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