Revelation 10: A bad aftertaste

June 5th, 2007

A lot of experiences in life are sweet to taste at the time, but leave a bitter after-taste in your mouth. The joy of completing a marathon is followed by the agony afterwards and the days of aches and pains. The celebrations which come upon achieving victory in a war are followed by the grief and horror at the devastation and loss which has been caused. The joy of getting selected into a university course is followed by the hard work of years of study and examinations. The beauty of a red sunrise is followed by clouds and wind and thunder and lightning and rain and hail…

The Revelation to John — Chapter 10

10:1 I saw a powerful angel coming down from heaven, clothed in a cloud. A rainbow was above his head. His face was like the sun, and his feet like pillars of fire. 10:2 In his hand he held a small open scroll. He placed his right foot on the sea, and his left on the land. 10:3 He shouted with a loud voice, like a lion roaring. When he shouted, the seven thunders spoke. 10:4 When the seven thunders had spoken, I was about to write, but I heard a voice from heaven saying, “Keep the things which the seven thunders said secret. Don’t write them down.”

10:5 The angel I had seen standing on the sea and the land lifted up his right hand towards heaven, 10:6 and swore by the one who lives forevermore, who created heaven and everything in it, the earth and everything in it, and the sea and everything in it, “There will be no further delay. 10:7 At the time when the seventh angel will blow his trumpet, God’s mystery will be fulfilled, as he had told his servants, the prophets.” 10:8 The voice which I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, “Go and take the open scroll in the hand of the angel who stands on the sea and the land.”

10:9 I went up to the angel and asked him to give me the small scroll. He answered, “Take it, and eat it. It will make your stomach bitter, but in your mouth it will be as sweet as honey.”

10:10 I took the small scroll from the angel’s hand, and ate it. It was as sweet as honey in my mouth. When I had eaten it, my stomach was bitter. 10:11 They told me, “You must prophesy again about many peoples, nations, languages, and kings.”

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  • 1. » The&hellip  |  September 8th, 2012 at 8:01 am

    […] not all those you love may choose to join. John tells of a similar bittersweet experience in the 10th chapter of the Revelation: The voice which I had heard from heaven spoke to me again, “Go and take the open scroll in the […]

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