The 10th chapter is parenthetical concerning events transpiring in Heaven. At the same time, other events are taking place on the earth. The breakdown is as follows:
1. The Mighty Angel – Relation 10:1-2
2. The Angel’s Cry and the Seven Thunders Speaking – Revelation 10:3-4
3. The Angel’s Oath and the Seventh Trumpet or Third Woe Announced – Revelation 10:5-7
4. The Little Book Eaten and Its Effects – Revelation 10:8-10
5. The Contents of the Little Book – Revelation 10:11
The Mighty Angel – Revelation 10:1-2
First of all, who is this mighty angel? The description of Him proves that He is Christ. In comparison, the description in Revelation 1:12-16 and the one in Daniel 10:5-6 is very similar. The open book in His hand further proves this is Christ. In Revelation 5:7, Christ takes the sealed book out of the right hand of God. In Revelation 6:1, as well as 8:1, He breaks the seals that bind it. Here, in the 10th chapter, the same little book is opened so that the contents might be revealed.
His voice is a roaring lion identifies Him as the Lion of Judah, Isaiah 31:4-5; Jeremiah 25:29-30; Hosea 11:10-11; Joel 3:16; Amos 3:8. In these passages, The Lord is spoken of as “a Lion roaring…”
Next, the swearing of the angel proves Him to be a divine Person, for never in Scripture does an ordinary angel make an oath to God or man. In 50 Scriptures, it is stated that God swore or made oaths. In 31 other passages, it talks about man swearing to God and man. But nowhere in the Word of God does it talk about an angel swearing an oath.
In Revelation 11:3, He says “…I will give power unto my two witnesses,” This proves Him to be a divine Person. So, it is our contention that the mighty angel is Christ.
The 10th chapter, which we have called a parenthesis, explains certain events which are not the contents of the seals, trumpets, or vials but which happen along with the main events in this period. It breaks the main vision of the trumpets and is inserted between the sixth and seventh trumpets. As stated, there are about four parenthetical passages which are inserted in their proper place of fulfillment. Unless it is otherwise clear that they are not to be fulfilled in that place, they are revealed. The little book opened in His hand is the same one described in chapter 5. Christ then took it out of the hand of God (Revelation 5:7) and now He holds it in His hand for further fulfillment of that which is contained therein. Also, in verse 2, the mention of the sea and the earth really has reference, not only to the planet itself, but also concerning many people.
The Angel’s Cry and the Seven Thunders Speaking – Revelation 10: 3-4
Christ is often referred to as a roaring lion. When Christ cried, then the “...seven thunders uttered their voices.” The voice from Heaven said to John, “...Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.” John may have known what was uttered but was told not to reveal it. So, whatever it was that they said is a mystery and will remain so unless The Lord reveals it.
The Angel’s Oath and Seventh Trumpet or Third Woe Announced – Revelation 10:5-7
No angel is spoken of in the Word of God as swearing any type of oath, but God has done so several times. So, Christ lifts up His hands to swear by God The Father certain things. In this oath, Christ speaks of the creation of the heavens and the earth, the sea and all things therein. Of course, this is done for a reason, and it becomes extremely important when we realize that the Holy Spirit points this out many times in Scriptures. This is the prayer of Peter and those with him in Acts “…and said, Lord, thou art God, which hast made heaven, and earth, and the sea, and all that in them is:” (Acts 4:24).
In the Gospel according to John, the beloved apostle made this statement under the inspiration of The Holy Spirit “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made.” (John 1:3) In the first few verses of the 148th Psalm, the psalmist mentions the heaven, the earth, the sun, the moon, etc. and he said this, “Let them praise the name of the LORD: for he commanded, and they were created.” (Psalm 148:5) Isaiah had this to say, “Thus saith God the LORD, he that created the heavens, and stretched them out; he that spread forth the earth, and that which cometh out of it; he that giveth breath unto the people upon it, and spirit to them that walk therein:” (Isaiah 42:5). Of course, Moses said a t the very outset “In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth.” (Genesis 1:1). There are many similar passages.
For many reasons, The Holy Spirit calls our attention to this. First, man must always understand that it is God who created all of these things and not man. Perhaps the greatest insult to God is the absurd theory of evolution. This lie is taught in every school, college and university in America other than some Christian schools. This lie is taught as fact to impressionable children starting at a very early age. It is called scientific when it is very, at best, and an outright lie, in fact. If children in the schools of this nation were taught the Biblical account of creation as well, it would offset some of the damage. However, the Biblical account of creation is not allowed under the guise of the separation of church and state. In reality, it is the separation of God and state.
Evolution teachers speak of the “missing link” as though all the pieces of evolution are together in this long chain with the exception of one. It is not just the link that is missing. The entire chain is missing. All of these things did not just happen. God created them. A creation must have a creator and that Creator is God, and He created us to be creative.
In the latter portion of Revelation 10:6, Christ uses the phrase “...that there should be time no longer:” Some have erroneously interpreted this to mean that in the future, all time as we know it (years, months, weeks, days, minutes, etc.) will be done away with, but this is not correct. The idea is that delay in the time of fulfillment in the “...mystery of God...” Revelation 10:7, will be no longer.
Actually, time is eternal, and we are in eternal time now. In this sense, we are in eternity, for we shall continue to exist forever, either in Heaven, earth, or hell. To prove this, Revelation 10:7 uses the phrase “...in the days of the voice of the seventh angel,...” This is, once again, speaking of a system of time called days. So, The Lord is not speaking here of time as we understand it ceasing, but he is mentioning that the delay of certain events will no longer be.
In reference to the sounding of the seventh trumpet angel, Christ says “...when he shall begin to sound, the mystery of God should be finished,...” What is He talking about “...the mystery of God..."? He is talking about casting satan out of Heaven. Why he hasn’t been cast out much sooner is truly a mystery known only to God. The casting out of satan has been predicted since Adam’s day in Genesis 3:15 and will take place in the latter half of the great Tribulation period (Revelation 12:7-12).
In Revelation 12:12, we are told, “…Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you,...” This is the third woe that Christ alludes to in verses 6 and 7. The Lord said, “...as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.” Isaiah says this, “In that day the LORD with his sore and great and strong sword shall punish leviathan the piercing serpent, even leviathan that crooked serpent; and he shall slay the dragon that is in the sea.” (Isaiah 27:1)
The Little Book Eaten and Its Effects – Revelation 10:8-10
The voice speaking has no identity. It comes from Heaven and spoke to John again. John was given instructions to take the little book out of the angel’s (Christ’s) hand. This is the same book spoken of in Revelation chapter 5. The angel recorded in verse 2 is standing upon the sea and upon the earth. This does not prove His formal possession of the earth. This will not take place until about 3 ½ years later according to Revelation 19:11-21; Daniel 7:13-14; Zechariah Chapter 14.
John is told to take the little book and eat it up. He was also told it would be as sweet as honey in his mouth but would make his belly better. The meaning of this is, truth is always sweet when received by revelation from God, but it sometimes becomes bitter when the contents are noted to be woes or judgments upon people. Such will be the case in connection with Israel under the seventh trumpet judgment and throughout all of the last 3 and ½ years of Daniel’s 70th week when the great Tribulation of Jacob’s trouble begins (Revelation 12; Matthew 24:15-25; Jeremiah 30:4-7).
The Contents of the Little Book – Revelation 10:11
This verse literally means “Thou must prophesy further considering many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.” This, of course, is what John did in the rest of the book of Revelation. Some think it just means that John would be resurrected and would return as one of the two witnesses described in the next chapter. There is no scriptural truth of that whatsoever.
The Mighty Angel
1 And I saw another mighty angel come down from heaven,
-This is Christ (Revelation 1:16 Daniel 10:5-6).
clothed with a cloud:
-refers to the Glory of God upon Christ, for Christ is God (Exodus 40:34-38)
and a rainbow was upon his head,
-refers to peace and mercy
and his face was as it were the sun,
-concerns the degree of glory
and his feet as pillars of fire:
-speaks of judgment. Rejecting mercy and peace always brings judgment.
2 And he had in his hand a little book open:
-proclaims the same book of Revelation Chapter 5, but here it is open. In fact, Christ is the One Who opened it (Revelation 5:5; 6:1).
and he set his right foot upon the sea, and his left foot on the earth,
-proclaims dominion, meaning righteousness will ultimately prevail on this earth
The Angel’s Cry and the Seven Thunders Speaking
3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth:
-signals power and victory
and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
-We are not told what these seven thunders stated or what they meant.
4 And when the seven thunders had uttered their voices, I was about to write:
-proclaims the fact that John wrote all of this down, which refers to the entire book of Revelation
and I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Seal up those things which the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
-John knew what they were but was forbidden to related it in the book, therefore, speculation is useless.
The Angel’s Oath and the Seventh Trumpet or Third Woe Announced
5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
-presents, most likely, the right hand with the book held in the left hand. It concerns an oath.
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,
-proclaims the fact that the world belongs to God by virtue of Him being its Creator
that there should be time no longer:
-could be translated “that there should be delay no longer.” The prayer of Christ, “Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done in earth, as it is in heaven.” is about to be answered.
7 But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he shall begin to sound,
-proclaims the beginning of the last half of the Great Tribulation which will be worse than ever
the mystery of God should be finished,
-This mystery pertains to the reason God has allowed satan to continue his reign over this earth for these thousands of years (2 Corinthians 4:4).
as he hath declared to his servants the prophets.
-Isaiah 14:12-20 Ezekiel 28:11-19
The Little Book
8 And the voice which I heard from heaven spake unto me again,
-It is the same voice which told him to seal up those things the seven thunders uttered, and write them not.
and said, Go and take the little book which is open in the hand of the angel (Christ) which standeth upon the sea and upon the earth.
-This presents the third time Christ is presented in His dominion role which guarantees the certainty of such action.
9 And I went unto the angel, (Christ) and said unto him, Give me the little book.
-refers, as stated, the same book mentioned in Revelation Chapter 5
And he said unto me, Take it, and eat it up;
-presents idiomatic language meaning to digest its contents
and it shall make thy belly bitter, but it shall be in thy mouth sweet as honey.
-The Word of God is always sweet, but in this case, it speaks of judgment and will therefore, be bitter in the belly as all judgment is bitter.
10 And I took the little book out of the angel's hand, and ate it up;
-He digested its contents.
and it was in my mouth sweet as honey: and as soon as I had eaten it, my belly was bitter.
-signifying the further judgement that was about to come. It pertains to the last half of the Great Tribulation which will be the worst of all.
The Contents of the Little Book
11 And he (Christ) said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
-Jesus is telling John that the stand He has taken by putting one foot on the sea and the other on the earth, does not prove His formal possession of the earth at this time. This will not take place until about 3 ½ years later. Consequently, John must continue to prophesy, which is, in effect, the second half of the book of Revelation.
The Book of Revelation
Scripture is in BLACK FONT
Words of Jesus in RED FONT
Notes in BLUE FONT