Summary: In the tenth chapter of the book of Revelations we see a mighty angel and a bitter sweet moment.
A Mighty Angel
In the book of Revelations we see the word angels used to describe several different beings such as:
• Rev. 1:20 The angels of the seven churches are messengers or the pastors
• Rev. 4:6-8 The four beasts are seraphims around the throne of God
• Rev. 9:1 As a star that falls from heaven unto the earth
• Rev. 22:8-9 A fellow servant of the brethren the prophet John mistaken for an angel
1. The Mighty Angel
Here we see a mighty angel that is described as:
1. Clothed with a cloud
2. Rainbow upon His head
3. A face that was it were the sun
4. Feet as pillars of fire
5. A little book in His hand
6. His foot upon the sea and earth
7. A voice that roareth as lion and the seven thunders
Point: Each of these are description of none other than Jesus the Christ
See: Rev. 1:7 he cometh with clouds
And: Rev. 4:3 There was a rainbow round about the throne
Then: Rev. 1:16 His countenance was as the sun shineth
And: Rev. 5:1-3, 5 The little book in His hand, the lion of the tribe of Judah
His feet upon the sea and the earth are the declaration of ownership! Ref. Psalms 24:1, 95:4-5
This is not unusual because we find that in the Old Testament the appearance of the pre-incarnated Christ is such places as:
See: Rev. 10:4 John was told not to write what is uttered by the seven thunders (the voice of the Lord)
This is very interesting because we saw earlier that John is told to write the things of the past, present and future Ref. Rev. 1:19
Here John knows something that he is not privy to write for whatever the reason we do not know.
See: Rev. 10:5-7 “That there should time no longer” this obviously is speaking concerning the end of the Times of the Gentiles as we know it.
Vs.7 the mystery of God should be finished
2. The Bitter Sweet
See: Rev. 10:8-11 Take it and eat it up
The book here is the words of God that bear the truth of all future events
See: Ezekiel 2:7-3:4 We find the prophet Ezekiel being told to the same here
The only expression that comes to mind is the old phrase “A hard pill to swallow” used to express a difficult truth that is sickening to know.
Something is about to happen here that so traumatic that it makes John belly bitter.
Vs.11 He is told to prophesy again before many people…
3. The Command To Prophesy
This is a warning unto all of the future judgments of God.
We as believers like John are given the responsibility to warn those without of the coming judgment.
See: Ezekiel 3:18, 33:7-8
Mention: Mark 16:15 Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature
Invitation of receiving the Gospel message: