Revelation 10. Forum Discussion

Summary of Revelation chapters 1-9 / John takes the little book out of the angel’s hand and eats it

The book of Revelation is admittedly a complicated book, but less so when you break things down into segments. For example:

  1. Introduction. John lets us know that he was visited by an angel who told him to, “Write in a book what you see, and send it to the seven churches: to Ephesus and to Smyrna and to Pergamum and to Thyatira and to Sardis and to Philadelphia and to Laodicea.” – (Chapter 1)
  2. Jesus reveals that this message, which takes the form of the book of Revelation, is a prophecy and that, “Blessed is he who reads and those who hear the words of the prophecy, and heed the things which are written in it; for the time is near.” It is this scripture that tells us that the book of Revelation is about things that will take place in the future. Jesus is specifically talking about Judgement Day. Isn’t it wonderful to hear that we are blessed just by reading the words of the book of Revelation? – (Chapter 1)
  3. John explains the vision that he saw beginning with his vision of Jesus himself. Jesus said to John, “Do not be afraid; I am the first and the last, and the living One; and I was dead, and behold, I am alive forevermore, and I have the keys of death and of Hades. Therefore write the things which you have seen, and the things which are, and the things which will take place after these things. As for the mystery of the seven stars which you saw in My right hand, and the seven golden lampstands: the seven stars are the angels of the seven churches, and the seven lampstands are the seven churches.” – (Chapter 1)
  4. Jesus delivers His message through His angel to John to be delivered to each of the 7 churches of Asia. - (Chapters 2 and 3)
  5. John sees a door standing open in heaven and hears a voice that tells him, “Come up here, and I will show you what must take place after these things.” – (Chapter 4)
  6. John tells us that he was immediately, “In the Spirit”. – (Chapter 4)
  7. John sees God holding a book that is sealed with seven seals. – (Chapter 5)
  8. John weeps because nobody is found worthy to open the book, until Jesus appears and one of the 24 elders in heaven says, “Stop weeping; behold, the Lion that is from the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has overcome so as to open the book and its seven seals.” – (Chapter 5)
  9. The first 6 seals are opened and explained. - (Chapter 6)
  10. The 144,000 (12,000 from each of the 12 tribes of Israel) and the great multitude which no one could count appear before God’s throne. – (Chapter 7)
  11. John describes what it will be like for those in heaven with the following quotes. 1) “He who sits on the throne will spread His tabernacle over them.” 2) “They will hunger no longer.” 3) “Nor thirst anymore.” 4) “Nor will the sun beat down on them.” 5) “Nor any heat.” 6) “The Lamb in the center of the throne will be their shepherd.” 7) “And will guide them to springs of the water of life.” 8) “And God will wipe every tear from their eyes.”
  12. The 7th seal is opened and explained. – (Chapter 8)
  13. John sees the seven angels who stand before God with seven trumpets. (Chapter 8)
  14. An 8th angel comes and sits at the alter holding a golden censer. This angel took the censer and filled it with the fire of the altar. He threw the censer filled with fire to the earth. There followed peals of thunder and sounds and flashes of lightning and an earthquake. – (Chapter 8)
  15. The seven angels prepare to sound their trumpets. – (Chapter 8)
  16. The first (4) angels sound their trumpet triggering catastrophic events on earth for those who are not saved. – (Chapter 8)
  17. Angels 5-6 sound their trumpets triggering even greater catastrophes on earth. – (Chapter 9)

This brings us to Chapter 10 in our study. We do not hear about the 7th angel until later in Chapter 11.

In Chapter 10, John writes that another strong angel comes down from heaven who had in his hand a little book. This angel had one foot on sea and one foot on land. The angel cries out with a loud voice. John writes that when this angel had cried out, “The seven peals of thunder uttered their voices.”

When the seven peals of thunder had spoken, John was about to write when he heard a voice from heaven saying, “Seal up the things which the seven peals of thunder have spoken and do not write them.” So the seals are serving the purpose of keeping the book closed until God decides it is time for the message to be heard.

Next, this angel with one foot in the sea and one on land says, “But in the days of the voice of the seventh angel, when he is about to sound, then the mystery of God is finished, as He preached to His servants the prophets.”

Next, John hears the voice from heaven saying, “Go, take the book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land.”

John approaches the angel to get the book and is told, “Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.”

John takes the little book out of the angel’s hand and eats it. After John eats the little book he hears, “You must prophesy again concerning many peoples and nations and tongues and kings.”

Thank you for joining in our study of Revelations. It is like no other book in the Bible and provides a vision of something we all think about, “What happens after I die?”

Please join us tomorrow, Lord willing, for chapter 11.


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It is interesting to me how God revealed just enough about heaven, but still kept things a mystery.


Mysterious chapter. Some things are just going to remain a mystery.