Revelation 10 Reading Guide

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Chapter Overview:

This short chapter is almost like a little sidebar that is placed in the account of how God is warning on His coming judgment by sounding trumpets.

  • v1-4 - The mighty angel is described in amazing ways.

  • Among other traits, he has a face like the sun and "When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke (v3)." Imagine what that sounded like!

  • John is instructed not to write down what he hears.

  • v5-7 - The angel announces the time has come. The seven trumpets warning of God's impending wrath will transition into seven bowls of wrath poured out on the earth.

  • v8-11 - John is asked to take the little scroll the angel has and eat it. Commentator William Hendriksen explains this strange command this way:

Psalm 119:103 makes clear what is meant: the scroll is the Word of God, His gospel in which the mystery of salvation is set forth. That gospel is in itself glorious and sweet. But its proclamation is always followed by bitter persecution... The meaning is very clear: John must not merely understand and digest the message of the gospel; he must experience both its sweetness and the suffering, the cross-bearing, which is always the portion of those who truthfully proclaim it.

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[The angel] gave a loud shout like the roar of a lion.

When he shouted, the voices of the seven thunders spoke.

And when the seven thunders spoke,