Summary: This sermon in my Revelation series deals with the time to be saved running out. It also deals with preachers who preach what God wants them to preach and not just what the congregation wants to hear.

The Time To Be Saved Is Running Out

Revelation 10:1-11

1 I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.

2He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land,

3and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices.

4Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them."

5The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven

6and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer,

7but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.

8Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, "Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth."

9So I went to the angel and said to him, "Give me the little book." And he said to me, "Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth."

10Then I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.

11And he said to me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings."

Today we come to another chapter that I like to call a “Time Out”.

Some chapters, like the one today, reveal details

that need to be understood

before more events in the time line are given.

So open your Bible to Revelation chapter 10.

Verse 1 I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.

This angel is different from those 4 we read about in chapter 9

and from most angels in John's visions of Revelation.

This angel is called “mighty”.

The only "mighty angel" we have read about before

is the one John had seen in heaven "proclaiming with a loud voice, `Who is worthy to break the seals and open the scroll?'".

The rainbow above his head reminds us of the rainbow

we read about in chapter 4 surrounding the throne of God.

The comparison of his face to the sun is similar

to the description of Jesus back in chapter 1:16 through 18.

So many Bible commentators say this “mighty angel” is Jesus.

I strongly disagree.

Back in chapter 1, John recognized who it was.

Revelation 1:17-18 And when I saw Him, I fell at His feet as dead. But He laid His right hand on me, saying to me, "Do not be afraid; I am the First and the Last. 18I am He who lives, and was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore. Amen. And I have the keys of Hades and of Death.

John does NOT react that way when he sees this “mighty angel”.

He makes no effort to worship this angel.

Nowhere in the New Testament

does Jesus appear as an angel or a created being.

Even so, this mighty angel does represent God

in a way that most other angels do not.

He has special powers given to him by God.

Although he is not Jesus, he is an agent

acting on behalf of Jesus.

Jesus uses certain angels to represent him in John's visions.

Revelation 22:16 says, "I, Jesus, have sent My angel to testify to you these things in the churches. I am the Root and the Offspring of David, the Bright and Morning Star."

So who is this “mighty angel”?

I believe he is most likely Gabriel.

The angel Gabriel was sent by God on special missions.

In the Old Testament, we read about Daniel the prophet.

He could not understand a vision he saw so God sent Gabriel.

Daniel 8:16

And I heard a man's voice between the banks of the Ulai, who called, and said, "Gabriel, make this man understand the vision."

Daniel 9:21

yes, while I was speaking in prayer, the man Gabriel, whom I had seen in the vision at the beginning, being caused to fly swiftly, reached me about the time of the evening offering.

Gabriel appears in the New Testament.

When Zacharias was told his elderly wife Elizabeth

was going to have a baby,

it was Gabriel who was sent to give him that message.

Luke 1:19 And the angel answered and said to him, "I am Gabriel, who stands in the presence of God, and was sent to speak to you and bring you these glad tidings.

When God chose Mary to give birth to Jesus,

it was Gabriel who was sent to give her the explanation.

Luke 1:26 Now in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent by God to a city of Galilee named Nazareth, 27 to a virgin betrothed to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David. The virgin's name was Mary.

So based on those verses I believe this mighty angel is Gabriel

Verses 2 and 3 He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices.

The “mighty angel” stands with one foot on the land

and the other on the sea.

This indicates the judgment to come will be on the land and seas.

This mighty angel has a “little book” in his hand.

The "little Book" contains the message of God's plan for mankind.

It’s the coming of the Savior Jesus, the Millennium Kingdom,

and New Jerusalem as our eternal dwelling place with God.

However, it also contains the Judgment of God

on sinners who do not repent and come to Him.

The voice of the mighty angel is loud and alarming.

When the mighty angel spoke, 7 thundering voices are heard.

The thunder represents the voice of God.

Psalm 18:13 says, “The LORD thundered from heaven; the voice of the Most High resounded.”

So the voice of God is described as thunder

that displays the power, majesty and glory of almighty God.

John is seeing a preview of God’s wrath to be released on earth.

That will be described in Revelation chapters 16 to 19.

Verse 4 Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them."

John was attempting to write down everything as he saw it,

but these thundering voices tell him to seal up

and not write down what he heard.

This is the only proclamation in Revelation that is sealed up.

I told you this before, but it’s worth repeating.

To better understand Revelation, the book of Daniel is helpful.

It, too, has prophecies about the end times.

Daniel was also instructed to seal up much of what he saw.

Daniel 9:24

"Seventy weeks are determined for your people and for your holy city, to

finish the transgression, to make an end of sins, to make reconciliation for

iniquity, to bring in everlasting righteousness, to seal up vision and

prophecy, and to anoint the Most Holy.

The 70 weeks in that verse refer to seventy “weeks” of years

which results in each period equal to 490 years.

That verse provides a sort of “clock”

that gives an idea of when the Messiah would come

and some of the events that would accompany His appearance.

The book of Daniel says the angel Gabriel went to Daniel.

Daniel is told to divide the 490 years into 3 smaller units:

One of 49 years, one of 434 years, and one of just 7 years.

The final “week” of 7 years is further divided in half.

Gabriel said the prophetic clock would start

at the time that a decree was issued to rebuild Jerusalem.

That decree was given by King Artaxerxes of Persia in 445 B.C.

The first 49 years covers the time that it took to rebuild Jerusalem.

Using the Jewish calendar of a 360-day year,

483 years after 445 B.C. places us at 30 A.D.

That was when Jesus made His triumphal entry into Jerusalem.

Daniel 9 specifies that after the completion of the 483 years,

“the Anointed One will be cut off”.

That was fulfilled when Jesus was crucified.

Daniel 9:26 predicted that, after the Messiah is killed,

“the people of the ruler who will come will destroy the city and

the sanctuary.”

That was fulfilled with the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D.

Of the 70 weeks, 69 have already been fulfilled in history.

That leaves one more “seven” yet to be fulfilled.

We are now living in a gap between the 69th and 70th week.

In other words, the prophetic clock has been paused.

The final “seven weeks” of Daniel is the 7-year tribulation period.

Daniel’s prophecy reveals some of the actions of the Antichrist.

After the Antichrist breaks a covenant with Israel,

a time of “great tribulation” begins.

Reserving the interpretation for the generation to whom it applies

Gabriel told Daniel: Daniel 12:4

"But you, Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book until the time of the end; many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall increase."

Doesn’t that sound like our generation?

People are running back and forth in various religions.

Many people today are too busy to go to church.

Knowledge has certainly increased.

We are the Generation of End Times.

So Daniel was told to seal up what he was told

and John is also told to seal it up.

Notice that this “little book” is open!

That tells us that it is to be revealed to those who will read it.

The "little Book" has a similar mission

as that book given to the prophets Ezekiel and Jeremiah.

Ezekiel 3:1-3

Moreover He said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel." 2 So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. 3 And He said to me, "Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you." So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness.

Jeremiah 15:16

Your words were found, and I ate them, And Your word was to me the joy

and rejoicing of my heart; For I am called by Your name, O LORD God of

hosts.

This "little book" is the Word of God.

We eat the Bible when we read it

and digest what it’s saying to us.

It gives us the strength to live victorious lives for Jesus.

We eat food for nourishment of our physical bodies.

What about your spirit?

Studying the Bible is extremely important to your spiritual life.

The Holy Spirit will teach you what the Bible is saying.

Verse 5 and 6 The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven 6 and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer,

Lifting the hand by the mighty angel signifies taking an oath.

What the angel said is the absolute truth!

The mighty angel says there will be no more delay.

It’s my opinion, God sent all these terrible judgments

which we have covered so far

in an effort to convince men and women that Jesus is the Savior.

Chapter 7 told about the great multitude in heaven

who are saved during the Tribulation.

So obviously, many will be convinced.

Yet, there will also be numerous people still on earth

who refuse to bow down, repent, and accept Jesus.

God knows their hearts and He knows they never will.

Many will continue to believe false religions

and look to the Antichrist to lead them

through all these bad conditions.

There time is up!

Verse 7 but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.

This 7th trumpet means this is the final judgment.

From the sounding of the 7th angel's trumpet,

the world will move toward the fulfillment

of all the prophecies we find in our Bibles.

Verses 8 and 9 Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, "Go, take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth." 9 So I went to the angel and said to him, "Give me the little book." And he said to me, "Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be as sweet as honey in your mouth."

John is told to eat the little book.

When he does, it becomes sweet in his mouth,

but it is bitter in his belly.

The message is "sweet" because

finally God’s promises are about to be fulfilled.

It is bitter because more judgment and tribulation is coming.

There are sweet promises in the Bible,

but there are also bitter warnings.

God’s Word can bring joy to our hearts,

but sometimes it brings sorrow.

Preaching from Revelation thrills some people.

There are some exciting things about this book.

It has a sweet taste, but it’s also bitter to the Christian

about their unsaved family and friends.

It is a stern warning of judgment to come to the unbeliever.

Verse 10 Then I took the little book out of the angel's hand and ate it, and it was as sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter.

When John ate the book, the words that were written

were sweet as honey and very pleasing to the taste.

However, for those who would be tormented in hell

for the rest of eternity,

John then sensed the bitterness in his stomach.

John feels the terrible punishment to be given to unbelievers.

That caused the sweet taste to turn to bitterness.

There’s an application for us.

It is not enough to own a Bible and keep it on a shelf

or even to carry it to church.

We must apply what it says into our lives.

Christians should not only read the Bible,

but also absorb it into our lives.

God urges us to take it, eat it, and digest it into our lives.

The Word of God is food for the Christian.

It is compared to bread in Matthew 4:4,

as milk in 1 Pet 2:2,

as meat in 1 Corinthians 3:1-2,

and honey in Psalm 119:103.

There is sweetness and bitterness in God’s Word.

We read of God’s love and mercy toward us,

His eternal plan of salvation,

His promise to give us a future and a hope,

and the assurance of eternal life.

That’s sweet!

The Word also speaks to areas in our lives that must change.

For some people their behavior or lifestyle dishonors God.

They live lifestyles in direct violation of God’s Word.

The Bible points out sinful things we do

and things we fail to do which can be sinful.

At times, God’s Word can be a painful tool of correction,

but it is always for our good.

Are you exposing your life to the truth of the Scriptures?

As you do, the Holy Spirit will give you great joy

as you incorporate the Word of God into your life.

You will be daily transformed by the power of God’s Word.

Verse 11 And he said to me, "You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings."

John is told to prophesy again.

He is told to faithfully proclaim God’s judgment on the wicked.

As a preacher, I am commissioned by God.

My job is to faithfully proclaim the entire Word of God.

It requires me to tell people what they don’t want to hear.

Many of the preacher’s messages today have a “sweet” taste.

They preach about love, a positive outlook, and self-improvement,

but not much is said about sin and God’s holy wrath.

I preach what the Holy Spirit leads me to preach.

Sometimes you’ll find it to be sweet

and sometimes you will find it to be bitter.

Verse 11 brings us to an important point.

The seal and trumpet judgments have brought the time line

close to the end of the Tribulation period.

Now John must prophesy through the period a second time,

concentrating now on the major movements of the tribulation.

That prophecy begins in chapter 12

and ends in the vial or bowl judgments

the destruction of the beast and the return of Jesus.

CLOSING:

Chapter 10 is vital to our understanding of the book of Revelation.

It signals a significant change that is about to take place.

Time will run out at the blowing of the 7th trumpet.

The mystery that was preached by the prophets will be finished.

We will soon cover the bowl or vial judgments.

We will see that they will come very quickly

allowing little or no time for repentance.

The period of God’s patience will be over.

These things we have covered so far about the Tribulation period

will come right after the Rapture.

Many people will be left here on earth after the Rapture.

If you have loved ones and friends who are not saved,

you don’t want them to be here when Tribulation time comes.

You need to be telling them what you have heard

in these Revelation sermons.

Time for them to be saved is running out!