The Book of Revelation  

Chapter 10

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     So far we have been given the six seals and the six trumpets and the actions associated with them. I want to point out that the 6th seal and the 6th trump give the signs and signals within which Satan/Antichrist appears.

     Would it be possible that the 6th vial would also be associated with him?

     Is it also possible that the 6th seal, the 6th trump and the 6th vial are the mark of the beast?

     This chapter 10 is called a parenthetical chapter or a chapter inserted that doesn’t follow the line of thought from chapter 9. Kind of a meanwhile, back at the ranch sort of thing, if I can use that phrase without being disrespectful of the Texts.

     Chapter 9 breaks off and chapter 10 takes us back to the end of chapter 5 and continues from there. I say this only to keep you up with the fact that the entire book of Revelation is not one continuous book with each chapter leading into sequential events. No big deal.

     Revelation 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: KJV

     Some scholars and commentators would have you to believe that this is just another angel but if you look closely at the description of him it says cloud, sun and pillars of fire. This is not just another angel. Let’s go to the book of Ezekiel and read the description of our Lord written there:

     Ref: Ezekiel 1:27 And I saw as the colour of amber, as the appearance of fire round about within it, from the appearance of his loins even upward, and from the appearance of his loins even downward, I saw as it were the appearance of fire, and it had brightness round about.

     Ref: Ezekiel 1:28 As the appearance of the bow that is in the cloud in the day of rain, so was the appearance of the brightness round about. This was the appearance of the likeness of the glory of the Lord. And when I saw it, I fell upon my face, and I heard a voice of one that spake. KJV

     Also in Exodus we have the Lord described as a pillar of fire within a cloud to guide the Israelite's during the night:

     Ref: Exodus 13:21 And the Lord went before them by day in a pillar of a cloud, to lead them the way; and by night in a pillar of fire, to give them light; to go by day and night: KJV

     Pretty good description of our Lord but it’s the angel of the Lord, His Presence. No feet on the ground yet.

     Revelation 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, KJV

     This little book is the same book that we read about back in chapter 5 and who was the only one who was worthy to open this book? The one with the seven seals on it? The Root of David. Our Lord.

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

     Revelation 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. KJV

     The seven thunders spoke but when St. John started to write what they had said, as he had been told to do back in chapter 1, a voice from heaven, our Father’s voice, told him not to write. It wasn’t time yet.

     What are these thunders all about? Well, they’re a signal that gets our attention but when they occur it’s usually too late because you have to prepare yourself spiritually to be able to identify these events of the tribulation and the Lord’s Day and if you don’t know beforehand it just might be too late.

     Thunder only happens AFTER lightning strikes and if you see lightning and you never hear the thunder, it’s already too late.

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

     Remember that seas and waters are symbolic of people so this angel is standing here on earth among all of us, the people.

     Revelation 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:

     Revelation 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. KJV

     This angel of the Lord is giving praise to the Father and He’s simply saying that when the seventh trump sounds, as far as all the people here on earth and everything on the earth are concerned, time, as we know time to be, will no longer exist. Why?

     Because at the sound of the seventh trump our Lord will return, He will place His feet on Mount Zion and everything will immediately change. I’ve listed these events before but I will do so, for clarity’s sake, again:

  •      Earthly time will stop and everything will transform over to Father’s time and we know that His time is limitless and undefinable for as it says in 2nd Peter, one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years is as a day.

            Ref: 2nd Peter 3:8 But, beloved, be not ignorant of this one thing, that one day is with the Lord as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. KJV

  •      Everyone who is alive, here on earth on that day, will transform from a flesh and blood body into an everlasting spiritual body that only our Father can destroy. There will be no more natural death by accident or disease or old age.

          Ref: 1st Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed,

          Ref: 1st Corinthians 15:52 In a moment, in the twinkling of an eye, at the last trump: KJV

     What’s going to change? The flesh and blood body will die and our spiritual body will come forth.

     When is the last trump? At the seventh. 1-2-3-4-5-6-7. All happening in sequence. The Greek word for last is eschatos and it means (in the sense of contiguity); farthest, final (of place or time):

  •      Satan/Antichrist will be put in chains and locked in the pit for the duration of the Millennium.

           Ref: Revelation 20:20 And I saw an angel come down from heaven, having the key of the bottomless pit and a great chain in his hand.

           Ref: Revelation 20:2 And he laid hold on the dragon, that old serpent, which is the Devil, and Satan, and bound him a thousand years,

           Ref: Revelation 20:3 And cast him into the bottomless pit, and shut him up, and set a seal upon him, that he should deceive the nations no more, till the thousand years should be fulfilled: and after that he must be loosed a little season. KJV

  •      This day is called the Lord’s Day, the last day of this dispensation of time, the day that He returns.

            Ref: 2nd Peter 3:10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up. KJV

  •      There are many mysteries or secrets of God but this particular one applies right here on this day:

           Ref: 1st Corinthians 15:51 Behold, I shew you a mystery; We shall not all sleep, but we shall all be changed, KJV

     Not everyone will experience a death of the flesh. We will, in essence, be transformed from a terrestrial to a celestial body; an earthly to a spiritual; a corruptible to an incorruptible.

     Revelation 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. KJV

     Our Father is telling St. John to take the book out of the hand of our Lord.

     Revelation 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. KJV

     Take this book, the Bible, the Scriptures, and absorb as much of it in your mind as possible. Sometimes it will seem bitter because when it changes your life and the way that you approach life, some people may give you some static because of it.

     Maybe you used to party a lot and now, when you tell friends that you don’t do that anymore, they may become upset with you. You’re messing up their little world that they have created for themselves and they don’t like the change.

     Revelation 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.

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

     St. John must go and tell the world what he has written, regardless of race, creed or gender. What he was shown and what he wrote down was for all of our Father’s children. Father doesn’t care what race you are or what color your skin is but it sure is a big deal with us, the world as a whole.


7 February 2015