THE MIGHTY ANGEL AND THE LITTLE BOOK
As we begin this chapter in describing what is taking place with the mighty angel and the seven thunders, the little book as well as the mystery of God, and no more delay. Therefore, let me say it is vital and yet it is critically important for every Christian to understand what is happing with John and with how he responds in receiving the little book. In addition, there was another prophet who had a similar experience and that was the prophet Ezekiel when God called him to go to the House of Israel. Therefore, we must consider all of the events contained in this chapter that communicates why that John must eat the little book to go and to prophesy again too many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings concerning the coming days. There is much state throughout the Holy Scriptures about books, book, and scrolls which I believe leads to bring knowledge of understanding of the book in Revelation 5 and the little book here in Revelation 10.
Now when you consider these two books, the first book found in Revelation 5:1 is about the opening of the seals and who is worthy to open the seals. Now the second book found is in Revelation 10 called the little book that John was told to eat. However, there are other books mention in the book of Revelation like the book of life and the book of deeds. There is one thing that I cannot do personally and that is say that this little book is just a symbol for I believe it is more than just a vision of John’s. I believe that this vision of John holds a key revelation for every Christian and leaders in the Body of Christ for the walk of faith in the coming days. One of the key revelations for the coming days regarding the little book for the Body of Christ and its members is that the little book that each of us must eat concerning the coming days that the little book contains the instructions of how to gain the seal of God that makes us ready for the coming days that God’s wrath is not poured out upon us. I do not want you to think that book of Revelation is all doom and gloom for it also contains seven blessing, the promise of rewards for them who overcome the world. Therefore, I believe that we must eat, sleep, and drink the word of God written in the little book.
However, one should always be careful when they are studying the Holy Scriptures to apply a proper understanding to how they are interpreting the scripture and its content or its context. I am stating this for this line of reasoning it is because that there are many disagreements which come over the interpretation of God’s Word, God’s judgments, God’s principles, God’s standards, and God’s commands of how mankind is to walk before Him. When disagreements come over the Holy Scriptures individuals do not then apply the right opinions to guide them in their walk of faith or their relationship with God.
“And I saw another mighty angel coming 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: 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, 3 And cried with a loud voice as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices. 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.” (Revelation 10:1-4 KJV)
Here in chapter 10 John opens his vision by saying that he saw another strong or mighty angel coming down from heaven. To identity this angel which comes down from heaven, let me say that I cannot agree with those interpreters who state that this is Jesus Christ. My reasoning for this statement is because I do not believe that it is Jesus for this line of thought: I do not see the Lord here because I believe He will only appear at His Second Coming when He comes on a cloud and the final battle between Him and Satan. Yes I further believe that many will not agree with this line of reasoning. However, I believe that it is Michael in Daniel 12.
In these four opening verses here in Revelation contains or holds much information about what has been written in the book of Revelation that parallels with Ezekiel and Daniel. For the mighty angel reveals unto the seven thunders of the coming days and yet John is told not to write what he has heard which we need to consider more fully as we study Revelation 10. One might also interpret that the mighty angel comes down from heaven to reveal unto the seven thunders as well as John the coming judgments upon the earth that will be unleashed on those who have not accepted His Son and His New Covenant.
This vision begins with what John saw in verses one through four with seeing the mighty angel come down from heaven with a little book opened in his hand. In verse one it is about how the angel is clothed which I believe describes the deity of the kingdom of heaven for this angel shows all of God’s Divine creation in the clouds, rainbow, and the pillar of fi re that brought Israel out of the land of bondage. Furthermore, the angels in the book of Revelation play a significant role in the prophetic word of Revelation.
You can find a similar meaning in the book of Ezekiel chapter one regarding the colors on the four living creatures Ezekiel 1:13-16. In the book of Psalms, you will find reference to the fact that in God’s nature according to David of one who makes the clouds His chariot Psalm 104:3. One might also interpret that God has clothed this mighty angel with His Divine clothing associated with the Divine movement for the Lord God Almighty. The point is that this angel also represents God and the kingdom of heaven or the Lord God Almighty.
There is another thing to consider about the little book and that is what is its purpose now for the coming days and for Israel, the church, and the last days? As I have stated before the little book is very similar to the little roll or scroll found in the book of Ezekiel 3:1-4 and in the book of Jeremiah 15:16. For both of these prophets, states that the little book is as sweet as honey and therefore, how do we interpret this Divine prophetic message of the Lord’s and what all is it including for Israel, the church, and the last days. What I have found in all these writings on the little book has to do with God’s message to Israel, the church and the last days.
To some interpreters the mighty angel here Revelation 10 is a symbol of majesty and mystery that relates the foundation of the teaching of God’s Word, and yes I can agree with that. One must also consider that the mighty angel is not named. However, there are a number of ways we could interpret or a number of things we could teach to bring an understanding who this angel is in John’s vision. One might interpret that this angel is not a sign of trouble as the other angels stated in the seals and the trumpets. The mighty angel coming down from heaven could also mean Michael or even Christ Himself according to some interpreters. Consider this thought of what is stated in verse 3 for it states that this mighty angel “cried with a loud voice as when a lion roareth” and the seven thunders also cried out, therefore, my understanding or my meaning is that we should pay attention to the word the message of this angel for it has a Divine word to proclaim about the coming days.
Now in verse four we find the voices of the seven thunders and they are speaking and John hears yet another voice from heaven saying for John to seal up what he hears the seven thunders speaking and for him not to write what he has heard. You will find in the book of Daniel that God tells Daniel “to seal up the book and prophecy until the end of time” Daniel 12:4. Therefore, I believe that Daniel sealed up the book as God instructed him till the time that God would make known His Divine purpose. You can plainly see the prophetic word of Daniel today for you can see knowledge ever increasing Daniel 12:4 and this is taking place in our generation of the Body of Christ or the end times. What is sad to state that I further believe that this generation will not completely pass away until some of the book of Revelation is fulfilled.
“And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to the heaven, 6 And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven, and the things that are, and the earth, and the sea, and the things which are therein, that that should be time no longer: 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.” (Revelation 10:5-7 KJV)
There are nine important elements or key elements that we need to consider
the first is “the mighty angel standing on the sea and the earth”
and the second is that the angel “lifts up his right hand to heaven”.
Now the third thing we need to consider this “angel swore to Him that lives forever and ever”,
the fourth is “He who created all things therein”,
and the fifth has a two-fold meaning “there should be
time no longer” or “there will be no more delay”.
The sixth is “the voice of the seventh angel”,
the seventh thing is “when the angel is about to sound”,
the eightieth thing is “that the mystery of God is finished”,
and the ninth as “the angel declared to God’s servants and prophets”.
In verse 5 and the mighty angel that stand on the sea and earth I do not feel or understand this angel to be Christ for John clearly states angel is an angelic being which I believe is certainly not the Lord Jesus Christ. Now in the angel lifted up his hand toward heaven clearly indicates that he is lifting his hand to swear unto God on the throne that he will clearly state God’s Divine message or prophetic word as he is instructed to give unto John clearly of which John is to take and prophesy again. Today most of would understand that when we have to go to court for any reason, we have to swear an oath to the judge. Therefore, we need to remember that the mighty angel swears unto God who created the earth before the seventh trumpet has sounded. To gain a better understanding we will say that you need to consider what is stated in Daniel 12:7 where the angel is taking a solemn oath to the one that lives forever of the things that will come at the end all these things.
I further believe that we also need to consider that from the time of Daniel until here in Revelation 10 and Daniel 12:7 that there is a biblical timeline that we need to consider about the parallel of the angel in each book. In addition, one might also interpret that the fulfillment of the prophecy in Daniel is now going to take place. In the angel’s hand he holds a little book an open book to my understanding brings many questions to mind regarding this little book opened. The first question is, could this be the same little book in Revelation 5:2 written inside and out? If so, how are we to compare it with this little book in Revelation 5? My next question and what I feel is the most important question why was John told to eat the little book? Out of asking these questions within myself the Spirit of God brought a new revelation and understanding about the little book in Revelation 5:2 and Revelation chapter ten. Yes, many scholars and theologians have different understanding of the little book and its significance in these two chapters 5 and 10 will bring the understanding that these are symbolic.
The new revelation that the Spirit of God gave unto me is in this question of which the Spirit ask me to answer: If John saw the book of the seven seals open and all of the events that come out of those seals being opened are we not living in the seven seals today and should we not be therefore, preparing for the events of the coming of the seven trumpets. Now in Revelation 5:1 it states that the book or scroll was hand unto Him who sat on the throne and the book was written on the inside and the outside.
“Then the voice which I heard from heaven spoke to me again and said, “Go take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the earth.” 9 So I went to the angel and said to him “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be sweet as honey in your mouth.” 10 Then I took the little book out of the angel’s hand and ate it, and it was sweet as honey in my mouth. But when I had eaten it, my stomach became bitter. 11 And he said to me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, tongues, and kings.” (Revelation 10:8-11 KJV)
What I am about to write is the revelation that the Spirit of God revealed in my understanding about the little book. The first revelation is that me and other ministers of the Holy Scriptures must first “take the little book and eat it” according to our calling and how we have been instructed to proclaim His Holy Word. The second part of this revelation is we ministers must also digest this Holy Word of God to nourish the Body of Christ with God’s Revelation to His creation. This little book or scroll is also recorded in the book of Ezekiel 3 where the prophet Ezekiel states it was a “little roll” that he was instructed to eat the little roll that God had given him the translation found in the King James Version of the Bible. To help bring a full understanding of this new revelation of the little book I will need to write about all of the scriptures relating to this little book.
Let us begin with the prophet Ezekiel chapter 3, “He said to me, “Mortal, eat what is offered you; eat this scroll, and go speak to the House of Israel. 2 So I opened my mouth, and He gave me this scroll to eat, 3 as He said to me, “Mortal, feed your stomach and fi ll your belly with this scroll that I give you.” I ate it, and it tasted as sweet honey to me. 4 Then He said to me, “Mortal, go to the House of Israel and repeat My very words to them.” (Ezekiel 3:1-4 Hebrew English Tanakh)
The instruction that is given by the Lord God unto John or any other individual is vital when they study the Holy Word of God. The Holy Scriptures is alive with the spiritual food from the kingdom of heaven to bring nourishment to the soul of mankind. Furthermore, it is when we eat of the Holy Scriptures that gives us strength to live in faith and to walk before the Lord God now and in the coming days. In addition, the Holy Word we have been given the revelation or the instruction by God for the coming days which are recorded in the Holy Scriptures in both the Old Testament and the New Testament. I have stated this so that you might understand the logic for starting with the prophet Ezekiel in this new revelation that I have stated earlier. The prophet Ezekiel is quite clear on the fact that he was told to eat what was offered unto him, therefore, we in like manner are to eat what is offered unto us by God’s Spirit that brings revelation.
When I began to study about the little book that John writes about here in Revelation 10 the Lord God gave to me a new revelation about the little book and how it pertains to the coming days. The new revelation that the Spirit of God gave unto me begins in Revelation 5:1 with the opening of the seals with the right hand of Him who is sitting on the throne. Revelation 5:1 is a vital element for understanding the coming days and all of the events of prophecy found in the Revelation of Jesus Christ. The revelation God gave unto me begins with this fact about who is worthy to open the book or the scroll that is written on both sides and who is worthy to release the prophetic word of the coming events in the coming days. With each new revelation that the Lord Spirit brought unto me is when I begin to look for a fuller understanding of what the Lord God Almighty is trying to show unto me about the little book and why we must eat the Word of God. In addition, we must also consider the prophet Daniel and Daniel’s desire to know what the end of time would be therefore, the Lord God opened up many prophecies regarding the end of time and the coming days that we now live in. You can find many end time events written in the prophetic word of the book of Daniel recorded in the book of Revelation. For we find in Daniel 12 that God told Daniel to close the book and seal it up until the end of time, therefore, meaning that the end of time was to remain hidden until the appointed time, the time of the end of this earth.
Now in the words of the prophet Ezekiel we find that Ezekiel states these prophetic words regarding the scroll in Revelation 5 and 10: “And he spread it before me; and it was written within and without: and there was written therein lamentations, and mourning, and woe.” (Ezekiel 2:10 KJV) Before, the Lord God sent Ezekiel to proclaim His Holy Word unto the House of Israel God laid out His plan before Ezekiel. In addition, you will find that God also told Ezekiel to eat what He was giving him and then go to the House of Israel with His message Ezekiel 3:1. I believe that one of the great downfalls with the Body of Christ today is many try to feed on what they hear not what they eat from the word of God.
THE FIRST IMPORTANT QUESTION THAT WE NEED TO ADDRESS IS: WHAT IS THE PURPOSE FOR EATING?
9 So I went to the angel and said to him “Give me the little book.” And he said to me, “Take and eat it; and it will make your stomach bitter, but it will be sweet as honey in your mouth.”
Let me begin to answer this first question with a question why does anyone eat? From our human nature we must have nourishment to sustain life. Therefore, does not the soul of mankind require spiritual food to be able to live and dwell in mankind? There can only be one answer and that is yes to both the natural and spiritual body of God creation. What I am talking about is the spiritual nutrition and the mystery of what pertains to both the body and the soul that contains life. In addition, of both elements that depends upon not only food but all of the other elements that the body needs to thrive on in God’s creation the sun, the soil of the earth, water, and the air are all the elements that sustains life. However, spiritual nutrition is just one of the benefits regarding the mystery of life connected with the healing of God that leads to spiritual health of the mind when we eat the word of God.
My second question is: Why is the Bible compared to food? First of all if the body of man did not have food it would die, therefore, to have a healthy soul it also needs food and this food for the soul only comes from the Word of God. In addition, spiritual food is essential for maturity in our walk of faith. Moreover, food is something the body craves; however, there are some of us who just plan like to eat. The point of logic that I am trying to bring out is without food for the body the key element to life is missing and it goes the same for the soul. Furthermore, the Lord Jesus Christ stated while He was being tempted by Satan from the scriptures: “But He answered and said, “It is written, man shall not live by bread alone, but on every word that proceeds out of the mouth of God.” (Matthew 4:4 NASB)
Before I go any further with the eating of the little book I believe that it is vital to understand that with all of the prophetic word regarding the coming days that we are living in the book of Revelation today. Furthermore, I believe that we are living in the opening of the seven seals and we are at the door of the seven trumpets. In addition, I have no doubt or question that the whole book of Revelation that the church is included in the whole book. I state this because of what Revelation 1:1 says that the Revelation of Jesus Christ was given unto God’s servants, and we like John are representative of all that God has called us to proclaim, and that we are to be faithful to His revelation.
Therefore, if we are looking at this revelation from the natural point of view one might say it was for nourishing the human understanding of gaining knowledge of God’s word written in the Holy Scriptures. If we are considering it from a biblical or spiritual point of view it is for it is the nourishing food for the soul of mankind and every Christian which helps to prepare for the coming days. Here are some questions for each of us in the Body of Christ to consider. What must take place before the food we eat both naturally and spiritually in order to bring forth nourishment to the natural body and the spiritual body? First one must digest the food they take in before it can bring forth nourishment to the body or the soul. The logic for this example is that the Holy Word of God cannot fulfill its purpose with eating the word of God so that it can be digested.
One of the great truths about the coming days here in Revelation 10 is this fact found in verse 7 that there are no more delay that the time should be no longer Revelation 10:6-7. First, we need to remember that the angel swore an oath to the one sitting on the throne in heaven who lives forever and ever that there would be no more delay. Why is this so important to the Body of Christ in the coming days? One of the thoughts that come to me about no more delay is that the mighty angel will give the angel with the seventh trumpet the command to sound the trumpet. Chapter Nine