Brother Mike’s Message
Victory in Jesus: The True Story of Revelation | 10:1-11:14
In Revelation 10:1, John saw “another strong angel coming down out of heaven.” He was clothed with the promise of judgement and authority for destruction. In his hand he held a “little book which was open”; and he “placed his right foot on the sea and his left foot on the land.”
This angel certainly represents the coming final judgment against the Roman Empire and avenging the death of those martyred Christians (6:10). The position of this strong angel signifies that no one on land or sea can escape the wrath of God. In chapters 8 and 9 John has seen the first six trumpets announcing partial judgment against Rome. This suffering and torment was given in hopes that those in Ephesus who left their first love (Rev. 2:4-5), those in Pergamum who worshiped idols (2:13-16), those in Thyatira who committed immorality (2:20-22), those in Sardis whose faith was dead (3:2-3), and those in Laodicea who were lukewarm (3:15-19), and all others would repent before the final judgement upon the evil Roman world (cf. 2 Peter 3:9).
It is significant that the “little book” is “open.” Perhaps this “open” book represents the remaining chapter of the book the Lamb had opened one seal at a time. All that remained was the blast from the seventh trumpet and God’s mysterious plan would be fulfilled. If this is correct, the little open book may include the gospel which certainly reveals the wrath of God on those who reject it. Therefore, when John took the “little book” and ate it, it was sweet to the taste, because the gospel is sweet to all those who obey it, but it was bitter to his stomach, because those who reject it would suffer the wrath of God.
Furthermore, before the final trumpet sounds and God unleashes his wrath there would be “1260 days” or “42 months” of preaching by the “two witnesses.” The two witnesses represent the strength of the gospel to save even in face of persecution. With John being told to prophecy again (10:11), and the prophecy of the two witnesses, we see God providing more time for repentance. During this time persecution would continue but Christians who remain faithful and worship God would be protected (11:1- 6). After a period of prophecy, the witnesses would die. The devil would think he had won, but the two witnesses would rise up and the Roman Empire would watch the power of God at work. Then another part of the Roman Empire was destroyed (11:7-14). The message is that God provides mankind every opportunity to repent.