Today we are looking at Revelation Chapter 10. This chapter is brief with only 11 verses. It occurs between the 6th and 7th trumpet judgments. The beginning of the chapter describes a mighty angel who was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars.
Take a moment to picture this angel. The descriptions in the the book of Revelation are amazing to me. This angel is holding a little scroll. He is standing with one foot on the sea and the other on the land. He calls out and the voices of the seven thunders speak. Then an odd thing happens as John was about to write down what the 7 voices said, he heard a voice from Heaven say, seal up what they said and do not write it down. That information was not to be included in John’s writing.
This is a reminder that God alone knows everything which is occurring and will occur. We are not meant to know all things, and we cannot claim to know everything either about the end times or anything for that matter. This chapter also reminds us that God, in the present day, is restraining or limiting the influence of evil and is holding back on judgment.
In 2 Thessalonians it says, “for the secret power of lawlessness is already at work but the one who now holds it back will continue to do so until he is taken out of the way.” God is showing patience for the sake of our salvation. At some point during the end times, God will no longer hold back and the horrors of the great Tribulation will happen. God’s merciful restraint will end.
John is then told to eat the small scroll that is held by the angel. Sounds kind of odd but is a reminder that God’s word is sweet. It is ultimately a message of reconciliation and peace. However, as humans we suffer in the process of trying to reach that peace. That is what turns John’s stomach sour. The bitterness of knowing a sweet gospel that saves and the terrible fate of those who reject God and His Word. As part of that bitter or sour obligation, John is required to prophesy and deliver words about the punishment of people, nations and kings.
This chapter is a reminder that God is love and has provided for us, His children, a way to escape the punishments that He, the righteous judge will hand out. He is holding back, giving us the opportunity for salvation. He is merciful and full of grace. Let’s pray that
We are an example of who He is so that our families and those we influence will know Him before the opportunity is lost.