Revelation Chapter 10

The Little Scroll

Revelation 10 "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: 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, And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 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. And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven, 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: But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of G-d should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets. 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. 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. 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. And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings. (KJV)

There is a little break from the trumpet blowing and John tells us he sees an angel coming down from heaven. This angel pictures Christ's dealings with men at this time. He has a rainbow upon his head, which symbolizes "mercy". Yet with power, and with feet as pillars of fire, ready to mete out judgment to those who are still ignoring His previous judgments. Some believe that this is Y'shua. There are two reasons why this is not true. First in verse 6, he swears "by Him who lives forever and ever" Y'shua would not speak in this way. Secondly Y'shua will not be back to earth until the end of the tribulation period.

Matt 24:29-30 Immediately after the tribulation of those days shall the sun be darkened, and the moon shall not give her light, and the stars shall fall from heaven, and the powers of the heavens shall be shaken: And then shall appear the sign of the Son of man in heaven: and then shall all the tribes of the earth mourn, and they shall see the Son of man coming in the clouds of heaven with power and great glory. (KJV)

He has a foot on the sea and the land symbolizing G-d's sovereignty over the whole earth.

He has a little book in his hand. This does not appear to be the scroll that Y'shua is opening because it is a different word in the Greek. "Little scroll" is

bibliaridion (bib-lee-ar-id'-ee-on) meaning a booklet: In chapter 5 the word scroll is "biblion (bib-lee'-on)" meaning book.

In verse 3 he cries out, and 7 thunders utter their voices. These are 7 additional judgments from G-d upon those on earth that stand fast in their rebellion against Him. John is about to write down what the 7 thunders will be but G-d does not allow him to reveal their contents. They must be pretty scary for G-d to keep their contents from us. It is hard to imagine what these plagues would be after all the things we have already seen. There are some groups of people who believe they know what the seven thunders will be. They are WRONG! They can guess until the big day arrives but they cannot KNOW for sure because G-d has hidden it from us.

The angel proclaims that there will be no more delay. It is believed that this is the mid-point of the tribulation. The second half of the tribulation is known as the "Great Tribulation". Things really go from bad to worst. It obviously has not been a picnic so far.

J Vernon McGee writes: "John is commanded to eat the little book. He says it tastes at sweet as honey but it makes his belly bitter. It is sweet to know what G-d is going to do, but when you find out that judgment is coming, it is bitter. John eagerly received the word of G-d, but when he saw that more judgment was to follow, it brought travail of soul and sorrow of heart. It is sweet to know the Book of Revelation and what G-d intends to do, but when we find out that judgment is coming we cannot rejoice in that. The prophecy becomes bitter."