Revelation Chapter 10

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Revelation Chapter 10

10:1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven, clothed with a cloud: and a rainbow [was] upon his head, and his face [was] as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

10:2 And he had in his hand a little book open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and [his] left [foot] on the earth,

10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as [when] a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

10:4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write: and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.

10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

10:6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that therein are, and the earth, and the things that therein are, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that there should be time no longer:

10:7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

10:8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again, and said, Go [and] take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

10:9 And I went unto the angel, and said unto him, Give me the little book. And he said unto me, Take [it], and eat it up; and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.

10:10 And I took the little book out of the angel’s hand, and ate it up; and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.

 

 

 

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10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

T he public notice announcements that it is God that is being warred against is interrupted. This interruption is analogous to the description of opening the seals of the book of records during the investigative judgment, which was also interrupted, to focus on the final generation who are sealed with the seal of God. The interruption between the 6th and 7th trumpets is to focus on Christ’s activity on earth during the end time of the investigative judgment and the closing up of the everlasting gospel. Before the close of probation the investigative judgment ends. It is as though God is reviewing His past salvation activities. All that God did in repeated offers of salvation given in the everlasting gospel, highlights His punishments announced by the trumpets. God progressively shows the devastating results of refusing His offers of mercy as trumpet after trumpet sounds. This is God’s final appeal for mankind to accept the everlasting gospel. This provides the background information that shows the setting for the final punishment announcement of the 7th trumpet which is revealed in chapter 11.

The proclamation of the everlasting gospel is illustrated by the symbol of angels engaged in some activity. The everlasting gospel here is pictured as an angel from heaven, clothed with a cloud and wearing a rainbow on His head. His face shone as the sun and His feet appeared as pillars of fire. As we are told in the next quotation, this "angel" or messenger is Jesus.

"The mighty angel who instructed John was no less a personage than Jesus Christ. Setting His right foot on the sea, and His left upon the dry land, shows the part which He is acting in the closing scenes of the great controversy with Satan. This position denotes His supreme power and authority over the whole earth. The controversy had waxed stronger and more determined from age to age, and will continue to do so, to the concluding scenes when the masterly working of the powers of darkness shall reach their height. Satan, united with evil men, will deceive the whole world and the churches who receive not the love of the truth. But the mighty angel demands attention. He cries with a loud voice. He is to show the

 

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power and authority of His voice to those who have united with Satan to oppose the truth." {7BC 971.3}

Verse 4 tells us that seven thunders spoke and John heard what they said but was instructed not to write what he had heard.

"The books of Daniel and the Revelation are one. One is a prophecy, the other a revelation; one a book sealed, the other a book opened. John heard the mysteries which the thunders uttered, but he was commanded not to write them. {7BC 971.5}

"The special light given to John which was expressed in the seven thunders was a delineation of events which would transpire under the first and second angels’ messages. It was not best for the people to know these things, for their faith must necessarily be tested. In the order of God most wonderful and advanced truths would be proclaimed. The first and second angels’ messages were to be proclaimed, but no further light was to be revealed before these messages had done their specific work. This is represented by the angel standing with one foot on the sea, proclaiming with a most solemn oath that time should be no longer." {7BC 971.6}

Verse 6 indicates that time should be no longer.

"This time, which the angel declares with a solemn oath, is not the end of this world’s history, neither of probationary time, but of prophetic time, which should precede the advent of our Lord. That is, the people will not have another message upon definite time. After this period of time, reaching from 1842 to 1844, there can be no definite tracing of the prophetic time. The longest reckoning reaches to the autumn of 1844." {7BC 971.7}

The time period of Daniel 8:14 "And he said unto me, Unto two thousand and three hundred days; then shall the sanctuary be cleansed," reached to October 22, 1844. That time period cannot be extended farther in time than that October 22, 1844 date. The time periods in the future would no longer be calculated on prophetic time—day for a year basis. The prophetic time—day for a year—is the time that is no longer. Future time periods are literal 24-hour days, to be understood in day for day basis. However,

 

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these future time prophecies cannot be used to foretell the time of Christ’s coming. We are told the time of Christ’s coming will be announced in the future.

"The voice of God is heard from heaven, declaring the day and hour of Jesus’ coming, and delivering everlasting covenant to His people. Like peals of loudest thunder His words roll through the earth." {Mar. 287.1}

Any future time period would not be a testing truth like the 2300 day/years of Daniel 8:14. The understanding of the prophetic future times is not to be the basis of another message of present truth nor can the times be known beforehand definitely.

Time is associated with counting and keeping track of time. This is because sin and death makes time limited. "No more time," does not mean that time stops in the sense that time does not exist! There will still be 24 hour days, and hours, and minutes in eternity. What ends is the relevance of counting or keeping track of time. Age becomes meaningless when time ends, and eternity begins. There is no sin and therefore no death in eternity. We can, by God’s grace begin eternity today! Today can be a day of eternity without sin by God’s grace!

Verse 7 tells us that when the last or 7th trumpet begins to sound, the mystery of God will be finished as told to His servants the prophets. The mystery of God is the reproduction of the character of God in once sinful men. This is the object of the everlasting gospel. In the days that the seventh angel begins to sound the seventh trumpet, the events that are then happening will fully mature the character-likeness of Jesus in these last-generation believers. These last-generation believers have been faithful to God in opposition to the whole world that has given allegiance to the dragon, the beast and his image.

"Whereof I am made a minister, according to the dispensation of God which is given to me for you, to fulfil the word of God; [Even] the mystery which hath been hid from ages and from generations, but now is made manifest to his saints: To whom God would make known what [is] the riches of the glory of this

 

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mystery among the Gentiles; which is Christ in you, the hope of glory:" Colossians 1:25 - 27

If you are looking for perfect Christians before you will believe the everlasting gospel, beware! It is in the days when the seventh trumpet begins to sound that character-likeness to Jesus will be perfected. It is then too late to change life-long decisions and habits. Righteousness is by faith! You need to have faith and continue in love and loyalty no matter what the appearances are. We must have faith "that he which hath begun a good work in you will perform [it] until the day of Jesus Christ:" Philippians 1:6

Then John heard the voice from heaven which told him to take the open book in the hand of Jesus (v8). So John took the book from Jesus who told him to eat it up. John was told that the book would taste sweet as honey in his mouth, but that it would be bitter in his belly. This is exactly what John experienced after he had eaten the book.

"After these seven thunders uttered their voices, the injunction comes to John as to Daniel in regard to the little book: "Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered." These relate to future events which will be disclosed in their order. Daniel shall stand in his lot at the end of the days. John sees the little book unsealed. Then Daniel’s prophecies have their proper place in the first, second, and third angels’ messages to be given to the world. The unsealing of the little book was the message in relation to time." {7BC 971.4}

When the message in relation to time was given in 1844, it was sweetly expected that Jesus would return to earth that year. When October 22 passed and Jesus did not appear on earth, that was very bitter indeed. The prophecy of the sweet-bitter time was fulfilled to the letter in the experience of those who later became the Seventh-day Adventist church.

Verse 11 tells us that there are more prophecies to be given before many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings. Some of the events that happened in the past in fulfillment of prophecy are to be repeated again in literal time again between October 22, 1844

 

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and when the 7th trumpet sounds. These events are outlined in the next chapter. These events are conditional on our response to the everlasting gospel’s invitation to become part of the kingdom of God today! God’s remnant church has the privilege of hastening the second coming of Jesus! Christ must be in us, the hope of glory, in preparation for literal, physical second coming in power and glory.