Revelation 10 Lesson

Christianity can be hard!

In Chapter 10, John writes about how another strong angel came down from heaven.   This angel had in his hand a small book.    

We do not know who this strong angel is.   Some have speculated that this angel is Jesus; others think the angel resembles certain angels as described in the Old Testament, such as Michael from the book of Daniel.

Since God does not tell us, we can assume it is not critical for us to know, and simply move on.

What about this little book?   The book is separate from the larger book described in Revelation 5.   That larger book was held by God, on His throne, and contained a written record of all that ever was, and all that will be.  

This second book is much smaller and there is no description of what is written inside.   Some have speculated this book is a condensed summary of the larger book.   We simply do not know.

Chapter 10 is a short chapter.   There are two main points that we will consider during today’s study:

  1. The angel that had one foot on sea, and one foot on land.
  2. The voice calling down to John.         

We will look at these one at a time.

THE ANGEL WITH ONE FOOT ON SEA AND ONE FOOT ON LAND

There are a few things to point out about this angel.  

  • He was a strong angel.
  • He had power over land and sea.
  • He cried out in a large voice, which triggered the peals of thunder to begin to speak.
  • We do not know what John observed here because a voice from heaven instructed him not to speak about what he saw.   God reveals much in the Book of Revelation, but some things He chooses not to reveal to us at this time.   Not knowing everything is part of the mystery of faith.

JOHN HEARS A VOICE FROM HEAVEN

The voice tells John:

“Go, take the book which is open in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and on the land.” – Revelation 10:8.

John approaches the angel, and the angel says:

“Take it and eat it; it will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be sweet as honey.” – Revelation 10:9.

If this smaller book were a condensed version of the larger book discussed earlier in the Book of Revelation, it would have contained writings about all that ever was, and all that will be.  

One could understand how John would feel good about the parts of the book that talk about heaven.   Those parts of the book would “go down easy” and taste, “Sweet as honey.”  

Other parts of the book, however, would be much tougher to digest.  For example:

  • Recognition of the many people that will spend eternity in hell.     
  • The hardships that many will go through.   This includes followers and non-followers of Jesus.
  • The battle of good and evil that will continue until the end of the earth.

Christianity is not all sunshine and rainbows.   The Bible is clear that bad things are going to happen to good people (Mathew 5:45) and that God disciplines those whom He loves (Hebrews 12:6).

  • “For He causes His sun to rise on  the evil and  the good, and sends rain on  the righteous and  the unrighteous. ” – Mathew 5:45.

  • “For whom the Lord loves He disciplines,and He punishes every son whom He accepts.” – Hebrews 12:6.

To accept Jesus as our Lord and Savior means to accept EVERYTHING that He teaches us.   Some of His lessons go down easy; others are more uncomfortable.   The key is to follow Him.   That is what Jesus wants!   That is how He knows that we love Him.

Jesus said in the Gospel of John:

  • “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.” – John 14:15.

As we go through life, we will have good times and bad. We will have both joy and sorrow. We do not want to be “fair-weather Christians” who only follow Jesus when it is convenient. We show our faith by how well we keep to His commandments during the dark times of our lives.

The reward for those that stay the course and continue to serve Jesus until the end is eternity in paradise. We will conclude today’s lesson with the following scripture:

  • “I have fought the good fight, I have finished the course, I have kept the faith; in the future there is reserved for me the crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous Judge, will award to me on that day; and not only to me, but also to all who have loved His appearing.” – 2 Timothy 4:7-8.

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Emmanuel Uwamusi

Wonderful point of truth!

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James A Guillory

We have an Awesome God who is full of love and compassion who desires that none perish,but that all come to salvation!!

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John
James A Guillory

Amen!

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John

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

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