Summary: Week 24 in a Wednesday evening study through the book of Revelation
“The Mighty Angel with the Little Book”
Date: December 18, 2002
Place: Allendale Baptist Church
Last week we closed our study with the blowing of the 6th trumpet. Chapter 10:1-11:14 that “these verses serve as an interlude or parenthesis between the 6th & 7th trumpets. We have seen that this occurred during the 6th & 7th opening of the seals and will also see it again during the bowl judgments.”
As I have said many times it seems to be God’s intent to encourage and comfort His people during the midst of the fury and to remind us that He is still sovereign, that He remembers His people, and that He will be victorious.
During the next three studies we will be introduced to 3 personalities. And as much of this great book is debated and discussed so are these 3 personalities.
Tonight we will see “The mighty angel”, and in two weeks we will be introduced to the “two witnesses.
“Another mighty angel”
This angel has brought great discussion among theologians for years.
Some say this to be Jesus Christ.
It is true that in the OT the preincarnate Christ was seen as the “Angel of the Lord”.
But after He took on for Himself the nature of humanity, after He died on the cross, after He rose and ascended into heaven, He has taken His rightful place of great power and glory at God’s right hand.
We must remember that Jesus was not or never an angel, He is fully God and took on the appearance of man.
We must also keep in mind that this book of Revelation is the unveiling of Jesus Christ.
We see new glories of His person, of His power and of His performance.
He is now judging a Christ-rejecting world.
The evidence that this is not speaking of Jesus is the use of the word and adjective “another”, which means one of the same kind.
It could be the clothing that has caused some to identify this angel with Jesus.
“Clothed with a cloud”
This array of clothing shows us that this angel is a diplomatic representative of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Remember that angels announced His first coming and will again announce His second coming to earth.
“And a rainbow was on his head”
This is his cap and seems to be a reminder of God’s covenant with man.
God will always protect His own.
“And his face was like the sun”
This speaks of this angel’s identification with the Lord Jesus Christ.
I believe the angel’s face is shining because he has come out of the presence of the Lord.
Remember when Moses came down from the mountain after meeting with God, his face was said to shine.
“And his feet like pillars of fire”
This speaks of the judgment which will come.
“A little book”
I believe this to be the seven-sealed book which we have seen before.
We noticed back in chapter 5:1, a little book or scroll which could only be opened by the Lamb of God, Jesus Christ.
We said that that book or scroll was the title deed to the earth.