Revelation 10 in Bible Prophecy – The Little Book
An Angel holds the open book
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:
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,
10:3 And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.
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.
10:5 And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,
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:
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.
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.
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.
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.
10:11 And he said unto me, Thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.
Who is the Mighty Angel?
A mighty angel surrounded by a cloud, with a rainbow on his head, comes from heaven to earth. His face is as the sun and his feet as pillars of fire. The description of this mighty angel is the same given to Jesus in Revelation 1:16, “his face is as the sun.” In Ezekiel 1:28 we see the throne of God with a rainbow and clouds surrounding it. We can be assured this mighty angel is Jesus.
What is the Little Book?
In the hand of the mighty angel is the little book. The same book is referred to in Revelation chapter 5. The book is sealed with seven seals. When each of the seals are broken by Jesus each seal judgments begins.
“And I saw in the right hand of him that sat on the throne, a book written within and on the backside, sealed with seven seals.” (Revelation 5:1)
The book is likely the same as spoken of in Daniel. Daniel’s book is sealed up until the end of time when Jesus opens the book.
“But thou, O Daniel, shut up the words, and seal the book, even to the time of the end: many shall run to and fro, and knowledge shall be increased.” (Daniel 12:4)
The Seven Voices of Thunder
The angel’s right foot is on the sea and his left foot is on the earth. He cries with a loud voice as a lion roars. Seven voices of thunder sound. John is told to seal up the voices of the thunders and do not write them down. The voices of thunder seem to indicate the end is coming. Revelation 16 also speaks of thunder at the seventh and last bowl judgment. At this time a voice shouts out, “It is done”.
“And the seventh angel poured out his vial into the air; and there came a great voice out of the temple of heaven, from the throne, saying,
“It is done. And there were voices, and thunders, and lightnings; and there was a great earthquake, such as was not since men were upon the earth, so mighty an earthquake, and so great.” (Revelation 16:17-18)
The Mystery is Finished
The angel provides two points which give us information as to the timeline of events. First, the angel tells John “there should be time no longer” or “there will be delay no longer (NASB).” This is similar to Revelation 16:17 where an angel says, “It is done.” This would seem to speak of the second coming of the Lord. Delay no more. Jesus Christ is coming back to judge the world (Revelation 19:11-16). This may also refer to the Rapture of the church.
The second point we are told is, “the mystery of God should be finished” or “the mystery of God is finished (NASB).” What are the mysteries hidden in God’s word?
The mysteries in the New Testament which have already been revealed include the following.
- Gentiles are members of the body of Christ through the gospel (Romans 16:25-26, 1 Corinthians 2:7, Ephesians 3:4-6, Colossians 1:25-27)
- The church is the body and bride of Christ (Ephesians 5:30-32)
- In Christ is all wisdom, knowledge and godliness. Jesus Christ is God who was revealed as a man and is glorified. In Christ one receives redemption, righteousness and holiness. (Colossians 2:2-3, 1 Timothy 3:16)
- Mystery of the seven stars (Revelation 1:20)
“In the days of the seventh angel” (verse 7) the mystery of God is finished. At this point all of the mysteries in the Bible will have been revealed. This will occur at the end of the Great Tribulation and the beginning the millennial kingdom. This is the same event as reflected in the next chapter (Revelation 11:15-19) when the seventh angel sounds the seventh and last trumpet.
“And the seventh angel sounded; and there were great voices in heaven, saying, The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of his Christ; and he shall reign for ever and ever.” (Revelation 11:15)
When the seventh trumpet sounds the “kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord.” This is when all mysteries are finished and this is when the millennial kingdom begins. Below is the list of hidden mysteries which today have not been revealed and will be revealed by this time.
- Partial hardening of Jews (Romans 11:25)
- Mystery of the rapture of the church (1 Corinthians 15:50-53)
- Fulfillment of all things in Christ. Jesus will bring all things in heaven and earth under His headship with the start of the millennial kingdom (Ephesian 1:9-10)
- Mystery of lawlessness. The Antichrist is removed whom Jesus destroys with the Words of His mouth at His second coming. (2 Thessalonians 26-8)
- Mystery Babylon (Revelation 17:5, 7)
At this point all mysteries have been revealed. All saints are ushered out of the tribulation and into the millennial kingdom.
John eats the book
John is told to take the book from the hand of the angel (Jesus) and eat it. John does as he is told and eats the book. The book of judgments and woes is as sweet as honey but becomes bitter to his stomach. This may indicate the judgments are over. The book has been devoured. The time of judgment is over and the beginning of the millennial kingdom is come.
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