point in time in the Book of Revelation but it does not refer to the time I am writing this.” (McGee, 976)

7. In the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound

The end is coming!

But the Seventh Trumpet will not blow until Revelation 11:15.

There are still seven bowls that must come before the end.

This is the final three and a half years before Christ returns to set up His kingdom on the earth.

Then the mystery of God is finished

“A mystery in the Bible is divine truth previously undisclosed but now made know through Christ or his apostles.” (Easley, 175)

As He preached to His servants the prophets.

Jeremiah 25:4 preached:

“And the Lord has sent to you all His servants the prophets again and again, but you have not listened nor inclined your ear to hear” (NASB).

Have you listened to the prophets (or your preacher, one who preaches the Bible)?

Other Old Testament prophets include Daniel, Ezekiel, Isaiah, Joel, Amos, and Zechariah who “wrote of end-time events.” (MacArthur, 286)

8. Then the voice which I heard from heaven, I heard again speaking with me, and saying

The voice that told John not to write down what the Seven Thunders said is again speaking to John.

Go, take the book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land

There was a “first-century Christian conviction that the apostles and prophets were indeed human instrument of divine revelation (Ephesians 3:5).

The contents of the little scroll are especially for God’s servants in the churches.” (Easley, 176)

If you have given your life to Jesus this includes you and me. We are servants of Jesus in each of our churches!

9. So I went to the angel, telling him to give me the little book

John asked for the little book

Not a big deal, right?

And he said to me, “Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter

But in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.”

Is this unusual?

10. I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and in my mouth it was sweet as honey;

Exactly like the angel said.

Ezekiel 2:9-3:3           Psalm 19:10 (read the chapter)           Jeremiah 15:16

“If you and I can take delight in reading this section of the Word of God and the judgments that are to fall upon the earth, then we need to do a great deal of praying to get the mind of God. It is sweet to know the Book of Revelation and what God intends to do, but when we find out that judgment is coming to the Christ-rejecting world around us, we cannot rejoice in that. The prophecy becomes bitter.” (McGee, 977)

If you are interested in prophecy remember “it should be in your mouth sweet as honey.” (McGee, 978)

When I had eaten it, my stomach was made bitter.

But it will be bitter in your stomach.

If you have been reading this from Revelation 1 then you may feel this way too.

“There is nothing in the Word of God that ministers more to a holy life than the thoughtful study of prophecy.” (McGee, 978)

“It is unfortunate that people will get interested in prophecy but not in Christian living.” (McGee, 978)

“A great many of the saints are more interested in Antichrist than they are in Christ.” (McGee, 978)

Is this you?

11. And they said to me, “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.”

“John is to warn of all the bitter judgments coming in the seventh trumpet and the seven bowls.” (MacArthur, 288)

Everyone, everywhere, needs to hear the message of Jesus without regard to language or the color of their skin. Are you doing that?

Scripture quotations taken from the NASB1995. Copyright by The Lockman Foundation.

Easley, Kendell H., Holman New Testament Commentary: Revelation. Nashville: B&H, 1998
MacArthur, John. New Testament Commentary: Revelation 1-11. Chicago: Moody Publishers, 1999
McGee, J. Vernon, Thru the Bible: Volume V: Nashville: Thomas Nelson, 1983

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