REVELATION 10

I. JOHN SEES THE MIGHTY ANGEL 10:1-7

II. JOHN EATS THE LITTLE BOOK 10:8-11

Between the sixth trumpet judgment and the seventh trumpet judgment an interval occurs. The events of chapter ten are at the middle point of the tribulation. The phrase "another angel," in verse 1, probably means that he is not one of the trumpet angels. Some think that this angel is the Son of Man. This cannot be Christ, because this would make Christ come from heaven in the middle of the tribulation.In verses 8-10, John was told to eat the little book that was in the hand of the angel. Eating the book has the idea of receiving and assimilating knowledge. In verse 11, John is told that he must prophesy as to peoples, nations, tongues and kings.

 

TEXT w/ Scofield Notes

(Rev 10:1 KJV) And I saw another[1] mighty angel[2] come down from heaven, clothed[3] with a cloud: and a rainbow[4] was upon his head, and his face[5] was as it were the sun, and his feet as pillars of fire:

1 "ANOTHER": Cp. Rev 5:2; 8:3

2 "ANGEL": See Heb 1:4, note

3 "CLOTHED": Cp. Acts 1:9; Rev 1:7

4 "RAINBOW": Ezek 1:26 - 28; Rev 4:3

5 "FACE": Rev 1:16

(Rev 10:2 KJV) And he had in his hand a little book[1] open: and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth[2],

1 "BOOK": Cp. Rev 5:1

2 "EARTH": Ps 95:5; cp. Hag 2:6

(Rev 10:3 KJV) And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders[1] uttered their voices.

1 "THUNDERS": Ps 29:3 - 9

(Rev 10:4 KJV) 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[1].

1 "NOT": Cp. Dan 8:26; 12:4 - 9

(Rev 10:5 KJV) And the angel[1] which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

1 "ANGEL": See Heb 1:4, note

(Rev 10:6 KJV) And sware by him that liveth for ever and ever, who created heaven[1], 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[2]:

1 "HEAVEN": Gen 1:1; Rev 4:11

2 "LONGER": Cp. Rev 6:11; 12:12; 16:17; 21:6

(Rev 10:7 KJV) But in the days of the voice of the seventh[1] angel[2], when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God[3] should be finished, as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.

1 "SEVENTH": Rev 11:15

2 "ANGEL": See Heb 1:4, note

3 "GOD": Cp. Amos 3:7; see Mat 13:11, note

(Rev 10:8 KJV) And the voice[1] 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[2] which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.

1 "VOICE": Cp. Rev 4:1

2 "ANGEL": See Heb 1:4, note

(Rev 10:9 KJV) And I went unto the angel[1], 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[2] as honey[3].

1 "ANGEL": See Heb 1:4, note

2 "SWEET": Cp. Ps 19:9 - 10; 119:103

3 "HONEY": Cp. Ezek 2:8 - 9; 3:2 - 3

(Rev 10:10 KJV) And I took the little book out of the angel's[1] 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.

1 "ANGEL'S": See Heb 1:4, note

(Rev 10:11 KJV) And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy[1] again before many peoples[2], and nations, and tongues, and kings.

1 "PROPHESY": Cp. Jer 25:15 - 26

2 "PEOPLES": "Prophesy again about [lit.] many peoples . . ." John is here told that he will review, with further details, those events thus far covered, especially as the events of the last three and one-half years affect the believing remnant of Israel (cp. 11:19; 12:1,2,5,17; 13:7; 14:1,3).