THE MIGHTY ANGEL WITH THE LITTLE BOOK
Revelation (Chapter 10)
To show the events in Heaven that are preparatory to the finishing of the Judgments of the Tribulation.
POINT OF CONTACT:
Have you ever wondered about some of the deep things of God? About why we exist and why sin, etc. Today we will learn something about this during our lesson.
This chapter begins the second in a series of interludes between the sixth and seventh objects used to describe the various phases of the Tribulation. Between the sixth and seventh seals there were two groups who were redeemed during the Tribulation. Here, between the sixth and seventh trumpets, we have three personalities introduced. In this chapter the Mighty Angel is described. In chapter eleven, the two witnesses are introduced. Thus, chapters ten and eleven are a parenthetical section which does not advance the narrative but presents other facts which contribute to the total prophetic scene.
I. The Mighty Angel with the Little Book (verses 1-6)
There are many expositors who believe this "Mighty Angel" to be Christ (Pettingill, DeHaan, Ironsides, Godet, Vincent, and Kemp). In chapter 11:3, the two witnesses are referred to as "my" two witnesses which seems to give further credence to this position. Note seven things about this mighty angel:
A. He came down from heaven This speaks of his authority (all authority in Heaven and earth).
B. He was clothed with a cloud This is a symbol of His majesty (Exodus 13:21). The cloud is associated with the Lord of Glory.
C. He had a rainbow upon His head This speaks of His covenant (Genesis 9:13).
D. His face was as it were the sun The same as John saw in chapter 1:16; Matthew 17:2).
E. His feet were as pillars of fire A symbol of judgment (Revelation 1:15).
F. His voice was like a lion (verse 3) This is the symbol of a kings voice. This voice caused seven thunders to utter their voice (Revelation 1:15).
G. His feet are placed upon the earth This speaks of Him taking possession of the land and sea (Psalm 24:1; Leviticus 25:23; Psalm 8:6-8) Triumph and possession (Joshua 1:1-3).
The little book appears to be the same book as was originally in the hands of the Father, the "title deed to the earth." It contains the judgments of the tribulation by which the Lord Jesus is coming to power. This book is His authority for claiming both the sea and the earth.
The book is little because most of the judgments revealed in the book have now come to pass and only a short time more is involved (Romans 9:28).
The seven thunders are Gods amen to the Angels claim. They point to the perfection of Gods intervention in judgment (Job 37:5).
The seven thunders contain a further revelation consisting of some articulation that John could understand; however, for some unknown reason, God did not want what John heard from the seven thunders to be recorded in the Book of Revelation. NOTE: God only reveals to man what He wants him to know.
Verses Five and Six
The angel swears that there will now be no more delay (time no longer) before the rest of the events of the tribulation will come to pass (Daniel 12:7). The lifting up of the hand was a gesture used in swearing, not profanity, but a pledge (Genesis 14:22). So we see Christ pledging to the Father that there will be no more delay. You see, all judgment is committed unto Christ.
II. The Mystery of God Verse 7
A mystery as used in the New Testament is not so mysterious as to be incapable of being understood, but something kept secret through the ages and revealed in the last time. Note several mysteries:
A. The mystery of faith I Timothy 3:9
B. The mystery of Israels blindness Romans 11:25
C. The mystery of the rapture I Corinthians 15:51
D. The mystery of the kingdom Matthew 13:1
E. The mystery of godliness I Timothy 3:16
F. The mystery of iniquity II Thessalonians 2:7
G. The mystery of God Revelation 10:7
"The days of the Voice" means a period of time. When the seventh angel sounds the seventh trumpet it will continue to blow until the Mystery of God is finished. It starts in chapter 11:15. The Mystery of God will be finished at the end of the book of Revelation and thus at the beginning of eternity.
The Mystery of God is why God allowed sin to enter the world and hence allowed man and creation to fall. Why did God allow man to need a Saviour when He knew it would entail the death of His only begotten Son? Why have one die to save many when God could have kept all innocent so that one would not have needed to die? Then, after man did die, why did not God provide some other way than the death of His Son to ultimately "restore" man, and creation back to its Edenic state? Why also the long delay in lifting natures curse and giving the redeemed their resurrected bodies? Why has God allowed the righteous to suffer and the wicked to prosper? These are questions hard to answer but God will answer them to our satisfaction one day. Then we will see that what He had in mind was best after all.
"Farther along well know all about it,
Farther along well understand why;
Cheer up my brother, live in the sunshine,
Well understand it all by and by!"
"As he hath declared to His prophets" God did declare the end of things through His prophets (Jude 14). Enoch, who was contemporary with Adam, prophesied of it. And through the centuries Gods prophets have declared the end of the Mystery of God (Acts 3:21).
III. The Book eaten by John (verses 8-11)
John has apparently returned to the earth in the Spirit. John receives the Book that is the title deed to earth. He eats the Book with bitter-sweet results. Eating the Book means to receive the Word of God by faith. Such the Bible teaches (Jeremiah 15:16; Ezekiel 3:1-3; Proverbs 16:24; Psalms 119:103).
The book that John ate was judgment which became bitter as he digested it and speaks of sorrow and anguish because of judgment (Ruth 1:20; Ezekiel 2:9,10; 3:14). John eagerly received the book but when he saw that judgment was to follow, it brought travail of soul, and sorrow of heart. Sweet in his mouth bitter in his digestive system.
Many folks begin the study of prophecy with enthusiasm, but when they find that it is applicable to life, and makes demands upon them personally, they lose interest and it becomes a bitter thing. It is sweet to the taste but it causes spiritual indigestion (I John 3:3).
"Before many peoples" means that what John will record of the future judgments will not concern just one empire but many. So John was to be used to reveal even more. NOTE: It is by the grace of God we are privileged to serve Him!
The study of prophecy should have a definite effect on the students. It should motivate us to win our friends to Christ and to be more like Him. Soon He is coming! Will you be ready? The next lesson will be on Gods two special witnesses to earth who will be seen on Television by way of satellite in Jerusalem. Do not miss this.
1. Is this chapter a parenthetical chapter?
2. Who were the two redeemed groups in another parenthetical chapter, chapter seven?
3. Does a parenthetical chapter advance the story?
4. What does this parenthetical chapter, chapter ten, present?
5. What are six things revealed about the mighty angel that indicate to us that He is probably Christ?
6. What should a rainbow remind us of?
7. The little Book is what?
8. The little Book is little because ___________________?
9. Could John understand the seven thunders?
10. What does the swearing with the uplifted hand mean?
11. How long will the seventh trumpet blow?
12. What is the "Mystery of God"?
13. When will the "Mystery of God" be revealed?
14. Have the prophets of God declared the end of the Mystery of God?
15. Why did the Book become bitter when John ate it?
16. What demands does the knowledge of prophecy make on one?