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Keys to Revelation - Chapter 10

Written by: Capoccia, Tony    Posted on: 05/12/2003

Category: Bible Studies

Source: CCN

                        Keys to Revelation - Chapter 10

Taken from the HOLY BIBLE: NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION (C) 1978 by the New York International Bible Society, used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.

          BIBLE TEXT                                  COMMENTARY

REV 10:1  Then I saw another              [another mighty angel] - This angel mighty angel coming down from            is not one of the seven or the four, heaven. He was robed in a cloud,          but like the other strong angel in with a rainbow above his head; his        REV 5:2 and 18:21 or the other angel face was like the sun, and his legs      in 14:6,15.  The angel could be the were like fiery pillars.                  Archangel Michael, "the great prince"                                           in DAN 12:1, or more likely the angel                                           Gabriel as seen in a parallel passage                                           DAN 12:7 and DAN 8:16.  Angel cannot                                           be the Christ, for angels are always                                           angels in Revelation, as well as in                                           the rest of the NT.

                                          [cloud...rainbow...sun] - A cloud                                           surrounded his body and the glow from                                           a face like the sun could cause a                                           rainbow to appear in the moistness of                                           the clouds.

REV 10:2  He was holding a little        [scroll...lay open] - Not like the scroll, which lay open in his hand.      great scroll of chapter 5 which was He planted his right foot on the          fastened with seven seals, this one sea and his left foot on the land,        lies open in the hand of the angel.

                                          [on the sea...land] - The angel has                                           one foot on the sea and the other on                                           the land which most likely speaks of                                           a coming judgment that will be on the                                           entire earth, both land and sea. REV                                           10:6 includes reference to land, sea,                                           and heaven in relation to the time                                           having come for judgment.

REV 10:3  and he gave a loud shout        [shout like...lion] - Angel had a like the roar of a lion. When he          voice with a deep resonance which shouted, the voices of the seven          would demand the attention of those thunders spoke.                          who heard.

                                          [seven thunders] - Actual voices that                                           sounded like thunder. In JOH 12:28-29                                           God the Father spoke as with thunder.

REV 10:4  And when the seven              [about to write] - Just started to thunders spoke, I was about to            write what the seven thunders spoke. write; but I heard a voice from          John was commanded in REV 1:11 to  heaven say, "Seal up what the seven      "write on a scroll what you see" and thunders have said and do not write      most likely was keeping some sort of it down."                                record of everything that had taken                                           place thus far and was simply logging                                           what the voices said.

                                          [do not write] - The seven thunders                                           gave descriptions of more plagues for                                           man and his earth, but God has not                                           allowed us to know what kind of wrath                                           is stored up in these plagues.

REV 10:5  Then the angel I had seen      [raised his right hand] - In the OT standing on the sea and on the land      the lifting of the hand was a part of raised his right hand to heaven.          oath-taking and here he raises his                                           hand to heaven as part of a very                                           solemn oath.                                                           

REV 10:6  And he swore by him who        [he swore] - When one makes an oath lives for ever and ever, who              it is always necessary to swear by created the heavens and all that is      someone greater than themselves, and in them, the earth and all that is        this is further proof that the angel in it, and the sea and all that is        is not Jesus because Christ would not in it, and said, "There will be no        need to swear by anyone greater than more delay!                              Himself.

                                          [no more delay] - All throughout the                                           history of man, God has delayed His                                           complete judgment on sin.  But the                                           time has come for God to "stop the                                           ticking of the clock" for the earth,                                           the sea, and man himself will now                                            receive God's last phase of wrath--                                           the seventh trumpet.

REV 10:7  But in the days when the        [mystery of God] - God's divine pur- seventh angel is about to sound his      pose in history for mankind.  Jesus trumpet, the mystery of God will be      is the "Mystery of God" in COL 2:2, accomplished, just as he announced        and Israel's final destiny is the to his servants the prophets."            "mystery" in ROM 11:25.  When the                                           seventh trumpet is sounded then God                                           unfolds the last part of the mystery.

REV 10:8  Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: "Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land." 

REV 10:9  So I went to the angel          [Take it and eat] - Similar to the and asked him to give me the little      scroll given to Ezekiel in EZE 2:8- scroll. He said to me, "Take it and      3:3.  It was a scroll of judgment eat it. It will turn your stomach        but tasted as sweet as honey. sour, but in your mouth it will be        as sweet as honey."                     


REV 10:10  I took the little scroll      [tasted sweet...stomach sour] - Here from the angel's hand and ate it.        the scroll is sweet because it is the It tasted as sweet as honey in my        Word of God (PSA 119:103), but is mouth, but when I had eaten it, my        also bitter because of the judgment  stomach turned sour.                      and woes it contains.               

REV 10:11  Then I was told, "You          [prophesy] - In EZE 2:8-3:3 we see must prophesy again about many            that after Ezekiel ate the scroll peoples, nations, languages and          with written words of lament and  kings."                                  mourning and woe, he was to speak to                                           the people of Israel who were very                                           obstinate and hardened in their                                           hearts. In this verse John speaks                                           to everyone about the coming wrath,                                           which would also include the offer of                                           salvation from a loving and forgiving                                           God.

Tony Capoccia BIBLE BULLETIN BOARD Box 130 Shreveport, LA 71110 Modem (318) 949-1456 300/1200/2400/9600 Baud

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