Revelation 10: 1-11
VV 1-4, 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.”
A mighty angel came down from heaven, clothed with a cloud, a rainbow over his head, his face shone like the sun, his feet like pillars of fire, and his voice roaring like a lion. He stepped onto the world with his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land. This angel cannot be Christ, because Christ will return to earth at the end of the 7-year tribulation but not in the middle. After all the demonic attacks in Revelation 9, a mighty and powerful angel appeared on the scene. John wanted to write down what he saw but he was commanded not to do so. There are certain things that we are not supposed to know. Duet 29:29, “The secret things belong to the Lord our God, but the things revealed belong to us and to our children forever, that we may follow all the words of this law”.
VV 5-7, 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 the 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.
The mighty angel raised his hand to heaven and swore by Christ, the eternal creator of the universe. John 1:3, “Through him all things were made; without him, nothing was made that has been made”. Colossians 1:16, “For in him all things were created, things in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities; all things have been created through him and for him”. The angel declared that there should be no more delay. When the 7th trumpet sounded, the mysteries of God will be revealed to His servants the prophets.
VV 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.”
The voice from heaven told John to take the little book from the mighty angel’s hand and eat it. John approached the mighty angel, took the book from him, and ate it. It was sweet as honey in the mouth but became bitter in the stomach. Jeremiah 15:16, “When your words came, I ate them, they were my joy and my heart’s delight, for I bear your name, Lord God Almighty”. Psalm 119:103, “How sweet are Your words to my taste, sweeter than honey to my mouth”. Ezekiel 3:3, “And He said to me, ‘Son of man, feed your belly, and fill your stomach with this scroll that I give you.’ So I ate, and it was in my mouth like honey in sweetness”. After John had eaten the book, the angel told him to prophesy to people, nations, tongues, and kings.
The word of God is sweet in the mouth but sour in the stomach. It is sweet because there is forgiveness of sin and salvation. It is bitter because it will lead to a conviction of sin, compassion for sinners, and a burden for lost souls. The word will cause spiritual heartburn in your stomach, which will only be relieved by sharing it with others.
Reading, meditating, and obeying the word is the key to successful living. Joshua 1:8, “Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful”.