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REVELATION - THE END OF THE AGE OF MAN
(A Synopsis of the Revelation of Jesus Christ)

CHAPTER TEN

The Seventh Revelation of Jesus Christ as the Mighty Angel
7 Thunders NOT REVEALED
Jesus claims the world as His

The 7th and last Seal continues, containing the 7 Trumpets

This part of the book of Revelation is sometimes treated as an episode, thrown between the sixth and seventh trumpet judgments, and having little or no relation to either. We are still dealing with the blast of the sixth trumpet. It is only in Revelation 11:14 (The second woe has passed; the third woe is coming soon) that we find the note of indication that the woe of the sixth trumpet is accomplished.
 

Revelation 10:1-7

(1)   I saw still another mighty angel coming down from heaven, clothed with a cloud. And a rainbow was on his head, his face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire.  (2)  He had a little book open in his hand. And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land,  (3)  and cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roars. When he cried out, seven thunders uttered their voices.  (4)  Now when the seven thunders uttered their voices, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven saying to me, "Seal up the things which the seven thunders uttered, and do not write them."

(5)  The angel whom I saw standing on the sea and on the land raised up his hand to heaven  (6)  and swore by Him who lives forever and ever, who created heaven and the things that are in it, the earth and the things that are in it, and the sea and the things that are in it, that there should be delay no longer,  (7)  but in the days of the sounding of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, the mystery of God would be finished, as He declared to His servants the prophets.
(NKJV)


The manifestation of Jesus Christ as the Mighty Angel [Revelation 10:1-11]

This angel amazes us, for he has some of the characteristics that belong especially to the Lord Jesus. John has seen and heard a ‘strong angel’ (Revelation 5:2), and the same Greek word is here translated “mighty.” All angels excel in strength (Psalms 103:20 ‘Praise the Lord, you his angels, you mighty ones who do his bidding’), but apparently some have greater power and authority than others.

1. The rainbow was God’s sign to mankind; this angel has the authority of God’s throne given to him.
2. The fact that the angel’s face is ‘as the sun’ corresponds to the description of Jesus Christ in;

Matthew 17:2
And He was transfigured before them. His face shone like the sun, and His clothes became as white as the light.

Revelation 1:16
He had in His right hand seven stars, out of His mouth went a sharp two-edged sword, and His countenance was like the sun shining in its strength.

3. The angel's feet correspond to Revelation 1:15
Revelation 1:15
His feet were like fine brass, as if refined in a furnace
4. His voice like a lion suggests Revelation 5:5
Revelation 5:5
Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.
5. The Theophanies (physical appearance God), the Word [Jesus] often appeared in the Old Testament as ‘the Angel of the Lord

Exodus 3:2
And the Angel of the Lord appeared to him in a flame of fire from the midst of a bush.

Judges 2:4
So it was, when the Angel of the Lord spoke these words to all the children of Israel, that the people lifted up their voices and wept.

Judges 6:11-23
Now the Angel of the Lord came and sat under the terebinth tree... Then the Angel of the Lord put out the end of the staff that was in His hand, and touched the meat and the unleavened bread; and fire rose out of the rock and consumed the meat and the unleavened bread. And the Angel of the Lord departed out of his sight.  Now Gideon perceived that He was the Angel of the Lord. So Gideon said, "Alas, O Lord God! For I have seen the Angel of the Lord face to face."  Then the Lord said to him, "Peace be with you; do not fear, you shall not die."

2 Samuel 24:16-17
And when the angel stretched out His hand over Jerusalem to destroy it, the Lord relented from the destruction, and said to the angel who was destroying the people, "It is enough; now restrain your hand." And the angel of the Lord was by the threshing floor of Araunah the Jebusite. Then David spoke to the Lord when he saw the angel who was striking the people, and said, "Surely I have sinned, and I have done wickedly; but these sheep, what have they done? Let Your hand, I pray, be against me and against my father's house."

Three other characteristics would also suggest identifying the angel as Jesus Christ:
1. The book in his hand — Since our Lord was the only One worthy to take the scroll and break the seals (Revelation 5:5), it only seems right that He is the only One worthy to give His servant the message.

Revelation 5:5
Behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has prevailed to open the scroll and to loose its seven seals.

2. The awesome posture that he assumed — The posture is of a conqueror taking possession of His territory. He is claiming the whole world. Only the victorious Savior would make such a claim.

Revelation 10:2
And he set his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land

3. The oath that he took — He swore [omnuo] by Him Who lives forever and ever, by the Creator
a. Old Testament: shaba swear — to take an oath
b. New Testament: omnuo swear — to take an oath
c. In the Old Testament it was common for men to swear an oath as Abraham swore to Abimelech:

Genesis 21:22-24
And it came to pass at that time that Abimelech...spoke to Abraham, saying... swear [shaba] to me by God that you will not deal falsely with me... And Abraham said, "I will swear [shaba]."

d. However, in the New Testament we are forbidden to swear an oath at all, first by Jesus Himself, and also in James. As a child of God, our yes or no should be all that is necessary.

Matthew 5:34-37
But I say to you, do not swear [omnuo] at all: neither by heaven, for it is God's throne; nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No.' For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

James 5:12
But above all, my brethren, do not swear [omnuo], either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your "Yes" be "Yes," and your "No," "No," lest you fall into judgment.

e. In the New Testament we find that God Himself is the only one allowed to swear an oath:

Hebrews 6:13
For when God made a promise to Abraham, because He could swear [omnuo] by no one greater, He swore by Himself

Hebrews 6:17-19
Thus God, determining to show more abundantly to the heirs of promise the immutability of His counsel, confirmed it by an oath [omnuo] , that by two immutable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we might have strong consolation, who have fled for refuge to lay hold of the hope set before us.

f. No where in the Scriptures do we find an angel of any kind swearing an oath.

And finally, we have His own words in chapter 11, verse 3: "And I will grant the power of prophecy to My two witnesses." He would not have claimed them as His if He were only an angel.

This was a fearsome manifestation of Jesus and the question may be asked, how does this reveal a loving Savior Who would give His all for us? That answer lies in Scripture itself:
 

Matthew 10:28
And do not fear those who kill the body but cannot kill the soul. But rather fear Him who is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.

Matthew 10:34-39
Do not think that I came to bring peace on earth. I did not come to bring peace but a sword. For I have come to 'set a man against his father, a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law'; and 'a man's enemies will be those of his own household.' He who loves father or mother more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who loves son or daughter more than Me is not worthy of Me. And he who does not take his cross and follow after Me is not worthy of Me. He who finds his life will lose it, and he who loses his life for My sake will find it.

Luke 14:25-33
Once when large crowds of people were going along with Jesus, he turned and said to them, "Whoever comes to me cannot be my disciple unless he loves me more than he loves his father and his mother, his wife and his children, his brothers and his sisters, and himself as well. Whoever does not carry his own cross and come after me cannot be my disciple. ... none of you can be my disciple unless he gives up everything he has.


What was His oath?
1. That there will be no more delay
2. That God's mysterious plan will be finished
To whom did He announce His oath?
1. To His servants, the prophets
When would this be completed?
1. In the days of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound his trumpet
2. In chapter 11, just before the seventh trumpet sounds, we find the two witnesses appear, are killed, and are resurrected.

Why was there a "delay" in the first place?
The heavens and earth and the sea have already felt various judgments; and more judgments are to come. God has been delaying His judgments so that lost sinners will have time to repent (2 Peter 3:1-9); now, however, He will accelerate His judgments and accomplish His purposes.
 

2 Peter 3:1-9
Beloved, I now write to you this second epistle (in both of which I stir up your pure minds by way of reminder), that you may be mindful of the words which were spoken before by the holy prophets, and of the commandment of us, the apostles of the Lord and Savior, knowing this first: that scoffers will come in the last days, walking according to their own lusts, and saying, "Where is the promise of His coming? For since the fathers fell asleep, all things continue as they were from the beginning of creation." For this they willfully forget: that by the word of God the heavens were of old, and the earth standing out of water and in the water, by which the world that then existed perished, being flooded with water. But the heavens and the earth which are now preserved by the same word, are reserved for fire until the day of judgment and perdition of ungodly men.

But, beloved, do not forget this one thing, that with the Lord one day is as a thousand years, and a thousand years as one day. The Lord is not slack concerning His promise, as some count slackness, but is longsuffering toward us, not willing that any should perish but that all should come to repentance.


The Seven Thunders

They roared like thunder (bronte - thunder, used for a powerful voice).
They spoke (laleo - to talk, i.e. utter words).

Just as with  the Seven Seals, the Seven Trumpets, and the Seven Vials, when the Seven Thunders delivered their message, John began to write it down. But a voice from heaven called to John: "Don't do it. Their words are not to be revealed."     (TLB)

This adds to God's mystery —
1. We know there were 7 Thunders
2. We know they each spoke a distinct message
3. We know that John was about to write it all down
4. We know that God stopped him from writing it down
Will He ever reveal to us the message of the Seven Thunders?
1 We can possibly hope that some day He does reveal it to us.
2. Or maybe it is something beyond our comprehension (at least in this life).
3. As we see in the discussion Job has with God:
Job 26:14
But the thunder of His power who can understand?

Job 37:1-5
"At this also my heart trembles, and leaps from its place. Hear attentively the thunder of His voice, and the rumbling that comes from His mouth. ... He thunders with His majestic voice, and He does not restrain them when His voice is heard.  God thunders marvelously with His voice; He does great things which we cannot comprehend.


God has still reserved some prophetical surprises, not revealing all that will come to pass. So, as Jesus counseled us, we need to be ready for anything at any time.
 

Matthew 26:41
Watch and pray, lest you enter into temptation. The spirit indeed is willing, but the flesh is weak.

Mark 13:33
Take heed, watch and pray; for you do not know when the time is.

Luke 21:36
Watch therefore, and pray always that you may be counted worthy to escape all these things that will come to pass, and to stand before the Son of Man.


Revelation 10:8-11

(8)  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 as 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 as 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."
(NKJV)


The Little Book (Scroll)

Some think the little book is the scroll of Revelation 5, while some think it is the Scriptures in general. In any case, it is safe to say that it represents the Word of God in some sense.

1. As the scroll with the 7 seals:
The provision for those who choose to follow Christ Jesus is sweet.
But the wrath of God that will be poured out on an unbelieving and wicked world is bitterness.
Ezekiel 2:8-10
But you, son of man, hear what I say to you. Do not be rebellious like that rebellious house; open your mouth and eat what I give you. Now when I looked, there was a hand stretched out to me; and behold, a scroll of a book was in it. Then He spread it before me; and there was writing on the inside and on the outside, and written on it were lamentations and mourning and woe.
2. As the Scriptures containing the plan and purposes of God, including the prophesies:
The Word of God is the power of God to those who believe.
But reveals the wrath of God to unrighteous men.
Ezekiel 3:1-11
Moreover He said to me, "Son of man, eat what you find; eat this scroll, and go, speak to the house of Israel." So I opened my mouth, and He caused me to eat that scroll. ... and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness. ... Moreover He said to me: "Son of man, receive into your heart all My words that I speak to you, and hear with your ears. And go, get to the captives, to the children of your people, and speak to them and tell them, 'Thus says the Lord God,' whether they hear, or whether they refuse."
Romans 1:16-21
For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, "The just shall live by faith."
For the wrath of God is revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men, who suppress the truth in unrighteousness, because what may be known of God is manifest in them, for God has shown it to them. For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even His eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse, because, although they knew God, they did not glorify Him as God, nor were thankful, but became futile in their thoughts, and their foolish hearts were darkened.




 

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