Chapter 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:

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,

3)And cried with a loud voice, as when a lion roareth: and when he had cried, seven thunders uttered their voices.

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.

5)And the angel which I saw stand upon the sea and upon the earth lifted up his hand to heaven,

6)and swear 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.

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.

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.

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)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.

11)And he said unto me, thou must prophesy again before many peoples, and nations, and tongues, and kings.

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10:1-11:14 An interlude between the 6th and 7th trumpets.

10:1 Some theologins understand this to be Christ.  However, the use of the word "another" clearly demonstrates that this is a member of the angelic host, but not one of the trumpet angels, but a high ranking angel none the less.  Rainbow- to remind John of God's Noahic covenant to never destroy all of mankind ever again no atter what jugments befall them.

10:2 To symbolize that although Satan is the current god of the earth, God ultimately owns the universe and will accomplish his will.

10:3 The fullness of the Holy Spirit and the completeness of God's plan. Rev 4:5

10:4 Meant for John's ears only, not common knowledge for all to hear, until, in real time, God reveals to all. Dan 8:26-27, 12:9 

10:5 An angel taking an oath, Dan 12:7

10:6 The prayers of the saints will finally be answered. Mt 24:3, Acts 1:6-7, The day of the Lord has come. Mt 6:10

10:7 When the 7th trumpet actually sounds, in real time, it will be revealed what God's plan was, is, and will be. 

10:8 "little book" The gospel. Ez 2:8-10

10:9 John is to "digest" God's word.  John's reactions should and will be the reactions of all believers, to be "sweet" anticipation of God's ultimate victory over evil, and the "bitterness " of seeing God's wrath poured out on those who reject his son. 

10:10 The physical manifestation of the angel's words become reality to John.

10:11 A call to warn all believers to prophesy and evangelize down through the ages of God's ultimate plan and glory.