This Preaching in Shorts Bible study is on Revelation. Each chapter is read verse by verse with the major points highlighted and discussed.
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Revelation 10:1-11 (NIV)
1 Then I saw another mighty angel coming down from heaven. He was robed in a cloud, with a rainbow above his head; his face was like the sun, and his legs were like fiery pillars. 2 He was holding a little scroll, which lay open in his hand. He planted his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land, 3 and he gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion. When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke. 4 And when the seven thunders spoke, I was about to write; but I heard a voice from heaven say, “Seal up what the seven thunders have said and do not write it down.” 5 Then the angel I had seen standing on the sea and on the land raised his right hand to heaven. 6 And he swore by him who lives for ever and ever, who created the heavens and all that is in them, the earth and all that is in it, and the sea and all that is in it, and said, “There will be no more delay! 7 But in the days when the seventh angel is about to sound his trumpet, the mystery of God will be accomplished, just as he announced to his servants the prophets.” 8 Then the voice that I had heard from heaven spoke to me once more: “Go, take the scroll that lies open in the hand of the angel who is standing on the sea and on the land.” 9 So I went to the angel and asked him to give me the little scroll. He said to me, “Take it and eat it. It will turn your stomach sour, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.” 10 I took the little scroll from the angel’s hand and ate it. It tasted as sweet as honey in my mouth, but when I had eaten it, my stomach turned sour. 11 Then I was told, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages and kings.”
A mighty angel comes and sets his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land. This is probably an archangel like Michael and is not the angel with the seventh trumpet. He is apparently huge in stature and his standing on the earth and sea is a picture of his authority from God.
Makes me glad the angels are on our side.
Hebrews 1:14 (NIV)
14 Are not all angels ministering spirits sent to serve those who will inherit salvation?
Matthew 18:10 (NIV)
10 “See that you do not look down on one of these little ones. For I tell you that their angels in heaven always see the face of my Father in heaven.
The angel is holding a little scroll which is not the scroll that we saw earlier in Chapter 5. That scroll contains a revelation of the judgments again evil. The contents of this scroll are not revealed to us at this time.
Throughout history people have wanted to know what the future holds. Some of the events of the future are shown to us in Revelation, but John is stopped from sharing everything in the vision he received. This happened to Daniel as well:
Daniel 12:8-9 (NIV)
8 I heard, but I did not understand. So I asked, “My lord, what will the outcome of all this be?” 9 He replied, “Go your way, Daniel, because the words are closed up and sealed until the time of the end.
God reveals to us all that we need to know to live out this life for Him. We are to focus on living for Him now, day in and day out. He has given us enough information about what the future holds in store for us as believers that we can live in the hope and promise of eternity with Him which begins when we come to know Jesus.
“God’s mysterious plan will be fulfilled”.
Colossians 2:2-4 (NIV)
2 My purpose is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of God, namely, Christ, 3 in whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge. 4 I tell you this so that no one may deceive you by fine-sounding arguments.
The mystery of God is the Good News, the gospel.
Ephesians 1:7-10 (NIV)
7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us with all wisdom and understanding. 9 And he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times will have reached their fulfillment–to bring all things in heaven and on earth together under one head, even Christ.
Jesus is coming back!
John is told to eat the scroll. The scroll was sweet to his taste but sour on his stomach. The Word of God is sweet to us as believers because it brings encouragement to us, but it is sour on our stomachs because of the coming judgment which will befall unbelievers.
Jesus coming back is known simultaneously as the great and terrible day of the Lord.
As we continue on in our study of Revelation we are seeing the events that will happen at the end of this age. This evil age will come to an end, but the age to come will last for eternity.