The Scroll of Revelation, 16 – A Word for the Apostle
Disclosure 10, Commentary
A word for John.
Part 10 serves, in addition to other things, as a prologue to the last trumpet, similarly as 8:1-5 develops to the last seal.
A Mighty Angel (10:1). There is somewhat more foundation in section 10, generally John’s very own issues. First another holy messenger is acquainted with the perusers (10:1). No name is given, similarly as with the greater part of the heavenly attendants, however he is considered “strong.” I trust it is appropriate to accept that holy messengers, anyway powerful, are generally anonymous for us in case we fall into the snare of regarding the couriers over the Message and the One Who gave the Message, Jesus.
A little book (10:2). It is open, fit to be utilized. See its character beneath under 10:8-11.
This specific courier, with the manner in which he is dressed, and the presence of his face, and the lion-like sound of his voice (10:3), painfully entices us to state, “Jesus!” John, who objects to personality every now and then, doesn’t accept this blessed messenger is Deity. It would appear to be however that he is a supported formation of God, for the rainbow-like atmosphere around his head echoes the actual appearance of the Throne of God (4:3)! The number of wonderful couriers there should be and how exciting the possibility of partnership with them one day!
The seven roars (10:3-4). Soon after the holy messenger “thunders” there is a strange sound in the sky, controlled forever. John may have reviewed a comparative involvement with his own existence with the Master, one he informed us concerning in John 12:27-31. There the voice was intelligible in the ears of Jesus, sensitive to the all Father’s words. The group heard just thunder. In the entry before us, John hears unmistakably information exchanged, however the sound was a roaring.
There is a point of reference for a roaring God in Job’s words (Job 37:4-5). “…He roars with His lofty voice…God roars sublimely with His voice…” Already in Revelation (4:5) we have seen “thunderings” continuing from the Throne. Since we might be talking here about the voice of God, maybe there is a connection between seven “roars” and the seven “Spirits of God” we have seen a few times. On the off chance that those Spirits are Divine, or regardless of whether they are saintly, they definitely talk what God needs spoken. Furthermore, John is informed that the message here is for John just, as without a doubt the greater part of this section is by all accounts.
In spite of the fact that we may not know until brilliance what the seven roars stated, there is a message that follows this roaring, vital, in my assessment. Truth be told, we review a comparative scene in the book of Daniel. Daniel 12:5-7 records a discussion among Daniel and some Heavenly creatures. They are examining the hour of Daniel’s prescience. Staggeringly the holy messengers report to us a similar time-frame as is examined all through commentary on revelation 16: “a period, times, and a large portion of a period.” This expression is broadly seen to be three and one half years, as in 1 year + 2 years +/long term. The striking thing about Daniel’s record is that there is a “man” there holding up hands to Heaven and depending on God that this is valid. So here in 10:5-6 a hand is raised, and an amazing guarantee is fixed with a comparative vow.
The assertion is made to John (10:7) that when the seventh or last trumpet sounds, the secret of God is done. Inside that last trumpet (11:15-19) we see the returning again of Christ. That fits consummately with articulations by Jesus and Paul with respect to the sounding of a trumpet (truly, the lasttrumpet) toward the finish, all things considered. It would be ideal if you look at:
Jesus (Matthew 24:31): [immediately after the tribulation] “…He will send His holy messengers with an extraordinary sound of a trumpet and they will assemble His choose from the four breezes.” This occasion is known by the cutting edge term “joy”.
Paul (I Thessalonians 4:16): “The Lord Himself will plummet from paradise with a yell, and the voice of a chief heavenly messenger, and with the trumpet of God… we who are alive and remain will be up to speed along with them in the mists to meet the Lord noticeable all around.” This occasion is otherwise called a joy. It is a similar occasion!
Again Paul (I Corinthians 15:51-52): “We…shall all be changed in a second, in the shimmering of an eye, at the last trumpet. For the trumpet will sound, and the dead will be raised.” Sounds again like the indistinguishable occurring!
We should include John once more (Revelation 10:7, 11:15): “In the times of the seventh heavenly attendant, when he is going to sound, the secret of God [will] be finished…. At that point the seventh blessed messenger sounded: And there were uproarious voices in heaven…” I keep thinking about whether those voices are our own, declaring the realm coming to earth. What a GLORIOUS day!
The Little Book (10:8-11).There is an enormous book in the hand of the One on the Throne (5:1). Remembered for that bigger Book, the motivations behind God for His kin, is this little book, the reasons for God for John. I think it not very unrealistic to state that there is a “little book” for the entirety of God’s actual individuals. An individual parchment. A diagram of the word I am to express, and to whom. A genuine joy to get, for it is “mine”, my motivation to be. What a sweet dinner to get from the Lord. Obviously, “processing” the book is something different. Would it be able to be that each offspring of God, to be at last effective, must “come up short” here on Earth?
The eating of a sweet book with severe outcomes returns us to sibling Ezekiel who was additionally advised to eat a sweet parchment (Ezekiel 2:8-3:3). Ezekiel is told by this imagery that he will lecture whatever word the Lord gives him (Ezekiel 3:4-6). The terrible news is that Israel won’t hear (Ezekiel 3:7-9). We are told later in that equivalent part 3 that the Spirit lifted Ezekiel up, removed him, and he went in “harshness of soul” despite the fact that the Word had been sweet to him only minutes prior! One really want to make the determination that our sibling John is being told something very similar: To hear and comprehend and trust God’s Word is sweet, yet it delivers severe outcomes when lectured others.
“How sweet,” says sibling David (Psalm 119:103) “are your words as I would prefer, better than nectar to my mouth.” But share it with others, even relatives at times, and see the outcome. The individuals who even offer your adoration for Christ and His Word can turn into a foe if your pleasantness of taste doesn’t coordinate theirs.
The Prophet (Jeremiah 15:16) discusses finding and eating the expressions of God, words which turned into the delight and cheering of his heart. Yet, Jeremiah’s sufferings remembered dangers for his life, demolition of his own look of the Word of God, detainment, position in a dirty prison, oust in Egypt. He carried on with an existence of discouragement and sobbing for the evil country of Israel, prefiguring with his steady grieving the Son of God who might similarly sob over Jerusalem.
John at that point isn’t the first and neither will he be the last, to have God’s Words improve His tongue and afterward go to unpleasant encounters in his day to day existence. We have just custom whereupon to depend about the finish of John’s life. The narratives are so changed as not to be deserving of rehashing here. All things considered his life was not a wonderful one in the wake of having gotten a particularly broad divine revelation.
May the entirety of this be a suggestion to the individuals who ache for to know God’s Word regardless of anything else. Add to the entirety of the abovementioned, Paul’s “thistle” after his own disclosure of the greatness of paradise, and we are left contemplating Jesus’ message about “considering the consequences.” Yes, John, you will have a “extraordinary service” conveying these words to the congregation. In any case, the cost for such an advantage will be high.